Absolver Guides Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Absolver Guides RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Absolver Guide: How to Join Another School https://www.gameskinny.com/3hdz4/absolver-guide-how-to-join-another-school https://www.gameskinny.com/3hdz4/absolver-guide-how-to-join-another-school Sun, 10 Sep 2017 12:43:39 -0400 Kengaskhan

Absolver is a third-person martial arts fighting game, where players pick from a wide variety of attacks, moves, and other techniques to be employed in their own unique Combat Decks tailored to suit their playstyle.

However, you'll find that you won't immediately have access to every single Combat Style when you first create your Prospect -- instead, you'll only be familiar with one. And that's where Fighting Schools come in.

Joining a Fighting School is one of the fastest ways to learn new fighting techniques -- however, the number of moves you can learn from each School is limited, which means you'll need to move from School to School if you want to expedite the learning process.

How to Change Schools

We've already covered how to join a Fighting School in Absolver, but it may not be entirely obvious how you'd leave and join a new one after you've mastered that School's Combat Style.

Leaving your current School is actually quite simple: the mere act of joining another School is all it takes to leave your old one.

To join an existing Fighting School, you'll want to pull up the menu and open the Encounters tab.

From there, you can view a list of all the players you've recently met, and join any Schools that they might be a part of. (Players with a triangle next to their name are the ones who are part of a School.)

Your other option is to create your own Fighting School, which requires a bit more effort on your part -- you'll need to speak to an NPC in the Oratian Quarter after having achieved Rank 50 in the game's Combat Trials.


The best way to truly master a Combat Style is to master them all, and one of the fastest ways to accomplish that is to learn from all the best Fighting Schools.

So, if you want full access to every move in the game, you'll want to be hopping from School to School, learning from as many masters as possible.

Absolver Guide: All Cairn Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/no6fk/absolver-guide-all-cairn-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/no6fk/absolver-guide-all-cairn-locations Sat, 09 Sep 2017 20:53:58 -0400 Kieran Desmond

In case you were wondering, a cairn is a pile of rocks used for marking locations, burial monuments and loads of other stuff. In Devolver Digital’s Absolver however, cairns are used for loot. Essential armor pieces are within the rock piles, which are hidden throughout the map. Some of these you’ll no doubt find on your own, but there are some tricky ones you may have missed. This guide will tell you where to find every cairn in the game.

If you’re planning on following this guide as written, I suggest taking a look at our guide for Marked Ones and Boss Locations as the order in which you’ll visit the game’s areas is identical to how they are laid out in this guide.

Central Harbor: 3 Cairns to find

Go to the very back of the area where you fight Lamren to find the first cairn.

Enter Central Harbor from Guidance Bridge and follow the water on your right all the way to end of the dock. It’s normally guarded by at least 2 enemies.

From the Guidance Bridge entrance into Central Harbour head straight forward, take a left and go all the way up the stairs. Turn right, follow the path, and the cairn will be on your left.

Raslan Coliseum: 3 Cairns to find

After your fight with Ristael, drop down off the ledge and there’s a cairn right there.

Head through the door to the left as you enter the coliseum and follow the stairs up. Once you re-emerge outside, go down the stairs ahead of your and follow the path to the left to find this cairn.

You will have to beat the Stagger master, Jinn Mesca to get this one. After beating him, a previously locked door will open inside the Coliseum. Drop down off the ledge after stepping through the doorway and turn right. Follow the path and you'll find the cairn.

For help with finding Jinn Mesca, check out our guide on How to Unlock Stagger Style Early On which covers how to find the Drunken Fist Master.

Hunting Path: 3 Cairns to find

Coming from Guidance Bridge, head down the left path from the uprooted tree.

The second cairn in this area is right next to the Hunting Path’s altar.

Go behind the tree that Revario sits beneath and follow the path to find the last cairn in this area.

Forgotten Temple: 3 Cairns to find

As you enter the area head to the right past a couple of enemies and you’ll come to a small incline. Follow the path up the incline to find a cairn. If you get to the altar, you’ve gone too far. Turn around and you should see the path you need to take.

Go back the entrance but this time, take a left. You’ll find this area’s second cairn up some stairs guarded by 2 or 3 enemies.

To get the last cairn in this area you’ll need to climb to the top of the temple. It is on a ledge outside the window at the back of the temple.

Bird Caller’s Outpost: 3 Cairns to find

In the house where you fight Ama Saba, go upstairs and a cairn is in the corner of the room.

Follow the path behind the house where you fight Ama Saba. Keep going to the dead end and you’ll find another cairn.

Head into the house with the balcony near the centre of the area. The cairn is on the balcony.

Oratian Quarters: 3 Cairns to find

From the altar in this area, head into the courtyard and go through the doorway on the right. Follow the stairs to an area with two enemies who are guarding this cairn.

