Indie Genre RSS Feed | Indie on GameSkinny en Launch Media Network How to Play With Friends on PUBG Mobile Sat, 24 Mar 2018 13:09:33 -0400 Jonathan Moore

If you're tired of playing with randos in PUBG Mobile, playing with friends can completely change the entire experience. But if you're like some players, you might wondering: How do I play with friends? 

If you've already added other players to your friends list, adding them in duos and squads is really easy. If you're like me and don't have any friends on PUBG Mobile yet, searching for them is east, too. This guide will quickly go over the steps on how to do each of those things -- making that chicken dinner even more juicier than it already is. 

Adding Friends in PUBG Mobile

PUBG Mobile homescreen shows gameplay options and man in underwear

Ok. This is super easy. On the home screen, tap the silver silhouette of two people that's located in the bottom left-hand corner. 

PUBG Mobile add friends lobby highlighting how to search for friends

Once you've done that, you'll be taken to the lobby screen below. Tap the "Add Friends" button on the right-hand side of the screen. You'll need either a username or a player ID to find each of your friends on PUBG Mobile.

If you don't already know that, you'll probably need to ask them. If you do know it, enter it in the bar at the top of the screen. Tap the plus icon on the right-hand side of their banner to add them to your friends list. 

Starting Duos and Squads With Your Friends 

To play with friends in squads or duos on PUBG Mobile, all you'll need to do is return to the main screen (the first picture above) and choose squads or duos from the drop-down menu under the big yellow "Start" button. 

Once you do that, click the up arrow next to "Invite Friends" (also shown at the bottom of the screen in the first picture above), and you'll add them by clicking the "+" symbol next to their name(s). 


And that's all you need to know about playing with and inviting friends to squads and duos in PUBG Mobile! Wondering if a gamepad or controller is supported on the mobile version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds? Check out our guide on pairing an input device to your phone!

A Way Out Repair Truck Guide Sat, 24 Mar 2018 12:03:46 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Staying one step ahead of the law in A Way Out is par for the course. Throughout your adventure, you'll need to find inventive ways to avoid the fuzz and keep your freedom. One of those ways is repairing the truck once you get to the farmhouse in Chapter 2. And although it might at first seem easy, there are a few things standing in your way. 

If you're wondering how to repair the truck, looking for its battery or wheel, or even running into a bug that stymies your overall progress, this guide will show you the steps you need to take to keep you and your co-op bestie ahead of the five-O. 

Warning: Some minor story spoilers follow. 

If you want to know how to get the co-op up and running for A Way Out, check out our quick cheat sheet here

Repairing the Truck in Chapter 2: Fugitives

As you progress through A Way Out's story, you'll eventually come to a farmhouse. You'll have the choice to either distract or confront the elderly couple inside. Both options have their pros and cons, but regardless of what you choose, you'll have to repair the old,broken-down truck in the barn to move on through the story. 

Once you get into the barn, a cutscene will play. After the cutscene ends, both players will need to first go upstairs (you'll see the stairs directly across from the truck. You'll then come to a pulley system. One player will need to hang on to the hook over the gap and the other player will need to work the pulley system

Once on the other side of the gap, one player will need to walk toward the pile of tires at the far end of the gangway. Interact with the tires to throw one down to the barn floor below. 

While one player is taking care of the tire, the other player can walk down the stairs and get the lugwrench off the blue toolbench. Once both players are back downstairs, look for the pinchbar, which is to the right of the truck if you're facing the barn doors. 

A Way Out Leo and Vincent push the truck through the barn doors and down the hill toward the shed

Putting the Tire on the Truck

Now, the player with the pinch bar needs to go to the back of the truck to lift it. The other player needs to pick up the tire and place it on the back left axle of the truck. Then, you'll need to use the lug wrench to attach the studs, which firmly secures the tire to the truck. 

Finding the Battery 

Well, technically you won't be finding the battery. Instead, you'll be charging the battery. On your first playthrough, that's not really clear, so don't spend your time looking. Instead, go ahead and push the truck through the main barn doors and down the hill to the small shed (you'll need to lift the truck and remove the blocks before you can push it). 

Once the truck is down at the shed, attach the jumper cables from the tractor to the truck.  Next, you'll need gas, so go into the shed and look directly to your right when you enter. You'll find a gas canister on a generator. Take it and fill up the truck's tank. 

After you do that, start the truck! Once you do so, a cutscene will play, and you'll enter the next part of A Way Out

A Way Out Truck Bug

Some players have said they've run into a bug that won't let them push the truck through the barn and down the hill. As of this writing, there only fix that's been found requires you to start from your last checkpoint. If we find any other ways to get around the glitch, we'll make sure to update this guide accordingly. 


Now that you know how to repair the truck in A Way Out, you're well on your way to staying ahead of the law in Chapter 2: Fugitives and making it to freedom in one piece. But beware, a fight still lies ahead!

If you're looking for more tips and tricks on this co-op game from EA, make sure to check out our other guides for A Way Out

A Way Out Guide: How to Invite Friends and Use Friend Pass Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:59:07 -0400 Jonathan Moore

A Way Out puts an innovative spin on the co-op action genre. Essentially, you can't play the game without two players -- it's just not an option. But how do you invite and play A Way Out with a friend? And if you want to use the friend pass free trial, how exactly do you do that? 

Actually, it's pretty easy. A Way Out features two different ways to start a co-op game with your friends: locally and over the internet. Booting up a local game is as easy as connecting a second controller -- boom(!), you're ready to go.

But one of the really cool things about the game when it comes to online co-op play is that your friends don't need to own the game to play with you. Here's how that works on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. 

Trying to repair the truck in Chapter 2: Fugitives? Here's how to do it.  

Using the Friend Pass Free Trial to Play Co-Op

If your friends don't already own A Way Out, you can still play with them. How? Just invite them by using the game's friend pass free trial.

From the game's main menu, choose "Play Online", and then choose a cohort from your friends list (either PSN, Xbox Live, or Origin). Send them an invite. When they receive your invite, they'll be prompted to download A Way Out's free trial. The best part about it? The free trial lets your friend play the entire game with you, so you'll have a partner no matter what. 

The download prompt for each system is a bit different. On the PlayStation 4, choose "Download the Demo". On Xbox One, you'll need to choose the option that says "Try for Free". And on PC, you'll need to choose the option that says "Play with Friend Pass". 

If your friend already owns the game, sending them an invite is as simple as you'd expect. It requires the same steps as those set out above -- they just don't have to download the free trial. 

All you need to do now is set up a lobby. After you've done that, send another invite to your friend (after they've downloaded the friend pass). Now you're ready to break out of the clink with your bestie! 

Is A Way Out Crossplay or Crossplatform? 

Another big question on many a gamer's mind is this: Does A Way Out support crossplay? Unfortunately, the answer is no. Even though more and more multiplayer games like Fortnite are going crossplatfrom by experimenting with crossplay, A Way Out -- even though it's predicated on co-op play -- isn't at this time. We'll update this guide if that ever changes. 


And there you go: everything you need to know about getting started with co-op in A Way Out. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more guides on EA's brand new multiplayer title! 

Monster Hunter World: Where to Get Dragoncore Ore Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:38:03 -0400 Ashley Gill

There are a ton of monster parts and materials you have to farm for in Monster Hunter World, but some are vastly more elusive than others. And I'm not talking about drop rate-wise.

One such item is Dragoncore Ore, a rare material only found under the right circumstances. If you're here, chances are you want to know how to get your hands on some for yourself. Let's get into it so you can go ahead and start hunting these babies down.

How to get Dragoncore Ore

There is only one way to get your hands on Dragoncore Ore, and that is via completing tempered monster investigations. And not just any of these investigations will do, either: you've got to aim for threat level two or three.

I go into detail on the tempered monster investigation system in the linked guide, but here is a simple streamlined list of requirements:

  • Be at least HR 30
  • Seek tempered monster tracks when out on expeditions, your Scout Flies will mark them blue
  • Collect enough tracks to obtain a tempered monster investigation
  • Initiate the investigation
  • Kick some tail

Well, there's actually a little more. The HR 30 requirement unlocks threat level two tempered monsters, and threat level one tempered monsters only require HR 13. Threat level three requires HR 50+.

I recommend reading the linked guide for more details on this process, including how to speed up the track collecting process and which monsters you may have to fight during these investigations.

