ELEX 2 Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com ELEX 2 RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Elex 2: Trainer Locations and Abilities https://www.gameskinny.com/nro3m/elex-2-trainer-locations-and-abilities https://www.gameskinny.com/nro3m/elex-2-trainer-locations-and-abilities Mon, 07 Mar 2022 08:53:33 -0500 Joseph Rowe

Skill trainers make the world go 'round in any game that's got them, and Elex 2 is certainly no exception to the rule. There aren't too many trainers to be found in Elex 2, but you'll want to take the time to seek them out to improve your skills.

Each skill in Elex 2 costs Skill Points. Skill Points are in tall order and don't come for free. You'll get one Skill Point per level up, but that'll grant nowhere near enough in the long run. They also come from Large Elex Potions, which can be found on your travels but can also be crafted if you have Chemistry 3.

Trainer Locations in Elex 2

Bastion Trainers

Bastion is home to a lot of the Berserker characters in Elex 2. It's a pretty big city, but it's one of the ones that are a bit easier to navigate. It's home to four main ability trainers.

Hunting Master Rolf in Bastion teaches:

  • Ranged Weapons
  • Energy Master
  • Projectile Master
  • Powder Master
  • Ranged Weapons Specialist
  • Sixth Sense
  • Lone Wolf
  • Animal Trophies

Gardok near Bastion and Rolf teaches:

  • Lock Picking
  • Locksmith
  • Mining

Smith, first near Carakis Old World Heart then Bastion later, teaches:

  • Build Weapons
  • Gemstone Socket
  • Create Ammunition
  • Build Grenades

Thialg, first near Carakis Old World Heart then Bastion later, teaches:

  • Melee Weapons
  • Melee Weapons Specialist
  • Backstab, Grenades
  • Heavy Weapons
  • Heavy Weapons Specialist
  • Extra Hit Points
  • Health Regeneration
  • Stamina
  • Stamina Regeneration

Fort Trainers

Ah, the Fort. Where the snootier Berserkers live in Elex 2. Don't go into that upper fort 'lest you get stopped by a guard - and no, the bribes don't work. I learned the hard way.

Scrappy near the Fort teaches:

  • Mining
  • Build Weapons
  • Gemstone Socket
  • Create Ammunition
  • Build Grenades

Chloe in the Fort teaches:

  • Haggle
  • Cheaplearning

The Doorman in Chloe's Bar at the Fort teaches:

  • Melee Weapons
  • Melee Weapons Specialist
  • Backstab
  • Grenades
  • Heavy Weapons
  • Heavy Weapons Specialist

Tjark at the Claw hideout in the Fort teaches:

  • Advocate
  • Lockpicking
  • Locksmith
  • Pickpocket
  • Trusted

Lasse in the Fort teaches:

  • Armor, Resist All
  • Stamina
  • Stamina Regeneration
  • Grenades
  • Heavy Weapons
  • Heavy Weapon Specialist
  • Melee Weapons
  • Melee Weapon Specialist
  • Backstab

Tilas in the Fort teaches:

  • Stronger Potions
  • Good Eater
  • Extra Hit Points
  • Health Regeneration
  • Chemistry

Crater Trainer

Mick is found at the bar in the crater and can teach you the following skills:

  • Haggler
  • Chemisty
  • Cheaper Learning

Castle Trainers

The Castle is home to the Cleric faction. You can learn some of the less combat-oriented skills in the game from the trainers here.

Eva in the Castle teaches:

  • Attribute Points
  • Attribute
  • Experienced Hunter
  • Bookworm
  • Practitioner
  • Haggler
  • Cheaplearning

Vivian in the Castle teaches:

  • Hack
  • Create Ammo
  • Gemstone Socket
  • Build Weapons
  • Build Grenades

Depot Trainers

The Depot is home to the Albs and their trainers in Elex 2. If you're into cold humans that work with robots, these guys are for you!

Alzea in the Depot teaches:

  • Attribute Points
  • Attribute
  • Experienced Hunter
  • Bookworm
  • Practitioner

Grotto Trainers

Blood for the blood god! Skulls for the skull throne! Oh wait, wrong game. Just a similar aesthetic. Morkons call the Grotto home. You'll find Atilla, their trainer, here.

Atilla in the Grotto teaches:

  • Animal Trophies
  • Stamina
  • Stamina Regeneration
  • Grenades
  • Heavy Weapons
  • Heavy Weapon Specialist
  • Melee Weapons
  • Melee Weapon Specialist
  • Backstab

Batulga teaches the following skills:

  • Melee Combat
  • Stamina

Gosta can teach the following skills as well:

  • Armor
  • Attribute Points
  • Resist All
  • Hit Points
  • Health Regeneration

That's it for Elex 2 trainer locations and what they can grant you. They're not too hard to find, but choosing exactly what to put your points into can be a real pill. Keep an eye on our other Elex 2 guides here on GameSkinny.