Entering this area from the Raslan Coliseum, follow the wall on your left and make a u-turn when it comes to an end to find a cairn.

There are two large buildings in this area; the first can be accessed from the ground and the second can only be accessed by climbing the first building. The last cairn in the Oratian Quarters is on the top floor of the second building.

Tower of Adal: 3 Cairns to find

You’ll find a cairn in the corner of the area where you fight Dormek, which is accessed by heading through the gap under a staircase.

From the gate that leads to the Essence Reserves, turn right and a cairn is in the corner of the dead end.

From the gate to the Essense Reserves again, head up the stairs to your left. Turn around once your get to the top and the cairn is in the corner.

 Essence Mines: 1 Cairn to find

Head for the third floor, and follow the path round to dead end where you’ll find a cairn in front of some breakable pots.

If there's any that I've missed, let me know in the comments below, and for more tips and tricks for Absolver, check out more of our Absolver guides!

Absolver Guide: How to Unlock Stagger Early On https://www.gameskinny.com/2jvmz/absolver-guide-how-to-unlock-stagger-early-on https://www.gameskinny.com/2jvmz/absolver-guide-how-to-unlock-stagger-early-on Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:31:23 -0400 Jeffrey Rousseau

Absolver has many styles and combat moves for you to learn. A lot of it takes time, but we all we know time is a limited commodity. And if you're trying to unlock the stagger ability, getting it early on will give you a decent advantage over some of the opponents that you encounter.

Also known as "drunken fist", stagger is a special ability that involves a little bit of stumbling, and grants your attacks several unconventional defensive capabilities. While attacking foes, you use movements that appear to make your character stumble -- fooling your foe so you can strike them uncontested.

How to Unlock Stagger Quickly: Absolver Cheat

The standard means of gaining stagger is time-consuming and rather boring. It requires you to reach at least level 15 and defeat the mini-boss Jiin Mesca, who appears randomly in various locations:

  • Along the bridge connecting the Tower of Adal altar to the courtyard near the Oratian Quarter
  • On a roof next to the Central Harbor river
  • On a path leading to the Tower of Adal from the Adalian Columbary
  • Under a tree along the Hunting Path

Kicking his butt will open a door near the altar of the Raslan Coliseum with a new NPC named Rakkio, who can grant you attendance to the stagger school. But if you don't feel like going through all of this, there's another way to acquire this teeter-tottering special ability.

Untested Ways to Unlock Stagger in Absolver

Depending on your skill level, you may be able to acquire stagger within any time frame from 10 minutes into the game to 5 hours. The key to this shortcut is PvP. All you have to do is block, defend, and dodge enemy attacks. Player versus player mode allows you to learn special abilities more quickly because your character is constantly learning and growing. 

You can also join co-op sessions to learn the skill. When adventuring with a player on a stagger school mission, you'll automatically be enrolled with the school. This will then give you access to the style and the combat deck. Again, a lot shorter than the conventional method.

Once you unlock the skill you can relive your favorite martial arts films!

Have you found other ways to unlock stagger in Absolver? If so, leave them in the comments below. And make sure to check out our other Absolver guides!

Absolver: How to Unlock Calbot https://www.gameskinny.com/xi7ib/absolver-how-to-unlock-calbot https://www.gameskinny.com/xi7ib/absolver-how-to-unlock-calbot Mon, 04 Sep 2017 16:05:36 -0400 Joseph Rowe

One of the most infamous moves in Absolver right now is called Calbot. It's a forceful slap that a lot of players are going wild for right now. There's nothing more satisfying than finishing a fight with a slap, especially one as fantastic as this. So, if you feel like your combat deck is missing that little special something, why not add this to your move set?

There are two different methods for you to unlock Calbot. The first one is to find an armorless NPC (picture above courtesy of reddit user WildReaper29) that uses this amazing slap. They're pretty hard to find and seemingly can be found anywhere in the game's world, but most players have reported seeing the NPC in the Tower of Adal specifically. Your best bet is to start your search in that area.

If you're having a hard time finding the NPC or don't want to be bothered hunting them down, then you can simply just find a player who knows the move to teach you, whether they got it from the NPC or another player themselves. You'll likely have to check Reddit or something similar for players who are willing to teach you the move if you don't have any friends who know it.

Just like any other move, you block, absorb, parry, or avoid it until you unlock it. Afterwards, you have to kill your opponent who taught you it. Upon completion, you should unlock both Calbot and its achievement Adding Insult to Injury.


What's your favorite move in the game? Tell us in the comments! Also, if you're jonesing for more Absolver content, be sure to check out our Windfall build guide, Marked One and Boss location guide, and the rest of our tips, tricks, and more that will help you slap your opponents just right.

Absolver Guide: Mask Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/depja/absolver-guide-mask-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/depja/absolver-guide-mask-locations Mon, 04 Sep 2017 11:20:02 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Absolver is all about the combat, and as any player knows, an integral part of combat is your armor.

