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Read this Dauntless guide for beginner's tips for new Slayers. Including tips on the hunts, adjusting your controls and settings, loadouts, supplies, learning new skills, and more!

Beginner Tips & Guides For New Slayers

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What Is Dauntless?

Free-To-Play Co-Op Action Hunting RPG

Free-To-Play Online RPG

Dauntless is a free-to-play online co-op action RPG from Phoenix Labs where up to 4 players called Slayers, join together and hunt down larger than life creatures known as Behemoths!

Hunt Behemoths For Weapons & Armor

In Dauntless, the core gameplay mechanic is to hunt Behemoths to obtain their parts. These parts are then used to craft weapons, armor and other items to enable you to take on much stronger Behemoths!

Check Out All Behemoth Fight Guides Here!

The More You Progress, the Better Loot You Get

The More You Progress, the Better Loot You Get

As you progress further into the game, you'll get access to even more hunts, which will net you more parts, more weapons, levels, making you an even stronger Slayer!

Before You Start

1. Create Epic Account & Download The Game

Create Epic Account & Download The Game

Before you can start your career as a Slayer, make sure to download the game on your preferred platform. The game is available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One! You can also sync your save file across platforms if you sign in with your Epic Games Account!

Here's How To Download The Game For PC, PS4, & Xbox One!

Releasing On Switch This Winter 2019

In a recent announcement by Nintendo, Dauntless has been confirmed to release on the Nintendo Switch this Winter 2019. Slayers can now cross-play and access their save across all platforms.

Check Out Switch Port Details Here!

2. Create Your Slayer & Play Through The Tutorial

Create Your Slayer

Dauntless features a character creator that lets you customize the way your Slayer will look, with a wide variety of options to choose from. You will be prompted to create a character when you start your game and take on the tutorial level.

Check Out Character Creation Here!

Change Your Character Appearance Anytime

Change Your Character Appearance Anytime

Once you have access to Ramsgate, you can change the appearance of your character at any time at no cost, including gender, voice, & more. This is done via the mirror near Gregario Flynt.

3. Complete The Tutorial Level

Complete The Tutorial Level

Upon completion of your character creation, you'll start with your tutorial hunt. Simply complete the tutorial to gain access to Ramsgate, the game's social hub!

4. Prep Up & Socialize At The Ramsgate Hub

Ramsgate Hub

Ramsgate serves as the social hub for all Dauntless Slayers, where players can hang out, relax and prepare for their hunts. Here you can interact with NPCs and obtain their quests, create weapons, armor and other equipment, and more!

Check Out Our Ramsgate Guide Here!

Facilities & NPCs Available At Ramsgate

NPC & Facility Name Function
Katerin Sorel Mentor, Main Quest Giver
Markus Boehr Ship's Bosun, Tonic Crafting
Arkan Drew Aethersmith, Lantern Crafting
Moyra Heigsketter Armoursmith, Armor Crafting
Wils Bormen Weaponsmith, Weapon Crafting
Dr. Priyani Behemoth Expert, Quest Giver
Gregario Flynt Hunt Pass & Cosmetics NPC
The Middleman Exchanges, Cell Vendor
Janek Zai Repeater & Grenade Crafting
Map & Quest Board Quest Selection
Core Breaker Breaks open Slayer Cores

Complete Slayer Quests

Progress Through The Story of Dauntless

Progress Through The Story of Dauntless

In Dauntless, quests serve as story drivers that let you learn about the world, its creatures and inhabitants. These quests also unlock schematics for consumable items and Repeater parts to aid your hunts!

Gain Quests From Ramsgate NPCs

Gain Quests From Ramsgate NPCs

Talk to the various NPCs in Ramsgate and check for quests they have for you and complete them to unlock schematics and other valuable rewards! These are usually denoted with a gold "?" on the compass and on the NPC itself.

Turn In Completed Quests

Turn In Completed Quests

Once you complete a quest, turn them in to its respective NPC to receive the quest reward! A gold "!" indicates an NPC waiting for a quest to be turned in.

Check Out The NPCs Ramsgate Location Guide Here!

