iOS Platform RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com iOS RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network The Most Powerful Glyph Combo In Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians https://www.gameskinny.com/pku6n/the-most-powerful-glyph-combo-in-might-magic-elemental-guardians https://www.gameskinny.com/pku6n/the-most-powerful-glyph-combo-in-might-magic-elemental-guardians Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:11:33 -0400 Ty Arthur

With a huge array of creatures available in Might & Magic: Elemental Guardiansthere is a staggering number of possible strategies for region grinding and PvP.

While having a viable team combo is critical to winning in the arena, glyph sets are how one player sets their creatures apart from any others.

Wondering what the absolute best Elemental Guardians glyphs you should be using? Let's dive into understanding how glyph sets work and picking the one best stat to increase! 

Elemental Guardians Glyph Basics

While you will get plenty of glyphs just by playing through the storyline's Shattered Island areas, you'll need to farm the the Glyph Dungeon in the Dragonmist Isles if you really want to improve your 4- and 5-star creatures for viable PvP fodder. 

Proper glyph placement is often more important than rank, level, or even evolution. Why? Because it's often a better indicator of how well a creature will perform. If two parties with the best creatures of equal level are facing off, the team with the better glyphs will win.

Over time, you will need to change glyphs as you acquire new ones. Removing common glyphs only costs 1,500 crystals, but epic glyphs get extremely expensive, with some commanding 25,000 a pop! 

Free glyph removal usually comes around once a month as a special event, so hold off on changing your glyph sets until this event shows up -- unless you have a huge surplus of crystals at your disposal.

In some cases, common glyphs are actually better than rarer ones. While they will have fewer sub-stat bonuses, their upgrade costs are far, far cheaper, so you will end up with better stats more quickly while spending fewer crystals.

A  Glyph removal gets pricey when using rarer glyphs

How to Choose Glyphs

The main question when assign glyphs is often, "Which glyph do I choose?".  Choosing between a glyph that grants a percentage boost or flat boost isn't always clear cut. The answer is that it depends entirely on the creature.

With the nat 2 star creatures you start summoning early on, the flat boost is almost always going to better. Later, when you summon nat 4 creatures and evolve them (or upgrade creatures manually to 5 stars), the percentage glyhps end up far, far outclassing the flat boosts.

The best glyphs to utilize can vary depending on what region you are currently farming. The final wave dragon bosses in the Air Elemental Tower, for instance, tend to use negative status effects, so piling on Resistance-focused glyphs can help you survive while farming air evolution materials.

Some creatures have special attacks that gain bonuses to damage based on specific stats, like defense or total max health. In those cases, a six-glyph set based on one of those stats can be the best way to go for maximum damage output.

Those specific instances aside, there is one particular glyph combo that is far and away the best way to upgrade your creatures. It helps you dominate in the PvP arena and gives yourself an edge in any region, from the Shattered Islands to the Dragonmist areas -- and even the limited-time secret dungeons.

Best Elemental Guardians Glyph Set

To be viable as a core team that can compete, your creature stats should be around 1k+ for defense, 1.2k+ for attack, and 10k+ for HP. However, those stats should occur naturally through leveling up and evolving. 

While it would seem like the HP and/or attack stats would be the ones to bump up through glyphs, there is no question that speed is the best stat in the game. Speed affects how quickly a creature's turn-bar fills. With higher speed, you not only attack first but use turns more quickly and refresh your ability cool downs faster.

If you go first, you can get the win by using skills that prevent the other team from functioning properly. Whether you have creatures that block healing, prevent buffs, paralyze, poison, or blind, you want your creatures going first to neutralize the opponent's team build.

Speed is also a massive boon for any creature that has a percentage chance to take more than one turn in a row, like the earth ninja. While there are more powerful creatures out there with better abilities, you can turn the tide by attacking three times in a row with high speed.

 Increasing speed is the way to get PvP wins once you have a killer team build

Picking Speed Bonus Glyphs

A creature gets a +10 bonus to speed when you group together three -- and then eventually six -- haste-type glyphs. This isn't the only way to get a speed boost with a glyph combo, however.

This issue is a common misunderstanding with new players -- the glyph type controls what bonus you get for having multiples of the same type. But any type of glyph can potentially have bonuses to any of the stats. 

For instance, if you have a tank creature with huge HP reserves, vitality glyphs are the way to go. But be sure to pick individual vitality glyphs that give speed bonuses. You get the best of both worlds this way, gaining a speed boost from the individual glyph and then a 20% bonus to health on top by using multiple vitality glyphs.

Going full speed on all glyphs leaves you weak in other areas, however, so your best glyph combo should look like this: speed/speed/speed/defense/hp/hp.

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What do you think is the best glyph combo to use in Might & Magic, and what team build are you utilizing for PvP wins? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to check out our Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians guides here:

 

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Might And Magic: Elemental Guardians Rerolling Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/ghixq/might-and-magic-elemental-guardians-rerolling-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/ghixq/might-and-magic-elemental-guardians-rerolling-guide Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:45:05 -0400 Ty Arthur

Whenever there's a randomized summoning element in a mobile gatcha' game, there will inevitably be a temptation to "reroll" by deleting game data in hopes of getting a better starting unit.

With more than 200 creatures available at launch, your success in Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians can vary wildly depending on which creatures you summon in the early game.

In this guide, we'll go over how to reroll, as well as what to look out for when rerolling. 

A Warning About Rerolling in Elemental Guardians

While Might & Magic Elemental Guardians shares a whole lot in common with any other gatcha' game, there is a key difference in the summoning drop rate to be aware of. You get new summons constantly, and the game revolves heavily around destroying old creatures to power up new ones.

Frankly, there's really no point in rerolling in most circumstances because you will have a constant deluge of new creatures arriving in your roster as you play. The time it takes to reroll would be much better spent just playing the game and getting new summons as you will eventually get the creature you want anyway.

Unlike many other gatcha' titles, those lowly nat 2 creatures can easily be ranked up and evolved to be perfectly viable combatants in any region -- and even in several tiers of PvP.

The achievements in each region -- like winning battles with two creatures, destroying specific numbers of enemy types, and so on -- usually grant you free summon crystals to get new creatures. You also get multiple free summons a day without having to do anything.

Just simply using energy and completing achievements will get you better creatures than taking the time to uninstall or use an emulator to reroll. 

However, for those of you who are used to automatically rerolling any gatcha' game, here's what you need to know.

How To Reroll in Elemental Guardians

You always get the same creature in the first two summons no matter what, so there's no point in trying to reroll the game's early creatures. After that point, however, the summons become randomized, so that's where you may want to reroll if you keep only receiving nat 2 creatures with poor stats.

First up, do not link your Google Play or Apple account to the game unless you are using the multiple device method (method 2) listed below! At that point, even fully deleting all data won't let you start over.

Method 1

After getting the third summon in Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians, close the app entirely and then uninstall. Next, access the internal storage on your device and navigate to the folder labeled com.ubisoft.runeguard (on Android, this is typically found in Internal Storage -> Android -> Data) and delete that folder entirely.

Now, look for a second folder with the same name -- com.ubisoft.runeguard -- in another location and delete it as well (on Android, the second folder is usually found in Internal Storage -> Android -> Obb).

If your device has a removable SD card, additional game data may be saved there as well, so navigate to the SD card folder (rather than the main internal storage folder) and delete every instance of com.ubisoft.runeguard there as well.

If your mobile OS has a folder search function, just search "ubisoft" and it should pull up all three folders at once rather than searching them all down one by one.

A screenshot showing where to delete the mobile data for Might & Magic Elemental Guardians Deleting the Might & Magic Elemental Guardians mobile data

Method 2

A second method also exists if you have multiple devices and don't mind starting over repeatedly. Download Elemental Guardians on each device and then link the game to your Google Play or Apple account.

After the third summon, switch over to a secondary device and load the game. Even if you linked your account, you will be prompted to start the main story from the beginning due to playing on a new device.

From that point forward, you will be prompted to choose which version of the game you want to keep whenever you log in, so you can go with the one that got the better summon. You will lose all progress on the version of the game you don't keep, however, so this is only helpful if you are just getting started and happen to have a couple of tablets or phones on hand.

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What was your best starting pull and did you manage to get a killer nat 4 without rerolling? Let us know your best summon in the comments below, and be sure to check out our other Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians guides here:

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Galak-Z Variant Mobile Beginner's Strategy and Tips Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/mxz0s/galak-z-variant-mobile-beginners-strategy-and-tips-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/mxz0s/galak-z-variant-mobile-beginners-strategy-and-tips-guide Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:22:47 -0400 Victoria Banks

So you jumped into Galak-Z and were breezing through each sector like a pro, but suddenly, “Rambo”ing your way through space wasn’t cutting it. And now you need a new way to defeat your enemies. Well, you’re not alone.

Galak-Z Variant is one of the few free mobile games that offers extensive and diverse gameplay with a challenge (it's basically the mobile version of Galak-Z Variant S). If you’re up for that challenge and want to improve your performance in the game while progressing as fast as you can, you'll want to have the best tips and tricks at your disposal.

This Galak-Z Variant guide covers the pros and cons of using a mech or fighter ship, using your environment thoughtfully, collecting bots, decrypting relics, and applying upgrades.

Choosing Mech Suit or Fighter Ship: What They're Best Used For 

The first decision you will face is choosing your method of navigation and combat. Your character, A-Tak, can switch between piloting either a mech suit called Galak-Z or a fighter ship called Galak-S. At first, it’s simple: you can pretty much play as either to progress. However, it soon becomes apparent that each vehicle and their respective weapons are going to be useful in different situations. So how do you choose and what’s the difference?

