Tips For Playing Evolve

Tips For Playing Evolve

When you start playing Evolve, you'll probably suck. Even as you get better, you'll still run into players who also suck. It can be frustrating. So, let's skip the learning through trial by (sometimes literal) fire, and get ahead of the curve.

Tips For Playing A Hunter

Play To Your Class

If Battlefield is about playing the objective, Evolve is about playing to your class.

Watch those instructional videos that load before each new character. Know what each ability/weapon does, and learn when they're most useful, and USE them. Don't just shoot at the monster if that's not what your class is most skilled at. Sometimes the medic needs a shield and sometimes your party needs a speed boost. Learn it. Live it. Love it.

Tips For Playing Evolve

Familiarise Yourself With All Four Classes

Regardless of your chosen class, you'll play better if you know everyone's role, and can take advantage of their skills. So, for instance, if Val the medic has marked weak points with her sniper, be sure to recognise the markings and fire at them. If you're a medic and a support class is shielding a character, try healing someone else. And so on.

Stick With Your Team

But try to keep the pace up. Don't dwell on bigger monsters just because they're in your face. Run away from them, and keep moving.

For The Love Of God, Follow Daisy

Why does no one follow Daisy? Why pick Maggie if you won't use her abilities to your team's advantage?

Tips For Playing Evolve

Drop The Dome When The Monster is Close

While we're on the subject of trappers, please drop the dome when the team is circled around the monster trying to fight it. This is your job. You chose this path in life, and now you have to see it through.

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Lift The Dome If You Missed

And, for that matter, if you happen to have missed the monster in your dome, you can always hit the same button to lift the dome instead of keeping your teammates trapped in there while the monster scurries off.

Know Where To Stand And When To Jump

Movement as a hunter is incredibly important. Your jetpack has limited fuel, and the monster is a lot faster and jumps and climbs around a lot easier than you. Pick your position depending on your class:

Medic: stay back and elevated.

Trapper: you're running out first, but you should stay alive to keep the dome up and lay out traps and harpoons around the monster, circling around it so it doesn't see you to target you.

Assault: you're tough, but don't forget about your jetpack. Try to stay grounded and focus on side-jumping away when the monster is coming for a frontal attack.

Support: you can adopt a variety of these methods depending on which aspect you're focusing on (damage or actual support).

Remember To Dodge

Jetpacks are great for reaching high places, but don't forget you can double-tap to dodge left, right, forward and backward.

Watch Out For The Damn Wildlife...

Learn to recognise the plants that will trap you and try to jump over and around the bigger animals unless they have got a buff you feel you need.

Tips For Playing Evolve

...But Mostly Ignore It

Don't kill too many lesser creatures if you don't have to. It wastes time and leaves delicious, free corpses around for the monster to feed on.

OK, Don't Ignore ALL the Wildlife

Some enemies drop buffs that your whole team can use to power up. You can recognise those enemies by the little red cross indicated above them. Those buffs can be super useful. 200% on jetpack refill speed? Yes please.

Tips For Playing Evolve

Don't Be Shy

I haven't noticed a ton of people being chatty while I play Evolve. The game is about coordination, and there's only so much you can figure out without direct communication from players.

Use Your Markers

Spam markers when you've seen the monster go in a certain direction, even when it's trapped in a dome. It's easy to lose track of the beast, and just because you have it trapped doesn't mean everyone's seen what corner of the dome it's at.

Tips For Playing Evolve

Know When To Quit And When To Chase

If you're the last hunter alive, RUN AWAY. You'll want to wait until your teammates respawn before you tackle the monster. That said, at the start of the match, you should be full-force chasing after the monster. Don't waste your jetpack fuel on long jumps in this scenario. Double-jump your way to forward bursts.

Pay Attention To Broken Trees, Etc. Especially If You Don't Have Maggie On Your Team

When you've got the Maggie/Daisy duo, it's easy to track the monster. But if you don't, you won't be able to locate it as quickly, so keep an eye out for broken trees, the birds that have landed at the monster's feeding site, its tracks, and the birds that fly out when a monster has disturbed it. Think like an actual hunter.