Arm Yourself With Slayer Weapons

Choose From Six Weapon Types

Arm Yourself With Slayer Weapons

In Dauntless, you have the option of 6 types of weapons: Axe, Chain Blades, Hammer, War Pike, Sword & the ranged Repeater. You can only equip one in each hunt, so prepare accordingly, and choose a weapon that fits your play style best.

Check Out Best Weapon Per Type!

Weapon Type Summary

Weapon Type Description
Axe A heavy throwable cutting weapon.
Severs and breaks Behemoth parts, and deals bonus damage to Wounded parts

Special: Flight of Ruin & Charged Attacks
Charge attacks to fill up special meter. Throw the axe, dealing damage to anything in its path before returning. At full meter, Flight of Ruin recall does bonus damage
Chain Blades Fast dual wield weapons.
Severs and breaks Behemoth parts, and deals bonus damage to Wounded parts

Special: Chain Push / Pull
Rapidly pull towards your foe at range. Using this up close will push you off and leave an aetheric explosion. Damage enemies to build meter
Hammer Heavy blunt weapon.
Deals very high stagger damage, and can break Behemoth parts

Special: Reload & Inline Reload
Load up your hammer with ammo that can strengthen your hammer strikes
Repeaters Ranged dual pistols.
Severs and breaks Behemoth parts, and deals bonus damage to Wounded parts

Special: Thrown Ability & Empowered Reload
Throw an object forward. Object differs based on Grip equipped. Reloading close to a Behemoth grants Empowered Reload, empowering shots & abilities
War Pike A long piercing weapon. Wounds Behemoth parts, enabling damage bonuses for cutting weapons

Special: Aetheric Conversion & Pike Blast
Convert special meter to powerful ammunition. Once ammo is converted, use Pike Blast to fire a long range blast that can sever or break parts
Sword A standard large sword. Severs and breaks Behemoth parts, and deals bonus damage to Wounded parts.

Special: Overdrive
Increased attack speed & deal area damage, and gain Aether Dash ability
Check Out All Weapon List Here!

Craft & Upgrade Melee Weapons at the Weaponsmith

Craft & Upgrade Melee Weapons at the Weaponsmith

All melee weapons in the game are craftable at the Weaponsmith using Behemoth parts and a bit of Rams. Then you can further strengthen all crafted weapons using parts, orbs and Rams.

Check Out How To Upgrade Weapons!

All Weapons Have The Same Power

All crafted weapons start off with the same power, regardless of the type and Behemoth type it's based off. All weapons start with the 100 Total Power, and power scales up at the same rate per upgrade level.

Upgrade Ostian Repeater Parts at Janek Zai

Upgrade Ostian Repeater Parts at Janek Zai

Unlike the melee weapons, the Ostian Repeater is instead upgraded by equipping its parts. Each part can then be crafted and upgraded using Behemoth parts.

Repeaters Aren't Available Right Away

To unlock the Repeaters, you must first complete quests for Janek. Progress his quests enough to gain access to Repeater crafting.

Each Weapon Has A Unique Effect

Each Weapon Has A Unique Effect

Make sure to look at your weapon's unique effect and perk. Take advantage of these effects as much as you can when in a hunt!

Gear Up With Slayer Armor

Gear Up With Slayer Armor

Equip yourself with armor crafted from the Behemoths you slay. Not only do they serve as a trophy, but gives protection, and special unique perks and elemental resistances.

Check Out All Armor List Here!

Create & Upgrade Armor at the Armoursmith

Create & Upgrade Armor at the Armoursmith

Talk to Moyra Heigsketter to craft and upgrade armor. All armor pieces in the game are crafted, and can be upgraded using specific Behemoth parts.

Check Out How To Upgrade Armor Here!

All Armor Have The Same Power

All crafted armor start off with the same power, regardless of the type and Behemoth type it's based off. All armor pieces start with the 25 Total Power, and power scales up at the same rate per upgrade level.

Each Armor Piece Grants A Perk

Each Armor Piece Grants A Perk

Each armor piece you equip grants a perk, which is a passive ability that helps your character in combat. Make sure to consider these when crafting armor and creating your unique Slayer build!

