Mobile Platform RSS Feed | Mobile RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network 5 Extremely Difficult Modern Games for Masochists Fri, 25 May 2018 12:16:53 -0400 Edgar Wulf


That's all, you can take a respite now. Have you played any of the games mentioned, or even managed to beat them? Perhaps you know of an immensely difficult game that deserves a place on this list? Let us know in the comments below.


And if you enjoyed this list, check out other great compilations on GameSkinny:




Cuphead is a brutally tough 2D run-and-gun game with beautiful hand-drawn animation in the vein of old-school Disney cartoons. You play as Cuphead, who is indebted to the devil himself and must battle through a series of challenging bosses to repay his debt. The game follows segments of straightforward run-and-gun, as well as bullet hell-style stages where the screen is populated with a large amount of various projectiles that you have to dodge. All of it leads to the game's main attraction -- boss battles -- which are highly diverse, each requiring a different approach and strategy. Unlike the other games on this list, Cuphead allows for couch co-op, so give your best buddy a controller, let them take charge of Cuphead's brother Mugman, and as a duo, indulge in the pleasantly painful world of this charming title.


Hotline Miami


Hotline Miami is a top-down twin-stick shooter heavily inspired by 80's culture. You play as a nameless protagonist who is known among the community simply as Jacket, because he's wearing one. Jacket receives calls from an unknown source urging him to commit murderous raids on mobster hideouts around the city. His goal is to kill every single one on any given level with numerous weapons at his disposal, ranging from axes and swords to assault rifles and shotguns; most enemies die from a single attack, but so does Jacket. Hotline Miami is about dying, a lot, learning enemy layout, and attempting a level again -- and again, and again. Thankfully, the gameplay is kept engaging by fast-paced action, an amazing synthwave soundtrack, and a variety of animal masks that grant beneficial properties at the start of a level.


Demon's Souls


When presented with the question of the most difficult modern game, most would probably answer Dark Souls; however, it all began with Demon's Souls, which is, arguably, still the most difficult entry in the Souls franchise. Much like later titles, it revolves around creating a hero based on one of the available classes and traveling through the crumbling lands of Boletaria, populated by threatening foes, including a diverse range of bosses, most of which can kill you in a few hits. Only a small number of games can provide a feeling as rewarding as defeating a boss the size of a building after countless unsuccessful attempts, as well as seeing the infamous "You Defeated" appear on screen. For that reason, Demon's Souls still stands as a prime modern example of a brutally difficult yet immensely satisfying game.


Darkest Dungeon


Darkest Dungeon provides a different kind of difficulty; it doesn't test your reflexes or ability to nimbly traverse fast-paced levels. It's a dungeon crawler that presents you with the arduous task of managing a diverse group of heroes and guiding them through many dreary dungeons. There, heroes can die not only in battle against terrifying beasts, but also from starvation, deadly traps, or a heart attack due to accumulated stress. Despite the combat being turn-based, any one mistake can mean the difference between success and failure. It is therefore up to the player to micro-manage the roster available to them, making sure they are fed, well-rested, equipped accordingly, and mentally prepared. Alas, some deaths can't be avoided, and each hero should be treated as expendable, promptly replaced by new ones recruited in town.


Super Meat Boy


You're Meat Boy -- literally, a piece of meat -- and your goal is to rescue Bandage Girl from the evil Dr. Fetus. Super Meat Boy, made by the awesome Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes, is a punishingly difficult 2D platformer in which you must guide Meat Boy through increasingly elaborate levels littered with rotating sawblades, spikes, and other deadly hazards. Clearing all worlds, seven in total, is a serious feat in and of itself, and at the end of each, you are challenged by a powerful boss. Should you feel like testing the limits of your sanity, you can attempt an even more difficult Dark World, which is unlocked after completing a world's regular version. Super Meat Boy's demanding difficulty is easily justified by colorful visuals and impeccable controls, so you can always be certain that, if you died 200 times on one level, each misstep was your own fault.


Most games nowadays make you feel comfortable; they tend to overwhelm you with tutorials and hold your hand throughout the first few hours. Without a doubt, more complex video games can definitely benefit from an in-depth explanation, but is it really necessary to teach a player how to move, look up, or open a door? Some games, like Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, even make fun of such basic tutorials.


Then there are games on the opposite end of the spectrum, games that challenge your skills, smarts, and reflexes, forcing you to earn the satisfying sensation of success by learning everything from first-hand experience. They're not always fair -- in fact, in most instances, they're the opposite -- but that's the whole appeal.


It is thanks to these games that the term "Nintendo Hard" exists, but it is often used to describe the difficulty of older titles, like Battletoads or Contra. Modern games, for better or for worse, are rarely so challenging. There is, however, a less notorious term for defining the difficulty of more recent games, and that is "Masocore," a portmonteau of "masochist" and "hardcore," both of which perfectly characterize the games on this list. These games are either extremely challenging by default or don't have an adjustable difficulty setting at all.


If you are tired of simple, straightforward games and crave a true challenge, then click over to the next page to view the first out of 5 extremely difficult modern games, in no particular order.

Returners Beginner's Guide: You're Not Bronze Anymore, Baby! Tue, 22 May 2018 14:49:35 -0400 Joseph Rowe

Are you tired of getting your butt handed to you in League matches? Sick of the AI stomping your tuchus in Adventure mode? Fed up with feeling like your rear is going to get handed to you if you don't spend some real money on some items soon? Have no fear, this Returners beginner's guide is here to teach you how to kick butt and play optimally.

I will skip going over the basics of the game as the tutorial does a thorough job of explaining the mechanics. This guide will instead cover the best use of your time and resources for your first several hours of the game.

Team Building Tips

The image above shows the basic team you start off with in Returners. I'm a free-to-play player in most games, and Returners actually isn't that much of a pay-to-win game, so you can get quite far with just this team if you feel like it. You'll definitely have no problem getting out of bronze if you put the time and effort into leveling your characters.

That being said, there are certain characters that synchronize better with a specific teammate over others. For example, King Arthur is a tank, but he needs heals before his ultimate attack can activate. You can either bring a healing tactic card that you have to watch very carefully, or you can set yourself up with a healing support like Panacea. 

You should also build your team around the specific fight you're about to engage in. If your enemy team is mostly mages, don't send a bunch of characters in with only physical defense. You will need to adjust formations and equipment as need be. Take some time to go through each piece of equipment you get, especially once you start getting multiple rares and legendaries for each role. You'll be surprised by your ability to take down foes with much higher CP than you if you play smart in terms of counters.


Battle Enhancements and Tactic Cards

When you unlock the ability to spend formation points, you will want to very carefully consider what you want to do. There are counters to pretty much every team composition in Returners, so even if you play as smart as possible, you can still lose. That being said, go with what feels right. If you want an attack-heavy team, just take some battle tactic cards to help you burst down your foes before defense becomes an issue, or take some to enhance your defenses.

The tactic cards you bring in will change from battle to battle. If your foe is going to burst down your mage, you'll want to take a taunt to draw the enemy team's attention to your tankiest character(s). If you lack a healing support, you can either gamble and try to burst your foe down before you die with some attack enhancement cards, or you can play it safe by bringing some heals. This will be something you learn with trial and error. Furthermore, don't be afraid to use your cards in Adventure if you can. For example, heal a character with about 80% health to keep them topped off. Your cards will refresh their cooldown faster than you think in Returners.

How to Spend Your Bluestone

There's quite a bit of debate in the Returners community about the best way to spend your bluestone. From my experience and from what I've seen other players talk about, you will want to spend it more on equipment than on characters. You can get a character you really want, but avoid spending your precious resources on characters you won't use just for the sake of completion. Once you get up to higher ranks, you can do that if you want. Until then, either use it for equipment or for energy (discussed below).

Resource Acquisition

By the time you're reading this Returners guide, you've likely already completed the tutorial and need something else to do. Check out the dungeons. You can get items necessary to level up and enhance equipment, level up skills, and more. As a lower-level player, though, you will want to focus on the daily Upgrade Material dungeons instead of the non-daily ones as there will be a much larger energy cost if you do the latter. If you play every day, though, you will have ample resources, so this shouldn't be a problem for you after a week or so.

You will also get plenty of relics, equipment, experience books, etc. from playing through the Adventure and League in Returners. Just put the time into those modes, and your characters will level up, you can enhance them to upgrade them, you can level up and enhance weapons/armor, rinse and repeat.

Another simple way to get more resources is to check the achievement list (like in the image above). You will be able to get gold, bluestone, energy, potions, scrolls, etc. Check the achievement list often because there are both daily and weekly missions as well as the items you get from achievements. Always do your dailies and weeklies if you want to play this game without spending cash.

Save Your Money by Gaining Energy

Most mobile games like Returners are insanely greedy. They try to get you to spend as much of your money as possible and punish you for being free-to-play. Thankfully, this one isn't like that -- or at least is less so than others on the market. Like we've discussed above, there are tons of ways to accrue resources. Energy is probably the most important resource in the game because without it, you can't really do much.