Your reward for your hard work, should you choose to go through the whole investigation and do end up defeating the target monster, will hopefully be a Dragoncore Ore. You don't see a lot of people talk about Dragoncore, but it's used to craft a ton of accessories that make it worth jumping through hoops to get.

Hopefully this info helps you out. If you found this guide useful and want some extra guidance, check out our other player-written Monster Hunter World guides for a whole slew of info.

Monster Hunter World Tempered Monster Investigations Guide Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:28:07 -0400 Ashley Gill

Tempered monsters are a prime component of Monster Hunter World's endgame. Unfortunately the game doesn't do a great job of explaining them, but investigations for these monsters are mandatory if you're trying to craft higher-end accessories using materials like Dragoncore Ore.

We're going to touch on what these special monsters are, along with the details of the tempered monster investigation system, so you don't end up running in blind and getting frustrated over the little stuff.

Without further ado, let's get to it.

What are tempered monsters?

Are they exactly what they sound like? Yeah, basically.

Tempered monsters are simply stronger variations of monsters you've probably already slain in Monster Hunter World. They're just like the standard variation, but do significantly more damage in a fight. Luckily their HP stays the same.

You don't have to be rocking a high HR (Hunter Rank) to fight these bad boys (and ladies), but you do have to at least be HR 13 to begin. We'll go over that more below.

How to initiate tempered monster investigations

This here is the tricky part -- that's really saying something considering the fights you're going to be getting yourself into. There are some big things to know about this process so you can get what you need, without much guesswork.

You have to unlock tempered monster investigations before you can start hunting these monsters down. And to do so, you need keen eyes and patience.

Your Scout Flies will occasionally notice some monster tracks on the ground when out in the wild, which they will mark as blue for you to wander over and collect. Upon collecting enough tracks of a tempered monster, you will be able to start an investigation.

A Breakdown of Teostra's breakable body parts and weak points in Monster Hunter World
I hope you remember this stuff.

Ins and outs of tempered monster investigations

I mentioned above that you must be HR 13 to begin tempered monster investigations, but they have tiers based on your HR. The higher the tier, the better the loot.

Initiating one of these investigations at HR 13 through HR 29 will pit you against a monster with a threat level of one. At HR 30 through HR 49, you can start to take on investigations for monsters with threat level two. And at HR 50+, you can start taking on tempered monsters with a threat level of three.

So what do these threat levels mean? Aside from the obvious indication of monster strength and the below monster brackets, not much.

When you collect traces of a tempered monster, it will be of a particular tier -- and once you initiate the investigation, the monster you are actually up against will be a random one within the highest tier of traces you have picked up. So let's go over which monsters are in each tier so that you know what you're getting into before initiating a tempered monster investigation:

  • Threat level 1: Paolumu, Pukei-Pukei, Radobaan, Barroth, Tobi-Kadachi, Rathian, Jyuratodus, Anjanath
  • Threat level 2: Odogaron, Diablos, Azure Rathalos, Pink Rathian, Black Diablos, Uragaan, Legiana, Bazelgeuse, Lavasioth
  • Threat level 3: Vaal Hazak, Kirin, Nergigante, Teostra, Kushala Daora

If you don't want to remember all that, just keep in mind that the minimum HR requirement for the investigation will indicate its threat level as well. A threat level one investigation will require HR 13, level one will require HR 30, and level three will require HR 50.

Farming monster traces

This part is actually pretty easy, as long as you have an investigation waiting to be done.

Normally there are only a set amount of tracks to be found on a map, but you can find several more than when on a standard expedition if you are already on a tempered monster investigation.

The gist of this is to initiate a tempered monster investigation, and then to follow the target monster around to gather its tracks. This allows you to gather far more than you would be able to otherwise, so you can farm tempered monsters without the normal runaround.

That's about it for tempered monsters and their investigations. There's not much to say about the monsters themselves, but anyone getting seriously into Monster Hunter World needs to know about the tempered monster system and how to take them on.

If this guide tickled your fancy, check out our other player-made Monster Hunter World guides. Happy hunting!

Sea of Thieves Skeletons Not Spawning? Here's a Quick Fix Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:42:27 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Just days after launch, some Sea of Thieves players are running into what many consider an irritating bug: bounty quest skeletons aren't spawning. If these skeletons cannot be found in areas such as Devil's Ridge or Shark Tooth Key, it means that certain quests -- like the Order of Souls missions -- can't be completed. 

If you look at any forum around the interwebs, you'll find a mob of angry scalawags readying the plank. However, there's currently an easy workaround for the glitch

As of March 23, Rare knows the issue is causing problems for a subset of players and is working on a permanent fix. Until then, however, they provided some tips on how to make those pesky skeletons respawn.

According to the Sea of Thieves release notes, a potential remedy for skeletons not spawning on any particular island is to leave the island, sail away, and then return to the island. This should activate the area's Banner trigger and make the skeletons show up again. 

Some players have also said that quitting Sea of Thieves and re-loading the game resets the skeleton spawning algorithm. However, that means that your current quest will get canceled -- and you'll most likely lose any progress from your last save point.  


Have you found a different fix for the skeletons not spawning glitch in Sea of Thieves? If so, drop us a comment below and we'll add your method to this guide! And if you're looking for other tips and tricks for this swashbuckling adventure, make sure to check out our other guides here.  

Surviving Mars Beginner Tips and Tricks Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:40:06 -0400 Sergey_3847

Haemimont Games is known primarily for the Tropico series, dedicated to the dictators of banana republics. Recently this developer released a rather unexpected thing -- a Martian survival simulator titled Surviving Mars.

It isn't meant to replace Tropico or become the second best-selling series; this is obviously just an experiment. But if you're a fan of urban and space simulators, then you should by all means check out Surviving Mars.

Here you will find the most important beginner tips and tricks, which will help you start your journey on a solid foot.

Choose Your Landing Sector

A landing zone, Marineris Alpha, is highlighted on a red planet floating in space

If you just started playing the game, then it's always a good idea to choose Easy Start at the beginning. It'll give you the proper level of difficulty, enough initial funding, and the right type of cargo for your first landing on Mars.

Then, you will need to choose the landing sector on your map. There are quite a few choices, so check them out and look for the data to your right, where it mentions the amount of resources and threats in the given sector. Always look out for the spot with the most resources and the least amount of threats.

When you've made your choice, you can then choose the landing spot more precisely. For this you should use orbital probes, which are indicated by an icon on the bottom of your screen. Activate it every time you need to scan a specific sector, and again look out for the sector with the most concrete and water.

Concrete is important for building structures, and water will sustain your colonists. Finally, click on the rocket icon in your toolbar and choose the landing spot.

Collect Concrete and Start Building

Crafting menus in the forefront of a downed space vessel

In order to start building, you need to open up the Building menu, which can be found either in the bottom-left corner or simply by pressing RMB or the B key. You will see that there are a lot of different types of structures you can build in Surviving Mars. But right in the beginning, the most important one is the Concrete Extractor, which can be found in the Production branch of the Building menu.

You need to place the blueprint of the Concrete Extractor over the yellow zones, which are concrete deposits. As soon as you do it and unpause your progress, the drones will start delivering the necessary materials for the Extractor to be built. It usually requires 6x metal and 2x machine parts.

When the construction is over, you need to connect the Extractor to the power grid. Since you don't have the power grid yet, you can start with something as simple as a Solar Panel, which will produce enough energy to let your Extractor do its work. You can find the Solar Panel in the Power branch of the Building menu.

Lastly, you need to connect your Extractor to your Solar Panel with the help of the Power Cables, which can be built from the same Power branch. Choose them and connect the two structures together.

Generate Water by Building Water Extractor

Hexagonal tiles making up one large hexagon upon which a water extractor can be built

Water Extractor is the second-most important structure in Surviving Mars after the Concrete Extractor. When you have enough concrete, you can go to Life Support branch in your building menu and start building Water Extractor. Place it over the water deposit and connect it to your power grid.

But you aren't done with your water extraction thing yet. Now you need to deliver this water and store it in your water tower through the means of pipes. So go to your Life Support menu and choose to build Water Pipes and Water Tower, and then connect them with your Water Extractor.

You can also connect it to an Oxygen Tank, which will produce the oxygen from the water. As you can see, all this comes from one water source, and that's why it's so important to have one if you want your colony to survive.

Start Your First Colony by Building a Dome

After you've collected enough concrete, metal, and polymers, you can start building your first basic dome. This is the first true step to your human colony on Mars. So find a good spot for it, somewhere near your structures that generate water and oxygen.

