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The Predator Viking Cometh – Predator: Hunting Grounds Patch 2.08 Is Here!

Predator: Hunting Grounds Patch 2.08 is now available to download, and along with the patch there’s a new paid DLC Predator available to purchase: the Predator Viking!

 The Predator Viking Cometh – Predator: Hunting Grounds Patch 2.08 Is Here!

Equipped with early access to the weapon the “Battle Axe”, this new addition to your deadly Predator roster will surely wreak all new kinds of havoc to opposing fireteams. Here’s more on the new Predator class per Tramell Isaac, Vice President of Art at Illfonic:

“The Viking Predator can be traced back to when the Viking raiders consumed lands far from their own borders, and by doing so managed to draw attention they never imagined. The death and destruction throughout the world would bring a gift from the sky to challenge the most powerful and honorable warriors in battle. As the legends of this Yautja spread, Norsemen saw an opportunity to gain an honorable death by way of this wanderer, so they continued to pursue glory. Over centuries, the strongest, bravest warriors would journey out raiding to lure this great force into ritual combat with hopes of feasting in the halls of Valhalla.”

 The Predator Viking Cometh – Predator: Hunting Grounds Patch 2.08 Is Here!

“The perks of our newest Nordic extraterrestrial hunter is found in his strength. The Viking is insanely strong, even more so than the Berserker but be forewarned; he is slower. As the Viking, you will be a ferocious adversary that won’t rely on additional gear, but more on your abilities as a player… and the use of your new trusty Battle Axe. As part of the Paid DLC you get early access to the Battle Axe.”

 The Predator Viking Cometh – Predator: Hunting Grounds Patch 2.08 Is Here!

As part of October’s free update, the standout is players will now be offered bonus perks to choose from, which is designed to encourage players to create more class diversity within their fireteams.  Illfonic also addressed weapon balancing in their new game mode Clash, and even added the fan favorite Predator 2 line “Want some candy?” to the predator mimic wheel.

You can read all the details to Illfonic’s lastet patch notes below:

Paid DLC
New Playable Predator – Viking
Early Access to new Predator weapon – Battle Axe

New Unlockable Cosmetics
Listed Below

General

  • Various crash fixes
  • Implemented bonus XP for low population queues.
  • AI now respond to audio decoys and noise makers
  • Fixed the sunroof collision issue on Backwater
  • Fixed a bug where the health indicator would become stuck flashing after healing
  • Fixed a bug where “Leave to Main Menu” dialog would become stuck when traveling from lobby to match
  • Fixed a bug with the gamepad mapping not working properly when scrolling through key mappings menu
  • Fixed a bug where your gear would not always go back to your last weapon when used
  • Added player count to the private match menu
  • Fixed an issue where the Voice to Text was not always working as intended
  • Backing out of a weapon category now goes to the category view rather than top level customization
  • Perks will now always display a locked icon when they can’t be equipped
  • Matchmaking status now lists the game mode you’re currently searching for

Clash

  • General
    • Increased weapon damage for the following weapons in Clash
      • Frag grenades +300%
      • Grenade launchers (Including Mercenary ‘87 and Hammerhead) +33%
      • Shotguns +50%
    • Adjusted point timing for the following elements in Clash
      • Initial Predator unlocked at 50 points, subsequent unlocks at 25 points
      • Reduced Capture Point relocation from 300 points to 150 points
    • Fixed a bug where contesting/capturing text was not always updating in Clash
    • Idle kick time now properly applies in Clash matches
    • Fixed an issue where Clash lobbies were not showing the countdown time
    • Loadout selection now automatically opens when spawning as Predator
    • Fixed an issue where the player was only able to open the loadout selection once per death
    • Fixed an issue where the enemy team was not showing proper class in Clash lobbies
    • Fixed a bug where parties would sometimes be split up when searching for a Clash match
    • Fixed a bug where friendly outlines would sometimes not have a head
    • Fixed an issue where crossplay players and private matches would sometimes not work properly
    • Predator Selection widget has been moved to the right side of the screen in Clash