The largest contrast between the two is this:

  • The mech is a short ranged, melee combat machine with a front shield and grappling abilities.
  • The ship is long ranged with dodge abilities, speed, and rockets.

Each has their own value, but to determine which is best to use, you should consider mobility and combat against specific opponents.

Some environments are tricky to navigate and have tight spaces. In these situations, it is usually easier to control and navigate with a mech. However, other locations may be open and require the speed and long range weapons of your ship. You should use a similar method to determine which to choose in a fight.

Study Your Opponents Before Battle

Before entering each location, be sure to check the stats of your opponent in the mission menu screen. You’ll find that some are dangerous to fight at close range, such as opponents with shotguns or other close-ranged, high-damage weapons. For these, you’ll want to fight at a distance with your ship.

Other opponents may be faster and more challenging to hit at long range, such as vulture void raiders. For these fast moving targets, you may want to close the distance with a mech and destroy them with melee combat.

Be sure to check your enemy types before each battle and select an appropriate vehicle.

Take Advantage of the Environment

You may think the environment is a dangerous enemy as well, and you would be correct. But it can also be a great tool for hindering and destroying others. The most important elements to success in Galak-Z Variant are thinking quickly, being crafty, and using strategy to best your opponents.

Here are some tricks that you can test out the next time you’re in a showdown with another ship or beetle.

Use Plants to Explode or Shock Enemies

One of the items you can use to your advantage are plants on stems. These plants, if run into, will explode and send dangerous bulbs flying in all directions. Some of these include pink bulbs that stick to your ship and slow you down. Others send out explosive damage or electric shocks that temporarily disable your abilities.

Be careful and avoid hitting these yourself. However, if you use your ship to fire at these plants, you can send the bulbs colliding into your enemies, thus hindering and damaging them. The best way to do this is to draw your opponent toward the plant and quickly shoot them from a safe distance.

Creative Grappling

You can also use the grappling ability on your mech to throw your enemies into danger. In the heat of battle, it can be easy to use your special ability without much thought, but you will want to use your grappling ability strategically.

Fire the grapple when you’re in a pinch, and once you have an enemy in your clutches, try throwing him into explosive pipes, spikes, and fire pits! This will deal an extra load of damage and make your job easier. You can also try throwing enemies into one another, damaging many at a time.

Understanding Bots 201: What to Look For

No matter how crafty you are in combat though, you won’t get far without upgrading and collecting bots. Bots should be your priority. Collecting them will offer improvements to your core stats such as movement, attack, defense, and relic decryption (covered in the next section).

These bots offer a unique set of perks to improve your ship, and they can be leveled up with experience points and bot parts. Though their importance is not immediately apparent in the first couple of sectors, you’ll find that you’re going to need a range of bots to face more challenging enemies.

Rather than choosing random bots and rushing in, you should consider the following when choosing them:

  • Speed
  • Damage
  • Range
  • Health

You should also study the special abilities of your opponent. For example, if you are going up against Void Shotgun Hyena, who charges in to deal heavy damage, you should have equipped bots that can improve your escape mobility and provide strong long-range damage. Bots offer these changes, so you can adapt to your enemy.

Not only do bots upgrade your ship and mech, but they also can be used as opponents against other players in “Bot Battles” You can select a team to improve your chances of stumping other gamers who try to face your robots.

Relics: Get Them Now, Not Later

Relics are another component you’ll become quite preoccupied with. These are items you should spend time collecting in each sector for your bot to decrypt.

Essentially, relics contain salvage, bot parts, and more importantly, components for ship and mech upgrades, which you uncover after their decryption is complete.

Though you may survive without ship upgrades for a while, you’ll find it increasingly difficult to succeed without collecting relics from previous sectors you have visited. Ship and mech upgrades can be used strategically to counter your enemies, and you’ll need them as your foes grow more difficult to defeat. In the long run, it will be worth your time and effort to collect relics.

Remember, relics only contain parts of upgrades. You will need to continue collecting in the same location to acquire all the parts to a single upgrade. After decrypting enough relics to have a full upgrade, the location will turn green with a check mark, indicating there is nothing more you need to acquire.

Decrypting relics does take some time, however. You can expedite the upgrade process by paying with crash coins, which decrypts a relic immediately. But the more powerful the relic, the more time and crash coins it will cost. You’ll find that you can’t always rely on expediting, so what is the most efficient way of decrypting relics?

Efficiency's the Name of the Game

First, you should always have one of your bots decrypting a relic, and ideally, you should have numerous relics in your bot’s query. Your items will decrypt while you are in and out of the game, so your time is being used efficiently. Let your phone notify you when a relic is decrypted, and once you collect your upgrade parts, be sure to send the next relic to your bot for decrypting.

If you prefer to play while you wait, you can continue your journey to other sectors or spend your time collecting other relics, but know that you can only hold a limited amount of relics. If you reach your limit, you will be unable to collect more until you have room in your query, but you will still be able to progress through sectors.

Tips on Which Upgrades to Use and Why

 

After you have obtained ship and mech upgrades from decrypted relics, you may start mixing and matching immediately for your fighting preferences. However, the decision on what upgrades to add should always be determined by your opponent, similar to how your selection of bots should be based on who you are trying to defeat.

Again, think about the perks and special abilities of specific bugs, raiders, and imperial fighters. Your mission menu provides the stats for each opponent you will face.

Though there are plenty of options to choose from, the following upgrades have been some of my favorite and useful in during my time with Galak-Z Variant. Here's what they offer and where to find them. 

Your Top 5 Upgrades
  • Tower Shields -- This upgrade to your mech is the best all-around improvement for your shield, an essential tool to keep your health from depleting. Tower shields is one of the only upgrades that offers significant improvements to three shield qualities: barrier health, barrier parry, and barrier size.
    • Sector 8.4 -- Tower Shields (I):
      • Barrier health increase to 32.
      • 30% increase in barrier size
      • 10% chance for your barrier to parry attacks, 
    • Sector 14.2 -- Tower Shields (II):
      • Barrier Health increase to 48
      • 40% increase in barrier size
      • 15% chance to parry
    • Sector 17.3 -- Tower Shields (III)
      • Barrier Health increase to 64
      • 50% increase in barrier size
      • 20% chance to parry
  • Bullet Proofish Hull -- This upgrade starts off small but offers armor protection from your ship's main source of damage, enemy fire.
    • Sector 7.5 -- Bullet Proofish Hull (I)
      • Health increased by 16
      • Projectile damage resistance increased by 18%
    • Sector 13.6 -- Bullet Proofish Hull (II)
      • Health increased by 25
      • Projectile damage resistance increased by 24%
    • Sector 17.8 -- Bullet Proofish Hull (III)
      • Health increased by 36
      • Projectile damage resistance increased by 30%
  • Revved Up -- A vital tool for your survival is your ability to evade danger and close in on targets when ready. This upgrade improves your ship's speed and agility.
    • Sector 1.3 -- Revved Up (I)
      • Top speed increased by 10
      • Turbo speed increased by 18
    • Sector 10.6 -- Revved up (II)
      • Top speed increased by 15
      • Turbo speed increased by 27
    • Sector 17.5 -- Revved up (III)
      • Top speed increased by 21
      • Turbo speed increased by 36
  • Knockback Tips -- These fighter ship bullets are incredibly useful for keeping enemies at bay and depleting their health. As long as you can make the shot, knockback tips will momentarily keep foes from dealing extensive damage because each shot will, as the name suggests, knock them back.
    • Sector 3.4 -- Knockback Tips (I)
      • Damage increased by 3
      • Laser Knockback increased by 20
    • Sector 9.2 -- Knockback Tips (II)
      • Damage increased by 5
      • Laser Knockback increased by 30
    • Sector 15.7 -- Knockback Tips (III)
      • Damage increased by 7
      • Laser Knockback increased by 40
  • Power Blade -- Though it is one of the first upgrades you can earn, power blade is essential for dealing damage from your mech's primary weapon.
    • Sector 2.2 -- Power Blade (I)
      • Damage increased by 4
      • Big attack knockback increased by 70
      • Damage to bugs increased to 25%
    • Sector 9.5 -- Power Blade (II)
      • Damage increased by 6
      • Big attack knockback increased by 110
      • Damage to bugs increased to 30%
    • Sector 9.5 -- Power Blade (III)
      • Damage increased by 9
        Big attack knockback increased by 140
        Damage to bugs increased to 35%

Though these are a few strong upgrades against most enemies, remember that you may need to switch it up depending on mission combat requirements.

Select weapons and body components that will actually be useful against the enemies you face. You can always test run your upgrades before missions to experience their effectiveness first hand. Apply those you feel most comfortable with and those which offer counters to your enemies.

If you are still stuck on which to choose, you can never go wrong with more damage, health, or shield. Keep selecting new and stronger upgrades from higher sectors as you progress, and this will improve your chances of success!

Get Out There and Fight!

 

Now that you have these tips and tricks under your belt, it’s time to get back out there.

Remember to:

  • Use your environment to your advantage
  • Always collect relics and bots
  • Carefully select your vehicle, bots, and upgrades based on your enemy

Use these strategies to approach fights with careful thought and consideration. Doing so will save you the trouble of exploding in space and having to restart missions.

Have fun, and see you, space pilot.

Make sure to stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news, info, and guides on Galak-Z Variant, as well as other SCHMUPs and space-shooters!

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Fortnite Season 5, Week 2 Battle Star Guide: Search Between an Oasis, Rook Archway, and Dinosaurs https://www.gameskinny.com/9hxa3/fortnite-season-5-week-2-battle-star-guide-search-between-an-oasis-rook-archway-and-dinosaurs https://www.gameskinny.com/9hxa3/fortnite-season-5-week-2-battle-star-guide-search-between-an-oasis-rook-archway-and-dinosaurs Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:18:05 -0400 Sergey_3847

Season 5, Week 2 of Fortnite is here, and with comes a brand-new hard Battle Star challenge. 