If you don't have the necessary amount of elements to build the dome yet, then you can order a resupply rocket with all the necessary components to help you out with it. Just go to your Resupply menu in the bottom-left corner and order a rocket.

When you have the dome ready, you can connect it to your power and water grids. Now you can start inhabiting your dome by building the Living Quarter and the Hydroponic Farm, which will produce food for your colony.

In order to bring in the people from the Earth, go to Resupply menu and order a rocket with passengers. From the list of passengers, try to choose mostly young geologists and botanists for your first crew, as these are the most useful humans for survival on Mars.

Finally, when the humans arrive, they will inhabit your dome, and this is where the game actually begins. So have as much fun as you can!


Hopefully, these tips and tricks helped launch your first human colony on Mars, and for other Surviving Mars guides at GameSkinny, check out the links below:

Monster Hunter: World Guide -- Where to Get Goldenfish Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:21:12 -0400 Autumn Fish

Goldenfish are a rare fish in Monster Hunter: World that not only sell for quite a bit of Zenny but are also needed for a Critical Bounty that rewards you with a Canteen Ingredient. These elusive fish are not easy to track down, however.

In Monster Hunter games of yore, Goldenfish would actually spawn in droves if you simply tossed out a bit of Goldenfish Bait. However, in World, Goldenfish Bait doesn't work quite the same. Instead, you're expected to track down the scant few fishing holes that these rare fish actually spawn in.

And I'm here to show you where to find them. Let's dive in!

Where to Get Goldenfish in Monster Hunter World

There are a few fishing holes where you can find Goldenfish out in the world. Two locations pretty much exclusively spawn Goldenfish, while two others spawn them rather infrequently.

The spots with infrequent spawns are actually pretty easy to find. You'll discover the first spot in Zone 9 of the Rotten Vale, right next to the fisher who gives you the Critical Bounty for Goldenfish. The second spot is found in the Camp in Zone 8 in the Elder's Recess. While these spots are convenient, they aren't the most ideal for getting Goldenfish.

The two spots with the best Goldenfish spawns are actually a fair bit harder to get to and require a bit more exploration, but they're well worth it if you're willing to do the legwork. The easier fishing hole to track down is found in Zone 15 of the Rotten Vale, in an area near the Plunderers and Mosswine. The spot is right at the entrance to the Zone, though, so be careful not to run in too quickly or you'll run the risk of scaring the fish away.

Map of Coral Highlands in MHW with possible location of goldenfish in zone 14 noted

The next spot is really well hidden in Zone 14 of the Coral Highlands. To reach it, you have to run out from Camp 12 and take a left as if you were heading towards the nest at the top of the area. Skip the first set of climbable vines, and run into the narrow entryway, climbing up the set of vines across from the gust of air where you can use the Glider Mantle to reach the top of the map. Halfway up the vines you'll find a small hole in the wall leading to a secret zone. Climb on in and mozy down the path to come face to face with a fishing hole filled with Goldenfish.

Note that once you find Goldenfish, catching them can be tricky since they tend to be a bit skittish. Because of this, we highly recommend you use Goldenfish Bait in order to make the process dramatically easier on yourself. While you can catch Goldenfish before High Rank, this bait won't become available in the shops until you reach HR 10. However, you can craft some of your own before then simply by combining Snakebee Larva and Mega Fishing Fly.

And with that, you know everything you need to know about catching those elusive Goldenfish in MHW. For more help getting by in the New World, be sure to check out some of our other Monster Hunter: World guides!

Monster Hunter World -- How To Find And Beat Deviljho Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:48:46 -0400 Ty Arthur

The first new official monster to be added to Monster Hunter: World has arrived via the 2.00 patch. And its the one we've all been waiting for -- Deviljho! Be sure to get on downloading that free update so you can start tracking, finding, and carving Deviljho for new equipment types.

Besides his odd pickle/wyvern /crocodile shape, what sets Deviljho apart from other Brute Wyvern creatures in Monster Hunter World is that he engages in turf wars against other monsters, and he will even pick them up in his jaws and swing them at you as makeshift living weapons!

Having trouble finding the Deviljho location with this new free DLC update? We've got you covered in this guide with everything you need to know to hunt this king of beasts!

How To Find Deviljho

At high rank, Deviljho can spawn on the world map with a monster icon topped by a series of question marks. Start an expedition and follow the tracks to find this behemoth. While he's shown in all the trailers appearing in the Ancient Forest, he can actually appear in any area of Monster Hunter: World.

Deviljho can also be found by initiating the special assignment quest The Food Chain Dominator, which becomes available after completing the main story quest to find Rathian.

To trigger The Food Chain Dominator assignment quest, talk to the scholar standing by the quest board in Astera's Tradeyard (marked by a blue exclamation point on the map). Afterwards, Deviljho will be available in any biome and will start appearing in high rank investigations as well as 6+ star quests.

Although this version of Deviljho is an easier fight than in previous Monster Hunter entries, this is absolutely one of the most difficult battles in the game so far, and if you've just hit high rank, you are likely to get destroyed on your first few attempts. You want to be prepared and know his weaknesses ahead of time to prep your weapons and armor accordingly.

On the Monster Hunter: World star scale of 0 (immune) and 3 (most susceptible), these are the Deviljho strengths and weaknesses to keep in mind:

  • Poison: 2/3 
  • Blast: 2/3
  • Sleep: 2/3
  • Paralysis: 2/3
  • Stun: 2/3
  • Fire: 2/3 
  • Water: 2/3
  • Ice: 1/3
  • Thunder: 3/3
  • Dragon: 3/3

Deviljho's weakness chart in Monster Hunter World Deviljho Weaknesses

Monster Hunter: World Deviljho Combat Strategy

Your build should focus on the dragon and thunder elements for maximum damage, but don't forget that Deviljho is susceptible to status effects. Status effect bombs can take him out of commission for a short time, as will tinged meat or drugged meat that he will stop to gobble up.

Deviljho's head is his weak point, but attacking from the front is a dicey strategy as he can quickly chain together multiple bite attacks. It's often better to try to come from the side so you can dodge out of the way of a head attack. The tail swipe attack from the back has an obvious wind up motion, and the tail can be severed to disable this attack.

Be on the lookout for Deviljho to start glowing red, which indicates he will launch a breath attack that removes your weapon's elemental abilities (keep some Nulberry to counteract this effect).

Since Deviljho likes to pick fights with absolutely any monster of any size, you can take advantage of his aggressiveness to get an edge in the fight. Deviljho will take massive damage when biting Baelzeguese -- which causes the scales to explode -- so leading him into a battle against that monster can be a smart way to soften him up first.

A player with an axe fights Deviljho, who dwarfs the player This beast is not to be trifled with!

Now that you know where to find Deviljho in Monster Hunter World, be sure to let us know when you beat him and if you have any other strategies we should try out!

Still need help with the rest of this addictive monster-hunting grind fest? Be sure to check out our Monster Hunter: World guides below:

Black Desert Online -- Awakened Mystic PvP Fundamentals Guide Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:13:00 -0400 Kengaskhan

It’s no secret that Mystics in Black Desert Online are incredibly overtuned at the moment, but it doesn’t really matter what class you’re rolling with in BDO PvP if you don’t know how to play it. And while Mystics may not have the highest skill cap in the game, there’s a world of difference between a Mystic that doesn’t know what they’re doing and a Mystic that does.

So, if you’re just getting started with Mystic in PvP, or you're looking for ways to improve your performance, then this guide is for you!

Basic Mystic Combos

The main reason this combo is so effective is that it allows you to chain super armors together while threatening stun and stiffness without interfering with any of your other combos.

If you want to rotate through this combo more than once (indefinitely, even, though that's not usually practical), you'll need to take advantage of each skill's lingering super armor by leaving split-second gaps between the execution of each skill. The lingering super armor lasts long enough for you to be able to execute each skill in this sequence as they come off cooldown, so as long as you're keeping track of them, you should be fine.

This combo should be executed immediately after landing any form of CC. It’s very flexible (hence this version being the "standard" one), but this particular sequence will consistently deal the most damage.

Note that your enemy will still be lying on the ground after Wave Orb if Roaring Tiger's down smash landed, so be sure to capitalize on that -- Wolf's Frenzy is a pretty popular option, but you can use pretty much anything you want.

The Spiral Torpedo combo more or less hinges on landing a knockdown with Spiral Torpedo -- if that doesn’t happen, the combo ends there. However, since Spiral Torpedo is one of the few skills in BDO that pierces Forward Guard, it’s your best way to initiate a combo without wasting your grab. You can replace Rapid Stream with another skill if the enemy is already suffering from a DP debuff.

