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Dauntless rookies information – Polygon

Phoenix Labs not too long ago launched its new monster looking sport Dauntless onto the Epic Video games Retailer and consoles. You and a few buddies drop into an area together with your weapons, assault a close-by monster, kill it earlier than it kills you, and harvest its physique to construct cool weapons and armor.

It’s a well-recognized thought to gamers effectively acquainted with the Monster Hunter franchise. It is probably not as complicated as Monster Hunter: World, however there are nonetheless just a few issues we want we knew earlier than leaping into our first hunt.

This information will train you every thing it’s good to find out about Dauntless’ opening hours.

Quest effectively

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The fitting aspect of the display screen exhibits what number of quests you’ll work on when you hunt this Drask
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After Dauntless’ brief tutorial, you’ll drop into Ramsgate. It’s a small metropolis full of individuals who wish to speak. Have a look at the highest of your display screen for the compass, and chat with everybody who has a golden icon above their head. Earlier than lengthy, you’ll have loads of quests to work on.

The nice information is that you are able to do most of those quests on the identical time. If it’s good to full three patrol missions for somebody (a random hunt), and kill a hearth Behemoth (Dauntless’ phrase for monsters) utilizing an ice weapon for another person, strive trying to find a hearth patrol. The Dauntless mission menu has an amazing characteristic that exhibits what number of quests you may full whereas preventing a sure monster.

Take a second earlier than you launch your mission to see which Behemoths may help you full a couple of quest. The sooner you full quests, the extra new options you’ll unlock.

Check out all of the weapons

Dauntless has six completely different weapon varieties, practically all of them can be found after the tutorial.

While you end slaying your first monster, you’ll get a recruit model of every weapon (besides repeaters, which arrive just a few missions in). Earlier than you get too excited and begin upgrading, maintain on to your hard-earned Behemoth hides and take a look at every weapon.

All 5 weapons have a novel fashion to them. Weapons like swords and axes are good for chopping off Behemoth tails (netting you and your group further loot), whereas hammers are good for beautiful monsters and breaking off items (once more, getting your group further loot).

In the event you ever get confused about what your weapon sort can do, open the menu and take a look at the transfer checklist — it’ll let you know every thing it’s good to know. You’ll ultimately get a quest to strive a hunt with every weapon, but it surely doesn’t harm to familiarize your self with all of them early.

Attempt a solo hunt

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On the finish of each hunt in Dauntless, you’ll get a letter grade on your efficiency. It appears to be based mostly on how a lot harm you dealt to the Behemoth and what number of occasions you died throughout the hunt. If you end up struggling, strive a non-public hunt subsequent time. When choose a hunt, click on on the Non-public Hunt button.

Getting in alone offers you a whole lot of freedom and accountability. It’s on you to seek out the Behemoth, and also you alone can kill it. The monster’s focus is on you the complete battle, which makes any errors you make simple to identify. You additionally don’t have to fret about different gamers getting in your approach, or the Behemoth chasing after them throughout the sector.

Going solo is difficult, but it surely’s a good way to enhance when you really feel such as you’re letting your group down.

Keep in mind to restock your gadgets

While you return from a hunt, you’ll restock your gadgets in case you have any in your stock. However when you’re out, you could end up in one other hunt with out your favourite instruments. Dauntless doesn’t require a lot preparation, however be sure to’ve constructed sufficient grenades and potions to fill your stock earlier than you head out.

Dodge first, hit later

The objective of each hunt is to kill the Behemoth, however you may’t try this when you’re lifeless. The dodge in Dauntless could be very forgiving, and you should use it to cancel out of most assaults. In the event you really feel such as you’re going to get hit, rethink your technique and dodge. It may be irritating when you’re utilizing a sluggish however heavy-hitting weapon just like the axe or hammer, however your group will thanks on your restraint.

Failure in Dauntless isn’t frequent. The hazard meter within the higher proper nook of the display screen ticks up each time a participant goes down and desires a revive. In the event you hit 100% hazard, gamers can’t revive allies, and you may solely get again up in case you have one among your three self-revives. If all gamers die with 100% hazard, the hunt is over.

The one technique to decrease the hazard degree is to both kill the Behemoth and full the hunt, or deal sufficient harm that the Behemoth runs away. In the event you go down early in a hunt, it’s greatest to avoid wasting your self-revives — let a good friend decide you up.

Play secure and take a look at to not go down. You’ll even get higher rewards for staying alive.

Diversify your hunts

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The Mastery display screen for a Quillshot
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There are many Behemoths in Dauntless; it’s best to attempt to kill all of them. Even when you don’t have a quest to kill a selected Behemoth, it’s best to take a second and get to know them.

The Mastery system presents every kind of rewards for doing sure duties, and it helps you degree up. You may improve your Mastery by killing sure Behemoths or utilizing sure weapons. One of many best methods to earn Mastery factors is slaying every distinctive Behemoth while you unlock them.

In the event you’ve had the Quillshot unlocked for a bit however haven’t gotten to hunt one but, take a fast detour to earn some simple Mastery factors.

Go Impartial and avoid wasting forex

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The Intermediary
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For the primary 10 ranges of Dauntless, you’ll encounter 5 completely different aspect varieties: Shock, Blaze, Frost, Terra, and Impartial. Completely different components are higher or worse at taking down completely different Behemoths, and the identical is true for armor. However Impartial is neither good or unhealthy at preventing any aspect sort. It’s impartial.

In the beginning of the sport, you’re low on Behemoth components and forex — making it exhausting to construct a whole lot of completely different armor and weapon units. You’ll ultimately get a quest to achieve degree 10 and equip some high-level weapons and armor. As tempting because it could be to concentrate on a component early on, grind out Impartial orbs from Impartial Behemoth patrols first. You received’t have any benefit in opposition to Behemoths, however they received’t have any benefit in opposition to you both.

After you’ve hit degree 10 and have a set of components, you can begin to diversify your loadout. However like we recommended within the weapons part, don’t begin upgrading issues till you’re positive you prefer it. In any other case you’ll create a whole lot of further work for your self by having to re-farm Behemoths you’ve already killed.

You’ll additionally come throughout Cells early on. You should use these to customise your weapons and provides some bonus stats. Be at liberty to make use of them since you may swap them round later. Nonetheless, there’s a vendor in Ramsgate known as The Intermediary. He may help you create extra highly effective Cells to make use of. Save him and the currencies he makes use of — Ace Chips and Aetherdust — till later within the sport.

After about eight hours, we haven’t wanted him for something.

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