If you've been playing since Season 5 dropped last week, you'll already know that a new desert location has popped up on the map. And this is where you'll be looking for the Battle Star this week: somewhere between an Oasis, Rook Archway, and Dinosaurs.

If you don't know where this location is, then simply follow our guide below for the exact location of the Battle Star.

Close Up of the Fortnite Map Showing Paradise Palms

The first hint in this week's challenge is the Oasis. The hint directly points to the area in the western part of Desert Palms. There you will find a lush oasis with palms and a pond of clear water. 

Then, you need to move a bit to the north and there you will see a bridge connecting two desert hills. This is your second point of reference -- Rook Archway.

Finally, you will find Dinosaurs standing a bit to the south of the archway on the highway. They're really easy to spot as there are plenty standing around.

Now, when you have all three spots figured out, you will see a hill in between these three locations. This means that the Battle Star should be on top of it. If you're lucky, you will also find a treasure chest there. So it's a win-win situation.

In order to claim this week's Battle Star, you need to approach it and interact with it. Once you do that, you've completed Week 2's Battle Star challenge.

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Fortnite Season 5, Week 2 Challenge Guide: Score a 3 Point Shot at Different Basketball Courts https://www.gameskinny.com/o9uqc/fortnite-season-5-week-2-challenge-guide-score-a-3-point-shot-at-different-basketball-courts https://www.gameskinny.com/o9uqc/fortnite-season-5-week-2-challenge-guide-score-a-3-point-shot-at-different-basketball-courts Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:17:48 -0400 Sergey_3847

Fortnite's Season 5, Week 2 is upon us and that means brand-new challenges await. One of the most exciting -- and most interesting -- challenges in Week 2 is scoring a 3 point shot at three or five different basketball courts scattered over the Fortnite map. 

In total, there are seven basketball courts on the Season 5 map, so you can choose the ones that are closest to your landing spot.

Don't know where those basketball courts are? Follow our quick guide below for all the basketball courts locations and how to find them.

All Basketball Court Locations

Fortnite map showing all basketball court locations

The two best spots to land for this challenge are to the southeast of Retail Row or Paradise Palms, and to the west near Greasy Grove or Tilted Towers.

There are three different basketball courts located very close to each other if you pick these landing spots first, so you can finish the challenge rather quickly by following this strategy.

But if you happen to land in the northern part of the map, then you can go to Junk Junction and score a few goals there.

One smaller court is located to the west of Tilted Towers right at the new mini soccer stadium. And the other one can be found at the racing track east of Retail Row.

However, one of the most exciting basketball courts can be seen at the new desert location -- in its very center. It's, of course, not necessary to go here to finish the challenge, but this court is hands-down the coolest one of the lot. 

How to Score 3 Points

In order to score a 3 point shot, you need to stand beyond the 3 point arc and closer to the middle of the court. When you hit the basket, you will see confetti streaming from it, meaning that you made it. Do it on each of the different courts and you will finish the challenge.

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Inazuma Eleven Ares Developer Explains Recruit and Battle Mechanics https://www.gameskinny.com/sgqme/inazuma-eleven-ares-developer-explains-recruit-and-battle-mechanics https://www.gameskinny.com/sgqme/inazuma-eleven-ares-developer-explains-recruit-and-battle-mechanics Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:42:35 -0400 Erroll Maas

There's always a good deal of hype surrounding Level-5 games. Whether that's Ni No Kuni or Professor Layton, the community is always ready to learn as much information about the studio's titles as they can -- especially before launch.

Recently, Level-5 updated the official Japanese website for the upcoming soccer strategy RPG, Inazuma Eleven Ares, the first Inazuma Eleven title to release on Nintendo Switch, as well as the first to receive a North American release since the Nintendo 3DS eShop remake of the original Inazuma Eleven in 2014. The update reveals more detail about the scouting system, battle mechanics, and the toy link system.

Here's a quick look at how those systems are reported to work when the game releases.

Scouting Other Players for Your Team

To recruit other players, you'll be able to talk to your team manager, Anna Mikado, who will introduce you to them. Another way players will join your team is by meeting the correct requirements, such as defeating them in a match.

Characters from the old Raimon team seen in the original Inazuma Eleven series are now spread throughout Japan, and they are used extra players in the other teams encountered throughout the game. In addition to players from other teams, there will also be several different arenas in which soccer matches will take place. 

As of this writing, more details on those were not available. 

Soccer Match Details

The update also covered the details of passing, command battles, defending, shooting, and special moves.

The pass line will show who the current ball holder can pass to, and it's best to choose which player to pass to based on the situation. Timing and distance are important factors to consider as well, and once the ball is passed, the receiving teammate will control the ball.

When a teammate and an opposing player run into each other, it will prompt a command battle in which the player can either move left or right, or execute a special move.

When moving, the player can steal the ball from the opposing player if their ability and power is strong enough.

Once the player gets close enough to the goal, they can choose to shoot the ball. Players will first have to determine their shot type depending on the situation and timing, and then individual player ability will determine if the goal is successful.

In tricky situations, special moves can turn the match around. These special moves are divided into four types: Shoot, Offense, Defense, and Keeper. Each will be successful depending on the timing of each move, as well as their specific characteristics.

Toy Link

Additionally, Inazuma Eleven Ares is compatible with Eleven Band and Eleven License toys. The Eleven Band will allow players to send Training Power once a day and will give experience points, or Nekettsu points -- points required to obtain secret books for learning techniques, items, and equipment. These are also required for training and practice matches.

Eleven License toys will give either experience points or Nekettsu points, and up to three can be used each day. More information will be revealed in a future update.

Inazuma Eleven Ares will launch in Japan in Fall 2018 for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android. A North American and European launch of the game is planned for 2019.

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Star Ocean Anamnesis Crystal Gaurdian Extermination Event Tips Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/sekaq/star-ocean-anamnesis-crystal-gaurdian-extermination-event-tips-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/sekaq/star-ocean-anamnesis-crystal-gaurdian-extermination-event-tips-guide Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:12:45 -0400 Will Phillips

I’ve been loving Square Enix’s newest mobile title Star Ocean Anamnesis, and part of that is due to it’s constantly updating end game content. Every couple of days there are new missions, that with some grinding, can unlock you some sweet high level loot. Though as the case is with most video game, the good stuff is tucked behind a wall of difficult battles.

For this weekend, SOA is hosting the event Crystal Guardian Extermination. This event will occur every weekend with no end date mentioned. 

Once I started up this new event, I could tell something was off. Simply put, our party on four were doing no damage to the mech enemies. I could tell there were moments when he was taking more damage than others, but I couldn’t wrap my head around why. Well after some research and experimentation, I have uncovered some tips to help you take on this event.

This monster's biggest strength is that it has MASSIVE defense. That’s why most of your attacks barely make a dent in its health bar. They way to get around this is by choosing characters that Boost Critical Hit Chance. Boosting damage is nice as well, but critical hits ignore defense entirely, meaning that critical hits are the best way to take down this foe.

Characters to Bring

Maria

She’s great because her rush mode endows the party with +40% increase to critical hit chance for 20 seconds.

This gives a nice window of opportunity for your party members to use their rush modes and actually have them do damage.

Anne

She passively gives the party +30% critical hit chance and her Rush gives an insane +60% critical hit chance to the party, which is just insane. 

Unlike Maria, you don’t have to rush to attain this boon. I would say if you had to pick between the two, go with Anne.

Cliff

He is great for himself and himself alone, he gets a passive +20% critical hit chance and +30% attack.

He’s great if you have other party members that can spread around the increased critical hit chance.

Nel

She grants a passive +10% critical hit chance to herself and allies.

This is bonus much lower than Anne’s, but she does make up for it with her abilities that poison her enemies, applying steady damage over time.

As long as you have at least one of these characters, things shouldn’t be too bad. Without them you can still get by, but it will take you forever to be able to complete this mission. Luckily Maria is a pretty common character as of now, so your chances of having one in your party are pretty high.

Tips for the Fight

I recommend doing this event and most other events in multiplayer. It uses only the host's stamina and allows three others to participate for free

If you are the Host of the Party, I recommend having a slot set aside for a tank, a sharpshooter, and a healer. It’s a prolonged fight so a healer is definitely necessary. Tanks are a no brainier. Someone has to keep the boss busy! Sharpshooter is debatable, but given how common Maria is, its a safe bet to get someone that can doll out some crit chance. Your last slot can vary between Attacker and Invoker. This can be up to your preference.

Stage 1

This fight is just a bunch of weenies, so it shouldn’t be any trouble.

Stage 2

Deal with the weenies first as usual. After that you will soon notice that the mech in the back seems somewhat near invincible. It’s only major damage dealing attack is where it jumps up and pounds into the ground. To avoid it just swipe your screen when you see it jump into the air, and you should be out of the way before it comes back down.

If you’re using Maria, I would recommend just using your rush mode on it. Sure you’ll probably get some Yikes! stamps from your teammates, but just know that’s because they don’t understand how the enemy works yet.

Stage 3

Things are gonna be a little rough at the start. Your best bet if to focus the two smaller mechs first, and then move on to the main boss. This will take some time, given that they all have high defense. The fight after that will get considerably easier now that you don’t have to worry about their constant bombing, but the boss is still difficult.  

On top of having a great defense, its offense is nothing to scoff at either. It has a series of high damage, long range attacks that can go off simultaneously.