Understand Elemental Damage & Resistance

Understand Elemental Damage & Resistance

In Dauntless, most Behemoths are weak against an opposing element. Make sure to equip armor that grants resistance and weapons that deal greater damage against the Behemoth you're fighting,

Check Out Elemental Weaknesses & Resistances Here!

Element Guide

Behemoth Element Weapon To Use Armor To Wear
Blaze Frost Blaze
Frost Blaze Frost
Shock Terra Shock
Terra Shock Terra
Radiant Umbra Radiant
Umbra Radiant Umbra

Prepare Your Loadout

Change Your Lantern

 Change Your Lantern

Lanterns are special equipment that grant you two active abilities, an Instant and a Hold ability. These can be crafted by talking to Arkan Drew using Behemoth parts, with more Lanterns becoming available as you complete quests for him.

Know Your Perks

Know Your Perks & Equip Cells

Perks are a set of passive bonuses you receive from all your gear pieces, weapon, and cells slotted in all your equipment pieces.

Check Out Best Cells List Here!

Stack Perks To Upgrade Its Effect

Stack Perks To Upgrade Its Effect

As you stack more perks of the same kind, the better the effect of that perk becomes!

Slot in Cells In Each Equipment Piece

Slot Cells In Each Equipment Piece

Each equipment piece has a slot where you can add Cells, which grants you more perks. Make sure to pick a cell that benefits your build and playstyle!

Check Out How To Farm Cells Fast Here!

Obtain Cells From Cores

Obtain Cells From Cores

Cells are obtain from Cores. These are rewarded through quests, hunts, and the Hunt Pass. Once you obtain a Core, break it open at the Core Breaker at Ramsgate, and this will reward you with Random Cells and reagents.

Check Out How To Get & Use Cores Here!

Bring Consumable Items On Hunts

Consumable Items

Aside from your Slayer Flask, you can also equip 3 other consumable items such as Tonics and Grenades in your quick slots.

Check Out All Consumable Items & Ingredients Here!

Tonics Are Special Potions

You can craft tonics using reagents you gather from plants you find in the field. These tonics grant special bonuses such as increased damage or defense and more. Talk to Markus Boehr to craft these tonics.

Equip Grenades To Deal Area Damage

Equip Grenades To Deal Area Damage

Grenades deal area damage that deals an initial barrage of damage, and splinters into smaller fragments that deal further damage. These are crafted by Janek Zai using reagents.

Recommended Loadouts for Beginners

The Non-Elemental Ragehunter Gnasher Set

The Non-Elemental Ragehunter Gnasher Set

The Gnasher set is pretty decent for early game, and can even stand on its own until late game. It has no elemental resistance, making it versatile against all Behemoths, while granting bonus health and damage against enraged Behemoths. Equip cells that stack on your gear's perks for maximum damage!

Equip The Shike's Zeal and Add Conduit Cell

Equip The Shike

You can use the Shrike's Zeal Lantern which grants an increased Attack Speed & Move Speed and damage. Adding a Conduit Cell adds another increase in Attack Speed when using hold ability.

The Agile Embermane Set

The Agile Embermane Set

Like the Gnasher set, the Embermane set is viable both early and late game thanks to its focus on evasion. The Embermane weapons work really well with this set as it grants bonus attack speed by evading. However, you won't have protection against Blaze Behemoths.

Boost Your Attack Speed Further With Shrike's Zeal

The same lantern combo of Shrike's Zeal and Conduit Cell will work really well with this build!

Staggering Shrike Set & Skarn Hammer

Staggering Shrike Set & Skarn Hammer

This loadout focuses on staggering Behemoths with a hammer weapon. The Shrikedown set boosts evasion, while boosting Stagger damage. The Skarn weapon on the other hand has an innate boost to stagger damage as well!

Equip The Skarn Lantern With Stunning Vigour Cell

Equip The Skarn Lantern With Stunning Vigour Cell

This Lantern grants you a 250 hit point shield with its instant ability, allowing you to focus on dealing high damage towards the Behemoth. The cell then restores your health when you stagger the Behemoth!

Customize Loadout By Weapon Choice

Your loadout will also change depending on the weapon you choose to wield. Each weapon has a unique hunting style and certain pieces of armor go well together with them. Customize your loadout by experimenting and check which ones work best for you.

