Remnant: From the Ashes is unique beast, occupying a strange place between looter-shooters like Destiny and tough-as-nails action RPGs like Dark Souls. While many of the mechanics may be familiar, the sum of the parts is wholly singular. For that reason, we’ve put together some quick tips that should help you climate to Gunfire Games’ spin on the post-apocalypse. They’re aimed at newer players who are just getting started on their adventure.
Remnant was designed as a co-op action game, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s best experienced in a group. Being able to watch each others’ backs makes things a lot easier, especially as enemies tend to try to surround players.
Don’t Forget to Melee
When you begin the tutorial in Remnant, you’re only equipped with a sword. However, this is a shooter, and you’ll quickly find yourself firing bullets at your demon enemies. Don’t forget that you have a melee weapon, though! Ammo can be precious in this game, so relying on your melee attack not only does good damage, it can also conserve your bullets. If you find yourself up against a small handful of weaker enemies, it might be best to take them out with your melee attack.
Use Those Mods
Mods are powerful enhancements that bestow unique and strong abilities to your weapons. They range in effects from super damaging area attacks to healing auras that can bring you and your team back from the brink of death. They function on a recharging cooldown, so don’t be afraid to use them often!
It’s also good to know that McCabe, the merchant in the Ward 13 hub area, sells weapon mods, and the inventory refreshes after taking down main campaign bosses. Be sure to check back when you manage to kill a big baddie for new mods!
Using a Checkpoint Respawns Enemies
Remnant may be a shooter at its core, but remember that it’s also influenced by the Souls games. While activating a red crystal may heal you and refresh the uses of your Dragon Heart healing item, it also respawns enemies. Think carefully before using a crystal!
Upgrade You Weapons Often
In addition to finding new gear, you can also upgrade your existing weapons by spending Scrap and other materials like iron. It can be tempting to horde these resources for future weapons, but Remnant is certainly not skimpy when it comes to handing them out. It’s always important to make sure you are using the most powerful versions of your equipped weapons, so visit Rigs in Ward 13 often and keep your gear up to date. By that same token, make sure you’re exploring every nook and cranny of each of the randomly-generated levels; there are loads of Scrap to find in hidden boxes.
Use Early Trait Points on Vigor
As your character progresses, you’ll earn Trait Points that you can use to enhance your various skills and stats. It’s recommended that you prioritize Vigor, especially early in the game. Vigor dictates how much health you have, and it should go without saying that a larger health pool is always better. In addition to becoming harder to kill, you’ll rely less on consumable items and your Dragon Heart.
Learn Enemy Weaknesses
Bosses and regular enemies alike all have weaknesses. Shooting them deals more damage, so it behooves you to learn what parts of the body to target. It can be tough to hit these spots as you’re learning the game, but taking the time to shoot at them specifically will make your life so much easier.
And that’s it for beginner tips in Remnant: From the Ashes! Did these help you out at all? Let us know in the comments section!