Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos – tips for beginners

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos is a procedurally-generated roguelike adventure that takes some major cues from the likes of classic 8-bit and 16-bit Zelda titles. We had an absolute blast reviewing the roguelike over the past few weeks, so make sure you check out our review

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Releasing on Steam and Nintendo Switch today, Rogue Heroes will make its way into the hands of players for the first time. With that in mind, we wanted to put together a list of handy tips to get you started on your journey to rebuilding Tasos and fighting the monsters which plague its lands. 

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1. Get to grips with the combat

Combat is a key element of Rogue Heroes, which is why you’ll want to get to grips with the fighting gameplay as quickly as possible. There are a number of dungeons in the game for you to explore and conquer, but before heading into the first one, we’d recommend fighting many of the enemies scattered across the over world. 

Picking out these weaker enemies first will give you the perfect opportunity to get used to not only the feel of attacks but also key you into enemy attack animations and when you need to block. Combat in Rogue Heroes primarily requires lots of patience in the early stages. Ploughing sword first into most encounters will almost certainly lead to death, so just take your time and learn the rhythm of each enemy. 

2. Cut all the grass, break all the pots

Much like Zelda, Rogue Heroes wants you to cut and break everything in your way. Almost every room or area in Rogue Heroes has something for you to break, and it will typically always yield hearts, magic or other items. While the drop rate in dungeons is lower, it’s still worth checking as those hearts can provide a vital lifeline. 

3. Build, build, build

The primary loop in Rogue Heroes’ gameplay revolves around earning gems, building your town and upgrading your character. As soon as you’ve got some gems, start building your village up. Building the village enables you to unlock the ability to improve your strength, your stamina, unlock new combat abilities and upgrade your tools. The process itself is simple, as you need to approach Griff who’s building is in the centre of the village. From there you can pick which building you’d like to build, and where you want to place it. 

4. Choose the best upgrades

There’s a dizzying number of upgrades on offer in Rogue Heroes, which is why it’s best to focus on strength and health in the early game. We’d specifically recommend levelling up damage increase, attack speed, and sword reach alongside your maximum health. These will give you the most bang for your buck during the early game, making you more effective in dungeons. 

5. Clear rooms

Most dungeon rooms are filled with enemies, but not all of them require you to clear the room in order to progress. If you are particularly low on health, you can just solve the puzzle and move onto the next room, but it can be worth the risk. Clear a room of enemies, and in most cases you will be rewarded with a one or more chests to open. These chests can contain anything from additional gems to health and even useful items.

6. Item swapping

A real simple tip. Although I didn’t notice it until much later on into the game, you can actually swap your equipped item by pressing the L and R shoulder buttons. Saves you jumping in and out of the menu each time you want to change your loadout. 

7. Socialise with your townspeople 

As your town grows and NPCs start to inhabit it, make sure you speak to them. While some may only offer a throwaway line of text, others will provide quests which lead to new items and upgrades. Whoever said the art of conversation is dying was definitely wrong in this case. 

So, there you have it, a selection of tips to get beginners started in Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos! 

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