There are many ways to regain energy. The most obvious one is by ranking up. Doing so will increase your maximum capacity for energy. Another obvious way is by spending bluestones and/or real money on bluestones to get more energy. You will get a lot of bluestones just from playing the game as a beginner, so you can save them up for higher levels when you need more energy if you don't feel like gambling with the equipment gachas.

You can regain energy from claiming rewards from your achievement list like discussed above. You can give your friends friend points to get energy. You can even watch your most recent League match replay to get some energyReturners is surprisingly generous in this regard.


All right, that does it for this Returners beginner's guide. We went over the best use of your resources, how to accrue more of them, battle formations, tactic cards, and team building! Stay tuned for more Returners content, and let us know if there's a specific guide you'd like to see for this game. If you have any questions or tips, leave them in the comments section!

How to Get the Jetpack in Fortnite Tue, 22 May 2018 10:52:06 -0400 Ty Arthur

The long, agonizing wait for full flight in Fortnite is over! Announced way back in February and then put on the back burner so the developers could focus on other limited time events and items, the jetpack finally made it to Fortnite.

After the low gravity hop rocks appeared at Risky Reels and Dusty Divot at the start of Season 4, it seemed like Fortnite's jetpacks were forever forgotten. Now that they've arrived with the 4.2 update, we've got all the details on where to pick them up and how to use them!

Finding It

Legendary rarity drops like the Jetpack are a whole new class of item known as a backpack, with more types besides the jetpack due to be added in the future. While you can loot them from dead players, you won't find them as normal ground loot because they only spawn in treasure chests.

Like any other weapon or consumable healing item, the jetpack takes up an inventory slot and can be moved around or swapped out for another item. Any back bling cosmetic items you have equipped will be effectively hidden while the jetpack is equipped.

 Jetpacking over a house to get a good shot
(thanks to NoahJ456 for the screenshot)

How To Use It

To activate the Jetpack, just hit the jump button while already in mid-air. This will engage the jets and give you enhanced mobility and movement -- like an upgraded version of the hop rock.

There's a catch, though -- jetpacks don't last forever and you can't just zip around the air killing all the ants (er, players) on the ground below.

Each thrust of the jetpack has a limited duration that runs out rapidly. It lasts longer than the hop rocks, but its still a limited-time effect.

To begin the recharge, land and leave the jetpack turned off for a second or so. If you run out of charge for the jetpack altogether by using it too long, it will crumble into dust and disappear from your inventory, bringing you back bling item back into view.

While perfect for re-positioning, the jetpack is actually less about getting kills from the air than you might expect. There's one major reason for this -- you can't enter weapon targeting mode at all while the jetpack is engaged. Yep, you are firing blind.

That makes weapons like the rocket launcher or shotgun a lot more effective than the sniper rifle with the jetpack, unless you can perfectly time disengaging the jetpack, switching to your gun, and getting off a shot before you start falling (and I have no doubt some pro player will!).

 Woo-hoo, for once they weren't lying about what "coming soon" means! 

That's all you need to know for now about the new jetpack Fortnite 4.2 update! Where did you find your first jetpack, and have you pulled off any amazing mid-air kills with it yet?

Let us know your best jetpack kill story below, and if you are still looking for help to wrap up the other Season 4 challenges, check out the rest our Fortnite guides at GameSkinny below:

Fortnite Challenge Guide: Search Between a Bench, Ice Cream Truck, and a Helicopter Tue, 22 May 2018 07:00:16 -0400 Sergey_3847

Every week brings new challenges to Fortnite's Battle Royale mode. One of the tougher challenges in Week 4 is to find a Battlestar between a Bench, Ice Cream Truck, and a Helicopter.

If you want to know how to locate the Battlestar before anyone else, then follow our quick guide below, which is complete with a handy map. Just be careful: there are sure to be other players landing nearby going for the same prize. 

Where to Find Week 4's Battlestar

Fortnite's Season 4, Week 4 Battlestar Location on the Game's Map

All three challenge objects can be found in Moisty Mire, located in the southeastern part of the island. The Bench resides on the bank of a small river under the lantern.

The Ice Cream Truck can be seen on one of the small islands to the east from the Bench. And the Helicopter is set against a green screen on the opposite side of the river from where you spotted the Bench earlier.

The Battlestar will appear on a small patch of land between those three spots (see the screenshot above for exact map location). It's right under a big tree on a patch of land with no grass.

In order to claim your prize, just walk up to the Battlestar and interact with it. As a result, the Search between a Bench, Ice Cream Truck, and a Helicopter challenge will be completed.


That's all for the Season 4, Week 4 search challenge, and for other Fortnite guides at GameSkinny, be sure to visit the links below:

Fortnite Map Guide: Wailing Woods Chest Locations Tue, 22 May 2018 07:00:08 -0400 Sergey_3847

Those looking to complete Season 4, Week 4 challenges in Fortnite must find seven chests within the Wailing Woods. This is a hard challenge, since Wailing Woods is not the most reliable zone for loot chest spawns.

However, you can use our quick guide below to find all the possible chest locations and get the 500 XP reward for completing this somewhat difficult challenge.

All Chest Locations in Wailing Woods

On the map above you can see the exact spawn locations of all possible chests in Wailing Woods. 

The most obvious spot for loot chests in Week 4 is in the maze located in the center of Wailing Woods. There you will find at least five chests spawning all around the construction. However, be careful, as many other players will want to land there and open chests for themselves.

This means that the best strategy would be to land somewhere on the outskirts of the region. For example, the eastern side of the woods has at least three other potential spots for loot chests. After landing there, you can carefully make your way through the woods to the center, slowly picking off enemies to nab the loot for yourself.

Another one can be located in the southwestern area, and one more can be found in the north of the woods. Even if you can't get all seven chests in the span of one game, don't worry -- you can always go back and find more chests in the following matches.


That's it for all loot chest locations in Wailing Woods for this Week 4 Challenge, and for other Fortnite guides here at GameSkinny, please visit the links below:

Pokemon GO Bringing Alolan Forms of Pokemon Soon Mon, 21 May 2018 15:26:15 -0400 Zach Hunt

Pokemon GO developer Niantic surprised everyone today by announcing that Alolan forms of Pokemon will soon be coming to the popular mobile game.

First appearing in Pokemon Sun and Moon, Alolan forms of Pokemon are based on first-generation Pokemon, so it appears Niantic isn't quite ready to introduce the fourth-gen monsters into Pokemon GO just yet.

Eighteen Gen-One Pokemon have Alolan forms, but it's not yet known just which ones we'll be seeing or how the release of them will work. The teaser image, as seen above, provides silhouettes of a decent number of these Kanto region inhabitants, so it's probably safe to assume we could see them all at some point.

No specific release dates were mentioned -- only that they'd be popping up in "the coming weeks" -- but stick with GameSkinny for all the news, tips, and information on Pokemon GO you need. As always, let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Questland Beginner's Guide: Playing Smart Fri, 18 May 2018 15:56:36 -0400 Joseph Rowe

As everyone who has played Questland so far knows: this is a fun game! However, it is also a bit painfully straightforward. You kill monsters, you collect loot, you earn exp, etc. Since it's so easy, this Questland beginner's guide will skip all that and focus instead on maximizing your enjoyment of the game by giving you the ability to do well from the start.

Questland Gear Overview

First things first, let's talk what kind of gear there is in Questland and how to get it. There are 10 different gear slots (with the paw print one being unusable currently):

  1. Helmet
  2. Chest Armor
  3. Gauntlets
  4. Boots
  5. Pendant
  6. Ring
  7. Talisman
  8. Main Hand
  9. Shield

Gear comes in five different varieties: common, uncommon, rare, epic, and legendary.

As with any RPG, you will want to do your best to acquire as much epic and legendary gear as possible while converting your lesser items into either gold, via the shop, or eternium, via the smelt function found in the forge. Both resources are valuable for leveling up your equipment, though some argue that eternium is more valuable than gold as gold is easier to come by.

Remember that the better your gear, the better you'll do on your quests. The better you do on your quests, the more rewards you'll earn. So, investing in good gear is a necessity to perform well in Questland.

Upgrading Gear

You can use gold and eternium to upgrade your gear. Do not upgrade your gear unless you absolutely need to in order to clear a mission or, more importantly, if it's epic or above. You will come across epics and legendaries more quickly than you think, so be sure to avoid wasting your currency on lesser items as it's better to just convert them into currency in Questland.

Obtaining Gear

Getting gear in Questland is easier than you think. You just have to open up chests with keys or gems. You can also get gear from the shop or by completing certain missions with 3-stars (less than 20 turns taken to finish the mission), but you're much more likely to get better gear by opening up Eternal Gear Chests in the shop for 300 gems/Eternal Gear keys.

You will earn a surprising amount of gems, particularly at the start of the game, if you just follow the directions on the Earn Gems subsection of the Quest area and play the game in other ways. This will help you earn epic and legendary gear much earlier than you would if you didn't invest in these chests.

