Players might look at Brawlhalla and see a typical 2D fighting brawler but the Blue Mammoth Games title has a lot of complexity to offer. In fact, aside from a roster of 50+ Legends, players can change the tide of battle with unique skills and weapons. A Legend can use a Sword in one match and switch to a Bow in the other and players need to adapt to their chosen Legend-Weapon pairing and the enemy’s own.
Unfortunately, all these factors can make the game tad a bit overwhelming for newcomers. However, getting the hang of these unique mechanics can make Brawlhalla just as much a tactical fighting game as it is a fun brawler. Updated January 2nd, 2022 by Russ Boswell: There have been a lot of new and interesting fighters added to the Brawlhalla roster over the years, and more and more players are hopping into the title to try their hand at dominating the competition. Those looking for a new and entertaining fighting game to play should definitely give Brawlhalla a shot. To better help new players that are just starting out their Brawlhalla journey, and to offer up more tips to veterans, the following list has been updated. It now includes even more Brawlhalla tips that are sure to help fans grow in knowledge and skill.
13/13 Combat Is All About Taking ControlPlayers fond of fighting games know that the character who makes the best combos and counters wins a match. However, excellent fighting gamers know that combat is all about exchanging control, one where a fighter tries to land an attack, and the other fighter responds. Therefore, it’s taking control of the combat that decides the victor. In Brawlhalla, this much remains the same and especially more so given the fast-paced, chaotic nature of battles. Players need to keep an eye on how to dictate the terms of combat as often as possible. Enemies should be reacting to them, and not the other way. Players can do this by assuming control, breaking the enemy’s combos, stopping their flow with throws, dodging their attacks, and catching them off-guard.
12/13 Try To Focus On Only A Couple Of Characters To StartThere are a lot of interesting and entertaining characters available for players to use in Brawlhalla, with developers constantly adding more in updates. While it might be tempting to throw down with as many characters as possible, it’s definitely a better idea to pick a couple and stick with them for a bit. Players that learn the ins-and-outs of their favorite Champions will be able to perform better combos, and should have a much easier time maneuvering the battlefield. Once players learn a specific Champ, they should branch out to other Champs that share similar traits. It’s a much better idea to ease into Brawlhalla than try to learn all of the mechanics of every single character as quickly as possible.
11/13 Become At Home With The PlatformAs a platformer brawler, Brawlhalla relies on pitting players in huge sets of platforms that punish them for getting thrown out. Thing is, Legends can’t exactly stay still either, as enemies will see them as free targets. As such, Legends need to move around to hit foes and avoid getting hit at the same time. However, players shouldn’t panic and just move willy-nilly. Rather, players should try to learn Brawlhalla‘s stage mechanics with their favorite Legends in mind. Players should learn how to make precise moves depending on how their Legends run, dash, jump, and climb around the stage. Remember, adapting to fast-paced movement can help Legends land hits more accurately.
10/13 Learn How To RespondA lot of fighting games focus heavily on combos and juggling, and while Brawlhalla may feature combos and similar mechanics, the real fight is in knowing what your opponent is going to do next and actively responding to their changes in tactics. Think of Brawlhalla like a high-octane Chess Match. Players that can understand what an opponent is doing and actively respond to it by changing up their own tactics will have a much better time competing in matches. Players should spend just as much time learning how to counteract opponents as they do learning about their own Champion.
9/13 Optimize A Legend’s Light AttacksAnyone who’s touched a fighting game knows that combos define a character. This leads to the Scorpion’s Spears (Mortal Kombat) and Ken’ Shoryukens (Street Fighter), after all. However, experts in fighting games know that simple movement and attack patterns alone can determine a character’s playstyle. In Brawlhalla, mastering Light Attacks can make a Legend just as lethal — even if they don’t use their Signature Moves (Sigs). Granted, Light Attacks don’t deal as much damage as Signature Attacks. However, Light Attacks happen much faster and string well into combos. As with Sigs, Light Attacks come in the form of Neutral (standing), Side (forward), and Down (downward) Light Attacks — all of which can weave into remarkable combos. A Legend who knows their Light Attacks well can punish enemies who miss their Signatures or defeat them fast enough they can’t use them at all.
