Defiance Weapon Leveling Guide

Weapons in defiance are unique as they have their own leveling bar. How do you level a weapon in Defiance? By using it :) . Each weapon has a skill bar in its icon and it fills up as you do damage with that weapon to enemy that give you experience. So if you get experience points after you kill a mob (they show as orange numbers on your screen) you are sure to level your weapon.

Defiance Weapon Leveling Guide

Once the bar on your weapon fills out you get an extra bonus on your weapon and 4 ego points. The downside is that you cannot get any more weapon skill from that weapon so you have to get a new one. The best thing is to salvage or sell the maxed out weapon a get replacement.

A question that I often get is how to level my weapon skill fast in Defiance? One of the fastest ways to boost your weapon skill is in Co-op missions which are the Defiance version of instanced group quests. there are a lot of mobs to kill and with the help of three other team mates they go down fast and you get experience quick. Here you must deal the killing blow to get the weapon experience so don’t stop shooting.

The level of experience you get from killing mobs is based on the amount of experience you get and the amount of damage that you deal. In  situations where you are in a group you have to get the killing blow to get any experience. This applies to Co-ops, PVP and Arkfalls. A good tip in Arkfalls is to concentrate your fire on all enemy mobs even the small ones (except the skitterlings…don’t kill them as they weaken crystals).

Defaince Weapon Skill Leveling Guide

Each level you gain for a specific weapon you gain a bonus stat. like faster reload, plus crit, plus melee damage and less recoil. The maximum weapon skill for each type of weapon in Defiance is 20. So to level all your different weapon types you will need to kill a lot of mobs. The BMG’s or Bio-Magnetic Guns are exceptions as you level them by healing other players. A great place for leveling BMG’s is major Arkfalls as there are usually lots of wounded players. The BMG will chain heal up to 7 players.

Leveling certain types of weapon to level 5 or 10 is also a requirement for many Combat Pursuits so be sure to check them out in the Goals menu.

Defaince Weapon Skill Pursuit GuideNow go out and kill some mobs and max all your weapons!!!

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Defiance Setup and Tutorial Guide

The tutorial in Defiance will explain the main game mechanics and introduce you to your Ego powers and make you chose one. For leveling the best one to choose is decoy as it will provide you with a failsafe in sticky situations. Cloak is also good especially in PVP. You will also get a feeling of how the weapon system works and how you should move (jump, roll, sprint).

To access to the character menu hit ESC. On the top left side you have these icons

On the right side you have numbers which represent your loadouts where you can choose different weapons, perks and Ego Powers for different situations, pvp, co-ops.

If you hit and hold the SPACEBAR you will see another menu. Click on the icon to enter the various menus.

The quickest way to leave the game is to hit F6 and then choose to LOG OUT or to EXIT GAME.

To do this optimally you might want to use the setup menu and hotkey the main controls. In this video by Grimwyrd you will see how to setup your controls and guide you trough the tutorial.

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Defiance Character Creation Guide

Before creating a character in Defiance check out this character creation guide video made by Grimwyrd (like and subscribe!) that explains the all the things you have to know and could miss.

There are some character options that are kind of hidden and you could totally miss and also there is the question of which starting class should you pick.

The origin choice is a cosmetic one and does not have an impact on how you will play the game. It only gives you a different starting outfit and secondary weapon. You can choose from a Veteran, Survivalist, Outlaw and Machinist.

After making your character you are ready to start playing and killing some bugs!

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Defiance Leveling Guide For New Players

If you are a beginner and just got Defiance there are a few tips and tricks that you should know to have a more smooth leveling experience.

1.The first thing you do is to create your character. Then you will choose which origin to play. This is not a class like in other MMO’s. By choosing different origins you will just chose your outfit and starting weapon. Regardless of your choice you can use any weapon and playstyle. So it is mostly a cosmetic choice as are Gender/Race and Archetype choices.

Defaince Caharacter Creation Guide

2. Learn your controls. Here are the PC ones:

W – Up
A – Left
S – Down
D – Right
F – Melee
G – Grenade
K – EGO Grid
L – Loadouts
LShift – Sprint or engages the afterburners while in a vehicle.
C – Crouch
V – Vehicle
Spacebar – Jump (or context menu within another menu).
Alt – Roll
U – Quick chat
Y – Quick menu
M and F3 – Map
1 – Special/EGO
2 – Weapon 1
3 – Weapon 2
Q – Cycle weapons
E – Action
R – Reload

Mouse Left – Shoot
Mouse Scroll – Cycle weapons
Mouse Right – Aim/Zoom
Esc – Menu

Learn to use them especially the roll, jump and sprint ones. Roll can get you out of trouble and diffuse some damage effects like fire and biological. When you have to get out of a situation fast use sprint and jump. It might save your life!

