The Monarch is the best Titan in Titanfall 2. A clear choice and head and shoulders above the other Titans in the game. With clear offensive and defensive capabilities that far outweigh the strengths of the other Titans.
Guide to The Monarch Titan
Why the Monarch?
In my humble opinion, the Monarch is the absolute king of the Titans in Titanfall 2. This Titan is adaptable to any playstyle and any skill level to be a perfectly adaptable piece of weaponry. What I aim to do in this guide is to explain in detail the mechanics, playstyles, and pros of using the Monarch as your go-to Titan in Titanfall 2. This guide will be broken down into sections based on what I think is important to cover and my goal is that once you read this guide, you never want to play any other Titan again.
Mechanics and Ability Choices
The Monarch Titan has several abilities that it can wield to turn it into the powerhouse that it is (these are my key bindings):
- Q - Rocket Salvo.
- Mouse 4 - Energy Siphon.
- G - Rearm.
- V - Upgrade Core (when available).
Now to go over each ability starting with the rocket salvo. Rocket Salvo is the main damage output for your Monarch. This thing fires damaging rockets and should be used every time it becomes available. You can use it on grunts and other pilots but I recommend saving it for dealing with enemy Titans as it is extremely strong versus armor.
Next is the Energy Siphon. This ability keeps you alive a lot longer than any Titan when used properly. Use it against armored targets (Titans, Reapers, Spectres) to gain either a quarter or half of a shield for you Titan depending on which upgrades you choose. Either way this is a supremely useful tool in maintaining survivability so you can reach your upgrade core.
Then comes the Rearm ability. This is what makes this Titan so unique when compared to others. It essentially allows you to use your abilities, and then use them all over again right after. My recommendation is to use your abilities in this order - Energy Siphon, Rocket Salvo, Rearm, Energy Siphon, Rocket Salvo. This will deal damage, gain you health, and allow you to do the process twice.
Once you've lasted long enough and performed enough super amazing dope great phenom pro moves, you get to upgrade your titan! There are plenty of viable options for what upgrades you choose, but I have picked the following:
- Upgrade 1: Missile Racks.
- Upgrade 2: Rearm and Reload.
- Upgrade 3: Superior Chassis.
Missile Racks makes you fire a lot more missiles for a lot more damage against enemy Titans (Wow! That's a lot of damage!)! Then the Rearm and Reload upgrade means your Titans Rearm ability is done much much faster which reduces the time between your ability combos. Lastly, Superior Chassis upgrades your health and removes any weak points in the Titan... If he had any! Those three upgrades, when compared to the others, are always my go to. The only other option I have played around with is improving your XO-16 with the upgrade 1 Arc Rounds but I still enjoy the Missile Racks more.
This is my full Monarch loadout:
Playstyles for Success
There are two main playstyles that the Monarch can use to find success on the battlefield. They are simply dubbed passive and aggressive. As I personally prefer a more passive route I will be going over that first.
The goal of the passive playstyle is to play in such a way that keeps you alive until you can get your Monarch to upgrade level 3. This involves mostly staying out of engagements with other Titans and focusing on hunting down Pilots and grunts. This in turn lets you become stronger over time and eventually unstoppable.
If you follow my loadout, on upgrade 3 Superior Chassis, you become the tankiest Titan in the game. A larger health pool and a removal of all weak points will mean you stay alive longer and easier than most other Titans. You can then turn way more aggressive and actively hunt out other Titans as you will be able to dispatch most of them with ease.
Secondly, you can play aggressive. This playstyle is a higher risk, higher reward pathway of upgrades but will get you to upgrade 3 quicker when you are successful. In this playstyle, you want to actively hunt for batteries, whether that means attempting to steal some or if the batteries are already on the map.
I've had games where I've found 2 or 3 batteries in an area and have been able to jump out, quickly grab them, and phase shift back to my Titan for easy upgrade percentages. This is the ideal situation for this style and rarely ever happens.
How to choose?
I choose based on the situation. When I get my Titan I look on my minimap and ask, are there batteries available? Am I playing with friends or solo? How confident am I against the enemy team?
If you find that there are batteries on the map OR if you are playing with friends who can steal batteries for you, playing aggressive is the way to go. If you find yourself solo queuing and without batteries, playing it safe until they become available is the better option there.
The Monarch is clearly the choice of the Titanfall 2 Pilot who wants to destroy his opposition with numerous adaptive capabilities. You become a walking talk that deals damage and death to any who oppose you as you stride across the battlefield. The Monarch earns its name as it is the king of all the Titans and is the best choice for any player.
Give the Monarch a thumbs up and if you haven't yet, give him a try out on the battlefield.