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Brotato: 5 Best Tips for Beginners



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Brotato isn’t the toughest game to wrap your head around, nor is it the most mechanically challenging shoot ‘em up chapter to learn, either. Mastering it, on the other hand, is another story altogether, and one that requires several crucial steps and attempts in order to accomplish. However, if you take a moment to onboard these quick tips, then you’ll be well on your way to conquering the spud-centric world and its countless armies of gun-toting foes.

5. Hug the Borders, Not the Corners

Combat in Brotato

Arguably one of the worst things you can do in the arena is slide through the center of the field and draw the attention of your opponents. In most cases, you’ll find that hugging the borders and forming a pattern around the edges is the easiest and most effective way to whittle down enemies without onboarding too much damage. Failing that, then swerving between the mobs that occupy the outer edges and evading their oncoming attacks and projectiles. For argument’s sake, though, you should never get overconfident when it comes to tackling larger armies.

The good news is, you don’t technically need to defeat the enemies on the board, but rather evade them long enough to secure the victory. If there happens to be an overwhelming amount of foes in your scope (anything after the tenth wave, basically), then aim to hug the borders and keep moving. And remember, if you can survive the sixty or so seconds in the arena, then you’ll be given a clean slate to work with in the next round. So, try not to worry too much about having to retain your HP and loot.

4. Prioritize Filling Your Arsenal

Large mob of enemies in Brotato

As each round comes to a close, you’ll have the chance to spend your accrued funds on one of two things: perks, or weapons. In an ideal world, you’ll have all six weapons in your pocket before a selection of perks, as this will allow you to eradicate enemies more effectively and, of course, earn more XP. In short, if you have the funds to spare, then aim to prioritize weapons over any lavish benefits or items.

To answer the question, which weapons should you aim to acquire first: anything that’s rapid and can impact multiple targets at the same time. When all’s said and done, though, you won’t need to stick to one type of weapon, i.e. SMGs and other assault weapons; a mix-and-match approach is far more likely to deliver better results and rack up additional kills out on the battlefield. So, for the sake of keeping things fresh, aim to load up on a mixture of melee, assault, and close-range weapons.

3. Enable Manual Aim & Backdrop

Settings menu in Brotato

Before setting out to tackle the copious amounts of waves and enemies, you’ll want to toggle two things: manual aim, which will allow you to target and prioritize your own enemies out in the arena, and a backdrop, which will allow you to see your foes more clearly. It’s a simple step, but also an essential one that’ll allow you to make the most out of your tools and time out on the battlefield.

In addition to the backdrop and manual aim options, there is also a selection of accessibility nodes—switches that essentially allow you to toggle enemies’ health, speed, and even their damage stats. What’s more, you can also toggle certain sliders, which can make health bars appear onscreen, as well as highlight weapons and their effects mid-battle. So, if you’re struggling to make ends meet in your initial attempt, then be sure to toggle a few sliders and tailor the experience to suit your style before jumping back into the thick of it.

2. Know Your Stats & Rarities

Item selection menu in Brotato

Weapons and upgrades in Brotato are divided into four rarities: Black (Common), Blue (Rare), Purple (Epic), and Red (Legendary). In order to obtain the best pieces of gear in the game, you will of course need to shovel through a good portion of waves as one of the available characters. Note that, while some quality items will be available relatively early on, the best (or in this case, the Legendary) items will only pop up once you’ve accrued enough XP and completed a set amount of waves. And even once unlocked, you’ll find that some lower-tier items can be more powerful than a higher-tier one.

In order to reach the tougher waves and claim better loot, you will of course need to learn how to not only stay on your toesbut withstand a sufficient amount of damage from enemies. For this reason alone, you should aim to boost your base HP stats whenever the opportunity arises, as a higher health meter will, unsurprisingly, allow you to shed more bullets and deal with crowd control in a slightly more relaxed way.

1. Experimentation Is Key

Brotato Promotional Art

As inviting as it may seem to settle for the Well-Rounded spud and stick with it through to the bitter end, the simple truth is, there are oceans of character and loadout combinations to experiment with in Brotato. Matter of fact, there are numerous combinations for just about every type of player on the board, including assault builds, elemental builds, and even projectile builds, for that matter. And as it turns out, only certain characters will have the capacity and knowledge to make select weapons and items shine.

To make so much as a dent in Brotato, you will of course need to trial each of the available candidates and shuffle their weapon wheels around ever so slightly. For example, if you have a character who’s capable of dealing higher damage than others, then you’ll no doubt want to load up on weapons and stat boosters that’ll balance the sheet a little; a node that’ll double the HP, being one of the most important.


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