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Racing is currently the only way to get trophies for your clan and i'm a decient racer, but I was wondering if their were any tricks to get better times.

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For most...

I would say not really,considering the various stats of each dragon. But my advice would be to keep practising.

 

KNOW the track. That way,you can avoid clumsy crashes that cost you valuable time. Besides that,know WHEN to use your dragon's boost. You only have limited boost energy before it has to refill,so use it sparingly.

 

That's all. This is the same advice I gave my friend (who has now overtaken my personal best timing for Fortune Falls -.- *waves angry fist at said person*)

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I know two things

1-Go through the rings.

They give you more energy and a good push.

2-Look for shortcuts before turnings.

Because it IS a problem when your dragon can't get enough turning and crash into mountains, this costs you time.

I also hear that firballs slow opponents down, or stun them, but I am not sure cuz I've tried it an nothing seemed to happen..(although once I saw a fireball coming at me and suddenly I couldn't move, what's up with that?! frown )

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Not all Shortcuts

Be wise on the shortcuts,if any!

 

They require sharp turnings if you wanna get into them without the crash!

 

Fireballs do slow the opponents down,but you'll have to think this through. After all,they can exact revenge by torching you when they're on your tail,and the veterans will know exactly when to do that. Though,I did notice that the Zippleback seems undeterred by my fireballs. Or that could just be my friend XD

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And never forget that

And never forget that pressing the brakes for even a fraction of a second can save you from horrible turns and awkward crashes! They're life savers x3

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Too much is bad though

Kirjava wrote:

And never forget that pressing the brakes for even a fraction of a second can save you from horrible turns and awkward crashes! They're life savers x3

Yeah it is a life saver but too much can really slow me down espcially if there is not enough boost after turning

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Thanks

Thanks for the tips, I'll definatly be trying these.

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Tips
  1.  Accelerate a few meters before passing through rings
  2. Be wise on accelerating
  3. Avoid wide turns
  4. Be careful of shortcuts- some need sharp turnings
  5. Shot player in front of you - don't be too mean though
  6. As mentioned by Carotius, be familiarise with the track and the obstacles in it e.g. sharp turns
  7. Save some boost for the last lap

That's all! Hope it help. :D

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About Torching!

If you want to torch,please do so considerately,especially if the torching-player did something to help you in any way,whether intentional or not. Why am I talking about morals in a racing game.

 

Avoid torching the racers who are MUCH lower than yourself. You don't want to discourage them. Just once is fine. (Unless,of course,they seem to be getting far ahead of you XD)

 

An elaboration on the shortcut: Most of us are speaking of Frozen Warriors. This particular shortcut requires a great deal of turning,and there's a lot of risk to take if you want to get this right and get ahead. If not executed correctly,you'll end up smacking into this pillar of rock. So unless you want to be facepalming at yourself and your dragon to be sulking at you,avoid shortcuts until you're sure you can get it.

 

Wide turns aren't all that bad. It's sometimes the only way to get past something without compromising speed. I do that myself,though with some failures along the way. In fact,I ALWAYS have to do it in certain races (*eyes Zaiwsome*).

 

One last thing... Find your flight style. This is hard to explain.. Okay,you might want to scratch this one because I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO EXPLAIN XD.

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What?

From the subject, what?

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Eh. Nvm.

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I personally like to get

I personally like to get ahead as fast as I can the start of the race, then I'm comfortable and as I gain speed later on i'm still ahead. I usually win, unless the dragon is a ridiculously high-levelled zippleback Why are they so fast, they are forest dwellers with stumpy wings

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Yeppers

*points to Zaiwsome* Racing wiith this guy. I laugh and facepalm at the same time.

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Omg I raced with that guy

Omg I raced with that guy once, X_X its crazy!

 

I really think they need to make the Zipples less OP when it comes to racing ._. seriously because with any other level 20 dragon i've raced its totally fine, being the level 13 i was back then *is 14 now*

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I feel you

Thank you for summing that up. We shall now wallow in our tears as the Zipplebacks we've raced leave us in the dust.

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Well... zipples are the fastest here but sometimes i slow down for others to finish the race under 19 sec. Pity for those i have race with

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Reeeeeeeaaaaaaaaally?

OH REALLY?

 

85% of the races,you ZOOM ahead even if there were lower-levels! 20 seconds to cover a lap and a half isn't achieveable by all.

 

Then again,that's only when I'm around. But you did do just that the other when I was watching you. Meanie.

 

P.S You have a typo in your title. Haha.

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Some racing observations

Since people on the autistic spectrum tend to be less coordinated than neurotypicals, if I consistently beat you in Thunder Run then congratulations, you have taught your dragon to race backwards.  (And Dejah is a zippleback!) 

 

That being said, I completely understand about the style thing.  My style is to methodically study the courses in single player mode and note their construction details. (Yep, Aspies are detail-oriented). Little-known fact--You can choose any of the courses in single-player mode.  While analyzing, I find the notches in the rock that, if you fly through them, allow you to take the turn at full speed. I practice those places that, if you let your dragon's right wing slide against the right rockface and hug it around the turn, let you keep your acceleration through the entire turn without braking.

 

I note whether I'm racing with someone who's Level 10 because the course will handicap my speed, and then I will be able to fly in more direct trajectories instead of squeezing through that little crack, and I also know that I can't miss the first ring in the two-ring series because with that handicap, Dejah will just plain brake and glide.  In other words, I like the handicapping feature.

 

I tend to fly lower in altitude, even though I know the Monstrous Nightmare just above and behind me will start taking potshots because I'm a more obvious target.  And often those lower routes will provide better ways of threading through rocks.  Basically I use Zippleback flying style--serpentine and sneaky.   I don't do that exclusively, though, because some courses have good routes up top.

 

I don't (often) flame, and I try not to brake, because both of those really slow you down more than they're worth.

 

The Gronkle Run is my slowest course, but I'm still analyzing that one.

With all that, I still won't win against you consistently unless your dragon is flying backward.

 

And it's a lot of fun.  Thanks.