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Dauntless’ new patch is all about timey-wimey monster slaying

Jeez, slayer, how come you can hunt in TWO timelines?

Dauntless - Two armored figures pose in seasonal armor from the Infinite Radiance patch. Image: Phoenix Labs

Dauntless is starting a new season today with Patch 1.6.0. Phoenix Labs has a roadmap planned throughout the spring and summer, but Infinite Radiance is the first step, and this patch has a time theme.

Players can go through the season pass in order to earn cosmetics, including a snazzy armor set. Wounding now works differently, and is much more visible, allowing hunters to focus on the damaged part of a Behemoth to build some momentum. The War Pike weapon has also been buffed, overhauling most of the weapon’s stats to make it more efficient in battle.

Dauntless - the spring/summer 2021 roadmap for Dauntless, showing new updates coming for April 22, May 6, and May 22. Image: Phoenix Labs

Today’s update has three major features that are worth noting. Phoenix Labs explains the updates in a post on its site:

Trials Updates: Trials have received some much-needed love and care. Trials goals are objective-based requirements such as winning without getting downed, designed to reward mastery of combat. Solo leaderboards are now separated by weapon type and will show the total number of goals completed. Complete goals to secure a higher spot on the leaderboard and earn rewards. Your completion time is taken into consideration to break ties.

Reward Cache and Challenges: The Reward Cache is a seasonal store replacing the Vault that offers a wide range of goods in exchange for seasonal currency. A season will be roughly the length of two Hunt Passes. Here, you’ll find a number of items (including new weapon and armour skins), as well as aethersparks, patrol keys, and classic rewards from previous Passes. Unlock rewards using seasonal coins and crystals from new daily and weekly challenges: timed quests that will ask you to slay Behemoths, complete Escalations, and more. All Vault coins have been converted to these new seasonal currencies.

Primal Behemoths and Perfect Strike: Strange fluctuations in radiant aether and time energy are being reported across the Shattered Isles. These disruptions are opening rifts to different pockets of time in the past and future. Throughout this season, players will get access to two timelines, each one bringing new Hunting Grounds challenges as well as a new seasonal talent trees unlocking unique abilities, starting this patch with the Past and its Perfect Strike ability.

Additional updates to Dauntless will be coming on April 22, when a new Cell will be added, along with more additions to the reward cache. On May 6 and May 22, there will be more substantial updates that includes a new Behemoth, Elder Behemoths, and a new Radiant Island.

The full patch notes and roadmap can be found on Phoenix Labs’ website.