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Gau's Attacker Guide

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Welcome to Gau’s Barbarian Assault Attacker Guide for Leeches. This guide goes through the fundamental strategies as a solo attacker using the Magic shortbow (i) meta. This guide assumes you've played at least a few rounds as an attacker.

This guide is broken down into parts. After you have completed each part, you should play a few games in order to master that part before moving on to the next part. This guide goes into some of the most advanced techniques for an attacker. In order to join our clan, ONLY KNOWLEDGE OF PART 1-5 ARE REQUIRED. The rest of the guide covers advanced techniques that are OPTIONAL for attackers to use to further save time.

  • PART 1
    • Background
    • Requirements
    • Gear + Inventory Setup
    • Scroll Order
    • Timer Script
  • PART 2
    • Basic Gameplay (Waves 1-9)
    • Magic comp bow & Magic shortbow (i)
    • Wave 9 Survival
    • Wave 10 (One-egging as Non-scroller)
  • PART 3
    • Lower Wave Killing Order
    • Wave 10 (Egg Force & Egg Dupe) (Mind shield)
  • PART 4
    • Dinh's bulwark
    • Wave 10 A/C Block
  • PART 5
    • Crystal halberd
    • Wave 5-9 A/C Block
    • Monster Spawns (Dinh's bulwark and Crystal halberd)
  • PART 6
    • Dragon claws
    • Dark bow (Call change)
    • Dark bow (Wave 1)
  • PART 7
    • Force-ending Waves
    • Scrawled note
    • Mind-shield-loop

Example Elite Attacker Gameplay
Note this incorporates elements from parts 1-7 and so this goes way beyond what we expect for a simple attacker trial. It does demonstrate all the parts of the guide well though. Note that the crystal halberd mechanics in this video predate the Crystal halberd patch on 2018 June 7 and so the playstyle with the halberd is slightly different. However, the Crystal halberd section later in this guide is up to date.

Credits
  • Big T - Dinh's bulwark pioneer
  • Dren - Dark bow discoverer
  • flunch - Dragon claws, proofreading, inventory setup modifications, clips, playtesting
  • henke - Crystal halberd pioneer
  • Pahy - Fighter safespot discoverer
  • Sedation (Aptitude) - Videos for forcing, Crystal halberd pioneer
  • Whurse (with henke18) - Forcing mechanics

History
  • 2018 Jan 20 - Pre-update theoretical gear guides.
  • 2018 Jan 25 - Barbarian Assault arrow update day. Initial release of Attacker guide with slight modifications over the course of the week.
  • 2018 May 22 - Forcing mechanics and guide
  • 2018 Jun 9 - Crystal halberd guide update following Crystal halberd buff/nerf
  • 2018 Jun 9 - Archers ring (i) no longer recommended
  • 2018 Jun 12 - Whole guide revamped. Saradomin godsword no longer recommended.
  • 2018 Jul 16 - Scythe of vitur generally not recommended except for very niche uses
  • 2018 Aug 21 - Typos and mention of RuneLite timer
  • 2018 Aug 24 - Updated Dinh's and Crystal halberd parts to reflect changing meta on special attack timing.
  • 2018 Sep 13 - Further updates to Dinh's and Crystal halberd special attack timings.
Let me know if there's anything I should change or update!

Cheers ~Gau
 
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PART 1

Background
Following the Barbarian Assault changes on January 25, 2018, the Magic shortbow (i) became the new fastest way of performing the attacker role. Ranged is significantly faster than both melee and magic.

As this guide explains the basics of the attacker role in this new meta, it may not cover some advanced techniques or strategies. In addition, this guide focuses on playing as a solo attacker. That being said, many parts of this guide (mainly parts 1-3, dragon claws, and part 7) may apply when you play with two attackers.

This guide assumes you know the basics of Barbarian Assault and of the attacker role. That is, you have casually played a few games as an attacker.

Requirements
In order to play efficiently, you should not expect the healer to heal you on any wave. Therefore, you must be able to tank damage from the Penance Fighters and Penance Rangers. In order to avoid dying, it is recommended to have at least 90 Ranged, 75 Defence and 90 Hitpoints. However, a higher Ranged and Defence level is even better. There is a breakdown lower down that shows the relative efficacy of every upgrade.

It is absolutely crucial to level up your attacker role to level 5. At level 5, you do an additional 5 damage per attack, regardless of if your attack hits or not. The bonus from level 5 in the attacker role accounts for over 20% of your damage output.

Gear
Please refer to the following table for the recommended equipment. The most important items are in black. Elite void is strongly recommended over regular void. The unbolded gear upgrades only provide a very small benefit and so are not items you should prioritize getting.


Do I Really Need To Get This Upgrade?
This section gives you an idea of how much faster you will be per round (per 12-15 minutes) if you add the following gear/levels. You may come back to this section and refer to it as you go through the different parts.
  • Elite void: 7.5 seconds faster than regular void.
  • Pegasian boots: 0.7 seconds faster than Blessed boots.
  • 3rd age bow: 1.4 seconds faster than the Magic shortbow (i) if you can swap to the Magic shortbow (i) and use the special attack without losing ticks. It also has 2 more ranged than the Magic shortbow (i), meaning that you also save extra time when chasing down monsters heading east.
  • Ranged level-up: 99 Ranged is 30 seconds faster than 90 Ranged (3.3 seconds faster per level)
  • Dinh's bulwark with Serpentine helm: About 15 seconds faster than not using the bulwark.
  • Barrows gloves: Saves about 1.5 seconds if you can switch without losing ticks
  • Amulet of torture: Saves about 1.5 seconds if you can switch without losing ticks
  • Berserker ring (i): Saves about 1.5 seconds if you can switch without losing ticks
  • Primordial boots: Saves about 1 second if you can switch without losing ticks
  • Void melee helm: Equivalent in damage to the Serpentine helm in combination with Barrows gloves, but does not poison monsters. Essentially a downgrade, but it may be easier to use if you are unable to switch quickly.
  • Dark bow: Saves about 6 seconds
  • Scrawled note: Saves about 20 seconds
  • Crystal halberd: Saves about 45 seconds
  • Scythe of vitur: Does about 10-20% dps over Magic shortbow(i) only when used on a stack of 3+ monsters. This weapon is essentially inferior to the Crystal halberd special attack and so has almost no use in Barbarian Assault. Its use would be for attacking stacks of 3+ monsters after unloading all your Crystal halberd special attacks. However, with proper use of the Crystal halberd, you should expect not to get any further stacks.
  • Archers ring (i): Saves 0 seconds. No longer recommended.
  • Saradomin godsword and Toxic blowpipe: Healing special attacks are not recommended as they are not very effective - instead you should use other special attack items.
  • Dragon 2h sword: Not recommended - ineffective compared to other strategies
By the end of part 7, we will have explained the essentials to all these listed items, so do not worry if you are unsure how to use these items at present.

