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Dauntless guide - beginner's tips

Featured post A slayer is squaring off against one of the Behemoths in a desert.

Dauntless takes a lot of what made Monster Hunter: World so much fun, but reducing the barrier to entry and a little of the complexity. Now out of its Early Access period, more and more players are jumping into the town of Ramsgate to gear up before hunting the monsters.

Those new to hunting monsters will need a little guidance, and who better to do so than our team of experienced monster hunters!

Dauntless guide

This guide hub has all the tips and tricks you need to get started, as well as some more specific guides linked inside, such as ones for weapons, bosses, and much more as the guides come in the coming days.

Dauntless builds Find out how to make the best hunter builds in Dauntless.
Dauntless weapons Discover which weapon gives the most damage for your buck.
Dauntless armor Learn how to get the best armour and learning how to upgrade it.
Dauntless cells/perks Learn what cells and orbs do and how they buff your character.
Dauntless crafting/supplies How to craft grenades, potions, and pylons to aid in your hunts.
Dauntless Behemoths Tips and tricks for defeating each of the Behemoths.
Dauntless Store/Hunt Pass Find out what's in the Hunt Pass and how much it'll cost you.

Selecting a patrol will reward you with better items at the cost of hunting a specific monster.

Patrols and Pursuit

You have two different options when it comes to hunting Behemoths. You can either go out on a Patrol or Pursuit mission. Pursuit means you select the monster that you fight, while Patrol randomises the enemy faced from a select pool of monsters. The reason you might want to consider doing Patrols instead is that there are daily rewards that give you more materials to upgrade your gear with. Just be prepared for quite the slog as the enemies can be stronger than what you’ve prepared for.

Finding monsters in Dauntless

When you begin the hunt, you won’t be immediately fighting the monster. Instead you’ll have to find it in the world beyond. Unlike Monster Hunter: World, navigating the world is a lot easier, thanks to the more open terrain and the various air vents that propel you across the map, giving you a nice aerial view.

That said, the only way you’ll even get close to the monsters is if look around carefully. There will be blue orbs that line a path, but it may not be the path to the monster. They do have an added bonus when picked up, in that your Lantern meter goes up a small chunk for each one you collect. You’ll also get a small speed boost for a short time, allowing you to catch up to a monster.

You can of course go off the beaten track to uncover materials, such as mining ores or picking herbs. These can be taken back to craft potions, more on those in our Dauntless crafting/supplies guide, and these can aid you in tougher hunts. But eventually you’ll want to be looking to the skies to see if your team has found the monster.

A firework has been set off and can be seen by looking to the top of the screen.

Use your flares to communicate with your team

Unless the entire team is gathered by the monster, you’ll want to let off a flare to let your entire team know where the monster is. Since there’s no mini-map, it can be a little tricky to know exactly where you’ve searched before. Naturally you’d want to help your teammates if they were attacking the monster, so the same principle goes for if you find the monster and your teammates aren’t around.

To do this, go into our emote list – this is LT/L2 on your controller of choice or “C” on keyboard and mouse – then select the flare icon which should be on the up part by default. You’ll then fire off a flare to let everyone else know that the monster is where you are. This does rely on the other players paying attention to the compass at the top of the screen, where an icon will be displayed for a short time after launching the flare.

Player is downed but can't be revived because of the Danger status at the top right of the screen.

Dauntless danger meter

While you’re on a hunt, you may notice the meter at the top right corner of the screen that slowly goes up. This is the Danger meter and you do not want this to fill up. As you fight the monster, lose lives, or leave downed players in the downed state, it’ll become more threatened by your assault and if it ever maximises, it’ll have a detrimental effect on your entire team. You can mitigate this by either causing the Behemoth to flee, or by reviving downed players.

The most alarming thing is that when the threat level is full, you won’t be able to revive your teammates. You can still revive yourself with the shots that you start with, should you run out of health, but once you lose all three, you’re out of the hunt. This doesn’t work like Monster Hunter: World where lives are shared though, so you’ve got a little bit more leeway. The Behemoth you’re fighting also begins to hit like a truck, as it wants you to stop attacking it and leave it in peace.

Facing off against a Skraev.

Dauntless beginner’s tips

Finally, here are some general tips to get you started in Dauntless:

  • Be prepared to hunt the same monster over and over. You’ll need their hides to get certain equipment materials.
  • Try to go in with a full team of four. The monster will attack each player rather than just you, giving you more opportunities to attack it or recover health.
  • Revive your teammates. The longer they’re downed, the faster the danger meter increases.
  • When facing tougher enemies, scope out attacks and look for moments where they stand still for a spell. These are your windows of opportunity for heavy hitting attacks.
  • Make multiple different weapon sets and armour. Your armour and weapons are only effective against certain Behemoth types and you don’t want to bring fire weapons to fight monsters made of lava.
  • There are several weapon types to get used to and each have their own combos that you can pull off.
  • Try to break multiple parts if you can by targeting different areas of the Behemoths. You’ll get extra rewards for doing so.
  • There’s no fall damage or recovery animation when you fall from a great height, and there’s also no damage if you fall out of the world.

And those are our tips for Dauntless so far. Thanks for looking at our guide and do check back as we will be putting more specific guides into decent builds, weapons, and the all-important strategies for slaying the Behemoths in the game.

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