Shadow Warrior 3 Tips For Beginners

Shadow Warrior 3 is an adrenaline-fuelled game set in a brutally chaotic world. Full of demons, witty gods, and a protagonist seemingly ripped out of a bad grindhouse movie, this juvenile but mostly entertaining shooter doesn’t take a beating. Basically, Shadow Warrior 3 offers a wild ride with a few tricky turns.

Most of the time in Shadow Warrior 3 you will shoot and dodge projectiles in various areas such as the environment. As Lo Wang, you’ll need to know how to properly use your range of weapons while engaging in fast-paced combat like id Software’s Doom. What sometimes complicates this task is the number and variety of enemies that appear during a given encounter. Fortunately, Shadow Warrior 3 offers a number of tools based on new game mechanics that not only help prevent death but also brutally destroy enemies. Here are some of the ways you can use these tools early on.

Use your katana to reload

Shadow Warrior 3 features a redesigned combat system. Bloody kills, environmental hazards, kinetic firefights – it’s more like Doom Eternal than previous Shadow Warrior games. However, the developers of Flying Wild Hog tried to keep some elements, such as melee weapons, in the foreground. This includes Lo Wang’s trusty katana. This weapon can quickly disembowel enemies. He’s even getting an elemental upgrade that allows him to deal with lightning, fire, and ice damage. What makes the katana such a valuable tool is its ability to reload weapons.

Shadow Warrior 3 allows players to quickly switch between the katana and whatever weapon they are currently holding by pressing the appropriate attack button. Pressing the left mouse button/right trigger will fire the weapon while pressing the right mouse button/right bumper will launch your katana (on PC and consoles respectively). During this quick switch from pistol to katana and back, the game reloads your weapon.

The katana’s fast reloading is especially useful during boss fights.

This little machine is a great way to manage ammo during combat, as it negates the sometimes lengthy reload animation; instead of waiting for Lo Vant to slowly reload the Crimson Bull (grenade launcher), you can switch between him and the katana to instantly reload the weapon while running.

Prioritize Finishers

The new finisher system adds an interesting crease. At first glance, they look like bloody executions from recent Doom games. Fill up the finishing charge by collecting orbs (found in the environment or dropped by enemies) to eventually execute enemies for health and ammo. However, Shadow Warrior 3 takes this mechanic even further with the introduction of blood items.

Whenever you execute an enemy in this game, you will be rewarded with an Instrument of Blood, a Weapon, or some kind of buff. Each has a completely different effect. For example, executing an ice enemy will allow you to use their brain as a freeze bomb. It’s a cool effect that can give you some breathing room during a fight, but was it the best choice in this situation? Depends.

The Swarm Launcher fires a barrage of fireworks at unfortunate enemies.
The Swarm Launcher fires a barrage of fireworks at unfortunate enemies.

Some enemies can be executed with a single charge. Others may need two or more, meaning you’ll have to collect more orbs before you can finish them. But just because it took them more power to overthrow them doesn’t mean you’ll be rewarded with a better tool. Executing the Hattori Demon will grant you the Hattori Blade – a powerful sword that can quickly destroy a room full of enemies – in a matter of seconds. On the other hand, you get a brain tonic for killing a grunting sugar. Not only does this item give you 200 HP, but it also makes you immune to damage for five seconds.

You can use finishers to kill enemies with difficulty, use them to briefly wield powerful weapons, or to stay alive. Just make sure you select the correct Gore tool for each collision.

Get Challenge Rewards

The leveling system in Shadow Warrior 3 is sphere-based. Killing enemies does not give experience points. Instead, you will need to find silver and purple orbs to upgrade your weapon and Lo Wang respectively. Some of them can be found in the environment, or seen on your way through the level, or just off the beaten path. Others are rewarded for completing tasks.

Get these challenge rewards to level up.
Get these challenge rewards to level up.

