This page sets out a new player's progression, as determined by bosses killed and resources available. Check the How to play? guide if you are confused as how to play.
First boss: Eikithyr
You start out nearly naked and alone. Acquire some basic resources first.
- Get Wood by picking up branches or punching small trees.
- Get Stone by picking small rocks off the ground.
- Craft a Stone axe from wood and stone. Use it to defend against Greylings and Boars, and to chop down trees to get wood faster. Attention: Falling trees are more dangerous at this stage than anything else in the game.
Now, explore a bit to find a nice spot for your first camp.
- It does not have to be particularly defensible at this time, but close to a coast is preferable for access to flint.
- As you explore, pick a few Raspberries and Mushrooms. Eat them regularly to get a small bonus to maximum HP and healing over time.
When you find a camping spot, get set up.
- Craft a Hammer. With it, craft a Workbench.
- Build a basic shelter covering and at least partially enclosing the bench, a Bed and a Campfire. The fire needs space above it for the smoke to evacuate.
Sleep during the night. Then, complete your first set of gear.
- Pick up Flint on the beach, craft a Flint axe with it. It will be your main weapon and tool for some time.
- Hunt boars by running up behind them and whacking them with the axe.
- With the Leather scraps from the boars, craft a bow and arrows.
- Also craft a Chopping block to upgrade your gear to level 2.
- With the bow, hunt deer. You need to aim quite a bit above them to compensate for arrow drop.
- With the deer hides, craft leather armor. Also craft a Tanning rack to upgrade your gear further.
Prepare for the boss fight:
- Find some abandoned houses with Beehives in them. Destroy these with the bow. They will drop a Queen bee occasionally. This lets you build your own beehives, which generate honey, an excellent healing food for the boss fight.
- Build Cooking stations over your camp fire, roast the meat from the deer and boars for more stamina and health.
- Craft Fire arrows if you prefer ranged combat. They need feathers, which you get from shooting birds. Otherwise, craft a small shield to go with your axe.
Then it's time for the first boss fight. See Eikthyr for tactics.
Second boss: The Elder
After collecting antler from Eikthyr, you will have discovered the antler pickaxe. You are now able to collect some metals and stone. But first you will want to set up the processing of these materials.
- Head to the dark forest and look for Burial Chambers.
- Your objective is to find Surtling cores which are used in the construction of the Smelter and the Charcoal kiln. You may need to search multiple chambers to collect enough for them.
Once you have set up the Smelter and the Charcoal kiln you should aim to process as much copper and tin as you can find. These are combined at a Forge in a 2:1 ratio to make a single ingot of Bronze. Neither bronze nor tin or copper can be teleported, so keep this in mind. You will have access to a plethora of new weapons, a new armor set and several new building items. This is where the progression starts to take longer, so be aware that the time between fighting Eikthyr and The Elder may be much longer than the time between starting and Eikthyr
- Prioritise the Bronze pickaxe and Bronze axe in order to speed up material collection
- The Bronze mace and Bronze sword are comparable and at this stage it is mostly personal preference.
- You have access to the Bronze atgeir which bring a new weapon type to your disposal. Use it to damage hoards of creatures but be aware that it uses a lot of stamina.
- The Finewood bow is the first bow that shoots straight in the game. It is recommended to get away from the Crude bow as soon as possible.
- Bronze armor is a massive upgrade from leather armor. It does however add a movement speed decrease so be aware that you will be slower with it. Troll armor, though difficult to get at this point, can be a viable alternative for The Elder fight and for survival in general, as it has good protection - much better than leather - but no movement speed decrease.
- The cauldron and fermenter become available and require tin and bronze respectively. With these two you will have access to meads and more food items. The Queens jam is an excellent food item and minor stamina and minor healing meads can be useful against more difficult creatures like trolls.
- It can be tempting to make bronzehead arrows, however with only a marginal gain over flint arrows and a much more time consuming collection period it is generally not advisable to make a lot of them.
- The Karve can help massively with moving the metals, so consider making this a priority if the blackforest is a long distance from you base
Once you feel comfortable with your setup and have taken the time to upgrade some of your tools and potentially the armor, you will be ready to fight the Elder. See The Elder for tactics
Third Boss: Bonemass
You will now have the swamp key after defeating The Elder, which grants you access to sunken crypts in the swamp biome. These crypts have muddy scrap piles that contain scrap iron. Ancient trees are also in the swamp, and the ancient bark is needed for high tier items. The first objective after the Elder is to locate the nearest Swamp biome, to make transport and collection of scrap iron faster.
- Some swamp biomes will contain very few sunken crypts, others will contain many. Some crypts will contain a lot of muddy scrap piles, other will not. Your mileage may vary so be aware that you will most likely have to move from swamp to swamp to collect enough iron if you are playing with a team.
The Swamp introduces new enemies that will do a lot of damage, more that enough to kill otherwise well armed players. When moving though the biome it is important to have good quality food to give you enough stamina and health to deal with the enemies. You may also want to invest time into making poison resistance meads at this stage to help with blobs, oozers and leeches.
- Just like with copper and tin, your first step should be to collect enough iron for a pickaxe in order to speed up collection. With the access to iron you will also be able to make the Longship, which can be very useful for moving large quantities of iron. You will need much more iron than you needed bronze, so keep that in mind.