Dauntless is a Monster Hunter-like co-op game that's entirely free on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Although previously in an early access stage, the full game has now officially launched on all platforms, but it remains free to play. In this Dauntless beginner's guide, we'll be taking you through everything you need to know about the game in the opening few hours.
What is Dauntless?
Simply put, Dauntless is a game about tracking down huge monsters, and slaying them. In the world of Dauntless, the human city of Ramsgate is under threat by a seemingly endless supply of vicious monsters, and it's your job to slay them.
At the beginning of Dauntless, you start out with nothing to your name. You're an aspiring slayer looking to join the ranks of the professionals, and once you're through customizing your character, you're sent on your first tutorial hunt, which has you tracking down a finding a large Behemoth monster, and killing it.
Dauntless Beginner's Guide
After completing the opening introductory hunt of Dauntless, you're let loose in the world for the first time. Welcome to the city of Ramsgate, which is going to act as the general hub area for the entire game. Here you can find traders, merchants, and vendors alike that'll both sell you new gear and upgrade your existing weapons and armor items.
Check the radar near the top of the screen. Whenever you see a yellow exclamation mark here, it means that there's someone nearby handing out a quest for you to complete. Track them down by heading to the yellow marker, and they'll hand you out a quest. This quest, for example, might be to retrieve a certain amount of items for the town Blacksmith.
To head out on a hunt in the world of Dauntless, you need only to head to the Hunt board in the town. You can see the Hunt board just below, and it's from here that you're going to select a single monster to track down. After you've selected which monster you want to hunt, Dauntless will automatically matchmake you with three other players, bringing you together with other players with which to hunt said monster.
Thankfully there's a loadout screen before you actually head out on a hunt with your fellow Dauntless players. Here you can select the weapons and other items that you want to bring with you for the ensuing hunt, and you won't depart on the hunt until all players are ready.
Dauntless Essential Tips
- Dodge rolling gives you invincibility - It's important to remember that Dauntless gives you a certain number of iframes when you're rolling. In these iframes, or invincibility frames, you can't be harmed by any attacks whatsoever, so remember to time your dodge rolls perfectly in sync with Behemoth attacks.
- Learn Behemoth attack patterns - It really pays to recognize the patterns of attacks from your foes. For example, a Lesser Embermane likes to lower its head as a battering ram against you. Being able to recognize attacks from different enemies is invaluable for Dauntless.
- Use the healing rifts - See that rift of blue light emerging from the ground? This is known as a healing rift, and if you stand on top of the rift and holding down the corresponding button for three seconds, you and all nearby allies will be healed.
- Undertake daily quests - Whenever you're in the city of Ramsgate, bring up your journal to see the currently available daily quests. These offer limited-time opportunities to hunt one specific Behemoth, and will provide you with more rewards than a regular hunt.
Dauntless Damage Types
In Dauntless, there are three different types of attack damage. Below, we'll be outlining all three types of damage attacks in the game, so you know which weapons deal out which type of damage.
- Slashing - An attack colored yellow and delivered by axes, chain blades, repeaters and swords, slashing damage can cut off horns and tails.
- Blunt - Hammers deal the blunt-type damage in red, and is excellent for staggering and knocking down Behemoths.
- Piercing - Mainly delivered by war pikes, if enough piercing damage is dealt to one specific part of a monster, it'll create a wound that increases all incoming damage to that part.
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