Fireteam

  • General
    • Updated Fireteam class UI stats for accuracy
    • Ammo and health packs are now automatically spotted when deployed
    • Reduced camera shake for incoming damage
    • Fixed an issue where Helmets/Hats were not always displaying correctly in cinematics
    • Changing hair style no longer automatically removes hats or full head covers
    • Fixed an issue that would allow you to sprint and fire at the same time
    • Fireteam members are now able to fire their weapons while in the air after sprinting
    • Fixed an issue where the full head covers were being displayed when viewing/selecting face paints
    • Fixed a bug where the parry prompt would sometimes become stuck on screen
  • Classes
    • Added selectable Fireteam specializations
      • Assault
        • Unleashed
          • Increased damage with Explosives
        • Reckless
          • Gains a temporary damage boost after receiving damage
        • Fanatic
          • Increased damage and speed while wounded
        • Deadly
          • Increased assault rifle damage
      • Scout
        • Duelist
          • Increased damage and higher starting ammo for pistols
        • Liberator
          • Heals and receives a temporary damage boost after disabling or destroying a camp alarm (No effect in Clash)
        • Rushdown
          • Gains a short but powerful speed boost upon killing an AI (No effect in Clash)
        • Scavenger
          • Gathered ammo pickups restore health. Increased damage with weapons found in weapon crates around the map (No effect in Clash)
      • Support
        • Leader
          • Damaged targets are weaker to damage from teammates for a short period of time. This effect does not stack from multiple Leaders
        • Comms
          • When a teammate dies, the reinforcement timer is reduced. Does not stack with other Comms (No effect in Clash)
        • Overseer
          • Restores health to the team each time the mission progresses. This effect does not stack with multiple Overseers (No effect in Clash)
        • Field Medic
          • Increased Revive speed. Revived soldiers have more health (No effect in Clash)
      • Recon
        • Overwatch
          • Increased damage when firing from a height advantage
        • Amphibious
          • Increased movement speed in water. Being in water counts as being fully concealed by mud. (Limited effect in Clash)
        • Sniper
          • Increased damage to spotted targets
        • Spotter
          • Lower body temp while crouched. Spotted targets move slower. Does not stack with other Spotters. (Limited effect in Clash)
      • Dutch (1987)
        • Leader
          • Damaged targets are weaker to damage from teammates for a short period of time. This effect does not stack from multiple Leaders
        • Amphibious
          • Increased movement speed in water. Being in water counts as being fully concealed by mud. (Limited effect in Clash)
        • Fanatic
          • Increased damage and speed while wounded
        • Reckless
          • Gains a temporary damage boost after receiving damage
      • Dutch (2025)
        • Deadly
          • Increased assault rifle damage
        • Leader
          • Damaged targets are weaker to damage from teammates for a short period of time. This effect does not stack from multiple Leaders
        • Overseer
          • Restores health to the team each time the mission progresses. This effect does not stack with multiple Overseers (No effect in Clash)
        • Overwatch
          • Increased damage when firing from a height advantage
    • Changed Class Attributes for the following classes
      • Assault
        • Added Bullet Weapon Damage
        • Removed Secondary Weapon Damage
      • Scout
        • Added Sprint Damage Resist
        • Added Post Sprint Damage Boost
        • Removed Weapon Switch Speed
        • Removed Teammate Revive Speed
      • Support
        • Added Team Ammo Reserves
        • Added Team Proximity Damage Resist
        • Removed Explosive Damage Resist
        • Removed Ammo Reserves

Predator

  • General
    • Added a new line to the predator mimic wheel “Want some candy?”
    • Updated the Predator class UI stats for accuracy
    • Fixed an issue where the Predator was able to enter Predkour while in second wind
    • Fixed an issue where the Predator was able to claim exploded bodies
    • Fixed a bug where the long claim audio would continue after the long  claim was canceled
    • Fixed an issue where the leap icon would sometimes incorrectly display as usable (in the Tutorial)
  • Weapons
    • Combistick
      • Fixed a bug where the City Hunter Combistick was not being held in customization menu
      • Fixed a bug where the weapon shaders for the City Hunter Combistick were not applying correctly to the thrown Combistick

 The Predator Viking Cometh – Predator: Hunting Grounds Patch 2.08 Is Here!

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Comments: 43
  1. The Shuriken
    Viking Predator concept art by Ivan Dedov

    https://cdnb.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/031/720/949/large/ivan-dedov-front-viking.jpg?1604413135
    https://cdnb.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/031/720/933/large/ivan-dedov-back-viking-01.jpg?1604413107
    https://cdna.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/031/720/942/large/ivan-dedov-back-viking-02.jpg?1604413121
    https://cdna.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/031/721/300/large/ivan-dedov-viking-front-closeup.jpg?1604413839

