The pinnacle Power system should be a little more rewarding soon
Destiny 2’s pinnacle Power drops are supposed to give players a source of loot to chase even after they hit the soft-cap of 950. This system has been working out, but Bungie decided that progress was a little too slow. To help fix this problem, Bungie is making pinnacle Power items a little bit stronger and adding some new loot to certain activities, the developer announced in the most recent This Week at Bungie post.
The pinnacle system relied on giving players gear that was exactly one point more powerful than their old gear. Unfortunately, since pinnacle drops were rare, this meant you had to do some serious grinding just to get your character from 950 to 951 — including getting an upgraded piece of gear in every single armor slot. Now Bungie has upped pinnacle gear to give players a two Power upgrades instead of one. This means that you’ll only need four pieces of pinnacle armor to go from 950 to 951 on your overall Power.
This change won’t make grinding for pinnacle gear irrelevant, or even much easier, but it will make the pinnacle gear itself more exciting to get. Rather than feeling like each new loot drop is just a small step forward, now each piece of armor can feel like a real upgrade.
The other big change Bungie is making with this hotfix has to do with the game’s season pass weapons, Pluperfect and Temporal Cause. Most players will likely get these guns first from the season pass, but they are available in the multiplayer and as random rolls — they’re just very rare. To make farming for these two guns a little bit easier for players, Bungie is adding them to the loot pool for the Vex Offensive activity.
That means they can now drop there, as well as in Gambit, Crucible, and strikes, so you’ll have a higher chance of getting new rolls for these guns no matter what you’re doing. These drop changes, along with the upgrade to pinnacle Power should help make grinding in Destiny 2 just a little bit more rewarding.
Both of these changes are currently scheduled to go live in a hotfix coming on Thursday, Nov. 7.
One of the hardest games of the year, Remnant: From the Ashes, just got a little bit more difficult. Developer Gunfire Games added a Hardcore mode to the third-person action game as part of its latest patch.
Much like Hardcore modes in other games, Remnant’s new mode gives players just one life to get as far as they can in the game. You can only activate the mode when you’re creating a new character. And if your Hardcore character dies, they’re dead for good. To make things just a little bit scarier, people playing Hardcore characters can only join games of other Hardcore characters.
If you do somehow manage to survive in the new mode, Gunfire Games has made it worthwhile with six new rings that players can only get in Hardcore. These new rings are also Remnant’s first account-bound items, which means any character you have can use them, Hardcore or not. It seems you’ll be able to unlock one new ring per world you complete, and an extra for finishing the game.
Remnant’s Hardcore patch also adds a few quality of life improvements. Players can now remove their helmets, in case the one with the best stats doesn’t look great on their character. There’s also a new communication system that lets you ping items in co-op games to make relaying information to your co-op partners a little easier.
For a full look at all changes that came to Remnant as part of this patch, including a whole mess of balance tweaks and changes, the full patch notes are below.
Remnant: From the Ashes Hardcore update patch notes
New Mode: Added Hardcore Mode (permadeath) option
New Feature: Added Communications / Ping / Emote System
New Rewards: Added 6 new account-bound items (rewards for Hardcore Mode achievements)
New Rewards: Added Emotes (3 base emotes, additional Emotes as gameplay rewards)
DEVELOPER COMMENT: To give players a new way to play, we added a Hardcore Mode (permadeath) option. This requires the creation of a new character and allows you to play the game on Story or Adventure Mode on any difficulty with the caveat of permadeath (die once, GG!). In multiplayer, the team does not die until everyone is knocked down. This means that even if only one person is alive, they can revive the entire team at a World Stone. We also added a few rewards for beating biomes (and the game) on Hardcore. GOOD LUCK!
Additionally, we created a new Communications system. This is the initial implementation and will only get better over time. The goal is to allow players to more-easily communicate with each-other when the tried-and-true “crouch a lot” method just won’t do. You can now request either Ammo Type, point in a direction, request help, request a return to a World Stone, Request Rest at Stone or Return to Town, and play emotes! Don’t forget to play the game to unlock more hidden emotes!!!
We look forward to your feedback so we can continue to make this feature even better.
