Effective Strategies for the Beginner Hacker

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Effective Strategies for the Beginner Hacker

Postby QUROX » Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:57 am

When I first started playing HACKERS, I found it very difficult to work out effective hacking strategies. I looked around online, but found very little information, as the game is still new.


Using my level 8, nearly maxed core level 2 account, I believe I have come across an effective strategy for beginner players pure derivatives of trial and error. And it is in this thread that I plan to share them in an effort to shorten the learning curve for beginner hackers:


The most important thing to do when preparing for a hack is scouting (You have a brief window to scout before you have to commit to a hack in which you can disconnect and then reconnect to renew the scout timer. You can do this as many times as is necessary to plan a hack, alternatively you could take screenshot and plan from the photo)


Here are some things to take into account when scouting a base to hack, bearing in mind that at this stage in the game you have 3 available viruses: The Beam Cannon(offence - 1 space), The Shuriken (offence - 1 space) and The Ice Wall (defence - 2 space). And 25 disk space (If you do not, it will take you a few days max to get them):

- Have they used all the connections on their sentry nodes or placed them next to one another? (If so, their antivirus will spread more slowly)

- Is their base a long snake design? (if so, Beam Cannons will be able to take their base as a level 1 beam cannon will take out an antivirus node before the hacked node gets destroyed by the antivirus, so you can just run up the snake)

- Do they have turrets? (If so, bringing an ice shield is imperative to your success, as a level 2 turret will destroy a node with 3 level 1 Beam Cannons installed)

- Does their base have LOTs of connections (if so, your best approach is the Shuriken/Ice Wall hack. Shurikens do little damage, but attack all the connected nodes at once. When protected by an Ice Wall, 2 Shurikens can happily destroy two turrets and an antivirus block in a matter of seconds)

- How far from their netConnections are their sentries? (If they are a beginner player, they will often have netConnections connected or a node away from their sentries, in which case a full frontal charge is best to destroy the sentries and prevent the antivirus from spreading)

- Where are there resource nodes and core? (This is important for the player wishing to advance his/her game, as resources and reputation - gained from a successful hack - should be your main incentives for hacking. If you are not sure if you can completely hack a base, ensure you install your viruses in a way that will either get you the core and protect it for long enough to download it, or get you resources.)

These in my opinion are the main things to look for if you have time and can be bothered doing a proper scout (feel free to add recommendation in the comments and I will update my list).


I often cannot be bothered to properly scout out a base, so I have also put together a 'Do it all' setup, for beginner players wishing to hack quickly and effectively without spending precious time scouting out a base.


The 'Do it all' virus composition goes as follows (as previously mentioned, I am assuming you have 25
disk space and the first three available programs. If not, you will get these within few days of playing):

- 2 Ice Walls (This is taking into account that your opponent may have one turret and one node that will be attacked by antivirus from 3 or more other nodes. Let the node you wish to protect get hit once or twice before you install the ice wall, as nodes will regenerate when protected) #note# It is tempting to bring more then 2 ice walls, as they are one of the most useful turrets in the early game, but they take up 2 disk space and you will often find yourself in full control of the base (no antivirus left) but without enough offensive viruses to finish the hack successfully. So unless you scout the base and decide you need more then 2 Ice Walls, it is best to stick with 2.

- 3 Shurikens (This is for those infected nodes, perhaps surrounded by a turret and 3 antivirus nodes if they have 4 connections , that you need to infect quickly. Using an Ice Wall to protect your node and then installing 2 or 3 Shurikens is extremely effective for these situations)

- 18 Beam Cannons (These make up the brunt of your 'army'. One of these will infect an antivirus node before your infected node gets retaken. Unless you are going for a full frontal assault on a sentry or turret - in which case you will need and Ice Wall -, use only 1 Beam cannon, as you will need as many as possible to clean up after you have taken control. If you have a few left over, then you will be able to attack again sooner too :) .)



And so concludes my rough guide for the beginner hacker!

Feel free to make suggestions and I will happily add them into the main article.

NOTE: I apologise in advance for mistakes I may have made in the text. I have not yet edited it due to lack of time, but I will in the near future. I also have several other things to add at a later date.

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Re: Effective Strategies for the Beginner Hacker

Postby fozza » Sun Sep 25, 2016 2:40 pm

Great guide, pretty much hit the nail on the head! :D
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Re: Effective Strategies for the Beginner Hacker

Postby alpine22g » Sat Oct 15, 2016 2:55 pm

".........as you will need as many as possible to clean up after you have taken control. If you have a few left over, then you will be able to attack again sooner too.."

I'm sorry, but what do you mean with clean up here? if I clean the program in the nodes after I attacked it, will the program return to my library?

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Re: Effective Strategies for the Beginner Hacker

Postby K.I.L.L.J.O.Y » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:22 pm

Id also becarful about this type of setup

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because if your not fast enough with that ice wall the 2 turrets and the black ice node will shunt the antivirus back into the node that is the choke point

This type of configuration is designed to eat though Ice walls so when you come across this type of setup i suggest you max out your library cap first

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Re: Effective Strategies for the Beginner Hacker

Postby legal » Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:59 pm

K.I.L.L.J.O.Y wrote:Id also becarful about this type of setup

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because if your not fast enough with that ice wall the 2 turrets and the black ice node will shunt the antivirus back into the node that is the choke point

This type of configuration is designed to eat though Ice walls so when you come across this type of setup i suggest you max out your library cap first
I ice wall and then I use a protector and easy to get past it. And since they both cost the same to me no big deal which I use and to wasy to get past. Now days though I just use portal to jump past it.
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Re: Effective Strategies for the Beginner Hacker

Postby edita » Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:15 am

Thanks QUROX For your effort ;)

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Re: Effective Strategies for the Beginner Hacker

Postby IamAnonymous » Sat Feb 11, 2017 5:53 pm

Amazing :o

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Re: Effective Strategies for the Beginner Hacker

Postby graceinc » Wed May 31, 2017 8:48 am

Good one

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Re: Effective Strategies for the Beginner Hacker

Postby Darkness » Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:43 am

K.I.L.L.J.O.Y wrote:Id also becarful about this type of setup

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because if your not fast enough with that ice wall the 2 turrets and the black ice node will shunt the antivirus back into the node that is the choke point

This type of configuration is designed to eat though Ice walls so when you come across this type of setup i suggest you max out your library cap first


I will bring 2 - 3 walls and 3 shurikens in the sentry lol. Once it break, the whole base will be lost. =P

One more tip is that always max your program library as you can. Space is so much important in hacking people at the begining.
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Re: Effective Strategies for the Beginner Hacker

Postby Crack69 » Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:33 pm

If you're hunting dangerous low level set-ups watch out for any of these:
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id= ... mlnM0VNbUk
Anything else is easy with proper programs.
P.S: at low levels anyone your level can hack you. It's after level 15 that things really change (if you've developed you're base properly)
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