Recommended Builds & Loadouts

How To Start A Hunt

Head On To The Map Board or Menu

Enjoy The Thrill of The Hunt!

All quests involve taking on hunts and defeating the various types of Behemoths. Access the Patrol or Pursuit hunts via the map, or the hunt board at Ramsgate!

Check Out The Difference Between Patrol Vs. Pursuit Mission Here!

Playing With Other Players Via Matchmaking

Matchmaking

By default, Dauntless is a multiplayer game that matches you with similarly skilled Slayers of the same level when you take on a Pursuit or a Patrol mission. Matchmaking will start whenever you start a hunt!

Check Out How To Set Up A Party!

You Can Choose To Go Solo

You Can Choose To Go Solo

You can also go hunting solo if you prefer the extra challenge of taking on Behemoths alone by selecting Private Hunt!

Play With A Hunting Party

Play With A Hunting Party

If you have friends who also play Dauntless, you can invite them into your session and play as a Hunting party. Simply invite them to your party and they'll fill up your party slots. In a Private Hunt, all unfilled party slots will remain empty.

Add Friends & Take On Hunts Together!

Adding Friends

Regardless of platform you play, you can add friends from whichever platform they are in via the built-in friends management system. Simply type in the Epic account username add them as your friend!

Check Out How To Play With Friends Here!

Basic Play Routines When Hunting

Find Behemoth & Use Flare To Signal

Find Behemoth & Use Flare To Signal

Whenever you start your hunt, your primary objective is to track down the Behemoth. The Behemoth's location is randomized, so you'll have to comb through the map. When playing with others, it's best to split up so you can cover more ground.

Use Flare When Playing With Others

When playing with other players, it's a must to signal the Behemoth's location the flare, which is accessed via the emote radial wheel. This will notify others of the Behemoth's location with a flare icon at the compass.

Dodge Through Behemoth Attacks

Dodge Through Behemoth Attacks

Unlike traditional RPGs, Dauntless does not have an active standard defensive equipment like a shield to guard against Behemoth attacks. You'll have to dodge through Behemoth attacks in order to avoid damage. Each weapon type changes the behavior of the dodge move so adapt accordingly.

Interrupting / Booping Enemy Attacks

Interrupting / Booping Enemy Attacks

Behemoths have moves that can be interrupted with a well timed weapon strike. Learn each Behemoth's behavior, and strike at the right opportunity! Some weapons like the Hammer, Axe and War Pike's missile also work best for interrupting attacks!

Check Out Booping Opportunities Per Behemoth Here!

Resurrecting Teammates

Resurrecting Teammates

Behemoths can knock slayers out when their attack reduces a player's health to zero. A downed Slayer can be revived by another player, or perform a self-revive. However, you can only self revive up to 3 times, so reserve your self-revives for later on when the hunt gets more frantic.

Use Aether Vents To Heal Up

Aether Vents are bright blue rift on the ground that allows a player to heal up, regaining HP, clearing a negative status effect, and charges up the Lantern by a small amount. However, the Aether Vent can only be used by a limited amount of time, so use it sparingly.

Some Aether Vents Are Used For Traversal

Some Aether Vents Are Used For Traversal

There are also Aether Vents that can help you traverse through the map and can cover great distances quickly. Use this to spot Behemoth's fast.

Understand The Danger Meter

Understand The Danger Meter

As you progress through the hunt, the Danger Meter at the top right will rise. Basically, your objective is to slay the Behemoth while keeping this below 100%. This number rises when you fight a Behemoth, when a Slayer goes down, and when a Slayer is not revived.

Reducing The Danger Meter

The Danger Meter can be reduced when you force a Behemoth to flee. However, this only reduces it by a small amount. The key simply is to keep the whole party alive at all times to slow down the rate of the Danger Meter.

At 100% Danger, No Revives & Behemoths Hit Harder

At 100% Danger, No Revives & Behemoths Hit Harder

When the Danger Level reaches 100%, party revives will be disabled and Behemoths will hit much harder, making the hunt so much more difficult. Keep Danger Level to as low as possible. However you can still self-revive.

Understand The Damage Types

Understand The Damage Types

To kill a Behemoth, you must understand the types of damage you can deal on it, especially if you're hunting for specific Behemoth parts.