Quality of Life
Settings: Added the ability to hide helmet (Gameplay > Show Helmet)
Settings: Added the ability to hide Tutorial Prompts (Gameplay > Tutorial Prompts)
Character Creation: Added ability to skip tutorial
Gameplay: Changed Scope option to Double Tap + Hold RMB/L2 (to facilitate Comms wheel)
General: Added the ability to support account-bound items (including the new Hardcore and Emote rewards)
General: Added another character slot
General: Many tooltip descriptions have been updated for clarity and accuracy
DEVELOPER COMMENT: One of the most-requested features was “Hide Helmet”… so now you can! We also added the ability to disable tutorial prompts which is extremely helpful when making new characters or playing the new Hardcore Mode. In addition, you can completely skip the tutorial sequence.
Additionally, to best support the new communications wheel, we adjusted how Scoping works. This allows players on console to have a dedicated ping button which can be used while aiming. We found it to be a fair trade-off. Players on PC can re-bind the original scope functionality on a button should they so desire.
General: Added public session browse
PS4: Fixed matchmaking for Power Level 20 players
PS4: Fixed “Session is Full” error
General: Removed minimum crit range on all weapons
DEVELOPER COMMENT: We’ve decided to revert this change until we have a better solution for players using weapons intended for long range at closer ranges.
General: Many armor values adjusted (generally no greater than 1-2% up or down)
General: Increased the speed and recovery of Light, Medium, and Heavy Rolls
Elder: Increased healing effectiveness of Dragonheart vs NPCS by 100%
Elder: Increased Believer buff significantly (from 20% max to 35% max)
Osseous: Increased damage ramp-up speed
Osseous: Increased damage ramp-down delay (damage remains higher for longer)
Osseous: Decreased damage ramp-down speed
Void: Reduced Power Transfer time from 10s to 5s (regain damage buff faster)
Leto: Increased the overall resistances of Leto’s for all elements and status
DEVELOPER COMMENT: We feel that most of the armors are in a good spot for different playstyles but we wanted to ensure that the focus of each primary damage-related armor is enhanced. While the effectiveness of Radiant has served as our baseline (and remains so) we’ve made a few tweaks to Elder, Osseous, and Void to give them a stronger unique identity.
Seed Caller: Increased base damage from 20 to 50
Seed Caller: Reduced power cost from 500 to 400
Beckon: Increased base damage from 15 to 40
Beckon: Reduced power cost from 500 to 350
Iron Sentinel: Increased base damage from 4 to 5
Iron Sentinel: Increased power cost from 600 to 750
Tentacle Shot: Increased power cost from 350 to 400
DEVELOPER COMMENT: As promised, we’ve increased the overall effectiveness of the summoning playstyle. In addition to significant buff to Elder armor (from 20% to 35% max damage), we’ve also increased the base damage of 3 of the 4 core summons. We also removed the soft-collision on Tentacle Shot which allows enemies to get closer to them and take more hits overall.
General: Adjusted many Trait & Item values to better coincide with heavier reliance on items/armors
General: Fixed an issue with Shadow Walker Trait not activating properly
DEVELOPER COMMENT: Since our Trait system allows players to have all of the bonuses at end-game with no tradeoffs/choices, we are gradually reducing the massive gains from Traits and shifting more of the benefits towards items. The goal is to bring back more choice in your loadouts and allow Traits to be smaller boosts.
Gave the Wasteland Goodboy a nice bath. He immediately proceeded to roll around in the dirt, and is just as happy as ever.
Cobalion is the first Unovan Legendary to join Pokémon Go, starting on Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. ET.
The steel- and fighting-type Legendary Pokémon will join tier five raids, with the rest of the Swords of Justice trio, Virizion and Terrakion, likely not far behind it. To take it on successfully, use fire-, ground-, and fighting-type Pokémon, like Moltres or Machamp.
Unfortunately, Cobalion is not a strong Legendary Pokémon in terms of raiding or gym attacking. It falls to steel-type powerhouses like Metagross and Dialga and fighting-types like Machamp and Breloom. Regardless, it’ll be worth nabbing one of for your Pokédex, but don’t worry — after it leaves raids, it’s bound to return next year with its dark blue Shiny form available, possibly a better move set. Consider saving your Raid Passes for now until something stronger comes along.
