Vanguards, do you use charge?



  • Whenever I use my ‘charge’ ability as a Vanguard, I end up getting hit or dying. And yet, I keep using it because… you know… sometimes I get a great 1-hit-kill. And it looks kind of cool.

    When playing as a Vanguard, do you use the charge attack?



  • Very, very rarely. I’s too easy to sidestep and they get free hits on you. Just not worth doing imo. Yeah, it looks awesome sometimes, but usefulness isn’t it’s big perk.



  • @PushTheCart:

    When playing as a Vanguard, do you use the charge attack?

    Its only useful against AFK players or backstabbing archers.

    I wish I could cancel the charge without stopping running, its one of the main reasons I don’t play Vanguards except in FFA which lmb for the win.



  • only there is a bunch of players or if im using swords.



  • I rarely use charge myself, but it is handy “feinting” charges by sprinting, jumping and then using your battlecry (which sounds like the charge shout when you’re sprinting) - once you’ve got it down to a T it’s a very useful tactic. They fall for it all the time :’)



  • @gregcau:

    I wish I could cancel the charge without stopping running, its one of the main reasons I don’t play Vanguards except in FFA which lmb for the win.

    Well you don’t need stop your running, just use overhead or stabs attacks, this attacks wont do the charge attack, only lmb will charge.



  • @Sir:

    @gregcau:

    Well you don’t need stop your running, just use overhead or stabs attacks, this attacks wont do the charge attack, only lmb will charge.

    That is not true unless it is weapon dependent.



  • @gregcau:

    @Sir:

    @gregcau:

    Well you don’t need stop your running, just use overhead or stabs attacks, this attacks wont do the charge attack, only lmb will charge.

    That is not true unless it is weapon dependent.

    It’s the same for all weapons. Only attack1/slash will initiate a sprint attack.



  • @Martin:

    It’s the same for all weapons. Only attack1/slash will initiate a sprint attack.

    well gees thats good to know



  • @gregcau:

    @Martin:

    It’s the same for all weapons. Only attack1/slash will initiate a sprint attack.

    well gees thats good to know

    You were partly correct though because when the game was released, every attack initiated a sprint attack. It only became attack1/slash in a patch shortly after because lots of people said they didn’t want to always sprint attack, which is a valid argument.



  • Its also possible to slash without stop running, do to this you have to start a overhead or stab while running, then feint and then do your slash.



  • Just use alt swing (mapped to one of your side mouse buttons) if you specifically want to swing.



  • Rarily to absolutely never. The only target I use it frequently on is a crossbow reloading archer. Any other time the charge is just a hinderance rather than something usefull



  • I thought I was using charge attack with my overhead attack on the bardiche but I guess not. From what people have said in this post you can only use the primary slash and that makes you stab with the bardiche which is its weakest attack….



  • Landing a charge attack feels amazing, but the risk is too high and almost never worth it.

    I think it needs a graphical change like having the body impaled on your poleaxe/spear and then flinging it away.



  • It’s useful with some spears and poleaxes as they are the only weapons getting a real damage benefit from it, especially against archers.

    On swords is useless, a normal overhead will do the same or more damage.



  • @c4ndlejack:

    Landing a charge attack feels amazing, but the risk is too high and almost never worth it.

    I think it needs a graphical change like having the body impaled on your poleaxe/spear and then flinging it away.

    Would be badass lol



  • Don’t use it against an MAA. Use it if you’re wielding a sword, never with anything else and only if you’re setting someone up for a teammate. It is useful in that it dazes someone if they parry it, allowing your teammate a free hit/flank/runby to the objective.

    That’s about it, really. Use it situationally to stun someone or use it to leap off ledges downwards for much reduced fall damage.



  • ONLY and I repeat ONLY if your target is not facing you (= go for a badass killsteal). Also 2H swords charge is ridiculus. When I use it I never manage to hit someone besides friendlies, if some enemy use it they manage to turn while in air having something like 240° arch sprint attack.



  • I agree with all the ‘Only for reloading archers’ statements. The only situation where it is useful.

    The main problem I have is not that it is so easy to side step, but that it actually has so much less range than a normal stab. You jump forward charging but for some reason just sprinting and stabbing has much more range. The biggest frustration with the charge attack for me and the reason I don’t use it.
    When it does hit you were so close you don’t need it sinc eother attacks are more useful, if it doesn’t hit they get a free hit on you (and most of the time two) and other attacks would probably have hit that target.


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