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-New Queen Guide-

Posted: 11 Jan 2018, 14:25
by Symbiosis
Alright fellow Xeno players. Some of you are newer than others - nothing wrong with a few fresh faces... I'll be doing my best to provide a short and simple guide here to provide new Queens the tools to dominate the Marines and make your Hive a Happy Hive.

Hive Overview and starting out - You'll start with a number of Larva, dependent on server population. It's imperative you move to a suitable location to "sack up" ASAP. You've got a short time before your Hive evolves into T1's and at that point if you're not ovulating you're harming the hive. Most of the locations Queens start at are suitable Hive locations. The only one that may be unwise is Virology on Big Red, even then in the current Xeno-Friendly atmosphere it should be suitable.

Tools - Your primary three tools outside pheromones will be healing your Xenos, De Evolving Xenos that disobey your orders, and observation (with zoom out). I encourage you to keep your "Hive Status" window up at all times as a simple left click will allow you to instantly jump to any Xeno.

Heal - Incredibly powerful. For most of your Plasma you can heal a Xeno 1/3 of their health. When fighting begins you'll easily save a majority of your T3 by observe jumping between them and healing them when they're low and retreating.

De-Evolve - Pretty useful in situations where the Hive makeup is threatened by too many of one caste (4 Praetorians and no Boilers, for example) - is mostly used as a tool against Xenos that disobey.

Observation - One of the the most powerful tools. The zoom out feature allows you an incredibly wide field of view on the battlefield. Point out flanks and weak areas to your Hive.

T3 evolutions - You CAN micromanage your Hive now. Is it necessary for success? No. I imagine the Queens that micromanage evolutions heavily are less fun to play under, thus leading to less enthusiastic Xenos and a higher chance for failure.

Final thoughts - The new updates change the hive dichotomy from Meme Screech > Capture/Push to a more distributed power amongst the Hive via pheromones.

Warding - Hands down best for when the Marines are engaging your Hive. Between this and your Heal you should rarely lose a T3.

Frenzy - Situational. Runners make scream for this when they are gathering furry hosts. Good to have the first 3-5 minutes, otherwise the other two pheromones are stronger.

Recovery - Good to have running while waiting for the Marines. Allows drones to build and spread weeds EVERYWHERE. Xenos may screech for this midfight. Don't risk it.

Your biggest threat is getting snuck up on while in sack form. Rarely will such a thing happen due to the large concentration of eggs, etc, by you. Only hop out of Sack Form to call down the DS and MAYBE help with the inevitable SD siege.

Enjoy!

Re: -New Queen Guide-

Posted: 11 Jan 2018, 14:39
by Te Matei Cego
Thank you, this will help a lot.

Re: -New Queen Guide-

Posted: 11 Jan 2018, 16:45
by GoliathTheDespoiler
With pheromones you can adjust them to promote certain behaviours, like when you switch you frenzy, order your hive to push as one, like in a wave.

When you switch to recov, pretty much the opposite. Sit tight and heal up. REMEMBER: RECOV WILL LET YOU HEAL MORE XENOS FASTER

For defending or when you're low on xenos, do warding.

Re: -New Queen Guide-

Posted: 11 Jan 2018, 21:15
by Reuben Owen
just an idea, you could put on frenzy in the beginning few minutes to help everyone gather hosts quicker

then drones can get their precious recovery

Re: -New Queen Guide-

Posted: 12 Jan 2018, 05:42
by Dumblike
I think the queen's warding is way too strong to use anything else than that in any engage.

Re: -New Queen Guide-

Posted: 12 Jan 2018, 08:32
by phil235
You didn't mention 'Give Plasma' and the button to assign leadership.

Assigning leadership can be used as a 'favorite', if you're not watching a xeno and click the leadership button it will directly make you observe your leader or if you have more than one it gives you a small list of all leaders for you to select one to watch.

Also a small detail: the queen can watch a xeno by doubleclicking it, it saves having to look for it in a list.

Re: -New Queen Guide-

Posted: 15 Jan 2018, 20:51
by Jroinc1
Addition- Drones can give plasma.

Mature and elite drones usually have more than they can use.

The queen can heal ayys for plasma.

Call a drone for a little while.

Pick 1 T3.

Make him NEAR-immune to harm till the plasma runs low. Seriously, you get like 5 heals if you space the plasma transfer right.

Re: -New Queen Guide-

Posted: 15 Jan 2018, 21:17
by Dumblike
Jroinc1 wrote:
15 Jan 2018, 20:51
Pick 1 T3.

Make him NEAR-immune to harm till the plasma runs low. Seriously, you get like 5 heals if you space the plasma transfer right.
And, the heals are almost 1/3 of a T3 life, so they can keep up slashing and doing stuff a good time.

Re: -New Queen Guide-

Posted: 16 Jan 2018, 00:17
by GoliathTheDespoiler
Unfortunately Queen healing and plasma donation has no feedback on the receiving end so the only way xenos know they're being healed is if they are aware of the system.

Re: -New Queen Guide-

Posted: 16 Jan 2018, 16:32
by Dumblike
Yeah, I've been thinking and, some way to notify the target of the healing would be nice.

Re: -New Queen Guide-

Posted: 16 Jan 2018, 17:41
by jalen earl
Huh i thought it gave some kind of indicator message already. Guess the guys i was healing just were paying attention. Almost always got a thankyou queen when ive done it unasked

Re: -New Queen Guide-

Posted: 16 Jan 2018, 17:43
by Dumblike
new macro

say ":a thanks by the healing ma queen