    This guy's Predator art is magical.
  2. RidgeTop
    Viking Predator concept art by Ivan Dedov

    https://cdnb.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/031/720/949/large/ivan-dedov-front-viking.jpg?1604413135
    https://cdnb.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/031/720/933/large/ivan-dedov-back-viking-01.jpg?1604413107
    https://cdna.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/031/720/942/large/ivan-dedov-back-viking-02.jpg?1604413121
    https://cdna.artstation.com/p/assets/images/images/031/721/300/large/ivan-dedov-viking-front-closeup.jpg?1604413839
  3. Dentdesabre
    i'm an old  predator player in that game, the viking look amazing, but god damn is he trash in game.  not talking about that FT is god tier right now and easly kill predator now. so yeah predator is sadly a joke in the game
  4. Corporal Hicks
    That Axe is pretty devastating when it hits with the long attack. Kailem and I ended up playing against a Viking who just wrecked the entire team on Backwater. Just slammed in, got the long hit with the Ax and bounced back out. Rinse and repeat. Was really damn effective. It's just when they try and rush into the middle of 4 FT, it just doesn't work for them.
  5. SuperiorIronman
    I find attacking remaining FT and FT just far enough from the team with it makes a world of difference due to how hard it hits. It's definitely not worth it to charge in but when FT get clumped up and running past you can get a good swing in and it makes the FT hurt. Playing on Backwater and a bunch of people camping in the pumping station got wrecked.

    Viking definitely has to play cautiously though. Though I'm a bit used to Berserker so a lot of this was pretty easy to pick up on helped that I tried him in private first to learn his quirks. I definitely recommend carrying the bow because while I don't find PC drain to be that bad, it's definitely not worth it since cloak will be needed to take out FT. In this sense I prefer bow or the spear. Bow though I'd say works better since you can keep the pressure on and be reasonably far from FT to retreat if needed. Viking I don't think is as broken as City Hunter was but I'd say he's a good Berserker if you want to change things up and don't care for Samurai.

    The ax I think needs to be sped up a bit but I think it does have a point in it's favor unlike the mace since it can hit a few FT at once. It's not going to dethrone the spear which unfortunately is still top-tier, but unlike mace where you're essentially flexing, this weapon feels like it has a learning curve and could be really deadly in the right hands.
  6. Lost_Hunter
    This is a cool idea but the design is almost unrecognizable as a Predator. Too much of an emphasis on the Celtic interlay in my opinion. Don’t know if I’m gonna pick this one up, still never picked up the 87 Dutch.

    In other news, can you guys tell me how to use the vocal mimicry or roar? I’m on PS4 and can’t figure it out.
  7. Voodoo Magic
    He is slow as f**k, the swings on the Axe leave you so vulnerable, its the new Warclub, the fireteam can run faster than this Predator so its kind to hard hit them like this. Also 2 crashes in a row while trying to play as the Viking.

    If only Illfonic could use those patches to fix the game instead of f**king it over.

    I just said that to Kailem last night. The axe is the new clunky war club!  >:(
  8. Samhain13
    He is slow as f**k, the swings on the Axe leave you so vulnerable, its the new Warclub, the fireteam can run faster than this Predator so its kind to hard hit them like this. Also 2 crashes in a row while trying to play as the Viking.

    If only Illfonic could use those patches to fix the game instead of f**king it over.
  9. Voodoo Magic
    An update for Voodoo here :laugh: :

    Quote from: Patch notes
    Added a new line to the predator mimic wheel “Want some candy?”

    Do you believe Hicks wouldn't let me title the article: Now Predators Can Say "Want Some Candy" - And Other Patch Stuff.;D ;)

    I told RidgeTop you're going to hear me coming a mile away when I'm playing Predator now.

    Want some candy?
    Want some candy?
    Want some candy?
    🤪
  10. PAS Spinelli
    An update for Voodoo here:

    Quote from: Patch notes
    Added a new line to the predator mimic wheel “Want some candy?”

    I like the look of the Viking, especially with all the ornamental designs he's got going on with his armour. And yeah now that we can see a bigger pic, the covered eye is totally a nod to Odin. I like that touch.

    The fireteam "bonus perks" are going to be interesting. I like that they should help make each class seem more distinct, though I worry that giving everyone an extra perk might tip the balance too much in their favour again. I guess we'll have to see how that pans out.
    Imo the Pred should also have some bonus perks, even if not in all of it's classes
  11. Kailem
    An update for Voodoo here :laugh: :

    Quote from: Patch notes
    Added a new line to the predator mimic wheel “Want some candy?”

    I like the look of the Viking, especially with all the ornamental designs he's got going on with his armour. And yeah now that we can see a bigger pic, the covered eye is totally a nod to Odin. I like that touch.

