Medieval RPG Wartales plunges you into a hostile landscape with very little help to guide you. It’s an open-world real-time map, but the battles are small-squad, tactical, and turn-based. Each of your squad members can level up and learn combat skills, as well as a crafting profession, but they can also disappear forever in the heat of battle. They even have relationship levels with each other, and as their boss, you also have to feed and pay them. It’s a great question, made a little easier by our Wartales tips and tricks for beginners.
Choosing starting companions in Wartales: Warband Guide
At the start of the game, you will have five starting companion options and a few resource options to make. we would suggest avoiding the Bandits option on your first playthrough (stolen items can be a tough start). Beyond this, choose your ideal setup in turns. You will get a team of four from a selection of these classes:
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- Goalkeeper: The only genuine remote option in settings. You may have a chance to hit your teammates, so it must be used carefully.
- Rough: Tanks, with mockery. They can wear heavy armor and deal high damage. They are set up to be your main frontline damage dealer.
- ranger: Strangely named, essentially like the thief or assassin class. It can use poison for DoT and is best for attacking enemies that are already engaged with another teammate.
- Lancer: Useful in tight spots, as you don’t need to be directly next to a unit to attack. Medium armor and can push attackers back to let a tank take over.
- Swordsman: The basic tank class, with more defensive stats than the Brute and often with a useful First Aid ability.
- Warrior: More or less a hybrid Swordsman Brute. Solid melee defense and damage output.
Each class has a lot of flexibility as you level up, and you can add many more companions to your warband as you go, so don’t feel too constrained.
Which exploration mode is best in Wartales?
This purely depends on the style you prefer in an RPG:
- adaptive mode: This should be your choice if you always want battles to be challenging. The number and levels of the mobs will closely match those of your current raid.
- Region Locked Mode: As you gain experience, you can return to a fight you previously failed knowing that it will now be easier to beat. Areas keep their difficulty level static.
Wartales is Brutal: Companion Kills and Ability Checks
if a partner dies in battle, they are dead. If you have Cannibalism as a trait, you can eat them. Otherwise, you will have to put them on the ground. If you’re the type of player who gets attached to his troops, make sure you choose the unlimited savings option in configuration and save often.
Most crafted actions have a skill element, with some (such as fishing and lock picking) causing you to lose items if you fail attempts. In a game where finding the right resources can be difficult early on, this can be frustrating. So once again, if that’s going to get on your nerves, save before skill attempts.
When and where should I get new companions?
You can find potential partners in many places you will find yourself, especially towns. If you talk to one and can’t decide, you can usually come back and hire them later. Keep in mind that many companions you will meet already have an established profession, so if you’re looking for one in particular, you might want to shop around. Also, it’s worth making a note of where particular characters are found for future reference.
There are advantages and disadvantages to hiring new companions for your gang:
- food and wages: Each member of your gang needs food and payment to keep them happy. He can’t choose who to feed, so he’ll have to be sure that each new companion will earn a living from him.
- Expanding your skill set: A full range of skills is extremely useful in crafting professions. You will also find that as you level up in combat you will be faced with options where you would like one of each, but you must choose one. Here, facing off against a new partner of the same fighting class can fill that tactical need.
- Influence: Hiring companions costs influence, which from the start you’ll want to save to pay for The Informant quests (see below).
Where do I go to get quests?
You always start on a small plateau that leads you to the northwest. After the initial battle with two bandits, go northwest to the near one plateau stables. From here, follow the path. northwest a short path, where you will arrive at stromkapp. Enter the Traveler’s Feast Inn and talk to Alignia Emissary (with the green glow). They will give you paid jobs that will give you a good starting direction. Note that you get a movement bonus when traveling in roads.
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Once you have at least 50 Influence, also talk to the informant (purple glow). They have four tasks for you that you must complete in order to complete this region. These are a bit tougher than the easier Alignia rewards, but you’ll want to make them for progress the main story of War Tales.
What professions should I choose?
Each of your companions can learn a profession. There are 10 in total, which gradually become available as you explore the game. We suggest considering the following when getting started:
- handyman: A great choice and immediately available. You can assign one to your workshop in the camp and they will create raw materials every night. These are constantly useful as they are used to repair armor. You can also make camping essentials like the cooking pot.
- Angler either Cook: Go to a fishing spot by a lake or a cooking pot. Food is another constant requirement, so being able to fish or craft better food from ingredients is great early on to save money. Fish can be eaten raw, so you don’t need both. However, there will not always be a fishing spot nearby.
- blacksmith: Go to a forge. Very useful as you can immediately upgrade some of your basic equipment (like shields).
- Thief: Attempted robbery or forcing a lock. Even if you don’t want to go the outdated route, you’ll find Lockpicking useful. Sooner or later, you’re going to need a thief.
Food, Crowns, Fatigue, Compendium and Paths
There’s a lot to take in when playing Wartales, but these are the essentials to keep track of early on.
- Food and Crowns: You will find both at the top right of the screen. Hover over them to find out how much food your troops will need the next time you rest and how much they will have to pay on the next payday. You will want to meet these demands at all times. Otherwise, your companions will lose happiness.
- Fatigue: This gauge drops as you move around the map and have battles. When it runs out, you will have to camp and pay the above costs. If you don’t, you will face a massive combat disadvantage. There is also a reminder (a red exclamation point) on the camp icon when you need to rest.
- To camp: You can enter the camp at any time, either to rest or do crafts. You can cook and play games here, and once you’ve made a camp chest, you can also store items (this doesn’t increase your weight capacity).
- Compendium and Roads: If any of these have an exclamation point, it means they are owed a bonus of some kind. These can be a big deal, like granting new abilities or cutting costs, so you want to take advantage of them as soon as possible.
Tips for leveling up Wartales companions
Every time you level up, you will be given the option to increase attributes. On average, every two levels, you will receive an additional specialization.
- attributes: You will have three options, but one will be twice as beneficial (marked with a ++). At first you’re better off taking the double bonus unless you really don’t think it will help the character.
- specialization skills: These have square icons and give you a new ability. Note that some will consume Valor, some will not. Don’t take too many that use Valor unless you also intend to take passives that will get it back (see below).
- passive skills: Some passive specializations allow you to gain Valor during battles whenever you perform a particular action, such as engaging in combat or killing an enemy. Putting them on the right characters and following the ability can make a big difference in battles.
Basic Wartales Combat Tips
You get some tips early in the battles, but these facts get overlooked:
- Before doing anything: You can drag and drop your units, including allies you don’t control, onto any blue square. You can even check the movement distance by clicking the movement button or the range of weapons for archers etc. However, as soon as you take an action, that sets your initial positions.
- Worth: A good use of Valor (1, image above) can change a battle. You can gain Valor by resting and doing actions with particular partners in battle once you’ve gained a few levels. Use them wisely, but once you can generate them, use them, as you also have a Valor limit.
- Galvanization: You will gain galvanization when you have defeated enough opponents to pass the first line of the bar (2). This grants a huge advantage, as all your party’s damage is increased by 50 percent for the rest of the battle. Take down as many weak enemies as you can quickly and then use the bonus to help take down the tougher ones.
- turn order: This is set for your enemies, but not for you. At the start of each round, look at what order their troops will act in and how many of yours can act first. That way you can try to neutralize them or at least compromise them before they act.
- attractive and enveloping: Once an enemy engages, they will focus on that troop until they stop engaging, so get your tanks in place before your lightly armored troops are targeted. Watch out for your teammates inflicting knockback, as this can disconnect an enemy and allow them to focus on a new target. Also, try to get around an enemy, as you will deal extra damage and decrease the chance of knockback.
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