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Black Mesa: How to Beat Gonarch

Generally considered to be the hardest boss in the game by most players, the Gonarch is an intimidating boss found in Black Mesa.




The Gonarch is a very intimidating boss. Nicknamed “Big Momma”, she’s found in the Gonarch’s Lair chapter of the game. She’s fought a few times during the chapter, on top of a few chase sequences. While the chases are simple enough, the battles can be very challenging. This guide will give you some tips to make it easier for you.

How to Beat Gonarch in Black Mesa

One thing you want to keep in mind for all the encounters with the Gonarch is that you want to play defensively. The Gonarch’s attacks can very quickly kill you and she’s very tanky, so getting overeager with attacking will end up killing you instead. What you want to do is ensure you are always on the move but keeping an eye on her. You want to know where she is and what she is doing at all times.

Also, baby headcrabs will spawn and try to attack you during your encounters with the Gonarch. You shouldn’t waste your time and ammo on them, instead, keep moving to avoid them. Usually, they end up dying by getting between you and the Gonarch anyway.

Your main weapon to take her down should be the rocket launcher. You’ll want to try aiming at the big sac-like thing hanging from her. Aside from the rocket launcher, the Gluon Gun can also be very effective here.

As for movement, you’ll also want to try to be basically sticking around pillars and other obstructions. With obstructions between you and her, she won’t be able to attack you. Again, you want to be very defensive here. Carefully shoot rockets at her and go back to hiding before she retaliates. Long jump to quickly avoid her attacks and go back behind cover. The fight can take some time since you have to be so defensive, but don’t get greedy.

Once she’s near-death in the final encounter, she’ll mostly stick to the center of the room. She’ll start covering most of the room with green acid. This might be obvious, but make absolutely sure you stay clear of the acid pools. Avoid the acid while damaging her whenever you get the chance and you’ll win soon enough.

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Total War Three Kingdoms: Court Guide

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Alexis Ongsansoy



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Going to war and managing your troops in the heat of battle has always been the core gameplay of Total War, either that or deliberately heading straight into battle outgunned or outnumbered in order to test the mettle of your troops. But with the Three Kingdoms things can get mighty confusing when you’re not out fighting. You’d be surprised how something as simple as choosing who to put on councils can take up your time when you’re not quite sure of your decisions. That will all go away as we show you the way of heaven’s will in this guide and lead your kingdom to prosperity!

Court Guide | Total War Three Kingdoms

Now the court is made up of your faction leaders, heirs, and your administrators. You manage your dynasty here as you unlock more positions when you progress. Let’s go further into detail below and see how you can manage your people better.

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While you’re in the in-game map click on the Court button or press 2 to bring up the rest of your family tree. What you can do here first is to hover over everyone’s portraits to see the positive and negative benefits they can offer if they’re to be assigned to a certain position.

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Next thing that you should be on the lookout for is the character’s Background. You can find this by hovering over the general’s name, there’s plenty of generals each with their own unique background so be careful who you choose! For this example, Liu Bei is a Virtuous Idealist. That helps you with public order and upkeep but gives you 25% less income due to their poor background.

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Another interesting thing to keep in mind are the basic Traits. You will have to keep a close eye on this as it influences character relations throughout the campaign. Same with the Background, there are numerous Traits in the game and your character can earn more as you progress with them.

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Of course besides the individual Traits and Backgrounds you also would want to know more about navigating the Court itself. Each individual position in the court will have its own explanation and allows you to see the rank required in order to unlock it.

You can choose good old fashioned nepotism and assign a post to a family member or a general who’s done actual work with their own hands. Each character will offer various bonuses depending on the position they’re assigned to.

Remember – not all your characters need to be out in the field as some of them are more proficient with administrative affairs. The pen is mightier than the sword, and all of that.

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Now that you’ve assigned a post to the members of your Court the next thing you need to do is to make sure everyone is satisfied. You wouldn’t want someone in a position of power to complain and suddenly decide it would be in their best interest to rebel! That gets in the way of prosperity and no one wants that.

In order to view a character’s Satisfaction go and hover over their character panel or check the characters list on your campaign screen. If you choose the character panel check to the right of their age in order to see their opinion about you.

Some of the things you can do to make sure they don’t look elsewhere is to make sure that the post you assigned to them is compatible with their class. For example if your character’s class is Sentinel then you would want to make that character into an Administrator.

Lastly, it’s recommended that you assign a post that complements their level. Give them a post that’s too out of reach for them and their satisfaction will suffer just as much. Now that’s good work ethic!

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And that is how you manage internal affairs in Total War: Three Kingdoms. Now that you know the intricacies of the court you can be your very own Sun Tzu and lead by example!

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