The challenges themselves speak for themselves. Get a few headshots with weapons, use environmental traps to kill a certain number of enemies, and so on. However, given the explosive nature of Shadow Warrior 3, it’s easy to miss the prompts warning you of their completion – there were times when my screen was so filled with blood and guts that I didn’t notice the little warning windows that popped up from time to time. . Be sure to check the challenge menu from time to time so you don’t miss out on a few upgrades.

Start with the right updates

Speaking of upgrades, there are no wrong options in Shadow Warrior 3 when it comes to leveling up. However, there are some that we would recommend picking up sooner rather than later. This is especially true if you want to prepare for more harrowing encounters in the game.

Spawn Ammo and Spawn Health upgrades are required. These two will give more health and ammo whenever you attack an enemy. I would also pick up all weapon ammo upgrades early on. Considering that whenever you pick up ammo in this game, it goes to every weapon in your inventory, these upgrades will allow you to stay in combat longer.

Included Lo Wang - healthy... Wang?
Included Lo Wang – healthy… Wang?

Elemental improvements are also good. In Shadow Warrior 3, you will not be harmed by your explosions, including those caused by firing from barrels scattered around the level. However, they will harm your enemies. Increase elemental damage or explosion radius to take out a group of demons with little effort. Finally, grab the Health Boost upgrade (you need to unlock Last Stand Shockwave first). This will increase your base health to 125.

Of course, there are other upgrades that are worth your time. But these are the ones I shot first.

Use the environment

This tip comes in two versions. The first is related to mobility; you will want to use the environment to avoid difficult situations. The shooting left and right in the hope of dodging enemy attacks won’t help. You must be more mobile than that.

There are walls you can run freely on and platforms you can jump on. You can even move around the area using Lo Wang’s new grappling hook. Our advice: use them all. Don’t stand in one place and don’t fight. Keep moving. Not only will this help you when it comes to dodging attacks, but it’s also the only way to quickly get health, ammo, and finishing orbs that spawn/drop from enemies.

Several enemies fall to their deaths after a well-aimed shot.
Several enemies fall to their deaths after a well-aimed shot.

The second is related to Shadow Warrior 3’s environmental traps. Most arena-like areas have traps that can be activated by pressing a button. Lure enemies into these dangers, shoot the corresponding button, and then use Lo Wang’s parkour skills to get away from the danger. Rinse and repeat for maximum effectiveness.

Use the right weapon

One of the things that makes the fight more difficult is the various types of demons in the game. While it’s possible to use one or two weapons to take them all out – there’s never a bad moment to use a grenade launcher – some encounters will be easier if you know your enemy.

For example, Hattori demons can deflect bullets with their swords. So using Sidekicks (machine guns) against them is probably not the best choice. At least until you break through their defenses with grenades, katana, or other powerful weapons. However, Sidekicks are perfect for a fast Slinky Jakku. Seeking Shockers, on the other hand, are slow, mid-air enemies. This makes it easy to hit them with a Basilisk loaded with a railgun-like weapon.

Focus on the main enemies

Most of the encounters in Shadow Warrior 3 involve a specific group of villains. Whether they are a newly emerged enemy or a bunch of badass demons, the focus will be on them. This means that weaker enemies should be mostly ignored.

Be sure to take out the big guys ASAP.
Be sure to take out the big guys ASAP.

Lower level opponents like Shogai will constantly respawn during combat. Ideally, they are needed in order to give you more ammo and health – remember “Brain Tonic”? Killing them should be a means to an end. You really need to worry about stronger enemies. Destroy them as quickly as possible to stop the endless stream of enemies.


Lo Wang has a lot of tricks up his sleeve. Some of them are more visible than others. All of them can be combined to destroy your opponents. Use Chi-Blast to push explosive barrels at enemies. Or, even better, use it to drive enemies into traps. The hook is great for escaping from a tight spot. It can also be used to pull up on an enemy and blast them with a shotgun. I once used a Disco Grenade – an item I received after completing a finisher – to melt down a group of demons. However, the rotating death ball’s lasers inadvertently destroyed the ground it was above, killing more enemies than I planned. Basically, Shadow Warrior 3 encourages creativity. And cruel. Creatively brutal.

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