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Lonely Survivor – Best Build Guide and Weapon Skill Tier List (Update: Version 1.11.0)

Lonely Survivor pits you against a large number of enemies through a nearly endless array of stages. Your equipment loadout is important, but arguably even more important are the skills that you decide to incorporate into your character build. These skills can be picked up throughout the level, and the right combination of skills can mean victory or defeat.

We will not only go over the weapon skills and make a tier list, but also the weapons themselves that you unlock from chests throughout the game. Of course, we also have our full Gemstone guide to go with the latest update, as far as weaponry goes.

Read on for the multipart weapon skill ranking and tier list in Lonely Survivor!

The most hilariously overpowered weapon skill is one that was added during the 1.11.0 update, and that is the Volcano Guard, which evolves into the Lava Hell. Against mobs, you can stand in the middle of the volcano and avoid damage altogether, because enemies cannot pass through the volcano.

Against minibosses, it is also extremely powerful because if they run into the volcano, they get pushed back, plus it deals a ton of damage. Against big bosses, there is no pushback, but it’s easy to draw bosses into it, where they will take massive damage.

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The Prism Tower/Magnetic Storm is almost as useful as the Volcanic Guard. It is slightly less effective against mobs due to the straight line trajectory, but slightly more effective against bosses. You can also hide inside of the tower, just like the volcano, and avoid damage.

One of the best weapon skills to equip in any situation is the Meteorite Technique. During battles against hords, this skill drops meteorites around the level randomly, but despite not looking like they are targeted at all, they typically hit. They do area damage, and they do a significant amount of it.

Toxic Swamp has been moved up to S-Tier, because there are very few other skills that can knock out tough mobs so effectively, especially as you upgrade it. Once you upgrade it to the Poison Nova, it becomes massively powerful, and can do heavy damage to mobs all over the screen. These skills are also easy to aim at a boss, or to drop in the path of a charging boss, so that when it stops, it ends up taking massive damage.

The place where the meteorite technique really shines is in any of the boss battles that you might encounter throughout the game. When you are in a boss battle, all of the meteorites will directly target the boss, no matter where you are in the arena. This will allow you to focus primarily on avoiding attacks, while the attacks on the boss take care of themselves thanks to this technique.

The next best active skill is Tornado. This shoots tornadoes out randomly from your character, three or more at a time, and as you upgrade it, the tornadoes will get bigger and deal more damage. The targeting is always random, but they tend to shoot out in a cluster.

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The reason that this technique is so effective is that the tornadoes do absolutely massive amounts of damage, more than any other technique. Against hordes, this sets up a situation where you can follow your tornadoes after they release and almost always get to a safe area and pick up loads of stones. Plus, the massive amounts of damage will make short work of any boss, even if the targeting is sometimes spotty.

The third best technique to use is the Flame Bird and the Frost Bird. One shoots out a large number of missiles clockwise, while the other sheets out a large number of missiles counterclockwise. These do large amounts of area damage, but there is something else that makes them great as well.

These do not need a passive skill in order to evolve. You simply need to upgrade both of them to five stars, and then you can evolve them together into the Fire and Ice Phoenix. Not only does this increase the number of missiles and the damage that they do, but because these two active skills evolve into one active skill, you end up opening a new slot late in the level.

The Psychic Orb/Split Orb is also excellent. It bounces around hurting various enemies, and when at high levels, you have a ton of them bouncing around at a high speed, making them effective against both mobs and bosses.

ST Domain used to be one of the top techniques, but the emergence of the Volcano Guard and the Prism Tower have rendered it somewhat useless. Still, it is not a bad one to use against weaker and more numerous mobs

This group of techniques will take up all five of your slots, but after evolving the birds, you will have a new slot open. So what should you fill it with?

The Whistling Arrow might be the best option here. This is because as you upgrade it, far more Whistling Arrows join the fray, constantly bouncing around the screen and doing damage.

The Icicles are a decent option, because they are easy to aim. They do a high amount of horizontal damage and because of this, it is easy to aim them at bosses.

The Boomerang is alright. It’s not the best option, but it can penetrate and do a large amount of damage, albeit with a random aim.

The Laser Cannon is not very useful. It does too little damage, no area damage, and is too much of a pain to aim.

The Lightning Ball is almost entirely useless. It circles you with a ball of lightning that does very little damage, and if you have ST Domain, then the lightning ball hardly ever gets a chance to even land a hit.

The skill tier list is as follows:


Volcanic Guard

Toxic Swamp

Frost Bird

Flame Bird


Whistling Arrow

Psychic Orb

Prism Tower

ST Domain





Laser Cannon

Lightning Ball

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