Some players think that it's not worth spending gems on Eternal Gear Chests. They think it's a better use of resources to only use them on event draws, like the one above. I had no regrets about using my gems on the Eternal Gear Chests as it made me powerful enough to breeze through the first few sets of quests, but other players might not feel comfortable with the RNG aspect of chest opening. If you're such a player, stick with the legendary parts that you obtain through event draws.

Obtaining Resources

Questland is one of the few mobile games that, at least at the start, seems to overload you with opportunities for resources. There are so many different ways to obtain resources that it's honestly hard to keep track of. You have the Docks, where you can earn gold, eternium, barrels (a form of currency), and event tickets within mere minutes by watching ads, but you also have the Quest section, which has three different ways to earn resources. Besides that, you have the ability to sell your armor for gold or smelt it for eternium. 

One of the only things that will ever get in the way of you earning more resources is when you run out of energy. This means that you can't complete more quests. In a game called Questland, that's pretty serious! If that is the case, hit up the tavern for a twice-daily free stew that will restore your energy. This will enable you to go on quests again. You can also watch a video to earn free gems while you're at it.

Another place you can watch videos for resources is at the bank. Instead of just getting the normal amount of money, you'll get a bonus 50% added to your total amount. It only takes a few seconds, but it's totally worth it!

Is the Cash Shop Worth it?

I normally would say no to this question if asked about almost any other game, but Questland has two amazing deals for $0.99 each that will hook you up with insane amounts of resources for the early game. The best resources you get from these deals are Eternal Chest Keys and loads of gems. You can use the keys to open up enough eternal chests to hook yourself up with some amazing gear early on. The better your gear early on, the more faces you will smash in your quests. The more quests you complete, the more rewards you unlock in the Quest section.


That does it for this Questland beginner's guide! If you have any tips that I missed, leave them in the comment section below. If there are any guides for Questland that you'd like to see made, let us know in the comments section as well.

Grandpa Mobile Game Guide: Tips for Getting Out Alive! Fri, 18 May 2018 15:36:42 -0400 Stephanie Tang

You wake up. You're in a creepy house that you don't recognize. A geriatric psycho is trying to murder you. You need to solve the puzzles of the locked house and get out. 

Sound familiar? 

If your first guess was DVloper's mobile horror game Granny that came out last month, then... well hey, you wouldn't be wrong. But brand-new to Google Play and Steam (Early Access) comes Pudding's Grandpa -- a game where you must unlock the puzzles in this creepy house and get out before a bloodthirsty Grandpa hears you and murders you to death. 

Here are some tips on how to stay alive long enough to do that!

1. It's okay to die. 

So staying alive may be the point of the plot, but it's not exactly integral to the point of the game. Every time you die, it just saves your progress and allows you to get a little bit further every time. 

(Also, if you're one to scare easily, it'll definitely take the edge off, since your death by bludgeoning is a little underwhelming. Plus, you'll probably see it a lot.)

There also isn't a great deal of information going in as to how to play, so a lot of it really is "learn by doing." Blindly walking into things makes enough noise to catch ol' Grandpa's attention and send him running after you. 

2. Don't be afraid to drop stuff.

Just remember where you left it. Since you can only carry one thing at a time, what you're holding onto may not be what you need to solve the current part of the escape puzzle. Did you find the Green Key right away in the first room? Great! But you haven't found the corresponding lock for that key yet, though, have you? 

There are other keys. Keep exploring. You're going to find some creepy things lying around (e.g. previous victims), and once you (and your character) gets over the fright, take a closer look, rifle through the bodies. You're going to find new stuff, new keys, that can unlock other rooms with new items. 

3. You can't kill Grandpa. 

That would defeat the purpose of the game. You should be able to find syringes hidden around the house that can disable him for a little while and let you run around a little without worrying about how much noise you're making, but he'll definitely wake up again eventually.

(Note: I didn't actually pick up/use syringes during my play.)

There will be items hidden around the house that look perfect for committing some geriatric murder of your own, particularly against that stubby rake of Grandpa's. They won't work. (I tried it for you.)

4. Hide! (But if you don't, that's okay too...)

This game is... uh... a little broken. In its defense, it's still new/in Early Access, so the devs promise a number of changes to the game. A large part of the gameplay is to avoid the murderous old man strolling around the rooms and hallways as much as possible while you go about your business. 

If you walk in on scary stuff, your character will stop and cover their eyes until they are brave enough to see again -- this essentially demobilizes you, sometimes long enough for Grandpa to storm up and rake you to death. Pay attention to the prompts near stuff like wardrobes and tables -- you'll be able to hide in/under them so that Grandpa will serenely pass you by. This would be the normal mechanics for dealing with Grandpa in the same room as you. 

As mentioned, the game is a little bugged, and Grandpa most of all. You can often catch him getting stuck on stairs and walking into walls so that your way is clear and you can go about doing your puzzle-solving in peace. He might not even notice you even if you're just across the table from him. Sometimes it's the other way around, and he'll teleport through doors, across rooms, etc. Sometimes he'll still find you even when you're hiding. 

There's nothing you can do to fix this, so it's probably a good thing the death/save mechanic is so forgiving. 

5. Other Stuff

Turn up the sound! It's important that you can hear every little creak and clink. If you're playing this on mobile, keep some headphones handy since the sound can get blown out a lot easier than on PC. The loud alert sounds might make you jump this way (the game relies a lot on the startle factor for its scares since the regular environment is pretty well lit), but since it's not always evident where Grandpa is, it'll help you locate him a lot easier. 

Turn down the sensitivity. You can access this on the menu. It's a single, simple slider, and it will make a lot of difference in navigating around the house. 


That's all for now! Just remember to keep looking for new stuff as you gain access to different rooms and to keep an eye out for lock and key colors. You'll make it out of there! Grandpa is a pretty short game, so even if you just poke around here and there, you'll probably finish within 30 minutes to an hour. 

Good luck!

War Mode Returns to PUBG This Weekend Only Fri, 18 May 2018 11:06:11 -0400 Jonathan Moore

If you liked PUBG's War Mode the first time it came around, you're in for a treat. It's back -- and it's better than ever. 

Dubbed Desert Knights, the event is currently live on PC. Players have until Sunday, May 20 at 10 p.m. EDT to hop in and try it for themselves. 

While the previous event saw three 10-man teams vying for supremacy on the Erangal map, War Mode now features five 10-man teams duking it out on the Miramar Map. 

Unlike PUBG's other game modes, War Mode allows players to respawn every 40 seconds and features a single, fixed safe zone. The first team to reach 200 points by either killing or knocking out other players wins. Kills get you 3 points, while knocks will net you 1 point.

Matches will last 15 minutes, and if no team reaches 200 points by the end of that time period, the team with the highest score will win chicken dinner.  

Unlike the previous event, players will start matches with high-level gear this time around: a Lvl. 3 vest and helmet, two grenades, and one of the following weapons: 

  • AWM
  • M24
  • Mk14
  • M249
  • Groza
  • AUG

It's also worthy to note that bleedout is increased when knocked and that reviving teammates -- which reportedly only takes around two seconds -- is important to victory. So make sure you're picking your teammates up! 

For more info and news on War Mode, PUBG, and all the guides you need to dominate Fortnite's competitor, stay tuned to GameSkinny. 

Dragon Ball Legends Error Code CR900501 Fix (Android) Thu, 17 May 2018 13:56:20 -0400 Ashley Gill

Dragon Ball Legends has finally hit global. And with it come server and update errors because Dragon Ball is as popular as ever. Super's on hiatus, and if you're a fan you're probably tired of playing Dokkan Battle. You've got to get your fix somehow.

Amidst the server issues the game is having thanks to (what seems to be) a very successful launch is the error CR900501, which is hitting users who have downloaded the game directly from Google Play and those who used a VPN to download before it became available in their region.

It appears CR900501 is tied to whether the user's game is the same version as the server. This normally isn't an issue since games tend to update when opened or prompt you to go to Google Play to update, but in this case, it is. And it is manageable for most.

If you downloaded from Google Play

If Dragon Ball Legends is available in your region (meaning you did not have to download the APK elsewhere), your best bet to deal with this error is to:

  • Open the Play Store
  • Search for Dragon Ball Legends
  • Update the game if it says an update is available

This only works if you downloaded the APK via Google Play/Play Store. If you downloaded the game APK via another venue, things get trickier and a lot less certain.

If you used a VPN to access the Play Store and download the game that way, you should be able to follow the above steps if you use the same VPN you did to download the game initially.

If you downloaded the APK on its own

This is where things get tricky, because there are a lot of potential reasons you could be getting error CR900501 -- all of them tied to the version you have installed, and none of them easy to pinpoint. Chances are you just need to hop onto a VPN and update.

At least one of the APKs floating around in regions where the game is not out yet uses a different directory from the official download.

In these instances, when you go to Google Play to update as outlined in the above section, you'll be given an entirely separate download of the same game but slightly updated.

I'm not sure what the solution to this issue is other than to figure out the directories, find your save file, and move it over to the new (official) directory. But it's probably just easier to download the game again and use your same linked account or start all over.

What it all boils down to is that CR900501 means Dragon Ball Legends needs to be updated and it can't update itself. How hard that is to fix depends on how you downloaded it in the first place.