In Evacuation, Don't Play The Objective; Always Be On The Hunt

In Evacuation, you run through 5 missions with different objectives — like kill a bunch of eggs, or rescue a bunch of survivors. This won't fit every team's style, but I've found it more effective to skip the objective and continue to hunt the monster down. Regardless, you'll always end up in a match against the monster, as he attempts to either kill the survivors you're rescuing or camp the eggs you're smashing etc. So why not be more ready for the fight? It's stupidly easy for the monster to do something like kill the survivors you just spent time picking up off the floor, so it seems more effective to just hunt after the monster and win the match that way. Which, frankly, speaks volumes to the balance and fun of the game's additional modes outside of just Hunt.

Tips For Playing The Monster

Practice The Monster Class On Your Own First

Don't just jump into multiplayer matches as the monster. You'll likely get overwhelmed, especially if you're up against a practiced team of hunters. There are three types of monsters; try them all out solo against non-judgemental AI where you can figure out your abilities and your strategies across all three of your stages of evolution. That way, you can get used to the map, too.

Tips For Playing Evolve

Fight On Your Terms

If you're stage 1, you're vulnerable. Your armour and health aren't nearly high enough and your strength not nearly strong enough. If you get trapped, try to make them run around chasing you. Take them up on cliffs, push them off and away from you. Hide around corners or in bushes. If you can sense you're going to get trapped soon, try to find an arena you're more comfortable with, i.e. one with lots of cliffs and bushes or even a big creature that might distract them from you.

Evolve Safely

It can be tempting to run off quickly and evolve to stage 2, but if you're caught with your pants down, the hunters can do some serious damage while you're busy selecting abilities to upgrade. Find a high cliff, hidden around a bend, and hopefully you've created some distance between you and the hunters to evolve safely from there.

Sniff Often

There's no limit to how frequently you can sniff out your surroundings, so do it often. It will reveal hazardous wildlife, edible wildlife, and the hunters in your proximity.

Tips For Playing Evolve

Take Out The Medic or Trapper First

The hunters cannot survive without the medic, and the medic usually has low enough shields and health that they will go down fairly fast. Then, you won't have to deal with a pest who keeps reversing all the damage you're doing.

Take Out The Trapper To Escape

If you're trapped and need to make a getaway, like when you're at stage 1, you can bring down the dome by bringing down the trapper.

Play Evacuation To Level Up Quicker

You'll get bonus experience points for completing missions. This goes for hunters, too, but I find it more pressing for the monster class.

Keep The Map Open To Spot Potential Pathways

This one is useful for either side, but I find it most prudent when playing as a monster. You'll want to run in a direction that's got a longer length of land for you to make some distance between you and the hunters, and to find enough wildlife to feed off of. Don't walk into a corner and end up circling around when you realised you went towards a dead end.

Tips For Playing Evolve

Always Sneak, Unless Maggie Is On The Hunting Team

Why give them tracks to lead them straight to you? Though, I've seen some monsters try to use their own tracks against the hunters, misleading them to believe they have gone in one direction when they actually stealthed backwards into another. Seems like a time-waster to me, though, without getting much in return. Stealth will also help you avoid the map's natural inhabitants that would otherwise attack you, and let you walk around birds without disturbing them and thereby giving away your position.

Always Stealth Attack To Feed

You'll automatically pounce to pin a target and slash at it until it dies, without having to do much on your end.

Tips For Playing Evolve

Like the Hunters, Go For The Creatures With Buffs

They can do wondrous things like increase your damage output or make you faster, etc. They're like temporary perks.

Tips For Playing Evolve

Lastly, I found a neat roundup on Reddit of various facts about the game that might come in handy in understanding how things work. It's worth perusing, but they're things you'll come to understand naturally after a few hours of play, too. Got your own tips? Share them below and I'll update this post with any gems that you or I discover through further play.


