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Outward: Melee Combat Tips

Outward delivers an immersive RPG experience coupled with survival gameplay, offering a deeply-rewarding challenge for the most avid gamers.

As an ordinary adventurer, you’ll not only have to hide or defend yourself against threatening creatures, but also brave the hazardous environmental conditions, protect yourself against infectious diseases, make sure you get enough sleep, and stay hydrated. Embark on perilous expeditions across untamed lands to reach new cities, undertake varied missions and discover hidden dungeons crawling with formidable enemies.

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In order to survive in the dazzling yet deadly world of Aurai, you’ll have to be cunning, clever and prepared. Devise diverse strategies to defeat your foes and don’t neglect your basic needs, sharing your journey with a friend, locally or online.

Melee Combat Tips

Hey guys, I just beat one of the storylines without ever purchasing a skill (including passives). This wasn’t because I wanted bragging rights, or wanted a challenge, I was just too lazy to sit down and learn them. Kicking myself now because some of them are awesome! But, I feel that I have a good grasp of how to play with the basic mechanics and here are my tips.

  1. Be patient and don’t be afraid of blocking attacks, even if you don’t have a shield.

  2. Keep a reasonable distance from your target. If there’s more than 1 enemy, try to kite until one is separated enough from the other and punish.

  3. If fighting a very large, scary foe… Drop your backpack. Use blocks only as emergency and try to kite and dodge.

  4. Pay attention to their impact bar. (The grey bar under their health.) If it turns light orange/brown, they’re blocking. Don’t hit then. When the grey bar falls below half, your enemy will stagger with each hit, allowing for more punishment from you. Once depleted, the enemy will fall. Use this to get free damage in! But becareful because they get up really quick.

  5. I’d recommend having a ranged weapon and your melee weapon on a skill slot. Being able to switch quickly made a world of a difference for fluidity. Try to get a free shot in or two before combat, switch to melee and rek.

  6. Manage your stamina. Drink water before each fight. Having the +Stamina Regen active while fighting is massive.

  7. If you’re losing badly… run! If you break the line of sight of the enemy, chances are they’ll lose track of you. Once you’re away, avoid sleeping (so they don’t heal) and heal yourself with any pots and bandages. Once healed up, get back in there and smash your enemy down! Or get smashed by him…

  8. Traps help bring down a tough foe. Generally, I’m too lazy to sit down and set traps and all that. But, they can be a godsend for a particularly tough enemy. Getting some shots in with a ranged weapon and having them step on traps can dish out so much damage before you have to “really” start fighting.

  9. Melee weapons have two types of attacks. Think Light attack and Heavy attack. Duh! But, what a lot of people don’t realize that if you do a heavy attack immediately after a light attack— you actually get a different animation than if you did the heavy attack by itself. Play around and make some combos!

  10. Don’t be afraid of combat. Pay attention to each enemy, learn how they move, what patterns they tend to have, just keep fighting! Even fight the really tough looking foes. Early on I wanted to smash my head against the wall while getting crushed some big time baddies. But, when you finally land that kill it is so so satisfying. In the end. And, through the failure it made me a better player.

Best of luck adventurers! I hope this helps. If it doesn’t, well, perhaps the greatest advice I can give is that you can never carry enough bandages.

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