Inventory Setup
Basic Setup (for Part 2)

New attackers should use this basic setup. As you go through the guide, you will slowly add new items until you reach the advanced setup below. You can use any item on the right as placeholders to align your inventory as demonstrated below for maximum efficiency.


Advanced Setup
The advanced setup contains all the items you might consider using during a round depending on the situation. This is the final setup an expert attacker will reach. Setups using the Magic shortbow (i) and the 3rd age bow are displayed. Some attackers will opt for a 5-way switch which includes Primordial boots, whereas some attackers will opt for a 2- or 3-way switch.



Scroll Order
The spawn location of players depends on the "scroll order" - that is, the order in which players join a team. In order for all players to start each wave as close as possible to where they need to go, we invite players to a team in a specific order. Generally, in leeches, the attacker should grab the scroll (he should be the “scroller”) and invite people in the following order: ACHLD - which corresponds to
Scroller/1: Attacker
2: Collector
3: Healer
4: Customer aka Leeching Role (any role)
5: Defender

The most common scroll order in funs with two attackers is the following: AAHCD
Common fun scroll order:


Timer Script
Making mistakes as an attacker is the fastest way to lose points during a round. Starting from the second mistake, every time you do an attack with the wrong style, attackers get a 2-point penalty and everyone else gets a 1-point penalty, up to a maximum penalty of -20 / -10 per wave. Therefore, it is imperative that you use a timer of some sorts to know when the horn call will change and when the monsters will spawn.

RuneLite has an automatic timer script when you play Barbarian Assault.

Alternatively, a premade timer script using autohotkey can be found here: https://baservices.site/threads/27/. This script does not interact with your client in any fashion - it only provides an audiovisual overlay, It does not break any Jagex rules. With the default setup, simply press F3 as the first wave starts to begin the timer, and press F2 at the start of each additional wave to reset the wave timer.
 
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PART 2
Inventory Setup
New attackers should use this basic setup. As you go through the guide, you will slowly add new items until you reach the advanced setup below. You can use any item on the right as placeholders to align your inventory as demonstrated below for maximum efficiency.


Basic Gameplay
In general, the attacker role is quite similar for all waves. The next few lines break down the basic strategy used in all waves.

Usual Round (Waves 1-9)
Prior to the round starting, in the wave 1 lobby, set attack options to left-click. Set your attack style to Rapid and turn off auto-retaliate. Drink a Ranging potion.
  1. Run up to the dispenser and collect some arrows
  2. Run up along the east wall of the western cannon hill
  3. Call for the collector
  4. Switch to your Magic comp bow and equip your arrows
  5. Drink potions, if necessary
  6. Hit the first monster with your magic comp bow, then continue running to the northwest corner and switch to your magic shortbow (i)
  7. Keep hitting the monsters, killing fighters and rangers equally, while staying in the northwest corner
  8. Once all monsters in the northwest corner are dead, run east and kill any stragglers (fighters east (fe) or rangers east (re)).
    • For leeches where the customer is on a "defender" or "attacker" round, or for funs, run to the eastern cannon and shoot red or green eggs at any surviving healers or escaping runners.
    • For leeches, where the customer is on a “healer” round, stand near the healer so that the healer can heal you with his vial, gaining more points for the wave.
    • You do not need to do anything at the end of a wave for a "collector" round

Example gameplay

2. Run up along the east wall of the western cannon hill
One of the attacker's roles is to help out the healer by manipulating how Penance Healers move. Penance Healers aggro onto players and chase them down and poison them. By standing far west, you will be out of view of any Penance Healers. This means that all the Penancer Healers will stay in the northeast corner, helping the player healer poison all the monsters more quickly.

If you run up in the middle of the map and cross the red line, newly spawning Penance Healers will chase after you as you head into the northwest corner. Therefore, you must always use one of the 3 green corridors while running up to attack monsters. In this way, the Penance Healers will stay east.


4. Switch to your Magic comp bow and equip your arrows
The arrows are colour-coded to match with the four elemental Magic spells, allowing you to quickly select the right arrow. More on the Magic comp bow below.

5. Drink potions, if necessary
You should drink a Ranging potion before wave 1 and on waves 6 and 9.
You should drink a Super combat on waves 6 and 9.

6. Hit the first monster with your magic comp bow, then continue running to the northwest corner and switch to your magic shortbow (i)
The magic comp bow has a range of 10 squares, and the magic shortbow (i) has a range of 7 squares. Using the magic comp bow for the first hit allows you to start attacking approximately 1 tick earlier, increasing your wave efficiency. If you are using a 3rd age bow, you do not need to switch between weapons as it has a range of 9 squares.

You should stay quite far west after you reach the monsters. Earlier it was stated that you should not cross the red line in the image above. This is still true - you should never cross the red line until all the monsters in the northwest are dead. However, you should also stand west of the yellow line below. Once Penance Healers have spawned and chased an initial player, they may later target a second or third player. Penance Healers that "reaggro" may be standing further west than newly spawned Penance Healers. If you stand east of the yellow line, a few "reaggroing" Penance Healers will target you and come all the way west. If you stand west of the yellow line, it is extremely rare for any Penance Healers to ever reaggro you. As the collector must also respect these rules, it is ideal to kill monsters to drop eggs west of the yellow line. You may very briefly cross the yellow line to chase down a monster but in ideal circumstances you would always be west of the yellow line.


