Dauntless only got better in 2020 with lots of new and revised content. So is there a better way to end the year than using a huge new update that recreates many of the game’s main pillars?
Dauntless Reforged is available today on all available platforms, including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch (and PS5 and Xbox Series X | S via backwards compatibility). Update 1.5.0 is designed to completely change the way you interact with Dauntless, replacing short boss battles with a more open world structure.
Instead of joining a matchmaking cue and fighting a specific behemoth or a specific rank / element behemoth, drop it on one of the 18 islands known as the “hunting ground”. Each is full of creatures and resources, allowing 6 Slayers in one online session. This major design change facilitates exploration and allows you to hunt multiple behemoths while navigating each biome using a glider.
Developer Phoenix Labs is revamping character progression with The Slayer’s Path, which provides a more subtle and rewarding way to develop online avatars. Gear progression has also become a makeover, allowing you to create new armor and weapons that are immediately useful on loadouts. Previously, even when creating end-game content and behemoths, you had to first create weak gear before upgrading. This is a time-consuming and iterative process.
Don’t worry about slayers dropping into Ramsgate after the Reforged 1.5.0 update. Progress will be taken over. Earn the right amount of Ether Sparks and Ether Hearts to upgrade your existing and armor weapons. For mastery ranks, Dauntless allows you to remap them using the game’s new Slayer’s Path.
Phoenix Labs has posted this handy guide for a more detailed explanation of The Slayer’s Path and how to modify your gear.
A new winter hunt pass has also been added to Dauntless. No matter what you do in the game, you’ll gain experience with Hunt Pass, unleashing a wide range of cold front cosmetics and other useful items.
This is another exciting update for Dauntless. This game continues to be more and more powerful. We recently posted the latest 2020 review of the game, scoring 8 out of 10 of our free-to-play Monster Hunter rivals.
Dauntless isn’t very creative on that premise, but it offers a very fun and accessible take in monster hunting role-playing games. It doesn’t waste time throwing you straight into action, and it’s easy to pick up, but there’s a lot of depth there for fans of the genre. In addition, Dauntless is completely free to play, gracefully avoiding the annoying monetization pits we’re used to.