The game includes masks as part of its armor sets, and there are multiple masks to try and hunt down or earn, either for their stat bonuses or if you are trying to put together that perfect ensemble to make your Prospect stand out above all the rest. Whatever your reason for trying to find them, we've put together an exhaustive list of Absolver's masks, where to find them, and what their stats are.

Header image via Giant Bomb


If you're just getting started and aren't completely sure what the types of stats are, here's a brief introduction.

Protection is exactly what it sounds like and determines your defense. Cut and Blunt are different types of damage a weapon deals, and which type depends on which weapon. Finally, there's weight. Too much weight drags your Prospect down, reducing mobility and attack damage, so it's important to keep in mind when putting your armor together.

Event or Location Specific Masks

The masks in this first set are found in set locations or upon meeting specific requirements. Some of them are also found as random drops, but since they are rare, your best bet is to find them in the world.

Tear Chief Mask


Location: A cairn in Raslan Coliseum. Go through the left door of the Coliseum and up the stairs; the cairn is outside the stadium there.

  • Protection: 19.4
  • Blunt: 3.9
  • Cut: 15.6
  • Weight: 3.2
Lost Prospect Mask

Location: Raslan Coliseum. In the room next to where you fight Kuretz, circle the perimeter inside the Coliseum until you find a room blocked by vases. Break those, and enter the room; the mask is in the corner.

Can also be dropped in fights with Lost Prospects.

  • Protection: 13.4
  • Blunt: 4.7
  • Cut: 9.8
  • Weight: 2.2
Kuretz Mask


Location: Defeat Kuretz 3 times.

  • Protection: 13
  • Blunt: 2.6
  • Cut: 10.4
  • Weight: 2.2
Newforest Mask

Location: Can be dropped by Cargal and Kilnor at Adalian Columbary.

  • Protection: 11.6
  • Blunt: 2.9
  • Cut: 8.7
  • Weight: 1.9
Folded Eyes Mask

Location: Found in the upper areas of the Tower of Adal, after passing through the Marked Gate and into the Essence Reserves.

  • Protection: 1.6
  • Blunt: 1.6
  • Cut: 0
  • Weight: 0.3
Silly Face Mask

Location: Follow the path behind Angrel in the Forgotten Temple.

  • Protection: 6.4
  • Blunt: 4.5
  • Cut: 1.9
  • Weight: 1.1
Hive Bone Mask

Location: Dropped by Jinn Mesca. Can be dropped in trials, but is rare.

  • Protection: 3.1
  • Blunt: 2.8
  • Cut: 0.3
  • Weight: 0.5
Silan Mask

Location: Acquired after defeating the Third Tier version of the final boss

  • Protection: 5.8
  • Blunt: 2.2
  • Cut: 3.6
  • Weight: 1


PvP Matches

You'll find the next set of masks as drops in PvP matches. All are random, and some are rare.

Forest Dweller Mask

  • Protection: 2.6
  • Blunt: 2.4
  • Cut: 0.3
  • Weight: ?
Golden One Mask

  • Protection: 13
  • Blunt: 2.6
  • Cut: 10.4
  • Weight: 2.2
Oratian Time Mask

Rare drop

  • Protection: 8.6
  • Blunt: 4.3
  • Cut: 4.3
  • Weight: 1.4
Wild Stag Mask

  • Protection: 10.5
  • Blunt: 4.7
  • Cut: 5.8
  • Weight: 1.7
Ice Mask

  • Protection: 8.8
  • Blunt: 3.5
  • Cut: 5.3
  • Weight: 1.6
Risryn Mask

  • Protection: 9.6
  • Blunt: 3.4
  • Cut: 6.2
  • Weight: 1.6
Shabu Guard Mask

  • Protection: 1.9
  • Blunt: 1.7
  • Cut: 0.2
  • Weight: 0.3

Combat Trials

Like the PvP reward masks, the following masks are random drops during Combat Trials or random rewards for leveling up during Combat Trials. Also like the PvP ones, some are harder to find than others.

Barapha Mask

Acquired through leveling up.

  • Protection: 5
  • Blunt: 3
  • Cut: 2
  • Weight: 0.8
Placid Mask

  • Protection: 10.5
  • Blunt: 4.7
  • Cut: 5.8
  • Weight: 1.7
Motherland Mask

  • Protection: 12.6
  • Blunt: 7.6
  • Cut: 5
  • Weight: 2.1
Orate Keeper

Rare drop.

  • Protection: 10.1
  • Blunt: 5
  • Cut: 5
  • Weight: 1.7
Metal Teeth Mask

  • Protection: 6.8
  • Blunt: 4.4
  • Cut: 2.4
  • Weight: 1.1
Mask of Talem

Rare drop.