 

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Elex 2 Review: An Edgy, Bug-Ridden Sci-Fi Fantasy https://www.gameskinny.com/xp7cl/elex-2-review-an-edgy-bug-ridden-sci-fi-fantasy https://www.gameskinny.com/xp7cl/elex-2-review-an-edgy-bug-ridden-sci-fi-fantasy Fri, 08 Apr 2022 13:35:32 -0400 Joseph Rowe

Elex 2 by Piranha Bytes is ambitious and sometimes fun in a truly weird way. The things it gets right are well done, and it mixes genre styles into an interesting, compelling world. You can fight aliens with toilet brushes or flit away from ogres by way of jetpacks. 

It's hard to deny that Elex 2 will certainly appeal to those who played the original or are looking for a twist on RPGs of the late '90s and early 2000s. But it too often gets in its own way, letting a multitude of bugs overshadow what could make it great with just a bit more polish.

Elex 2 Review: An Edgy, Bug-Ridden Sci-Fi Fantasy

Elex 2 continues the story of Elex, expanding on that game's lore and story in some engaging ways. It takes place on an distant planet where different human factions fight to survive and must put aside their difference to unite against an alien threat. Without spoiling anything, you do so alongside a prominent player from the original, adding more threads that make playing Elex first more important. 

The setting itself is a blend of sci-fi and fantasy that works well most of the time. You can fight with shotguns, swords, alien weaponry, and magic against ogres and space dogs. There are Mad-Max-style murder and emotion-deadening techno cults. And the world itself is wrapped in a very dark and edgy writing style. Though Grimdark isn't normally my style, the mixture of these story and setting elements is the most enthralling aspect of Elex 2.

On the other hand, the audio presentation is a mixed bag. The VO performances are well done and appropriate for the bleak world, but the rest of the sound design ranges from just acceptable to jarring. Some sound effects, like your companion characters' jet packs or a specific spider enemy's screech, are gratingly loud and repetitive.

Caja from Elex 2.

The graphical quality on the PlayStation leaves something to be desired, as well. Firmly planting its flag in the territory of the "Just OK," there's much more impressive work to be found on the PS4 almost anywhere. The draw distance here is surprisingly short, clipping abounds, and the camera makes walls disappear when tilted. That's not to mention lighting bugs galore, where indoor lighting flickers on and off at random is just one of many issues.

The art style strikes the same middling ground; some things work, others don't. Because of its genre-mixing nature, there's a visual disconnect between futuristic technology and medieval weaponry. Most of the weapon and environmental design is appealing, but, for example, the armor options look out of place and silly, ruining the world's other immersive qualities.

Elex 2's gameplay reminds of PB's beloved Gothic series or even Bethesda's Elder Scrolls franchise. There are some great RPG mechanics here with loads of customization built in, and there are different factions that yield a variety of abilities, armor, weapons, and more. There's even a good/evil alignment system based on your gameplay choices. It's the groundwork for something truly enjoyable.

The problem is repetition and a lack of balance. Elex 2 is punishingly difficult at the start and as easy as it gets later on, and it has incredibly repetitive combat mechanics that feel like simplified versions of similar titles in the genre.

Much like many other third-person action RPGs, you have a dodge button, parry functionality, and light and heavy attacks. You also have a variety of weapons including ranged ones. However, no number of different weapons, spells can make combat feel exciting when combat simply devolves into spamming. It doesn't help that locking onto enemies is a chore and NPC pathing leaves much to be desired. 

Elex 2 Review  The Bottom Line

Jax from Elex 2 looking at the entrance of a dungeon.

Pros:

  • Rich, imaginative world that blends sci-fi and fantasy in a unique way.
  • Invokes old-school PC RPGs.
  • Engaging story if you don't mind its "edginess."

Cons:

  • So many bugs that playing feels like a battle itself.
  • Severe lack of polish in the graphical and sound departments.
  • Repetitive combat.

Despite the richness of its world, engaging story, and implementation of old-school RPG mechanics, Elex 2 works against itself at almost every turn. Because of its utter lack of polish. There have been some patches since the game's release addressing some of its bugs, but in my time with it, I experienced enough of them to not want to return. Random auto-save sticking was just one of the soul-destroying glitches I encountered. 

Elex 2 will definitely appeal to a subsection of players looking to recapture the classic RPG magic of the '90s and 2000s. Though an absolute slog to play during my review period, I still found myself enchanted by the upsides peppered around its game-breaking roadblocks. Unfortunately, the pieces of gold brought to the table with its story and setting are overshadowed by Elex 2's more frustrating elements.

