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Shadowgun War Games Tips, Tricks & Guide to Heroes

Shadowgun War Games Tips, Tricks & Guide to Heroes

Madfinger Games’ multiplayer shooter turns a little heroic with Shadowgun War Games, a new 5-on-5 hero arena shooter! Featuring unique heroes from the Shadowgun universe, a wide variety of maps, a graphical engine that features console-like fidelity. The ultimate hero shooter for mobile is here!

In our Shadowgun War Games tips and tricks guide, we will go over the basics of the game and how to survive your first match. We will also talk about the individual heroes, the strengths and weaknesses, and general strategies. Let’s get started with our Shadowgun War Games tips and tricks strategy guide to understanding all heroes!

Use a controller for better results!

First things first: if you plan on playing Shadowgun War Games seriously, we highly recommend using an bluetooth controller and playing with that. We are not saying that you cannot get really good using just touchscreen controls, but for most players it is much more comfortable to use a controller!

You have several advantages when using a controller, the most obvious being the ability to move and aim at the same time with relative ease. The difference between touch screen controls and controllers is night and day!

Here are the default controls. We are using Xbox layouts just as a starting point, and any bluetooth controller just match pretty closely.

Move: LS
Aim: RS
Left ability: Left bumper
Right ability: Right bumper
Sprint: Push LS in
Switch Weapons: Y
Aim down sights: Left trigger
Fire: Right trigger

General strategies!

  • Stick with your team! No matter what game mode you are playing, sticking with your team is never a bad idea. Just be wary of splash damage guns and abilities, like Sara’s rocket launcher and Slade’s grenade.
  • Know where the pick ups are. After a close fire fight, running to the nearest location where health picks up spawn can mean the difference between life and death! There are also pick ups that instantly refresh your abilities and speed you up temporarily!
  • All heroes specialize in some form of tactic, whether that be leading the charge or picking off stragglers from a distance. Know what your hero is good at, and play to their strengths!
  • Keep your head on a swivel. Do not just look in one direction for too long, as you will be wide open to flanker heroes like Jet.

Hero guide!

Shadowgun War Games has a total of five heroes for the game’s launch. More heroes will be added through future updates, and we will go over all five of them here.

Slade (Assault)

Health: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Speed: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Range: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

Slade is a retired Federation Marine and renowned Shadowgun. He is an Assault type hero, makes him suitable for just about any situation. He is packing two assault rifles, one of which has a scope that makes him able to hit further targets.

Both assault rifles have very high spread though, so Slade should not fight any further than mid-range.

His Grenade ability tosses a short explosive which damages enemies in an area. This is perfect for teams that are too clumped up together, and a great way to clear the way forward.

The Medkit ability lets him recover a small amount of health in a flash. Useful for Slade’s fast-paced play style, the Medkit allows him to stay in combat longer than other heroes. Just be mindful of its cooldown!

Slade is the perfect starting point and we recommend playing a few rounds with him just to get a few for the flow of Shadowgun War Games.

Sara (Support)

Health: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Speed: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Range: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Short for Sentient Android Registered Assistant, Sara is a combat-ready android built for supporting her teammates on the battlefield. While her abilities are support focused, she is also packing a nasty rocket launcher, so she is not helpless!

Sara’s rocket launcher holds two rockets at once, and they deal big damage if you can land a direct hit on an opponent.

Even if you miss, the rockets will explode on contact, causing damage to anyone caught in the blast. If you are having trouble aiming, a good strategy is to simply aim at the floor to catch opponent’s in the blasts.

While the rocket launcher is powerful, it only holds two rockets and it has a very long reload animation. When you run out of rockets in the middle of a firefight, quickly switch to her short-range SMG. It has a high rate of fire, making it perfect for finishing off weakened opponents.

Her Healing Blast ability tosses a healing grenade. Any teammates – Sara herself included – caught in the blast will regenerate health over time.

Healing Blast lets Sara top her teammates off, but beware of its 35 second cooldown! Try to group up your teammates before using it to get the most out of it.

Protection Dome drops a bubble shield at Sara’s location. Your teammates can shoot out from the inside, but projectiles from the outside cannot penetrate the dome. The dome will break after it suffers enough damage, and opponents can also just walk right into it, so be careful.

