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Dungeonborne: Beginners’ Guide | Classes, Modes, Combat and More

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Dungeonborne’s demo already has a few things to play around with. There are different modes for gameplay, different character classes, and character customization. You can of course brave the dungeons through the FPS combat gameplay.

Even if it is just a demo, there’s still a lot of new things to figure out. That’s where this guide hopefully comes in handy, as we help you through beginning your Dungeonborne playthrough!

Beginners’ Guide | Classes, Modes, Combat and More

We will be going through all the different parts of the game and explaining them. They are described below:

Modes:

Dungeonborne has two main playable modes. There are also three other modes which are more gimmicky. All of these modes offer different gameplay options and are all worth trying out. 

The first mode is “Adventure – Sinner’s End”. This is the trio-based game mode. You have two potential difficulties, Easy and Hard. Hard is locked at the start though. This is the game mode you should go on when playing online. You do need 3 buddies for this though.

Mode 1 in Dungeonborne

The second game mode is for Solo players. This is the “Adventure – Clouseau Castle” mode meant for playing alone. It has the same difficulty options as the first mode, meaning you have to play a little to unlock Hard mode. 

Mode 2 in Dungeonborne

There are three additional game modes. One of these is Arena, which is Team Deathmatch. You need 6 players overall, as it is a 3v3 match. You also have a custom game mode, and a training mode. Try these out at your own pace, but the main content is in the first two modes. 

Classes:

The next thing we’re going to be talking about are the different Classes you can choose from. These are all available to you when you’re starting out a mode. You will have to go through character customization, and choosing your Class is part of that.

The first class on the list is the Fighter class. This is a pretty decent first choice. Fighters are pretty capable, with good health and weapon variety. They are a bit slow, but that shouldn’t be too much of an issue once you get used to it. Some gear can also be used to speed them up.

Fighter in Dungeonborne

They are primarily melee based characters, but they can use some Crossbows. They have decent skills. The first one is just a spinning sword attack that does decent damage. The second is a Dash forward skill. It has some recovery on it, so you can’t use it too often, but it’s neat.

The second class on the list is the Priest Class. This is a Cleric Class, meaning it’s good for healing and buffs. This is the last class you should be considering for solo play. All of its effectiveness comes from playing with Allies and helping with them, after all. 

Priest in Dungeonborne

They have pretty low damage and are pretty bad in any sort of combat situation. For their skills, they can heal and cast a shield. 

The third Class on the list is the Rogue Class. This class gives you higher speed for almost all your actions. This includes movement, opening doors and looting treasure. For any players that like to move around, this should be your go to.

Rogue in Dungeonborne

They’re not the best for combat, you should be trying to escape fights as much as possible. For their skills, you can either apply poison on your blades or use the Vanish skill. The Vanish skill makes you enter stealth mode, which is basically invincibility. 

The next class on the list is a pretty interesting one. All the other classes have been pretty basic RPG classes, but this one is unique. This is the Swordmaster class. It revolves around good skill usage and managing resources. Specializing in short ranged and melee combat, it has great DPS.

Swordmaster in Dungeonborne

The skills that come with this class are a bit odd to use. Both of them use up swords that you have in your inventory. You can either shoot these swords or have one circle around you. In either case, this is a very resource intensive character. 

The next class we’re going to be covering is the Pyromancer class. This is the primary magic class in the game. It has good ranged damage as well as area of effect damage.

Pyromancer in Dungeonborne

The pyromancer has slow movement speed, so you’re going to have to be sure to position yourself well. As far as skills go, you can either summon a ring shaped fiery shockwave or shoot a bigger fireball.

Note: There are a couple more classes which are not yet playable in the demo. These are the Death Knight and Cryomancer class. They will be unlocked later on in the release cycle for the game. So far, we just have the demo.

Character Customization:

Once you’ve selected your Class, the game will put you in the character creation menu. There’s a decent amount of customizability, but it’s not the best by any means. You can choose through:

  • Different character presets – these change depending on the gender you chose
  • Different face variations – these also change depending on the gender you chose
  • Skin tones – same for both genders
  • Eye color – same for both genders
  • Hairstyle – these once again change depending upon gender choice
  • Facial hair – only accessible for Male characters
  • Hair color – same for both genders
  • Facial markings – same for both genders
  • Marking colors – same for both genders
Character Creation in Dungeonborne

While more options for fine-tuning the faces would be nice, these options are serviceable for now. Something to keep in mind is that as you get better gear in the game, your appearance will change. 

Combat Overview:

The gameplay of the game is pretty standard and easy to understand, all things considered. One thing to keep in mind is that the movement feels slow and clunky. This is because the game is less focused on the movement and more on other facets of combat.

Each class and weapon gives you some basic options. These include a basic combo which you perform by pressing the attack button over and over. You also have a charged attack, and you can block. The effectiveness of your blocking depends on what equipment you’re blocking with. 

Sword in Dungeonborne

You can also Parry enemy attacks with the correct timing and get a unique attack opportunity afterward. A shield is used for this, and Mage characters can not make use of this parry and riposte feature. 

Mage characters have differing abilities depending on the type of elemental staff they’re using. For example, a fire staff does fire-related skills and shoots fire. You can also have a Lightning staff, which shoots lightning. You do need Mana to make use of spells

Spells in Dungeonborne

This should be a good base for starting your playthrough of Dungeonborne. The game is still new, so have fun and experiment! This game shines when you’re using all of the different options available to you.

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