Stage 3 Boss Attacks

He has 4 different attacks which have no official name as far as I can tell so I’ll do my due diligence and name them myself:

Zip-Zap Attack

Basically just shoots out a ray of electricity that has a lot of hangtime so if you get hit, get moving as soon as possible.

Dark Boomerang Attack

It sends out two dark looking crescents at you, which come back around like a boomerang.

Three Dangerous Blue Orbs

Pretty much what it sounds like, three balls of electricity. I'll update as soon as I get a decent picture of the attack.

Green Balls of Pain

He shoots out a handful of green balls which stay in the arena for a while and move back and forth. They;re pretty easy to dodge on their own, but sometimes they can move in and out of your field of vision, so be careful.

Random Beams of Exploding Death

Multiple Blue Balls will appear around the arena. You will only have a few seconds to get out of the way, because they will soon turn into pillars of light that will deal damage if you’re too close.

Most of the attacks are easy to avoid on their own. Things get tricky when multiple attacks go off at the same time, so it can be tricky to dodge them. Your best best is just to stay far far away if you’re ranged, but if you are a tank or attacker, you’re just gonna have to be vigilant and hope you have a good healer. Just keep in mind that there a good chance you can take a load of damage in a matter of seconds, so if you’re below half health, consider disengaging for a second until your healer realizes your situation.

Stage 3 Boss Phases

The boss has a series of indicators that let you know what state the boss is in. It will constantly cycle in and out of each phase throughout the fight.

Phase 1

If it looks bright, this is its most powerful form. It won’t take hit stun and it seems to be more aggressive with its rate of attacks. This is the time to be playing cautiously and defensively.

Phase 2

After you beat on it for a while, it will gradually become darker. When it looks near black, its rate of attacks decreased and you are able to stun it.

Phase 3

If you score enough attacks on an enemy with symbology, skills or weapons that have an element, an elemental burst will occur and stun the enemy. This is indicated by stars moving around its head.

Usually this will take place after a Rush Mode, given the immense amount of damage dealt. This is your time to lay a beat down on the boss. If you have any characters that can hit enemies into the air, you should use them now. Depending on who is in your party, you can keep it up there for a good while. After the end of this phase however, he usually powers back up to Phase 1. 

That's it for my guide on how to complete this event successfully. Happy hunting, and be sure to check out the other Star Ocean Anamnesis guides on GameSkinny!

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Star Ocean Anamnesis Augmentation and Leveling Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/o75cy/star-ocean-anamnesis-augmentation-and-leveling-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/o75cy/star-ocean-anamnesis-augmentation-and-leveling-guide Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:27:03 -0400 Will Phillips

After completing the main story missions,you might be wondering about how to get your characters to meet their maximum potential. Luckily the game provides you with ample resources in order to make that happen.

Augmentation and Character Leveling

The first thing you should prioritize maxing out your characters. You can Augment your character with will raise their rarity by one star, and subsequently the stats. You will need a 50 small, 15 medium, and 3 large crystals along with 150000 FOL. The color of the crystals should coincide with the characters class color. Red for Attacker, yellow for Defender, blue for Sharpshooter, purple for Invoker, and green for Healer. Rainbow can be used for any class.

You should have all the materials you need from completing missions and gifts the game gives, but if for some reason that is not the case you simply need to go over to the item shop and purchase and Augmentation Set of the same class as the character you are trying to augment.

If you find yourself short on FOL, then check your inventory to see if you have any Platinum Ingots to sell. The ones the game gives you are more than enough to upgrade three characters.

On top of getting these materials, you will also need to make sure that are you character are maxed out at level 60. If not, you need to either grind missions, or use prisms and stones in order to quickly level up your character. To use prisms and stones simply head on over to the Characters Tab, tap on Status Enhancements, and then choose which character you want to level up.

If the stone or prism is rainbow (or Ra.) it will level all character equally. If it mentions a specific color, they will specifically benefit the class of the corresponding color. 

Once you have met these requirements you can then head on over the Characters Tab and then click on Augment.

Simply tap on the character you wish to Augment, and given that you have the necessary materials, it should be as easy as clicking on the Augment button in the bottom right hand corner.

After Augmentation, you character will be brought back down to level one, and will now have a new level cap of 70. Once again, you can choose to be more conservative and grind the good ol’ fashioned way and tackle high level missions and events.

Starseeds

To further enhance your character, you can use items called Starseeds. Each seed is named after the respective stat that it will boost. For example, the HP Starseed will increase your HP. Mind blowing, I know.

The highest valued Starseed is the one that boosts AP. Use these for your main characters. It increases your Action Points which is what determines how many Skills you can use during a fight. You can get the seeds from either the Item Shop or the Seed Mission Event.

Limit Breaking

There is a way to push characters beyond their limits called a Limit BreakThis significantly increases the stats of any given character you choose to do that to.

At first you have to Limit Break by drawing duplicates of the same character. They will synthesize automatically into the Limit broken character. The max number of Limit breaks is different based on the character.

If you obtain a character that has already had the maximum amount of Limit breaks, then you will get Small, Medium or Large Limit Break Crystals you can use to perform a Limit Break on any Character. You can also purchase a L. Limit Breaker Set which gives you two Large Limit Break Crystals from the item shop. 

Leveling Weapons and Accessories 

After that you can level up your items as well. It doesn’t seem to be as easy to max out as it was for character, but you can boost them up a little for some increased stats. I would only recommend doing this for 4-5* items. Simply go to the items tab, select enhance items, select the item you wish to enhance, and then choose lesser items to sacrifice.

There are items particularly good for enhancing weapons called Hammers.

The items good for enhancing accessories are called Thread.

These items can’t be used for anything else, so don’t feel bad about using them.

You can also increase the level cap of an item by enhancing an item with another Item of the same name. This increases the max level of an item by 2. This will be difficult for 5* items given their scarcity, so don’t fret too much if you can’t increase their cap right away.

And that covers everything there is to cover about upgrading everything you possibly can. Now there should be nothing in your way from tackling that sweet sweet end game content.

Check out our other Star Ocean Anamnesis guides here on GameSkinny!

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Identity V Beginner's Guide: How to Survive and Hunt Through the Night https://www.gameskinny.com/nptsy/identity-v-beginners-guide-how-to-survive-and-hunt-through-the-night https://www.gameskinny.com/nptsy/identity-v-beginners-guide-how-to-survive-and-hunt-through-the-night Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:46:10 -0400 Autumn Fish

Identity V is a 1v4 horror game where one player acts as the Hunter and tries to capture the four Survivors -- all of whom are doing their best to decode ciphers in order to activate the exit gate and escape with their lives.

It's a rather simple gameplay loop in concept, but there's a lot to it in the end. If you really want to be good at the game, you have to keep in mind every option at your disposal, lest you fall victim to the most basic tactics.

Identity V Survivor getting hit by Hunter

How to Survive and Help Your Teammates as a Survivor in Identity V

As a Survivor, your goal is to decode ciphers, unlock the exit gate, and escape. It's also your goal to help the other Survivors on your team escape. The more Survivors that escape with you, the better rewards you'll get.

Decoding a cipher is simple. Just walk up and tap it to begin the decoding process, tapping the action button whenever the prompt pops up. Be careful, however, as tapping the action button at the wrong time will shock you and alert the Hunter to your presence. You can tell that the Hunter is getting close if you see your heart beating wildly.

If the Hunter draws near, you'll need to run away, especially if they've got their sights set on you. Hunters run faster than you, however, so you need to be tricky in order to throw them off your trail. Vault over ledges and knock pallets into them in order to slow them down and lose them. Remember, you can always try your luck at hiding around a corner, too, but that's a hit-or-miss tactic.

If another Survivor gets injured, incapacitated, or tied to a Rocket Chair, you have the chance to help or save them. Simply run up to their location -- given they're not near a hunter -- and tap on them to save them. The more Survivors that escape, the more rewards you'll earn.

Scattered around the map, you'll discover treasure chests. They're a bit superfluous, especially if you're under a lot of pressure from the Hunter, but if you have time, go ahead and dig through a few for some extra rewards at the end of the match.

Once you've decoded enough ciphers, the two exit gates will activate and you can make your way to them. Once there, you'll need to take some time to enter a password before you can run through the gate. But once you're past the gate, you're home free. You can choose to continue spectating or just move on and collect your rewards later when the match concludes.

Identity V Hunter spots Survivor

How to Hunt Down the Survivors as a Hunter in Identity V

As a Hunter, your goal is to hunt down and capture as many Survivors as you can before they escape through the gates. However, depending on how crafty the Survivors you're facing are, you may have to get pretty crafty yourself. Luckily, you have one massive advantage over them: you run faster.

As a Hunter, you can innately see where all of the ciphers are in the level. It's generally a good idea to check those first. If a Survivor happens to electrocute themselves, you'll even see their outline next to the cipher. Once you find a Survivor, chase them down and give them a good ol' whack.

Once you swing your weapon -- whether you actually hit your target or not -- you won't be able to move for a short period of time. Try to keep track of the Survivor as best you can during this time. If you manage to hit them a second time before they heal, they'll be incapacitated for a moment.

While incapacitated, you can tie them to some balloons and carry them over to the nearest Rocket Chair. You have to be quick, though, or they'll struggle free right under your nose. If the Survivors are smart, they'll try to rescue their captured comrade from the Rocket Chair, so it's a good idea to set up some defensive measures. Use your special abilities to build a good defense next to these chairs before going after the other Survivors. The more Survivors you successfully capture, the more rewards you'll earn.

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And that's everything you need to know for making it through the night. Be sure to stick with GameSkinny for more Identity V content coming your way.

