Working the Large Falls
Large arkfalls will require that you clear all the smaller ones inside
the larger circle first. Once they’ve all been cleared, there’ll be an
icon showing where the final large fall will take place. You’ll want to
head that way, but don’t be surprised if you don’t see anything when
you get there. The last fall typically gets marked well before it
actually occurs, so there’s time for everyone to get into position.
The hellbugs you run into during an
arkfall are hard to take down, but they’re worth the effort.
The fall will start off with several bits of debris falling in a circle
around the marked point. Then, you’ll see a main mob start to work its
way out of the ground at the center. This will be the main objective in
clearing the fall. There are a few different types of these mobs, but
they all have some specifically vulnerable points on them, and that
will be what you need to aim for in for the first part of the fight.
As you start to damage these vulnerable points, other elite hellbugs
will spawn around the area and start attacking. I usually try to get at
least a few shots at all the mobs that are in range so I increase the
chance of getting drops, but I focus on hellbugs in my quadrant and try
to team up with other players to take them down faster. Periodically
however, I’ll make a run around the whole area, collecting up loot
because these guys drop fairly well.
Slaying the Hellion
At some point in the fight, the hellion larva will emerge from the
hellion, and at that time you’ll want to focus as much fire on it as
possible. Killing the larva kills the hellion, and that’s how the fight
is ended. I’ve seen the hellion larva behave in a couple different
ways. In some arkfalls, it sits on top of the hellion and spits poison
at you, but I’ve also seen it leave the hellion and fly around. Either
way, focus on it and take it out every time it emerges.
When the hellion has taken enough
damage, a larva will appear above it or fly around. Focus as much fire
on it as possible when it does.
A good tactic to use when fighting these hellions is to use a good
solid ranged weapon. For example, you might like an assault rifle to
engage hellbugs at range and shoot at the hellion’s vulnerable areas,
and then you’d switch to something like a shotgun for helping other
players with hellbugs in your immediate area. Once you’ve destroyed
enough of the hellion’s vulnerable spots to get the larva out, switch
to another loadout with a heavier weapon like a rocket launcher or
sniper rifle and another type of weapon with an ammo type you’re not
using much of (I normally use my pistol) to take the larva down.
Autobots, Loot Up and Roll Out!
As you finish off the hellion, you’ll get several popups with whatever
items you were rewarded with and then a screen telling you what
additional resources you’ve earned by securing the arkfall. Take a
moment to do a final sweep around the area where the fight was in case
any other mobs died and left loot while you were fighting the larva.
Being late to the party doesn’t mean
you have to skip it. Join in for even the last part of the fight for
some quick loot.
Typically, by the time you’ve finished this sweep, there will be
another major fall in the area and all the other players will be
pulling vehicles to get to it. If you have time, go along with them for
another arkfall. It’s common to get in mid-way on your first one, but
then chaining them with all the other players is a great way to get
some nice gear and earn a little scrip.
Don’t be shocked if you find something other than bugs at your next
one, though. There are other types of fall that attracts all sorts of
baddies. Hellbugs seem to be the most common, but I’ve seen mutants and
raiders as well. As far as I know, all the major arkfalls are all bugs,
or at least that’s the most common by far.
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Well, no there isn't. I mean there is, but not for this article.
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to arkfall. Check out some of our other guides to
if you’re feeling a little lost. The game isn’t
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