Do you want to play in a game where you risk your lives in a dungeon without knowing what might be waiting for you or what the rewards might be? Well, if you enjoy that genre of games, you should check out Dark and Darker, which was developed by IRONMACE and is available on Steam. Some of us who have played games of this nature often realize that we should’ve done things differently, but sadly it was too late for us to do so. On the other hand, the more mistakes you make, the more you learn to strategize and adapt, so today we’re going to discuss the things you should’ve known before beginning Dark and Darker.
Be Patient And Steal Portals
Instead of fighting all three of your opponents or waiting and skipping one and letting your opponent take it, you can simply go ahead and grab a blue portal. You will then need to find another, which may or may not appear.
This is crucial since you might be queued into 1v3 games, your teams might have died, or you might be the final person left in the game who has to still extract and wish to leave.
Although sometimes it’s preferable to wait for your opponent to open the portal before rushing over to get it, if they haven’t yet noticed you, this can really work out rather nicely and save you quite a bit of time.
In either case, you should be aware of it since you can choose to skip it and try to find a down portal, which are the red ones. If you decide to do that, however, you run the chance of possibly not even getting a portal and then die in the zone.
It’s better to leave the game with something than nothing, thus it’s best to avoid being greedy and skipping portals early on in the game when this is mostly applicable.
Don’t Ever Skip a Portal
It is strongly recommended that if you see a blue portal, you simply take it, stop what you’re doing, loot the chest that is immediately next to it, and then go. It is not worth jeopardizing all of your equipment, loot, and other items in your inventory.
Even while the currency you earn from your first run in the game will only amount to a modest amount, it will still have an impact on your subsequent runs.
Early Bird Gets the Worm
In order to give yourself a slight advantage over other players, you should loot a lot of jewelry early on in the game. This will enable you to buy potions, bandages, and some excellent equipment. If you’ve played PUBG previously, looting is very important in games like this one.
If your inventory is approaching capacity, you should probably start concentrating on getting broken jewelry or any other rare piece of jewelry for that matter.
And then taking it out with you the worst and smallest pieces of jewelry will still get you 6 Gold, which is roughly the same as just about any other piece of equipment of the same tier, unless you find something like blue or purple tier then you’re better off just taking jewelry and taking it out and then selling it to the vendor.
Use Trade Chat to Sell Items
To sell and auction off your looted stuff, you may wish to use the trade chat. You’d be shocked at how much a single blue or purple item may get in the early game.
This is why you should always be on the lookout for those items, even if they don’t apply to your tier, and make sure that you bring them out of the game because you can sell them for up to 400 or 500 gold, sometimes even pushing on 1,000 gold, depending on how well the stats on it rolled.
Move Inventory to Stash
Don’t ever forget to move your inventory to your stash, storage, or chest, whatever you want to call it. The reason for this is that the game will always put items you sell in this game, whether they are to players or vendors, into your inventory by default, not your storage’s inventory.
What you want to do is move all that gold over before you get stuck in a situation where you have to start a run with all the money you just made on your previous one or all the gold you just earned from selling an item on trade chat.
The game will automatically default it in your inventory, not your storages inventory.
Best to Avoid Elite If You’re Going Solo
If you’re traveling solo, it might be better to stay away from Elite mobs like the skeletal champions. If you’re not familiar with them, they’re the skeletons with the helmets that resembles barbarian or Viking helms with their own shield.
Just stay away from them when you’re playing alone and still learning the game; they’re quite difficult to manage early on when you don’t understand their attack patterns, and I absolutely guarantee that the first few times you try to engage them alone, you’re going to lose.
They do have a lot of movement speed and take a lot of damage to burn through, so it is only advised to go after these guys if you’re in a group of three and there are no other enemy players nearby. However, if you’re a class like a ranger sometimes you can get away with it if you’re willing to kite them.
Treat your Weapon as your Partner
It is true that your weapon is the most crucial piece of equipment in your loadout. If I were in your situation, I would strongly advise choosing the blue epic weapon, which gives an additional 5, 10, or even 20 damage, rather than taking all green armor.
The stat boosts that a weapon provides will almost always be more valuable than some slightly better armor. This is especially true if you’re playing a ranger, who doesn’t frequently approach melee range in the first place. This will allow you to deal more damage and eliminate enemies more quickly.
You should begin learning enemy NPC attack patterns and the attack patterns of your player character weapon. This is crucial for combat because, for example, if you are familiar with the attack pattern of a skeletal footman and know what their animations look like just before swinging and how much downtime there is between those swings, you’ll know when to go in and hit them at specific times.
Learn NPC and Weapon Attack Patterns
You really need to play the game for yourself, and while strategies will likely improve over time, you can try to start using them right away.
If you want to learn enemy NPC attack patterns and player character weapon attack patterns, this is crucial for combat because, more often than not, if you are familiar with the attack pattern of a skeletal footman and you know how their animations look, you’re good to go.
Remind yourself that every NPC in the game has a specific attack pattern that you must learn if you want to survive against them, even with some of the worst armor, as all of the damage they deal is entirely avoidable if you just know what you’re doing.
Only weave out when the enemy is actually preparing to strike and you’ve baited out that attack.
There are many weapons that always swing vertically and have fairly long delays, like the Barbarians’ weapons typically do (unless they’re using the “Felling Axe”), so you can really start to learn how to weave in and out of combat. Player weapons are much harder to learn and will mostly come with practice.
Pop some Potions before Combat
Before you start smashing skeletal heads, make sure you stock up on some potions, whether they be for HP or Mana, as you’ll need them “most of the time” in this game. As a gamer who frequently plays fantasy games like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, potions are always the most important essential whenever you’re in a combat.
This is amplified if you’re using higher tier ones. In fact, you can combine lower tier health potions with medium and higher tier ones in order to sort of stack them; this does not apply to shield potions, but it does apply to your health potions, allowing you to enter battle with two or even three health potions active simultaneously.
Always Aim for the Head!
As for the the last and most crucial piece of advice for today, it is that headshots matter and they matter a lot. Although I am unable to give you an exact multiplier, I can tell you that hitting someone in the head—whether they are a player or an NPC—will significantly increase the amount of damage you cause.
This is true whether you are using a melee weapon, a ranged weapon, or a spell. Always aim for the head.
Aiming for the head will always win fights, whether you’re fighting a PVE mob or a player, and will result in more loot, more experience, and the capability to perform an extraction “alive.” Of course, there are a few obvious exceptions, like using Fireball on a Mage or a Molotov or anything similar.
I hope this was of some help. A tremendous thank you to Game Advisor for going over each of these little details and explaining them so thoroughly. For better understanding check out his video:
10 Dark and Darker Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started! Tips and Tricks for Beginners!
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