Ring of suffering (ri)
The Ring of suffering (ri) increases your survivability (it' is equivalent to +9 Defence levels), especially on wave 9, but that is not its only important role. The Ring of suffering (ri) increases your damage output via the recoil effect. The recoil effect from the Ring of suffering (ri) makes it more advantageous than the Archers ring (i) on all waves. Make sure the recoil setting is turned to "on". The recoil effect costs approximately 1-2k gp per round, and so its price is negligible.

Surviving Wave 9
Even a maxed account can die if they don't use the right approach to surviving wave 9. When you are new to attacking, use as many of these tips as you can to reduce your chances of dying. As you get more comfortable, you may choose to only use some of these strategies.
  • Always pot up (Ranging potion and Super combat) as you run up.
  • Level-up your Hitpoints and Defence.
  • Focus down individual mobs and don't try to tag everything. If you don't attack fighters as they spawn, there is a chance that they wander east and attack the defender and healer. This may result in a "zoo east", where a bunch of monsters end up on the east side. This is good as it lowers the damage you receive. However, it may slightly increase your wave time.
  • Rangers have a higher max hit and a higher accuracy than fighters. In addition, they attack more often as they used ranged instead of melee. Therefore, focus on killing rangers that are currently attacking you.
  • Use the safespot on the west wall - covered below.
  • As a last resort, if you end up with low hp, head to the cannon and wait for the monsters to aggro the collector. Once they are aggroed onto the collector, you can target the monsters one-by-one while requesting heals from the healer. Note that monsters reaggro every 6 seconds (6, 12, 18, 24 etc), so as long as you are hiding behind the cannon on that tick, they will not aggro you. The max hit you can get is 9 damage, but you can also receive poison damage from healers.

Wave 9 Safespot
By using this safespot, you avoid getting hit by any fighters that are targetting you. Firstly, stand on the tile shown in this image.


Next, run down to the second location indicated in the images. The fighters will get stuck on the wall and be unable to hit you. Note that monsters change targets every 6 seconds, so you may need to run back and forth between the two spots every once in a while.


Here is a video of the above in play:

Wave 10 Specifics
There are a few differences between waves 1-9 and wave 10.

Firstly, the layout of the map is slightly different. Healers spawn near the middle of the map. This means that the aggro zone for healers is different. You may not cross the red line on the image below. This means that on wave 10 only, you should be running to the west of the west cannon at the start of the game.


If a fighter wanders east right away, you cannot shoot it without crossing the red line. In addition, the defender and healer tend to pull monsters east more often on wave 10. Therefore, you are more likely to have a large number of monsters east on wave 10. Once all the monsters in the northwest are dead, you may only head east to kill the remaining monsters after 60 seconds have elapsed since the wave start (i.e. after the call changes a second time). This is because there is a Penance Healer that spawns at 60 seconds and you do not want it to target you.

You may note in the above image that there is a mushroom highlighted in orange. You cannot shoot over this mushroom. Therefore, if the ranger is standing directly on its spawn point, you should instead use your comp bow to shoot the fighter first. If the ranger has moved a tile west or east, you may shoot the ranger with your first shot as you run up.

After you have killed all the fighters and rangers, you may use the cannon to shoot at any surviving healers, if any. Next, prepare for the queen by following the steps below.

Collect 1 set of spikes from the mushroom circled in green. Next, stand on the tile indicated in orange. Drop some arrows so that when you get the egg, it will appear in your inventory at the indicated spot. Angle your camera so that north points downwards. Once you get your egg, you can immediately add spikes and use it on the defender.


If you have the Barbarian Assault scroll in your inventory (i.e. are in the first position), you are the scroller. The scroller should NOT shoot the cannon to kill the queen. If you do not have the scroll (i.e. are in the 2nd-5th position), you are not the scroller. You SHOULD shoot the cannon.

This video demonstrates "one-egging" the queen when you are NOT the scroller.

Putting everything together, it should look something like this:


Magic Shortbow (i) Special Attack
The Magic shortbow (i) has a special attack uses up 50% special energy, and shoots two attacks with slightly decreased accuracy. Given the high accuracy of all attacks, it's essentially equivalent to doing two attacks in one interval. Use this on every wave for now, and prioritize fighters at full hp. Using it early in the wave allows the monsters to spawn faster and allows the collector get more eggs. Therefore, consider using it on the 2nd and 3rd fighter for now.

If you use the 3rd age bow, you will need to switch to the magic shortbow (i) to use the special attack.

Part 2 Cheat sheet
This is the end of part 2. There is a lot of information above. I recommend practicing a few rounds until you understand the basic information provided in this section, before moving on to part 3. You may use this handy cheat sheet to remember a few important details.

Lobby: Left-click attack. Rapid & Retal off. Ranging potion
W1: For all waves, try to kill fighters and rangers equally
W2:
W3:
W4:
W5:
W6:
Ranging potion + Super combat
W7:
W8:
W9:
Ranging potion + Super combat. Watch HP. Use safespot and prioritize rangers if needed.
W10: Run west of cannon - only cross east after 2nd call (60s)
 
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PART 3
Gear
If you are learning the attacker role, you should add one Mind shield and one Elemental shield to your inventory. Your inventory should now look something like this:



Lower Wave Killing Order
There are a few important concepts to know when it comes to the killing order on the lower waves.

There is a maximum number of Penance Fighters that may be spawned at any one time, and a maximum number of Penance Rangers that may be spawned at any one time. This limit is based on the wave. The remaining fighters and rangers will only spawn if you kill off some of the original spawning monsters.

For example, on wave 1, there are a total of 4 fighters and 4 rangers, but there may only be a total of 2 fighters and 2 rangers out at any one time. Monsters spawn at 6-second intervals. Therefore, it is in your best interest to kill the monsters off equally so all the extra monsters can also be killed.

