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Defiance Guide to Arkfall

Posted Tue, Apr 09, 2013 by Shayalyn

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.

Why Care?


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.

Defiance Arkfall Guide

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 Player Guide 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 moving.

Defiance Arkfall Guide

Some falls are smaller and don’t take long to clear, but larger falls will be made up of several of these small ones.



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 that way.

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.

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