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Star Ocean Anamnesis Beginner's Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/mv3gi/star-ocean-anamnesis-beginners-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/mv3gi/star-ocean-anamnesis-beginners-guide Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:10:25 -0400 Will Phillips

Star Ocean is a delightful Free to Play game hidden behind a clunky UI that can make it difficult for newcomers to get a grasp of what they need to do or how to upgrade characters. This is a guide made to get you through the first steps of the game and make sure that you’re fully equipped to take on whatever lies ahead.

This game is generous, and I mean scary generous. They essentially shower you with gems, their in-game purchasable currency. On top of that, you can save most of them for later, because you can get a full team of 5* characters at the start of the game!

Choose Your Character

After playing through the intro, they let you choose one out of five different 5* Characters.

 I strongly advise choosing Victor. He’s a 5* Defender which is really nice to have when running through missions. However, it’s not worst thing in the world to choose someone else.

Character Ticket

Once the game allows you to do as you please, you should head to the main page and tap on the gifts tab. It should give you a handful of gems and some other goodies, but we'll get to those later. After that you should head on over to item shop, and use some of your gems to purchase a 5* Character Ticket. As the name implies, this allows to draw for a guaranteed 5* character. 

 This is why I recommend getting Victor first, because now you just need a good damage dealer, and you have a little more wiggle room as to who can fill this spot. I recommend re-rolling to get a Cliff or Maria. To use your ticket, simply go to the Draws tab. It should be the second option under Character Draws.

If you don't like what you drew, you can re-roll by simply uninstalling and re-installing your game, and redo the previous steps. Once again, if you feel like going with someone else, or simply don't feel like dealing with the hassle of re-rolling it’s no biggie. I recommend steering clear from Invokers though because of what you get next.

Pre-registration Rewards

So the game for some reason is gifting the pre-order bonuses to everyone. At least, I don’t remember pre-ordering and I still got the bonus. One of the gifts is Faize, a 5* Invoker. If you chose to accept all whenever you got your gems, he should already be one of your choosable characters. 

 

She’s nothing crazy, but with her that brings your total of 5* characters to three, which is the max party size you can bring to a mission.

Equip Your Party

To equip your characters you need to go the character's tab and select Edit Party.

Click edit in the lower right hand corner, and then equip all of your precious 5* characters. Which ever character you put into the first slot is the one that you will play as. For the other two the order doesn’t matter.

I know there are two Invokers when I said to only get one. I was just trying to rush through to make this guide.  

Equip Your Items

After that you should click back in the lower left hand corner and tap on the empty weapon/equipment slots and equip whatever the game has given you.

There won’t be enough for everyone so just equip the best stuff to the character your playing as and give the other two the scraps.

Have Fun!

After that all that’s left for you to do tackle those story missions, which should be really easy with your team full of 5*’s! Also be mindful of completing the objectives for you starter missions. You can see what you need to do by pressing this icon on the main screen.

Quick tip: don’t tackle The Maze of Tribulations until you get the Starter Mission for it, or else you will have to wait until the next day to keep progressing.

You don't really need to worry about doing much else until the story missions are completed, because completing them unlocks more content. So until then just enjoy slaying monster's and collecting loot!

Check out our other Star Ocean Anamnesis guides here on GameSkinny!

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Fortnite Season 5 Complete Skins Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/7dt2f/fortnite-season-5-complete-skins-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/7dt2f/fortnite-season-5-complete-skins-guide Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:08:41 -0400 Victoria Banks

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Are you ready to start?

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Season 5: Worlds Collide is live, so jump into Fortnite now to purchase your Battle Pass and have the chance to snag these seven awesome skins along with other fantastic season items.

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Once you have your pass, start grinding those challenges and missions or buy tiers, to get the skins you are aiming your sights on, but don't get sucked into any wormholes along the way!

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This battle pass will end in 74 days, so play now to enjoy the latest in-game content.

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Looking for Fortnite strategies and tips? Make sure to check out our Fortnite guides page. Here are a few guides to get you started:  

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Ragnarok -- Legendary Skin (Styles 4, 5, and 6)

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The final three styles only continue to build on the impressive armor of the original skin.

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The fourth style continues adding armor to both arms, and 120,000 XP is needed to unlock it.

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The intimidating skull helmet is the highlight of this skin's fifth style and can be accessed once players reach 250,000 XP.

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Additional neon blue highlights and bone armor is added in the sixth style, which requires 500,000 XP.

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It will either take a lot of work or a lot of wealth to get this skin.

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Ragnarok -- Legendary Skin (Style 1, 2, and 3)

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Ragnarok, the cold harbinger of fate, is the final skin of Season 5, and it doesn't disappoint. This character has glowing blue eyes and tattoos along with an impressive set of armor. So far, it is one of the most popular Tier 100 skins from any Fortnite season -- and it offers six selectable styles.

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The second style of the set adds an armored torso along with a full beard and hair, but requires 35,000 XP

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The third style provides a shoulder guard and braids in the skin's bright beard, but requires 75,000 XP.

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Rook -- Epic Skin

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All the way up at Tier 87 is Rook, promoted from desk jockey to field agent. 

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A mixture of professional and killer, this skin offers classic office wear with an additional bulletproof vest and shotgun shells at the belt. This fun contradiction makes her skin more challenging to acquire. 

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To obtain this skin, players will have to work on completing objectives and challenges or dig into their pockets to buy their way up to higher tiers.

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Sledgehammer -- Epic Skin

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At Tier 71, players will have access to Sledgehammer, a rugged demolition soldier with one of the manliest beards to ever enter the game.

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This character wears military garb, shows off tattoos, and hides behind shades. While many of Fortnite's other skins are often flamboyant or edgy, Sledgehammer finds himself among the small handful that are more traditional. Fans of classic FPS games are sure to love this familiar style.

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Sun Strider -- Epic Skin

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Sun Strider is already one of the most popular Fortnite skins. And there's little wonder why: she's ready to save lives... or take them. This life guard summer skin is part of the Rescue Patrol set and is only available after reaching Tier 47.

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This is the first skin that won't be available in the bundle purchase, so the only way to access her is to either purchase each tier until you reach 47 or to start grinding challenges and working toward objectives.

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Redline -- Epic Skin

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Redline is part of the RPM set, and some of this skin's signature features are her geometric tattoos and motorcycle helmet. Her red and black style is somewhat reminiscent of the popular action game, Mirror's Edge. In fact, this skin looks a lot like the Burnout skin, which was first featured earlier this year. 

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She is available in Tier 23 of the Battle Pass and is included in the bundle purchase as well. Unlocking this skin shouldn't be a problem at all. 

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Drift -- Legendary Skin (Styles 4, 5, and 6)

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Drift's other three unlockable styles add his popular kitsune fox mask, adding a new layer to the overall look.

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The fourth style is the first in the set to include the fox mask and can be unlocked at 50,000 XP.

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Next, the fifth style adds a long gold and black coat with a fuchsia design on the back. It can be acquired after reaching 100,000 XP.

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The sixth style can be obtained for 200,000 XP, and it adds electric currents to the coat. 

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Drift -- Legendary Skin (Styles 1, 2, and 3)

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The next skin, also available at Tier One, is Drift, a legendary character featured in the Season 5 trailer. He is shown adding graffiti to Durr Burger before teleporting into the world of Fortnite.

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Some of his signature features include his face mask and sleek gold and fuchsia design. He has six unlockable styles that can be acquired through gaining XP in solo, duos, or squads. Each style adds more colors, clothing, and layers to his edgy look.

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Style two can be unlocked at 10,000 XP

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Style three requires 25,000 XP.

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Huntress – Epic Skin

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One of the first skins available in Season 5 is the Huntress, the fearless raider from storm-tossed seas. This medieval Norwegian character wears leather armor with fur lining, a red tattoo, and blue war paint. Her blonde hair is also braided down the middle and shaved at the sides.

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This skin is part of the Norse Set and can be acquired at Tier One of the Season 5 Battle Pass.

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Fortnite Season 5: Worlds Collide has officially landed, and with it, comes a new set of battle pass skins. This season contains a total of six diverse skins, two of which have additional unlockable styles (something we'll cover in the slides ahead). 

To get the chance to unlock any of these character skins, however, players must first purchase the Season 5 Battle Pass with in-game currency. The price for this season is currently 950 V-Bucks ($9.50). If you want a head start on your friends, the game also provides a special bundle that includes the season pass and the first 25 levels for 2,800 V-Bucks.

Before you decide to open your wallet, though, let’s check out each skin and how you can unlock them.

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Fortnite Treasure Map Guide: Risky Reels Battle Star Location https://www.gameskinny.com/9nkln/fortnite-treasure-map-guide-risky-reels-battle-star-location https://www.gameskinny.com/9nkln/fortnite-treasure-map-guide-risky-reels-battle-star-location Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:23:28 -0400 Ty Arthur

Fortnite's various battle star treasure hunts are easily some of the most frustrating weekly challenges -- especially since the hand drawn "maps" don't always paint a clear picture of where to go if you aren't intimately familiar with the game's landscape.

Now that Fortnite Season 5 is here, we've got another battle star treasure hunt under way, although this one is a good deal easier than normal (despite still being listed as a "hard" level challenge). Let's get started with the treasure map Risky Reels challenge!

Want to skip the entire map-finding section of the Risky Reels treasure hunt and just go straight to the battle star location instead? 

The treasure is located south of Tomato Town, on top of the north side of the tunnel. Just walk up to the center area above the tunnel (beneath the outcroppings but above the actual tunnel itself) and when you get close enough, the battle star will spawn.

Map showing the battle star for season 5, week 1

Finding The Risky Reels Treasure Map

If you aren't one of those Cheaty McCheatersons who skip the actual map portion of the treasure hunt, hop off the battle bus and land at Risky Reels to find the map propped up against the edge of a wood building.

