Many corrections, removed last strategy as it was nearly unintelligible
'''[[The Escapists 2]]''' totally reworked the mechanics of combat, introducing features like blocking, charging attacks and other changes for better fighting. The player can block by using Right Click (Default for Desktop) and it makes you take no damage, however, you move much slower. Every time you are hit while blocking, it takes a considerable amount of [[Stats#Fatigue.2FStamina|Stamina]] and thus you can't block forever. You can attack by Left Clicking (Default for Desktop) and you will attack only once and your active weapon will hurt others in its range (longer range weapons can hit farther and potentially hit more targets). Holding Left Click will charge your attack and deal extra damage. You can stop a charge by releasing the attack control, this will perform a respectively-charged attack. If you hold for long enough, your character will 'sprint' forward a distance, moving at high speed, and perform a full-charge attack automatically after the sprint. This means that it no longer matters if you have a higher [[Stats#STR .28Strength.29|strength]] and/or [[Stats#SPD .28Speed.29|fitness]] to beat an enemy. With the right strategy, you can block and attack and not get hurt while damaging others! Also, you can use the middle mouse button (Desktop default control) to target the people you want to attack, making it easier to fight. Targeting can be toggled and switched between nearby targets. Targeting someone makes your character face that person constantly and hold their arms/weapon in a combat pose, allowing you to direct attacks toward the target even when moving in other directions. (Sprinting from a charged strike always moves you in the direction you are ''facing''.) If you move too far from a targeted person, you unlock and return to normal position.
== Strategies ==
==== Easy: ====
* Has up to 4 steps
* Easy to pull off
==== Medium: ====
* Has 5-8 steps
* Not too hard to pull off
* May not be
the most legible
==== Hard: ====
* Has 9-15 steps
* Pretty hard to pull off
==== Insane: ====
* Has 16+ steps
* Almost impossible
* Might have glitches that make it hard.
=== Strategy 1: Charge and Run ===
* Medium to Master
* Very Effective on
ONE target, IF speedily used step by Step. I once used it to k-o a [[Riot Guard]] , with either a [[broom]] or a [[mop]]!
# Target your Victim (this step is very
# Charge attack him/her.
# Run away after hitting target.
# Repeat 4. and 5. until Victim is out-cold
=== Strategy 2: Hit and Run ===
* Easy to Master
# Run around and
in and light attack enemies until they are out-cold
=== Strategy 3: Hit n' Block: ===
* Medium to master
* This works only with one
# Hit the enemies and block
and keep on blocking until the enemies charge attack and then before they complete hit, attack them and block
=== Strategy 4: Feigned Innocence: ===
* Easy to normal
* Inmate only
NOT good for favors since you need to personally knock inmates out to get credit
* Doesn't reduce much opinion
# Run around the guard so the inmate can get hit by the guard
=== Strategy 5: Silent
* Medium to Master
* One inmate or guard only
* The hardest part is to find a fight with the right circumstances to make this strategy work.
I recommend seizing the opportunity for this strategy when it appears.
DON' T waste time searching for fights in the prison complex.
# Find a preexisting fight with two people
# Charge attack the person and they will be unconscious without having a chance to react.
=== Strategy 6: Misdirection: ===
* Strategy can go on indefinitely
# Find a weapon with Long Range (Broom handle is recommended, easy to find and not contraband.)
# Find the person you want to
humiliate (If key checking, do not press P on a guard, you're trying to hit as many as possible.)
# Hit the person to allow him to aggro on you (
Prisoners have a chance to not aggro, guards are guaranteed.)
# Find a hallway or space where you can kite him effectively (Movement speed is faster than theirs)
Make the gap between you and him a comfortable distance. (While running, hold the key in the other direction to stop, let go if at a comfortable distance.)
# While running away,
left-click for a small attack. As the small attack's animation is playing, turn back so the attack's animation will land on your target, damaging him.
# The moment your attack lands on him, start running away again to prevent him from damaging you.
# Rinse and repeat!
# (If there are guards down the hallway, run to them and block their first attack. After it lands, immediately run away and he will be chasing you, allowing your strategy to unfold in front of his eyes.)
=== Strategy 7: Raining Bullets: ===
* Easy to Master
* Effective when pulled off correctly. However you need to have good dog relations to loot [[Contraband]].
* Requires almost no risk. It is recommended to have an [[Infirmary Outfit]] or a [[Guard Outfit]].
# Before Lights Out, attend Roll Call and go inside your cell.
# When the RETURN TO CELL bar appears, wait for a few seconds, then go to sleep. (Or just sleep right away.)
# If luck is on your side, then when you wake up, all the inmates should be paralyzed. They will be out of their bed, standing idly in their cell
, confused at what to do.
# Attend the morning Roll Call. Since the inmates are standing numbly, they won't be able to attend Roll Call, thus, increasing their heat to 100%.
# When the bell rings for the next period, the inmates will spring back to life and rush to their next
schedule area. Only, guards will not be too lenient on them. Guards will beat them up with their batons. Guard dogs will arrive, biting them. Tower Guards will make bullets rain all over the prisoners. Not long later, the inmates will be knocked out.
# You can start looting the piles of bodies, however, beware of prying guard eyes and dog noses. Wear an [[Infirmary Outfit]] or a [[Guard Outfit]] to loot freely in sight of guards. If you can, try to establish good relationships with guard dogs so they let you loot [[contraband]].
=== Strategy 8: Spawn Camp: ===
# Charge attack them, then continue fighting until you are out cold. Try to lure them closer to the [[Infirmary]] while you do this.
# Wait for the medic to come get you, then rest in bed to collect some [[Stats#stamina|stamina]]. You can also drink an [[Adrenaline Shot]]. Make sure the victim is still nearby.
# Rinse and repeat the attacks
they seem like they are down to one hit, try to lure them away from the [[Infirmary]] so you have more time to loot.
Deal your punch and loot your rewards!