Cobalion will leave tier five raids on Nov. 26 at 4 p.m. ET.
The best Cobalion counters are Chandelure, Entei, Heatran and Blaziken. Cobalion can be easily beaten by a raid group consisting of 4 trainers with level 30+ counters. Under ideal weather conditions, it can also be beaten by 3 trainers, or in some extreme cases, it may possibly be duod by maxed out counters. A raid group of 3-5 high-level trainers or 5-7 lower level players is recommended to defeat this legendary raid boss.
Through this guide, you will find an in-depth analysis of the best counters for Cobalion, the most ideal means to defeat it, and various relevant details of this Iron Will Pokémon.
Cobalion is obtainable with the following Combat Power values:
1649 – 1727 CP at Level 20, no weather boost
2061- 2159 CP at Level 25 with Snow or Cloudy weather boost
List of best Cobalion counters
Fire Spin Fire
Fire Fang Fire
Fire Spin Fire
Fire Blast Fire
Blast Burn Fire
Fire Spin Fire
Fire Spin Fire
Dynamic Punch Fighting
Mud Shot Ground
Mud Shot Ground
Dynamic Punch Fighting
Dynamic Punch Fighting
Fire Spin Fire
Blast Burn Fire
Dynamic Punch Fighting
Fire Fang Fire
Blast Burn Fire
Chandelure performs exceptionally well against Cobalion, as it takes 2x reduced damage from Fighting and 1x reduced damage from Steel moves. The combination of superior typing, great stats and moves makes Chandelure the best option versus Cobalion.
If you’re surprised to see Heatran on this list, consider this: Heatran takes reduced 2x damage from Steel and 1x reduced from Psychic, which covers 60% of Cobalion movesets. In other words, there’s a 60% chance per raid that Heatran will take significantly less damage from Cobalion. Heatran is the most potion efficient counter on this list.
A bulkier version of Moltres, Entei rakes up with higher time to win but lesser deaths to be a very potion efficient attacker.
With its Community Day exclusive move Blast Burn, Blaziken became a top-notch Fire type attacker and a pretty solid Fighting type. Boasting of STAB in powerful moves like Counter and Blast Burn, and high DPS, this Hoenn starter blazes through Cobalion with ruthless efficiency with the least time to win.
Moltres has always been the most impressive one from the legendary bird trio. It extends its dominance as a supreme counter to Cobalion. With marginally lesser DPS than Blaziken but higher TDO, Moltres soars up with its powerful moveset against Cobalion.
Machamp continues to impress with its infamous Counter/Dynamic Punch set. Trainers have been using this moveset since Gen 1 to defeat scores of Pokémon. They may very well include Cobalion in the long list of things that Machamp can knock out.
Groudon does not take super-effective damage from any of Cobalion’s moves. Also, it is the tankiest among all of the counters here. Add the fact that it has excellent DPS. You do not need any more reasons to use Groudon.
Note about Cobalion counters
There is a rather interesting point to be noted about Cobalion’s counters. All the counter types are boosted in common weather conditions. The presence of Cloudy weather boosts the Fighting type attacks (Counter/Dynamic Punch becomes even deadlier in this situation). The Sunny weather boosts both Fire and Ground types. Therefore, there are high chances of the weather being in your favor. This should make the raid easier.
In addition, the counters presented here are some of the most common types in the game. So it should never be a challenge to gather a strong raiding team for most players.
Cobalion Moveset Analysis
Cobalion can have the following moves in Pokémon Go:
Zen Headbutt Psychic
Metal Claw Steel
Close Combat Fighting
Iron Head Steel
Stone Edge Rock
Quite honestly, none of Cobalion’s move sets are impressive or particularly dangerous. Plus, Cobalion does not have a high enough ATK stat to back up the moves anyway.
Stone Edge delivers super-effective damage to your Fire type counters. However, it is a one-bar charge move and isn’t too difficult to dodge. Bear this in mind when you are using your Fire types.
Zen Headbutt has never been an excellent raid move, but it can still give some trouble to your Fighting types.
The combination of Metal Claw and Iron Head is Cobalion’s best moveset. It also deals neutral damage to most of the counters and it benefits from STAB. We advise exercising a little bit of caution with this particular set, as it can hurt.
