Also, see this game more as a Breath of the Wild where you don’t get the key items right away and have to search for it than a classic RPG with levels and the such, the progression is more gear based like a Monster Hunter than level based like a Dark Souls or other well known level based RPG.
After starting the Game you get to create your very first character! So click on START GAME and let’s get on with it already!
TIP: you can move the camera by holding left click and dragging the screen around. This can be useful if the camera is stuck 2cm away from the character.
You get to chose the look of your character, including the Race. As far as I’m aware this does not influence the game what so ever, but here is a list for you:
- HUMAN: Your basic human race, as boring as it gets.
- ELF: It’s… Human… With pointy ears and different faces and haircut.
- DWARF: Our beauty contest winner!
- ORC: About as dumb as it gets, with muscle.
- GOBLIN: the Dwarf version of the orc?
- LIZARD: -10 points, just because it’s not a cat.
- UNDEAD: Do you think it was human or elfish before it was… you know… dead?
- FROGMAN: Or Frogwoman, up to you.
After choosing your race and gender, you will get to pick your class. As said before, the race doesn’t influence the game so they all have the same classes. Each class has 2 specialization which will change your special ability (default R button) as well as your special stamina ability (middle mouse button) and others. They also each have 3 weapons (counting the shield as one as it allows for a different set of attacks).
- Warrior: Your basic heavy armor CQC class. It is the only class with iron based armor which is also the strongest. As well as the only class with a basic blocking ability (assuming the shield is equipped).
- Ranger: Your basic ranged class. Its armor really isn’t that good as you’d assume for a ranged class.
- Mage: Also a ranged class, it has the worse basic armor in the game but (and someone will have to confirm) back in the alpha it’s water damage could be used as healing, making it the only support class. Might still be there.
- Rogue: Your DPS? I haven’t tried it much yet, it’s armor is slightly lower than the warrior but still pretty good, even more compared to ranged classes.
I have yet to get deeper in the classes myself so feel free to tell me basic stuff you think is worth adding.
Once you’ve finalized your character and created it, the game will start right away where you created it, so off to the next step!
This is gonna be a dumb list of the basic controls, feel free to open the settings to check on them if need be.
- F1: Show some basic controls on the bottom left.
- F2 and F3: UI scale down/up.
- Escape: Show menu controls.
- C: Crafting menu.
- B: Inventory.
- M: Map.
- O: Open the game’s menu.
- J: Friends list.
- Left Click: Basic attack.
- Right Click: MP attack.
- Middle Click: While movie: dodge; While still: Specialization stamina ability; On the map to add an icon.
- Left Shift: Specialization ability.
- R: Ultimate specialization ability.
- Tab: Item wheel open/close, then A/D to switch items.
- Q: Use selected item.
- E: Interact/Talk/Pick.
- T: Call pet or ride it if next to you.
- Ctrl: Walk.
- Mouse wheel: Zoom map and minimap in/out.
- Ctrl + Mouse Wheel: Zoom camera in/out.
Aside from Mages, you will need to build up MP by attacking with your basic attack. Mage automatically regain MP over time. Note that each weapon has a variation in attacks and each class has it’s own set of abilities (although they may share some). The specialization can change some of them too.
TIP: You can equip items on your left or right hand for some by using the right or left click instead of the other. Useful to equipe dual swords or rings and the such.
Your goal is to find the region artifact to level up and move on to the next region. To do so you will need better gear.
You start off with 1 star gear, then go up to 5 stars with gold. You can have a quick idea of the gear’s level by looking at its color, in order: white, green, blue, purple, gold.
TIP: You can find your own level in the top left corner of your screen when your inventory [B] is open.
You will quickly notice that enemies’ name and places on the map also have similar color, this indicates their level. I would highly recommend following this indication as you can quickly get overwhelmed.
TIP: You can add stars to the color coding in the settings. This will help you differentiate locations that don’t have level rating as it is also white like level one locations.
Patch made it so new characters should automatically spawn near town. This should make the game a bit easier to get started rather than be lost who knows where with higher level mobs all around.
Once there feel free to explore it a bit, if the map is zoomed on it, you can see icons above some houses, this include the Guildmaster (crown) where you can change your specialization, item shop (flask) where I would recommend to buy glass flasks, useful to make potions which you can drink while moving, food doesn’t allow for that, armor and weapon shop and many more that allows access to crafting stations you might need later. Feel free to come back in town to try them out.
