Remnant: From the Ashes is a new Souls-like RPG shooter video game that can be played with up to two co-op partners, set in a post-apocalyptic world invaded by a race of tree-like creatures called the Roots. If you haven’t guessed from its genre, it’s tough and has a lot of systems to master, as well as a bunch of secrets to uncover. Get you off to a good start with our beginner’s guide, which includes plenty of tips and tricks to help you out.
Solo Or Co-op – Remnant: From the Ashes
Remnant: From the Ashes is designed with co-op in mind. There are definite benefits to co-op, such as the ability to revive each other and split the boss’s attention rather than having them focus all of their attacks on you. The developers even suggest that some secrets can only be obtained while playing with others.
However, you can absolutely play Remnant solo and it’s still a fun experience to do so. Quite challenging at first but gets easier after honing some traits and gearing up, and enemies are miniaturized to make it easier once you’re on your own. There are a few other things you can do to mitigate the disadvantages of playing solo – such as choosing Ex-Cultist, which will start you off with a weapon mod that can heal you. Obviously, you can avoid putting points on Teamwork and focus on other points, especially Vitality, to increase your resilience.
Take Time To Loot – Remnant: From the Ashes
It pays to explore every level in Remnant: From the Ashes thoroughly, as they’re packed with resources to collect, gear, and other secrets. A general rule of thumb is to melee all crates and anything else made of wood, like tables, chairs, and even bookcases – many of these can break and will drop scrap, units main currency of the game and iron, used for crafting.
Use the small map in the corner of the screen as a reference, make sure you clear the ‘fog of war’, to make sure you explore every nook and cranny of the map. Don’t leave a staircase or an alley unexplored – as well as useful resources, they can hide magic rings, treasures of knowledge (which give you a skill point), or even weapons. Here are two examples that you will definitely want to see:
- Look out for the ‘strange coin’: The location of this coin is subject to change due to the randomly generated nature of Remnant’s map, but keep an eye out for the alleyways for strange coins. This is a sentimental value to Ace of Ward 13 – find it and give it to her, and in return, you’ll get a very effective revolver.
- Explore the area of the second boss battle: Once you have completed the second boss battle in a church, make sure you have thoroughly inspected the building. Again, the exact location can vary, but in my experience, the basement holds a sniper rifle, which proves extremely useful for the next level up.
Stock Up On Consumables
The Rest: From the Ashes has a variety of consumables that can be looted or purchased from Reggie in Ward 13. There is a standard health potion to replenish your Dragon Shard and some buff items, which are optional. but useful for boss battles. Ammo boxes are also worth stocking up on. These are very useful in the long run, allowing you to replenish ammo without having to retreat to checkpoints and respawn enemies.
Most importantly, though, you have to keep an antidote to all kinds of status effects, as they can really mess you up if you can’t heal them in the middle of a boss battle or swarm of enemies.
Remnant: From the Ashes becomes significantly easier as you manage to level up your traits and gear. If you’re having trouble, crush it. It’s worth noting that, unlike many Souls games, Remnant doesn’t penalize you for death – you keep your resources and experience intact.
The second boss battle, for example, takes place right behind a checkpoint and spawns loads of enemies that you can crush, iron, and lumenite crystals, not to mention experience. However, avoid sharpening just for the sake of it, because when you start a new level it will scale the difficulty according to your level at that time.