Kingdom Come: Deliverance - 9 Tips You Should Know Before Starting
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In Kingdom Come: Deliverance, there are a multitude of mechanics to understand and master. At times the game alludes to them, but the majority of the time, you're left to figure them out on your own through experimentation.
With so many veiled intricacies and secrets, we've compiled 9 tips to help you on your journey through medieval Kingdom of Bohemia. If you're more of a visual learner, be sure to check out our video version of this guide.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is out now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It's the debut game from developer Warhorse Studios. It's been in development for a long time; it was originally Kickstarted back in 2014, and you can check out our 2014 preview of Kingdom Come here.
For our full thoughts about the game, read our Kingdom Come: Deliverance review. You can also watch our in-depth Kingdom Come: Deliverance discussion video where we discuss our experiences playing the game and the importance of first impressions in general.
As an open-world action-RPG, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is quite similar to The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Watch our video discussing the similarities and differences between the two games.
Don't Let Food Go Stale!
As you'd expect, food is an essential resource to have on you at all times, but like real food, it can go stale and eventually become rotten (with the exception of dried meats and fruits). But otherwise, every crust of bread and stray apple you collect will turn rotten if you aren't paying attention, so keep an eye on the appropriate meter when browsing your inventory for a bite to eat.
Saving often may seem like a trivial thing to point out for a guide like this, but during our first few hours spent with the game, we were shocked by how paramount it is to do so. Kingdom Come is (at launch) prone to occasional quest-breaking bugs, so saving at regular intervals ensures that you'll only have to backtrack a few minutes should something force you to reload a save. If you're wealthy enough to afford plenty of Savior Schnapps, you should have no problem saving whenever you're feeling satisfied with your progress, but otherwise keep a mental map of nearby beds so you can easily save for free whenever you feel the time is right. Just don't overdo the save-by-sleep method; Henry is only allowed so many hours of sleep per day and you may need those hours for healing purposes.
Use Blunt Weapons Against Plate Armor
When battling foes suited in plate armor, you'll notice that sharp blades are generally ineffective, unless you're strategically targeting the unprotected areas near forearms, legs, and faces. However, there are times when you're facing enemies that are completely decked out from head-to-toe in armor. In these instances, try using a blunt weapon instead, as it'll deal more consistent damage than a sharp blade.
You Don't Always Have To Fight With Honor
When approaching an enemy, try peppering them with arrows before they notice, or dropping them with a shot to the eye (especially if they don't have a helmet). Also, you can quickly damage foot soldiers with handheld weapons while on horseback. For example, you can fire an arrow at an enemy while continually keeping your distance from them. These tactics may not be the most flashy, but they can be effective during the beginning when you lack the swords and shields needed to stand a chance.
Keep Your Sword Sharp
If you want to increase your odds of survival in battle, keeping your sword sharp is essential. To sharpen your blade, head to any Blacksmith and look for the nearby Grindstone. The directions from there vary depending on the control scheme you're using.
On a controller, repeatedly press the left shoulder button to spin up the stone wheel. When it's at the appropriate speed, lower your sword using the right shoulder button and use the right stick to tilt the blade up and down until sparks begin to fly--the indication that you've found the ideal angle. Then, use the left analog stick to move the angled blade across the stone.
If you're playing on PC, use the spacebar to rotate the grindstone, and the mouse scroll wheel to manage the pressure of the blade on the surface. The mouse itself dictates the angle position of your blade.
Disguise Yourself to Sneak Into Enemy Camps
Want to enter a Cuman or Bandit camp without getting attacked? Try stealing their armor and posing as one of them. However, be careful they don’t get suspicious, since if they ask you what's going on and you haven't learned their language yet, they'll easily see through your disguise. Keep your interactions few and far between while in disguise, and only commit the crime when you're sure nobody else is watching.
Dress For The Occasion
People in Kingdom Come: Deliverance are quick to judge a book by its cover. Imagine that Henry, our humble hero, is a book. If you’re having trouble convincing a noble or a merchant to get what you want, try sprucing your cover. Take a bath or wear nice clothes; this will help in gaining their favor and increasing your odds of success. If you're having trouble talking to more low-class citizens, then try wearing beggars' clothing and spending time exploring to dirty yourself up and get on their level.
If All Else Fails, Surrender
If you're nearing death during an intense sword fight, some enemies will let you surrender, which is particularly useful if you haven't saved your game in a long time. While you might walk away with your pride and flesh wounded, at least you won't lose your progress.
However, during the prologue in Skalitz, never agree to surrender when accused of a crime. You do not escape jail and collect $200. You die.
Learn To Read
Throughout your adventure in the Kingdom of Bohemia, you'll often run into scholars. While they don't have much to offer you in terms of advancing your skills on their own, they can teach you how to read. Got a bunch of books accumulating in your inventory? Now you can read them to acquire bonuses to your various skills, like combat and alchemy.