*STATS - If you want early melee success, buy some Dexterity! It increases your
chances of bypassing monster armor/parry.
*MENUS - in single player mode, entering any of the menus (C for Character, E
for equipment) will bring up the menu AND halt the event clock while in the
menu. If you need a respite from attack, this is a good method. You can even go
to the potions tab and drink a potion to heal.
*SHIELD - For melee combat, the shields are key! Hold your block and let a
monster hit your shield, then clock him with an attack.
*ATTACKS - There are three melee attack types.
A) Forward Combo: If you are moving forward (W) when you start a series of
attacks, you will initiate the forward combo. This combo is good for pressing a
single monster. The advanced strike at the end of this combo has a long range
and inflicts punishing damage!
B) Left/Right Combo: If you are moving left or right (A)or(D) when you start a
series of attacks, you will initiate the Left/Right combo. This combo is good
for fighting multiple opponents, as it uses wide swings and the advance strikes
at the end of the combo can hit multiple opponents.
Chop: If you are moving back (S) when you attack, you will do an overhead chop.
This is a quick, short range attack, with hit/damage bonuses (great for killing
*BOW - The bow is an excellent tool for softening up your opponents before
closing for an attack! (especially on incoming bats and slimes (allows you to
stay out of gas-breath range)
*DEMO SPELLS - We gave the demo characters a fairly wide range of spells of each
type and of various power levels (Any class can access these spells in the
demo). Feel free to bust out a Celestial Lightning Bolt or a Frost Nova. (if you
are harried by multiple opponents, try hitting E to go into your menu and
casting Poison Cloud from the Nether Menu, it casts instantly and has a
devestating effect on monsters). Freezing Shards also do wonders against
anything that attacks in packs!
*HOTKEYING SPELLS - the "F" key brings up your quick spell menu and equips your
last equipped spell. You can put spells/potions into this list by placing the
mouse cursor over them in the equipment menu and pressing a number key. Hitting
that number key in-game will then equip that spell, or will instantly cast/use
it if it is an instant-cast spell (like a heal potion, Blade of Baal, or my
favorite, Poison Cloud)
*EVASIVE MANEUVERS - Evasive maneuvers are active for all characters in the demo
and are great for any combat situation. You are also statistically more
difficult to strike while performing an evasive maneuver.
Double-Tap Foreward: Forward Roll
Double-Tap Left/Right: Side Roll
Left/Right + Space: Leap Sideways
Back + Jump: Backflip
When using magic or the bow, try firing the ranged attack and then
double-tapping left or right to roll (or back and SPACE to backflip). The
casting will occur, even as you dive away from your enemies ranged attacks!
*BLADE OF BAAL: This Nether spell can turn a hairy encounter in your favor very
quickly, don't be shy to use it.
*MIX IT UP - In DL, all characters can mix-up magic and combat skills, some
higher classes even focus on such combinations. To give you a taste of this, we
were liberal with the magic available in the demo. If you are a fighter, don't
be afraid to Blade of Baal your weapon!
Hope that helps! There is ALOT of power in the DL combat system, and the demo
characters have an extra-liberal helping of it! Make sure to experiment with
different weapons/magic/evasive moves, and try combining all three!
INSPECT TRAPS will give you more ability to see the traps BEFORE you have to
DISARM TRAPS will slow down the speed that the bar moves across the icons.
Also, if you inspect is high enough to see the traps, you can make sure the
icons you have to hit are not right next to each other. If the combination you
got looks too tough, hit LEAVE and activate the chest again.
*CHARACTER CONTROL - Your movement is independant of your attacks! You can move
and attack, but this is not always wise. Standing still and waiting for a good
opportuninty to move forward and strike usually works well. Be aware - the
advance strikes at the end of each combo are powerful, but render you immobile
while you execute them. It takes practice to use these attacks effectively.
Oh, and when disarming a chest, you can click the INVENTORY button to go to your
inventory and get some lockpicks, which will be used up, but will boost your
skill during that disarm attempt.
You can earn an infinite amount of money the second you walk into Arindale. The
only catches are that you have to be playing an Elf character, male or female,
and you have to have at least 2000 Gold to start with. Walk into the Weapons
Shop, and talk to the shopkeeper. Click through the talk options until you find
the one that says "Treasures". Tell him you will pay him 2000 Gold for the
sword. Close the talk dialog box, and open it back up. A new option will appear,
right underneath Trade. Click this to recieve 500 Gold for returning the Elven
Sword of Flames. The option is still there! You can click on it as many times as
you want, to recieve 500 Gold each time you click. Voila! Infinite money! You
can repeat this whole trick as many times as you want, because there is no limit
to how long you can borrow the Elven Sword of Flames.
To execute a forward combo, press W to move forward when starting a series of
attacks. This is most effective when facing a single opponent. To execute a
left/right combo, press A or D to move left or right when you start a series of
attacks. This is effective against multiple opponents. To execute a chop combo,
press S to move back when starting a series of attacks.
Backflip: Away and Jump.
Leap Sideways: Press Left or Right and Space.
Forward Roll: Click Forward two times.
Side Roll: Click Left or Right two times.