Welcome to my Beginner’s Guide to Titanfall! In this ongoing series, I’ll be covering the various skills, tactics, and strategies all rookie Pilots need to succeed on the battlefield.
In part 1, we’re going to cover the element that sets Titanfall apart from all other first person shooters: Wall Running.
In my opinion, skillful use of your wall running and parkour abilities is the most important thing to learn when you start playing Titanfall. Learning how to aim and shoot is perhaps a more fundamental and necessary skill, but that’s something that will sort itself out over time. Besides, the most dangerous Pilots in Titanfall are not necessarily the ones with the best aim. Being able to move quickly and unpredictably around the environment has countless benefits.
I want to begin by showing you this fantastic video by FrothyOmen called “Thinking with Wallruns”.
This video does a great job of illustrating the basic advantages of wall running, as well as the kind of things you need to be thinking about as you play:
- How can I get where I need to go as quickly as possible?
- How can I use my surroundings to my advantage?
- How can I use wall running to get the best angle of attack, or the safest route of escape?
Let’s break things down a little bit, and take a look at a few specific examples of using wall running to your advantage.
I’ve already mentioned the importance of using wall running to move from point A to B as quickly as possible. The most obvious example of this is when making successful flag runs in the Capture the Flag mode. Here’s a clip of me using wall running to find a quick route between bases while avoiding enemy contact:
As you can see, wall running allowed me to find a path between bases that was far faster than simply running along the floor at ground level.
Let’s take a look at another example of using wall running to move quickly. Again, it’s a clip of a flag capture, but this one is a bit more advanced.
The route I take between bases is less direct. I did this intentionally: more twists and turns makes it more difficult for the enemy team to line up a shot. I also use some bunny-hopping to maintain my momentum along ground level. The leap-frog off the friendly Titan near the end is just for style 😉
LET’S GET VERTICAL
One of the more challenging aspects of wall running successfully is training yourself to think in 3 dimensions at all times. You need to think about the space above and below you, as well as front & back, side to side. Canny Pilots are constantly moving to different elevations, making it more difficult for the enemy to keep track of their position. Frequently moving up and down will also give you more opportunities to get the drop on enemy Pilots. Most players tend to focus on what is in front of them, rather than what is coming at them from above or below.
Here’s an example of using speed and vertical movement to catch the enemy off guard:
Using wall running to move vertically is useful against Pilots, but it is down right necessary against enemy Titans. A lone Pilot is always at a disadvantage against a Titan. The only hope you usually have is to use verticality and engage the Titan from unexpected angles. Once they see you, your chances of survival go down significantly. On the other hand, wall running can lead to some great opportunities:
KEEP ‘EM GUESSING
As you master the art of wall running in Titanfall, you’ll discover that it can be used defensively as well as offensively. Pilots who keep moving, build speed, and constantly change directions are much harder to hit than those who move slowly or in straight lines. Better still, inexperienced Pilots will often respond to a moving target by slowing down and aiming more carefully, making it that much easier for you to hit them first.
HIDE AND SEEK
The ultimate goal when learning how to wall run is be completely aware of your surroundings, and to know how to use your surroundings to your advantage. Here’s one final clip that demonstrates using wall running to escape death, then launch a successful counter attack, all in under 3 seconds.
That’s it for part 1 of my Beginner’s Guide to Titanfall! Stay tuned for part 2, when we’ll learn all about Titan Combat.