Tangledeep can be a time sink, and not everything is clearly explained. This short guide will ease your way into the game and let you enjoy it without having to worry about doing anything "wrong". This guide will be less relevant for the easy difficulty (which I would say is less fun and would not recommend).
Tangledeep is a mix of roguelike and RPG genres that you can bounce off quite easily because it allows you to invest a lot of time into a character, who will quickly die if you stop paying attention at the wrong moment. This game does not nudge you if your life is running low. In a similar mix of mechanics, it is turn based, but you can move in almost real time if you'd like.
You'll get to grips with it eventually, but don't stress too much about your first run. I wouldn't worry about dying on the first boss - the next run will be easier. Just have fun for your first hour. Next time you can start worrying about keeping your pal alive for longer, and your pet will start carrying you (see the Pets section).
For your first character, pick a job you like the look of and have fun getting to grips with the skills. On your next character (RIP first pal), play a different job. Look at the skills that would work great in combination with the last character you played. Now play only until you get those skills, and then change jobs back to the first one you played. Now you have the best of both worlds! You can mix and match as many jobs and skills as you like. Congratulations, you now 'get' this game.
Your pets carry over between characters, and so are worth investing some time, thought and ♥ into. Your starting pet is actually REALLY good, thanks to the self-heal. Having a pet without self heal sucks. I still have a frog and he carries me through the first few bosses easily. So stick with your first buddy for a bit, and:
- Always get pet insurance.
- It's really only worth catching the monsters that come up as quests - everything else will have low rarity, meaning low stats.
- Once you've caught something of decent rarity that matches your pets type (or two new rare pets of the same type), use those rose petals and get them dating. Their offspring will have better stats, based off its parents. You can keep interbreeding offspring (including with their parents), so just keep doing it whenever you find some rose petals.
- Skills will be passed down randomly. There are ways to breed/learn specific skills, but that's not beginner territory, and can be a bit tedious. Having a self heal skill is all you have to worry about for now.
- Spending more money when breeding = better stats, so try spend the max every time if you can.
- Always look for rose petals, job change scrolls and monster mallets from vendors with a 'new' next to them, from day one. Bank them.
- The Soulmaster's 'echo bolts' ability is worth getting no matter what character you have.
- Keep a weapon with magic find or stat boosts equipped in whatever slot you're not using (eg ranged or melee).
- Buy good/rare items when they come up at a vendor (which is not often, most items will suck!), even if it's just for the bank/a later character.
- The orchard looks like it might be complex, but it's not. Just plant whatever seeds you feel like and replace them with rarer seeds or others if you feel like it.