3. You will have to choose your starting Ego Power. You can choose between

For leveling I would recommend you chose Decoy; it is a kind of a tanky power that all the enemies engage leaving you to kill them or run away. A life saver in many situations! You can later chose any other Power as soon as you unlock it.

4. You must equip things to use them in Defiance. This also applies for Ego Power and Perks. You do this in the character menu (press ESC) and clicking on the icons. Perks can be found in the Ego menu and you have to equip them to work. Each perk has 3 levels that you can upgrade. You get a new perk slot at ego level 20, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000.

Defaince Loadouts

5. In you character screen you have loadouts. Use them to have different weapons, power ego and perks for different situations. To switch between loadouts just press L or ESC and select the one you want. You can also rename your loadoauts like Healer, PVP, Crit build….

6. After trying a few weapons choose the one that complements your playstyle and stick to it. This will raise your weapon types skill adding bonuses at each level. Each weapon type has 20 levels.

7. There are fast travel waypoints that you can use once discovered. Just hover with your mouse over a waypoint and when the travel button appears, click enter. They are a quick and free means of getting fast around the map so be sure to use them. Also if you have to travel ro a certain point, like an Arkfall, you can right click with your mouse to see the path to that destination.

Defaince Waypoints Guide

8. You have a limited inventory so anything that you don’t need sell or salvage. I’d suggest you salvage all the extra gear as this rewards you with Ark Resources which are used to buy keys that open Lockboxes. Lockboxes give you nice gear and can be bought at lockbox vendors spread around the map. To slavage an item ESC>Salvage Matrix Icon>Enter>Click on the item you want to aslvage>3xEntere>Click Yes and you are done.

For more tips and tricks be sure to also check the Defiance Video Leveling Guides with more in-depth discussions on all these topics.

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Defiance Pre-Purchase Guide

Before diving into the Trion’s newest MMO Defiance there are a few things that you should do.

First you have to decide on which platform you want to play Defiance as it comes on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.It has no monthly subscription fee and get regular updates and new missions as the Defiance tc series progresses.

Defiance pre-purchase guide

There are different editions of the game.

For PC you have the Defiance Standard Edition, Defiance Digital Deluxe Edition, Defiance Collector’s Edition and the Defiance Digital Season Pass.

I don’t think you will have problems running this game on you PC but just in case check out the minimum system requirements:

•Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
•At least 2 GB System RAM
•Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz CPU or better
•512MB video card (NVIDIA GeForce 8600 class or better)
•ATI Radeon HD 2900
•Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics
•DirectX 9.0c
•DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card
•Broadband internet connection or better
•At least 15 GB free hard drive space

For PS3 you can choose from the Defiance Standard Edition, Defiance Digital Deluxe Edition and the Defiance Collector’s Edition.

For Xbox 360 you have the Defiance Standard Edition, Defiance Digital Deluxe Edition and the Defiance Collector’s Edition.

Defiance is an MMO that has been clearly made for consoles and the menus and commands are very much optimized for game-pads. PC gamers may at the beginning be a little confused, but you soon get the hang of it.

The next thing you will want to do is to register an account with Trion. You can do this here. If you played Rift and already have an account with Trion Worlds you can use your old one or make a new one just for Defiance.

The reason you will want to do that is that Trion has release a bunch of Arkfall codes that you will give you ice boosts on stats, inventory and even a vehicle. You will need to insert 120 codes into your Ark Hunter Account to get all the free perks. This may be a bit tedious but believe me it is worth it!

Defiance Ego Leveling Guide

Here are the codes:

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JBS7QX TU3RJF 7BRHNJ MEBTWK F3LZLK TA6NCJ PTZ4QR N4S9EK 5X4WJ4 UT7DE0
6VWFCI 81HABS HUBAZV GEPKRJ Q4DUBL NC9VYK TTDGX4 9C9N87 ZZKJ2G T76SN6
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You will use them here. Just copy/paste them into the bracket (if it won’t accept some codes try deleting the last letter/number and then retyping it).

There is also a bonus code that will give you+1 Runner skill. To get it go here and paste this code 6YH6-N26K-W2N6-PKTM-R99J.

Now you are ready to play this fantastic game. Be sure to check out the Beginer’s guide for your first steps in the role of a Ark Hunter. For a more in-depth guide you can also try this guide.

See you in-game!