Five Phantasy Star Online 2 tips and tricks to help you in the early-game - Dexerto

Five Phantasy Star Online 2 tips and tricks to help you in the early-game

Published: 2/Jun/2020 15:13

by James Busby


Phantasy Star Online 2 may not be a new game by any means, but the recent PC release has seen swathes of battle-hardened veterans and fresh-faced recruits joining in the galactic hunt. If you’re new to the series or just want a quick refresher, then make sure you check out our beginner’s guide tips below.

Getting to grips with Phantasy Star Online 2’s numerous mechanics can be a little intimidating at first, especially since there is very little hand-holding outside of the occasional tutorial screen. While the main quest line and practice mode will help further your understanding of the game, it’s still all too easy to feel somewhat overwhelmed.

PSO2 may not be the most beginner-friendly game out there, but it’s certainly one of the most rewarding thanks to its incredibly stylish combat, deep class progression, and constant content updates that keep the game fresh. To help you get started on your planet-hopping adventure, we’ve put together a handy tips guide that you can follow below.

Accept Client Orders from Afin and Cofy

Afin and Cofy will help you learn the ropes.

After you’ve created your character and done the obligatory opening mission, you’ll be sent to PSO2’s main hub. It’s here, in the ARK’s Lobby where you’ll be able to accept quests from the various NPCs dotted around the ship. There are two main NPCs who are incredibly important for both progressing your chosen class and obtaining valuable insights into the game’s various mechanics.

Before you do anything else, make sure you speak to Afin and run through his Client Orders. These quests will teach you how to equip Photon Arts, switch between Weapon Palettes, change units, as well as provide details on how you can trigger special combat effects like PSE Bursts. It’s all rather simple stuff and completing these quests will net you a decent chunk of experience.

Cofy is another NPC who will also prove invaluable to your early-game and late-game progressional needs. Officer Cofy allows you to accept story missions, join urgent quests, go on expeditions, and look for other fellow ARKS to join out on the bustling battlefields. However, it’s Cofy’s Client Orders that you’ll want to pay special attention to.

Whenever Cofy has a tick next to her name, simply go up to her and exhaust all her dialogue. She’ll invariably want to discuss something important with you once you reach a certain level. For example, when you rank up to level five, Cofy will give you your MAG License, while reaching level 20 will reward you with a Subclass License.

Try out different classes

Try out different classes to shake things up.

One of the best things about PSO2 is the ability to effortlessly switch between classes. While most ARPGs and MMOs only allow you to build your character’s skills around one specific class, PSO2 gives players the option to use every archetype with just one character.

So, if you’re growing tired of the melee mashing hits of the Hunter and wish to trade your sword for the Braver’s bow, then simply head over to the Class Counter in the ARKS Lobby to switch things up.

Your previous class level will also be retained, so there really is no excuse not to try out all the different archetypes and their subclass combinations. Just be aware that some of your weapons, units, and current MAG will be incompatible with your new class. This may seem rather annoying at first, but you’ll naturally get access to lots of new loot once you begin levelling up.

Feed your MAG the right items

Feed your MAG the right items to increase your damage output.

You really are what you eat and that same saying applies to your MAG. In fact, it’s imperative that you feed your newfound robot companion the correct items if you wish to significantly increase your overall damage output. Fortunately, these little guys aren’t picky eaters and they’ll consume pretty much anything you throw at them.

When you open the feeding menu, you’ll be greeted with seven different support levels: melee, ranged, technique, dexterity, melee defence, ranged defence, and technique defence. In order to make the perfect MAG, try to always focus on raising the bar that corresponds to your class’s main attribute.

For example, Rangers will want to increase the MAG’s range support level by feeding their MAG rifles, while melee-focused builds will want to increase the melee support bar by feeding their MAG any striking weapons. Just make sure you don’t continually feed your MAG without lowering any unwanted attributes first.

Skills can be lowered by feeding your MAG the appropriate healing and consumable items. You can see how each weapon and item will impact your MAG’s level bar by simply hovering over it, so be sure to do this if you’re ever unsure of what effect a specific item will have.

Once your MAG reaches level 30, it will evolve and gain abilities based on the support level you ranked up. The extra damage you get from these support levels is nothing to scoff at, so make sure you feed your newfound companion to increase your combat effectiveness.

Hit monster weak points

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Aim for monster weak points and break body parts to increase your loot gains.

This may seem like a relatively simple tip, but you’d be surprised by the number of players who neglect this function in combat. Most enemies in PSO2 have body parts that can be broken and exposed, giving you even more opportunities to deal extra damage. Be sure to always target any horns, claws, tails, and glowing body parts as successful breaks will invariably cripple your enemy’s movements.

To make things even better, breaking monster parts also yields increased loot for you and your allies, so if you’re after a particularly rare drop, then make sure you hack away at as many monster parts as possible.

Don’t be afraid to sell loot

Inventory space can quickly fill up if you don’t sell some of your items.

