In Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood, Rage is used to enhance the combat experience while in the Crinos form, enabling you to deploy a variety of special moves when tearing through enemies.
Rage is a crucial component in defeating the hordes of Endron soldiers that dare to confront you. Each bar of Rage filled gives you access to a plethora of special moves in both Agile and Heavy stances.
This guide will tell you everything that you need to know about the Rage system within the game, from generating it, to the skills that you can acquire, improving your ability to use Rage, plus a little insight into the Frenzy mode of the Crinos in Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood.
How to gain Rage in Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood
There are numerous ways to generate Rage while playing through the game, both in human form and when terrorising humans as the Crinos.
The first method of Rage generation comes during conversations: if someone that you are interacting with says something that Cahal takes offence to, Rage will be generated.
It turns out to be pretty commonplace, and there is even an achievement for getting through an interaction without gaining Rage from someone rubbing Cahal the wrong way.
When infiltrating the facilities of Endron during missions, performing takedowns on the unsuspecting guards will generate Rage while you sneak around.
You can also buff the amount of Rage received by purchasing the Furtive Hunter I skill by using your spirit points. If you acquire the Furtive Hunter II skill, your crossbow kills will also generate Rage along with any takedowns.
Violence isn’t the only way for Cahal to build his Rage, though. In your inventory, you’re equipped with crossbow bolts and three flasks of drink, presumably his favourite alcohol. Taking a swig by pressing up on the d-pad will gain two out of four Rage bars.
Don’t worry if you run out of flasks as they’re fairly common in the offices of the facilities that you infiltrate, and you can refill back at base camp, along with your crossbow bolts.
Back to the violence now; as the Crinos form, successful attacks will build Rage for you to further your ability to wreak havoc. A combo multiplier is applied, increasing the Rage that you gain with each hit until you are interrupted.
When using the Agile stance, Rage generation is significantly increased for successful hits compared to the hard-hitting Heavy stance. Another way to increase the Rage is to press L1/LB to grab weakened foes, and then press it again to execute and feed the Crinos Rage.
Which skills increase Rage generation?
To ensure that you’re unlocking the full destructive power of the Crinos as regularly as possible, these are the skill upgrades that you should target to increase Rage generation.
Furtive Hunter I: Takedowns now increase Rage gains even more. This skill comes in handy as it gains Rage before you might be discovered and are forced to slaughter everyone.
Furtive Hunter II: Crossbow kills now also increase Rage. Building the Furtive Hunter skill, this upgrade adds more versatility to gaining Rage than just with the traditional takedowns.
Release the Wolf I: Adds an additional Rage slot. The more Rage slots that you have, the more special moves available, and the more can be carnage dealt.
Release the Wolf II: Adds an additional Rage slot. Unlock this skill for even more Rage and even more destruction.
Hunter’s Haste: In Agile stance, the Crinos generates more Rage and more Fury on successful hits. This skill speeds up the regeneration of Rage during fights, allowing for faster healing, faster attacks, and the ability to get into the Frenzy quicker.
Heart of Fury: In Agile stance, if the Crinos’ health is low, additional Rage and Fury is generated on successful hits. A skill that’s helpful to speed-up the rate at which you can replenish some much-needed health or enter a bloodthirsty Frenzy.
Maximising Frenzy mode
Once in the Crinos form, the Fury bar, the purple bar (seen above) will begin to fill when you start attacking enemies. When the bar is full, you can enter into a Frenzy by pressing up on the d-pad.
The Frenzy mode in Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood gives you the advantages of both the Agile and Heavy stance, although you cannot use special moves or healing in this state – and you won’t need to as you are incredibly strong and quick.
There are upgrades available to increase the proficiency and duration of the Frenzy, increasing the amount of Fury you can gain while wielding the power of the Frenzy.
You can find the skills that help to increase the length of the Frenzy below, but once the bar is depleted, you will return to the Agile or Heavy stance if nearby enemies are yet to feel your wrath.
Unstoppable Warrior: Heavy stance, Rush now generates Fury when hitting enemies. Using the special move Rush will gain Fury when attacks land on enemies, helping you reach the Frenzy quicker.
Hunter’s Haste: Agile stance generates more Rage and Fury on successful hits. As detailed in the previous section, the Agile stance will now fill the Fury bar up with each hit as well as gaining Rage.
Heart of Fury: Agile stance, while Crinos health is low, more Rage and Fury is generated on successful hits. Generates even more Rage and Fury when the Crinos reaches low health, enabling you to go into a Frenzy quicker than before.
Incorruptible Fury II: Frenzy tree, while in Frenzy, successful attacks generate Fury. Increase the time that you hold a Frenzy by going on the offensive, with this skill generating Fury with each strike.
Fae’s Swiftness: Frenzy tree, When entering Frenzy, time is frozen for several seconds. Fae’s Swiftness is incredibly useful for not only prolonging the Frenzy, but also freezing enemies to allow you to get the upper-hand in battle.
Now you know all that there is to know about generating Rage and Fury in Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood and how it’s imperative to your quest to free Gaia.