  • Protection: 12.3
  • Blunt: 2.5
  • Cut: 9.8
  • Weight: 2.0
All-Seeing Mask

  • Protection: 13.9
  • Blunt: 3.9
  • Cut: 9.1
  • Weight: 2.2
Hand of Marek


  • Protection: 17.3
  • Blunt: 1.7
  • Cut: 15.6
  • Weight: 2.9
Sand Tribe Mask

Randomly acquired through leveling up.

  • Protection: 10.2
  • Blunt: 4.1
  • Cut: 6.1
  • Weight: 1.7
Forest Spike Mask

Randomly acquired through leveling up.

  • Protection: 2.3
  • Blunt: 2.2
  • Cut: 0.1
  • Weight: 0.4
Upside Down Mask

Rare drop.

  • Protection: 16
  • Blunt: 2.4
  • Cut: 13.6
  • Weight: 2.7
Terra Cotta Mask

Randomly acquired through leveling up

  • Protection: 5.8
  • Blunt: 2.3
  • Cut: 3.5
  • Weight: 1

Other Masks

There are a few other masks that don't fall under any specific category.

Prospect Mask

You've probably figured this one out already, but you start the game with the Prospect Mask.

  • Protection: 5.7
  • Blunt: 4.0
  • Cut: 1.7
  • Weight: 1
Red Essence Mask

Contrary to rumors you may have heard, this mask is not randomly awarded. It's part of the Shabu Commander set available to all PS4 players who purchase the game.

  • Protection: 13.4
  • Blunt: 4
  • Cut: 9.4
  • Weight: 2.2
Labyrinth Prospect Mask

This particular mask was only available as a bonus for those who pre-odered the game.

  • Protection: 5.7
  • Blunt: 4.0
  • Cut: 1.7
  • Weight: 1


That wraps up this guide to where Absolver's masks are. Be sure to check out our other Absolver guides, and let us know in the comments how you're enjoying the game and which mask is your go-to choice!


Absolver Guide: Tips on How to Join a New School https://www.gameskinny.com/wesbz/absolver-guide-tips-on-how-to-join-a-new-school https://www.gameskinny.com/wesbz/absolver-guide-tips-on-how-to-join-a-new-school Sun, 03 Sep 2017 19:23:37 -0400 Kieran Desmond

The very first thing you do when you start up Absolver is create your Prospect. Here is where you'll choose which fighting style to use, which is a pretty important decision because you'll probably be using your selected style for the first few hours of the game. 

The game doesn't do a great job of telling you, but you can actually learn all of the styles by joining new schools. This guide will clear up any confusion you have about learning how to unlock fighting styles outside of your initial school.

Schools and How to Join Them

Schools can be opened by players once they reach level 30. Joining another player's school allows you to use their combat style and gain access to their combat deck. There is also an NPC run school that you can join by achieving certain objectives which we'll get into a bit later.

You are unable to change the moves within a school's combat deck until you have unlocked the moves by defending against them and by using the style in combat.

To join another player's school go into the pause menu and select Encounters. From here you should see a list of players, some with a triangle next to their name. These players have opened schools which you can join.

Once you've unlocked a new style, go into the pause menu, select Meditation, and then go to the Combat Style tab to switch between them.

Combat Styles

There are four combat styles in Absolver, three of which are open to you from the beginning of the game, and one that'll you'll have to do some work to unlock. The main difference between each style is the technique you use to defend against attacks.

The different styles are:

  • Windfall - Based on the Chinese martial art Tai Chi, this style gives you the Avoid ability, allowing you to duck, jump, and dodge side-to-side in order to avoid your opponents attack. This style focuses on dexterity.
  • Kahlt - Based on Muay Thai, this style gives you the Absorb ability which allows you to absorb enemy attacks, converting the damage into chip damage. If you can a launch a successful counter attack, you can regain the lost health. This is a risk vs reward style that focuses on strength.
  • Forsaken - Based on Kickboxing, this style gives you the Parry ability which allows you to completely block attacks and stun your opponent. This is a more balanced style than the other two.
  • Stagger - Based on the Drunken Fist (Zui Quan) style of martial arts, this style gives you the Stumble ability. This style is unique in a couple of ways. Firstly it is the only style unavailable to you from character creation and secondly it is the only style with no purely defensive ability. Instead, this style's attacks also carry defensive properties such as dodges, but come with higher stamina costs.

How to Unlock the Stagger Style

Unlocking the Stagger style takes a bit of time and effort. First you have to be either level 30 or have completed the game and earned the rank of Absolver. In order to complete the game, you'll need to defeat all of the Marked Ones and bosses. If you're struggling to find them, check out our guide on Marked Ones and Boss Locations.

Once you've done that, an NPC called Jinn Mesca, Prime Disciple Of The Golden Bottle will appear in a couple of locations.

