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Suppression Guide. (For new players, and those who don't know what it is)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Fragmagnet, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. Fragmagnet Fragmagnet Arkhona Vanguard

    (Reposted from my thread in reddit for those who think reddit is aids)
    (Updated info)
    I'll start off by saying this.

    If you've ever seen your accuracy go down the drain and your screen get blurry in the middle of a firefight for no apparent reason.

    That is suppression. It is very effective when utilized.

    Suppression is a tactic in which a soldier (usually someone with some type of Machine Gun) opens fire on an enemy or group of enemies, not with the intent to kill them, but with the intent to reduce their combat effectiveness through fear of death.
    Onto suppressive fire in Eternal Crusade.

    The Space Marine Devastator can equip a Heavy Bolter, a firearm designed to unload a large amount of powerful munitions into an area accurately. (The Chaos Marines have the heavy bolter as well)
    The effects of being suppressed are (Dev confirmation on anything in this post would be nice btw)

    • Decreased accuracy (to an essentially useless point)
    • Blurred vision
    • A suppression marker above your head (can also be interpreted as a debuff marker) [​IMG]

    The suppression marker can be seen by everyone. It is effective as a spotting tool because you don't even have to be able to see the enemy to do it. If they're taking cover behind a low wall, you can shoot over the low wall and the suppression marker will pop up.

    If you see an ally with the suppression marker over their head. Know that they cannot effectively defend themselves. Help them.

    Suppression does not last forever, but it doesn't go away relatively quickly either.
    To suppress an enemy (and also your allies, so be careful) you simply fire a few heavy bolter rounds at them. The shots don't even have to hit them. You just need to shoot at minimum 1-5 shots (I think it's based off the class you're trying to suppress, or how close your shots get) past them within about 2-3 meters. It doesn't even matter how many enemies these shots pass, they will suppress ALL OF THEM

    At this time you can only suppress enemies with the heavy bolter.
    And now some tips about it.

    If you see a Devastator braced up on some cover looking over an area that's likely to see a lot of enemies (the towers at the beginning of blackbolt defense station for example), and you want a break from actively running around to defend/attack. Sit by the devastator for a while to provide cover for them. While braced up, the devastator can't even see their own marine. So they likely won't know when an Assault comes up behind them to murder them. I can almost guarentee that after a short while of the Devastator shooting at the enemies, an intuitive enemy will come along to take out the Devastator thinking that he's alone.

    The suppression effect starts at 100%

    You can continue shooting at suppressed enemies to keep the suppression effect at 100%.

    You don't even need to be braced up on some cover. You can just hip fire into some enemies to suppress them due to the fact that it doesn't require pinpoint accuracy. HOWEVER, if you are not braced on some cover, landing consecutive shots to take down approaching enemies can be difficult.

    Suppression is effective on both defense AND offense.

    You will get 50xp for any enemy killed while affected by your suppression.

    If you are running around and you see a Devastator locking down an area with suppression. If you have ammo packs equipped, give them one, you have 2, and I can almost guarantee that you will die before you need the second or get to an ammo crate. This will refill the devastator's heavy bolter ammo all the way back up to 500, and will increase the time they have untill they have to back into cover to resupply themselves.

    And if you see a Devastator locking down an area with suppression and they ASK for ammo with the voice commands. Give them an ammo pack. It's a pretty safe bet that, at that point, they know what they're doing.

    OH and one last thing. As long as your bolts can reach an area. They can suppress. (Cue me, 271 meters away)








  2. Judasilfarion Silfarion Drill Abbott

    They do. The only differences between the traitors and the loyalists right now is apothecary/sorcerer and MoN/stormshield.

    None of these

    Heavy bolter is the only one for now

    Starts at 100%

    Keep up the good work otherwise, and should probably put this under the steam guides too. If you want to be really good, take some pictures and paste them as examples. I'd also mention that the heavy bolter isn't very good on its own unless you brace it on some cover.
  3. Throwback Recruit

    I know this is a late response but I think this is an important thread.

    What about the stormbolter? I don't know, but I some how killed 2-3 enemies at once without taking much damage...just lucky?

    If you crouch and aim, it's as good as braced except with slight barrel float.
  4. Bladerunner Bladerunner777 Well-Known Member

    LOL :D This line is the best description of heavy bolter ever :D
    Too_ol_for_this, barricade and Galen like this.
  5. Leaker Leaker Recruit

    I don't concur. In terms of "intent to kill", the spirit is willing, the current HB is just unable (in my opinion).
  6. Bladerunner Bladerunner777 Well-Known Member

    Choosing HB itself means you have no intention of killing anybody, it's a very pacifistic weapon imo :D
  7. Judasilfarion Silfarion Drill Abbott

    Nope, heavy bolter only

  8. Leaker Leaker Recruit

    @Bladerunner777 Every time I let Lurleen sing her sweet sweet siren song, it is with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm and death. Whether or not that happens is another story. Concur though that it is not the weapon of choice for quickly and efficiently ending lives, but rather for aiding others in doing so. I guess that does make it a pacifist weapon, comparatively. Interesting perspective.

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