The combat system in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy features team-based attacks, like staggers, while players remain in control of Star-Lord. Stagger is a mechanic that is constantly used throughout Guardians of the Galaxy, particularly for its effectiveness in dealing with stronger enemies. Learning how to properly stagger enemies with some of the best abilities in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will make even the tougher enemies on hard mode easier to manage.
Stagger damage is a feature of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy’s combat that causes enemies to be temporarily more susceptible to damage and less resistant to elemental attacks that they could normally brush off. A stagger bar appears below an enemy’s normal health bar, indicating how close they are to becoming staggered. This bar fills as more stagger damage is dealt, and, when an enemy is staggered, they’ll be glowing as the stagger bar blinks continuously. Enemies with stagger bars tend to be harder to kill without staggering them, which is why it’s so important to master this mechanic in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Enemies can only be staggered in Guardians of the Galaxy by using attacks that deal stagger damage, or by using the elemental attack they are weak against. Additionally, stagger damage is most effectively dealt via squad orders in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Every Guardian’s abilities have stats that list whether the attack will deal stagger damage, rating the ability from zero to four. All five characters have at least one ability that deals stagger damage, but, other than Drax’s Destroy ability, each of the stagger abilities has to be unlocked with Ability Points first.
Drax is the main character to use in combat when trying to stagger enemies because all his abilities deal stagger damage. If enemies can be staggered by Star-Lord’s elemental blasters, there will be an icon next to the enemy health bar with the element they are weakest to. Players looking to beat Guardians of the Galaxy as fast as they can need to master stagger damage and the extra damage that can be dealt after a stagger.
These are all of the character abilities that cause stagger damage in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy:
Star-Lord’s Eye of the Hurricane (Costs three Ability Points): Star-Lord deals heavy stagger damage to enemies below his position in addition to moderate regular damage. This is one of the best abilities to unlock early in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Rocket’s Glowing Pains Grenade (Costs three Ability Points): Rocket deals light stagger damage with this ability, but enemies hit by the grenade receive more stagger damage from other sources.
Gamora’s Stagger Wave (Costs three Ability Points): Gamora deals moderate stagger damage to enemies behind her main target.
Groot’s Mammoth Grab (Costs three Ability Points): Groot deals moderate stagger damage to enemies and grabs them in place.
Drax’s Destroy: Drax’s starting ability is great for dealing heavy stagger damage to a single target.
Drax’s Katathian Charge (Costs two Ability Points): Drax charges through enemies dealing moderate stagger damage in a single line.
Drax’s Pound and Pummel (Costs three Ability Points): Drax deals moderate stagger damage to a single target and deals light damage and a small amount of stagger damage to nearby enemies as well.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is available for PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.