If you want to use the Standard Burst Combo (or any combo that involves a down smash) after the Spiral Torpedo Combo, you have to make sure not to use Flow: Sea Burial after Sea Burial, as it will prevent Roaring Tiger from inflicting its own down smash.

Since Flash Step is an iFrame and Tranquility is a Super Armor that basically grants you three more Flash Steps, this is the safest way for you to disengage from the enemy as a Mystic. In Node Wars, Tranquility should be reserved solely for disengaging.

(Note that "Flash Step" in this context means as many Flash Steps and Double Flashes as you can afford before and after activating Tranquility -- and feel free to throw in Silent Step and Spiral Torpedo if they're off cooldown!)

Extending Your Combos

Like most classes, Mystics can extend their combos twice after landing their initial CC: once with a down smash, and once with a grab.

  • Flow: Sea Burial is by far the strongest down smash you have in your arsenal. Not only is it the only down smash you have with super armor, it also deals the most damage and functions as a gap closer (or an escape, if you're in a pinch) -- and you can even use it from your pre-Awakened stance! The only advantages that Dragon Shatter and Roaring Tiger have are faster animations and lower cooldowns.
  • Dragon Shatter is the weakest of your three down smashes, but also the fastest. You should almost never use Dragon Shatter from a neutral state -- but if you use it at the end of another skill animation (for example, the first hit of Rapid Stream into Dragon Shatter), you'll throw out a swift punch that'll inflict a down smash.
  • Roaring Tiger in its Absolute form dishes out a pretty hefty amount of damage, and like Dragon Shatter, it's a fast down smash. The thing that sets Roaring Tiger apart from the other two skills is that it's a pre-Awakened skill, which means you're better off saving it for when you're using your Gauntlets. Roaring Tiger also restores 300 health on use, which is nice to have.
  • Binding is a Super Armored grab, and it's the only grab that Mystics have. While you can freely initiate a combo with Sea Burial and Flow: Sea Burial without worrying about wasting your only down smash (because you have two others), you cannot start a combo with Binding if you want it to last as long as possible. Of course, the beauty of grapples is that if you do need to CC an enemy immediately, you have that option with Binding.

Mystic Debuffs and Slows

  • Wave Orb is an AOE slow that hits quite hard, making it one of the better slows in the game. Generally speaking, you'll use Wave Orb at the end of your Burst Combos, so you don't really need to worry too much about where to fit it into your playstyle.
  • Dragon’s Pit is another AOE slow (and the fact that they have a second one is the reason why Mystics are notorious for the slows). However, instead of dealing burst damage, Dragon's Pit deals damage in an area over time. This makes it better for large-scale PvP as a zoning tool, as you'll be able to slow more enemies with Dragon's Pit than with Wave Orb since the effect that applies the slow will last for a few seconds. Since the slows don't stack, you want to try to layer Wave Orbs and Dragon's Pits so that your opponent is always slowed.
  • Rapid Stream applies a heavy -20 All DP debuff that lasts, and it only requires you to land Rapid Stream's first hit. Ideally, you want to weave that first hit of Rapid Stream into your combos wherever you have room, but you won't need to do it very often, given the debuff's whopping 20 second duration.

Mystic Buffs

  • Dragonize, like all other Awakening buffs, has a three-minute cooldown, so you should use it whenever you feel it's appropriate. In Node Wars, I'd probably reserve it for large fights.
  • Mystic's Rage Absorption is quite good, and they can generate a lot of Black Spirit Rage since they tend to take a lot of hits during their Super Armors. I'd recommend using Rage Absorption whenever it's available, especially since Mystic's 100% skills aren't that great.
  • Rapid Stream is one of the main reasons that Mystics favor Evasion builds. All you have to do is launch the first hit of Rapid Stream to gain the buff (it doesn't need to connect), so you should always make sure to do so before you lay into your opponent.
  • Spiral Torpedo is pretty spammable, even after the nerf took away the HP recovery, so you're probably going to have the +16 AP buff active all the time. Ironically, this does mean that your Rage Absorption is more like a +14 AP buff since they don't stack.


If you have any questions or general tips of your own for Mystic PvP in BDO, leave a comment below, and be sure to check out our other Black Desert Online guides for even more useful BDO information.

Fortnite Anarchy Acres Treasure Map Guide Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:33:21 -0400 Ty Arthur

A whole new crop of Fortnite Week 5 challenges have just sprouted! Seven new bonus objectives show up every Thursday morning for the Battle Pass crowd, and this week is no exception as challenges arrive ranging from opening loot chests in specific locations to hunting down treasure based off a secret map.

Some of the "hard" designations are a little strange this week, though. For instance, it will probably take you longer to find a legendary bush drop (which isn't a "hard" challenge) than it will to get three kills in Tilted Towers, which is always swarming with players looking for loot.

These are all the Fortnite Season 3 Week 5 challenges now available in Battle Royale matches:

  • Use the Bush one time (5 Battle Points)
  • Search 7 Loot Chests in Moisty Mire (5 Battle Points)
  • Deal 200 damage with a Pickaxe to opponents (5 Battle Points)
  • Visit 3 different Gas Stations in a single match (5 Battle Points - see our guide here)
  • Hard: Follow the treasure map found in Anarchy Acres to the Battle Star (10 Battle Points - see guide below)
  • Hard: Get 3 Pistol Eliminations (10 Battle Points)
  • Hard: Eliminate 3 opponents in Tilted Towers (10 Battle Points)

Below, we cover exactly where to find the Anarchy Acres treasure map and how to decipher its scribblings to find the hidden Battle Star treasure!

a Fortnite player coming upon a clue to finding the anarchy acres treasure map Finding the Anarchy Acres Treasure Map (thanks to DooM Clan for the screenshot)

Fortnite Week 5 Anarchy Acres Treasure Map

The Week 5 challenge treasure map itself isn't that tough to find. Just land at Anarchy Acres (a personal favorite spot of mine to drop, by the way, since it has plenty of loot, good hiding spots, and isn't usually filled with other players), and look for a shack at the edge of the area. The map is sitting on a sign post between the two walls.

The map itself is sort of obscure, and the red X near a hill doesn't really seem to indicate a clear location ... except for the llama in the upper-left map corner. Remember a few weeks back how there was a challenge to land at giant buildings shaped like a fox, a crab, and a llama? That's the big hint here.

The llama building was at the far northwest corner of the Battle Royale play area north of Junk Junction, which is the direction you want to head. The Battle Star treasure isn't actually at the llama, though; as the map indicates, it is found to the south.

Head south from there (and west of Junk Junction) to find the Battle Star near a hill where a big rocking is sitting on the ground. Remember that, as with all the maps, the Star actually won't spawn until you get close to it, so run around a bit if it isn't immediately visible.

Because the Star is so close to the edge of the map, you may want to skip finding the treasure map entirely and instead just go straight to Junk Junction. If you grab the map first, the storm will almost certainly have closed in before you can run all the way over to the northwest corner of the Battle Royale map (although this also means there won't be any snipers waiting for you).

Fortnite map showing where to find the anarchy acres treasure map Fortnite Anarchy Acres Treasure Map Location

That's all you need to know to complete the Anarchy Acres treasure map challenge! Need help completing any other Fortnite Season 3 content? Check out our other latest Fortnite guides below, including the other Week 5 challenges:

Fortnite Weekly Challenge - Gas Station Locations Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:17:25 -0400 Ty Arthur

Somehow we are in Week 5 of Fortnite Season 3 already, with a batch of brand-new crazy challenges to complete while surviving 100-player Battle Royale matches!

This week's roundup of objectives includes a quest to visit three different gas station locations around the map, which is harder than it sounds if you don't land in a good starting spot close enough to two other stations.

Unlike many other weekly challenges, this one is constrained by the fact that all three must be visited in a single match. This objective isn't like the no-dance signs or llama, crab, fox structures, where you can hit them in multiple matches, so it's best to plan out your route ahead of time if you want to complete the challenge quickly.

parachuting into a Fortnite gas station Landing at a Week 5 gas station visit spot (thanks to DooM Clan for the screenshot)

Where to Find the Fortnite Gas Stations

Although challenging, it is possible to grab all three stations for this challenge in a single match (so long as you avoid the other 99 players trying to gun you down).