  • Adalian Columbary - Head straight from the building where you fought Kilnor and Kargal and follow the path.
  • Tower of Adal - Go up the stairs next to the Alter.

After defeating Jinn, a previously locked gate will be open in the Raslan Coliseum. In an area past this gate is an NPC named Rakkio who will allow you to join his school after speaking with him.

I hope this guide helped you better understand how to unlock different combat styles. If there's anything else you want to know, tell me in the comments below! 

Hooked on Absolver? Check out some more of our Absolver guides!


Absolver Guide: Marked One and Boss Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/j4wyy/absolver-guide-marked-one-and-boss-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/j4wyy/absolver-guide-marked-one-and-boss-locations Sat, 02 Sep 2017 19:57:32 -0400 Kieran Desmond

Devolver Digital’s Absolver is a martial arts action role-playing game that requires skill, a keen eye, and a lot of patience. And I’m not just talking about the combat.  Although it adds a sense of exploration and discovery to the PvE section of the game, Absolver’s lack of a map makes finding your way around pretty difficult. This guide will focus on helping you navigate the world to find all of the major enemies in the game.

Once you make it past the game’s tutorial area, you’ll find yourself at the Guidance Bridge, where you’re tasked with finding and defeating a total of 9 enemies: 6 Marked Ones and 3 bosses. They are represented on a stone slab with yellow circles indicating the general whereabouts of Marked Ones, red circles marking 2 boss locations, and a white oblong showing the final boss’ location.

Marked Ones are more powerful than your standard enemy but won’t trouble you as much as bosses will. Once a Marked One is defeated, you are awarded with a new power that you can assign to either the right or left buttons on the D-Pad -- I’ll cover what each Marked One drops as we go through each one.

Bosses on the other hand, offer unique challenges such as swarming you with enemies, or summoning a weapon to make you rethink your strategy.

One more thing before we get started; don’t head straight for the last boss. In order to access the final boss you’ll need to have beaten all 6 Marked Ones and the 2 bosses. Aside from that, you can actually challenge the rest of your targets in any order you like as the game’s entire map is open to you. The order in which this guide lists the 9 targets is the order that I came across them during my playthrough.

Now let’s get to it!

Central Harbor

Our first group of enemies are located in Central Harbor. To get there, head through the triangle-shaped doorway to the left of the map and follow the path until the words "Central Harbor" pop up on your screen.


Lamren – Fourth Marked One

After making your way down the stairs, keep to the left, turn into the alleyway and follow the path to find your first worthy opponent. If he proves to be too worthy, try teaming up with another player who might also be trying to take him down. This applies to all the Marked Ones you’ll come across in the game – two sets of fists are better than one. 

If you're struggling with the combat, check out our guide on how to kick butt in Absolver.

Defeating Lamren unlocks the Shockwave power, which pushes back opponents close to you. This is especially useful for pushing enemies off ledges when you find yourself being overwhelmed.

Kuretz – Boss #1

Starting from where you defeated Lamren, follow the alley back to the Central Harbour area. Take a left and follow the path until you reach this area.

Head down the alley on the right side of the building and follow the path. You’ll eventually find a hole in the wall which will lead you to the Raslan Coliseum.

Interact with the weird glow in the centre of the Coliseum to trigger the boss fight. To gain some experience, I skipped this one in favour of facing the next nearby Marked One first, but that’s your call.

After a brief cutscene, you’ll being your fight with Kuretz. Here’s a couple of tips:

  • After losing about a quarter of his health he’ll summon some of his weak mind-slaves to attack you. Each one you defeat restores some of your health so pick them off when you need a top-up.
  • Remember to focus on Kuretz though, as they'll keep coming until he's at about a quarter health.
  • At this point in the fight he’ll summon a weapon.
  • Kuretz isn’t a very defensive fighter, so as long as you keep the pressure on and avoid his long combos, you should beat him fairly easily.

Defeating Kuretz will award you with your first weapon; the Spike Turtle War Gloves.

After entering the Coliseum, go left into a doorway, head up the stairs, and follow the wooden ramp up to the top. Ristael is up here enjoying the view.

Defeating Risteal grants you the Gravity power which stuns enemies, leaving them vulnerable to a heavy attack. It also causes their stamina to regenerate at a slower rate.

That’s it for the Central Harbor! Now head back to the Guidance Bridge, where the map is, and we’ll move onto the next area.

The Hunting Path

This time head up the small set of stairs to the right of the map, continue through the door, and follow the path until you get to the area in the picture below.

Angrel - Second Marked One

Going left through the ditch and heading through the stone pillars will lead you to the Forbidden Temple.

Now head to the right of the temple, follow the path across the wooden bridge, and you'll eventually find an altar.

Going through this tall arch will lead you to Angrel.

Defeating Angrel unlocks the Shield power which reduces the amount of damage and knockback you receive. 

Revario - First Marked One

Head back to the location pictured below, but this time we're going right.