The second important concept is that after a fighter reaches 0 hp, it takes approximately 2.4 seconds for it to die. Conversely, when a ranger reaches 0 hp, it takes approximately 1.2 seconds to die. Therefore, whenever possible, the last monster you kill should always be a ranger and not a fighter, as it allows the wave to end faster.

Lastly, it takes time for an arrow to fly towards a monster. Therefore, when feasible, you should always try to be standing as close as possible to the last monster as you kill it in order to save time.

We can apply these three concepts to the lower waves.

Wave 1
There are 4 fighters and 4 rangers but only 2 fighters and 2 rangers may be out at any given time (F 2+2 R 2+2)

Therefore, you should start by killing a fighter and alternate between killing fighters and rangers until all monsters are dead. This ensures that the spawns of the 3rd and 4th monsters aren't delayed (at 18 seconds and 24 seconds of wave time respectively)

Killing order: F1-R1-F2-R2-F3-R3-F4-R4

An alternate killing order is to use the magic shortbow (i) special attack on the first and last fighter. As your first hit is with a Magic comp bow, you would tag the ranger with 1 hit first, and then go back to the normal killing order:
Alternate killing order: R1(tag)-F1*-R1(kill)-F2-R2-F3-R3-F4*-R4
*Use your magic shortbow (i) special attack.


Wave 2
There are 5 fighters and 4 rangers, with a maximum of 2 fighters and 3 rangers out at any time. (F 2+3 R 3+1). In order for all monsters to spawn, a total of 3 fighters and 1 ranger must be killed. The best way is to immediately kill two fighters, then kill 1 ranger, then kill 1 fighter. After that, you can kill the rest of the monsters in any order.

Killing order: F1-F2-R1-F3-...
where ... represents killing the middle monsters in an arbitrary order. As the last fighter spawns later than the last ranger, if you are very fast, you will kill the fighter last. If you are slower, kill the last fighter before you kill the last ranger.

Incorporating special attacks, you may consider the following order. Again it is the same order with an extra tag of the first ranger at the start:
Alternate killing order: R1(tag)-F1*-F2-R1(kill)-F3-...-F5*
*Use your magic shortbow (i) special attack on the first and last fighter.


Wave 3
The spawns are F 5+0 R 3+3. You need to kill only 3 rangers and all fighters and rangers will spawn.

As there are more rangers than fighters, you should prioritize killing rangers. Ideally alternate between Rangers and Fighters.

Ideal killing order: R-F (alternate) ... -R


Waves 4-9
For the higher waves, the exact spawn numbers are no longer very important. You should kill in approximate equal numbers between fighters and rangers, targetting fighters first.

Ideal killing order: F-R (alternate) ... -R

An important strategy for all waves is to try and prevent any monster from chasing after the defender to the east. To do this, you should shoot an arrow at any monster that is aggroed onto the defender, so that it changes aggro from the defender to you. Note that the monster will only reaggro onto you if 1) It hasn't hit any player in the last 6 seconds and 2) It hasn't been hit by an attack in the last 6 seconds. If either condition is false, it will not reaggro when hit by an arrow.

In addition, during the first call, make sure to finish off your kills on lower waves when possible so that the collector has enough eggs to collect.

On waves 6-10, you can ignore monsters that have 1 hp left, hoping that they will hit you and die from the recoil effect, as long as the collector has enough eggs to collect.


Wave 10 Egg Forcing and Egg Duping
You can optimize wave 10 by forcing the egg and duping the egg when you are the person with the scroll. Note that only the person with the scroll (the scroller) can affect the game by stalling things (demonstrated below). Players 2-5 cannot stall. This video demonstrates what you would ideally want to achieve:


Egg Forcing
As the person holding the scroll (i.e. first position), it is possible to make the first yellow egg spawn faster for the collector. To do this, you should create a "stall". The simplest type of stall uses prayer interfaces. Simply click on any prayer, and while the error message is displayed in the chatbox, the game is "soft" stalled - that is, any "soft" actions will be delayed. You want to press the prayer icon after the queen-appearing animation starts, and you want to exit the interface after the queen npc has appeared on the map. Refer to the video below:


This however can fail if the call changes when your interface is open. A call change is a "hard" action that will force-exit your interface. If the call is changing at the same time as the queen spawning, you have to open your prayer interface AFTER the call changes but while the queen is spawning. This is doable because you only actually need to be soft-stalling for one very specific tick (see the video above). For safety however, you may keep the prayer interface open for multiple ticks before/after.

Egg Duping
As seen in Part 2, you can one-egg the queen if everyone spams to shoot the omega egg on the same tick. However, if someone is a bit slow, a one-egg may be unsuccessful, requiring two eggs. However, using a "hard" stall, you can shoot the egg over two ticks instead of one tick, allowing for double the time to spam the omega egg. To do this, we use either the Mind shield or Elemental shield (from now on referred to as the Mind shield). Whenever you equip a Mind shield, you cause a 1-tick "hard" stall, blocking all actions in the game. This prevents the number of eggs in the cannon from going down for an extra tick, allowing you to shoot for two ticks. You need to equip the shield the tick after the collector loads the hopper. As this is nearly impossible to time, there is a foolproof way of achieving this. Firstly, equip your first Mind shield. As the collector gets ready to load the hopper, just start spam-equipping your second shield. In doing so, you equip 1 shield per tick, guaranteeing that you will be equipping the shield on the right tick. Refer to the video at the beginning of the Wave 10 section to see this in action. If you watch closely you will see two eggs being shot.

Part 3 Cheat Sheet
This is the end of part 3. There is not as much information as part 2, but these strategies are a lot more about understanding specific mechanics about Barbarian Assault and fine-tuning things. Once you have learned the elements in part 3, you are beginning to become a decent attacker. Your current knowledge is sufficient to passing the attacker trial. After you pass your attacker trial, you should definitely learn how to use Dinh's bulwark in part 4 and continue learning. Below is a cheat sheet for people who have completed part 3:

Lobby: Left-click attack. Rapid & Retal off. Range pot
W1: F->R
W2: F-F-R-F
W3: R->F
W4: F->R
W5:
W6:
Range pot + Super combat
W7:
W8:
W9:
Range pot + Super combat
W10: West of cannon - only cross east after 2nd call (60s)
 
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PART 4
Part 4 is short, but it covers two fairly easy strategies that can drastically improve your time on solo attacker rounds and so all attackers should know the strategies in part 4.

