So, you’ve gotten into Defiance and you’re going about your business
when you notice these odd red circles on the map and wonder what they
could be. Never fear, Ten Ton Hammer is here! We’ve got everything you
need to know about arkfall, including why you should go out of your way
to participate in them.
In short, you’re playing a greedy ark hunter who’s in search of his
next payday. Arkfall tends to provide great farming for resources, and
some even provide gear after you’ve cleared them. One of the best
resources you can earn will be the key codes used to purchase lockboxes
at the vendor for a chance at nicer gear.
Arkfall comes in different levels.
Large ones like this will require dozens of players working together,
but the rewards are enough to draw them.
The mobs are a lot tougher, so they’ll often take more people to kill.
With that extra difficulty come better drops, however. If you read our New
you know that the loot system promotes assisting
other players with killing mobs, and this is a prime opportunity to
take advantage of that. It’s important to damage as many things as you
can, so that when they die you have more opportunities for loot.
Preparing to Ark Hunt
Preparation is pretty straight forward, but there are a few things you
need to know. First, equip the best shields you can find. You might PvP
or PvE with shields that have a lower capacity in exchange for lower
recharge delay and higher recharge rate, but you want the opposite in
arkfalls. In the difficult fights, mobs hit harder per shot, but often
get taunted off by other players, or are fairly easy to kite. Heavier
shields with poorer recharge allow you to take that shot and keep
Some falls are smaller and don’t take
long to clear, but larger falls will be made up of several of these
Weapons. You want lots of them. And by lots, I mean a metric crap ton.
You want as many weapons that use as many types of ammunition as
possible, because arkfall fights tend to get drawn out and running out
of ammo is fairly common. Early on, before I picked up more weapons, I
spent the last part of several of my arkfalls throwing grenades because
that was all I had left. Even now, ammo can still be a problem, so
weapons tight, folks!
Maybe one of the most important keys to success with arkfall is
grouping. If you can, find a few fellow ark hunters to travel with, and
then spend a few moments comparing notes on EGO perks you may have
unlocked. There are several perks that give bonuses to loot and ammo
drops, and it’s handy if someone in the group has them equipped.
Remember, you won’t be engaging in melee very much, so switch to perks
that help with ranged combat.
Sounding the Hunt
Arkfall usually starts off with a darkening sky and flaming debris
falling through the clouds. If you’re close to the fall, you’ll notice
burning embers floating in the air around you and a distinctive shadow
across the landscape. Check the map, pick your fall, and start heading
Nearly any arkfall will require multiple people, but since falls are a
great way to get loot, you’ll typically have more than enough people
around to help you. As you close on a fall, you’ll want to make sure
you have some backup before engaging. Larger arkfalls will have
multiple small falls inside of them at the beginning. A good way to
approach them is to go for the fall closest to a main road, because
that’s where you’re most likely to find other players already working
to clear them.