Dungeon Hunter Champions Beginner’s Guide Wed, 16 May 2018 14:50:09 -0400 A. Weber

Dungeon Hunter Champions is a pretty standard hero’s tale in which you, as the Invoker, have been tasked with assembling champions to fight against the Corruption, an unidentified dark magic overtaking people and creatures alike and turning them evil. And to do this, all you have to do is plow your way through monsters, fairies, golems, and more, over and over again.

The game will walk you through a mini-tutorial once you start playing, but it might leave you with some questions. So let’s start this guide to Dungeon Hunter Champions with the basics!

Dungeon Hunter Champions Controls & Gameplay  

The controls for Dungeon Hunter Champions are pretty straightforward. Players can move their champions by using the circular navigation bar on the bottom-left of the screen and can attack by clicking on one of the four skill circles on the right (some characters have five). Each champion will normally have one base skill and 3 specialized skills with cooldowns. While it’s only possible to control one character at a time, it is possible to switch between champions mid-battle. Or, if you’re unsure about what to do or are just looking to grind through levels, you can set your party to autoplay and intervene when necessary.

However, during higher levels and boss fights, autoplay likely won’t do the trick. And for those extra difficult battles, Dungeon Hunter Champions has a nifty slow-down mode where both your party and any mobs or bosses are brought down to half-speed so you can take some extra time to strategize your attacks -- which is great for those who are prone to panicked button smashing, like me.

Most mobs and bosses also have red lines indicating where their attacks will hit, so make sure you’re watching the ground to get out of the way. They also tend to follow set patterns, especially bosses, so if you’re struggling to defeat one, just play through it a few times until you learn their moves.

It’s also important to note when and how often you’re using your champions' cooldown skills. While in the beginning it doesn’t matter quite as much if you’re spamming specialized attacks, you may regret having everything on cooldown when you run into a boss. So be careful about not having all your specialized skills on cooldown all at once.

If you have popped all of your CDs though and are taking damage, there are potion and health packs scattered throughout each scenario to help you out!

To PVE or PVP?

There are two main types of gameplay in Dungeon Hunter Champions -- Adventure (PVE) and Battlefields (PVP). Adventure (PVE) has a story that progresses as you move through all 7 boards (or worlds) and defeat bosses -- each board has 11 scenarios, some of which are just treasure chests, and a final boss. Each new scenario also contains a chunk of the story told through champion and villain discussions (as well as consistent fourth wall breaking). Though the conversation interludes can be pretty entertaining, you do have the option to skip them and the storyline completely if you’re just looking to get to the action.

As you push through each scenario, you will be rewarded with gear, gems, gold, and more. You can also repeat scenarios to farm rewards or get more experience before moving on. And if that’s not enough, you can double your rewards by watching ads after each scenario is completed (you can turn this pop-up off for an hour and a half at a time).

While board progression is big, especially as a beginner, it isn’t the only part of Adventure (PVE) mode. As you complete boards and level up, you’ll be able to unlock the Boss Raid mode, where you can get rarer awards, as well as the Ultimate Blitz Mode, Events, and Co-Op play.

After defeating the final boss on Board 1, Battlefields (PVP) mode unlocks with Arena. However, don’t expect Dungeon Hunter Champions to be quite the full-on MOBA experience when it comes to PVP. In arena battles, you aren’t actually playing against another player and their team of 5 -- instead, you’re playing against a bot that is controlling another player’s team.

For the real PVP experience, you will want to try 5v5, where you play as ONE of your characters, along with 4 other players, in matches ranging between 8-20 minutes. This mode offers towers, jungle monsters, and more to work against. However, it doesn’t offer any items, like most of the PVE mode does. So you may want to stick with PVE for a while until your champions are geared up.

Which brings us to the most important part of Dungeon Hunter Champions.

The Champions

They say a true champion will fight through anything ….

And in Dungeon Hunter Champions, there are 250-275 of them willing to do it. Like the name insinuates, the champions are the most important part of Dungeon Hunter Champions -- which ones you get, how you level them, and who you put in your party makes all the difference in trying to get through each board, battleground, and boss fight.

As a beginner, you will start with the first champion, Fire Bounty Hunter, Rogrim. He’s a tank character that will help you burn through the first board with his high health, hard hits, and defense-up skill. You will also pick up a Water Boon Sister, Celestine, on the first board. This will be your main healer for pretty much the entirety of the first board until you can unlock more team members and summon new champions.

Once you are able to start summoning champions, there are a couple of things you should take note of -- the first of which is their elemental attributes. There are five elements in the game, including:

  • Fire (Red)
  • Water (Blue)
  • Nature (Green)
  • Dark (Black)
  • Light (Gold)

And like any other elemental strategy game, they all have their strengths and weaknesses, depending on what they’re matched against. In Dungeon Hunter Champions it goes as follows:

  • Water is best against Fire
  • Fire is best against Nature
  • Nature is best against Water
  • Dark and Light are on equal footing

Outside of their elemental traits, each champion also has a star rank between 1 and 6, with 1 being the lowest and 6 being the highest. The stars are important because they indicate how high the level cap is for that champion. For example, if you have a 1-star champion, the highest level they can train to is 10. With a 6-star champion, though, they can train to level 60.

Don’t worry if you feel like you’re getting stuck with a lot of 1-2 star champions in the beginning. It’ll change. And, if you end up falling in love with a 1-2 star champion, you can “train” them by sacrificing or “feeding” other champions of the same star rating. This will give the chosen character an extra star, while dropping them back down to level 1. You can also use this method to help level up your main champions. Just be sure before clicking “train” in the character tab, because there’s no undo button.

Summoning New Champions

So how can you get new champions? Sometimes you’ll acquire new champions as you move through the boards. However, most of the time, you’ll have to “summon” them. To do this, go to the Summon button on the home screen, and click on one of the 3 listed options - Common (1-3 star), Rare (3-5 star), and Legendary (5 star). While Legendary obviously has the best champions, you will likely find yourself pulling champions from Common Summons more than anything else as a beginner.

When summoning a champion, you will also need specific items called discs, along with gold or gems. For Common Summons, it’s a Common Disc, for Rare Summons, it’s a Rare Disc, and for Legendary Summons, you guessed it, it’s a Legendary Disc.

You can get these discs through normal board progression, boss fights, and other PVE modes.

If you have your heart set on a specific champion, try checking the champions tab. In there you can find the Collection Option on the bottom-right side. This will allow you to sort through champions by star rank and elemental trait, it also gives you their location so you can farm for them!

Finding the Right Team Comp

So now that you’ve got a roster, it’s time to build out your battle-hardened crew. Like any other MOBA or dungeon crawler, team composition in Dungeon Hunter Champions is very important. In the beginning, you will be stuck as a 2-3 man group until you pass Board 1. Then you’ll build up to a 4-man team before ending up with 5.

With this in mind, it’s best to keep to the basics -- tank, healer, DPS. One of each is pretty mandatory, but the rest is up to you. Since each champion comes equipped with their own unique skills and a set elemental trait, your party composition may vary depending on the boss fight, board you’re working through (final bosses tend to have their own elements), or simply your own play style.

Once you’ve gotten a few more champions on your side outside of the starter Bounty Hunter and Boon Sister, you can REALLY start looking at team composition. Because while it’s up to you as to how you want to build your team, there are definitely some standout champions that are preferred community-wide. These champions can also be some of the best for beginners looking to push towards end-game.

  • Light Boon Sister, Xenia (Support/Healer)
  • Crystal Water Priest, Zircon (Support/Healer)
  • Nature Valkyrie, Rota (Support/Healer)
  • Nature Grublin Shaman, Mojo (Support)
  • Nature Candy Munchkin, Peppermint Fighter)
  • Nature Candy Crow Hag, Vorona (Fighter)
  • Water Spearman, Fen Xian (Fighter)

If you’re having a hard time choosing between characters, take a close look at what all of their skills do, and weigh them against each other in overall team comp. A great way to help with this is by checking the Battle Report after each scenario or match. These will show you how each champion performed and whether or not they’re working well together.

Overall, though, your tanks should have some type of defensive move -- like the Fire Bounty Hunter Rogrim’s EPIC LEAP, which raises his defense. Your Fighters should be able to hit hard, and your support characters, like your healers, should be able to not only buff the other champions in your party but also debuff mobs and bosses.

When considering debuffs, one of the best skills to get as a beginner is “disorient.” This skill disrupts boss or mob attacks and can be found on a variety of champions, like the Nature Grublin Shaman, Mojo. It’s also a skill that should continue to be useful as you progress towards end game!

As for buffs, the first thing you may want to look for is something that decreases the party’s cooldown timers or increases the party’s attack speed with haste.

There are also passive skills, like the Water Spearman, Fen Xian’s Synergy Trait, that increases the attack power of ally champions by 25%. So as you level your champions, make sure to look out for any Synergy Traits that might benefit your team.

To check out each of your champions skills, go to their separate character tabs -- Dungeon Hunter Champions does a pretty great job in explaining each.

You can also level up the skill of a champion by training them with a small fluffy-ball tutor called a fuzzlepuff -- you get these through using battle points from PVP.

