Apocalypse Battle Royale Guide & Tier List
Last updated – March 19th 2019
AoC Apocalypse Guide. The Ashes Post is proud to present our battle royale guide and tier list created for the ashes of creation community! The tier list spreadsheet includes detailed data on the weapon/armour types present in this game mode, while the battle royale guide will provide a fair amount of knowledge to players new to the genre. The contents of this guide will be constantly updated as Intrepid Studios makes changes to the game.
Special thanks: Awace#3904, Zii#2633, Shadower#8050, Xitenic#0666, Ketso#1001 for data collection.
You can find a direct link to the below spreadsheet here: https://goo.gl/GMsMtt
Battle Royale Map
Besides the general keybinds such as movement, there are a few specific keybinds that you need to know when playing:
- RMB + LMB – Gap closer: While holding your right mouse button, pressing left mouse button will trigger your gap closer skill. Melee only.
- Q – Weapon Ability: Pressing Q will activate the special ability on your currently selected weapon.
- T – Drop Current Item: Pressing T will drop your currently selected weapon/equipment.
- C – Chest Armour Ability: Pressing C will activate the special ability on the chest armour you have equipped.
- V – Leg Armour Ability: Pressing V will activate the special ability on the leg armour you have equipped.
- X – Dodge: Pressing X will let you dodge in the direction you are moving in.
- F1 – Repair Armour: Holding down this key lets you repair your armour at the cost of mana.
Battle Royale Match Flow
At the beginning of every match, you will be placed in a training island while you wait for other players. Once all players are done loading, the divine gateway will sucks you in, signalling the start of the game. You’ll find yourself stuck drifting within a rift. For those of you familiar with other battle royale games, this rift carries all the players at the start of the match and moves from one end of the map to the other (Similar to Fortnite’s battle bus or PUBG’s aircraft). Once you are ready, press spacebar to leave the rift and mount your griffon. While on your griffon, you can press E to dismount, however doing so from a high altitude will result in you taking fall damage. If you fail to manually leave the rift before it reaches the end of the map, it will automatically force you onto your griffon. Once on your griffon, navigate through the clouds to land at the location of your choice.
Once the rift reaches the end of the map, the first corruption storm circle appears on your map. Once you’ve landed, your first priority is to acquire equipment (Weapons/Armour). This is something that you will get better at with experience as learning equipment spawn locations is incredibly helpful in deciding which location you would like to land in while within the rift. If you land near an enemy player, prioritise obtaining a weapon first as this will give you the upper hand to shut them down quickly, giving you some breathing room to recover health/armour.
Loot chests will have a humming/shimmering audio queue when you are close to one, so if you hear them, look around to get some sweet loot. When gearing up, look for equipment with a higher rarity to improve your damage output and survival. There are 3 rarities within the game as follows:
- Uncommon: The lowest rarity of equipment. Weapons of this rarity deal the base amount of damage. 20 Armour per piece (Difference in damage is minimal)
- Rare: The medium rarity of equipment. Weapons of this rarity deal more than the base damage. 35 Armour per piece (1-3 increased damage than Uncommon)
- Legendary: The highest rarity of equipment. Weapons of this rarity deal the most amount of damage. 50 Armour per piece (1-3 increased damage than Rare)
There are four types of potions: Health, Mana, Mount and Fort Schematic Potions.
- Health Potion: Take 5 seconds to consume and restores 25/100 health depending on the rarity of the potion. Capped at 100 health.
- Mana Potion: Consumed instantly once you pick them up. Mana is used in firing magic/arrows to repairing armour durability. Capped at 1000 mana.
- Mount Potion: Can be acquired by walking up to a horse and pressing E. After a short animation, the horse will turn into a potion that you can pick up. (Removed)
- Fort Schematic Potion: Used to place down a fort in a clearing. Cannot be placed on most surfaces. There are 3 different fort types. (Removed)
After a few minutes, the corruption storm will begin closing in on the first circle. If you are within the corruption storm, you will take damage over time. The damage caused by the storm scales depending on how far the match has progressed, with the final circle’s corruption storm dealing large amounts of damage.
Once the corruption storm meets the first circle, a second circle will appear and you will once again have some time to move to the next circle. The circles get progressively smaller and faster as the match drags on. Your objective is to keep moving in order to stay within the boundaries of the circle before the corruption storm closes in.