Gear
In this part, we are adding Dinh's bulwark to our inventory. I've also added the Serpentine helm, Barrows gloves, an Amulet of fury, and a Berserker ring (i) . You can choose how many items you want to use when switching to melee. You can also use cheaper melee gear with almost no penalty. It is important not to waste time when equipping items. Some people equip only Dinh's bulwark and the Serpentine helm, then attack once with Dinh's bulwark, and then finish equipping the rest of their melee gear for the second attack. This way, you can benefit in part from the whole switch without wasting time.



Dinh's bulwark
Dinh's bulwark has a special attack, which hits up to 10 enemies standing up to 5 squares away from the player. (11x11 area attack). It costs 50% of your special attack. This is one of the best attacks in Barbarian Assault. With maxed gear and stats, Dinh's bulwark causes an average of 17 damage per monster in range (and 34 damage to the primary targeted monster as it gets double-hit). In addition, there is a 30% chance of poisoning any given monster due to the effect of the Serpentine helm. Overall, on higher waves, the special attack will deal over 200 damage on average and poison about 2 monsters. In general, expect at least 100 damage PER special attack. You can use the special attack twice in a row.

The drawback is that this special attack can only be used on an accurate call style, and so if the call is not accurate, you cannot use the special attack. The other attack styles can be used with the Crystal halberd, covered in the next section.

You should use the special attack at the following times:
Wave 4-5: Right before/after the first call change (start at 24-31 seconds).
Wave 6-10: Around 36-44 seconds

Note you can use your special attack on the exact tick corresponding to 30.0 seconds and hit monsters spawning at 30 seconds in the first call. However, this is risky because if you attack a tick too late, you will get negative points using the wrong attack.

Dinh's special attack is SUPERIOR to using the Magic shortbow (i) special attack if you hit 3 or more monsters with the special attack. If you have not used the special attack by the beginning of the 3rd call, use your magic shortbow (i) special attack.

Note that you need to switch you ranged attack style back to rapid after unequipping Dinh's bulwark.



In order to maximize the effectiveness of the special attack, once you know that the call is accurate, you should avoid finishing off monsters and focusing on tagging monsters to bring them near you (only if the collector has enough eggs to gather). As a reminder, monsters will only change target onto you when you tag them if they have not attacked or been attacked in the last 6 seconds (check for an hp bar on the monster).

Wave 10 A/C Block
Due to the unique characteristics of the wave 10 map, fighters and rangers are much more likely to aggro onto the defender or healer and end up in the middle of the map. As you should never cross the red line in the first 60 seconds of the wave, it is harder to tag fighters wandering east as well. Therefore, Dinh's bulwark is less effective. In addition, if you do use Dinh's bulwark or are a fast attacker, you may kill all the monsters in the northwest corner before 60 seconds have elapsed. You then have to wait for some time before heading east to kill the rest of the monsters.

In order to prevent this from happening, one can do what is called an "a/c block" (attacker-collector block). In this section, we discuss the a/c block on wave 10. The a/c block for waves 6-9 is discussed further below.



To perform the a/c block, the collector stands on the yellow square, and the attacker stands on the red square. From 0-23 seconds, if a fighter is attacking either player from the east, the player steps 2 squares west, waits 1 tick, then steps 2 squares back east to the original spot. This brings the fighter to the west side of the player. Tag each fighter as it spawns to bring it into the a/c block.

Monsters will start to be aggroed east to the center of the map at 24-36 seconds, so you must stand still on the indicated tiles during that time. Monsters that try to go east will instead be stuck behind the attacker/collector, keeping them in the northwest corner.

One important thing to understand is the concept of whether or not a tile is solid. When you step onto a tile, the tile is marked as "solid", preventing any monster from stepping on that tile. When you step off that tile, the tile is marked as "unsolid", allowing monsters to step onto that tile. If you are 3 people standing on a tile, and you step off that tile, the tile will be marked as "unsolid", allowing monsters to walk through the tile even though there are 2 more players on that tile. In a similar vein, if the attacker is standing on his block spot, and the collector "runs through" the attacker, the attacker's tile is marked as "unsolid". To remake the tile "solid", you need to step off and back on the tile.


Part 4 Cheat Sheet
Lobby: Left-click attack. Rapid & Retal off. Range pot
W1: F->R
W2: F-F-R-F
W3: R->F
W4: F->R, D24-31
W5: D24-31
W6:
D36-44, Range + Super
W7: D36-44,
W8: D36-44,
W9: D36-44, Range + Super
W10: D36-44, east @60
 
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PART 5
The crystal halberd mechanics have become very straightforward ever since its special attack was modified on 2018 June 7. In fact, the crystal halberd is in fact currently the best weapon to use in Barbarian Assault. The dragon halberd works exactly the same way as the crystal halberd, but has a lower accuracy and lower strength bonus. Given that the requirements to obtain the crystal halberd are almost the same as the dragon halberd, we exclusively recommend the crystal halberd.

The crystal halberd is superior to the magic shortbow (i) special attacks if you are able to hit 3+ monsters with the special attack, assuming that you take no time to set up the special attack. Practically, it is probably worth it to use it on stacks of 4+ monsters. The crystal halberd does superior damaged compared to Dinh's bulwark.

Gear


Crystal Halberd Special Attack Mechanics
The crystal halberd special attack takes up 30% of your special attack energy. It hits a maximum of ten targets in a 3x1 area. Please refer to the image below. If you use the special attack on a monster directly north or south of you, it will hit up to ten monsters in a 3x1 grid centered on the targetted monster. If you use the special attack on a monster directly east or west, it will hit monsters in a 1x3 grid. However, using the special attack diagonally is a bit counter-intuitive. Essentially, when you hit diagonally, the special attack will always work in a horizontal 3x1 (i.e. west-east) area that is centered on the monster that you clicked on.