PSO2 doesn’t shy away from giving players plenty of equipment – in fact, enemies are constantly spewing out weapons, units, discs, monster parts, and other materials. However, your inventory space can only hold 50 items at a time (unless you pay for more), making it rather difficult to decide which items to pick up and which to leave behind. As a rule of thumb, we suggest keeping a stash of low-level gear to feed to your MAG, while also picking up all rare drops and any discs you come across.

Of course, if you do wish to hoover up every piece of loot you find, then be sure to either sell it on the player market or make a quick buck by selling unwanted items via the Shopping Terminal. Lastly, head over to the options menu and turn on the Auto Pick Up functions as this will not only decrease the tedium of picking up loot, it will also help you complete those all-important Client Orders.

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Best perks to buy in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Published: 18/Nov/2020 16:48

by Andrew Highton


Die Maschine is the latest Zombies journey. Its usual hustle and bustle of human-hungry undead are complemented by an array of perks, weapons, and secrets. To help you survive, here are the best perks you should buy in Die Maschine in Black Ops Cold War.

There’s something endlessly satisfying about equipping an alien ray gun and piercing the stinking, rotting flesh of the undead. What started out as a cool mini-game back in Call of Duty: World at War, has now become a staple of the franchise.

Black Ops Cold War delivers the latest bout of zombie-zapping delight and captivates with a whole new story. But as with every Zombies mode previously, you’re going to need to know how to cope with the later rounds.

So here are all the best perks for you to obtain in CoD: Black Ops Cold War.

The Perks

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You’ll need all of these perks to confidently cover all parts of the map.

If you’re unsure, perks are basically special modifiers that can either improve your stats or provide you with special boosts. BOCW’s Die Maschine has six different perks that you can buy during a game of Zombies.

Now, even though there are only six of these useful consumables, you are actually allowed to hold all of them at one time. So if you’re flying through the game and being stingy with doors, then you can guzzle all six and become a beast.

  • Deadshot Daquiri: Improved ADS and increases headshot damage on enemies
  • Elemental Pop: Applies a random modification to all your ammo
  • Juggernog: Increase your maximum health
  • Stamin-Up: Quickens your movement speed and allows you to sprint faster
  • Speed Cola: Decreases reload speed on your weapons
  • Quick Revive: Allows you to regain your health faster and decreases revive time

Which are best?

The reason for fewer perks is because Zombies has been overhauled. Crafting and upgrading is now a big part of the game’s strategy. Meaning you can now upgrade perks to make them even stronger.

We’re going to proceed with the notion that you’re a generous soul and you’ll have three perks for the majority part of the game. These are the best perks you absolutely need to have in Cold War Zombies and we’ll explain why.


jugger-nog in bocw zombies
You. Need. More. Health.

Details: Increase maximum health by 50

1st Tier: Reduce status effect durations by 50%

2nd Tier: Armor plates replenish 25% additional armor

3rd Tier: Increase maximum health by 100

The extreme importance of Juggernog simply cannot be understated. You need it at all costs. Once you start getting to the later stages it’s a completely vital perk to have as even the weakest zombies are now much stronger, and it’s so easy to be caught out in the earlier rounds if you’re boxed in by a large group of weaker ones.

Its upgrades only cement Juggernog’s status. Getting Juggernog to Tier 3 is possibly your number one goal to truly succeed at zombies. If you have four players who all have that, then you can expect a longer and more fruitful game. Plus, you won’t need to revive so much which negates the need for Quick Revive.

Speed Cola

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Reload or die cold.

Details: Increase reload speed by 15%

1st Tier: Swap weapons faster

2nd Tier: Field Upgrades recharge 20% faster

3rd Tier: Increase reload speed by 30%

There is absolutely nothing worse than emptying the final bullet or beam, into some zombies, you switch to your other weapon…and it’s also empty because you forgot to reload. Or you might just have one strong primary weapon that you’ve relied on, but it’s dry, and 400 zombies are surrounding you.

Speed Cola, again, is a must-have for when you start entering rounds 20 and above. Each level is a vicious torrent of screaming, snarling annoyances that are jealous of your fresh skin. But as long as you have Speed Cola, then you can keep unloading your favorite pack-a-punch weapon into hordes and smile as you reload quicker than a hiccup.


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Run, run, as fast as you can!

Details: Increase run and sprint speed

1st Tier: Increase backpedal speed

2nd Tier: Immunity to fall damage

3rd Tier: Walk faster while aiming down sights

Following up on our previous advice. if you’ve still taken substantial damage and you’re hemmed to the point where that extra second to reload will end you, then why not run away? The beauty of these meticulously designed zombies maps is that they are accessible. Shortcuts and paths give you endless ways of navigating the battlefield.

BOCW’s Die Maschine map is no different and even has portals that can whisk you away if need-be. But the ability to run like the wind is a critical aspect of survival. Not only that, but quick backpedal and ADS speed further underlines the need for pep in your step.

We’re not saying the other three perks are not essential, but if funds are tight, you die and lose all your gear etc, then these are the priority. Get them upgraded ASAP, and you’ll survive longer, level up quicker, and have a chance to see what wonders and evil secrets Die Maschine has tucked away.

We can confidently proclaim these to be the best perks in Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies mode.

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