FEMA Tip of the day: Dueling

Posted: May 24, 2012 by kenkrebs in FEMA
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Its a grim reality, but sometimes, amid all the walkers and raiders, we get into fights with other survivors.  We duel not because we want to, but because we have to.  There are some who duel for the joy of it, but when you have to fight to stay alive, competing for supplies, it gets tough to keep straight friend from foe.  Sometimes, whole safe houses wage all out war against each other, and its times like this where it is best to have as much combat training as possible.  FEMAs own Brian S has created a general list of ways to improve your duel score so that when you find yourself getting farmed, you can retaliate and have a fighting chance.

Raising duel scores:
You can only duel someone 5 levels away from your overall level. Hence if you have a low duel score compared to most people in that group. You are hanging a big fat target on yourself.
The most immediate thing you can do is buy all the weapons and armor. You will note each has a duel score, and everything being equal, if he has all the toys and you don’t his score is higher.
As you can, you should level each weapon to its max. The increase in duel score is not much for each weapon/level but cumulatively it adds up to quite a bit.
Most time consuming but probably most important is duel, duel, duel. The only way to raise your duel skill level is to duel, and your duel level is a major factor in your duel score.
How you do this is a matter of personal preference, and I’ve listed the two most popular strategies below. Regardless as to which method you choose if you are working on leveling up your dueling score you will need to ease up on hunting since that will raise your overall level and the goal is to keep your skill levels near your overall level. Also you may find yourself starting with one and switching over to the other as the situation changes.

Method 1, duel toughs:
Preferred method for people whose major concern is needing to level duel as quickly as possible. I did this when I first joined FEMA since I had a overall level of 20 and a duel level of 1.
Concept: you only get +1 to duel skill when you duel evens and favorables (win or lose) but you get +2 when if you win against a tough. Hence if you battle a lot of toughs you will level more quickly with the occasional 2s you will get.
Down side. Your going to lose most duels so you should not keep any cash or supplies on hand because you will lose more than you will win. You can either donate to safe house or buy cheep outposts to work on your trader skill. Also for some people who like to be on the leader boards. Your win loss rate will suffer quite a bit.

Method 2,hit favorables:
Slow and steady wins the race. Also much more profitable. I use this more often now that I’m closer to my overall level since there are much fewer toughs out there.
Concept: may as well make some money while I’m doing this, and my win ration will be awesome.
While you do level a little slower than with method 1, your still getting 1 for every duel. Can be particularly useful if you scavenge, build up some supplies and then go dueling.
You can then use your supplies to level up weapons, buy bars, or buy more expensive outposts.

this is a very minimalist list, but quite effective.

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Comments
  1. chyrampsc says:

    Personally I favor method 2 and always have. Once your dueling matches your level you will find this method provides you with a lot of supplies by the time you level. Most of the time when I level I find I can purchase and automatically max out leveling the equipment I get.

  2. mydrivec says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for this. I knew most of it but I did not know about the weapons add. I had avoided all but the best weapons previously. I’ve already added several of the lower ones and my score has improved.

    The higher I get, the more favorables show up! I love it. Though I still scratch my head when a favorable with 25% of my score beats me. Can’t win em all I suppose.

    • No problem! if you wan’t even more help, I’m talking to the RAiders to see if its alright with them if I include links to their duel explanations. much more through than this

  3. mydrivec says:

    Anything that helps I’m for…I’m already up 3 levels since adding weapons. I’m finding 25% of the potential duel opponents are now Favorable which is fantastic!

  4. Something else to add: When dueling for profit, you can win a number of cash and supplies up to your overall level x 10. However, both you and your opponent need to have a minimum amount of cash and supplies on hand (I think around 200 x overall level) in order to win the max. If you lose though, you will lose the max you could have won, regardless of what your target has.

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