Basic Damage

Basic Damage

As the name implies, Basic Damage is the damage directly dealt to the Behemoth's health. This is represented by white numbers, and reducing this will be the primary way of killing a Behemoth.

Part Damage

Part Damage

Part Damage is the damage you deal towards a specific Behemoth part. This does not directly count towards the Behemoth's health pool. Once the threshold for the part is achieved through part damage, the part will be broken off and looted.

Stagger Damage

Stagger Damage

Stagger Damage is damage dealt on a Behemoth's head or legs that allow you to stagger or knock them down. This is represented by blue damage numbers.

Wound Damage

Wound Damage

Wound damage creates wounded areas on the Behemoth that enables you to deal more part damage. This is represented by red damage numbers. Wounded Behemoths will have aether vents over their wounded points.

Break Off Parts For More Crafting Materials

Break Off Parts For More Crafting Materials

Certain crafting materials only drop when you break off specific Behemoth parts. Make sure to work as a team to take out parts for more rewards!

Defeat The Behemoth To Complete The Hunt

Defeat The Behemoth To Complete The Hunt

Upon defeating the Behemoth, you'll receive a report on all the parts you've been able to obtain from the hunt. This also shows your progression as a slayer.

Slayer Mastery Progression System Explained

Gain Rewards The More You Play!

Gain Rewards The More You Play!

The Mastery System in Dauntless is a challenge-filled progression system that provides Slayers with rewards and access to better weapons & armor, weapon modifications as well as cores!

Check Out The Mastery System Guide Here!

Unlock Max Upgrades & Battle Perks

Unlocks Higher Upgrades For Weapons

When you increase your Mastery levels in Dauntless, be it Slayer level, Behemoth Mastery, or Weapon Mastery, you'll unlock different perks such as the maximum upgrades for both weapons & armor, even perks such as dealing more part damage & getting more Behemoth loot.

Check Out How To Level Up Mastery Fast!

Max Slayer Level / Rank Cap Is Currently 50

As of the official launch, the max Slayer Level cap that players can reach is Slayer Level 50. When you reach this level, you'll receive the title "Master Slayer". Max levels for weapons and armor is currently at +15.

The Hunt Pass

Gain Exclusive Rewards With The Hunt Pass

Gain Exclusive Rewards With The Hunt Pass

The Hunt Pass is a separate progression system that grants various other rewards, primarily cosmetic rewards, as well as cores and reagents. There are two tracks: Basic and Elite, with the Elite Track granting more rewards, and bonus loot for every hunt!

Check Out What Is The Hunt Pass Here!

Season 5 Hunt Pass Currently Out

Unlock Cosmetic Items From The Hunt Pass

Dauntless is currently in its 5th Season and the Hunt Pass has awesome cosmetic rewards & hunting supplies that'll make your every slay in the game fun & fulfilling.

Check Out Season 5 Hunt Pass Rewards & Theme!

Other Useful Tips & Information

Understanding The HUD

Understanding The HUD
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Make sure to familiarize yourself with the HUD (Heads Up Display) elements on screen. This gives valuable information

No. HUD Element Description
1 Player Gauges Shows Player health, stamina, weapon ability charge gauge, and applied buffs and debuffs
2 Party Gauge Shows party member health, buffs and debuffs
3 Compass Shows the direction you're facing relative to the map
4 Danger Meter Shows the hunt's danger level. At 100%, party revive is disabled and Behemoth is more dangerous
5 Chat Show's party or public (in Ramsgate) chat.
6 Airship Fuel Show's how much time remains before hunt ends in a failure
7 Quick Slots Shows amount of consumable items you have, and their corresponding use slot

Enable Voice Chat To Communicate With Others

Enable Voice Chat To Communicate With Others

You can enable the Voice Chat feature in the options menu in order to more effectively communicate with your team! With Voice Chat, you can coordinate your attack and strategies with the team on-the-fly!

Check Out How To Enable Voice Chat Here!

Block Players Who Are Being Toxic

Dauntless also gives you the option to block players who are being too toxic and affect your enjoyment of the game. You can do this from the Social Menu when in Ramsgate.

Check Out How To Mute & Block Here!

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