Now that you have a team focus, it’s time to think about gear.

Gearing Up for Success

Getting new gear in Dungeon Hunter Champions is pretty simple, especially in the beginning; all you have to do is complete scenarios. Each board is themed around a different gear set, and as you progress through, you will have different pieces drop, along with gems and gold.

All of the gear in Dungeon Hunter Champions is star-ranked, similar to the champions and separated by rarity.

  • White = Common
  • Green = Uncommon
  • Mint = Rare
  • Purple = Epic
  • Orange = Legendary

All gear can be upgraded through spending gold, which, while great at lower levels as it’s relatively cheap, can become more difficult and costly as you level. You should also note that any gear you level on one character will lose its level if you transfer it to someone else.

When you first start, completing gear sets should be your main priority. You’ll also want to work on stacking HP gear or Vital pieces (the first of which you can find on Board 1). These are especially important on your support champions as you’ll be in a bit of trouble if they go down mid-fight. Outside of Vital gear, try looking for accuracy and crit stats.

Equipping champions with gear sets you get through Board completion can also give you Active Set Bonuses. For example, 2 pieces of Vital gear can give your champion +15% Max HP.

As you complete boards and level up, you can get even higher-level gear (Epic and Legendary) through Boss Raids!

So You've Got the Hang of It. Now What? Find your Farmer.

Once you’ve got the main parts of the game down, you’ll want to start really focusing on leveling up and gearing out your champions. This is where a “farmer” champion comes in. Typically, these “farmer” champions are a tank or fighter that can carry lower-level champions -- Water Spearman, Fen Xian is a great (and popular) example of this. The “farmer” will run low-level “food” champions through boards over and over to level them up before they’re sacrificed to level the champions in your main roster.

As you get to later boards in the game, farming earlier boards will become incredibly important. It’s nearly impossible to complete every board without leveling up and gearing out all your champions. So get to grinding!

Still unsure? Here are some other quick tips to keep in mind:

  • You can check the Guide Tab under Missions for some in-depth information on how the game works.
  • Check Missions, Daily Quests, and Achievements every day for rewards.
  • There are guilds in-game that you can join or start. However, beware that currently there are no restrictions on joining guilds, which means you can join whichever one you want, and you can’t prevent anyone from joining yours.
  • The Crystal Water Priest is considered one of the best healers in the game at present, but he starts as a level 2 - DON’T eat him! To acquire him, try frequently checking the Black Market or start farming for him on Board 3)


Let us know if you have any additional tips or tricks for beginners in Dungeon Hunter Champions, and as always, stick with GameSkinny for all your gaming news, tips, and guides!

New Challengers Await -- Street Fighter Joins Power Rangers: Legacy Wars Wed, 16 May 2018 14:46:10 -0400 Zach Hunt

We haven't talked about mobile hit Power Rangers: Legacy Wars in a minute, but in all that time, players continue to be impressed by the game. 

With its upcoming update, things might be getting a bit better for fans of the game: some of Street Fighter's most well-known characters will soon be playable in the mobile fighter. That's right, Street Fighter mainstays Ryu, Chun-Li, Akuma, and more will be playable fighters starting soon (as early as today).

Power Rangers: Legacy Wars is currently available for iOS and Android devices. As of this writing, the mobile fighter has more than 10 million installs on Android alone.

Be sure to check out all of our Power Rangers: Legacy Wars info to learn more about the game. 

What are your thoughts? We'd love to hear all about them in the comments below. As always, stick with GameSkinny for more news and information on all things Power Rangers and Street Fighter.

Fortnite Rubber Duckies & Salty Springs Map Guide Tue, 15 May 2018 10:42:07 -0400 Ty Arthur

How are we in Week 3 of Season 4 already? I guess time flies when you're fragging your friends in Fortnite Battle Royale! As expected, new challenges are here this week, so let's get to 'em!

There are two main new challenges you will want to jump on as quickly as you can, before other players discover their locations and use them to snipe:

  • Traveling to all the rubber duckies found floating in various water locations
  • Finding where the Salty Springs treasure map leads!

Fortnite Week 3 Rubber Duckies

Apparently pining for that simpler time when you played in the tub as a kid, the developers have dropped a bunch of rubber duckies across the map in watery locations, and it's your job to find them all.

Like with the gnome hunt from a few weeks back, an audio cue will occur whenever you are near a ducky -- this time a quacking. Since they are all found in water, you can mostly ignore the buildings and stay looking in outdoor areas (although there are two that can spawn in Retail Row, and one in a house pool).

These may spawn in other location as well, just like the gnomes, so if you found your rubber duckies in other spots, be sure to let us know so we can update the list! Here's where they have been discovered by players so far:

  • In a bathroom at the northwest end of Retail Row
  • Beneath the water tower on the east side of Retail Row
  • The northeast corner of Loot Lake, by the docks
  • The rocks near the waterfall at the south end of Loot Lake
  • The river's end at the very far north end of the map, above Anarchy Acres
  • In the pool to the west of Anarchy Acres
  • In a pool east of Lonely Lodge
  • Northwest of the Moisty Mire crab statue
  • The pool in Snobby Shores
  • The toilet sculpture at Flush Factory
  • The bridge near Lucky Landing
  • The south end of Fatal Fields

 Fortnite Week 3 Rubber Ducky Locations

Fortnite Week 3 Salty Springs Treasure Map

While the treasure map itself is found in Salty Springs, you don't actually have to find it first to get to the treasure, and you can skip that step altogether to go straight to the Battle Star. Landing at Salty Springs isn't a terrible idea this time around, though, as the Battle Star location is just off to the east of that location.

 Easiest Fortnite Treasure Hunt Ever?

The treasure hunt location this week should be really obvious to anyone familiar with the Battle Royale map. You don't have to turn it sideways or figure out any landmarks or anything this time.

The location is clearly the end of the curly area on the far east side of the map (northwest of Moisty Mire, east of Salty Springs, and southeast of Retail Row). As usual, when you get close enough to the actual spawn location, the Battle Star will wink into existence, and this time it's right by a tree on a hill.

Your only real competitor here will be the storm if you didn't land close enough to the edge of the map before it starts closing in. As always, be on the lookout for chicken dance-emoting players hiding at the Battle Star location and looking for an early-game fight!

 Week 3 Salty Springs Treasure Map Battle Star Location

That's all you need to know to get started on the Week 3 challenges! Still getting a handle on all the Season 4 changes to the Battle Royale map? Check out our other latest Fortnite guides here and earn all those Battle Stars:

Craft Warriors Beginner's Guide: Play Without Paying! Mon, 14 May 2018 11:01:46 -0400 Stephanie Tang

Hot off the press from Translimit Inc., the brains behind mobile brain teaser Brain Dots, comes a brand-new strategy game on both Google Play and the Apple App Store: Craft Warriors.

If Clash of Clans had a one-night stand with Minecraft, this is probably what that baby would look like. Build your town the way you want it, defend it from all attackers, and conduct looting missions on other towns for riches, plunder, and precious resources ... all in a cutesy, isometric-view universe of cubes.

Strategy games on mobile all share fairly similar elements to each other in that "build 'em up, break other people's stuff down" method of madness, and Craft Warriors is no exception. Gameplay aside, Craft Warriors also gives you the power to create your own unique units yourself, block by block, and even share those designs with other players as well.

(Look familiar?)

The game is already a hit on the mobile marketplace -- but who really wants the same "hit" on their wallet? Check below for some tips on getting started that won't break the bank!

1. Constant Vigilance! (And Improvement)

The big boss baddie of this game is everyone else, and to keep playing, you're going to have to plan for the eventuality that someone is going to try and pillage you for all you're worth.

So keep this in mind when you're setting your small staff in motion. 

After you finish the tutorial, you will have a basic town set up, and what you have you'll want to make the strongest you can make 'em -- dedicate your builders to this task (you'll start with one, but you'll get another one fairly quickly). If you get caught in a Battle, the destruction of your castle means an insta-win for your enemy. Keep it upgraded! Doing so will also allow other upgrades for more buildings around your base.

Meanwhile, blacksmiths tend to and upgrade your fighting units -- which you'll also want to keep in business when your units aren't busy in battle. This is how you make sure you win the battles you pit your units against.

Similarly, you'll also want to keep your airship upgraded to increase attack slots, increase how much loot you can carry off, etc.

(Note: The airship is off to the right of your base, and not always easily visible.) 

Always queue these guys up to work when you're not actively playing. Since most of the stuff in the game is level-locked, you will need to up your EXP in order to unlock most of it. Upgrades are the key to doing just that! For efficiency's sake, I find it good practice to start them on the longest upgrades possible during your downtime.

Use the game recommendations! Since the entire game focuses around upgrading everything, let the game take out some of the guesswork of which to focus on first. 

Lastly, constantly fine-tune your defenses. Add traps, rearrange defense units, and plan out your town layout in new ways to keep the other player scrambling. 

2. Manage Your Resources

While some of the most rewarding ways you get your hands on loot is through the Battle system, you may not want to get started in this way, particularly if you've only just begun to build up your (very basic) army. 

