We’ve mentioned rallying a few times during the course of this beginners guide, but in simple terms, rallying is what allows you to get back up and back into the fight. You can rally in several ways but this tends to happen from killing an enemy with your downed skills or during you attacking them and if someone else lends a helping hand.
As also mentioned above, you can rally by using Bandage. If you successfully channel skill 4 to the point where your health is restored, you will rally.
If you are unlucky enough not to rally you will enter a defeated state. At this point you are considered dead and will need to return to a nearby Waypoint.
In PvP (and unlike in PvE) you can actually finish players when they are downed. This will kill the enemy player and force them to return to a Waypoint, unless another member of their party resurrects them. You can finish another playing by pressing the F key but I should forewarn, you can be interupted when using the finishing move. When you are near a player you can finish, the message “FINISH THEM!! [F]” will appear on your screen.
There are two key icons you need to be aware of when playing, specific to downed. The first is Downed Ally indicated by a blue icon and Downed Enemy, indicated by a red skull icon.
If you are downed underwater it is actually called drowning and you’ll be prompted with a message stating “Swim to the surface!” while if you are downed on land the message will state “Fight To Survive!”
Enemies when you enter the downed state will continue to attack you, based on your inability to avoid them. Each time you are downed, whether from a player or enemy you incur one downed penalty. This downed penalty reduces your health when in the downed state by 25% for each point and will last for a total of 1 minute. After being downed 5 times within the space of a minute you will be defeated, resulting in you having to teleport to the nearest Waypoint.