If you manage to drop off the Battle Bus at Pleasant Park, you can probably grab the three below there quickly before the storm even closes in on your position. This is probably the best route so that you don't have to worry about taking constant damage while reaching the last gas station.

If the bus doesn't come from that location, then this gets a lot harder, however. In that case, landing at Moisty Mire or the gas station at the far south end of the map is probably the way to go, although you still might end up grabbing the third gas station from behind the storm. As with other challenges, you still have to complete the match (by either dying or winning) to actually complete the objective.

All the currently known Fortnite Week 5 gas station locations are listed below and are marked on the map with a gas icon. Several walkthrough videos and guide websites online have mentioned a gas station in Retail Row, but this doesn't seem to be accurate, as I haven't been able to find one there after multiple matches. Here are all the gas stations I've found so far:

  • One is found in the middle of Pleasant Park
  • A station is sitting conveniently on the road west of Loot Lake and south of Pleasant Park
  • A gas station is found in the soccer field west of Tilted Towers
  • Greasy Grove has a gas station waiting to be visited
  • Tomato Town at the northeast section of the map has a station, but this one is probably the farthest from any two other stations on the whole map
  • A gas station is found at Salty Springs towards the middle of the Battle Royale map
  • The road at the north end of Moisty Mire has a station
  • A final station is found at the far south end of the map, to the east of Flush Factory and by the bridge

If you have trouble finding them once you drop, just keep in mind they are typically either in a major marked location on the map (like Pleasant Park, Tomato Town, etc.) or on a road between those locations.

Locations of all the Fortnite gas stations on the Battle Royale map Fortnite Gas Station Locations

Have you found any other gas station spots for completing this challenge? Let us know where you dropped in the comments below, and we'll get this list updated!

Need help completing any other Fortnite Season 3 content? Check out our other latest Fortnite guides below, and stay tuned for more Week 5 guides coming soon!

How to Set Up Voice Chat in Sea of Thieves Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:10:44 -0400 Anthony Merklinger

For budding captains in Sea of Thieves, utilizing the in-game chat function efficiently can spell the difference between a successful plunder and bailing water out from a fractured hull. We’ve developed a quick reference guide to help you get started on issuing crew commands via voice chat for a thrilling pirate adventure. Did somebody say, “Parley?”

Initial Setup

Sea of Thieves will prompt players to grant microphone access during character creation. If a player accepts, then voice permissions should be enabled during gameplay; however, if access is denied, players can authorize microphone usage by following the steps below.  

Windows screen with option to toggle microphone settings

Updating Windows 10 Privacy Settings

First you must ensure your privacy settings are adjusted to allow Sea of Thieves to access your microphone. From the Windows Start menu, enter your settings and locate Privacy. Click Microphone from the side panel, and toggle Let apps use my microphone On. You can now enable microphone access for Sea of Thieves.  

Relaunch the game to begin chatting with your crew. Reconnecting your microphone may be required for new driver installations.

Xbox PArrrty Chat

Players who set up a party chat can invite other crew members to join them. If a friendly player fails to accept the invite or joins the crew late, they may not be added to voice chat right away. Reconnect the device and ensure the microphone is not muted. You may also have to adjust your Xbox privacy settings, which can be found by logging into your account from the Xbox website and selecting Privacy and Online Safety under Xbox settings.

A pirate from Sea of Thieves standing on a dock

Using In-Game Voice Chat

To configure your Crew Chat Output, access the Audio Settings from the in-game menu by pressing the Escape key and clicking Settings. You can also adjust Crew Chat Volume, Proximity Chat Volume, and toggle Push To Talk, which allows you to speak by pressing and holding down a preset key. Push To Talk is a viable option for larger crews, so several orders are not being issued at the same time. Additionally, this feature will prevent enemy players from detecting your presence nearby. The default Push To Talk key is Alt Left and can be edited from the Keyboard and Mouse menu in the in-game settings.

If you’re not a fan of voice chat or simply cannot use it, you can use Sea of Thieves’ non-verbal communication methods by pressing Forward Slash and typing a message, selecting a common phrase from the radial menu, or choosing an emote by pressing the hotkey “Z.”

Understanding Chat Bubbles

Sea of Thieves uses proximity chat, so anytime a player speaks, friendly and enemy players in the vicinity can participate in the conversation. When a crew member displays an isolated gamertag over their avatar, the player: a) has no microphone connected; b) is not speaking; c) is muted.

However, when a chat bubble is displayed with a gamertag above the crew member’s avatar, the player is speaking. As of March 2018, a known bug prevents crew members from hearing other players speak. Try reconnecting your device or adjusting your privacy settings.  

If a chat bubble is displayed with a gamertag and features a slash through the symbol, the player is currently speaking in an Xbox party chat, or you have muted or blocked the player.


Following these tips will help your crew communicate better and give you the advantage when enemy players attack your vessel. Be sure to check back with GameSkinny for more on Sea of Thieves, and if you haven't already, view our other Sea of Thieves guides.

H1Z1 Tips and Tricks 2018 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:53:14 -0400 Sergey_3847

Battle Royale games are now everywhere. But one of the earlier contenders for the best BR game was H1Z1: King of the Kill. Recently the game left Early Access and was released on Steam for free, so you can all try it out in your spare time.

The full release has brought some changes to the gameplay in 2018, many of which you may not be aware. If you do decide to give this great game a try and want to know how to play it well, then follow our extensive guide with tips and tricks below.

Choose a Safe Spawn Location

a landing zone encircled in green in H1Z1

In terms of choosing your drop location, H1Z1 is not too different from the rest of the Battle Royale games. You need to jump off the airplane with a parachute and choose the location where you want to land.

If you look on the game's map, it shows several zones with different colors. The zone encircled by green is a safe zone. It doesn't mean that it is absolutely safe, but you will encounter far fewer players there.

The yellow and red zones are the most dangerous. If you've just started playing the game, then it's better to avoid these zones, as there are a lot of experienced players and you will get yourself killed rather quickly.

Find a Backpack and Gather Some Loot

H1Z1 player with a very colorful backpack

One of the distinct features of H1Z1 from the rest of the BR games is the higher significance of a backpack. You really need to find one as soon as possible. In other games, you most likely want to find a weapon and some protective gear first, but that's only because there isn't much time to begin with.

You'll be finding a lot of loot, and you will have a relatively long time to do that in the safe area, so you need something to be able to store it all up. The best backpack is a military backpack, which is the most capacious. There are also smaller backpacks like satchels and waist packs.

Then, you can search for weapons, ammo, and clothes. If you decide to drive vehicles, you will need fuel, which can only be found at gas stations. The fuel becomes increasingly more important with the introduction of the Auto Royale mode.

The last (but not least) item you need to look out for is the shoes. The better shoes you find, the faster you will move and the less damage you will take from falling. The best shoes in the game are Conveys, but Boots are also very good.

Sighting a falling airdrop through binoculars

Be sure to look out for airdrops as well. But be careful when approaching an airdrop, as there is a plane flying and dropping bombs. Just wait it out, and then you can approach it safely.

The airdrops usually contain very good loot, such as:

  • Sniper Rifle
  • Fuel
  • Ghillie Suit
  • 20x Explosive Arrows
  • AR-15
  • AK-47

Look Out for Crafting Items

H1Z1 inventory and crafting screen

Crafting is also a very important aspect of H1Z1 gameplay. It allows you to craft explosive arrows, better armor, and necessary healing items right in your game menu. Below you will find the recipes for all craftable materials:

Explosive Arrow

An arrow that explodes on contact.

  • 1x Frag Grenade
  • 5x Gauge Shells
  • 5x Wooden Arrow
  • 1x Duct Tape
Flaming Arrow

An arrow that sets the target on fire.

  • 1x Molotov Cocktail
  • 5x Gauge Shells
  • 5x Wooden Arrow
  • 1x Duct Tape
Makeshift Armor

An armor with a bulletproof vest effect.

  • 4x Composite Fabric
  • 2x Armor Scrap
  • 1x Duct Tape

A healing item, which heals 12 HP over time.

  • 10x Cloth Scrap

A healing item, which heals 6 HP instantly and stops bleeding.

  • 10x Bandage
  • 1x First Aid Kit

Vehicles and Auto Royale Mode

Post-match results screen for someone scoring first place

If you want to cover huge distances relatively quickly and safely in H1Z1, then you simply ought to get a hold of a car. Of course, you need to refuel it from time to time, meaning that you will have to stop by a gas station. Just be careful, as those are usually hot spots.

