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Do you prefer followers who engage in melee or ranged combat?

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What is your preferred combat style for your followers in games like Fallout or Skyrim? Whether I am a ranged or melee combatant, I always seem to prefer ranged fighters who don’t get in my way and are less likely to get themselves killed.

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I like followers giving combat support, such as healing, enhancing the party r debilitating the enemy, lets me focus and get stuck in.

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When I play Skyrim I use the Bow as my primary, sneaking and picking them off from a distance.  I therefore tend to have followers that do the opposite, charge forward and close the distance with Melee while I continue to pick them off.

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I use my followers as distraction, when fighting a dragon or a draughr  I always pick the ones that are good at close combat while I use a bow or I engage with double swords

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34 minutes ago, kingpotato said:

I use my followers as distraction, when fighting a dragon or a draughr  I always pick the ones that are good at close combat while I use a bow or I engage with double swords

That's actually a damn good battle strategy. I never would have thought of it. Thank you @kingpotato!!!!

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On 5/10/2020 at 3:11 AM, Crazycrab said:

When I play Skyrim I use the Bow as my primary, sneaking and picking them off from a distance.  I therefore tend to have followers that do the opposite, charge forward and close the distance with Melee while I continue to pick them off.

This is similar to how I play in Fallout New Vegas with the hunting rifle, although I have found it works best if I have another ranged character doing the same (i.e. me and Boone both picking everyone off from a million miles away).

On 5/15/2020 at 6:29 AM, kingpotato said:

I use my followers as distraction, when fighting a dragon or a draughr  I always pick the ones that are good at close combat while I use a bow or I engage with double swords

This is pretty much what I do in Skyrim as well, but I use atronachs for this rather than followers; with followers, I still prefer them to be ranged so I don’t accidentally hack at them with my axe when I dive into the fray.

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If you are into MMO and has too much damage taken so far, having the melee around is good for you. But then again depends on the context of the match. In some cases it can get you into more trouble. 

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