This means a bit of unit and facility management. 

Waiting to build and upgrade storage units like the Mythril Tank and Gold Storage is not nearly as exciting as storming the gates of an enemy town, but it will mean that you won't be wasting the resources that you mine out of your own property using the Mythril Pump, Gold Mine, and Gem Mine (this last one is important because these are super valuable in your upgrading efforts; plus, there is no separate storage building for them). 

Note: If you want to avoid spending money, you're going to invest a lot of empty time -- which is usually fine, who doesn't have other things to do in-between mobile games? -- but this means saving your resources and gems for the stuff that matters. Use your gems to buy more builders and blacksmiths, which will continually benefit your productivity.

These are also especially important with regard to how you design your town defense in case of invasion. While the destruction of your castle means a win for the enemy team, most people are far more interested in your loot -- and that's what's sitting in your storage reserves waiting to be used. Keep these behind your walls.

I also like to scatter them around a bit throughout the layout so enemies don't just find a motherlode of resources all at once, but others may prefer a more straightforward, single defense-point strategy. 

3. Duke It Out in Battles!

When you feel ready to take on your fellow man, it's time to explore the Battle system. Craft Warriors uses an energy system (i.e., running a battle mission uses up a certain amount of energy that regenerates over time), so you'll want to choose those battles wisely. 

In this game, pick on the lowest denominator for the best rewards (yes, prey on the weak) and the highest chance of success -- check out the mission's battle stats before you choose which one to attack. Do some recon -- check out the loot (gold, mythril, etc.) and also the layout of the town to plan your opening move.

Use this to choose what units you will bring to the battlefield in order to counter what you can see. You'll have more and more new types of units open to you as you level up -- use them to your advantage, and always try to have a mix of different unit types to deal with coming conflicts! 

4. Collect Your Bonuses

Particularly important for those of us who really don't enjoy the nickel-and-diming experience of microtransactions, the game offers a number of different bonus rewards.

  • Daily login rewards are a must as these will drop extra gold and mythril for almost zero effort, and you'll get more if you have multiple daily logins in a row. A separate login bonus will also net you between 3-7 red gems. Keep that streak going!

  • Daily missions are great once you get your army up and running because these usually involve initiating and completing a certain number of battles a day. But not always! So even right from the get-go, check out what missions are available -- they could relate to stuff that you're doing already, like building/upgrading certain facilities. Chest rewards make this a tidy way to earn something extra for regular gameplay.

  • Other actions, such as watching an ad video whenever the option pops up, can get you some more gems, too. Tutorial-like, the game also offers one-time gem rewards for changing your emblem and making a profile icon. 

Other Things to Know:

  • Pages promising cheats and hacks exist (e.g., unlimited gems, ridiculous combat incentives, etc.) -- don't trust them. They're bad for you.
  • Your customized units are cosmetic skins. You can either make them yourself or download them from the marketplace.
  • Join a clan! Get together with your friends and join forces against the other clans. You can use this to ask for reinforcements.
  • Take advantage of other players' oversights in your defense makeup. Place stuff like Ballistas up high so they can provide high support defense but punish any invading army that hasn't got enough ranged attackers.


That's all for now! Stay tuned to GameSkinny for any new tips, tricks, and ways to win in Craft Warriors.

Rake Monster Hunter Guide for Beginners Fri, 11 May 2018 14:48:10 -0400 Ty Arthur

It's man versus beast out in the backwoods -- but without having to leave the comfort of your phone screen with Rake Monster Hunter! Think you have what it takes to kill the beast before he tears you to shreds? As many new players are discovering, that's easier said than done.

Once you have the basics down and figure out how to navigate the woods and use your inventory, there's a surprisingly simple method that always works for finding and taking down Rake with minimum effort. Read on if you want to be a successful monster hunter and not a midnight snack!

Rake Monster Hunter Beginner's Tips

First and foremost, given where the shoot button is positioned on the screen, it is unbelievably easy to accidentally fire the shotgun as you turn to look around.

Your hunter only gets two shots before having to reload his gun -- so you always want both shots available whenever Rake appears. To avoid this issue, keep your right thumb a bit higher or over to the side than normal. 

When the game starts, make sure to pick up all the tent freebies in the corners to max out your held traps, ammo, lights, and cameras. These are pretty hard to see in the tent, so turn on your flashlight with the button in the lower-right corner of the screen.

After leaving the tent to begin the search, set up cameras to check different areas so you don't have to always trudge back and forth, and be wary of a roar off in the distance, indicating Rake is approaching.

 Make sure to grab the traps before leaving the tent!

Finding and Hunting Rake (The Easy Way)

If you just want to see Rake and not spend forever tromping through the forest to unlock the higher difficulties (with ads going off every two minutes along the way), your best bet is to find a defensible position with your back to an obstacle (like a tree, cliff face, or the lake).

Laying down 4-5 meat guarantees Rake will come roaring through the woods at you very quickly, so you can use this mechanic to your advantage by taking up a defensible position and then laying down all your bear traps at once.

There's a hitch here, though -- the game has a minimum distance to the tent before traps can be deployed, so you can't use the side of the tent as your defensive wall. Instead, your best bet is to head forward from the tent a couple hundred yards, then turn left to see the lake.

The water acts as a natural barrier, and Rake never approaches from the water, so this giant body of water can actually work better as your barrier than trying to use trees that Rake might move around.

With your back to the water, drop down all five traps in a semicircle around you, then lay all five meat in-between the dropped traps. Now you just play the waiting game. Assuming Rake hasn't glitched out and gotten stuck in the ground, he normally appears within 10 to 90 seconds after all five meat have been placed on the ground.

With your shotgun aimed out and the traps between you and Rake, taking him down isn't that hard. Reposition as necessary to get him to hit all five traps while you reload your shotgun, and voilà -- one dead monster. Be careful when you move out of range of his claws, though, as you can actually damage yourself walking on your own traps!

 With your back to the lake, arrange the traps and meat in a ring around you

Have you found any other Rake Monster Hunter strategies that work well? Let us know how you brought down the beast in the comments section below!

Sdorica Beginner's Tips Guide - From Resonating to Combat! Thu, 10 May 2018 14:23:35 -0400 Ashley Gill

I like to think of Sdorica as a gacha game for people burned out on gacha games, but better. I'm just going to assume you know what that means, and chances are you do if you're a fan of Japanese-style mobile RPGs. Gachas are pretty cancerous.

Sdorica's gacha system is beyond fair, but that isn't the draw of the game. The real draws lie in its wombo combo of great music, beautiful aesthetics (not A E S T H E T I C S, this isn't vaporwave), surprisingly deep battle system, and team building. It's a fairly effective combo. I've been having a lot of trouble putting it down.

There's no need for me to gush about the game, this isn't a review. It's great, an easy A+ on the mobile market. But you're here for a guide, and dang it, I'll give you one.

We're going to go over a number of pieces of advice for newer Sdorica players. It's certainly not everything that should be touched on, but it should stand as a good groundwork for your blossoming orb-matching and party building skills.

General Tips and Advice

We're going to start a little simple here and work our way up!

Keep an eye on your limited missions

Though most limited missions are event-tied and give you ample time to complete them, a handful are only available for a single day and can be completed daily until they are rotated for a different set.

At the time of writing, the daily limited quests can grant a large chunk of Soul Energy, Currens, Bequeather Scrolls, and even a Region Material Chest. These are all worth the short effort it takes to complete these quests.

What is 9 p.m. UTC in your timezone?

Events, missions, and a few other things reset at 9 p.m. UTC each day. It's helpful to know what time that is in your timezone:

  • 9 p.m. UTC = 5 p.m. EST (North America)
  • 9 p.m. UTC = 2 p.m. PST (North America)
  • 9 p.m. UTC = 9 p.m. GMT (UK)
  • 9 p.m. UTC = 10 p.m. CET (Europe)
When should you infuse (pull)?

It's still weird saying "infuse" instead of "pull," but a pull is a pull no matter how the developers want to label it.

If you've played any other gacha game and have any semblance of self-control, then you saved the currency you used to pull until a special banner (pull event) came up. The same applies here in Sdorica.

There are two big pieces of advice I can give you on pulling:

  • Only do full 10 pulls for 500 Crystals to get at least one SR
  • Only pull during special banners

Rarities and their corresponding colors

Why? Because you need SRs (super rare) and SSRs (super super rare). You are guaranteed one SR with a 10 pull, and special banners have a higher SR/SSR pull rate. There are also characters exclusive to special banners.

It's hard to hold off, but crystals are hard to come by. It's better to wait.

Can you be competitive without rerolling?

If you look around the Sdorica community, it's hard to get an answer out of it on which characters are the best. But if you ask whether you should reroll, a fair number will say yes. Why is that? Wonderland Trials.

The current "endgame" lies in the Wonderland Trials, where players are ranked based on how well they handled the stage. Some characters are definitely better for this than others, and many players will tell you to reroll until you get a Sharice or Lisa or what have you.