You can also hide behind the car during a shootout, and if you find a really good vehicle, then you can take a short route over the hills. Here is the short list of cars you can get in H1Z1:

  • Police Car: the fastest and most reliable vehicle on the flat road.
  • ATV: also pretty fast, and mostly designed for off-road driving.
  • Jeep: not the fastest car in the game, but it's quite big, and you will feel protected inside of it.
  • Truck: the least realiable and the slowest vehicle in the game.
H1Z1 Auto Royale Mode

Auto Royale was implemented right after the game left Early Access, and it is very much similar to your typical Battle Royale experience, but here you start immediately inside the car with three other players. One is driving, and the others are shooting.

The point of the H1Z1 Auto Royale mode is to pick up as many power-ups and to shoot as many crates as possible, as well as prevent other cars from doing the same by blowing them up with the help of grenades.

Getting Season Rewards

H1Z1 post-match screen showing rewards earned for first place

At the end of each season, you will get certain rewards depending on your resulting rank. The ranking system is divided into seven tiers, with the following rewards:

  • Bronze: 100 skulls
  • Silver: 300 skulls
  • Gold: 500 skulls + 1 emote
  • Platinum: 1000 skulls + 1 emote
  • Diamond: 2000 skulls + 1 emote
  • Master: 3000 skulls + 1 emote
  • Royalty: 5000 skulls + 2 emotes


Now you can safely play H1Z1 in 2018 with the help of these tips and tricks. But also be sure to come back soon for more H1Z1 guides here at GameSkinny!


PUBG Mobile: How to Fix Internet Error Now Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:23:28 -0400 Sergey_3847

Many users of the English version of PUBG Mobile have been experiencing an internet error that doesn't allow them to connect to the game servers. This may happen due to ISP issues or due to mobile data errors.

In any case, there is a way to fix this problem right now without waiting for the official solution. If you want to know how to bypass the PUBG Mobile internet error, then follow our step-by-step guide below.

How to Fix Internet Error 154140712 in PUBG Mobile

menu screen in PUBG mobile

Step 1: Download and Install VPN

VPN software will allow you to bypass any regional restrictions and make your PUBG Mobile internet error go away.

All you need to do is go to either Google Play or the App Store and download either a free or premium VPN software. Beware that premium VPN software will protect your data much better than the free options, so it's your choice entirely.

Step 2: Activate VPN

After you've downloaded and installed your VPN software, you need to log in by using either your Facebook account or by registering. Then, you can start using the software by activating the VPN server.

This will provide you with a different IP from another region. However, you don't need to use the VPN every time to play PUBG Mobile. The answer is in the next step.

Step 3: Change Server Settings

The internet error should now be gone, and you should be able to log in to your PUBG account. Then, go to the Server option in the game menu and change it back to your region.

At this point, you can close the VPN and restart PUBG Mobile. You will see that you can now play the game without a VPN or any internet errors.


That is how you can fix the internet error with the help of VPN software, and for other PUBG guides at GameSkinny, check out the links below:

PUBG Guide: How to Improve Your Shooting with Zeroing Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:34:56 -0400 Kengaskhan

PlayerUnknown’s roots as an ARMA 2 modder are apparent in PUBG's realistic approach to its gunplay, where players will need to account for bullet drop and varying bullet velocities during combat. And given that many firefights take place over distances measured in the hundreds of meters, it can be pretty tough even for veteran players to consistently land shots.

There are ways to compensate for distance when firing a weapon in PUBG, like leading the target or aiming above them -- but one method that new players might not know about is zeroing.

What Is Zeroing Distance?

Your weapon’s zeroing distance is the distance needed between you and your target for your bullets to line up with the center of your crosshair when they land. When you aim down your weapon's sights, you might have noticed its zeroing distance (though you may not have known what it meant).

Zeroing Distance for a PUBG weapon circled in red

Rounds fired from a weapon zeroed for 300 meters will continue to drop below the crosshair as they fly past 300 meters -- and those same bullets will land above the crosshair if they impact at a distance under 300 meters.

How to Zero a Weapon in PUBG

You can adjust your weapon’s zeroing distance in increments of 100m by aiming down its sights and tapping the Page Up/Page Down button (or up and down on the D-Pad if you’re playing on Xbox).

Note that you used to be able to zero almost every weapon in the game, but an update in December 2017 changed it so you can only zero a weapon with an 8x scope, a 15x scope, or iron sights (either because the weapon doesn’t accept scope attachments or because you’re just not using one).

Tips for Zeroing Your Weapon

If you’re not comfortable with compensating for bullet drop by guessing how high your crosshair is supposed to be, then zeroing your weapon is a great alternative that will let you fight with your crosshair dead on your target.

That being said, zeroing your weapon can be pretty tough if you don’t know what you’re doing (especially if you’re taking fire). Luckily, there are a few ways to make your first zeroed shot land as closely as possible to your intended target!

  • The #1 thing to know about zeroing your weapon is that every white square on your map is 100m/sq -- so if you think your enemy is exactly four squares away from you, then zero your weapon to 400m.

zoomed-in perspective of PUBG minimap showing the dimensions of each square on the grid

  • Building off that, each square is about 141m across diagonally, which you can just round off to 140m or 150m.
  • Your minimap is about 400m tall and wide. Since you're in the center of your minimap, you’ll never need to zero your weapon above 300m (the approximate length of the diagonals of two full squares) if your target's position is visible on your minimap.
  • You'll eventually get better at eyeing distances by simply playing the game, but you can train yourself even faster by estimating distances before you check your map!


Hopefully, knowing how to zero your weapon will give you the edge you need to win a few more chicken dinners -- but knowing PUBG, you're just as likely to wind up running into someone who's equipped with the same skills.

If you're looking for more tips on how to improve your PUBG game, you can check out more of our stuff here!

GTA Online Super Sport Series Cars Guide Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:46:50 -0400 Sergey_3847

Rockstar Games has just released their first of many series of new racing mode updates for GTA Online, beginning with the Southern San Andreas Super Sport Series. It includes five new cars, two of which are supercars.

You can buy all five new cars in your GTA Online shop and test them out immediately. If you want to know which car is the best in this latest update, then follow our guide for all five new cars below.

Överflöd Entity XXR

Överflöd Entity XXR in GTA Online

  • Price: $2,305,000

The XXR is a true sports car based on Koenigsegg One, the star of the Geneva Motor Show. It can be fully customized in the mod shop, where you can change all of its body kits, spoilers, wings, etc.

The biggest upside of XXR is its light weight, which helps its acceleration and overall speed. You can easily push this car to the limit and watch it fly over every other racing vehicle.

The only downside is the price. You could buy Vagner with similar performance for only $1,535,000. But if you have the extra money, and you want something fresh to try, then definitely pick up the Entity XXR.

Cheval Taipan

a yellow Cheval Taipan

  • Price: $1,980,000

For all its glorious customizability, the Taipan is a very average sports car. It's not as fast as you would like it to be, and it's definitely not very good in terms of handling.

The problem here is that the Taipan is heavy, and you can't accelerate too much or you are in danger of turning over or simply hitting something in your way. For all its clunkiness and extremely high price, the Taipan is simply not recommended.

Declasse Hotring Sabre

Declasse Hotring Sabre kicking up some dust

  • Price: $830,000

This Hotring Sabre, just like the name suggests, is a Hotring racing car based on the NASCAR legend of the 90s -- the Chevrolet Lumina.

It has decent speed but average acceleration, and it has tons of customizable features. Of course, it's not as fast as the famous Pariah, but if you have the money, then be sure to buy the Hotring Sabre.

Vapid GB200

a tricked-out Vapid GB200

  • Price: $940,000

Here is a little speedster that is extremely sensitive on the road. It has awesome acceleration, but you really need to pay attention to what you're doing on the road or it'll get you into trouble.

If you want to take it on the track, then be sure to avoid those with lots of turns -- it just won't hold up. Also, considering it doesn't boast the highest speed, the GB200 turns into a peculiar choice. Try it out for yourself and see if you want this in your garage, as it is most likely designed for an acquired taste.

Vulcar Fagaloa

a Vulcar Fagaloa with a surfboard on the roof

  • Price: $335,000

This two-door station wagon is based on the Volvo Amazon from the 60s. It's a typical beach car and is not intended for racing.

It's a very slow and clunky car, but you buy a car like this for the fun it offers and its cool, customizable features. For example, you can turn it into rusty garbage and drive the streets of San Andreas, making everybody point their fingers.


