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Surviving on Rubicon in Armored Core 6: Strategies for Success

Enduring the life of a mercenary on the harsh terrain of Rubicon 3 presents considerable challenges. Your role mandates unquestioning obedience, involving destructive missions executed without hesitation. Each projectile fired or missile launched eats into your earnings. Fellow armored cores (ACs) possess equivalent weaponry, capable of terminating your mission if you fail to master the art of wielding four weapons simultaneously while deftly evading incoming assaults.

As is the tradition with FromSoftware creations, Armored Core 6 stands as a formidable gaming experience. Yet, the key to your survival in the midst of its most formidable battles lies in tailoring your AC to match your approach. Understanding the intricacies of mech construction and combat mechanisms within Armored Core is a significant advantage, making this AC6 guide a valuable primer. Here are 11 essential tips for Armored Core 6, insights I wish I had when embarking on my initial foray into the cockpit.

Complete all training missions for access to AC parts

Are you one to bypass tutorials? Such a choice would indeed be imprudent. This holds especially true in Armored Core 6, where the training missions efficiently impart knowledge and, as a reward, furnish your AC with crucial parts. Dedicate the approximately 15 minutes required to fulfill the training missions dispersed throughout chapter 1, reaping the benefits in the form of these parts.

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While Armored Core 6 enforces charges for each fired shell, its economic model for purchasing and selling mech components is remarkably lenient. Any bought item retains its full value when resold, and you possess the liberty to transact parts repeatedly. This feature proves especially advantageous during the early campaign stages, facilitating experimentation with new armaments or leg variations, even with limited funds. Embrace the prospect of selling unused components to finance exploration of novel equipment.

Additional convenience emerges when you safeguard a build in the AC Data menu, enabling a streamlined process to repurchase missing components should you sell some at a later time.

Leverage Assault Boosts for amplified impact and reduced damage intake

The concept of Assault Boosting, elucidated in tutorials, can slip from memory amidst the action. However, its significance should not be underestimated. Assault Boosting offers more than swift locomotion—it enhances weapon impact against foes when firing at maximum velocity, simultaneously diminishing the impact damage inflicted by incoming hits. This tactic, skillfully executed (especially when integrating melee strikes with an Assault Boost), can significantly influence outcomes when confronting formidable adversaries.

Note that this approach is inapplicable to all weapon types. While small arms can be deployed during an Assault Boost, attempting to fire a heavy cannon during this maneuver will culminate in mid-air suspension for the shot.

Align your FCS with your mech’s combat style

Each AC is equipped with a Fire Control System (FCS), dictating weapon targeting efficiency and tracking capabilities. FCS units boast three primary attributes: close-range assistance (below 130 meters), medium-range assistance (130-260 meters), and long-range assistance (260+ meters). Opt for an FCS that complements your AC’s strengths. A loadout favoring distance and utilizing rifles and missiles benefits from long-range assistance, whereas a close-range-oriented shotgun configuration thrives with an FCS optimized for short distances.

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An advanced tip: concealed behind the Toggle Display key are Missile Lock Correction and Multi-Lock Correction stats for every FCS. These statistics impact missile lock-on speed. Select an FCS engineered for superior missile performance when employing a missile-heavy build.

Uncover detailed AC part and weapon statistics via the “Toggle Display” key in Assembly

If the initial perusal of the assembly menu’s profusion of statistics left you astounded, brace yourself—this accounts for only a fraction of the information available. Activate the “Toggle Display” function by pressing the Y button on a controller or F on the keyboard to access comprehensive AC statistics. This step is pivotal, as the default view conceals invaluable data, including:

• Accumulative Impact of weapons: Measures enduring stagger damage on adversaries. • Direct Hit Adjustment of weapons: Quantifies supplementary damage dealt to staggered opponents. • Melee Specialization of arms: Determines the bonus damage inflicted by melee assaults. • Melee Attack Thrust of boosters: Governs approach speed during melee attacks. • Kinetic, Energy, and Explosive defense of frame components: Quantifies damage susceptibility to distinct weapon categories.

The last aspect is of particular significance when battling to survive. Although your AC might feature commendable overall defense, some parts may exhibit vulnerability to specific damage types such as energy or explosive—a nuance not reflected in general averages.

Initially, the comprehensive stat screen might overwhelm you, but as you become more acclimated, invest time in studying it to unlock a plethora of optimization strategies for your build.

Revisit missions for financial gain and discover concealed AC parts in chests

Utilize the Sortie menu to replay missions you’ve previously conquered, securing additional credits. Executing missions swiftly and efficiently provides an engaging challenge within AC6. Each mission replay culminates in a rank assessment, with the coveted S ranking representing peak performance and garnering higher credit rewards. Achieving S ranks necessitates speed, forsaking resupplies and retries.

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Mission replays not only bolster your finances but also offer opportunities to scour levels for hidden chests harboring mech components. The Scan feature serves to highlight these concealed caches. Speaking of…

Experiment with kinetic, energy, and explosive weaponry against formidable adversaries

Nearly every weapon in AC6 corresponds to one of three damage types: kinetic, energy, and explosive, excepting a couple of exceptions. AC6’s enemies possess resistances influenced by their mech composition. If your preferred weapon inexplicably proves ineffectual against a particular adversary, consider switching to an alternative armament. A warning of “ricochet” indicates insufficient weapon efficacy, evident as bullets deflect off the enemy mech.

Before discarding a weapon as futile, ensure you’re wielding it optimally. The Toggle Display button exposes a weapon’s complete stat screen, spotlighting two critical parameters: • Ideal Range – Specifies the range guaranteeing attack potency without ricochets, except against specific armor types. • Effective Range – Identifies the distance for effective attacks, influenced by standard AC armor and target defenses.

Ideal and effective range figures, measured in meters, inform the proximity required for a weapon to perform optimally against a target.

A weapon’s ammo type is intuitively discernible through an icon on the stats screen: • Kinetic weapons encompass assault rifles, machine guns, and shotguns. • Explosive weaponry includes bazookas and grenade launchers. • Energy weapons feature terms like plasma, laser, or pulse in their names.

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