Despite being a Support type hero, Sara’s playstyle is fast and frantic. Use her abilities to help cover your team, then start blasting the enemies away with your rocket launcher!

Revenant (Tank)

Health: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Speed: ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Range: ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Revenant is a rage-filled cyborg. His aggression comes out in full force during the War Games, and his playstyle reflects that. Revenant has the highest health pool out of all the heroes, making him perfect for charging into the enemy team.

With the slowest movement speed and short-range guns, Revenant is all about rushing the enemy and getting in as close as possible to shred them with his assault rifle. He also has a mid-range semi-auto assault rifle for when enemies try to run away from him.

To help him keep his prey in his sights, Revenant’s Roar ability slows and disorients all players in a 90 degree arc in front of him. Open a firefight with this ability and you will almost always take them down before they get you.

Inner Rage temporary increases his movement speed and increases his defense, but it also reduces the damage he deals as well.

Inner Rage must be carefully timed to get the most out of it. For example, if you are leading the charge with your team behind you, it might be a good idea to use it right away to soak up hits for your team while they take the enemies out.

Revenant is perfect for players who want to be the center of attention during a firefight. His incredible health pool and his short-range weapons make him a terrifying threat to all heroes, but beware of quick heroes who can easily out range him like Jet and Willow.

Willow (Sniper)

Health: ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Speed: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Range: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Willow is a trained and professional sniper, and in the right hands she can be an absolute nightmare to fight against. She is one of the trickier heroes, so we recommend trying her out once you have gotten a feel for Shadowgun War Games.

As you can guess, Willow’s primary weapon is her trust sniper rifle. It can zoom up to great distances, so there is no need to put yourself in danger by being near the frontlines. Stay far away from the firefights and instead try to pick off opponents from afar. Remember to aim for the head for maximum damage!

Her secondary weapon is a short-range SMG, and it should be used only in emergencies for enemies who sneak up on her or get too close.

Combine it with her second ability, the Flash Mine, which blinds enemies who activate it to either get away or finish them off. Willow has the lowest health of all the heroes, so close-range engagements are a heavily disadvantageous for her.

Her primary ability Supercharge allows her to fire charged sniper rounds, increasing the amount of damage they deal. Supercharged head shots are almost always a guaranteed one-hit kill on most heroes!

Jet (Runner)

Health: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Speed: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Range: ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

A freerunner with an attitude, Jet is your go-to guy if you like overwhelming your opponents using trickery and pure speed. As you can probably guess, he is the fast hero currently, and his abilities amplify this playstyle.

Jet is packing his trusty handgun and a short-range assault rifle. His handgun does not deal too much damage, but it has a high rate of fire and the reload time is extremely quick, so you can pelt your enemies while staying out of harm’s way. His assault rifle is pretty standard, letting him attack from a slightly further distance.

His abilities are where he shines though! Time Rift temporarily puts Jet in a parallel dimension, rendering him invincible for a few seconds. You can use this to confuse opponents and trip them up.

Just keep in mind that opponents still know where you are when you are in the other dimension, as you leave behind a trail of light wherever you go. Beware of opponents who wait for you to reappear!

His second ability, Blink, lets him hop forward in the blink of an eye. Perfect for getting out of sticky situations in a flash, or for getting behind your opponents and ambushing them. Mastering Jet requires skillful use of these abilities!

Is the Premium Battle Pass worth it?

Shadowgun War Games has a battle pass that rewards you with emotes, profile icons, borders, skins, and other fun little goodies. As you win matches and complete challenges, you will earn season points. With enough points, your tier will increase and you will get special rewards.

By default, you will only have the free version of the battle pass. You get a few skins, some tags, and a little bit of the in-game currency from the free pass, but you will need to level up the battle pass ALL the way to get a majority of the rewards. The premium pass offers you something every tier level!

But, considering that it is all cosmetic, it is up to you to determine its worth. If you are just here to play and show the Shadowgun world that you are the best, then you do not really need the premium pass. If you are the kind of player that loves to customize however, then the premium pass might be worth it for you.

That’s all for Shadowgun War Games! If you have any other tips, tricks, or strategies to share, let us know in the comments below!

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