TIP: Potions can be drank while moving, useful to heal or buff during a fight. Food on the other hand requires you to sit down and take time to heal. Use them when you have no threat around you and save on your potions for when you’ll really need them.
Try to find any shrine you can, this is where you will respawn if you die as well as allow you to teleport freely to them from anywhere. Just click on one of the blue dot on the map to initiate teleportation. This will also allow you to quickly come back to town whenever need be. Try to also pick up as many items as possible as well, useful for crafting later on.
TIP: There is plenty of shrines everywhere, if you don’t want to travel a long way every time you die, try to find a shrine in new places you travel to before taking on a strong group of monster.
I would also highly recommend talking to every NPCs, you don’t have to read it nor stand near them so it’s pretty fast to do but do it. They will often give you “quests” to do, as in locations on the map with interesting stuff, usually key items you might need to progress. And try to stay in the region as gear and key items are bound to them, only pets, consumables, crafting items and artifacts can be carried to other regions but nothing is lost if you decide to come back later, it will be there.
TIP: If you travel to other regions, you can find arrows in your inventory to show each region’s locked item. You can still equip for gears but they provide close to no bonuses.
If you found quests, go on experiment with that, see if you can find new stuff without needing more info as further down might ruin the exploration aspect of the game. Again, just remember about the colors!
Now, how do you get more gear? the “easy” and long way is to hunt every monster and hope they give you something. Another option is to craft new ones or go to a town to buy some, but you will quickly notice that they only offer you the basic level one weapons.
The most efficient way I found was to go to landmarks with the color/level of your choosing and kill mobs there. Many usually have a small quest for you to do that will give you plenty of money, new gear of higher level and occasionally key items.
TIP: Remember the colors! no need to hunt every monster, just the ones with a color that interests you.
Sometimes you will get left overs, do NOT sell them. If you go to town, the magnifying glass house will allow you to identify them and give you items of the same color as the left over you scanned. This is also a good way to get new gear.
There are other options to get items but I will leave that for you to discover. This is mostly to guide you rather than struggle mindlessly in the plains hunting sheeps.
TIP: Some landmarks are easy to spot when slightly zoomed on the map, shrines includes, usually light grey boxes for them. You can place a marker with the middle mouse button when on the map to keep track of places you think might have something interesting.
I’m really unsure about giving more info about key items, again, I really find a strong point about exploring in this game as it is now so what’s the point if I tell you everything?
If you talked with NPCs and read their dialogues, you should have an idea of what you might find already, so feel free to skip that spoiler box if you want to discover for yourself.
So I will only say that: some landmarks quests unlocks new crafts for higher level gear as well as better shops, usually with higher level gear. You will also find traveling items but best is always to teleport between shrines so find as many as possible.
There is more for you to find but I’ll keep that a secret on this guide!
TIP: Remember that Key items are bounded to the region, so all crafts and better shops apply to the region you found the key item in.
Once again, this will delve into a bit more details you might want to discover yourself but that can be useful. Although as this is a bit longer, for the sake of keeping it clear to read I will not have it as a spoiler.
I will not list all map icons you can find but here are some that can be pretty useful:
- Hammer: Unlocks a new set of gear crafting, the level above the location’s color (hammer is itself color with the level it unlocks).
- Sword: These are simple quests that reset every in-game day. They give money and usually 1 gear for the next level (again based on the location level). Quite useful to get new gear if you’re not too sure what to do next. As far as I can tell you have one per level up to purple (since that would give gold gear).
- Dwarf: Unlocks more gear in town’s shop. It’s an easy way to finish a set although shops don’t always have what you want regardless. There is one dwarf per level up to purple (again as this unlocks gold).
- Skull: World Boss, these seem to reset every in-game day too. They give stuff? I’m not too sure yet, I haven’t done many.
As of now, I only have 2 skulls on my map so I’m not entirely sure how many you might have on your side. The ones I have is a green level and a gold level in the arena. I’m not even 100% sure they respawn every in-game day but I think they do? I’ll update here when I have more info on that.
TIP: Remember that you can set star icons on your map using the middle mouse button. Remove them at anytime by clicking on them the same way.
There are more icons I did not list here as they include key items and others I will let you discover for yourself yet again.
TIP: You can easily focus on visited region by selecting one on the bottom left corner of the map (arrows around region name).