For those who spend any time in the northeastern quadrant of the Fortnite map, this one should be really obvious as the tunnel south of Tomato Town, since there aren't a ton of tunnels next to trees in the game.

The only question is which side of the tunnel to land on, as both sides look nearly identical. Landing at the correct side is critical, because getting to the top of the other side is a major pain if you don't have a bunch of resources for building your own staircase and bridge.

Risky Reels Treasure Map 
Fortnite Risky Reels Treasure Map

If you are landing directly there, launch your parachute before hitting the south end of the tunnel, then glide forward and turn around so you can drop directly onto the battle star spawn point shown in the image below.

If you miss the north end of the tunnel while gliding or are running to Tomato Town from the Risky Reels treasure map location, the easiest way to reach the treasure is just to build a staircase up on the north side in front of the tunnel.

Running all the way around the cliffs to jump down above the other side of the tunnel takes way more time than its worth, especially if anyone is straying north from Dusty Divot looking for an easy kill after looting all the chests there.

That may not be as much of an issue as in other weekly challenges, however. This is a challenge that would be good to jump on early, as most players are now landing at the newly added Lazy Links or Paradise Palms locations, leaving Tomato Town a desolate wasteland free of deadly players for a few days!

Be sure to take advantage of the lack of foot traffic to gear up, grab the battle star, and lie in wait for other unsuspecting players as the storm shrinks.

A player glides down to the battle star spawn point in Risky Reels Where to land to grab the Risky Reels / Tomato Town treasure

Did you figure out the location based on the map image or just jump straight to the treasure? Sound off and let us know what you think of the Season 5 changes so far in the comments below!

If you're just getting started with the Season 5 Battle Pass challenges, check out our other recent Fortnite guides here for an edge up over the competition:

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Hogwarts Mystery Duelling Club Guide: How to Beat Opponents and Win https://www.gameskinny.com/5qxid/hogwarts-mystery-duelling-club-guide-how-to-beat-opponents-and-win https://www.gameskinny.com/5qxid/hogwarts-mystery-duelling-club-guide-how-to-beat-opponents-and-win Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:07:51 -0400 Ty Arthur

Wands at the ready, class -- the dueling mode we've all been begging for has finally arrived in Harry Potter: Hogswarts Mystery! Now you can finally test your skills against other aspiring witches and wizards in multiplayer duels.

This is only a 4 day limited time event, so jump on it now to earn all the rewards (although hopefully it will be returning and staying in some form down the line).

Having trouble getting the limited time dueling mode to start or just can't quite manage to win all 8 matches? We've got you covered with a full guide on how to beat every other student in duelling class!

Hogwarts Mystery Duelling Class Multiplayer Guide

There have been a couple of glitches as the multiplayer dueling club finally opens in the Dungeons area of Hogwarts.

First and foremost, you have to leave the room and then return again in order to actually get started duelling.

After Dumbledore gives his speech, the dueling icon doesn't appear as it is supposed to, so just tap the door icon to return into the Dungeons hallway, then scroll over to the far right side and re-enter the dueling room. Tap the crossed wands to get started and find a match.

 If this icon doesn't appear, leave the room and then come back

8 wins required to get the gold coin and outfit rewards, but your student only starts with 3 tickets. Your ticket count only drops if you lose a match however, so don't lose 3 matches or you are officially out of the event.

Here's where the other big glitch comes in -- if you lose your connection during the match, it counts as a loss and the ticket is gone!

At this point its unclear if tickets will refresh each day of the limited time even or not, as the developer hasn't specifically stated. If you lost all three check back tomorrow morning, as they may regenerate over time.

In addition to the main rewards, bonus energy is awarded when you win a duel, and energy can now go above your normal maximum level (which wasn't the case when the game launched).

Hogwarts Mystery Duelling Strategy

Your student's stats cross over into the limited time duel mode, so there's incentive to go back and play the single player classes for upgrades if you keep losing duels.

Spells and potions are locked until you actually get them in the single player game, so for instance if you haven't mastered Incendio yet it won't be available in multiplayer. You do still have to trace the spells as normal, but there's no penalty at the moment for messing it up.

The rock, paper, scissors mechanic continues to be used as you pick a wand stance, so take what you know about the AI's chances of selecting the sneaky, defensive, and aggressive stances and apply that to multiplayer. You are facing off against bots, not the actual players themselves, so they follow the same patterns as opponents in the single player game.

Wiggenwald can be your best friend if you go with the defensive stance, since it means you effectively negate the opponent's attacks if you lose the stance selection in the next couple of rounds.

After healing is taken care of, something that does damage and stuns at the same time like Expelliarmus can absolutely wreak havoc on the opponents. Stunning is easily the strongest mechanic to take advantage of, followed by high damage with a spell like Flipendo.

 With this strategy you'll be earning all the rewards in no time!

Hogwarts Mystery Duelling Cheat

There's a Hogwarts Mystery duelling cheat you can try out if you get frustrated with the rock, paper, scissor mechanic and keep losing the stance selection -- just pick aggressive every single time, and always use Expellariarmus.

Due to the algorithms in the game's AI, you will win the throw often enough and stun often enough that you can coast through most battles. Only change your stance and go for defensive if its the end of the match and you are clearly one attack away from losing.

You might be quite low on stamina by the end, and it can take awhile if they choose defensive and heal, but you will almost always win every match anyway. Take advantage of this now, before the developers figure it out and nerf the throw mechanics!

 Expelliarmus is your friend!

Have any other Hogwarts Mystery dueling class tips and tricks we should try out to win all 8 battles before the event ends? Let us know your dueling strategy in the comments below!

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Fortnite Lightning Bolt Locations Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/ym9bm/fortnite-lightning-bolt-locations-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/ym9bm/fortnite-lightning-bolt-locations-guide Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:50:43 -0400 Ty Arthur

Long time players will notice some big changes to the Fortnite formula as Season 5 officially launches, with three challenges now available for all players and an extra four challenges just for the Battle Pass crowd. One of those challenges is to find 7 lightning bolts in some very out-of-the-way locations.

Still getting used to the changes to the map and shotgun nerfs with version 5.0? Check out an overview of all the Season 5 patch notes here before heading out to find where the lightning bolts are in Fortnite!

Now that we've got that out of the way, if you just want to know specifically where to find the Fortnite lightning bolt locations, here are all the confirmed locations where they have been discovered so far in the Season 5, Week 1 map:

 Lightning Bolts In Fortnite Map

Where Are All The Lightning Bolts In Fortnite?

Although Epic is trying to de-emphasize the importance of building in the late game, this challenge actually requires you to harvest materials and build tall structures in order to reach the lightning bolts.

At the moment unfortunately it doesn't appear that you can grab one of the lightning bolts at the start by landing on it while falling off the battle bus, so get ready to quickly harvest and build instead. To make a lightning bolt count towards the challenge, you need to actually interact with it like you were opening a loot chest.

To complete the challenge you need to build staircases and reach at least 7 bolts. Be sure to start at an angle a short distance away from the end location as you build up and sideways, then throw up in a platform if necessary to finally reach the bolt.

There are currently more than 7 lightning bolts scattered across the map, so there's no shortage of locations to check out. Here's where to land to get started completing the lightning bolt challenge:

  • Above the llama at Junk Junction (duh, there's always a challenge item here)
  • In the sky above the middle of Dusty Divot
  • The far west side of Paradise Palms by the tall building
  • Above the middle of the house section of Retail Row
  • Up in the sky above the river to the west of Tomato Town
  • Directly above the middle of Tilted Towers
  • In the sky above the temple to the north and east of Lucky Landing (at the far south end of the map)
  • Above the northern most dock of Loot Lake
  • The middle of the Greasy Grove location
  • Next to the tower at Lonely Lodge
  • To the northeast of Snobby Shores
  • In the hills to the northwest of Wailing Woods

Have you found any other Fortnite lightning bolt locations that we missed? Let us know in the comments and we'll get them added to the list!

 Interacting with a lightning bolt to complete the week 1 Fortnite challenge (thanks to Hicko for the screenshot)

With the search floating lightning bolts challenge out of the way, here's the full list of newly added Fortnite Season 5 Week 1 challenges to keep you busy this week:

  • Deal damage with SMGs to opponents (500)
  • Search a Supply Llama (1)
  • Search for chests in Snobby Shores (7)
  • Search for floating lightning bolts (7)
  • Eliminate opponents in Retail Row (Hard: 3)
  • Clinger, stink bomb, or grenade eliminations (Hard: 3)
  • Follow the treasure map found in Risky Reels (Hard: 1)

Stay tuned for a full guide on where to find the Risky Reels treasure map coming shortly, and be sure to drop us a note on your strategy this week to deal SMG damage and get stink bomb eliminations!

If you're just getting started with the Season 5 Battle Pass, check out our other Fortnite guides here for an edge up over the competition:

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Fortnite Season 5 Guide: Shotgun Nerfs and Flintlock Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/ikw20/fortnite-season-5-guide-shotgun-nerfs-and-flintlock-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/ikw20/fortnite-season-5-guide-shotgun-nerfs-and-flintlock-locations Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:17:50 -0400 Ty Arthur

Season 5 of Fortnite is officially here, and you better believe things are getting weird, with bizarre crossovers happening between realms.

On top of weapon nerfs and zany temporal rifts, we also got a whole new desert biome in the southeastern corner of the map, featuring Paradise Palms, while Lazy Links was added to the northern end at what used to be Anarchy Acres. We also know that certain new areas aren't marked, so we'll have to wait and see what those are. 

