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Combat Tricks are a set of Diversions in Saints Row 2, Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV.

Combat Trick Nut Shot

The effects of a "Nutshot"

OverviewEdit

Combat Tricks are not required for 100% Completion, but some have achievements and other unlockables associated with them.

All of these "Tricks" use Diversion stars, and each have a counter with the diversions menu, as well as a sub-page with Statistics showing the number of times each Trick has been performed and the amount of Respect earned.

The AR-50 XMAC Special is unlocked in the Weapons Cache for performing "All Combat Tricks", specifically, only one star is needed in each, plus 3 Gold Stars in Gang Kills.

Gang KillsEdit

Stars for the Gang Kills trick are earned by killing enemy gang members. Additional stars are earned by killing gang members in quick succession. It is easiest to perform this trick with a high Gang Notoriety such as during later missions, or during the Drive-by diversion.

Earning 3 Gold Stars in Gang Kills unlocks the Avenger Jacket in the Wardrobe.

The number of Gang Kills is also shown in the main Statistics Menu.

Destroying a vehicle with gang members inside may not always earn a Gang Kill.

Beat Down KillsEdit

Stars for the Beat Down Kills trick are earned by killing enemy Gang members with melee weapons, or barehanded.

There are no achievements or unlockables associated with this trick.

The number of Beat Down Kills is also shown in the main Statistics Menu.

In Saints Row IV, bonus XP and cache is awarded for 10 of these, and the Challenge contributes to total Challenge rewards.

HeadshotsEdit

Stars for the Headshots trick are earned by killing enemies or civilians with a single shot to head. This can be performed with any gun, but is perhaps easiest with a sniper rifle.

There are no achievements or unlockables associated with this trick.

The Statistics sub-page for Headshots does not show the number of Headshots performed, only the total Respect earned. Saints Row Third does not register headshots done on law enforcement.

Gang Vehicle KillsEdit

Stars for the Gang Vehicle Kills trick are earned by destroying enemy Gang cars.

There are no achievements or unlockables associated with this trick.

Gang vehicles must be destroyed without The Protagonist entering the vehicle.

Multi KillsEdit

Stars for the Multi Kills trick are earned by killing enemy gang members in quick succession. When killing multiple gang members with the same explosive or rocket, it only counts as one star.

There are no achievements or unlockables associated with this trick.

NutshotsEdit

Stars for the Nutshots trick are earned by shooting enemies in the groin. Male and Female characters act in the same way, and both can be counted.

It is possible to cause the "nutshot" animation without earning a star, but a star must be awarded for it to be counted.

The Aww Nuts! achievement is earned by getting a total of 50 nutshots throughout the game.

One Hit KillsEdit

Stars for the One Hit Kills trick are earned by killing enemies with a single shot, as with Multi Kills, each enemy must be killed with a separate shot to count.

There are no achievements or unlockables associated with this trick.

Headshots are not registered as One Hit Kills, but both Headshots and One Hit Kills count towards Multi Kills.

Slice 'N Dice KillsEdit

Stars for the Slice 'N Dice Kills trick are earned by killing enemy gang members with a Samurai Sword.

There are no achievements or unlockables associated with this trick.

TauntingEdit

Taunting is a basic Combat ability, which can earn stars when taunting enemies.

The Trash Talker achievement is listed as for "Taunting 50 gang members", results vary about increasing the counter.

  • With both of these methods, it is possible to taunt multiple gang members at the same time.
Enemy gang members
  • Enemy gang members must not be hostile, which means there must be no gang notoriety, but a full coloured bar is fine.
  • Generally, any time a star is obtained for Taunting, the counter goes up. Results may vary.
  • Taunting a gang member makes them hostile and instantly gives 1 level of notoriety.
  • The level 1 notoriety drops to a full bar of notoriety after less than 30 seconds, and it is possible to taunt the same person again
Saint gang members
  • It is possible to Taunt 3rd Street Saints
  • Saints members must be taunted until they stop being friendly, the green X is replaced by the normal target.
  • After this, every taunt increases the counter.
  • Friendly gang members responding to taunts while still having the green X do not count.

ThrowingEdit

Throwing is a basic Combat ability which can earn stars according to the distance traveled by the throwee.

The Going The Distance achievement is earned by getting 3 Gold Stars in throwing. This is listed within the game as "Throwing someone over 100 feet".

The Statistics sub-page for Throwing does not show the number of throws performed, but instead shows the longest distance someone has been thrown, as well as the total Respect earned by Throwing.

Unused TricksEdit

The game data files reference additional Combat Tricks which were not included in the final game

  • Close Quarters Kill - Killing someone at close range.
  • Shield Kill - Killing Human Shields is still possible, but is not counted as a Combat Trick.
  • Notoriety Kill - This is marked as being used in multiplayer games.
  • Brutality - This is for killing someone with Improvised Weapons.
  • Hip Shot - Shooting someone at a distance without using Fine Aim, has the statistic "Max hipshot distance".

TriviaEdit

  • The game files refer to Combat Tricks as "Shooting Stunts".

GalleryEdit

  • Combat Tricks tutorial in Saints Row 2
  • Taunts and Compliments instructions
  • Avenger Jacket unlocked
  • AR-50 XMAC Special unlocked

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