Power Attack

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Heavy Attacks, also known as charged attacks, power attacks, or smash attacks are attacks that deal more damage than your regular swing and have a higher chance of knocking down enemies, depending on how long you hold down your attack button. However, they require a large amount of time to charge up in order to be effective, so it is wise to learn how long it takes to fully charge up an attack.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Every heavy attack, no matter the weapon, uses 23 points of stamina. Heavy attacks have the same speed of attack regardless of the weapon type or its upgrades. What this means is that weapons that do more damage like the modern axe are far superior than fast, lower damage weapons weapons like the katana. Heavy attacks can be used even when they have less than 23 stamina. One of the benefits of a heavy attack is that they have a much higher chance of knocking down an enemy, especially on Normal Mode. However, on Hard Mode or Hard Survival Mode, the chance of an enemy being knocked down is significantly reduced. Whilst performing a heavy attack, player movement is stalled and they cannot move. However, if the player has Ultimate Cheat Menu installed, they will be able to move.

How to perform a heavy attack[edit | edit source]

To perform a heavy attack, hold down Left Mouse Button (R2 on the PlayStation 4) to perform the attack.

Items and Heavy Attacks[edit | edit source]

Not all items can perform heavy attacks. Here is a list of what CAN and CANNOT perform heavy attacks:

Items that CAN perform heavy attacks[edit | edit source]

However, due to a bug, the Modern Axe, Bone, Arm, Leg, and Climbing Axe all do 20 damage with a power attack. For reference, a modern axe with max damage upgrades does 20 damage.

Items that CANNOT perform heavy attacks[edit | edit source]

Tips and Tricks[edit | edit source]

  • Bait enemies running straight towards you into a charged attack. This can knock them down, allowing for a devastating finishing blow.
  • While an individual enemy is burning, figure out the direction the enemy is shuffling towards and prepare a charged attack. By the time it finishes, the enemy should be right next to you.
  • While your friend is attacking an enemy (Multiplayer), figure out the direction he's hitting the enemy towards and position yourself in a way that the enemy will eventually reach you, and charge up a massive finshing attack!
  • Recommended weapons are the Modern Axe, the Club, and the Crafted Club.

Update History[edit | edit source]

Version Changes
v0.68 Fixed a case of player able to attack indefinitely while blocking after doing a heavy attack
v0.65 Overhead smash attacks now produce blood sprays correctly when hitting an animal or enemy
v0.50 (Balance) Reduced chance of enemies being knocked down from heavy attacks in hard mode
v0.47 Fixed incorrect stamina drain when doing heavy attacks

Added heavy attack for large axe type weapons

v0.34 (Balance) Slightly faster transition into heavy axe attack
v0.27 Player can no longer perform heavy swing attack if stamina is very low
v0.22 Fixed player heavy attack sometimes getting stuck on
v0.17 New heavy stick attack! Hold down attack with stick type weapon to do a heavy damage swing