Nearing the end, the area of the circle will be incredibly small and there will only be a handful of players left. If you’ve made it this far, you’re inches away from victory. The last man standing wins.
Tips and Tricks
The two prominent ways of winning involve aggressively pushing towards the middle of each circle or surviving around the circle’s border without engaging in fights. As with all battle royale style games, landing farther away from the pink vortex at the start will result in you encountering fewer players and better chances at loot.
A well balanced loadout places you ahead of the competition (Refer to tier spreadsheet). Ensure that you have both melee and ranged weapons so you can engage enemy players at any distance. An optimal loadout consists of two melee weapons consisting of one of the two spears (‘Spiritpierce’ or ‘Lifebringer’ considered tier 1) and two ranged weapons of your choice (‘Wand of Light’ + Bow/Crossbow).
Headshot hitboxes exist in this game mode, landing a headshot results in double the damage of a body shot (2x damage multiplier). Currently only ranged weapons such as bows, crossbows and wands are able to land headshots, hence carrying one of these is incredibly important. Keep a lookout for players standing still in order to heal or repair armour, stationary targets make for easy kills as long as you land a hit to the head.
Utilise the over-the-shoulder camera to its full potential. You can position the camera to view your surroundings while keeping yourself hidden. This is incredibly useful for scouting and getting an overview of any fights that are taking place. Keep an eye on your hit indicator as it highlights the direction of incoming damage. This lets you react swiftly and helps even out the element of surprise that an attacker has.
When playing as a squad, it’s a good idea to co-ordinate where you land (Example D4, G6, F8, etc). When you spot enemies, call out their direction by looking at your overhead compass. Make sure not to land too close to each other as you do not want to fight over loot.
There are a variety of destructible environments that can be destroyed using weapons and skills. Use this to your advantage to block paths or cover your escape. You can break doors from a distance using your ranged weapons to check if there are players inside. This is a useful tactic to ensure you do not open a door and get jumped. While doors can be easily broken using your weapons, if you’re taking on a stealthier approach, close doors behind you after you enter a building. This helps cover your tracks from enemy players.
When you successfully enter the area within a circle, do not make the mistake of assuming every other player is also there. Players will be coming from within the corruption storm and can still attack you from behind. Keep a watchful eye for players using ‘Breastplate of Dark Pact’ as the active ability on it grants the player 50% damage reduction from the corruption storm for a few seconds. This lets them skirt around the edges and attack unsuspecting players while within the corruption storm.
In most scenarios, you will not be able to run uphill as you will simply slide off. Hence holding high ground gives you a significant advantage over enemies at the base of the hill. However, using the ‘Catfall Boots’ lets you jump over slopes to reduces this disadvantage. They also make your footsteps silent and make for a good gap closer.
Besides it’s intended use of highlighting players through obstacles, the ‘Crossbow of Revealing’ also highlights players in stealth that are using the ‘Invisibility Aegis’ chest armour. It is also one of the best medium-long range weapons in the game. The ‘Wand of Light’ active ability can be used to mark players, this could potential turn the tide of the engagement as other players will be attracted towards the pillar of light in hopes of eliminating the competition.
The ‘Firefrost’ (Potion launcher) is currently not as viable as other weapons. This weapon’s usefulness increases in enclosed areas, where the AOE from the fire potions shines as it can be utilised to corner enemies within buildings or destroy multiple structures simultaneously.
The ‘Mount potion’ that summons a horse is not very reliable as it makes you an easy target as players can see you riding your horse from miles away. However it does make for great situational use when you know you are safe and simply need to outrun the corruption storm. General mobility-based equipment such as the ‘Blink boots’ are more reliable than mount potions.
Questing and More
The Battle Royale mode features an ‘Adventure Path‘ similar to Fortnite’s Battle Pass which lets you complete quests and unlock cosmetic rewards such as weapon skins, appearances, outfits, emotes and more. These quests are of two types, the first being daily quests which can be completed in a short amount of time and the second being weekly quests which are related to the lore of Verra (Ashes of Creation’s world). There are two types of paths, the first is your standard Adventure path which lets you progress through 20 rewards, while the second is a ‘Legendary Path’ which can be purchased for 10$ to unlock an additional 50 progression rewards with even more cosmetics to unlock. Furthermore, all the rewards that you unlock will be carried over to the MMORPG at launch for you to use.