How to fight Gravitar Sept 19, 2012 15:30:09 GMT -5
Post by joh on Sept 19, 2012 15:30:09 GMT -5
Gravitar has been with us since late June if I remember correctly, and to this day many people haven't learned how she "works" which in turn gets other people killed. I decided to make this guide to help people wanting to farm her attire, questionite or whatever. If you have been playing Gravitar and think you're pretty good, that there's nothing this guide can teach you, then at least glimpse through it and if I missed anything feel free to add it.
This guide is mostly aimed at newcomers or frustrated players that keep dying and they don't even know what hit them. First thing you should know is Gravitar is relentless. There are times when she wants you dead and you WILL die. Whether that's a bug or good programming is not for debate. Thing is you should leave your ego behind you. Your build might be the greatest build in the world, but you should still block or you will faceplant more often and ragequit.
I'm going to start off with something that keeps happening since they patched the alert so that you couldn't use the log off and back on trick to get out of the lockout zone. If you die, don't recover and don't log off. While you're dead you still get the questionite and resources if the battle is won, plus you might get a rez. If you land in lockout you don't get any reward, which leads to "rushers"
Rushers as I call them, are people that can't wait for their team to load and just rush off to fight Gravitar. That usually locks people out. Sometimes we experience long loading times either for local internet problems or the servers are kind of full, maybe even the distance matters, whatever the cause try to count how many people are with you before rushing to fight Gravitar.
One thing you can do while waiting for others to load is look around you. What do you have at your disposal, do you have healers? do you have tanks? Lacking on either area means you're going to be in trouble one way or another so you need to play smarter if you're without support. Maybe you can even turn Zone on JUST for the alert. Many of us turn zone off for many reasons, not getting into that here, but perhaps on a Rampage alert it is a tool worth using. Ask if people have the ability to revive fallen teammates, or offer your services as such. If you play these alerts often you'll start recognizing people and know who can do what and how reliable they are.
Another thing is, this isn't PvP, moving around like your pants are on fire won't help anyone. Pick an area you're comfortable with and try to stay there. Why would you need an area? simple, you sometimes need obstacles for cover while you heal.
The fountain is the go to place for snipers, not for the cover which is so small it barely works, but because you don't get pulled in when Gravitar uses her gravitational well. More about Gravitar's powers later. The downside of the fountain is that you can get stuck when trying to outrun her attacks. So if you can take it as much as you can deal it, then by all means pick the fountain. But if you don't have the HP necessary to battle her as a range tank, then I suggest the other zones, mostly the debris areas based on your max range attacks. Archery builds can use these without a problem since most of their attacks are at 100ft. But if you depend too much on your energy builder you might want to pick one of the small cover areas.
The "Good Cover Areas" like the one marked in the screen are meant for people who don't have a healing power. you just go hide there until your health replenishes then come back to the fight. If you join with half your lifebar chances are you're going to faceplant before you even shoot your power. That causes problems for the healers who now have to risk their neck to revive you, possibly for the second, third or fourth time in a row since you couldn't think of healing first smart man. I've seen that so often and the healer usually gets clobbered too, unnecessarily. Don't take it personally if they leave you for dead just 'cause you didn't play right. Learn from your mistakes and don't repeat them.
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When you see that glow near Gravitar's dead body, you know she dropped a costume piece for you. Be happy and grab it. This is the hardest screenshot to take ^^;