The Super Sport Series kicks off new car releases every week from now on, so be sure to check every single car before making the decision to purchase anything.

Out of the first five cars, the best one is definitely the Entity XXR. Although it's a bit costly, it is a solid investment. Skip the Taipan and take into consideration either the Sabre or GB200 -- although the Sabre is the definite winner among these two.

So really, only two cars are worthy of your money here: the XXR and the Sabre. The rest simply can't compete. But we'll see what the next week will bring to the table.


Now you can safely purchase any of the new cars presented in the Super Sport Series update, and for other GTA Online guides at GameSkinny, just follow these links:

FFXIV Eureka Anemos Weapon Guide Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:31:12 -0400 Sergey_3847

The whole point of Eureka Anemos dungeon content, the latest addition to Final Fantasy XIV patch 4.25, is the new set of Anemos gear, which includes the new relic weapon.

In order to get this new powerful weapon, you need to unlock a few other things beforehand and also earn some Protean and Anemos crystals by killing elemental monsters. Follow our step-by-step guide below for more details.

How to Unlock the Eureka Anemos Weapon

Purchase screen for the anemos crystal in FFXIV

Step 1: Obtain Antiquated Weapon

You can obtain an Antiquated weapon or any other Antiquated item in two ways: either by getting it from your coffer of the level 70 final job quest, or by purchasing it from Calamity Salvager.

Calamity Salvager can be found in the following areas:

  • The Aftcastle, Limsa
  • Mih Khetto's Amphitheatre, Gridania
  • Weaver's Guild, Ul'dah
Step 2: Upgrade Your Weapon

After you've purchased an Antiquated weapon from Calamity Salvager, you can take it to Gerolt, a blacksmith, who resides in Port Surgate on Eureka. He will be able to upgrade your weapon to a regular version, and then to +1 and +2 versions, which are necessary for your Anemos weapon.

You also need to have enough Protean crystals to be able to pay for the upgrades. Protean crystals can be obtained by killing elemental monsters on Eureka.

  • regular weapon upgrade will cost you 100 Protean crystals
  • +1 upgrade will cost you 400 Portean crystals
  • +2 upgrade will cost you 800 Protean crystals
Step 3: Unlock Anemos Weapon

In order to upgrade any of the +2 items, you will also need 150 Anemos crystals, which can be exchanged for your Protean crystals.

However, in order to unlock the Anemos weapon, you will also need 3 Pazuzu feathers, which can only be obtained by killing the Pazuzu Bird, which spawns in the Newvoid, west of Eureka, after you defeat Shadow Wraith.

Take the feathers back to Gerolt and upgrade your +2 weapon to Anemos weapon.


That's how you can unlock the Anemos weapon or any other upgradable item on Eureka, and for other Final Fantasy XIV guides at GameSkinny, please follow the links below:

An Updated Beginner's Guide to Planetary Conquest in The Old Republic Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:23:28 -0400 Anthony Merklinger

On Tuesday, March 20, BioWare introduced game update 5.8: Command Authority for Star Wars: The Old Republic and brought massive changes to its Planetary Conquest system that was first introduced with 2.9: Galactic Strongholds in 2014. Among a new interface design, players can enjoy increased challenges, opportunities, and rewards for their participation.

New interface for SWTOR 5.8 patch

Getting Started

Planetary Conquest is an in-game event that allows guilds to compete for control over sectors, or planets, by acquiring points through objective completion. The event resets weekly on Tuesday afternoon. Players can participate by opening their Mission Log (hotkey “L”), selecting the Conquest tab from the menu, and completing the objectives on the left. While some can be performed individually, others require group settings. Objectives have been rebalanced to yield points appropriate to their respective difficulty and now offer credits, experience, and Command Experience upon completion.

There are 13 unique Planetary Conquest events with 19 conquerable planets. Prior to 5.8, cycles operated on a fixed schedule, which gave players and guilds the opportunity to strategize and take proactive measures to build significant points at the start of the event; however, Command Authority has made the Planetary Conquest schedule obsolete, and cycles are now chosen at random (unless one coincides with another recurring in-game event, such as Relics of the Gree or Rakghoul Resurgence).

Meeting Personal Goals

Planetary Conquest’s new interface design separates personal contribution from guild invasions. To be eligible for the personal rewards, players must accumulate enough points to meet the event’s designated goal, which is usually 20,000. While the planetary bonuses for objectives have been removed, update 5.8 introduces daily objectives to supplement the one-time and repeatable tasks. One-time objective completion is now indicated by a “complete” or “incomplete" status, whereas the lemniscate that accompanied repeatable missions has been replaced with a variant of the universal recycling symbol. For additional clarity, players can filter objectives by points, name, repeatable eligibility, and percent complete.

Note: War Supplies: Invasion Force, which previously served as the “toxic waste” of Planetary Conquest, can be combined into ten stacks and donated to the guild for conquest points. Crafting War Supplies now requires additional materials.

a well-decorated stronghold in SWTOR

Applying a Stronghold Bonus

A well-received change with Command Authority is how stronghold bonuses affect player scores. Prior to update 5.8, a player could achieve a 150% stronghold bonus by unlocking several strongholds and filling their rooms with decorations. Strongholds retained a 100% decoration completion that could be satisfied by filling out the maximum allotment of decoration hooks, which contributed a 25% stronghold bonus toward the overall 150%. Players took advantage of this feature by purchasing cheap decorations, such as Basic Metal Chairs and Basic Junker’s Lights, from the decoration merchants; however, update 5.8 has removed decoration hook requirements and instead bases a player’s stronghold bonus on the number of strongholds and rooms unlocked. The Coruscant Apartment, Kaas City Apartment, and Umbaran Mobile Base are the cheapest and easiest to fully unlock (granting a 75% stronghold bonus).

A 150% stronghold bonus makes achieving personal conquest goals relatively easy. For instance, completing an operation through Group Finder, prior to 5.8, would typically yield 3,000 points. With the bonus applied, a player could earn 7,500 points for completing the same objective. Stronghold bonuses are now reflected in the Conquest interface.

Conquest interface in Star Wars The Old Republic

Guild Invasions

A new panel has been introduced to reflect a guild’s progress in Planetary Conquest called “guild invasions.” Update 5.8 categorized conquerable planets into three planetary invasion targets, each with unique reward yields: planets with the highest invasion target require the most participation points and offer the strongest rewards, whereas planets with the weakest invasion target offer the smallest rewards.

Guild leaders or officers with invasion privileges can commit a guild’s flagship to a planet, which will lock the guild into that planet’s leaderboard for the duration of the event; however, guild rewards are no longer tied to placing on the leaderboards’ top ten. Instead, guilds that meet their point goal, which corresponds to the sum of the guild’s members’ scores, will be eligible for receiving the invaded planet’s yield. Guilds that take first place still acquire the achievement: “Conqueror of...,” which can be found under Strongholds in a player’s legacy (hotkey “Y”).

More new features introduced with Command Authority are the top five guild member participation panel, where guild members can see who their highest contributors are, and the Current Conquerors panel, which shows planets that have been last conquered by an invading guild.

the current conquerors panel


Players who complete their personal conquest goal will receive the following rewards:

  • Gathering Lockbox (Universal): “Contains [three] material gathering decorations for your stronghold, which can be harvested for crafting materials.”
  • 25k Credit Certificate
  • 2x Superior Resource Matrix
  • 10x Scrap: Assorted Droid Parts
  • 15x Scrap: Scavenged Scrap

Guilds that meet their planetary invasion target will receive the following rewards:

Small Yield:
  • Gathering Lockbox (Universal)
  • 50k Credit Certificate
  • 2x Superior Resource Matrix
  • 10x Scrap: Jawa Junk
  • 1x Command, Engineering, or Logistical Encryption
Medium Yield:
  • Gathering Lockbox (Universal)
  • 2x 50k Credit Certificate
  • 3x Superior Resource Matrix
  • 15x Scrap: Jawa Junk
  • 1x Command, Engineering, or Logistical Encryption
Large Yield:
  • 2x Gathering Lockbox (Universal)
  • 3x 50k Credit Certificate
  • 4x Superior Resource Matrix
  • 20x Scrap: Jawa Junk
  • 1x Command, Engineering, or Logistical Encryption

lots of items available from a vendor in SWTOR

Note: When a player meets their planetary conquest goal, a new vendor will appear in the Strongholds and Crew Skills section of the Republic and Imperial Fleets. Players can exchange five War Supplies: Invasion Force and 100,000 credits for new stronghold decorations. Additionally, players can purchase the new Commander’s Compendium for three Dark Projects and 4.5 million credits -- an item that instantly brings a companion’s influence level to 50 (with the exception of temporary companions).


