Necken – Beginners Guide with Tips

Basic info on the game and some tips.

Guide to Basics with Tips

Combat

In Necken, combat is turn based. When you encounter an enemy, you will get to attack first, and then the enemy will. Each turn the enemy’s weaknesses and strengths against weapon types will be randomised (shown as a set of shields on the right)

There are three weapon types, armour, melee, and shield.

Armour is at the top in combat, and will deal good damage and also block some of the damage the enemy deals on its turn. Melee deals great damage, but will never block any damage from the enemy (Good for dealing the final points of damage). Shields will deal okay damage and block a lot of damage.

Special Abilities

Each character has a special ability which will show up in combat below the shield. The default character, Unknowing Sara has the escape ability which gives you a small chance to flee the battle, but otherwise it will waste your turn and you will take damage.

Resource Collection

Resources are required for crafting new weapons, armour, and shields, so make sure to always to collect some when you have an opportunity.

  • Wood is gathered from tree’s and thickets by pressing space.
  • Stone is gathered from rocks by pressing space.
  • Leather is gathered by defeating Boars and other enemies.
  • Ores are gathered from ore deposits as long as you have the previous tier or above pickaxe.

Remember to press “E” to open the crafting UI.

Trinkets

Trinkets can be found in levels and you can only have one equipped at a time. Once you have equipped them and beat the game or, more likely, die with it equipped, it will show up in the trinkets area in the character selection screen, but it will be tinted grey and unusable. To unlock it, you will have to collect five crystals which can be found in gambling huts, traded for at rare storefronts, and probably a few other ways. Once you have five, you can unlock the trinket on the character selection screen and once you click on it you will start the game with it to give you a slight advantage you didn’t have last time. (My personal favorite trinket is the glove because haha theft)

Tips

  • If a crow appears over a rock or tree, that means if you chop or mine the tree/rock, a Dryad/Rock Golem will spawn next to it.
  • Keys open locked boxes and require 5 logs to craft (boxes can have really good weapons, or really bad ones or even just another key, so it’s a bit of a gamble.).
  • Gnome stumps will continuously spawn Gnomes, so take them out if possible, or do your best to weave your way through the horde of Gnomes that will surely take up the forest.
  • You can eat berry bushes and mushrooms off the ground to heal.
  • Berry Bushes will grow back after a little while.
  • Enemies can also eat mushrooms, and will grow in size and get a crown over their head if they do, giving them a significant stat boost for a short while. Avoid at all costs!
  • Bear traps will close a tick after you step on them, but once closed will not hurt you.

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