Do you have to reroll? No, you certainly do not. If you're looking to be competitive in Wonderland Trials later on and you know what you've gotten so far is sub-par for that task, you may want to consider it.

The fact is, every character is viable in its own way (except Sherlock -- who even knows about that guy?). A character's strength lies in its ability to play well with the others in the party and counter the enemies within the stage you're on.

It's not the rank, it's the character

Being able to pull the same character in different rarities is getting more common in mobile RPGs, and it is one facet of Sdorica that can easily be said to be a double-edged sword.

You can pull a character you've been wanting for a long time, but if they pop out as R (rare), you may find yourself wishing you'd gotten something else. It can take a lot of time to get a character from those low ranks up to even SR if you don't get lucky with further pulls and get their Minerals.

This makes it so there is no actual indication for which characters are actually common and which are rare. You can assume some are common if you get them repeatedly (Hestia, please go), but there is no other way to tell what a character's true rarity is in-game.

This is why it's so important to only do 10 pulls, and to only do them on special banners. You want strong characters, but they need to come out at a rarity at which they are actually useful to save you a headache and a whole lot of grind.

Don't resonate randomly

Lio's SSR resonation materialsYes, getting some characters to SR and SSR is important, but not every one of your characters is prime for it. Materials for SR and SSR resonation require luck or once-a-week grinding to get, making them rare and valuable.

You have to think about the synergies of the characters you currently have when they are at SSR -- and that may be thinking far ahead.

How your parties do in battle doesn't have as much to do with their level and rarity as it does their synergy with one another.

As characters get up to SR and SSR, their skills get amped up with additional effects, which ideally will synergize with at least one of the other characters in your party or have significant negative impact (damage reduction, enhance removal, heavy damage) on enemies.

Here are how many materials you need to resonate a character at every tier:

  • N to R: 1 Tear of Valiant Warrior, 2 miscellaneous materials of the same tier, 6 Soul Energy of the same tier and color, 4 Minerals
  • R to SR: 1 Tear of Dragon Slayer, 6 miscellaneous materials of the same tier, 12 Soul Energy of the same tier and color, 15 Minerals
  • SR to SSR: 1 Tear of Ancient Dragon, 6 miscellaneous materials of the same tier, 24 Soul Energy of the same tier and color, and 30 Minerals

"Miscellaneous materials" are those like the tree branches and candelabrums you get from daily material quests.

With this in mind, you should plan your material use carefully. Don't resonate to SSR willy-nilly, so you don't find yourself in a position where you can't resonate someone you actually want to just because you got impatient and wanted any SSR you could get.

One free SSR: Tica

You may want to take the time to finish the Training Venture Quests if you want a strong SSR sooner rather than later.

These quests take some time as a whole, but they teach you how to "git gud" and have the added benefit of granting you the materials to get Pang, Tica, and Naya up to SR. But you want an SSR, right?

Hoisting Tica up from SR to SSR is actually very easy, comparative to every other character.

  • Complete every Training Venture Quest
  • Resonate Tica to SR
  • Go to the Progress tab of the Mission menu
  • Find the mission that grants you a Tica Mineral for completing stage R3-5
  • Complete it and the following missions for the remaining Tica Minerals

As an added note, Pang, Tica, and Naya are all strong characters. Tica herself is quite nice and worth going through the effort of resonating, but Pang is considered one of the best characters in the game at the time of writing. This is due to his durability and extreme damage at SSR.

How to get some characters' Minerals

You primarily get a character's Minerals via getting them in infusions, but there is one option some characters have that others don't. That option? Character Storyline quests.

Not every character has Storyline quests, but those that do can get up to 11 Minerals for that character.

As of right now (May 10, 2018), you can get Minerals for the following characters via following quests. Do keep in mind, though, a number of them do not open until you complete prerequisite Story (not Storyline) quests:

  • Dagger: 10 Minerals
  • Crushfang: 10 Minerals
  • Golemwalt: 11 Minerals
  • Naya: 10 Minerals
  • Angelia: 10 Minerals
  • Theodore: 10 Minerals
  • Jahan: 11 Minerals

You probably won't be able to get all of these at once, but it's good to know these are available.

In order to access these quests, you must have the character in question and then tap on the "Character Storyline" button at the top of their info screen.

Combat Tips & Advice

Whew, we're finally out of the "general" section! I don't have much to say in the way of full-on combat advice because I mostly run Jahan-oriented parties. No one cares about Jahan. Heck, you probably don't run Jahan, and I don't know if I'd even recommend it.

The above said, there are a few pieces of new player-oriented advice that may help you if you find yourself having trouble with combat.

Always check enemy parameters when a fight starts

Starting with the simplest here. Enemy parameters, both their HP/armor and their passive abilities, are must-have information to navigate a fight properly.

This is the shortest mini-section in this section, but it is important enough to highlight. Ignoring enemy passives in particular will get you killed, and checking enemy HP and your skill damage will let you use the appropriate skills for the situation.

Buffs/debuffs are absolutely killer

In my first week playing Sdorica, I really didn't pay as much attention to status effects as much as I should have. But once it all clicked, they may as well have become the name of the game. "Status Effects: The RPG" isn't a very catchy title, though.

I really cannot stress enough how powerful three stacks of any buff or debuff can be. Enhance, Vulnerability, Exhaust, Tear, Vigilance, Regen, Poison, you name it. Three stacks of any of these statuses is an immense help or detractor to whatever character, friend or foe, they are on.

Yan-Bo's 2o

Typical effects, like Enhance, Vulnerability, Exhaust, Tear, and Vigilance, stack up to 90% with three stacks. That's right: 90%. That's crazy.

Effects that deal directly with HP, like Regen and Poison, stack up to 30% of total HP per turn, which is also significant.

Making good use of these effects, in particular those listed as typical, is absolutely critical to both surviving and dealing as much damage as possible. It becomes necessary at a certain point and is a huge part of party building.

Usually health > armor, but ...

... not always.

As you well know, true damage pierces armor and goes straight for your health. Some stages have enemies that do true damage, some don't. There's no shame in entering a stage, seeing what types of enemies you're up against, and then leaving to come back in with more suitable characters.

There are some characters that have passives or skills that rely on armor rather than health, there are some stages where you need AoE protection, and there are other stages where enemies will attack more often if their target isn't armored. These are examples of instances where armor is preferable over health.

Of course, it really boils down to the way you want to play. There is no harm in running an armor support over a health support most of the time, and the poster child for armor-granting supports, Angelia, is absolutely crucial to certain compositions.

The importance of target selection

The game tries to teach you how important target selection is via the Training Venture Quests, but it's easy to forget. Choosing targets manually is heckin' important.

There are a lot of situations where there are simply enemies you don't want to attack or enemies you want to target over the others. If you're struggling with a lot of stages, it's either because your party composition isn't up to par or you're not making the right targeting selections.

Each character can only use skills on enemies in certain positions -- though some can hit the selected target. It's imperative that you pay attention to which enemies a character can hit when building your party.

Most gold-slot characters have at least one skill that can only hit the front enemy and that's it, but black-slot characters tend to have more variety in that regard.

For instance, Fatima has skills to attack enemies in the front, back, at the lowest health, or even the selected target. For comparison, Ned's damage is highest when he's under Rant Rave and attacks a random target; and Yan-Bo's 2 orb is tied to either attacking the front enemy or all non-front enemies, depending on his stance.

Ned's 2o

It's not hard to figure out why targeting is so important. Figuring it all out is simple, even. Building a team to cope with it -- not so much.

Past all of the above, choosing a target enemy has one other function:

Tank characters who counterattack will attack the enemy you have selected, rather than the one in the frontline.

This can be a little tricky at times, but if you're running a gold-slot who retaliates, like Karnulla or Jahan, you can make optimal use of their counterattacks by choosing who they whomp on.

You must choose your target before you make your turn and the enemies attack to make this work, but you can change your target between counterattacks if you're quick about it. That's right: You can make multiple counterattacks hit different enemies in a single turn. There are definitely some stages where this is warranted.

Enemy turn order and you

This is one thing that seems important, but newer players don't seem to put as much emphasis on it as necessary.

Enemy turn order will dictate when you use pretty much any skill past the first couple of turns. You have to balance mitigating, healing, and dealing damage throughout a fight, and your opportunities to do so are tied to enemy turns.

There are also a number of skills where it's best to use them right before an enemy attacks. These can be taunts, damage reduction, dodge chance, or what have you. Stuns, such as Yan-Bo's 4 orb skill, are also best done on the turn an enemy is set to attack so their turn counter is reset.

Much of Sdorica's combat boils down to proper targeting and using skills at appropriate times, which makes watching enemy turn timers tick down a key component to doing well in harder stages and characters like Puggi (who increases enemy CDs) actually viable.

A large portion of the advice given in this guide is geared towards newer players and doesn't touch on many of the game's intricacies, of which there are more than you may think. Currently I am working on a character synergies and party composition guide to help those struggling with building reliable teams.

My last bit of advice here is to make sure you are flexible. The game is developed with players using multiple parties in mind, and you have to do it. You have no choice but to work up multiple parties for different situations, and that's a good thing. We'll get into all that in the next guide. For now, thank you for reading. I hope this has been helpful to some degree and that you are having fun plowing through the challenges Sdorica has to offer!

