.:ThunderRun Racing:.

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ThunderRun Racing Tips

 

  • Your Dragon must be level 10 to race.
  • Make sure that their energy is 3/4 to max full.
  • Try to memorize the hotkeys. SHIFT for Brake-However it is different for some, SPACE to speed and F for Fire.

ThunderRun Racing is a fun way to make sure that your dragon is leveling, as well as earning trophies, beating other racers, beating highscores or setting your own personal records.

To stay well ahead of the competition, follow some tips as put below.

This is a W.I.P Guide, images will be added later. Feel free to post suggestions below.

 

Single Player Racing

  1. The hotkeys for racing are, SPACE to use boost and SHIFT to brake. (F is the fire hotkey. Thank you C:)
  2. Do NOT use FIRE while in Single Player--unless required. As there is no competition it is unnecessary. It will drain energy and boost for your dragon.
  3. Don't hold the boost the entire race. Key times to use it are: When recovering from a sloppy turn or crash, just before going through a ring, finishing the race/lap or a final burst of speed after a turn. Boosts are also helpful if you are a racer who likes to start quickly, however, it is helpful for finishing in the nick of time.
  4. Brakes can save your life. If you are turning too quickly and about to crash, quickly hit the brake button. Do NOT hold the button, as it will slow you down and the seconds count when trying to beat a record.
  5. Keep an eye on your energy. Boosts are the main key in the race.
  6. Look for shortcuts and 'hidden' routes. Certain maps, like FROZEN WARRIORS have many short cuts that can chop your finishing time almost in half.

Multiplayer Racing

  1. While a very good racer with a low level dragon can be a threat, it is always good to have a higher level dragon in the race. Dragons with levels 15+ tend to have a very significant speed advantage.
  2. FIRE is handy when you are falling behind. It drains energy, so don't spam it. The hotkey for it is F. As well, it is very annoying to be continuously shot at, so do not overuse it. It will stun a dragon momentarily, but typically only at close range.
  3. Know your map! By pre-racing the maps before entering multiplayer is helpful, especially when trophies are on the line.
  4. As a low level, first racer, I recommend single player racing first. And if you do multiplayer, try to race in small groups, like 1 or 2 other dragons, so that you do not lose trophies. Once you get into the 15+ range is when you can begin racing against larger groups.
  5. Put on the brakes! As well as in Single Player, brakes can save you. Maps with tight twists are difficult to navigate. I find that the Deadly Nadder is the easiest with these, since the wings don't obscure some of your vision. When doing a complicated turn, make sure to quickly tap the shift hotkey so you don't clumsily hit the sides. Do not hold the button, as it can waste precious time. Practice quickly tapping it when free-flying around the School or Berk. However, it is better to recover from a too-long held brake button, then to crash into a wall.
  6. When it comes to racing, slow and steady does NOT win the race. However, it is advised to not start off quickly and waste all your energy. Try to keep some in reserve and use it when you seem to be falling behind.
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Good tips!

F is the hotkey for fire
And you mention the shift key. In my experience, the shift key simply doesnt work or at least, it doesnt work enough for me to make the turn. So the button os the way to go... thanks for your post!

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=^_^=

Wow! Thanks for those tips. it will surely be of help. F is the hotkey for fire :)

Shift key is a great help it twists and turns. it always works for me

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Thanks

Thank you for that, it's been updated ^_^

Rumil
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Very good tips - and a guide

Very good tips - and a guide to Thunder Run was missing in there: thanks a lot!:)

I'll add just a few more (advanced) advices:

1) boost level affects your speed: if your boost bar is low your dragon speed will slow down. Try to keep the bar level above 50% or, if you drain the most of it, be sure to pass through some hoops... which leads to

2) hoops don't only give you an extra boost but make your boost bar refill: that's why it's better to boost just before a hoop. This comes along with a warning: it does not mean you have to pierce every single hoop on the track. It's up to your cleverness to choose which hoops are worth pass through;

3) a smart way of avoiding awkard crashing just after a hoop boost is turning before the hoop. It means you turn your dragon a few meters before passing through the hoop, such that the boost will speed you up along the right direction. You can do that by advancing the turning (broadening your way) or turning on-the-spot with the clever use of the Shift button given above;

4) about shooting. I personally find really annoying the shooter's way of race, but also shooting may become an art... Keep in mind that the best shot you can shoot is the one which brings you the race. I said the one. You don't need more if you're a good racer. A timely moment for shooting is when your opponent is turning, especially if he's fast: by shooting you slow him down but also make his turn straiter, so that he will crash or turn on himself. Another bothersome time is when he's just passed through a hoop: it will nullify the extra boost. gosh I signed my death sentence

5) every type of dragon has different racing abilities. Zipplebacks are the worst in turn but they are (were?) the fastest; Nadders have a pretty good turning but a less effective boost. So, know your dragon! (and yourself, of course, this'll come more useful further in your life...)

6) at last, a more specific tip (and I'll stop: I don't want to share all my tricky tips, I want people to believe there's still something magic about racing). Gronckle Run. AVOID the geyser as you will do with death itself: they don't only slow you down (or even stuck you there), they make your gaming lag as you were running it on Explorer (oops, I said that? Sorry Bill)

 

Hope this'll help!

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Well, I guess you'd be better

Well, I guess you'd be better be prepared. By using the 1st one, boost level affects your speed...I'm now in the top ten for Trench Dive! Whoopdeedoo! And I'm still level 13 xD

Of course, it could have been better if I hadn't turned to pet my guinea pig and crashed into a wall.

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Challenge accepted;)

You, sir, are playing a dangerous game... I said I gave you some of my tips. I didn't talk, for instance, about crashing being not a bad solution sometimes, about brake-and-boost tactic (still working on that), and of course about the tons of shortcuts - which, I'm proud to say, I use rarely and only for some extra fun (as they are tricky) and I use not if they're massive. 

Feel free to race me when you want:p

 

(Just a note: I don't feel this great speed gap between dragon at different levels - not in multiplayer races, at least. My third Viking has a level 11 Nightmare and is racing with quite the same times as my previous characters, 20th level)