Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong: How to Win a Confrontation
Confrontations play a crucial role in Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong. The result of these dialogues will influence the plot heavily, so winning them assures you a favorable outcome and lets you gain vital information or perform a specific action that would not have been possible otherwise.
However, they are not that easy to win. During a Confrontation, you have to fight to convince the other person you are talking with. Usually, you will need to pick the correct answer amongst many, either using your Disciplines or not. Let's see how to get the best possible outcome.
How Do Confrontations Work?
A Confrontation has a set number of stages. Depending on the scene, they can be 2, 3, or more, and each of them can end either with a win or a miss. However, there is a set number of misses allowed for a Confrontation, and this value is always stated at the start of the dialogue fight. If you exceed this number, you will lose the Confrontation and will not have any chance to recover it.
In other words, you will not be able to get the desired outcome, and this could lead to unpleasant consequences.
How to Win a Confrontation
Depending on the maximum number of misses allowed, you need to make it to the final stage and win. If a miss occurs during the final stage, you will repeat the stage another time until the Confrontation is won or lost.
To enhance your chances of winning, you should focus on improving the Skills and Disciplines of each character. To succeed in the game, you should place at least one point into each. After that, you can choose between creating a balanced character or enhancing only a few Skills and Disciplines.
During dialogues and Confrontations, you can use your Focus to temporarily increase a Skill level by one or two points. This will cost you more Willpower than originally needed, but it can earn you a Success with your opponent. Beware that, to be focused, a Skill must have at least one point assigned. In the game's early stages, you will only have a few experience points to improve your character abilities, so you must spend them consciously.
Keep in mind that your opponent can also Focus their Skills, but they can only increase their Skill level by one point. If the dialogue ends with a Tie, the winning character will be determined by various factors, including your Suspicion level.
Other Tips and Tricks
In Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong, the right answer that will determine a good outcome for each Confrontation stage is not easy to pick. However, you can help yourself by exploring every scene in detail before approaching any character that might trigger a Confrontation.
Hints are scattered throughout the whole game, so you must read them carefully and take notes. Any helpful information can be used against your opponent during Confrontations and can even lead to new lines of dialogue.
Moreover, keep in mind that using your Skills or Disciplines does not automatically assure you that one or more Confrontation stages will be won. Sometimes, the right answer can also be a simple one. If you know your opponent, the choice will be easier.
Finally, be sure to look for items and consumables. They can help you replenish Willpower or eliminate Hunger. And if you want to know more about how to keep your Hunger levels under control on VtM - Swansong, be sure to read our guide!
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