Game tactic and where to use them


I love watching Hunter Patrols march past and wait until they are out of earshot before continuing my merry way…


Pretty much perfectly. I had a Runner step on me by accident once (I was well hidden).

Patience, reconnaisasance, good fire positions, don’t get sky-lined, use the terrain, use the map to plan your route, break your journey into “bounds”, place a marker at the end of each bound, don’t use roads, work out your emergency RVs before each bound (i.e. where you will run if you get bumped), cover from fire, cover from view, etc. etc…


@Bootie, you are speaking my language. If you are on PC we should play co-op. I am happy to hid in a bush-filled muddy gully for ten minutes while a patrol of hunters goes by, I find that level of tension just isn’t found in many video games.


Yes I am. I’d love to. I tried once with Bazl but his game kept crashing as he tried to come in.

I must admit sometimes I have to take a deep breath before stepping out of a safe-house and in the woods I can hear my own heart thumping. I suppose the zombie part of Half-Life (with the mad old priest) had the same effect, but not since then. The world is so realistic and you feel so alone at times, especially when you are in uncharted territory. I’m starting to run out of that now, but I haven’t been to the North-East yet. I’m hoping for more islands to open up. It’ll have to be a leaky rowing boat for those, won’t it? “Use” like bikes, and after ten minutes it sinks. Something like that.

The most epic journey was just after I finished the South Coast, I went north to Klinte to look for a weapon and after that to Normyra, and then East to the ruins to pick up the sniper rifle. That was hairy!


Enjoy it while you can.
I used to play like that, and had a blast. Eventually though familiarity bred contempt, and the machines lost much of their terror. And now that the challenge system further incentivizes kills where previously I might have gone around or outrun the machines, I find myself hunting them. Oh well.


A great tactic is using a good (surround) headset.
Listen and plan accordingly.

Stock up on plenty of flares too, since their duration is very short.

Smoke grenades also work to stealthily make your way in or out.
Just don’t be spotted, machines tend to see through smoke once they have aquired you.


I never bother to carry smoke grenades. I assumed that the machines would spot that a grenade had been thrown and since they seem to be quite useless I’ve never bothered. Tell me more…


Run around tanks in an open field, if you use this tactic they are easy to take down.


BTW Xezr sorry about making a new thread, I had no idea that this one existed. :slight_smile:


Generally, I like to stay crouched when close to enemies or inside houses. Flashlight off if it can be. I like to draw enemies to houses, and fight them from there. Sometimes I try to place gas tanks or other explosives outside the house which I can shoot at later on. I’ll turn off all the lights and attack from 2nd floor balconies or windows if I can. Also, if possible, I will hop onto the roof and use it as cover when attacking.

I’m somewhat new to this game, so interested to hear other tactics as well!


A good tip for fighting tanks and/or harvesters is to try and lure them into an open field, then duck behind a shed or something, and try to shoot their guns off. This deals a load of damage to them and renders them non-lethal from a range. Tanks can still use their charge attack on you, and harvesters can still use their airblast attack. Even with these short ranged attacks, they’re pretty harmless as long as you’re far enough away. And if these larger machines come with an escort, always pick off the smallest robots first (excluding ticks, as you can just run from them and they don’t spawn naturally in fields), such as seekers, runners, or hunters, so you can get complete focus on the tank or harvester. :slight_smile:


I’m just gonna link a YouTube video here which explains the weak spots on the tanks, so check out this guys channel because he does way more generation zero stuff!(

And no, this is not ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ by Rick Astley, so don’t worry.


Keep in mind though, if the Tank has a Mortar attachment it can hit you behind cover. It seems splash-damage based so try to keep some kind of solid wall between you and where it lands.


That’s right I forgot :smile:


My tip for urban area combat is remember slice the pie (aka slice corner). Making yourself less visible to multiple enemies.

Step away from the corner, back up couple step and start to move around the corner. You have more visibility but robots can see you only one at the time.

If you hug the corner and peek out and shoot, you are visible to all the robots. Slicing the corner limits your visibility to the enemy.


Or duck back behind the corner… and keep going… right around the building. The machine AI is pretty slow and you can usually empty a clip into a hunter’s back by flanking him while he’s focussed on the corner you WERE behind.


The same is true at a longer range for Tanks. You need a place where he can’t simply run up to you - behind a blockhouse with water between you and him is perfect. You back up from your cover and move fractionally until you can just see his eye and nothing else. From there it’s just patience and bullets, and eventually he will fall over. You can fire at his elbow and he’ll go down at last, but the eye takes less bullets…


This is tactic what i also heavily rely. And is very good to know in this game.


Sorry for a littlebit late reply.

I’d love to tell more, but the September update kinda broke the game for me and spoiled my fun, so I stopped playing for a while.

I would just say; for me, smoke grenades worked a good number of times, be creative with them. Use them “in between” you and the enemy. Or if they are stationary; on them, so the machines are covered in smoke.
It seems to give me more ways to sneak around while not getting detected right away.

Do not use them to smoke your own character when you are in a fight, trying to run away.
You have been seen and the machines then have locked on. Some can see through smoke it seems - FNIX ones especially.

If I ever get to play again - hopefully after the Oktober update, i’ll experiment more with them.


I originally thought that church bell towers would be a good place to snipe from but the rocket and gas attacks changed my mind. The best place I have found in the church is to open the front door and either stand to either side of the door or if they are firing rockets to stand on either stairs. In a house I will run up to a window quickly look around and drop back. If a runner sees you they will usually melee the window which also breaks the window. If a tick is outside and sees you at a broken window they can jump through the window. In a house if the back door which has a large single pane glass I can stand and look out window and none of the machines notice me, but you can’t shoot through that window. If I want the window broken I usually use a shotgun because it usually only takes one shot and I don’t know if there is any difference in damage when I use other weapons. Most of the time using other weapons I see a hole and a spider web in the glass which makes it harder to see outside anyway.