Defiance New Player Guide - Page 2

Posted Tue, Apr 02, 2013 by ricoxg


Salvage gets its own section because there’s more to it. (We’ll go over it briefly here, but refer to our soon-to-be-posted crafting guide for a more detailed overview.)

It’s a pretty basic process, but not all items can be salvaged early on, so don’t get frustrated. To salvage, you open the Loadout screen and then select the Modifications tab at the top. Select the item you want to salvage and then choose to “Breakdown to Resources.” This gives you the Ark Resources you need to add modification slots to weapons.

Mod slots come in four flavors: Barrel, Magazine, Sight, and Stock. Mods are also restricted by the type of weapon they can be used on. The mistake I made during beta was not understanding that fact and keeping loads of mods that I’d never use rather than recycling them into Ark Resources. Also, realize that not every weapon can have mods, so that awesome green sniper rifle may not be as good as it first appears.

Read the tool-tip for each mod and make sure you want to hold on to it. Selling or salvaging mods will save you some inventory space and since you typically want to hold a few types of weapons in your inventory, space starts getting precious pretty quickly.


There are some interesting mechanics in Defiance that separate it from other games in the genre. Trion Worlds obviously sat down and put some thought into how to keep players having fun, while still upholding the feel of their story. Understanding some of those mechanics can make your life a lot easier… or at least prolong it a little.

  • Ammo Points – On the map they look a little like a greyish diamond with a slash down the middle. You have limited ammo, but these are inexhaustible points to reload from. Take advantage of them every time you see them.
  •  Revive and Be Revived – In Defiance, dying isn’t the end of the line. You have a period where you can drag yourself around and be healed by any friendly player. If you go down, try to drag yourself clear or to a high-traffic area like a road. Return the favor and revive other fallen players when you can. After all, the more folks playing in an area, the safer it is.
  • Drops – Anything you can see on the ground is yours. Drops are random for anyone who damaged a mob, so do a little to everything. It’s a good way to pick up extra ammo and gear, and because it’s a random chance for anyone who touched the mob, you’re helping, not stealing.
  • Stop, Drop and Roll – Use the ALT key to dodge incoming attacks or remove debuffs. Rolling around on the ground will put out fires and get rid of other adverse effects. Several attacks are slow enough to dodge as well, so remember where your ALT key is, and use it.
  • Intel Menu – One of the coolest features in Defiance is the Intel menu where you can find more information on areas and mobs. The best part is the Video section where you can find really good information on new mobs you’re encountering and what you need to know about them.
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Good intel is the foundation of any successful operation. Besides, it also makes life less frustrating.


Early in the game, you’ll get access to an ATV, which will make travel much faster. There’s a lot of travel early in the game, so it’s a good thing. Here are some tips for getting around in Defiance.

  • Fast Travel – When you need to get there fast, the Fast Travel option is accessed via the map. Double-click any blue icon to travel there.
  • Waypoints - Opening up the map, you can right-click anywhere you want to go and the game will not only waypoint it for you, but give you little blue icons to follow to get there along the shortest road.
  • Vehicles – Excuse me while I whip this out… sorry, couldn’t help it. Vehicles are equipped in the loadout screen, and summoned/spawned by hitting “V” on your keyboard. You can run over mobs and kill them, but it’s considered rude in Defiance because it prevents the mob from dropping anything when it dies.
  • Fall Damage – There is none, so parkour to your heart’s content. One of my favorite activities is seeing how far I can jump my little Growler ATV.
  • Ark Falls – Be on the lookout for Ark Fall events. They’re random and can happen anywhere. Bits of ships falling out of orbit and slamming into the ground, these events are a good way to find arktech, and it attracts mobs for the slaughter.

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No fall damage and cool physics makes for a pretty entertaining diversion from the normal MMO grind.

Support Innovation

Just take a look at the game or the show. I’m not here to advertise for Trion Worlds or anything, but I am a fan of folks who will push the envelope a little and try something new. The whole cross-media thing they’re trying here is something that could really change the direction of the industry going forward, and I think that’s something we should support. For me, the game has been fairly fun as well. It’s a hybrid sort of MMO, and Defiance really strives to be something different.

Unfortunately, that striving has made a rather complicated mess of the game mechanics for what’s should be a fairly straight-forward game. But don’t let that complexity get in the way. Stay tuned to Ten Ton Hammer as we continue to dissect the game and help it make sense to you. Until then, allow me to leave you with a powerful phrase of great wisdom as some consolation to your soul in this time of need: Allons-y!

Just wanted to say thank you for the tips. Until I read this I've literally been force closing the game lol. I signed up here just to post and say thanks for your guide. Cheers

You're welcome, mate. Glad it helped someone.

Hah - I had none of my ego boosts equipped! This guide is a huge help!!!

I just started playing this game and it is a blast!

Thanks so much!!

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