    The fireteam "bonus perks" are going to be interesting. I like that they should help make each class seem more distinct, though I worry that giving everyone an extra perk might tip the balance too much in their favour again. I guess we'll have to see how that pans out.
  12. Bug hunt wilson
    Man I like the Viking predator look I wonder if they will do one base on a Roman solider since we a Viking and samurai predator now.
  13. Samhain13
    They buffed the fireteam again on this update huh. Because the nerfs the Predator had over the last months weren't enough. The Viking seems like a Berserker that cant carry gear,  looks interesting but it might be a pain in the ass to use.

    #makethepredatorgreatagain
  14. PAS Spinelli
    They've got some cosmetics in the DLC roadmap image, but the patch notes don't mention any?
    The cosmetics are mentioned in a second post in the Patch Notes thread
    They are as follow:

    Predator War Paint

    Rise War Paint

    Predator Skin Patterns
    Skin Pattern Terror - Scout
    Skin Pattern Terror - Hunter
    Skin Pattern Terror - Berserker
    Skin Pattern Terror - Alpha
    Skin Pattern Terror - Elder
    Skin Pattern Terror - JH87
    Skin Pattern Terror - CH90
    Skin Pattern Terror - Samurai
    Skin Pattern Slice - Scout
    Skin Pattern Slice - Hunter
    Skin Pattern Slice - Berserker
    Skin Pattern Slice - Alpha
    Skin Pattern Slice - Elder
    Skin Pattern Slice - JH87
    Skin Pattern Slice - CH90
    Skin Pattern Slice - Samurai
    Skin Pattern Virus - Scout
    Skin Pattern Virus - Hunter
    Skin Pattern Virus - Berserker
    Skin Pattern Virus - Alpha
    Skin Pattern Virus - Elder
    Skin Pattern Virus - JH87
    Skin Pattern Virus - CH90
    Skin Pattern Virus - Samurai

    Predator Armor Tints

    Armor Color Requiem - Scout
    Armor Color Requiem - Hunter
    Armor Color Requiem - Berserker
    Armor Color Requiem - JH87
    Armor Color Requiem - CH90
    Armor Color Requiem - Elder
    Armor Color Requiem - Samurai

    Predator Skin Pattern Tints

    Skin Pattern Mottle Grape - Scout
    Skin Pattern Mottle Grape - Hunter
    Skin Pattern Mottle Grape - Berserker
    Skin Pattern Mottle Grape - Alpha
    Skin Pattern Mottle Grape - Elder
    Skin Pattern Mottle Grape - JH87
    Skin Pattern Mottle Grape - CH90
    Skin Pattern Mottle Grape - Samurai
    Skin Pattern Mottle Dread - Scout
    Skin Pattern Mottle Dread - Hunter
    Skin Pattern Mottle Dread - Berserker
  15. SuperiorIronman
    It is up on PSN and the new update is downloading now.

    Viking according to the PS store says that the Vikings encountered it and kept encountering it due to the expansion of borders. They would also send warriors to face it in combat so I'd imagine this one looks the way he does because of it. If it was present so regularly it might look the way it does because it's getting into the role though Predators with scrollwork isn't uncommon so perhaps this in-universe is just a coincidence. It does have only one eye though which is a kind of cute Odin reference. I was wrong about the dreads though as they're the thicker variant and it indeed does use the normal Predator head like Samurai.

    Did some minor stat testing for Viking.

    Cloak lasts for 1:10

    Thermal lasts for 1:27

    Both active for 55 seconds

    Generally not bad stats.

    The new "Want some candy?" line will cause some clicking so if your already noticed via vocal mimicry you're definitely going to get noticed with this. Sound mixing sounds alright here.

    Viking can do two leaps in a row this will probably be changed with perks.
    Battle Axe stealth is pretty wuick and attacks are pretty fast as well.

    I see a lot I like in this update. Gonna run some FT and see how specializations are doing but overall I'm expecting the Viking to be a challenge.
  16. Corporal Hicks
    Dafuk?

    https://i.redd.it/lthf63edghv51.jpg

    https://www.reddit.com/r/HuntingGrounds/comments/jik6r7/somebody_goofed/

    Well this is disappointing... I want Mr. Scar. Seems like they're trying to ride of the hype of the new Assassin's Creed release.

    I'm sure Narin fans will appreciate the axe though.

    I find myself a little apathetic here. I just don't find this one exciting at all. The game lost me about 2 months ago, and nothing it's done has pulled me back in yet.
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