Minecraft dungeons Play a lot like any other isometric hack and slash game, only with the iconic Minecraft Lock It is a smooth introduction to Diablo-like games for those new to the genre, but it has enough to keep veterans interested.
Below, we’ll share our top seven tips for making the most of Minecraft dungeons (which is currently in beta).
Repeat each level to get a better team
The world and the levels of Minecraft dungeons they are a mix of preset design and randomly generated rewards. While the design of each level will remain the same, many of the enemies, their loot, and chest locations will change every time you play.
Repeating levels and facing those toughest enemies will win you a better team.
Each level has multiple difficulties to choose from: the strength and the number of enemies increase as the difficulty increases. The level of the potential team is related to the difficulty, and you can see the range of falls on the mission selection screen.
Take the recommended power levels seriously
Since higher difficulties give you higher level gear, it’s tempting to set the difficulty a little higher than your current power level. In theory, the best team would give you a big boost.
However, don’t do that. Until it’s close to (or preferably above) the recommended power, those fights will be more frustrating than they are worth. Instead, play at the highest level you can while staying at or above the recommended power. You will still get better and better equipment and earn emeralds.
Don’t keep your emeralds
In addition to loot such as armor and weapons, you will also collect emeralds at all levels You will spend them on the two vendors who arrive at your camp:
- A blacksmith, who arrives after completing the Creeper woods level for the first time.
- A Wandering merchant, which appears after completing the Pumpkin patch for the first time.
These two sellers will give you a random item: gear of the blacksmith, and artifacts from the merchant – in exchange for emeralds. Equipment includes things like armor, bows, and weapons, while artifacts are temporary boost items like Boots of Swiftness or Flaming Quiver.
There is nothing else for you to spend your emeralds (at least in the beta version), so don’t accumulate them. Roll the dice on new equipment every time you have money. You will not always (or even generally) get better than you already have, but you may. And that opportunity is worth it.
Recover unused equipment for emeralds
Equipment and artifacts only have a few stats associated with them, but the only one you really need to worry about is their level. A higher-level team is better (or, to put it another way, a larger number is better).
The equipment you have grown from cannot be sold, but it can be rescued from your inventory This turns anything you’ve collected into emeralds that you can then trade for more gear.
Salvage to recover enchantment points
Every time you level up, you will get a Enchantment point. From your inventory, you will spend these points to unlock (random) benefits on your team.
However, you don’t have to rack up these points hoping for a better team. When you retrieve an enchanted piece of equipment, you will earn some emeralds and all enchantment points. That means you can swap gear and immediately enchant it.
Use ranged weapons on ranged enemies
There are no classes in Minecraft dungeons, so you must use everything at your disposal to eliminate enemies. You will always have melee weapons and ranged bows (and a handful of artifacts for added perks). And you’ll face a constant mix of ranged and melee enemies.
To be successful, you will need to use melee and ranged weapons, and switch between them constantly. Use your melee weapon for approaching enemies, and save your arrows for those pesky skeleton archers and geomancers.
Use your map constantly
In addition to killing crowds and freeing villagers, Minecraft dungeons It’s about exploration. Each level is complex and has multiple dead ends, branched paths, and attached tunnels. Exploring each block on the map means that you will find each secret chest and get as much loot as possible.
Pressing down on the D-pad will display an overlay map outline on your screen. It’s a little annoying, but you can see where you are going and any detours you should explore.
Holding down the D-pad opens a dedicated map screen. You will be able to see the level layout a bit better, but more importantly, you will see how many secrets (invisible chests that only appear when you are close to them, for example) and chests scattered there.
The number of chests includes the hidden chests, but the supplies chests you will find before fights.
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