Crystal Halberd Strategy
Essentially, the idea of the crystal halberd is to stack all the monsters on top of the ranger spawn tile, and then unleash three special attacks which will decimate all the monsters in the special attack area. For example, on Wave 9, three special attacks will kill any given monster about 75% of the time. However, since you will hit each monster once with your bow to lure it to the right tile, taking into account the bow, the success rate of instantly killing any given monster on Wave 9 is approximately 90%.

Gear Selection
With a max combat account, using a Super combat and Ranging potion, tagging a monster and then using 3 crystal halberd specs will kill a monster on wave 9 with a 94% success rate. This assumes you do a 4-way switch.

The following changes reduce your success rate as follows:
  • Using a 1-way switch (Void melee helm only): -3% success rate
  • Not using any potions: -5% success rate
  • Having 90 Ranged instead of 99 Ranged: -0.5% success rate
  • Having 75 Attack instead of 99 Attack: -1% success rate
  • Having 80 Strength instead of 99 Strength: -4% success rate
  • Using a dragon halberd instead of a crystal halberd: -5% success rate

By changing the above, the differences in absolute success rate are relatively small. However, you should always use a crystal halberd and pot up. If you lose time trying to equip items doing a 4-way switch, it may be more prudent to simply do a 1-way switch with a Void melee helm. Or, as stated before, switch most of your gear only after doing the first special attack hit.

A/C Block Revisited (Waves 6-9)
Here we will revisit the attacker-collector block for waves 6-9. It is important to have good teamwork between the attacker and collector in order for the crystal halberd to work effectively.

When the defender gets logs in the middle of the map, fighters and rangers aggro onto the defender and chase after the defender. The a/c block physically blocks the monsters from travelling east across the map. In Barbarian Assault, fighters and rangers change targets at 6-second intervals (i.e. 12 seconds, 18 seconds, 24 seconds, 30 seconds, etc). Monsters also spawn on these 6-second intervals (6 seconds, 12 seconds, 18 seconds, etc).

Collector's Role During and After the A/C Block
The collector's role is very important. The collector must stand on certain tiles at specific points in time. As mentioned earlier, monsters spawn every 6 seconds. Therefore, the first Fighter and Ranger spawn at 6 seconds; the second Fighter and Ranger spawn at 12 seconds, and so on. As a collector, you must either use a timer or pay attention to when the monsters spawn to keep track of time.

The most important thing is that at NO point in time do you ever step on the ranger spawn (R) while there are monsters alive.



Here are the steps which you must do:
  • After you run up to the northwest corner, you should go and stand on the tile labelled C1. Occasionally, Penance Rangers will wander northeast immediately after spawning - you therefore block them from wandering further east.
  • At 13-17 seconds (i.e., before the 3rd batch of monsters spawn), you should move to C2. Then, at 20-23 seconds (i.e. before the 4th batch of monsters spawn), you should move back to C1. By doing this, any Penance Fighter standing to the east of of you will get trapped to the west of C1.
  • You must absolutely be standing on C1 from 24-30 seconds without moving, or else the a/c block does not work.
  • If the second call is accurate, the attacker while use Dinh's bulwark and so you can abandon the a/c block and collect eggs freely.
  • Otherwise, after the call change, you have a few seconds to collect eggs that are ADJACENT to the ranger spawn. While grabbing eggs, try to move the fighters onto the ranger spawn tile R.
  • By 36 seconds, you must drag all the fighters that are attacking you back onto the ranger spawn. Referring to the image below, this means that you should stand on the northern or western yellow square. Then, all the monsters will be stacked on the ranger spawn (R). While the attacker is using his special attacks, you may directly click on any of the yellow squares to go there and collect eggs - this should not move any of the fighters away from the central tile. If the attacker is standing west of the stack, you will be restricted to only the yellow tiles. If the attacker is standing north of the stack when using his special attack, you will be able to take eggs from the pink tiles. The fighters will walk one square east or west of the ranger stack but still be within the area of effect of the crystal halberd. Note that running stepping on a fighter or running diagonally across might push the fighter out of the tiles. Be careful not to disrupt the attacker.
  • After the attacker has used his special attacks, you may freely run around and collect/load eggs.




Attacker's Role During the A/C Block
As mentioned in the part of the collector's role, monsters spawn every 6 seconds, and aggro onto players every 6 seconds. However, this means that for the first 6 seconds of a monster's life, it is not aggroed onto any player. During this time, it will wander randomly unless you hit it once with a weapon, at which point it will aggro onto you. Therefore, it is imperative that you tag rangers as soon as they spawn. If you do this, they are less likely to wander away from the ranger spawn point.



Here are the steps which you must do:
  • As you run up, tag the ranger asap if it is still standing on the ranger spawn. This way, you will be able to keep it in the stack of monsters. If the ranger has already wandered away, you may choose to either tag the ranger or fighter first. If the fighter walked east from its spawn point, you probably want to tag it first or else it will be lost in the far east.
  • As you are attacking monsters, go and stand on the tile labelled A2.
  • Around 20-23 seconds, move to A1. The defender heads to the logs and gets the aggro of monsters at 24 seconds.
  • Normally, the defender is out of range at 30 seconds so the monsters will reaggro onto you or the collector. You can move around starting at 30 seconds. However, the best spot to stand is directly south of the ranger spawn to block rangers from wandering south.

While doing the above, every 6 seconds (when you see a fighter spawn), you should immediately tag the spawning ranger, and then fighter. In the stack of monsters on the ranger spawn spot, the second monster in the list will be the newest-spawned ranger.



First Call Change
After 30 seconds, as an attacker you will have just finished the a/c block. If the call is accurate, you should use Dinh's bulwark as previously described. Otherwise, you should prepare to use the Crystal halberd. You should use the special attack at the same time as you would use Dinh's bulwark in the previous part. Most people do not bother using the Crystal halberd on waves 4 and 5, but they definitely can be used if you have a good stack.

