Combat Tips and Techniques | Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance

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This is a guide on how combat works in D&D: Dark Alliance. Read on to know more about combat and some tips and techniques to help you survive missions in the game!

Dark Alliance Combat Overview

Combat in Dark Alliance is similar to most third-person RPGs. It is dependent on factors such as your stats, and the tier of your weapons and gear.

For this game, you must keep a watchful eye on your stamina since all combat actions, will rely on it. Depletion of Stamina will severely hinder your ability to do battle.

Combat Tips and Techniques

The table below lists the combat tips and techniques that will help you get started on your Icewind Dale adventure.

1 Understand Your Character
2 Make Your Attacks Precise
3 Mind Your Stamina
4 Use Parry
5 Know Your Equipment and Your Enemies
6 Manage Your Useables
7 Unlock New Moves
8 Hit the Red Barrels
9 Know When to Use Short Rest

Understand Your Character

Dark Alliance Combat Tips and Tricks - Understand Your Character

Kelvin's Cairn Practice Area

Before entering combat, it's vital that you at least know your character's basic abilities. You can try them out at your base camp, Kelvin's Cairn before going on a mission.

A character like Drizzt will prefer close combat and quick dodges, while Catti-brie will use her bow to snipe enemies from afar. Further, certain characters offer more support skills than offensive so knowing those too will be crucial, especially in co-op.

List of Characters (Classes)

Make Your Attacks Precise

Dark Alliance Combat Tips and Tricks - Make Your Attacks Precise
While you can get away with button mashing throughout the game, you'll constantly find yourself slashing away at air. The combat relies heavily on direction. This means if you start mashing away and do a combo in one direction, you won't be able to redirect those moves if the enemy dodges them.

The game will also register every single input from your buttons, which can get you into tough spots. When an enemy is outlined red, it means they're about to do a strong attack, indicating that you should start dodging away. However, if you had been mashing your buttons before pressing evade, then your character will complete all those moves before actually evading. By the time you're finally about to dodge, you might have already been hit by the enemy's attack.

Don't get carried away during combat, and try to be exact when pressing your attacks.

Mind Your Stamina

Dark Alliance Combat Tips and Tricks - Mind Your Stamina
Stamina conservation in Dark Alliance is extremely important. It doesn't only decrease when you do basic attacks or dodges, but also when using character abilities. In addition, when doing Fierce Attacks, your maximum amount of stamina will deplete. This won't replenish to full throughout a level unless you use a Short Rest.

Once depleted, your character will stumble and fail to execute any moves. You'll have to wait for it to replenish or consume a Stamina Useable. Those few seconds may be crucial in this game, since at any moment you could get trapped in a corner by enemies and not have enough to maneuver away.

How to Regain Stamina and Restore Max Stamina

Use Parry

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Using a parry will deflect your opponent's attack and, at the same time will restore your character's stamina.

Know Your Equipment and Your Enemies

Dark Alliance Combat Tips and Tricks - Know Your Equipment and Your Enemies
D&D: Dark Alliance has equipment sets with certain effects that activate if you complete a set.

In doing so, you gain specific advantages in certain situations. Knowing these effects and how they can counter your enemies will give you a great advantage in battle. Don't forget to upgrade and equip the gear you'll be using for a mission while you're still at base camp, since you can't change them in the middle of a level.

List of Equipment

Manage Your Useables

Dark Alliance Combat Tips and Tricks - Manage Your Useables
Useables are your party's friends in dire situations. Debuffs like Silences are particularly disruptive to your character during combat. Elixirs like the Elixir of Cleansing will be crucial to winning fights. Other elixirs can boost your stats or fill up your Ultimate Bar, so use those whenever appropriate.

They may be used in conjunction with Short Rests since they replenish your consumables although there are some drawbacks to it.
Short Rest Guide | What Should You Choose?

Unlock New Moves

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You'll learn more moves as you level up and progress through the story. Once you met the required level for a move, you can unlock them using gold. Performing move combos help enhance your damage. Mix and match them!

Best Moves for Each Character

Hit the Red Barrels

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Use the Red Barrels to your advantage. These barrels deal great damage to the monsters, so make sure to lure them near.

Know When to Use Short Rest

Dark Alliance Combat Tips and Tricks - Know When to Use Short Rest
Only take Short Rests when necessary, such as when you and your team are at dangerously low health and have no more useable. Remember, the more Short Rests you use, the less opportunities you'll have to gain high tier equipment.

Short Rest Guide

D&D: Dark Alliance Related Links

Beginner's Guide: Tips and Tricks

Combat Tips and Techniques Short Rest Guide
Challenge Rating Guide Attributes (Stats) Explanation
How to Increase Combat Power How to Parry
Combo Guide and Bonuses How to Get Attribute and Feat Points
Status Effects Explanation Condition Penetration and Resistance
How to Regain Stamina and Restore Max Stamina How to Use Empowered Strikes
How to Perform Executions How to Perform Team Attack
All Puzzle Locations and Solutions All Attribute Shrine Locations
Equipment and Items
How to Upgrade Equipment How to Get Better Loot and Equipment
Merchant Guide How to Farm Gold
Crystal Guide: How to Farm and Uses
Should You Do Optional Objectives? Is There Endgame Content?
Can You Respec Attribute Points? How to Unlock More Abilities
Character Level Cap How to Invite Friends
Mechanics and Game Controls
How to Save Your Progress Controls and Best Settings
How to Improve Lag
All Tablet Locations All Tome Locations
All Painting Locations All Relief Locations

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