In a blog post today, a seventh new weapon for Dauntless, dubbed Aether Strikers, was previewed bringing with it new combos, new techniques, and more.
There are three basic combos that feed the mantas of the Dauntless Aether Strikers: Focused Assault, Spirit Barrage, and Mighty Squall. Completing a combo sees a timer and two special skills light up on your UI.
A Mantra Timer is also introduced,
“This glowing meter lets you see how much time you have left before your current Mantra(s) expire. You can refresh it by either (a) activating Surge or (b) landing another successful combo before it times out. If it expires, you’ll lose all of your current Mantra charges and have to start over with another combo.”
Three techniques were also introduced: Tempest Form, Karma Breaker, Adamant Bolt. Adamant Bolt in particular looks pretty powerful:
“Adamant Bolt releases a focused, cannon-like blast of energy, dealing damage to the first enemy it hits. It also deals bonus damage if either Tempest Form or Karma Breaker is active, and even more damage if they’re bothactive. You’ll need to light up all three Mantras in order to use this one.”
The post also shared a few things one must consider when using the Aether Strikers:
The amount of time it takes to activate both Tempest Form and Karma Breaker
The amount of time it takes to charge all three Mantras in preparation for Adamant Bolt
When those times line up with a good window for unleashing Adamant Bolt
How to best use combo chains and Surge to keep your Mantra timer from expiring
Check out more screenshots and concept art at the full post here.