Star Wars Jedi Survivor Rancor Guide: How to Defeat the Rancor

Here's some tips and tricks on how to kill a Rancor with ease.

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The Rancor is one of the legendary enemies in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. This ferocious cave-dwelling beast has been one of the iconic monsters in the franchise and it might take inexperienced players a couple of tries to finally defeat one.

Read ahead as we talk about the Rancor and share some tips and tricks on how to defeat it in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

Where to find a Rancor in Star Wars Jedi Survivor

Where to find a Rancor

There are several Rancors that can be found in the game, but the first one that you can encounter is at the Sodden Grotto. Head over to the Rambler’s Reach Outpost and pick up the Find Missing Prospectors rumor. This rumor will then have to follow the trail down into the caves where a Rancor has been reported to be causing trouble.

Another Rancor can be found in the Phon’qi Caverns in the Foothills Falls area. This one’s lair is quite close to the area where the Map Upgrade: Chests can be found.

Star Wars Jedi Survivor Rancor Movesets

Rancor Movesets

Rancors have several attacks and some of them can be quite fatal if they connect. They have attacks that can be parried or blocked, and they also have unparryable attacks which can be anticipated once they glow red.

  • Fist Pound – The Rancor pounds the ground with its fist/s; can do it once or twice alternatingly; can be blocked.
  • Punch – It can punch upwards once or twice with their fist; can be blocked.
  • Claw Sweep – It spreads one of its arms outwards and sweep it as they turn around, and does it once more in the opposite direction.
  • Arm Swipe – It swings its arm outwards.
  • Ground Stomp – It stomps the ground once or twice, releasing a shockwave with a mid range.
  • Earth Smash – It smashes the ground with both of its fists, sending a rolling shockwave forwards; unblockable.
  • Lunge Grab – It lunges from a distance and grabs you; unblockable and fatal.
How to Defeat a Rancor in Star Wars Jedi Survivor

How to Defeat a Rancor

The best strategy to defeat a Rancor is to keep your distance and to never go full-on rampage when attacking. They have relatively easy tells and their size might give an impression that they move slow, but they can do their attacks quickly, not to mention that they have wide reaches. Getting too greedy during an opening might get you hit with the next attack so easily.

The safe way to deal with the fight is to trade blows. Every attack of a Rancor has a good 2-3 second window that you can use to attack or reposition to a safe distance. During this window, you can only attack once or twice before it regains its stance and does its next attack. You can try and be more aggressive by using your blocking skills so that you will be in saber-length for a longer time, but this is risky and can get messy very quickly.

Star Wars Jedi Survivor Rancor boss fight strategies and tips

The attacks that you want to be wary about are the unblockables such as the Earth Smash or the Lunge Grab. However, if you maintain a safe distance, you will be able to see these attacks incoming and you will have enough time to react to them. Both attacks have a linear direction, so a simple properly timed sidestep will often do the trick to keep you from getting hit. The dodge has some forgivable i-frames which should help in avoiding taking a hit.

There are bones in the lair that you can grab and throw at the Rancor. If you time it right, you can lodge the bone in its maw, giving you some few seconds to go in and lands more attacks.

Once the Rancor is on its final 10%, you can then perform a killing blow. After the first Rancor encounter, you can get the Shatter perk which allows Cal to break through enemies’ block meter easily.

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