Anthem : A Beginner’s Guide

Anthem

The world of Anthem is a wild and dangerous place.  New players and even veterans to the genre may find some of its systems complicated. The following are some essential tips to get you started on your path.

Javelins

After finishing the tutorial mission, you will be faced with an important decision; which Javelin do you unlock first?  This decision will shape the way you play through the initial hours of the campaign.  Each javelin type has a very specific play style and choosing the wrong one could greatly impact your enjoyment of the game.  You will have the chance to unlock Javelins at levels 2, 8, 16 and 26.

Ranger – A well rounded and versatile Javelin, capable of efficiently taking on single targets. A great balance of offensive and defensive powers.

Anthem : A Beginner's Guide

Storm – Unleash elemental fury while hovering around the battlefield, great for spreading status effects throughout large groups of enemies. A true Glass Cannon, capable of dealing large amounts of damage but also easily knocked out of the fight.

Anthem : A Beginner's Guide

Colossus – The tank of the battlefield, capable of absorbing incredible amounts of damage while cutting a path of destruction with the heaviest weapons available.

Anthem : A Beginner's Guide

Interceptor – Speed and agility are your friend.  Jump and flip your way into to close combat using dual wielded daggers, dispatch your target and then dash to safety.

Anthem : A Beginner's Guide

Infographics created by Twitch user Construct_Zero 

Movement

Javelins are incredibly mobile battle suits, capable of running, jumping, dashing, hovering and flying around the environments.  Moving through the battlefield is very fluid, switching between movement modes is seamless.  You are easily able to fly in, drop to melee range, take out an enemy, dash out and then jump to hover and rain death from above.  There are, however, a couple of critical systems that you will need to master.

Heat Management – Using your Javelin’s rockets to fly or hover generates heat, which builds up over time.  The UI shows a meter which slowly fills over time, and letting the meter fill completely will overheat your Javelin.  You will be unable to hover or fly until you allow it cool down. Overheating at altitude will cause you to fall from the sky and crash into the ground.  There are several techniques that can be used to help you stay cool. There are components that can reduce heat production, diving rapidly, flying low over bodies of water will give you the “Cooled” status or flying through waterfalls or into lakes will cool you completely.

Think Vertically – The world of Bastion provides vertical exploration unlike anything seen in other open world games.  You can be flying high among the mountain tops, dive down into the valley, through a forest, straight into a lake only to find an underwater cave to explore.

Combat

Combat in Anthem is more than just run-and-gun. Depending on the Javelin your are piloting, there are many options at your disposal for dispatching enemies.  You can use one of the many firearms, sling ice shards or venom darts, throw grenades, or launch rockets. Several systems may not be obvious to all players, however.

Gear Inscriptions – All gear pieces have a single perk regardless of rarity level, however each piece of uncommon and above gear you find will have inscriptions that modify one or more of your stats.  The number of inscriptions depends on the rarity of the piece:

  • Uncommon – I inscription
  • Rare – 2 Inscriptions
  • Epic – 3 Inscriptions
  • Masterwork – 4 Inscriptions, plus a powerful intrinsic perk.
  • Legendary – As masterwork, but all modifiers are much more powerful

Anthem : A Beginner's Guide

It is these combinations of perks and inscriptions that are going to allow specialized Javelin builds to to be created.  You could have a material farming suit, a close combat suit or a tanking suit.  While not endless, there are many different possible combinations available, leading to many different variations in play style for each Javelin.

Primers / Detonators – this is perhaps the most poorly explained concept in the game, even though it is the most important of them all.  Many of the gear pieces available in Anthem can be combined in combat to produce incredibly effective combo attacks.  Certain gear pieces are designated as Primers and others as Detonators.  Primers are used to apply status effects to targets, getting them ready for a combo to be set off.  Once primed and a detonator is fired at the target, the combo attack is set off, causing immense amounts of damage.

Anthem : A Beginner's Guide

Pulse Blast is A Detonator – denoted by the star symbol next to it’s name

Anthem : A Beginner's Guide

Inferno Grenade is a Primer – Denoted by the Circular symbol next to it’s name

Mobility – Javelins are incredibly mobile, allowing you to zip around the battlefield.  A Colossus holding down the ground, a Storm controlling from skies above and a Ranger or Interceptor moving from target to target will allow you many opportunities to shoot, explode and combo your way to victory.

Hopefully these tips help you in starting your journey in Anthem.  Next up we will put together a guide for Crafting and Materials in Anthem.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments or on our forums. We’d love to hear about your first foray into the wilds of Bastion.

Mike (AKA SnekPlayz) has been playing games since the days of the Commodore Vic 20 and enjoys playing most genres from Action Adventure to FPS to Racing. He is a part-time streamer on Twitch at https://twitch.tv/Snek_Playz

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