Keeping to the right, follow the wall around and up the hill to the next Altar. Now follow the path going under the fallen tree trunk.

 You'll find Revario sitting beneath beneath a large tree. Defeating him will grant you the Earthquake power which stuns enemies and imbues the user with absorb properties.

Ama Saba - Third Marked One

From the altar before Revario, head towards the cherry blossom and you'll enter the Bird Caller's Outpost.

From the altar here head straight down the street towards the large house and Ama Saba will be waiting for you.

Defeating her will grant you the Exhaust power which causes your enemies to use more stamina for every move.

Kilnor and Cargal - Boss #2

Go to the right of the building that Ama Saba was in and follow the path all the way to the top of the mountain. It's a pretty linear path up, so you should have no problem reaching the Adalian Columbary.

Head into the wooden structure to find a familiar looking white glow-y thing. Activate it to begin the boss encounter.

So the second boss is actually a tag team, and once you've whittled down about half of both of their health bars, they'll simultaneously summon weapons. So be careful and good luck! 

Once they've been defeated you unlock the Curved Sword weapon.

Tower of Adal

From Guidance bridge, head up the large staircase and follow the path until you find the altar inside the Tower of Adal.

Dormek - Sixth Marked One

Head down the hallway to the right, pictured above. Then take a hard right and you'll see an area under some stairs that you can drop down to.

Defeating Dormek unlocks the Silence power which stops you opponent from using their powers for a period of time.

Risryn - Final Boss

Congratulations! You've defeated all the Marked Ones and now just Risryn, the final boss, awaits your challenge. Make your way to the Marked Gate at the far end of the Tower of Adal, which you will now be able to open.

Follow the corridor to the Essence Reserves and keep heading up. It's a pretty linear area so you shouldn't have much trouble finding your way and eventually you'll come to the Imperial Quarters.

Once you reach the very top you'll find another altar. Head straight towards the open golden gates and trigger the final boss fight by activating the white mist. Risryn will summon a sword sporadically during the fight so be wary of the style change. 

Once you defeat her you unlock the Absolver Cape and Risryn's Sword.

That's everthing you need to know to find all of the Marked Ones and Bosses in Absolver. If you enjoyed this guide, be sure to check out our other Absolver guides.

Absolver Guide: The Best Windfall Builds for Any Play Style https://www.gameskinny.com/z299h/absolver-guide-the-best-windfall-builds-for-any-play-style https://www.gameskinny.com/z299h/absolver-guide-the-best-windfall-builds-for-any-play-style Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:26:43 -0400 Joseph Rowe

Windfall is one of the most interesting combat styles in Absolver. You get an avoid that is unaffected by your mobility, quick striking attacks that scale with dexterity, and (if you build right) lots of speed. Conversely, you can go with a tankier Windfall build but still avoid attacks like nobody's business. It's all up to you and the playstyle you feel most comfortable with.

In this Absolver guide, we're going to go over the best way to build your Windfall character, including what attributes you'll want to pay attention to and what your combat deck should look like.

Best Windfall Attributes

The most important part of a Windfall build, or any build in general, is the attributes. As of the launch of Absolver, there is currently no way to reset your stats -- so you want to carefully think this part through. Some players have even chosen to save their stats during the main storyline until they're sure they know what they want. If you follow these builds, you won't have to worry about that, though.

The picture above is the build I've used for my main character at level 30 as I play through PvE. For this character, I went with sort of a balanced Windfall build. I wanted to focus on damage, but while learning the game, I also wanted to make sure I had enough Vitality to take a few hits without dying. This is a good build if you're still learning the game.

If you're looking for more of a damage Windfall build, then you will want to focus on Dexterity. If you're a master of avoidance, then this will be the build you want to go with. You'll want to equip lighter armor (see equipment section) as this will increase your damage scaling, mobility, and stamina amount.

You can put a few points into Vitality, Will, and/or Endurance as need be, but your priority will be getting as much damage as possible through Dex while keeping your armor light for improved scaling. I recommend the following at level 30:

  • Strength: 4
  • Dexterity: 20
  • Vitality: 12
  • Endurance: 13
  • Will: 5
  • Mobility: 22-25

The last build I recommend seems bit wonky, but I played it successfully for a while as I leveled and I've seen other players speak of their success with it as well. It's a tanky Windfall build. This isn't the best min-max distribution in the game, but it provides a fun playstyle that I think a lot of players will enjoy.

You wear medium-to-heavy armor (depending on your preference) instead of the lighter stuff and you spread your points around a bit more. Instead of focusing on Dexterity, you will put a few extra points into Endurance and Will while prioritizing both Dex and Vitality.