[Note: Piranha Bytes provided the copy of Elex 2 used for this review.]

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Elex 2 Tips and Tricks Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/5jrqj/elex-2-tips-and-tricks-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/5jrqj/elex-2-tips-and-tricks-guide Thu, 03 Mar 2022 13:21:13 -0500 Joseph Rowe

Elex 2 is a tough game, as expected considering the original Elex's difficulty. There's plenty of challenge to be had in bosses and regular enemies alike, but if you're prepared you'll come out on top.

In this guide we'll go over some tips for surviving in Elex 2, starting with some must-know tidbits from the earliest portions of the game.

Elex 2 Tips and Tricks

Check Every Nook and Cranny

One of the most important things you can do to get a head start in Elex 2 is to check every little area in every room or field in the game.

You will be able to find a treasure trove of items that you can use in combat as well as to sell to vendors. Learning skills in this game costs Elexit (the in-game currency), and you're going to need lots of it to grow your character.

As soon as you start your new game, turn around. Go back to your house's ruins. You can get some meat to cook on the campfire you start near; this will give you a nice way to gain some health right from the start with the fried meat item.

You'll also find two small healing potions and a holoprojector; the healing potions will heal you, and the projector can be sold at a vendor to give you a little early game cash.

Shortly after this, you'll run into your first enemy. Kill the dog-like enemy and near his corpse (which you can also loot), you'll find a lockpick, symbol of Calaan, water, and healing plants. The lockpick will help you open chests to get more items, and the symbol will get you money from vendors.

A little into your game, you will acquire a jet pack. Use this jet pack to help you get to the tops of buildings and loot anything you find up there as well.

For example, shortly after meeting the character named Adam, you can use your jet pack to fly onto his building's roof where you will find fuel, the item you need to upgrade your jet pack.

Go through each area like you're doing some spring cleaning, and you will be prepared for whatever challenges await you.

Prepare for Battle: Fighting Enemies

Almost immediately after starting Elex 2, you'll have to face young jackals and other alien dog-like enemies.

If you are playing on normal or higher difficulty, you should approach them with caution. They aren't too difficult, but a pair of them can do some serious damage to you. Every enemy after them will absolutely wreck you if you're not careful on higher difficulties.

Here are some tips for combat based on my experience:

  • Remember to roll (the O button for PS4/PS5) and do so often. The enemies in Elex 2 do a good job of telegraphing their attacks, so just wait for the animation of the attack to start and roll.

  • Keep your guard (L1 for PS4/PS5) up when unable to roll; you'll still take damage, but it will be lessened.

  • Alternate between light and heavy attacks. On your PS4/PS5 controller, you can do quicker attacks with R1 and heavier ones with R2. You can even charge up a heavier attack by holding R2.

  • Let your companion do the bulk of the work. After an hour or two into the game, you should get the ability to get a companion like Caja, the mage and mother of your child. She has awesome fire blasts that mess enemies up. Let her do the work if you are unable to beat an enemy by yourself.

  • Don't be ashamed to run away. Some of the foes you'll come across will one shot you when you're just starting out the game. Use your jet pack to help you climb up to higher places where enemies can't reach you. Just be aware that they might have projectile attacks that can still get to you.

Arm Yourself

You'll start off with a damaged lead pipe as your first weapon. If you are following the first piece of advice, you will come across a few other damaged lead pipes either by looting them or buying them from vendors with the money you got by selling all your junk.

Once you get to the Western World Heart area with the Berserkers Thialg and Smith, you can learn how to build weapons from Smith. Use his workbench to build a lead pipe from two damaged lead pipes. This will give you a nice little damage boost early on in the game.

As you continue the game, you will come across a multitude of weapons. Depending on the build you're going for, you can either sell the ones you know you won't use, or keep them so you have something to grow into.

Just be aware that even some of the weakest weapons come with a strength or dexterity requirement, so you'll need to spend attribute points to use them.

Build Yourself, Buddy!

In Elex 2, you can build your character in a lot of different ways. Take a look through the attributes and the skills in your menu early on. You should try to plan out what kind of character you want to be.

Do you want to be a tanky melee user? If so, do you want to use one handed or two handed weapons? Do you want to be a mage like Caja? Do you want to shoot people in the face with a shotgun like a crazy outlaw? The earlier in the game you pick your archetype, the better set you are for meeting your goals early on without wasting attribute points that cannot be refunded.

That's it for our tips for getting started with Elex 2! If you have any tips that helped you in the game, be sure to let us know in the comments! Stay tuned for more guides for Elex 2 on GameSkinny.

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