View Full Version : Advanced Tactics: The Compass Trick

05-11-2011, 02:26 PM
Hello everyone I would just like to share this unique technique I just found out in finding out where your target is amidst a crowd/group/whatever easier.

I call it the Compass Trick. The technique uses the option to shuffle through different targets(like in Manhunt) in order to locate your current target that is in line of sight easier. We all know that when you're target is really close, the compass just brights up in a full circle, eliminating that helpful circular lining outside the compass. But if you change your target while still being close to your supposed target, the result is a full but dimmed circle and MOST IMPORTANTLY the circular lining comes back to your compass. This circular lining is what will help you identify or at least eliminate your options in identifying that hidden target.

Getting more familiar with how to identify the center of that circular lining takes practice but imagine if you mastered it. It would probably make templar vision look a waste :P. It's not perfect, but hell I think it is definitely a very valuable tool.

Basically it can only be used in team based games because you need to have that option to shuffle targets. As an example, I encountered today a situation in Manhunt where my target (Dama Rosa) was sitting on a bench with another Dama Rosa. I decided to try this trick out to see its effectiveness. They were both sitting on the two ends of the bench. So I changed targets to bring up that circular lining and moved slightly to the left and noticed the the circular lining in turn moved to the right. That was pretty convincing so I just killed the damn girl without using firecrackers or utilizing any corners. Pretty convenient huh? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

So what do you guys think? Comments/suggestions are very much appreciated. We all want to improve and learn http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif. I don't know if you already know this but I imagine a lot of new players don't so this is just my way of helping them. Have fun everyone hope at least 1 person found this useful. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

05-11-2011, 02:37 PM
I'm not sure 100% about this, but it sounds like a nice trick and I'll test it when PSN is back up.

05-11-2011, 02:39 PM
I did notice it before, but I didn't think you could use it this way. Thanks ! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

05-11-2011, 02:43 PM

05-11-2011, 02:47 PM
Something to keep in mind when doing this is to keep your camera looking straight to your might-be-target when trying to decided wheter the semicompass is pointing towards him/her or not. Even a small angle can affect the semicompass' accuaracy resulting in phail on your part. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

05-11-2011, 02:50 PM
What a contribution ... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

Anyhow, nifty trick. It'll help people who have difficulty in identfying targets in blend groups. Thanks for sharing! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

05-11-2011, 02:51 PM
When you said "The Compass Trick" I assumed you were talking about screening, but I don't think I have heard of this before. Thanks, I think I'll try it out when PSN comes back up.

05-11-2011, 03:00 PM
Good contribution.

I think a lot of people probably knew about it, but I'm pretty sure it has never been brought up on the forums. I know I personally hunt people using the secondary compass, as in close range it is more accurate than the normal compass.

Either way, if you taught even one person something they didn't already know, great contribution!

05-11-2011, 03:31 PM
Yep, I had no clue about this. Thanks a ton for sharing!

05-11-2011, 03:55 PM
Hmm...seems something i've done (subconciously) before. But after reading this, makes me eager to take notice! I shall try when PSN is back.
1st thing i'll do i play BrO.!

05-11-2011, 04:01 PM
I should note that the compass line often points to somewhere in your target's vicinity and not the precise target. You should think of this more like a free extra precision loss streak.

05-11-2011, 04:19 PM
astlan found it a long time ago http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif we just didn't want the world to know about it.

05-11-2011, 04:32 PM
I use this to determine what side of me they're on, if I'm uncertain, but it's by no means 100% accurate, and within the parameter of "what side of you they're on", can be incredibly deceptive because they are literally ANYWHERE WITHIN THE HIGHLIGHTED DIRECTION.
Since I can't make a circle, let's say this is the highlighted area on your compass:


They can be literally at ANY of those numbers. They could be in the center, or the absolute very last singular pixel highlighted. So sometimes it can throw you off. You get used to it though and as long as you don't use it as a direct method and more as a guide, it can be effective.

05-11-2011, 09:51 PM
Hello everyone

I thought about the screening thing and I think I can't consider it screening. But then again I guess in a way it is so whatever I just call it the Compass Trick to distinguish it from the corner trick.

Btw I've watched astlan's vids and didn't really notice him use this but maybe I wasn't paying attention or it wasn't in the videos. But glad to know that this was helpful for some http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif. I agree that a lot of us might know this or at least have encountered this but never really noticed its potential. My bench example was just a very very basic scenario where it can be used. Hopefully you guys can find out some more nifty ways to use it and more importantly share them http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif because I really feel that this trick can do a lot of wonders if used properly. Have a good day http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

05-12-2011, 10:36 PM
Yeah, this is a pretty good trick that I usually only resort to when I have no better options. The secondary compass, as mentioned earlier, is a bit more accurate than the primary compass. However, the secondary compass is still of only slight help when dealing with a large morphed group and such.

05-13-2011, 07:14 AM
I've used this when I'm down to no other options as well.

It's about as difficult as screening, usually results in you revealing yourself (like screening), and has similar accuracy to screening. Basically, it's screening minus the walls, and it can't be done in 1 vs. 1 or FFA modes. But when you land it, it's great - Can be a real "WTF?" moment for your target sometimes.

05-13-2011, 08:06 AM
Would be nice to see a video of this, either directly or indirectly being used. I understand the mechanics being described, but doesn't make perfect sense to me how it would reveal a target that's IN line of sight with a full compass already.
I'd search for a video clip but I'm at work atm.

05-13-2011, 08:47 AM
It's because secondary compass arrows have a point which points towards the target. They also rotate onto the other side of your compass if you go past the target. Bit easier to use than the normal compass since it just fills up when the target's nearby, losing all precision except LOS.

05-13-2011, 09:30 AM
ahhh, you're talking about team mode arrows. Now that I look up the thread it says that in one of the posts too.
Nevermind me, I'm an idiot.

05-13-2011, 09:36 AM
THis "compass trick" only works in Team Games.

What it is is that you can use the half compass that points where your target's team mates are to find where your target is when your compass is full by switching targets and have the half compass essentially point in which direction your target was.

I use this without really thinking about it so I assume everyone has also done this but don't remember ever trying to think about it. Only works when the team actual tries to hide instead of focusing on an aggressive stun lock defense because you essentially waste time trying to find your target and the others can try to stun you.

05-13-2011, 11:20 AM
Hmmm I agree that it's not always the best tool to rely on certain situations, especially when trying to find your target in a group wherein there are two or more of them because even if you managed to get lucky killing one of them without skills, you'll probably still get stunned. It's not perfect I guess. But then again, if it was then I don't think manhunt or any other team matches wouldn't be really that fun :P. I haven't been able to try it out a lot recently because of my crazy slow internet lol.

Btw, I'm sorry I don't have a video posted up showing off this trick but I don't think it's really needed. For some I guess it's a bit hard to imagine actual scenarios by just reading what's here. Just try out some manhunts and I'm sure you'll be able to find some ways to use it.

05-13-2011, 11:11 PM
Best Compass trick - line of sight.