You lose out a ton in mobility with the increased armor as well as some stamina (hence the points in Endurance), but one of the best things about the Windfall style is that your avoid ability is unaffected by Mobility. If you're great at avoiding enemies but still want a safer option in terms of health, this is a great build. I would recommend the following at level 30:

  • Strength: 4
  • Dexterity: 16
  • Vitality: 16
  • Endurance: 9
  • Will: 9
  • Mobility: 15~

Best Combat Decks for Windfall Builds

This is where you will need to experiment the most as a player. Combat decks are pretty subjective and depend on what you're going for. The style you're using will determine which moves you have access to in the beginning, but as you defeat more NPCs and players from different schools, you will acquire new moves.

Ideally, you will want to find moves that scale with your highest stats. If you're playing a Windfall character, you will likely stick with moves that have a higher Dexterity (hand symbol) grade than Strength (muscle symbol), though Mobility (movement symbol) is also desirable if you want to keep your opponent on their feet.

You will also want to pay attention to the icons that accompany each attack. In the picture above, you can see some of the special properties granted by icons. For example, the ones with an arrow indicate that your body will go in that direction, allowing you to dodge certain types of attacks. If your opponent is utilizing a lot of high kicks without very many low kicks, you can use the string with your low kick in it more and avoid having your combo get interrupted.

As I'm going for a more balanced Windfall build, I still have mostly Windfall moves, but I have also included some Kahlt Method and Forsaken moves for the sake of making sure my combos don't repeat any attacks. I like to pressure my opponent by mixing my attacks up, and this combat deck will help you do just that. If you notice, I also have two strings that end in the down-left stance which goes into a pure Windfall attack string with high Dexterity scaling moves. I can keep my opponent guessing which string I'll be doing, but when their guard is down, I can hit them for a lot of damage with the pure Windfall style string.

If you are using the damage Windfall build, ideally, you will want to have primarily Windfall moves or any other style moves that scale well with Dex. You will want to avoid Strength moves like the plague, as they will do nothing for your damage. You will also want to throw in a few with good mobility ratings to ensure that you don't get hit.

If you are using the tanky Windfall build, you will want to use mostly Dex moves as well, like in the damage build -- but you won't need to throw in very many for Mobility, as your score will be too low for it to matter much. The important part for this combat deck is ensuring that you have easy-to-land attacks as you'll be less agile than the other builds but will have the health and armor to trade with other, beefier styles.

Best Equipment for Windfall Builds

Just like the combat deck, this aspect of your Windfall build is subjective. Ideally, you want to have as much defense as possible without sacrificing any mobility. Unfortunately, the armor that protects you is the armor that slows you down.

There are two types of defense: cut and blunt. Cut defense is important when going against swords and certain wargloves. Blunt defense is important when going against bare-handed opponents and some wargloves.  In my experience, most of my PvP opponents have spent the majority of the fight bare-handed, so I tend to favor blunt defense

For both the balanced build and the damage build, you will want to go with lighter armor. Since your Vitality is a bit high with the balanced Windfall build, you'll have some natural padding/extra health for defense and you'll get better damage scaling with the light armor. The better damage scaling is most important for the damage build, so keep your armor as light as possible without becoming too squishy if using that one.

I've been using the Fang-Li set mostly with my balanced build. Look for equipment with a weight of around 1.0 or less to make sure your mobility stays in the 20s.

For the tanky build, you have more freedom in terms of armor. You can equip medium and heavy pieces, though I wouldn't recommend going too heavy as you still want to have some semblance of mobility. You will want to keep your mobility at 15+ so don't equip too many items that way more than 2.0. I would recommend using pieces from the pre-order set if you have it, one of the Tear sets, or items from the Forest Dweller set.


I hope these Windfall builds help you kick some serious butt in both PvE and PvP! If you have any recommendations for builds yourself or ways to improve the ones listed above, let us know in the comments! Meanwhile, check out my Absolver review or Absolver Tips and Tricks guide for more content for this amazing fighting/action RPG game.

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Did you just pick up Absolver and want a head start in combat? Did you get frustrated with the short tutorial and need some extra advice? Are you a pro just looking for some refreshers?

Regardless of which applies to you, it's good to go into this game with a solid understanding of its combat and how you can make sure that you survive. So in this Absolver beginner's guide, we're going to go over all the tips and tricks you need to make sure you can smash in your opponent's face. 

Pick the Right Fighting Style

After choosing your character's appearance in the creation section, you get to choose between three of the four fighting styles in the game with a fourth one unlocked upon completing certain requirements.The styles all have their own unique attacks and functions -- and you want to make sure that you're choosing the one that best suits your playstyle so you'll be comfortable in combat situations. 

The Forsaken style in Absolver is a more straightforward, strength-based style. It has moves like fast elbow, straight punch, winged back kick, etc. Your special function for this style is parrying. This allows you to slightly stun your enemy if you time it right and successfully parry their attack. If you're a fan of Street Fighter III: Third Strike, this style will likely interest you.