Generally, tag the ranger and fighter that spawn at 36 seconds (6 seconds after the call change), then prepare for the special attack and execute it as soon as you can to get eggs for the collector.

First Call Change - Monster Spawns (Crystal halberd and Dinh's)
Prior to using the special attack, you should kill enough monsters to allow all monsters to spawn, similar to the early waves. This section can be applied to both the Crystal halberd and Dinh's bulwark.

We will use wave 7 as an example. On wave 7, there are a total of 7 fighters and 7 rangers. There may be a maximum of 5 fighters and 6 rangers spawned at any given time. Therefore, in an ideal world, you would need to kill 2 fighters and 1 ranger before using your special attack on the remaining monsters. The last monster should spawn at 42 seconds. This is coded as follows: F2 R1 - 42. Focus mainly on rangers that are no longer in the stack as they won't be hit by the halberd special attack.

Special Attack
When using the special attack, you would usually stand on C2 and use your special attack on the ranger spawn R. Standing north of the stack of monsters is preferred over standing west (A2) because your special attack from C2 is horizontal (west-east). This allows the collector to obtain eggs diagonally from the stack. The collector is unable to collect eggs diagonally if you spec while standing west of the ranger stack.

That being said, if there is a monster 1 tile away from the ranger stack, you would choose your standing spot accordingly to hit the most monsters possible.

Use 3 special attacks in a row. Ideally, right-click on a monster to attack. If you left click, you might be dragged by a moving monster off of your stack. Make sure to switch attack styles before using your special attack, and be careful of any call change. After that, switch back to your bow and kill any leftover stragglers, making sure your attack style is Rapid.

Please see the following videos for examples:

Part 5 Cheat Sheet
Some attackers use Dinh's bulwark on waves 4 and 5, but the Crystal halberd is not worth using.

Lobby: Left-click attack. Rapid & Retal off. Range pot
W1: F->R
W2: F-F-R-F
W3: R->F
W4: F->R, 24-30
W5: F3 R1 - 24-30
W6: F1 R2 - 36, Pot
W7: F2 R1 - 36
W8: F0 R3 - 36
W9: F2 R1 - 36, Pot
W10: F2 R1 - 36
 
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PART 6
Part 6 discusses two adjuncts to your usual arsenal of weapons. These two weapons may speed up your rounds by a few seconds.

Gear
We are adding Dragon claws and the Dark bow, which each have completely separate roles. If you can't afford Dragon claws, in theory you should sell your Pegasian boots and Primordial boots and use Blessed boots for the most effective gear. We use a 4-way melee switch here, but you can choose to add Primordial boots if you are able to switch all your items without losing any time (not recommended for most people).



Dragon Claws
If you are a fast attacker, on waves 2-4 you should have no issue with following the kill order and getting all monsters to spawn on time. On waves 2-5, you should use Dragon claws. Dragon claws are very powerful special attacks that use up 50% of your energy and are generally used to kill the last 2 monsters or so on the wave. Many of the videos in part 1 and 2 showcase the use of Dragon claws. Essentially, think of Dragon claws as equivalent to the Magic shortbow (i) special attack, except with increased damage.

Dark Bow

The Dark bow fires two arrows are the same time, but has a 4.8 tick delay per attack (Rapid). The accuracy of the Dark bow is essentially equivalent to the Magic shortbow (i)'s normal attack, and so the Dark bow normal attack can be considered equivalent to two normal attacks. Two magic shortbow (i) attacks take 3.6 seconds, and so overall you lose 1.2 seconds if you use a single Dark bow attack. However, the Dark bow has specific uses because the two attacks happen right away.

Dark Bow and Call Changes
At call change, there is usually a delay in your next attack. If you have to delay by more than 1.2 seconds (2 ticks) (either because it takes you a second to equip your arrows and/or the collector does not call immediately), you should use the Dark bow on your last attack before call change, and then use the Dark bow's cooldown to re-equip your magic shortbow (i) and choose your arrows.

Guessing the call on your first attack after a call change, and then switching arrows in time for your second attack also makes you lose 2 ticks on average, and so can be considered equivalent to using a Dark bow. However, by guessing the call you have a 67% of having a missed attacked. In addition, if you have to guess the attack twice in a row, then it was slower than using the Dark bow.


Dark Bow Wave 1 Strategy
The Dark bow can also be used to insta-kill the last monster on a wave as it fires two attacks immediately. However, if the monster does not die, you have to wait 4.8 seconds for your next attack. When potted at level 90-99 Ranged, you have approximately a 90% and 85% chance of insta-killing the ranger and fighter from max health respectively.

Running simulations, the strategy with the highest chance of successfully killing all monsters before the first call change was calculated to be two magic shortbow (i) special attacks and ending with the Dark bow. You kill the first fighter to prevent a delayed spawn, and the last fighter to get the last two kills quickly.

Bear in mind that you should be standing next to the last ranger at the end, as arrows take a fair amount of time to fly toward their target.

The kill order is essentially the same as before:

Dark bow Wave 1: R1(tag)-F1*-R1(kill)-F2-R2-F3-R3-F4*-R4
*Magic shortbow (i) special attack
_Dark bow normal attack


Dark Bow and Wave End
You can use the Dark bow to kill the last monster faster on other waves as well. This works especially well when combined with "forcing" (covered in the next part). Essentially, knock down the last monster to about 50% health with one or two hits with your magic shortbow (i), and then switch to the Dark bow and hit it with the Dark bow, which is very likely to insta-kill the last monster. You can also do this to hit the last monster west before heading east to kill stragglers.

Part 6 Cheat Sheet
There's nothing to add to the cheat sheet.

Lobby: Left-click attack. Rapid & Retal off. Range pot
W1: F->R (dbow)
W2: F-F-R-F
W3: R->F
W4: F->R, 24-30
W5: F3 R1 - 24-30
W6: F1 R2 - 36, Pot
W7: F2 R1 - 36
W8: F0 R3 - 36
W9: F2 R1 - 36, Pot
W10: F2 R1 - 36
 
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PART 7
Part 6 discusses force-ending waves. While there are many different ways to force-end a wave, it is sufficient to learn only two different methods of forcing the wave end. We will use the Scrawled note on waves 1-10, and the Mind-shield-loop on wave 10.

