Find all the tips and tricks you need to kickstart your life as a Mistwalker in our dedicated Mist Legacy guide.
Mist Legacy Guide: 30 Tips for New and Intermediate Players
Last year, I helped write and review the English dialog for the storybook-style French-Canadian Indie MMORPG Mist Legacy. It's an enchanting little title, though it contains little handholding and a unique yet somewhat complex skill-based progression system. I couldn't blame newer players for feeling a bit lost or overwhelmed in the early game. So, putting my gameplay experience, inside knowledge, and other Mist Legacy guides to good use, here's are 30 Mist Legacy tips and tricks for new players that should hopefully help you get the most out of your gameplay experience.
Fear not, Mistwalker!
Mist Legacy Guide: Beginner Tips and Intermediate Player Tips
The Mist Legacy tips at the top of this list are for beginners and become gradually more advanced as you work your way down.
1 - Nearly the entire game can be done via point-and-click or through the keyboard. Both have their advantages so don't overlook your options.
2 - Buy recipes. When I first played through the game, I opted not to spend my gold on recipes, overlooking how necessary they are to progress. If you find you're regularly being skill-gated out of regions and activities, revisit stores and buy up their recipes!
3 - Work towards getting a Cart or Wagon early on in the game. There is a lot of resource farming and gathering in Mist Legacy, especially for base-building, and without the upgraded carry capacity of a cart you'll end up doing way more trips than necessary.
4 - Blinking lights (and yellow lights) by your character are to warn you of gear deterioration. Don't ignore them or you'll find yourself seriously nerfed.
5 - While you can repair your gear, you're nearly always better off selling it than using precious repair resources. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule if you've somehow stumbled across the perfect piece of OP gear for your character; I strongly recommend saving your repair resources until then.
6 - Early on in the game, there's no need to be too picky about the ingredients and resources you pick up. The coffers are generous, and you'll use all those herbs and ores eventually. It's only later, after approximately your first 20-30 hours of gameplay, that you should start resource gathering more tactically to reach your objectives.
7 - Serums are your best friend (especially before all your workshops are up and running) They're super-cheap to buy so don't worry if you haven't found all of their recipes yet. It can be frustrating when you're just a skill point or two away from being allowed to do an activity (especially when completing that activity will upgrade that skill), having a backup batch of serums will allow you to temporarily meet that threshold.
8 - Gear is the primary factor for determining your skill levels. Different gear variants will grant you huge upgrades to your skill levels far more quickly that grinding that skill. Reduce the grind by equipping purpose-crafted gear and farming higher-tier resources.
9 - You can use bandages on your teammates too, just click their pictures while on the inventory screen. Bandages are cheap and effective (in the early game), but only one can be used per character per battle victory. Don't make that classic RPG error and stockpile low level health supplies, you'll be using potent potions later on.
10 - Learn what the skill nodes in and around the beginners' area of Kortombe grant you. Exploit them in the early game while they're still useful. Don't make my mistake and over-explore straight away only to level myself out of the lower-level upgrade nodes which can be farmed with little effort.
11 - Get a full team of companions as early as you can. They'll not only enhance your combat prowess but also your carry capacity. What's more, seeing as companions also need levelling, there's no time like the present.
12 - New encounters pop up in old areas and enemy types vary at different times. Don't hesitate to re-explore areas you've already covered.
13 - Many locations and NPCs change based on times of day. You might experience different foes or you might find new friendly NPCs to give you quests and train your skills. Explore at both day and night.
14 - There is no harm in getting every single quest. Many quests, especially the daily quests found on bulletin boards, have shared objectives. That means by completing one quest you may simultaneously progress another. Accept them all!
15 - Pay close attention to your HUD. There is a lot of useful information on the UI overlay which beginner players might ignore then forget to re-examine after becoming more familiar with the gameplay systems.
16 - A great example of the point above is the icons when you enter a new area - which show you how many encounters and resources are undiscovered in each region. In Mist Legacy, it pays to be a completionist.
17 - Chat to absolutely everyone. Be a social butterfly. An obscure NPC hidden away might have just what you're looking for. And hey, the dialog isn't too shabby either... That includes other players too, the community is friendly and will be ready to aid new players.
18 - If you're going on a dedicated farming run, be sure to equip a team of transport animals/vehicles and just be all about that carry capacity. It's a far more efficient way to go about gathering.
19 - They say a poor workman blames his tools, but it's a valid excuse in Mist Legacy. If the skill stats in the left of the screen are red, it means some piece of your gear (or your cart) is holding you back. Have a look at your inventory, and don't let a lousy pickaxe stop you... you might be stronger than you think!
20 - Finn is a great early ally thanks to his Stun and Sinister Strike abilities. He also "evolves" later in the game allowing you to surpass his initial level cap.
21 - If you want to clear more space in your base for new buildings or you're looking for a bulk collection of resources, you will need to deposit a woodcutters axe or pickaxe (of the appropriate level to the resource in your base). If you're short on resources, wait until you've upgraded your character's tool, and place your old tool in the base to use for resource clearing.
22 - Get the Caravaneer outfit early. It's a great multi-use outfit that will vastly enhance your various exploration stats. You can get it from Kilounata of the Grandwind Caravanserai.
23 - If you find yourself stuck in the Domain base-building element of the game, have a detailed look at what you can craft, such as Devices and Tools. Chances are you've overlooked building some, or you need to go out and find recipes that will allow you to do so.
24 - When crafting, don't just select the most valuable resource type. Sometimes, lower-level resources create better effects.
25 - Without the guidance of fellow players, progression in Mist Legacy tends to bounce between times of stagnation and exciting bursts of progress. Be sure to persevere through the lulls, the game is more intriguing the more you master its systems.
26 - We recommend exploring the world for yourself before resorting to other players' guides. But if you want to skip ahead, there are plenty of location guides available. The best one to start with for true Mist Legacy newbies is this list of Beginner Training Sites which lists locations for skill-enhancing NPCs, their recharge times, and the appropriate levels for visiting them. It will save you hours of gameplay.
27 - Another incredibly useful link is this list of mapped out locations for Adventure Skill Books.
28 - While we're on the topic of maps, the world map (press "M") has several useful overlay features that narrow down the nodes you've uncovered. It's incredibly helpful for finding resources you've discovered, active quests, and more.
29 - Visit the friendly Mist Legacy Discord where you'll find players and devs that are bound to help you out.
30 - Be sure to keep an eye on the Mist Legacy Steam page too, their updates are always explained there and are the best way to keep up with game news.
We hope you found this Mist Legacy guide useful. If you still haven't got all the help you needed, fear not, Mistwalker! Next week, we'll be publishing a shorter Mist Legacy guide full of all the links and resources you'll need to kickstart your journey through the realms! In the meantime, be sure to check out our Mist Legacy review!