The Kahlt Method is the tanky starting style. In this one, your stats focus will likely lie in strength and vitality. The extra health will pay off with your absorb ability. If you successfully land it, instead of taking normal damage, you'll take temporary damage that recovers and you won't be stunned. The starting moves in this style include the absorb haymaker, pushed elbow, and wallop blow.

The last of the first three fighting styles in Absolver is Windfall. Just as the "wind" in the name suggests, this is an agile style. Dexterity will be your main stat, and it will increase the damage you do. The starting moves in this style are ones like fast back fist, low spin heel, and surging palm. Windfall's ability is avoid. If successfully executed, you will avoid an enemy's attack and gain some stamina back.

The interesting thing about Absolver, at least before a meta is established, is that you can experiment with these styles. I have been playing Windfall with heavier armor, because the avoid ability is not affected by your character's mobility. This means your regular movement speed and dodge are affected, but you are still quick as ever with your style ability.

Understanding Combat

During combat in Absolver, you have two types of attacks: regular ones and alternate ones. Your regular attacks are can be used in combos, while your alternate attacks are usually heavier, slower, and meant to mix up your moveset to keep your opponent on their toes. 

While this sounds simple at first, it is made much more complicated by the fact that there are four stances. The stance you press the attack button in will determine the move your character does. Each move ends in a certain stance; sometime it ends in its original stance, and sometimes it switches. This switching of stances allows you to seamlessly alternate combos and pressure your opponent.

There are three different forms of combat: bare-hands, wargloves, and sword. Bare-hands is the form you will be in for most of your playthrough. Wargloves are unlocked after beating Kuretz in the coliseum. You unlock a sword after defeating Cargal and Kilnor in the Adalian Columbary, but you can also find them randomly laying around the world. 

Each form of combat comes with the ability to change its moves. As you level up, you unlock more slots to add more moves to your combos (pictured above is what a level 26 character's bare-handed deck looks like) and the more enemies you defeat, the more moves from different styles you unlock. This means that your Kahlt Method character at level 1 might have a completely different set of moves than they do at max level. Experiment with your deck to find which combos and alternate attacks work the best for your playstyle.

Each character is allowed two powers. Powers are used by building up shards from defensive maneuvers and taking hits. Shards are what they call the power points in this game -- as you level up, your shard amount increases. Powers range from a heal over time, to a stamina debuff for your opponents, to an earthquake stun, and more. You unlock these powers by defeating Marked Ones throughout the world.

As with any fighting game, your strategy will depend on your character. If you are playing Windfall, you will want to utilize your avoids and try to string together fast attacks. If you're playing Kahlt Method, you will have meatier attacks and will likely purposefully take damage with your absorb to land big hits on your opponent. If you're playing Forsaken, you will have a more balanced fighting style. You will also have to adapt to your opponent's style and individualized combat deck.

Although it's hard to give advice without looking at each individual match in Absolver, the most important part of any fighting game is knowing your opponent. Don't be afraid to spam a particular attack or combo if it works on your opponent, but don't go too wild on a smart opponent -- or they will absorb/avoid/parry your attacks and destroy you.

Character Progression

As you progress through Absolver, you earn experience and level up. In addition to acquiring more move slots and new moves, you get an attribute point with each level you earn. 

As alluded to in the Styles section, Absolver features different types of stats. Strength and Dexterity affect your attack depending on your style, Vitality increases your health, Endurance increases your stamina, and Will increases your shard generation, which allows you to use your special abilities more often.

Mobility, as the name suggests, increase your mobility. However, unlike the other attributes, this one is not increased by points. Instead, your mobility is determined by the weight of your armor.

As you defeat enemies and find cairns randomly placed throughout the map in Absolver, you will get new pieces of equipment.

What to Do After the Tutorial

After completing the tutorial, you will have access to most of the world of Absolver. However, there is a door in the Tower of Adal that you can only unlock after defeating the six Marked Ones, the two boss fights, and Jinn Mesca.

There is about 5-10 hours of PvE content currently available in the game. The length is largely determined by how well you know the map and if you use any references for the locations of your enemies. You can defeat the bosses and Marked Ones in any order you want, but Jinn Mesca is unavailable until your character reaches level 25.

If you don't feel like doing PvE or have already completed the main story for the game, you can do 1v1 PvP combat trials with other players if you are connected to the server. Completing combat trials will allow you to re-fight previously defeated bosses at a harder difficulty. They will also unlock different features if you're a part of a school. As more updates for the game come, there will be different modes of PvP like 3v3 combat.

All in all, the majority of your time post-PvE will be spent looking for new armor, masks, moves, etc. and progressing in your school if you choose to join one. You do this by leveling up, completing PvP matches, and exploring every nook and cranny of the world.


Now that you've read our tips and tricks, you're ready to go out and kick some serious butt. Check out our Absolver review and stay tuned for more guides!