    Played a game last night as the Kracken against Abe (human controlled) who was constantly throwing stasis grenades once he found me (stealthing the whole time), didn't matter what I did I just couldn't get away so as much as knowing how to play helps, sometimes you're just simply boned from the get go...

    Stasis grenades need their CD nerfed into the ground! :P

      That's why I love Abe. I played a lot of Abe over the weekend. By far the best trapper because of how effective Stasis Grenades are.

      Combine him with Val's tranq gun and you can slow monsters down to a practical stand still.

        Yeah because we need to be slowed down more :P

        Didn't think it stacked but good to know when im a hunter

    Completing the objectives works perfectly fine. In nest mode for example you can down all of the eggs / lesser monsters quite quickly, at the same time fending off the monster along the way.

    I think you gain a lot by leaving tracks say, towards a river or cliff, then turning around and taking a quick side path. I watched from a bush as all four hunters scrambled around after my tracks, went right past me and continued towards the other side of the map, because I had chosen a pretty ambiguous area and they figured I was in that general direction. I had a shitload of time to feast and get to third stage while they slowly figured out where they went wrong. Works like a charm, actually, so I wouldn't dump it as an ineffective tactic.

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    Step 1) Buy $130 of DLC. You now actually own the game.

      Or just grab the $79 version of this great game and play without getting upset cause random player #592 spent $1.99 on a blue shirt.

      This is better than the alternative of map packs which segregate the community.

      Last edited 14/02/15 9:21 pm

        After Australia tax, buying Evolve in the Steam store with all gameplay-only launch content, the cost is $135usd. That's if you take the big bundle. To buy the deluxe edition and then add the cut monster and hunter playable characters separately costs extra. Given current exchange rate, that is $173.92aud. Before the 44 launch DLCs that are sold in game as micro transaction free to play garbage that shouldn't exist in a full price game, you are paying $173.92 for the full game.

        How is this in any way acceptable to you? How is this not the most extreme anti-consumer practice yet seen in the modern industry? Day 1 content unlocking DLC. Cut content. Online multi player only. Platform locked content. Australia tax. A full priced AAA title with an in-game micro transaction store. Not even EA have the gall to do this and they released Simcity.

          You can buy the CD Key for Evolve on various websites for well below the $173. AUD.

          I just bought the main game (with pre order bonus for the additional monster) at around $45AUD.

          I was happy with that. I don't think it's necessarily a $60 game (or if buying of steam, closer to $100 AUD!).

          If I want the DLC in the future, I can make that decision. No one is forced to purchase all the optional content up front.

          I bought it for $79 from JB and haven't bought anything else yet, and have no interest in buying different skins for weapons, and the "cut" hunters, AFAIK weren't cut at all, they're still in the game, they're just at a higher tier that you have to play to unlock (assuming that you're referring to the "third tier character unlock" pack that's on the xbox store...)

          I paid AUD70 for it and I am happy with what I recieved.

          There is enough there, more than say Titanfall, for the price tag.

          I did pre-order so I do get the additional Monster.

    "Even as you get better, you’ll still run into players who also suck. It can be frustrating."

    Yeah, the matchmaking is atrocious. I don't see how an online guide will fix the quality of a broken service.

      My exact thoughts, this guide is near moot, seeing as it only takes one teammate to severely hamper your chances of success. So much so now I am starting to see a lot of hunters quitting right after a single mistake by a teammate. In some ways I don't blame them, because we have always lost from that point on. I have been trapped for instance in a dome 4 times in one round without the monster in it and he couldn't pull it down, lol. This game can be cruel to the newcomer.

    Anyone playing on ps4 and keen to team up (you gotta be chatty) add me - Zzzonked1990

      I'll add you when I get home from work, looking for more PS4 players. Username will be IBeatleI.

      SMEGw0lf. Yes thats my psn. Will invite you tomorrow!

    In my opinion the Tranquilizer gun is one of the most useful tools.

    just bought an xbox one this game came with it it looks really good on my Asus 120hz monitor i am not good at these games but it looks like fun if mates get it too so will hook up to tv to see how it looks on there but must admit the cigar chomping dude looks funny.

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