8/13 Make Weapon Combos A Second NatureEach Legend in Brawlhalla can use two Weapon types, each with separate combos and Legend-unique Signature Moves. While Sigs are powerful, they tend to require a build-up, meaning they’re at risk of being interruptible and can spell danger to players. Aside from knowing how to perform the Sigs, players need to familiarize themselves with the Weapon combos of Legends they love to use. These combos will become the bread and butter of each Legend’s playstyle and overall theme. For instance, the samurai Jiro can use a Sword and a Bow, making him ideal for short-range and long-range incursions. Since a match alternates the appearance of Weapons, players can’t play favorites and adjust to the playstyle of whatever weapon they have.
7/13 Maximize The Dodge For Damage Mitigation, SetupsWhile Brawlhalla is a brawler game, its unique weapon and skill system does take a lot of elements from fighting games. And like in fighting games, dodging remains a key component in dominating combat. Sadly, players often ignore the dodge in favor of Signature Moves but their enemies can simply dodge their Signatures and punish them hard for it. Instead, players should optimize the use of their dodge ability. Players should train in the best way to dodge both enemy light attacks and Signatures. Additionally, a timed mid-air dodge will let players use a Signature right after without any need to recover from the jump on the ground. Additionally, a dodge can be used to make a ground dash perfect for Signature setups.
6/13 Dashing Can Be A Game ChangerAs with other fighting games, dashing forwards and backwards in Brawlhalla can help Legends quickly engage and disengage from opponents. In fact, players who capitalize on dashing can get out of sticky situations quickly and outmaneuver opponents who are very distance-reliant. For instance, dashing backwards can avoid short to mid-range Sigs, while dashing inwards can break a Sig’s opening animation. Moreover, dashing can help offensively as well. Players can use dashing to quickly start combos or cancel them if needed. Likewise, players can dash to stop combos mid-attack and switch to a new attack rotation as needed.
5/13 Embrace Verticality Via JumpingSimilar to other platformers, Brawlhalla prioritizes jumping as a game mechanic. Aside from jumping to perform or dodge attacks, Legends can jump off ledges to wall-climb, or even transfer from one platform to the next. In Brawlhalla, players have two jumps — allowing them to perform a second jump in mid-air. Likewise, holding the down button in mid-air initiates fast fall, accelerating the falling process. Players can maximize these when dodging mid-air attacks, or when performing setups. Instead of panicking while jumping, players can use jumping tactically to chase opponents or even ruin enemy combos.
4/13 Throwing Adds Range To Any WeaponRemember, Weapons in Brawlhalla drop randomly throughout the match, and Legends alternate between their personal armaments whenever they pick these up. Of course, players can stick to one Weapon throughout the match, or switch up their playstyle by dropping their current gear and picking a new one. However, players have a third option: throw their current Weapon. Interestingly, this isn’t a waste of damage potential, either. Aside from making room for a Weapon change, hitting an enemy with a Throw can momentarily stun them. Moreover, the current thrown Weapon will drop to the ground after being thrown. Theoretically, players can throw a Weapon, dash and pick it back, and start an attack chain. Some players even throw their Weapons to opponents in mid-air to prevent them from recovering and forcing a knockout.
3/13 Get Back To The Stage At Any TimeSince getting knocked off brings players closer to losing, it makes sense for them to panic when outside a platform. However, it’s interesting to note that it’s theoretically possible to get back to the stage regardless of how far players get knocked off. It’s all a matter of timing jumps, dashes, and any mobility skills at the Legend’s disposal. A Legend can maximize their jump height with the right timing per jump. Likewise, neutral dodges combined with certain skills or combos can make attacks that launch characters back to the platform which can make for a very annoying character in the eyes of a struggling opponent.
2/13 Watch Pros Throw DownThe best way to get better at Brawlhalla is to practice. There is definitely no substitute for playing as much as possible and learning as much as possible about a chosen Champion. That said, it can be incredibly valuable, especially for new players, to watch seasoned veterans when they battle against one another. It’s a great way to learn some of the more intricate strategies and movements that are available in Brawlhalla. Players that want to compete should fully immerse themselves in the game, and watch as many professional matches as they can to get a better idea of how it works at higher skill levels.
