As you might expect from a man who is half breathing apparatus, Darth Vader moves a bit more deliberately than Boba Fett (opens in new tab) and Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Battlefront (opens in new tab). A new post on Battlefront's official website (opens in new tab) lays out why that's a very good thing for the Rebels; because once he's bearing down on you, it's probably too late.
When he's close up, Darth Vader can use a heavy lightsaber swing to cut down swathes of Rebels in a single stroke. Once the main force is down he can throw his saber to clean up stragglers, or force choke them for extra style points. You can toss enemies around while you're telekinetically strangling the life out of them, naturally.
Darth Vader can deflect blaster bolts and absorb many more, so your best shot at taking him down is from behind. Recruit a couple of like-minded Rebels, hold your fire as you sneak through Vader's wake of destruction, and light him up to snag that lucrative Villain takedown point bonus.
Make sure you read our write-up of Star Wars Battlefront's hero system (opens in new tab) for more on how playing the Sith Lord will feel. You'll be able to try him out yourself when the free Battlefront beta (opens in new tab) goes live in October.
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