While Doom 2016’s combat was incredible, Doom Eternal invites you to take what you’ve learned and amp it up to 11. With many new exciting additions being added to your doom slaying arsenal, we wanted to give you a few quick combat tips to help get you started on your journey through hell.
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1. Keep Moving!
Doom actively punishes players who choose to sit still in combat. Be the aggressor and avoid using cover unless you have absolutely no other option. Glory kills, chainsaw kills, blood punches, and other various ways can restore your health as your rip and tear.
2. Armor Up
The Doom Slayer’s Flame Belch causes enemies to drop armor and can ignite multiple enemies at once. For maximum armor drops, try to hit as many demons as you can in it’s short window and kill them before they stop burning.
3. Use Blood Punch Wisely
The Blood Punch is great for removing big armor pieces from your larger foes, so save it for that. It can even be used to hit the charging Pinkys head on.
4. Maximize Chainsaw Uses
Using the chainsaw will cause enemies to spew all sorts of ammo types, whether you need them or not. So it’s best to make the most of it by switching weapons often and saving the chainsaw for when you’ve exhausted your ammo on most (if not all) of them as opposed to burning fuel when you’re only out of shotgun ammo.
5. Monitor Your Chainsaw’s Recharge
If you’re out of chainsaw charges, you’ll naturally recharge one over time. Make sure you don’t pick up a gas can while you’re still recharging, or you’ll just get one charge instead of two.
6. Leave Areas With Full Ammo
If your chainsaw fuel is full and you see a container in an area you’re about to leave, try and use up a charge on a nearby zombie. That way you’re leaving the area with topped off ammo and a full chainsaw charge.
7. Farm Small Enemies For Health
Additionally, try to keep some ammo in your Heavy Cannon and Plasma Rifle specifically for getting quick glory kills on fodder type enemies for health. It only takes a few shots to get them glowing, so don’t be afraid to retreat and heal up.
8. Save Ice Grenades For Large Groups
The ice grenade can freeze up a group of enemies, making it a good pair with the Ballista’s Destroyer Blade’s secondary fire mod, which takes a long time to charge, but can wipe out entire groups of enemies at once.
9. Use Ballista on Flying Foes
The Ballista also deals extra damage to flying targets, making quick work of Cacodemons and Pain Elementals from afar.
10. Learn Enemy Weak Points
Knowing enemy weak points is vital to staying alive, and saving ammo. Don’t hesitate to check the codex for reminders of what weapon works best against which demons, and where their weak points are. To that end, the Heavy Cannon’s Precision Bolt mod is a must-have, allowing you to quickly and accurately take out those weak points in a single hit.
11. Save Super Weapons for Super Enemies
Save super weapons like the BFG 9000 for when you have to deal with Super Heavy type demons: the Archvile, Baron of Hell, Doom Hunter, and Tyrant are all great targets for your strongest weapons. On the flipside, Marauders take significantly less damage from super weapons.
12. Take Down Buff Totems Quickly
When you’re notified that there’s a buff totem nearby, ignore everything and make it your number one priority take it out. It not only makes enemies stronger, but also causes them to spawn infinitely. It’s usually hidden in the back of the combat area or up on a ledge somewhere. That said, Archvile’s create a similar-looking aura, so if you see glowing enemies without being notified of a totem, you’ll need to take down that Archvile first instead.
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Source: IGN.com Doom Eternal: 12 Essential Combat Tips To Get You Started