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The Scrawled note from Monkey Madness 2 is an easy way of forcing.



Obtaining the Scrawled note
You must have started Monkey Madness 2 in order to obtained the Scrawled note. Obtaining the Scrawled note is the very first thing you do in the quest. If you have already completed the quest, you may follow this expedited guide below.



Items required:
  • Pestle and mortar
  • Lemon
  • Grapes
Steps:
  1. Head to Glough’s house, top floor
  2. Search Gnome crates to get a Brush (red)
  3. Investigate Fire remains to get a Mysterious note (orange)
  4. Use Pestle and mortar -> Lemon
  5. Use Pestle and mortar -> Grapes
  6. Use Mysterious note -> Candles (green circle)
  7. Use Juice-coated brush -> Mysterious note
Overview of Forcing
This guide provides a superficial practical understanding of how to force. The underlying (“game engine”) mechanics are not described here.

The player that holds the Scroll item can delay certain events in the Barbarian assault wave, because the wave events are tied to this player in particular. The player can delay the wave events using player events (using a Mind shield, Scrawled note, etc).

There are three main places in Barbarian assault where forcing is useful. The first two are the Egg Force and Egg Dupe on Wave 10 described in Part 2, which shall not be covered here. The third is forcing the wave end.

The game checks for a wave end every 6 seconds (at 6 seconds, 12 seconds, 18 seconds, etc.). If the last monster dies at 31 seconds, the wave will only end at 36 seconds. However, if your character is "busy" from 30-32 seconds, then the 30-second wave-end check will only occur at 32 seconds, causing the wave to end at 32 seconds instead of 36 seconds. Thus, the end is "forced" at 32 seconds instead of waiting until 36 seconds.

Please see the video below for general concepts related to forcing the wave end.


Whenever you have an interface open (Scrawled note interfaces, prayer interface) or while you are doing an uninterruptable action (egg conversion, egg shooting), you are stalled. Certain "hard" game actions will force-close interfaces. Game actions include the following:
  • Healer or Runner death
  • Fighter or Ranger death (only if you are in combat with the monster)
  • Getting hit by a monster
  • Cannon firing
  • Cannon loading
  • Vialling
  • Call change
"Soft" game actions will wait until the interface is closed to occur. The two most important soft game actions are:
  • Wave-end check (every 6 seconds)
  • Yellow egg spawn on wave 10 (already covered in part 3)
Scrawled Note Forcing
The Scrawled note opens 2 interfaces. Therefore, it takes two "hard" interruptions to close the interface. If you hold "Esc" and spam-click the Scrawled note, it will only open 1 interface, meaning that you will only need one "hard" interruption to close the interface. The best way to use the Scrawled note is to hold Esc and spam-click the Scrawled note. This will keep you stuck on 1 interface, even if "hard" interruptions occur. You can therefore stall a "soft" game action forever.

As stalling concepts are hard to wrap your head around, we will use examples to learn. The wave ends after a monster dies. We will go over all the possibilities, even though they are all essentially the same (Fighter/ranger death, Healer death, Runner death).

The steps to force end are as follows:
  • Hold Esc while spam-clicking the note as long as there are 2+ monsters alive
  • When there is 1 monster left, stop spam-clicking before it dies
  • When the last monster dies, the wave will automatically end early
  • If you were still spam-clicking when the last monster dies, you will need to manually end the wave. To do this, simply move or equip an item and the wave will end.

Last Monsters to Die are Healers
Here are two examples with proper execution.

Last Monsters to Die are Runners
Although not demonstrated in this video, note that if the last monsters die on the same tick (e.g. a multikill), the forcing will be successful.

Last Monster to Die is a Fighter/Ranger
If you shoot your last arrow at 34 seconds, and the last monster dies at 37 seconds, the wave will usually end at 42 seconds. You can stall from 34 seconds until 37 seconds to make the wave end at 37 seconds. As soon as you shoot your last arrow, start spam-clicking the Scrawled note while holding Esc. Even if there is one monster left, you need to spam the Scrawled note or else your interface might close early if you get hit by the monster as it dies.

Combination
When you have multiple types of monsters dying, the concept is the same. In the example video, multiple monsters died at approximately the same time, so to be safe, the player kept on spamming even after the last monster died. This means that he had to click on the minimap to move to manually force the wave to end.

Scrawled Note and Moving
To walk around with the Scrawled note, do not press Esc, but click on the note. After the interface opens, if you click on the minimap, you will move without interrupting the Scrawled note. After that, you may resume spam-clicking the Scrawled note while holding Esc if you desire.

VIDEO TO COME

Scrawled Note and Wave 10
Note that after all the fighters, rangers, healers and runners are dead on wave 10, the game will do a "wave-end check" to spawn the queen. This check also occurs every 6 seconds. The Penance Queen spawns 15 seconds after this wave-end check. Therefore, you can force the death of the last normal monster on wave 10 to make the queen spawn faster.

Mind-shield-loop Forcing (Wave 10)
This strategy is harder than using the Scrawled note. Mind-shield-loop forcing is an advanced version of the egg dupe. You can use this to essentially guarantee the queen kill and to force the wave end of wave 10 so that the wave ends at the same time that the queen dies.

When collector steps forward to load, equip the mind shield and use your hotkey to switch to prayers tab. Click the prayer your mouse is on 2-3 times, then switch back to your inventory using hotkey. Click mind shield again, hotkey back to prayers and click only 1 prayer this time. Tab back to inventory and click mind shield for the last time. Finally, spam click the ground as queen is taking damage to break any extra prayer interfaces and end the wave. When you become familiar with force-ending wave 10 with mind shields, you can make minor adjustments. If queen is close to cannon, you might do only 2 mind shield loops or stack less prayers. If queen is far away, you might do an extra loop. The method explained above may lose you a couple ticks sometimes, but is generally a safe way to get most of the possible time save.
 

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