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Evolve Guide: Be the best monster

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There is a lot of pressure when it comes to being the monster in Evolve. Beyond the high stress gameplay from being on your own, the entire enjoyment factor of the game can rest on your shoulders – if you’re a lousy monster, the hunters will kill you far too easily and the whole experience falls to pieces. So, here are some tips and tricks to help you be the best monster.

Environment

Evolve nomad

Map awareness is key in Evolve. You need to know where you are and where you’re going. Beyond that, here are some things to help you use your surroundings to your advantage.

  • Smell, and smell often. Your smell ability is key to finding food, but also to know where the hunters and aggressive animal life are.
  • Remember that hunters will often follow your tracks so feel free to run past some particularly aggressive animals, leading the hunters into attacks that will hurt them and slow them down.
  • Most toxic flora can’t hurt you. There are all kinds of plants on Shear that can cause damage to hunters – feel free to run through these areas to further hurt and slow the hunters.
  • Hunters can’t follow your tracks in water. Be sure to use your sneak ability in combination with water to throw them off your tail.
  • Some maps have a lot of verticality and not all hunters remember to look up. When evolving, sometimes the best place to hide is high up.

Goliath

Evolve goliath

Goliath is a real bruiser, designed to get up close and personal with the hunters. While the tutorial may teach you particular uses for his four abilities, here are alternative ideas that might help you obliterate the hunters even faster.

  • Abilities are excellent against hunters, but don’t be afraid of using them while hunting for food, too. Fire breath is a particularly excellent way to take out a small heard of prey quickly and easily.
  • Been tracked down by the hunters before you’re evolved/ready? Don’t be shy! Use your Leap Smash ability aimed far away followed by Charge to cover a lot of ground quickly and escape before the hunters can put up the dome and trap you.
  • While Rock Throw can be great from a distance, don’t be afraid to use it up close and personal in combat. When melee attacks just aren’t whittling down a hunter’s health fast enough, feel free to Rock Throw or Leap Smash from right on top of them – maximum damage and no need to really aim.
  • Similarly, Charge can be used in the middle of combat to help push a hunter further away from the pack. This is particularly useful when you’re trying to pick off the medic or support (something that should always be your top priority).

Kraken

Evolve Kraken

More of a wizard-style monster, the Kraken deals damage from afar. With less health and shield than Goliath, Kraken needs to keep that distance.

  • You don’t leave tracks from the air. This can be used to lure hunters to a dangerous place on the ground as you fly free up above.
  • Don’t be shy with the Banshee Mines. They are excellent for ambushes – if you know the hunters are closing in on you, plant them behind you to hurt and slow them down. I particularly like leaving them at the hunter spawn point – nothing hurts them more than killing one of them off before they can even start the chase.
  • Vortex pushes players back, something particularly useful if they’re about to revive a fallen player. This is an excellent tool to use in Rescue missions if they are about to revive a survivor before you can reach them to bring down death from the skies.
  • Suddenly surrounded? Blow your Aftershock followed by a Lightning Strike to scatter the hunters and make them easier to pick off. Throw in a Vortex and they will really struggle to help each other out.

Wraith

Evolve Wraith

Wraith follows the assassin/rogue archetype and is without a doubt my favorite monster to play as. She has the least health and shield, but that in no way makes her the weakest.

  • Warp Blast is an excellent way of dive bombing and exploding hunters when they’re clumped together. However, instead of immediately blasting away, go Supernova and rail on the medic until you start taking damage; then use your decoy ability to move away while your decoy continues to make use of the Supernova buff.
  • Decoy can also be useful for repositioning for the perfect abduction. Let the hunters attack the decoy as you find a great hiding spot from which to grab a weakened hunter; just remember to go Supernova to maximize your damage.
  • Stay in sneak as much as possible with Wraith; she doesn’t slow down as much as the other monsters in this mode, making it a great way to traverse the map without the hunters finding and catching up to you.
  • During Defend, be sure to use the Warp Blast to take out turrets followed by Decoy so that they don’t take you out instead.
  • Don’t be impatient playing as Wraith. Deal as much damage as possible but use decoy to disappear so that you can feed and rebuild your shield when necessary. It’s not about frontal assault with Wraith.

Last Updated: February 10, 2015

27 Comments

  1. Kromas Votes LAG WCMovie Event

    February 10, 2015 at 15:31

    I can’t seem to get anything done right … just yet.

    Game is hella fun though.

    Reply

  2. RinceThis

    February 10, 2015 at 15:39

    Sounds like to much fun!

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      February 10, 2015 at 15:42

      *too
      In before @Admiral_Chief:disqus or @ToshZA:disqus

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        February 10, 2015 at 15:45

        Bwhahahaha

        Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    February 10, 2015 at 15:42

    Haven’t bought this. Yet…… Very hesitant.

    Reply

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      February 10, 2015 at 15:44

      Typical, waiting for a Steam sale. πŸ˜€

      Reply

    • Blood Emperor Trevor

      February 10, 2015 at 15:44

      Typical, waiting for a Steam sale. πŸ˜€

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        February 10, 2015 at 15:44

        LOL!

        Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        February 10, 2015 at 15:44

        LOL!

        Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        February 10, 2015 at 15:45

        Pffff Hammer has fallen in the FAWR trap

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          February 10, 2015 at 15:47

          As in, This game might not be FAWR me?

          Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          February 10, 2015 at 15:47

          As in, This game might not be FAWR me?

          Reply

    • Sageville

      February 10, 2015 at 15:56

      The day one patch took an hour or two to download should be done by the time I get home…. and no you won’t like it.

      Reply

  4. Raptor Rants A Lot:Original #7

    February 10, 2015 at 15:50

    meh

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      February 10, 2015 at 15:53

      meh
      m = 13
      e = 5
      h = 8

      8-5+3+1 = 7

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief

        February 11, 2015 at 08:28

        The math, is sound!

        Reply

  5. Lardus-Resident Perve

    February 10, 2015 at 15:57

    Hmmmm…at this point I would only play it as a monster…if I had it of course…

    Reply

  6. BurnZ

    February 10, 2015 at 16:50

    Picked my copy up earlier today. Needed to start the patch (3gb takes a while on my line), but im super keen to jam some tonight!

    Reply

  7. Kromas Votes LAG WCMovie Event

    February 10, 2015 at 17:30

    Any up for a friday event btw? Would love to hunt me some monster trophies. πŸ˜›

    Reply

  8. Guild

    February 11, 2015 at 09:38

    After last night’s little session I’ve learnt 2 things. 1. Don’t invite a friend who has been playing all day and is rank 13 when you’ve just started and 2. The wraith is just ridiculously overpowered bastard

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    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      February 11, 2015 at 09:49

      I’m also inclined to find the Wrsith overpowered. That supernova attack is just fucking brutal.

      Reply

      • Guild

        February 11, 2015 at 09:53

        We ended up playing against Tash as the wraith again but we managed to surprise him twice very early on. Almost killed him before his internet disconnected. Nice thing is the game continued with an AI monster who immediately fled, evolved to Stage 3 then came back and trashed us. We didn’t realize he had gone until he sent a message.

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        • Her Highness the Hipster

          February 11, 2015 at 09:56

          glad to hear i’m not the only one with bizarre internet issues πŸ˜›
          also, need tier 2 or 3 tracker to catch the wraith while she’s still weak enough to kill easily. Daisy just doesn’t cut it πŸ˜›

          Reply

          • Guild

            February 11, 2015 at 10:05

            Ya, Daisy was a bit useless last night. A few times she was running in circles not knowing which way to go

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