Following these strategies can help you and your guild obtain more favorable and substantial results in Planetary Conquest with the SWTOR 5.8 update. Be sure to check back with GameSkinny for more on Star Wars: The Old Republic!

Sea of Thieves Beginner's Guide Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:01:40 -0400 Anthony Merklinger

Looking to start your voyage in Rare’s Sea of Thieves? We’ve gathered the best tips and tricks to help feeble pirates get their sea legs as they embark on an unforgettable journey beyond the horizon. Whether you sail in the company of nefarious scallywags or brave the tide by your lonesome, our beginner’s guide will help you navigate the starting outpost, launch your vessel, and complete quests to earn some much-needed coin.

A pirate ship docked by a shore

Character Creation

Rare’s approach to character creation is atypical from traditional online games. The importance of player identity hearkens back to the notoriety of pirate legends who once plagued the sea, such as Blackbeard or Davy Jones, so modification tools to adjust hair, facial structure, weight, height, and other body appearance options are nonexistent to prevent two similar models from engaging in the same lore-based adventure. Recognition is king.

Players are introduced to eight unique, albeit randomly generated, character models via the character creation panel. Here, the “bare bones” of a character are chosen, as numerous customization features can be purchased using in-game currency from Outpost vendors or accessed using the vanity chest later.

Players can favorite particular styles and regenerate models to narrow their search and compare; however, it is worth noting that once a character has been made, it is bound to the Microsoft account’s gamertag and cannot be changed unless deleted.

Tip: Need to delete your pirate? Open the settings from the main menu and select “pirate settings.” A single option will be available, so you can restart with a clean slate. No more grogginess! 

Models hold shovels, cutlasses, grenades, hurdy-gurdies, pints of grog, and other pirate paraphernalia, though this is not indicative of the model’s role. Additionally, hitboxes are normalized, so larger and smaller pirates will have equal performance during combat.

ship selection screen in sea of thieves

Selecting Your Crew

In the absence of a central storyline, Sea of Thieves strictly relies on player engagement and cooperation for its open-world setting. From the starting screen, pirates can choose their ship class -- galleon or sloop -- and preset their group configurations:

  • Full galleon crew (four players)
  • Small galleon crew (three players)
  • Small sloop crew (two players)
  • Solo sloop crew (one player)

If you choose a full galleon crew as a solo player, you may be paired with other pirates from cross-platform play. Be ready to use the in-game chat and/or voice functions to coordinate voyages. 

Choosing Your Ship

There are two vessel types pirates can utilize to navigate: galleons and sloops. Sloops have a competitive advantage with respect to speed and tacking and are perfect for smaller crews, as the proximity of the ship’s wheel, anchor, sails, and cannons are within jumping distance. Though it provides less protection and cargo space than the galleon, the sloop is a viable option to make quick escapes or for sailing solo.

Conversely, the galleon is more open and requires more hands to prepare and defend the ship. Galleon crews can enjoy faster speeds when sailing with the wind but will be outmatched against sloops moving against the wind.

Navigating the Starting Outpost

When a player enters Sea of Thieves, they will emerge from a drunken stupor in the Outpost’s Tavern. The first objective is to become familiar with the basic hotkeys, prompted by the in-game tutorial demonstrating inventories, quest logs, and weapon cycling that can be adjusted in the keyboard and mouse or controller settings. When you have found a comfortable setup, explore the town to gather your bearings. Try sprinting, aiming, or charging up your cutlass' plunge attack before venturing into uncharted waters.

There’s a myriad of supplies stored in barrels throughout the Outpost. Stock up on bananas to replenish your health, planks of wood to repair your ship, and cannonballs to defend yourself in case of attack. You can also visit the armory box to swap your pistol and cutlass for a blunderbuss or rifle.

As a pirate newcomer, you'll be pretty strapped for coin, but you can visit the Outpost’s shops to browse a vendor’s wares or engage in conversation for some plundering incentives. Each shop -- weaponsmith, clothing, equipment, and shipwright -- sells alternate cosmetic items players can purchase to enhance the appearance of their character, equipment, or vessel.

Voyages available for purchase

Purchasing a “Voyage”

In Sea of Thieves, quests, or "voyages," can be purchased for gold from one of the three reputation factions located in the Outposts. Players can retain a combination of up to three quests at a time for the Gold Hoarders, Order of Souls, and Merchant Alliance -- the first quests, or starter voyages, are free. Completing voyages earns a player gold and reputation points for that association, which are marked by milestones that will unlock hidden areas and more significant equipment; however, the higher the reputation, the more complex and difficult the voyages become.

Players, in their quest to become "pirate legends," can plunder armaments to tackle more significant challenges, such as Skull Forts -- Sea of Thieves’ raid equivalent. You can also find hidden treasure maps along island coastlines, stashed away in green bottles. 

Steering a pirate ship in nighttime waters

Launching Your Vessel

Head to the Outpost dock when you're ready to launch, and interact with the ladder to climb aboard. From here, you’ll want to plot your course. Select the voyage you and your crew want to undertake (indicated by the voyage table below deck), and determine your heading by consulting the map table. Raise the anchor, drop the sails, and man the wheel as your ship carries you to your destination. Move the sail angle to catch the wind for increased speed.

Be extremely careful to avoid crashing into other objects, as your ship can sink -- along with any valuable treasures on board -- if repairs are not made immediately. If your vessel takes on water, grab your bucket and dump it overboard.

Tip: Consider reducing your speed and be ready to drop the anchor as your vessel approaches land. Also, be aware of approaching storms -- your ship and your character can be struck by lightning.

light blue smoke emerging from a flare at sea

In the event your pirate ship sinks, a mermaid will be positioned nearby holding a flare with a great plume of smoke that you can interact with to return to an Outpost (or your ship if you’ve become separated).

Completing Voyages

Voyages can be exceedingly vague or blatantly obvious, though the trick to completing them is using the resources provided, and perhaps a little bit of luck. Quests for the Gold Hoarders association involve hunting down and recovering treasure, whereas quests for the Order of Souls requires, well, skulls of the undead. The Merchant Alliance is a bit more elaborate, as pirates may not only be responsible for delivering cargo but may also have to catch wild animals, which requires securing a cage from the representative prior to launch (and after the voyage has been selected).

Use your equipment wisely. Activate your lantern during the evening, maintain strong supplies of wooden planks and bananas, and ensure your pistol has sufficient ammo. You can even load your ship’s cannons prior to setting sail. There is no doubt you will encounter ill-intentioned characters along your travels, whether they be other players or enemy NPCs. Sea of Thieves excels at removing a player’s sense of security, so be prepared for intensive combat and note your quickest escape route.

During combat, especially as a solo player, felling enemies is much easier when a considerable distance is kept, as aimed shots can result in a kill. If you run out of ammo, take advantage of the cutlass’ charged ability.

Tip: Pirates who encounter snakes can sustain damage over time if hit by their venom. Additionally, skeletons wielding blunderbusses can deplete a player's health significantly at close range. Take advantage of your ship's stockpile of bananas. 

a treasure chest in Sea of Thieves

Once you’ve completed a voyage, bring the contents to your ship and secure them below deck. Crews only get paid by selling the quest item to the association representative, who will divide the shares.

Larger crews should consider leaving a member behind to guard the ship, as vessels can be hijacked by other pirates. You can also douse the lamps for heightened secrecy. 

fog enshrouding the deck of a ship


The pirate life is not for everyone, and unfortunately, you may enter an encounter that takes a turn for the worse. Don't worry. If you're defeated, you travel to the Ferry of the Damned: an eerie ship captained by a pirate ghost (plus, you don't have to pay to get off!). Merely enter the portal located beneath the helm to return to your ship.

Defeating the Kraken

If your vessel comes under attack by the dreaded Kraken, specified by a dark mass underneath the ship, it is important for crews to remain calm and focused -- don’t dive in the water! Load the cannons and fire at the base of the Kraken’s tentacles. If an arm manages to capture a crew member and lift them from the deck, players should equip their cutlass and swipe at the tentacle as it closes.


Following these tips will help secure your advantage on the open sea and make you a seasoned, swashbuckling pirate. Be sure to check back with GameSkinny for more on Sea of Thieves, and if you haven't already, be sure to check out our other Sea of Thieves guides.