Close Combat is a decent move, but as mentioned above, Cobalion lacks the fire power to deal serious damage with it.
A group of legendary Pokémon known as the Swords of Justice had to be led by the steel type among them! Cobalion is a T5 Raid boss in Pokémon GO and is considered as the leader of the Swords of Justice. Cobalion is a SteelFighting type that comes with the following stats:
Snow or Cloudy
Cobalion is not going to pose much of a challenge. With relatively low ATK stat, average moveset, common counter types and weather conditions, its bulk is the only thing that seems to be going for it. Just keep an eye out for the time on the clock, and you will do just fine with this legendary raid boss.
Cobalion will be appearing in Pokémon GO’s five star raids from Monday, November 4, 2019, at 1 p.m. to Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at 1 p.m. PST (GMT −8)! You can find our Cobalion Raid Counters Guide here.
Cobalion is a Steel and Fighting Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation V. Cobalion is a member of the Swords of Justice, a group of Legendary Pokemon introduced in Generation V, often called the Legendary musketeers by Pokémon fans. The Swords of Justice are Cobalion, alongside Terrakion, Virizion and Keldeo. These Pokemon were infamous for their ability Justified and their moves having a strong connection to combat and swordplay – similar to real life Musketeers. They are based on The Three Musketeers story by Alexandre Dumas.
Swords of Justice
Swords of Justice were also known for sharing the same secondary typing: Fighting. Their main types are distinct, and they are linked to different Musketeers:
Cobalion is Steel and Fighting type Pokémon, represents Athos, the oldest Musketeer and the leader of the group
Terrakion is a Rock and Fighting type Pokémon, represents Porthos, the heaviest and the largest Musketeer
Virizion is a Grass and Fighting type Pokémon, represents Aramasi, the romantic Musketeer
Keldeo is a Water and Fighting type Pokémon, represents d’Artagnan, the youngest Musketeer
You can find out more about the Swords of Justice in this origin video by TheOneIntegral:
The esports team said it values ‘character and integrity’ as much as skill
Professional esports organization Tempo Storm has signed Ng “blitzchung” Wai Chung to its Hearthstone program, it announced today.
Blitzchung was suspended from Hearthstone esports in early October after he used his winner’s interview on stream to support pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Initially, Blizzard banned blitzchung from professional play for a year and revoked his prize winnings. Later, the developer reduced the suspension to six months and handed back the prize money.
“We believe first and foremost in supporting players and encouraging them to engage and to speak out on the things about which they are most passionate,” Tempo Storm CEO Andrey Yanyuk said in a statement. “In many ways, we value the character and integrity of our players as much as, if not more than, their tournament placings. Blitzchung brings incredible talent, an infectious personality, and a great deal of enthusiasm, for Hearthstone as well as his community and others around him. He exemplifies what Tempo believes in, and we welcome him as an ambassador for our brand.”
Blitzchung cannot compete in Blizzard esports for six months, but will be able to join competition play again next year. Tempo Storm said Ng will “increase his streaming presence and will continue to train and represent the brand abroad,” according to a press release.
“I had been thinking about whether to continue my Hearthstone career in the past few weeks,” blitzchung said. “Since I haven’t reached my professional goals yet, and I don’t want to fall by the wayside, I will start competing again after I am unbanned.”
Blizzard has faced ongoing criticism after it suspended the player. Ahead of its annual fan convention, BlizzCon, Blizzard faced boycotts of its games. Protests are planned for the event, which begins tomorrow.
A new update to the Epic Games Store gave the client and website a new look, and has confirmed that Epic is working on adding a wishlist feature.
The storefront has been updated and optimized to run quicker and to show you games by genre or popularity.
The real gems from this announcement are the features to come. Players will soon be able to add games they want to their wishlist, where they’ll get notifications about sales. There will also be updated gridview so your games will be easier to see and recognize.
OpenCritic will also be working with Epic Games to bring reviews to the storefront. The website takes a bunch of scores from a variety of game critics and calculates out the averages so you can get a pretty balanced review score from a bunch of different people at once.
There’s no details about when wishlists, the improved grid view, or the critic reviews will launch, but for now we can just appreciate the pretty upgrade.
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