Epic has made it clear that big changes are in store for the king of battle royal games, and not just in the wacky new world-colliding mechanics for Season 5.

If you look at (some) message boards around the web, it seems the end game is getting a bit stale with "just build lol" being the prevailing mantra right now. The devs want to see that change

A series of staggered updates with big changes is coming to Fortnite, with the first being a host of weapon nerfs to spice up how you use the shotgun -- and to force players to try out new strategies.

Fortnite's Season 5 Map showing new locations in a desert and Paradise Palms and Lazy Links 
It's a brand new Fortnite map with all new landing locations to learn!

Shotgun Nerfs (And a Few Others You Might Not Know About)

Since most players end up peeping out from behind walls to get off a shotgun blast, the basic gameplay mechanics for shottys have been totally redesigned.

Expect further fine tuning and nerfing of shotgun mechanics during the rest of Season 5 as Epic gauges community feedback -- but here's what you need to know about shotgun nerfs right now:

  • Shotguns will now indicate how many pellets hit an enemy; this will be visible within the weapon reticle
  • Shotgun spread patterns have been adjusted to be consistent; there are no more random variations
  • The heavy shotgun now fires 10 pellets rather than 5 (although the maximum damage for the heavy shotgun remains unchanged)
  • After firing a shotgun, another shotgun cannot be fired for a very short time (meaning no switching between multiple shotguns in your inventory for rapid shots without reloading)

Shotguns are just where it starts, though, with a bunch of other nerfs appearing that may change how you play.

Explosives (like grenades) and the rocket launcher now have reduced vehicle knockback for shopping carts or the new All Terrain Karts (ATKs).

Additionally, the suppressed SMG has been tweaked so its damage drop off is in line with other SMGs -- damage is reduced to 80% at 35 meters and then down to 65% at 50+ meters.

Finally, the hunting rifle's aim assist has been reduced to be in line with other sniper rifles, so it won't be quite as accurate anymore.

Where to Find Flintlock Weapons

Thankfully, the Epic crew hasn't forgotten about those of us who still prefer the original Save The World mode. Now, a whole new class of old-timey weapons has appeared to put a wrinkle in Season 5.

Here's what you can now discover in missions, pick up in the event store, or acquire randomly through loot llama cards:

Weapon Name Rarity DPS
 Duelist Epic Pistol  645.8
 Duelist Legendary Pistol  708.5
 Dragoon Epic Shotgun 2586.4
 Dragoon Legendary Shotgun   2812.5
Ol' Betsy Elite Sniper 711.6
Ol' Betsy Legendary Sniper 777.5
Sir Hootie Epic Melee Club 292.2
Sir Hootie  Legendary Melee Club 323.2
Fishing Hook Epic Melee Scythe 292.2
Fishing Hook Legendary Melee Scythe 344.5

 

What do you think of the shotgun nerfs and new flintlock weapons for Save The World mode? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to check out our other Fortnite guides here:

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Minecraft Update Aquatic Turtle Breeding Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/2zn7s/minecraft-update-aquatic-turtle-breeding-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/2zn7s/minecraft-update-aquatic-turtle-breeding-guide Wed, 11 Jul 2018 17:08:49 -0400 Autumn Fish

Phase 2 of Update Aquatic has finally rolled out for Minecraft: Bedrock Edition, adding 3,000 new species of fish, Drowned Zombies, Bubble Columns, and even Sea Turtles! The Sea Turtles, in particular, are an incredibly unique addition -- especially if you breed them.

You see, when a baby turtle grows into an adult turtle, they drop an item called a Scute. With five Scute, you can go to a crafting table to make a Turtle Shell. If you wear this Turtle Shell, you'll gain the Water Breathing status effect, which prevents you from drowning or losing oxygen underwater -- completely. It even improves your vision when submerged.

Alternatively, the Turtle Shell can also be brewed with an Awkward Potion in order to make the Potion of the Turtle Master, which slows you down but also increases your resistance, essentially making you a tank -- or a turtle, if you please.

In order to make these, though, you need some baby turtles. And the best way to find baby turtles is to, of course, breed them yourself.

Turtles on a beach in Minecraft

How to Breed Turtles in Minecraft

To breed turtles, you first need to find two adult Sea Turtles. They spawn in groups on warm beaches, so if you don't find any at a beach near you, you can just craft a boat and go on a bit of a journey to see if you can't find any at other beaches in your current seed.

Once you find a few, go ahead and dig them into a small pit so they can't escape, and make sure there's sand under them -- the eggs need to be laid in sand. Otherwise, they won't hatch.

Next, you need to feed two turtles a piece of Seagrass. In order to get Seagrass, you must either use Shears on the grass that grows underwater or kill turtles. Once you feed the turtles, hearts will appear over their heads, and they'll turn toward each other.

Afterward, one turtle will burrow under the sand and lay one to four turtle eggs.

Next, you simply have to wait for the turtle eggs to hatch. Remember, they will only hatch on sand during the night. Once they hatch, it will take them a little while to grow. You can accelerate this process by feeding them more Seagrass. If you feed a baby Sea Turtle 10 Seagrass, it'll grow into an adult instantly.

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And that's everything you need to know to breed turtles for Scute. If you're looking to improve your Minecraft experience, be sure to check out our Minecraft seeds and Minecraft skins articles while you're at it.

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How To Play Fortnite Bingo Mode (Complete With Game Ideas) https://www.gameskinny.com/nvol0/how-to-play-fortnite-bingo-mode-complete-with-game-ideas https://www.gameskinny.com/nvol0/how-to-play-fortnite-bingo-mode-complete-with-game-ideas Wed, 11 Jul 2018 16:58:20 -0400 Ty Arthur

Move over High Explosives, 50 vs 50, and Solid Gold because the best Fortnite game mode ever has arrived -- and it wasn't even crafted by the Epic team at all!

While waiting on Fortnite Season 5 to officially drop (which seems like will involve Vikings and a tear in the fabric of time somehow?), players decided to come up with their own custom game mode -- Fortnite bingo!

Ready to get going filling out bingo lines and using nearly every weapon found in the game against your best mates? Let's get started!

Note: Special thanks to Fortnite YouTuber Lachlan for catapulting this one into the public consciousness when he started playing rounds for 100,000 V-Bucks (check out the video below).

Fortnite bingo card shows the game's weapons, grenades, and traps 
Fortnite Bingo Card Basic Version

Bingo Custom Mode

This special way to play bingo in Fortnite makes extensive use of the game's new Playground mode, which is currently labeled as a limited-time mode. However, the mode gives you plenty of time to find all the items on the bingo card without having to constantly drop back into the loading screen after getting killed.

To play, just pop in a Playground match and start searching the map until you or a friend fill up your inventory with five items on the bingo card.

Here's a quick tip: Before the match, decide how you want to set up the custom match's win conditions.

For example, you could go for a traditional bingo setup -- collect five items in a vertical or horizontal line. Then make players win multiple rounds over time to get a full-card winner.

Alternatively, you could instead go for the full blackout win, which could take hours with a dedicated group of players. Lastly, you could decide that players must actually net kills with the weapon in question, or deploy certain items at certain time to get the bingo segments to count.

Bingo Hard Mode

Ok, the above is the easy version of Fortnite bingo. If you're looking for more of a challenge, this is how you play hard mode.

If your group has some serious time to grind, drop into Squads mode and try to get a bingo win while playing against other players in a regular 100 player match! In this version of the game, bingo lines should stay blacked out between matches, as it's unlikely you'll hit five in a row before dying in a single game.

Alternatively, if you don't like the original bingo card setup or want to swap out items like Port-A-Fort or stink bomb for other weapons, make up your own custom Fortnite bingo card and share it with your friends!

There are plenty of other ways to play if you want to change up the difficulty while waiting for Season 5. Fill up a card with llamas to see who can get to five or 20 first. Or pop in locations like Junk Junction and Tilted Towers to see who can visit the most locations the fastest!

Are you jumping on the bingo bandwagon? Let us know how you plan to play in the comments below, and stay tuned for full coverage on the first week of Fortnite Season 5 to arrive tomorrow!

For those who have been away in recent weeks, Season 4 brought plenty of weapon and item additions to the game. Make sure to check out the the high capacity drum gun, new dual pistols drop, and area-clearing stink bombs.

And while you're at it, make sure to head over to our Fortnite guides page for even more tips, tricks, and strategies. 

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Hearthstone: Boomsday Project Coming in August https://www.gameskinny.com/6lwy6/hearthstone-boomsday-project-coming-in-august https://www.gameskinny.com/6lwy6/hearthstone-boomsday-project-coming-in-august Wed, 11 Jul 2018 09:29:43 -0400 Edgar Wulf

Blizzard has finally announced details on the Boomsday Project, its upcoming expansion for Hearthstone. Dave Kosak from the Hearthstone team presented the expansion in a colorful and totally ridiculous announcement trailer -- featuring Dr. Boom -- which is available above for your viewing pleasure.

As is usually the case, the new expansion will introduce a set of 135 new cards and also build upon The Witchwood expansion. In addition, each class will receive something never seen before -- a Legendary spell.

Each class will also receive a Project card which grants a beneficial effect to both players when played; such cards have existed in Hearthstone before, but have been mostly limited to the Druid class.

A new Magnetic mechanic will be introduced which allows the merging of two Mech minions on board with this keyword, combining their stats and abilities in the process.

Lastly, the new set will include special Omega cards whose full potential will be triggered once a player has 10 mana crystals at their disposal.

During an undisclosed launch period, players who log in will receive three card packs and a random Class Legendary Minion (or a fancy hero card) from the new expansion completely free.

