Far Cry Primal tips and tricks
Despite similarities to previous iterations Ubisoft’s latest Far Cry title is very much its own, unique game. If you’ve played the previous games it will be familiar, but there are still plenty of Far Cry Primal tips and tricks we have to help you prepare for your trip to the Stone Age.
Far Cry Primal builds on Far Cry 4 while offering a wholly new experience. With the new setting comes a new type of gameplay. It’s similar to the previous games, but there are specific differences between shooting a machine gun and shooting a bow. Likewise, riding a motorcycle is somewhat like riding a tiger, but only in the most superficial way.
Once you understand that the similarities are just skin deep, Far Cry Primal really opens up and shows you what it is. It also has plenty of things that may confuse even the diehard Far Cry fan, at least at first.
With that in mind, we have some Far Cry Primal tips and tricks. Given that it is a massive open world game, there are probably a lot of little things that will reveal themselves over time. In other words, check back as this list will be updated.
On to the Far Cry Primal tips and tricks!
Allies (The Wenja)
At the heart of Far Cry Primal is the goal of strengthening and securing your people, the Wenja. This manifests itself in multiple ways, including main and side quests. To thrive, you’ll need to do both.
The main quests introduce you to “skilled Wenja,” individual characters that each offer you something you’ll need to progress through the game. These characters will present themselves as part of the main storyline, and you may want to prioritize them before you begin to explore and delve into side quests.
There are seven skilled Wenja you will come across, and each one will further your progression by giving you tools or training you in new abilities. Perhaps more importantly though, you will also send them to your village (after you unlock the village during the story). Once they are there, you will need to build them a hut, which in turn unlocks new upgradable skills.
Once you have one of these characters on your side, they unlock 12 new skills you can purchase from the skill tree. Each skill is loosely related to that person’s personality, but you’ll have plenty of options regardless.
- Each of these skilled Wenja has a hut in your village, and each hut has two levels you will need to upgrade. From the menu, under “VIllage,” see what each upgrade offers you and prioritize based on your preferences.
To grow your village, you’ll need to find and help random Wenja scattered throughout the map. These Wenja are represented by orange icons on the map, signifying a side quest. These quests have different requirements and can range from rescuing to defending and more, but none of them take long.
Once you’ve completed the side quest, you’ll increase your population. Increasing your population leads directly to village upgrades.
You will also increase your population through other types of side quests like conquering outposts and claiming campfires.
- There are tiers for how many Wenja you have living in your village. Keep an eye on this to know if you are close to a bonus or a requirement to unlock something new.
One of the major differences between Far Cry Primal and the previous Far Cry games is the wildlife. Animals have been a major part of the Far Cry series for a long time now, but not like this. Now you have the ability to tame animals and use them as weapons.
You can even ride the larger animals. Think of them as motorcycles with big teeth and claws.
To tame animals, you will need to throw down bait, then wait for the animal to be attracted to it. Once they are, an icon will appear over their heads, and they will move towards the bait. From there, you can approach the animal and look for the “tame” icon. Hold down the button, and the animal becomes your familiar.
If you have an animal with you when you tame another, the first animal will be sent off. You can recall it at any time, but there is a delay of a few seconds.
There is a catch to taming animals though – you need to unlock the ability to tame the different classes of animals first. To do that you will need to fulfill certain requirements – mostly you will need to tame a select number of animals (it changes each level) to unlock the next. You’ll also need the skill points to purchase the upgrade.
Taming animals is a major part of the game. Animals are a deadly foe, and they can be relentless. Having an animal of your own can balance things out, but you can also use bait to distract powerful predators.
You will also gain access to an owl, which you can use to mark opponents, send your other animal to attack, and kill enemies. Use it often, and be sure to upgrade it as soon as you can.
- If your animal is wounded, you’ll need to use “red leaves” to revive it. Make sure to collect as many as possible on your travels.
- You can only ride the larger animals.
- The owl is a tool and a weapon. Use it often.
- Start upgrading the owl’s attack and recon ability, then work on its secondary upgrades like the improved cool down time.
- When using your hunter’s vision, if you see a yellow trail, it means you are near a rare animal. Hunt it and tame or kill it.
- Animals have different attributes. Select one that fits with your style.
The combat in Far Cry Primal is going to be familiar to most shooter fans, with a few significant differences.
The biggest difference between combat in Primal and other, similar games is the amount of “ammo” you have. Bows use arrows, spears are a finite resources, clubs break, etc. That means you’ll have to continually make replacements.
If you consistently collect items in the world – things like wood and stone – you should have no problem creating replacement ammo. As you progress and earn more skills, you’ll also be able to create more ammo using less resources. There will come some points where you are running low, and when that happens take a little time off of the hunting to go gathering.
One of the keys to surviving in Primal is to learn how and when to switch weapons. There is a convenient swap button that will switch between the two weapons you’ve used most recently, and you’ll need it as you are charged by powerful enemies, forcing you to switch between ranged and close quarters weapons.
