Now that Evolve has been out for a few days and everyone has had a chance to sink their teeth into it, more and more people are turning to the dark side, and taking up their Monster mantle. Don’t worry though, here at Shacknews we’ve got you covered with some great tips to help you stay ahead of those 4 pesky hunters hot on your trail.
Health and Armor
First off let’s establish the ground rules of each monster. The Goliath is a tank, sporting 5 health and 10 armor from Stage 1. The Kraken, however, starts with the same amount of health, 5; but only sports 8 armor. The Wraith, considered the strongest of the first three monsters, only sports 4 health and 5 armor from Stage 1. It should also be noted that armor is a static number and does not increase as the monster evolves to different stages.
Each monster has 3 different stages. The first stage is the monster’s weakest point. At this point in time you should avoid all encounters with the hunters as they are stronger than you. You’ll want to use your Smell ability and sneak your way around the map until you’ve managed to eat enough wildlife to evolve to Stage 2.
TIP: All downed hunters and citizens are edible, and contribute to your monster's evolution status.
Stage 2 is the balance board between the monster and the hunters. At this point in time conflict will most likely begin, unless you continue to sneak and eat your way around the map. As I mentioned above, this is the balancing act between the two groups, and neither is stronger than the other. Once you’ve eaten enough wildlife, or killed enough hunters, you’ll need to find a safe place to evolve to Stage 3.
Stage 3 is the crème de la crème of the monster’s life cycle. This is the point where the hunters become the hunted, and the monster becomes the strongest thing on the map. At this point you’ll want to lead your prey to a designated area and then ambush them. Ambushing them will allow you to get a few good hits in before the Trapper has a chance to drop the dome and lock you in.
Every monster has a different set of 4 abilities, just like the hunters. At the start of the game you’re allowed to choose between these four skills, and you’ll want to base your choices on the group of hunters you’re fighting. For example, if you’re going against a group with Lazarus, you’ll want to bring along your Fire Breath ability in order to counteract Laz’s cloak skill.
The Goliath has the ability to choose and upgrade the Rock Throw, Leap Smash, Fire Breath, and Charge skills.
The Kraken has the Lightning Strike, Banshee Mines, Aftershock, and Vortex skills.
The final base game monster, the Wraith, sports the Warp Blast, Abduction, Decoy, and Supernova skills.
Fighting the Hunters
The toughest part of the game is avoiding the hunters until you manage to level your monster up to Stage 2, or preferably, Stage 3. Once you’ve reached either of these stages you are ready to take the fight to them.
The first thing you want to do is set an ambush for your enemies. Sure, you could run in all half-cocked and try to take down the hunters, but why go to such unnecessary risks? Simply find a good hiding spot, lead your prey to it, and make sure to hide your tracks by sneaking.
Once your enemies reach your hiding place you’ll want to try to sneak attack the closest one, and from there take out the rest.
Of course, if you’re looking for a little direction in all of this, don’t worry, I’ve got your back. Generally speaking the Medic is your first priority for takedown. Without their Medic, the hunters can’t heal up, and that makes them easily susceptible to your attacks. From there you should usually focus on Support, then Assault, then Trapper.
However, not all hunter fights will go as generally expected, and you should always be ready to change up your target and go for the enemy causing you the most trouble.
That’s all there is to it. Follow these easy steps and you’ll be well on your way to mastering the art of the monster.
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I still haven't seen this really answered. Once you get to stage 3, the hunters immediately turtle up near the power relay so picking them off unaware is extremely difficult. I haven't had any issues getting to stage 3 with full health/armor, but I am having problems in the end game actually wiping out the team especially if they have a semi-knowledgeable medic + Daisy.
maybe you need to improve kiting skills at level 2? hit the group or separate them while you have some armour, flee when it runs out.
also you're more than capable of taking them on at stage two. make sure you use the environment (man eating plants,monsters) and possibly their tracking frustration ( if you sneak around and play games ) against them as they'll start to split and stat using an UAV which makes one character stationary for some time etc.
You have to use dispersion really well, also if you know youre about to hit stage 3. Wait to use it until you have them FAR FAR away from the power relay. Then Evolve. You'll win the race back with any monster. From there you can pick one off or simply don't allow them to jump up or near the platforms around the relay.
Obviously target healer/supports/daisy first. Also make sure you get a buff for the end. Most big creatures give you one. Save one or two and note it in your mind of where they are on the map so you can devour them right before your evolve and fight at stage 3.
Good tips, thanks a bunch
Funny I can barely get to stage 2 but if I get to 3 they're all going down. It just seems like the hunters find me and I can't get a moment to snack.
You want some tip!?!? THIS NOODLE GONNA BRING EM TO YA.
1. Sneaking as any monster is important. Don't overlook it and try not to overuse it. It's a balance.
-By sneaking you leave no footprint for daisy (ever wonder why she walks in circles on you sometimes or leads you completely astray? :P ) or the team.
-You can create fake paths. Sprint or leap around and run up to a cliff only to hit your sneak button and sneak off in a cave or bush. Watch as they continue on your trail. Which you can then use as time to backtrack and get some meals on the way.
-Sneaking around birds is great, but keep in mind you can also use the bird alerts to your advantage. You can also alert birds with projectiles. Have fun :)
-Do it too much and you just wont go anywhere. Which may not always be a bad thing, but once you eat an entire area, you have to move on.
2. Skill build with Goliath
- 1st lvl I go two into fire and one into charge. The fire allows you to kill the creeps very very fast which results in you eating more and more. Try not to spray it up or around wildly but focused down in order to not give you position away.Charge gives you a small boost and some nice dmg. Take charge over leap because while leap can give you big gains off cliffs, it freezes your character in place for 1.5 secs upon landing. At level 1, you need mobility and fast clearance of creeps.
- 2 lvl, finish your fire and full charge for same reasons noted above. Also as you run around the map (being chased or roaming freely) roast everything you can. While corpses decay, its not at a fast enough rate. Which means when you break from a chase, you have corpses laying around for you to quickly munch on. Obviously the more you get in a cluster the better.
- 3 lvl, two points into leap and one into rock is the typically build. If I am up against a trapper with daisy I find it better for 2 points into rock throw for more dispersion and dmg as she tries to revive people while your busy being a monster and pummeling away on another face.
3, Use the environment you freak of nature!
- creating tracks to a tyrant for them to fight you at is a quick win. As you can see here starting at about 33:50 http://www.twitch.tv/sergeonmd/c/6092387 I was only rank 2 in this fight.
- Create tracks through the man eating plants and creatures to setup a proper ambush.
I've got more which I'll get into later as I have to run for now! Hope this small bit helps new monsters to become BIG SCARY ASSHOLES
Thanks for the tips. Downloading now on PS4.
Nice! glad to help and have fun! Its an intense fun experience you cant get anywhere else ATM.
NICE. I thought Daisy tracked by scent. Great to know sneaking works!
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