Full details are available on the official blog post, where you can also pre-purchase the expansion

Hearthstone's Boomsday Project launches August 7, with additional single player content in The Puzzle Lab coming August 21.

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Dead Island: Survivors Beginner's Tips and Tricks Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/aym79/dead-island-survivors-beginners-tips-and-tricks-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/aym79/dead-island-survivors-beginners-tips-and-tricks-guide Tue, 10 Jul 2018 10:34:56 -0400 Ty Arthur

We might still be waiting on that long-overdue Dead Island 2 (which developers Deep Silver insist is happening), but if you can't get enough of this tropical zombie series, a freemium mobile title just landed to tide you over for a while.

The focus for this Android/iOS title has shifted radically away from rigging together a huge array of makeshift weapons to a wave-based tower defense game, with some nods to the franchise's roots.

Just getting started with the game? We can show you the ropes so you don't have a horde of zombies making it past your electric fences to eat your brains -- and friends! 

Dead Island: Survivors Basic Strategies And Cheats

The core of the game is all about setting up traps and killing zombies in waves, but collect supply missions are a major exception to this basic style. These missions are all about stealth and speed, not having upgraded weapons or placing traps.

Be sure to stay out of zombies' lines of sight and run away when the exclamation mark appears. Keep in mind that containers become lootable at random while you run around the map in collect supply missions, so keep moving until boxes, barrels, etc. are highlighted as lootable objects.

Random Drops

Dead Island: Survivors also features a slightly different setup than most other tower defense games, using randomized card/creature drops. Rather than selling extra cards for resources, you need multiples of the same card to hit a maximum number and then level up the trap or character using in-game cash or diamonds.

Using Metal

There's also a second way to improve your traps -- by using the metal resource, individual traps can be upgraded at specific locations on each island's horde map, but this initiates a timer, so you can't immediately play the wave.

In general, it's a better idea to upgrade the weapon cards unless you have a lot of time to spare or a lot of diamonds on hand to zip through timers.

Dealing with Zoom

While playing collect supply, survivor rescue, or horde missions, there is a zoom function enabled, but it automatically re-calibrates to the same level after half a second, so it's not useful at all for gaining a more tactical overview of the camp. It isn't clear why this function exists, so hopefully it will get fixed in a future patch to actually be useful.

The trap upgrade screen in Dead Island Survivors shows the auto-turret at level 3 Upgrading a turret after getting 6 of the same turret card

How to Place Traps in Dead Island: Survivors 

First up, any of your placed traps don't hurt you when running around as a hero during a wave, so feel free to stay in the line of fire of turrets and flame throwers!

While the idea is to build around the red arrow icons in a tower defense strategy, zombies will leave the red pathway to chase your hero if you get too close, so you can actually mess up your own defenses by running into the fray for melee combat from the wrong direction.

Keep in mind that you don't have to follow the same path as the zombies set by your defenses. Just tap and hold to jump over walls and quickly run to another area of the map as the waves get frantic.

After placing them down, most traps are automatic, but some traps must be activated manually and won't do anything unless you run up and tap them (like the Slicer).

If you've run out of resources for direct damage traps like cannons, place some cheap barricades to force the zombie horde toward environmental dangers like turn crank water cannons, boat propellers, and exploding barrels. Most of these free traps reset over time and can be triggered manually several times during a wave.

Likewise, some traps -- like the cannon -- knock zombies off the red path, so you can use this mechanic to your advantage to push enemies into pit traps, river tiles, and so on.

Using Traps Against Special Zombie Types

Your hero character is for mopping up those shambling undead who make it past the traps, but also for hunting down the special zombie types before they can destroy your electrified fences. Learning the abilities and defenses of each special type is the difference between success and getting eaten for lunch.

Here's a quick run down of special types you will come across early on, as well as some tactics that will keep you alive when facing them:

  • Exploder: If you don't have a quick killing blow that will finish this zombie off, flee the area or you will take huge amounts of damage when they die.
     
  • Floaters: These zombies can deal ungodly damage with acid puke, but they must remain stationary while spewing, leaving them vulnerable from behind or the sides -- or to grenades and mines that take time to arm.

  • Resistor: These shielded zombies need to be brought down before they can take serious damage from traps.

  • Nurse Zombie: Finally, the thrasher trap will interrupt this zombie's healing ability.

Recovering Your Hero's Health

After facing down the zombies, your hero is going to take damage, which can be recovered by using a limited supply of healing soda cans. These aren't your only options though -- your hero recovers health after being out of combat for a few seconds, so tactical retreat is often a better option unless the horde is already all past your main defenses.

Don't forget that health cans can also be upgraded just like traps, increasing their healing and lowering their recharge rate.

Zombies attack a hero near a beach full of traps Funneling zombies toward boat propellers for free trap kills!

How to Get Free Diamonds In Dead Island: Survivors

Diamonds are used for speeding up suitcase timers/trap upgrade timers and buying new consumables. These are accrued by completing missions, but there are bonus diamonds available that aren't actually listed anywhere in the tutorial or main menu screen.

Completing Google Play or iOS achievements nets you extra diamonds, and the achievements keep scaling over time (for instance the achievement to kill 50 zombies with heavy weapons goes up to 500 zombies for a second level of diamond rewards).

These aren't given automatically, however, and are buried in a hidden menu. To claim rewards after completing an achievement, tap the yellow arrow icon in the upper-left corner of the Island menu (this isn't available if you are in a local camp map or a mission), then tap the trophy icon in the expanded menu.

These achievements give you extra diamonds (each is listed at its Level 1 value):

  • Mind The Gap: Push 1 zombie into a hole
  • Head Cracker: Stomp 1 knocked down zombie
  • Smash Bro: Kill 50 zombies using a heavy weapon
  • Grenadier: Kill 10 zombies using the molotov cocktail, grenade, or water bombs
  • Perfect Defender: Finish 20 horde missions without losing a single electrical charge
  • Heavy Hitter: Kill 50 zombies using a blunt weapon
  • Planning Ahead: Use the mine or the meat bag 10 times
  • Master Trapper: Kill 10 zombies using the shotgun
  • Zombie Gear Solid: Finish one collection supply mission without being detected by a single zombie
  • A Person Of The People: Find and guide 30 strayed survivors to safety in rescue missions

The achievements screen in Dead Island Survivors Claiming hidden achievement rewards for free diamonds

Those are the basics of what you need to know to survive the zombie hordes! Got any other killer Dead Island: Survivors tips, cheats, or strategies for new players? Let us know in the comments below!

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Pokemon Go Trading Stardust Cost Chart https://www.gameskinny.com/vxarp/pokemon-go-trading-stardust-cost-chart https://www.gameskinny.com/vxarp/pokemon-go-trading-stardust-cost-chart Fri, 06 Jul 2018 18:38:35 -0400 Ty Arthur

After the worldwide phenomena has finally died down a bit (remember all those totally nuts best and worst things to happen when it landed in 2016?), its hard to believe Pokemon Go just turned two years old this summer!

The lack of trading at launch was a huge criticism among the player base, since that has been a part of this franchise since friends were connecting their black and white Game Boys together back in the '90s!

Trading Pokemon is finally here in Go, but only with people on your friends list, and it will hit you pretty hard in your Stardust account when you first get started.

Trading In Pokemon Go

Trading only becomes available once both you and the friend you are trading with are at trainer level 10 (which should be just about everyone at this point).

To get started with the updated trading interface, tap your head / trainer name icon in the lower-left corner, then navigate to the Friends tab. Tap a friend's name and then you can choose the Trade interface found in the lower-right corner.

Stardust trading costs are absurdly astronomical for Pokemon that you don't already have in your Pokedex (meaning you haven't ever caught one before on your own) but they drop off by massive levels as you increase in friendship level with another player.

 Trading and checking friendship level

This artificially high cost structure keeps the trading economy from immediately toppling over and going nuts so everyone can't immediately trade the strongest, highest level Pokemon back and forth to each other.

The traded Pokemon's level, HP, and CP also drop to be commensurate with your player level when trading, so you can't fill up on ultra strong Pokemon just by trading.

The minimum stat level of the traded Pokemon is also influenced by your friendship level with the other player, so the higher your friendship, the better the Pokemon will be when it arrives in your Pokedex.

Keep in mind that the same Pokemon can only be traded once, so you can't chain them repeatedly through multiple trades and will have to catch new ones instead. Trading also impacts medals, so for instance tiny Rattata will get you closer to the  Youngster medal, while XL Magikarps get you closer to the Fisherman medal.

Pokemon Go Stardust Trading Cost Chart

Type Not Present In Pokedex Cost Already Present In Pokedex Cost
 Standard  20,000  100
 Regional   20,000  100
Shiny    1,000,000  20,000
 Legendary 1,000,000  20,000

 

Notice that there's no slot on that table for mythical? That's because they can't be traded at all! You've got to earn those Pokemon all by yourself.

The prices for non-registered Pokemon are insane, but there's a massive discount for increasing your friendship level with a trading partner. The discount starts at 20% for Great but sharply increases to 92% when you hit the Ultra level.

This means that those 1,000,000 Stardust cost trades for Pokemon not in your Pokedex drop all the way down to 80,000 at the Ultra level.

How do you increase friendship in Pokemon Go? The friendship level goes up when you send (or receive) a gift with that friend, or when you trade Pokemon, so it takes a good deal of Stardust to increase the level unless you want to frequently send gifts of Pokeballs and other consumables.

Here are the exact discounts provided at each Pokemon Go friendship level:

Friendship Level Stardust Discount
Good  0%
Great 20%
Ultra 92%
 Best  96%

 

Now that you're all set for trading, still need help with the rest of this genre-changing AR game? Check out our other Pokemon Go guides here:

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