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How To Trigger Combos: Primers, Detonators, & Effects
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How To Trigger Combos: Primers, Detonators, & Effects

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Check out this Anthem guide on how to trigger the combo system in the game. Learn how to deal massive damage by using primers & detonators, and combo effects per Javelin.

Anthem How To Trigger Combos: Primers, Detonators, & Effects
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What Is The Combo System?

Combination Of Abilities To Deal Massive Damage

Anthem How To Trigger Combos: Primers, Detonators, & Effects

Anthem's combo system creates a dynamic way of damaging enemies. By using certain abilities in conjunction with each other, you can create a combo attack that can inflict crazy amounts of damage to your opponents.

Spot Combo! On-Screen If Successfully Done

Anthem How To Trigger Combos: Primers, Detonators, & Effects

You'll get an audio & on-screen cue when you've successfully completed a combo attack. You'll see a big yellow "Combo!" on-screen when you've executed a combo.

Prep Combo With Primers

To start a combo, you need to first hit your target with a Primer ability or attack. This "preps" or "primes" the target and the combo can be activated when the target is hit by a Detonator ability or attack.

Primers Are Marked With Circle Icon

To identify a Primer ability in your list, check the icon next to it. If it's a circle within a circle, it's a Primer ability.

Primed Enemies Have A Status Icon Above Them

Primed Enemies Have A Status Icon Above Them

Enemies inflicted with a status are "primed" for a combo. Hit them with a detonator ability to execute a combo.

Finish Combo With Detonators

To successfully execute a combo, you need to hit a "primed" target with a Detonator ability or attack. This completes the combo and provides an extra effect that is unique to each Javelin.

Detonator Icon Is 4-Point Star Icon

You can spot a Detonator ability, check if the icon next to it is a 4-point star. If it is, then you've got a Detonator ability in your arsenal.

Combos Have Effects Per Javelin

Each successful combo provides an extra effect and these change per Javelin. These can either be an area-of-effect attack, a bonus elemental charge, among others.

Effects Only Apply To Javelins Who Detonate Combo

Javelins who successfully detonate a primed target will receive the combo effect. Javelins responsible for priming the target will not receive the combo effect.

List Of Primer & Detonator Abilities

Ranger - Primer / Detonator Gears

Ability Effect
Primer / Detonator
Venom DartsVenom DartsInflict burning acid damage with a volley of darts.
◎ Primer
Frost GrenadeFrost GrenadeFreeze your opponents in place.
◎ Primer
Inferno GrenadeInferno GrenadeSet your enemies on fire, dealing immediate and continuous damage.
◎ Primer
Seeking MissileSeeking MissileFire a projectile that seeks out a single target and others immediately around them.
✧ Detonator
Pulse BlastPulse BlastBlast a single target with a massive energy burst.
✧ Detonator
Frag GrenadeFrag GrenadeBlast everything in a large area with massive damage.
✧ Detonator
Sticky GrenadeSticky GrenadeHit an adversary with a grenade that latches onto them, dealing damage with extreme prejudice.
✧ Detonator
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Colossus - Primer / Detonator Gears

Ability Effect
Primer / Detonator
Firewall MortarFirewall MortarLight the battlefield on fire with a huge wall of flame.
◎ Primer
Shock CoilHit every target around you with waves of electricity.
◎ Primer
FlamethrowerFlamethrowerTurn up the heat with a continuous blast of pure fire.
◎ Primer
Venom SpitterUnleash multiple arcing shots of acid down on your enemies.
◎ Primer
High Explosive MortarHigh Explosive MortarBomb anything in your way with an explosive projectile that deals heavy damage to a small area.
✧ Detonator
Lightning CoilGive your enemies a shock with an arc of electricity that targets a random enemy.
✧ Detonator
Siege ArtillerySiege ArtilleryEquip this classic and hit your enemies with a hefty rocket.
✧ Detonator
RailgunRailgunHit one enemy hard with a destructive kinetic projectile.
✧ Detonator
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Interceptor - Primer / Detonator Gears

Ability Effect
Primer / Detonator
Venom BombVenom BombTosses a grenade which hits all nearby enemies with acid.
◎ Primer
Cryo GlaiveCryo GlaiveLocks on to up to two nearby targets and freezes on impact.
◎ Primer
Detonating StrikeDetonating StrikeA melee strike that charges an enemy with electric energy. If killed while charged, the enemy will explode dealing damage around them.
◎ Primer
Venom SprayVenom SpraySprays out corrosive acid that damages all enemies hit.
◎ Primer
Spark DashSpark DashDashes forward, leaving behind a damaging trail of electricity.
✧ Detonator
Tempest StrikeTempest StrikeA melee strike that deals high physical damage and force.
✧ Detonator
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Storm - Primer / Detonator Gears

Ability Effect
Primer / Detonator
Ice StormIce StormPlaces targeted fields of ice that explode with frost damage and freeze enemies.
◎ Primer
Ice BlastIce BlastHurls huge chunks of ice that deal massive force and freezes enemies in close-range.
◎ Primer
Living FlameLiving FlameA burst of flame energy that seeks out and ignites targets.
◎ Primer
Frost ShardsFrost ShardsRapid-fire shards of ice that slowly freeze a target in place.
◎ Primer
Shock BurstShock BurstA discharge of electric energy that can be bounced off of walls to reach targets behind cover.
◎ Primer
Lightning StrikeLightning StrikeA targeted strike that deals lightning damage in an area.
✧ Detonator
Burning OrbBurning OrbA versatile fire ability that can be fired quickly in small shots or charged for a larger projectile that explodes.
✧ Detonator
Glacial SpearGlacial SpearFires a beam of powerful ice energy in a targeted direction.
✧ Detonator
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Combo Effects Per Javelin

Combo Effect Per Javelin Quick Reference

Javelin Combo Effect
Interceptor Gain an elemental aura based on the ability used to detonate the combo. Enemies near you will receive an elemental status based on your aura.
Ranger Detonation will cause bonus damage to the enemy which the combo was triggered on.
Colossus Deal bonus damage via explosion to enemies near the point of detonation.
Storm Detonating an enemy will spread its elemental status to nearby enemies.
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