Lords Mobile Continues to Invest in Mobile eSports Thu, 10 May 2018 12:54:25 -0400 UltimateWarriorNot

IGG, the developers behind mobile strategy MMO Lords Mobile, recently held their Asian eSports tournament, for which the grand prize was $30,000 for the winning team. The event was live-streamed across the globe in multiple languages, and it drew a large crowd.

The South Korean team took the grand prize and were crowned the "Asian Champions." While FPS and RTS are fairly well-established eSports genres, the mobile MMO strategy genre has had problems being a watchable event, with so many different elements on the screen.

After the event, an IGG spokesperson talked about how they are committed to the mobile eSports scene:

"Strategy game eSports presents unique challenges when it comes to presentation. In addition, the high requirement of visual animation attractiveness makes some MMO strategy games even harder to present as a watchable battle event. Thankfully, we have created a way to present the game that fans love to watch and are continuing to find ways to innovate in this space. IGG wants to invest in mobile eSports and continue to curate an amazing eSports scene."

Using the event as a major announcement platform, IGG took the opportunity to unveil the game's new soundtrack, written by famed Hollywood composer Klaus Badelt, whose most popular work includes the soundtrack to Pirates of the Caribbean. The keynote song was performed live by the London Symphony Orchestra.

IGG has continued to add content to their flagship mobile title over the past two years, and at least from the outside, seems committed to continuing down the eSports path, creating a space solely for fans of the genre. 

Their Asian events are currently held fairly regularly, but they seem to have restrained in seriously investing in the Western mobile eSports scene as of yet. IGG did not comment on if they will be holding a similar spectacle in the U.S. or EU. However, coupled with Tencent's recent $15 million investment into mobile eSports, it seems that the industry isn't going anywhere and will continue to grow for the time being.

Fortnite Challenge Guide: Search between a Scarecrow, Pink Hotrod, and a Big Screen Tue, 08 May 2018 14:40:44 -0400 Ty Arthur

Following last week's Fortnite challenge to search for a Tomato Town treasure map, we're again off on a scavenger hunt. This time, we're looking for a map location found between a scarecrow, a pink hotrod, and a big screen.

Scratching your head wondering just where that odd spot is supposed to be on the Battle Royale map? Don't worry, we've already discovered the exact location for you.

Read on for the exact locations.  

A player glides toward trees near the drive-in theater  Finding the Scarecrow Big Screen search location
(thanks to HarryNinetyFour for the screenshot)

Where to Find the Week 2 Battle Star

The "big screen" mentioned in the challenge notes is clearly a reference to the new destroyed drive-in movie theater over at Risky Reels (which just happens to be the best new Fortnite landing zone around).

The pink hot rod is north of the screen, while the scarecrow is to the east at a rocky outcrop area. Your best landing spot is on the hill just to the side and below the Risky Reels walled-out off section. 

When you get close enough to the exact "search between a scarecrow" location (marked on the map below), the battle star will spawn on the hilltop.

Be careful landing here, though, as it's likely dozens of other players will also be completing the challenge at the same time you are.

It can be a much better strategy to land either east or west of Risky Reels, wait for everyone to kill each other, then swoop in for the battle star and the loot left behind.

 Search between a Scarecrow Week 2 landing location

Still getting a handle on all the Season 4 changes to the Battle Royale map? Check out our other latest Fortnite guides here:

Fortnite Season 4 Week 2 Camera Locations Guide Tue, 08 May 2018 14:31:08 -0400 Ty Arthur

Season 4, Week 2 of Fortnite rolls out with the epic, limited-time Thanos Mode event that allows one lucky player to take on the role of the cosmic villain himself! For the rest of us Battle Pass plebs who aren't busy searching for that gauntlet's landing location, there are, of course, plenty of new challenges for Week 2.

One of them tasks you with finding a few locations around the map -- and when you get there, dance in front of the camera(s) you find there. You'll need to do this seven times to wrap everything up. 

As always, some are easy to find while others are not. Let's take a look.

Where To Find All The Camera Locations

Every location discovered so far can be seen in the map below or found by landing at these locations:

  • Junk Junction: In the film studio to the east 
  • Moisty Mire: One near the helicopter and one by the boxed-in set
  • Snobby Shores: Right by the dinosaur footprint to the south 
  • Tilted Towers: The indoor Soccer field to the west
  • Haunted Hills: Inside the big building 
  • Risky Reels: Inside a green-screen room 
  • West of Shifty Shafts
  • The Western edge of the racetrack
  • North of Moisty Mire at the broken bridge

 Fortnite Camera Locations Map

This is just one of the new challenges for Season 4, Week 2! Here's the full list of new Battle Pass challenges now available:

  • Search Chests in Greasy Grove (7)
  • Consume Hop Rocks (7)
  • Deal damage with Suppressed Weapons to opponents (500)
  • Dance in front of different film cameras (7)
  • Search between a Scarecrow, Pink Hotrod, and a Big Screen (Hard)
  • Explosive Weapon Eliminations (3) (Hard)
  • Eliminate opponents in Tomato Town (3) (Hard)

 Dancing in front of the film studio camera
(thanks to Starlord for the screenshot)

Still getting a handle on all the Season 4 changes to the Battle Royale map? Check out our other latest Fortnite guides here:

Your Cheat Sheet for Fortnite's Thanos Mode Tue, 08 May 2018 12:58:37 -0400 Jonathan Moore

The time has come. Thanos is here. 

With its latest update, Fortnite's crossover with Avengers: Infinity War is live -- and it's brought The Mad Titan himself to Tilted Towers and beyond. 

If you've yet to jump into the game since the 4.1 Patch hit the game's servers this morning or you're looking for specific answers to all your event questions, this guide will tell you everything you need to know. 

Consider this your cheat sheet. 

What Is Fortnite's Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup? 

Essentially, this is Fortnite's first foray into licensed, tie-in content. Taking advantage of the popularity that is Marvel's latest smash-hit, the Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup puts players in the boots of Thanos. And then -- essentially -- the mode lets them destroy everything in sight using the Infinity Gauntlet. 

You can only participate in the event as a single player. You will not be able to play in the mashup as a team or in Duos.

Matches are set to last about 15 (frenetic) minutes each, down from the typical 20-minute match time. 

During matches, the storm will also do more damage than usual: 

  • First Circle: 5% health deduction
  • Anything After: 10% health deduction
How Long Will the Event Last? 

Currently, there's no specific end date for the event. The official notes for Patch 4.1 don't identify a time frame. 

How Do I Get Thanos in Fortnite

To become Thanos, you first need to get the Infinity Gauntlet. You can do this in two different ways: 

  1. At the Beginning of the Match: Each Mashup match begins with a meteor carrying the Infinity Gauntlet landing somewhere in the safe zone.

  2. When Another Player Dies: If another player is carrying the Infinity Gauntlet and dies, you can pick it up to become The Mad Titan. 

It's worthy to note that if the Infinity Gauntlet is not picked up within a certain time frame, it will disappear from the map. That includes its initial appearance, as well as any subsequent appearances from downed players or additional meteors.  

Pro Tip: According to a video floating around the interwebs, it is possible to nab the Infinity Gauntlet at the very beginning of the match if you time your fall from the Battle Bus at just the right moment -- and land right on the meteor as it falls. It's tricky, but it's possible. 

Thanos float above the Fortnite map holding the Infinity Gauntlet in front of his face

What Powers Does Thanos Have? 

Instead of using anything from Fortnite's extensive catalog or weapons, this Marvel villain has a pretty devastating moveset:

  • Ability 1: A powerful, structure-destroying punch that also knocks enemies back

  • Ability 2: An AoE ground-pound maneuver where Thanos flies into the air before smashing opponents for knock-back damage

  • Ability 3: Fire a blast of energy from the Power Stone to deal DPS damage

  • Ability 4: A super vault ability that allows him to jump over the tallest structures and hurdles

Thanos doesn't build structures, and he's so powerful that he does not take fall damage or use the game's typical potions or cozy campfires for regen. Instead, he has shields that regenerate from defeating other players and (huge amounts of) health from the get-go, making him a veritable tank on the battlefield. 

How Do I Get the Thanos Skin?

Unfortunately, you can't buy or purchase the Thanos skin from the in-game store -- and you can't get it from any super special challenges or by signing up for Twitch Prime, either.

The only way to "get" the skin is to become Thanos by picking up the Infinity Gauntlet in the Limited Time Mashup. 

Is There Any Gameplay of Thanos Completely Wrecking? 

Psht. Of course, there is. Check out the links below to find some of the best footage from the best Fortnite streamers and content creators. 

Are There Other Avengers Skins in Fortnite

As of now, no, there are no other Avenger characters or skins in either Save the World or Battle Royale modes. Epic released a statement on Reddit saying that "we [Epic] have no plans for Avengers outfits in the store."


And that's it. If you're looking for more tips and tricks for Epic's incredibly popular shooter, be sure to check out our other guides while you're here.