You also have a secondary weapon, which you can think of as a primitive equipment slot. Bait will be your most commonly used piece of equipment, but you will later earn bombs and more. You’ll need to replace these as well.
- Certain weapons can be set on fire. You can use this to attack enemies with fire, or to set things on fire to create a defensive barrier.
- As ever, headshots are your best method of attack, regardless of the enemy.
- Weapons can and should be upgraded.
- Stealth is an important combat tactic. It can be upgraded, and you can distract enemies by throwing rocks to make a noise, allowing you to sneak by or kill them from behind.
- Tall grass will hide you from an enemy’s line of sight.
- Consider your animal companion a weapon and use it often – just be sure to heal it as needed.
As you progress and find materials, you will be able to craft better weapons and items. At first you will be limited to a few things, but after you start collecting skilled Wenja, you will be able to craft several upgrades.
Crafting powerful upgrades is the difference between running for your life and dominating everything in your path. When you have a little free time, glance through the requirements for craftable upgrades. Most require animal hides, some require a few special items you will need to go out of your way for.
- You will need to capture the Izila and the Udam Forts to unlock the Berserk and Fire Bombs.
- Upgrading your bow as soon as possible will make combat more in line with typical shooters.
The map is massive and sprawling. You may be tempted to wander around and unfog the map. Go ahead, but you’ll face a few problems if you try too early.
The first is that you’ll run into enemies that can kill you quickly, especially animals. You can run from some of them, but there are several that will hunt you down. Human enemies get tougher as well, the further away from your safe area you are.
The second problem with exploring everything is that there are sections of the map that are considered “cold.” Later in the game, you will unlock warmer clothes (after you find Karoosh and upgrade his hut), but until then you can explore the cold areas by finding campfires. Use them and stay warm, then move on to the next campfire. You’ll need to continue doing this as long as you are in the cold, although caves will warm you up.
- Upgrade your map to see items, animals, and even side quests you would not have otherwise seen.
- Taking over outposts and bonfires will unlock Fast Travel.
- There are some missions you won’t be able to do until you find specific equipment. Check the map to see what you need to complete certain side quests.
- Pay attention to the difficulty level of missions, which you can find on the map. If it says it is “Hard,” it is hard. Be prepared.
Skills are a fairly common feature of open world games, and Far Cry Primal is no different. It’s just the way it unfolds that is a little unique.
To unlock a skill, you will need to unlock the one before it. In some cases, you will also need to fulfill certain prerequisites, which are listed in the skill tree.
You will also need to unlock the skill sets, which you do by finding and recruiting the skilled Wenja (see the “Allies” section above. Once you have the character, you’ll then need to upgrade their hut, which you can do at the village (assuming you have the items required). If you can, you should spend a little time focusing on this. You gain skill points relatively quickly, so you’ll want the skills already unlocked to spend them on.
- Take a look at the skills early, and choose your path accordingly. Some are going to have an immediate impact, while others are just more convenient.
- The “Survival” skills are vital, but focusing on the animal skill upgrades are a safe bet.
Building up your village is a key part of Far Cry Primal. To do this, you’ll need to recruit the skilled Wenja, as well as random tribe members that add to your population.
You’ll need to upgrade the huts in the village, starting with your own. Beyond just unlocking new skills, you also earn things like experience bonuses, rare items, and upgrades that are only available by improving the huts.
In the village you have population milestones. Hitting these milestones increases the amount of items you can collect each day, then eventually you receive an XP bonus.
- You may be tempted to upgrade your character’s hut first, but it will only give you XP. Don’t upgrade at the cost of another’s hut if that upgrade gives you items on top of the XP.
- You’ll find “Reward Stashes” at liberated outposts, as well as at the village. They update with new items frequently, so check back often and take what you can carry.
- Focus exclusively on the story until you unlock your village. After that, keep playing until you at least have Sayla, Wogah, Jayma, and Tensay. After that, the game opens up significantly.
- Although it may seem like there aren’t a lot of story missions, Far Cry Primal is not a short game. Expect to put a minimum of 20-30 hours into it. (Play time will, of course, vary based on how you play. You can speed through the game much faster if you choose.)
- Sayla will give you boosts through recipes – think of her like the medic.
- Wogah gives you the grappling claw. Look for him as soon as you can to earn it.
- Night brings out much more difficult beasts, but it also brings more rare animals as well.
- Daysha Hands give a nice XP bump and are generally (but not always) easy to grab. It’s worth going a little out of your way for them.
- Cave paintings typically require you to navigate a cave. Sometimes this is simple, sometimes it can be time consuming.
- If you come across a rock wall with claw marks, you can knock it down with a club. Be warned though, there will frequently be poisonous gas waiting behind it.
- If you are being chased by a powerful apex predator you can’t defeat, head for water and swim away from it – just watch out for the hostile fish.
- Collect everything. Fill your pack and make sure you have plenty of items and ingredients.
- Meat helps to heal you. Be sure you have plenty.
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