I am starting this guide in hope to players to give advice on tactics and strategies that work for them. My goal here is to give advice to new players and maybe even give experienced players something to try. I know that all ways listed are not the best ways. I am looking for tips and advice that work. For this guide, the idea is not about efficiency, but rather or not that it works. Hopefully it is something fun and new to try, I will state that I am not going to pull anything from anyone else’s guides but rather add advice and suggestions that others provide.
Tips and Tricks for Players
Advice From My Experience
These are just things that I noticed. They are organized in no real order other than the order that they came to mind.
The Emergency Explosion skill can be a life saver when swarmed by creatures. Also a good tool to draw in melee creatures and just detonate.
Getting Dash skill that leaves a elemental damage trail is a very good thing to have throughout the game. The first that I got was one that leaves a Fire trail. It is the easiest to create as it requires Cobalt, while the others use a different rare material. Although creatures in the Volcanic Region are resistant to it. I found Cryo my preferred version as few things seem to have resistance to it and it slows creatures down. Weak creatures that give chase normally don’t survive moving though the trail if they are chasing you.You can also turn it into a form of a wall by circling back around and get the creatures to chase you through it.
I believe that you can find the craft Schematics for these elemental effects inside some of the pillars that you drill into. The Dash and Emergency Explosion skills make it much easier to defeat the the mobs of small creatures that come after you when you start the drill. I also noticed that these Schematics are unlocked for all future Campaign and Survival modes. The pillars can also contain mods or resources, but those don’t carry over.
When a nest occurs on the map, you should try to destroy all of the eggs before they hatch as they seem to normally contain rare resources.
As much as some don’t like it, try to scan and grab samples of the creatures and plants as possible. You will receive more resources from plants at checkpoints as you gain familiarity. This is similar for creatures, but you also learn their strengths and weaknesses. You will also get damage bonuses again them. Also some creatures and plants need to be scanned to unlock some alien research.
Get to know your plants. I know that we like slicing them with out sword to get resources, but some explode. So learn your exploding plants. You can also kill enemy creatures by making the plant near them explode. Just make sure that you are out of blast radius.
My main weapons that I always have tried to keep on my are a Sword, Spear, and a Blaster. I also use others like High Caliber and Nukes.
Sword is good for slicing the plants and its wide attack area helps deal with weak creatures that are charging at you. Yes the hammer has a wide range, but is slows your movement.
The spear lets you keep larger melee creatures at a distance and can go through multiple creatures in a single strike. Unlike other melee weapons, a spear does cold damage. So creature like the Gnerot who has resistance to Physical damage, a spear is a melee weapon that can do good cold damage to them while keeping you out of there melee range. Due to it being cold damage, the creatures were also slowed down. Also on the exploding plants mentioned above, you can normally destroy the plants while staying outside the blast radius.
I suggest the blaster as it is ranged weapon that can be good early to mid game, Even late game. It is good against ranged creatures, primarily use while exploring. But not as useful against strong enemies. The main keys are that it has splash damage and uses no ammo. So also a back up in case you run out of ammo on your other weapons.
On the topic of ammo. The games doesn’t really tell you, but restocking on ammo and other items such as mines do cost resources. I learned the hard way as my resource deposits ran out while I was out exploring. I ran low on a resource because I was using ammo when I didn’t have any active Ironium being produced. I think this is also true for all skill items except for Emergency Explosion and Radar Pulse. Most likely won’t be an issue late game especially if you have Cultivators farms or Synthesizers set up.
In certain cases, you can use the environment and creatures against each other. I already mentioned the exploding plants. In the cases of things like meteor showers and Volcano Eruption events, it give you a warning on where things are going to hit the ground. It will also damage or kill any creature in the area of impact. This also goes for when creatures try using an artillery type attack on you. If you see an area of impact, whatever is in it will take damage.
I am going to assume that each map has its own raids on some timer. Although there must be of rerolled of the spawns every time one occurs. I was at an outpost to quickly add some additional mines that would be outside my main defended area. I was not ready for defense when I got the notification for an incoming raid. I didn’t want to deal with it, so I jumped back to a save to a few minutes before it sent the warning. I waited and it still occurred a few minutes later, but they were spawning from a different side. So I loaded again, but this time left the map to go do things in another map for a time. When I just jumped back to that outpost again, a raid was going to occur again in about the same time that it would have if when I reloaded. So I am going to guess that the timer pauses when you leave a map.
If you get a research option to handling a specific rare resource, always bump that to the top of your research queue. You can’t really do any major collecting or farming of a resource until it has been researched.
Related to the above statement. If you are Cultivators/Harvesting and a plant says that it produces a certain resource, you won’t collect that resource until you have researched its handling.
You should try to always use your geoscanner to see if there are any resources nearby. On at least 2 maps that I can think of, it is almost a mine detector. On that note, don’t rush those areas. While defusing one, you can set off another. They can do heavy damage. If you activate one, it normally gives you a visual warning by showing the blast radius and few second delay to try to escape.
From what I can tell, The research speed for Base and Weapon Research Trees are dependent on how many Communication Hubs you have and their building levels. The amount of Laboratories and their building levels effect the research speed of the Alien Research Tree.
The game advises you on using weapon with different types of ammo so that you don’t run out in battle. You also need to take that advise into account when building towers. They all use a specific type of ammo too.