1/13 Optimize The Buttons, KeybindsIn tournament play, players might be surprised that gamers actually change the keybind and control settings of buttons before a match. This doesn’t mean they’re cheating. Rather, they’re optimizing their setup to give them the best way of executing their combos and moveset. In Brawlhalla, players don’t need to settle for the game’s default layout. If possible, players should find a way to adjust their keybinds to help them execute combos and movements much more efficiently. More importantly, players should settle for a keybind setup that helps them register their desired movements the fastest — be it combos, recoveries, or Signatures. NEXT: Ranked: Top 10 Fighting Games of the 2010’s
“Brawlhalla is a wickedly fun platform brawler with moxie…Crisp combat mechanics, adorable fighters, streamlined stages, A+ online play.”
Kotaku “With pay-to-win nowhere to be seen and exceedingly good online play, this is one free-to-play title that’s well worth a try.”
Push Square “This fighting game feels so fluid online, it’s almost as if you are sitting right next to your opponents on the couch.”
About This Game
Brawlhalla: History’s greatest warriors brawl to prove who’s the best in an epic test of strength and skill. These slugfests are salted with powerful weapons and gadgets. Every weapon you pick up changes your style of play Brawlhalla is a free 2D platform fighting game that supports up to 8 local or online players with full cross-play for PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android! Features:
- Online Ranked 1v1 — Climb the ranked ladder from Tin up to Platinum and beyond! Matches you against players near your skill level.
- Online Ranked 2v2 — Climb the ranked ladder with a friend! Matches you and a partner against teams near you skill level. Your friend can be online or right next to you.
- 4 Player Online Free for All — Casual matches where four fighters enter, but only one can win.
- Cross-play Custom Rooms — Invite up to 8 friends on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, or Locally to a huge variety of custom matches: 4v4s, 1v3, 2v2, FFA, and much more.
- Many Game Modes — Mix things up with Brawlball, Bombsketball, Capture the Flag, Kung-Foot, and many more fun party game modes.
- The Training Room — Practice combos and setups inside the Training Room! Look at detailed frame data, hitboxes, hurtboxes, and sharpen your skills.
Plus: Best-in-class spectating, match recording and replay. Dozens of maps. Single player tournament mode. An online brawl-of-the-week. Experimental mode. Millions of players for fast matchmaking. Regional servers for low-latency online play. Frequent updates. Tons of esports events and tournaments. Excellent support for keyboard and controllers. Career history and cool progress rewards. Ranked seasons. Friendly devs. Fun, fair free-to-play. And much more. How we do Free to Play Brawlhalla will always be 100% free to play with no pay-to-win advantages and no in-game purchases to keep you from the action. Everything you can buy with real money is cosmetic (such as character skins, podiums, and KO effects) and none of them effect gameplay. The Legend Rotation of nine free to play characters changes every week, and you can earn gold to unlock more Legends by playing any online game mode. You can also check out our “All Legends Pack” that immediately unlocks every character we’ve ever made, and ever will make. Forever. Everything in the “Legends” tab in the in-game store would be yours to have. Note that this doesn’t unlock Crossovers. Here’s what you can expect from Brawlhalla
- Weekly patches and updates.
- Online, custom, ranked, and local play modes.
- Over 50 Legends (and counting) to chose from and a free 9 character weekly rotation, unlockable with gold earned through playing the game.
- Loads of stages to fight on.
- Unique signature moves, weapon combinations and stats for each character.
- Ranked seasons every three months with seasonal rewards for playing ranked.
- A constant stream of new features, balance tweaks and Legends to make the game better and better.
- Excited Devs active everywhere eagerly listening to what you think!
- Our eternal thanks (you’re our favorite).
We’re always listening to community feedback and value what players are telling us. Throughout Early Access the Brawlhalla community helped steer the direction of development multiple times to make Brawlhalla the best it can be. That will remain the same as we continue to improve, expand, and adjust Brawlhalla based on community feedback post-launch. © 2021 Blue Mammoth Games, All rights reserved.
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