The caves of Hoxxes IV are full of riches and resources worth exploiting, truly a dwarf’s dream. However, some like to call it the most dangerous planet in the galaxy and they are probably not exaggerating. Follow these tips and you will get a head start in your space mining career in Deep Rock Galactic when it lands on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC as an Xbox Play Anywhere title on Wednesday, May 13.
Conquer the Darkness
First thing you will notice is how dark it is down there. Luckily every dwarf comes equipped with an endless supply of rechargeable flares. Additionally, the Scout class has a Flare Launcher to reach every corner of the caves. Don’t allow the darkness to surround you, one misstep and you can find yourself at the bottom of a deep pit begging for a fellow dwarf to revive you.
Make Yourself Comfortable
You can destroy all terrain around you, use it to your advantage. Do you have to defend a Salvage objective from a group of Glypid Praetorians? The Driller could remove all obstacles around while the Engineer creates a bridge of platforms to give more space to the team. The Gunner could build a Zip-line as a plan B and some more platforms could block one of the tunnels so no enemies can surprise you from the back. Every mission is a different challenge, use all the tools and weapons at your disposal to improvise and be creative.
Never (Completely) Lost
The cave systems in Deep Rock Galactic are big, complicated, and always different. It’s normal to feel disoriented sometimes. Just remember that you can check out your Terrain Scanner to get a better idea of where you and your teammates are. The Laser Pointer is another handy tool to bring anything you want to your teammates’ attention. Also, while you are holding the Laser Pointer, you can see outlines around your teammates and some other key items in the level, give it a try.
Know Your Enemies
The creatures of Hoxxes IV come in a variety of shapes and colors. Learn their weakspots and armored areas to land as many good shots as possible. Pay close attention to their movement speed and special attacks. When a wave hits, prioritizing targets is key and knowing that you have to take off the Glyphid Exploders before everything else can make the difference between a successful mission and spending the night at the Medibay.
Upgrade Your Gear
What can you do with all the precious minerals collected? Many types of Mods can be acquired to improve your weapons and gear. Experiment with different loadouts! Maybe it makes sense for you to sacrifice some of your Flamethrower’s direct damage in favour of sticky flames that will create a wall of fire every time that you shoot the floor. Discuss these options with the rest of your team: since the Scout is bringing his IFG electric field, you can create a killer combo by equipping Conductive Bullets mod to deal more damage to electrocuted targets. Which leads us to…
This is a Team Operation
Cooperation is the heart of the game and, by far, your most valuable asset. Each class shines at solving different kinds of problems. Communicate with your team, combine your tools, and come up with plans together. No matter what happens down in the caves, you will always have each other’s back.
Do you still want to mine on your own? Don’t worry, solo missions are still possible and you will have the faithful drone Bosco to fight by your side.
R and R at the Bar
A miner’s life is not easy. In between missions, don’t forget to relax with your teammates by the bar. Have a beer, show off your dance skills, and kick a few barrels. Minerals sure are shiny, but nothing is as precious as the dwarves we get to meet along the way. Raise your pickaxes together and shout with your comrades to the next incursion into the most dangerous planet in the galaxy.
Good luck, miners. And rock and stone!
Deep Rock Galactic
Coffee Stain Publishing