Don’t Nod’s Jusant is the latest fish-out-of-water adventure game to breach the borders of the Xbox Game Pass catalog — and fans are, quite literally, going above and beyond to climb its inner apex to reach the final frontier of a lost civilization. If, however, you’ve yet to get your hands on the first foothold and begin the latest ascent, then be sure to read on. Here are a few beginner tips to get you started in the cloudy realm of Jusant.
5. Don’t Neglect Your Pitons
As you’ll come to learn rather early on in the campaign, feats are only going to get steeper the higher up you go, which means you’ll need to take full advantage of your Pitons as frequently as possible. A Piton, really, is just an additional anchor—a resting point, if you will, that essentially lets you hang from a new point and regain some well-needed stamina. It also allows you to rappel your weight over to another location that’s further away. So, if you need to reach a point that’s we’ll beyond your grasp, then aim to wall run as far as you can, and then hammer in a Piton. If all goes according to plan, then you should, in theory, be able to create a daisy chain of Pitons until you’ve finally reached the next climable foothold.
Having said all of the above, it is worth noting that, while Pitons can help you out in a lot of situations, there are only so many you can use during each ascent. So, if you can help it, aim to spread each Piton out as far as they’ll go. Also, don’t forget to use them as platforms to jump even higher to reach ledges and ladders.
4. Don’t Worry About Stamina
Jusant isn’t exactly an unforgiving game, so you needn’t worry about keeping track of a dozen things at once. If anything, it actually gives you a helping hand in most worst case scenarios, which often involves reclaiming stamina during a lengthier climb. At no point is it ever really worth stressing over, as you can stop at any point during your ascent and shake out your hands to rebuild the gauge.
Although Jusant isn’t the longest game in the world, you should still aim to take your time with each portion of the mountain. Also, as far as conserving stamina goes, you should aim to use the aforementioned Piton strategy to rebuild energy whenever the gauge dips below 25%. If you’re running dangerously low, then consider hanging from your climbing ropes and giving your muscles a bit of a break.
3. Go Down to Go Up
You should be aware that, in certain situations, you won’t be able to climb any higher, but will have to resort to taking the lower route to progress deeper into the tower. Having said that, most trails are often easy to locate, so you won’t have to worry about missing anything, as such. And if you do happen to find yourself at a bit of a loose end, then consider communicating with your miniature whale-like companion for clues and potential POI to scout out.
If the route forward isn’t all that obvious, then you should look out for dried out plants and other tarnished areas to apply water to. To activate the plant’s growing abilities, simply get within reach of it via a nearby climbing point or Piton, and then trigger your companion’s powers. If successful, the plant will begin to grow, and in turn, grant you access to its thorns and footholds.
2. Your Rope Will Run Out
It may not seem like it at first, but the fact is, your rope can, and will reach its limit after being used for extended periods of time. The good news is, it won’t happen all that often, especially during the earlier portions of the story. With that, you shouldn’t concern yourself too much with running out of slack before the going gets tough, as you’ll have more than enough chances to catch your breath and recoil your rope.
To save yourself from using too much rope, aim to use your character’s free running and wall running abilities as often as possible. If, however, you need to attach an anchor to climb from, then aim to double-jump to the highest possible position, and then slap down a Piton. Note that not every wall will have a sturdy surface, in which case you’ll need to source another climbing point to work from.
1. Lore Is Everything
If you’re one for brushing over important documents and dialogue boxes in video games, then you’ll most likely miss out on 95% of the story that Jusant has to offer. As it turns out, there isn’t any real dialogue, or any context peppered over the course of the journey, either. Instead, you’ll need to unearth old trinkets and texts from the tower itself to clue you in on the lore and, above all, the events that led to your arrival at the foot of the mountain.
Of course, you don’t really need to obtain every item you see lying around on the floor, but if you do, then you’ll likely find the whole experience a whole lot more enjoyable. And if you can’t find all the seashells and images, then simply aim to brush up on all the letters and diaries, instead. To find such items in Jusant, simply search for a glimmer of light, as this will indicate that you’ve found something that’s worth checking out and adding to your collection.
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