Shadows of Doubt – Combat Guide

Survive the mean streets of your bleak cyberpunk town!

Guide to Combat

The Golden Rule

This town isn’t fair.

The citizens will violently attack you with whatever they have on hand if they catch you participating in misdemeanors.

You can pick up guns, but you can’t use them to shoot. They can only function as a poor quality club.

It is always best to run away from enemies with guns.

Nothing Free in This City… Except These Hands

When the citizens have pushed you too far with their vigilantism , you have the option of using your hands to pummel them.

Press two on the keyboard by default, and you’ll ready yourself to start swinging.

Keep clicking that mouse button. You’re greatly outclassed by most armed citizens, but against unarmed townies you stand a fair change (on normal mode). It will take you somewhere between 10-15 hits to knock them down temporarily.

Time for a Fair Fight

The only way you are going to beat down these Batman wannabees is arming yourself. These unstable corporate drones and hobos won’t know what hit em.

The first option you have is throwing junk. Pick up a trash can, a box, anything and yeet them towards the enemy. Often times, this will be a one hit knockout. Use this to make some space between you and a group of angry enemies.

Next up is obtaining a real weapon. The best weapons can be purchased at a pawnbroker.

The best weapon I’ve found so far is the sword, which can take down most townies in a single hit. It’s kind of problematic to equip things in this game and not covered by a tutorial.

  • Press X to access your inventory.
  • Left click your Weapon Of Choice.
  • Change the hotkey for the weapon by typing a number.
  • Press X again to exit your inventory and prepare to brawl.
  • Hit that new hotkey and draw steel.

Live to Fight Another Day

Now that you have thrown down with the local populace, it’s time to get out of there.

You cannot kill NPCs, no matter how many dozens of hits you rain on them with your sword. They possess unnatural healing abilities and will always rise again to get beaten back down.

They will definitely set off a local alarm, so once you get in a fight move quickly to get out of the building or area.

Good luck out there detectives!

Weapon List/Stats

Weapon List

Name – HIts to KO (Lower is better)

  • Sword – 1-2
  • Fists – 13-15
  • Combat Knife – 1-2
  • Truncheon – 2-3
  • Hammer – 3-5
  • Syringe – Useless
  • Faucon RIfle – 2


  1. If only firearms did something. I want to be a six shooting detective with nothing left to lose. Or to stake out a sniping spot!

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