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Wolcen Lords of Mayhem starter tips

Failure to launch

Wolcen Lords of Mayhem released on the 13th of February 2020, and despite some launch issues, the game has seen massive interest. Because of the aforementioned launch and server issues, you may be one of those waiting for the dust to settle before you jump into the game. Once you decide to jump in (perhaps you already have) here are some Wolcen starter tips to make the journey smoother.

Money makes the world go around

When you start out with Wolcen, the amount of gold you loot will make it seem like a good idea to keep a tight rein on your spending. While I would strongly suggest that you don’t waste money on early game gear, there is one place that you can spend your money with a clear conscious. This place is Demetra’s shop, which becomes available once you reach Stormfall. You won’t have to wait too long before you can spend your hard earned coin as her shop becomes available very early on. Early enough that you won’t be able to afford Demetra’s goods so there is no need to think too much about it.

Wolcen Starter Tips Demetra Skills
If you are smart you will shut up and let Demetra take your money

Demetra sells all the skills available in the game and her stock refreshes every 15 minutes with new options to choose from. She is your best bet to get the skills you need to complete your build. You can have up to five skills active and they level up as you use them. This is important as you want the core skills of your build to level up as fast as possible. If you don’t want to spend money at her store, then you will have to rely on the skills you want dropping from the enemies you kill. If you want to use this method, there is no telling how long you will have to wait for the skills you need in your build.

My advice is to wait until you have 2000 gold, teleport back to Stormfall, and spend it all at Demetra’s shop on the skills you want to play with.

Always read the tag

Wolcen has a substantial passive ability tree with thousands of potential combinations amongst its nodes. The key to having a good build is connecting these nodes to work together to buff the skills you are using. It may sound nice and simple to create an effective build but the node descriptions are complex, making them difficult to understand in some cases.

But don’t despair, there is hope. Wolcen uses a tag system to help players make sense of the complexity of the passive tree. Each skill has a few tags at the bottom of the description telling us exactly what they relate to. As an example, the Phantom Blades skill is tagged as attack, projectile and rogue. So now we know that nodes in the passive skill tree relating to projectiles will have an influence on this skill.

Wolcen Starter Tips Tags
Skill tags are important to get the best out of your builds

When you are planning your build take care to identify tags you want to maximize. Based on those tags plan your path through the passive tree so you can realise your game-breaking builds!

Don’t be afraid to break the mould

Most RPG and ARPG games have generic classes which usually include melee, ranged and caster archetypes. If you are interested in which one of the traditional archetypes is best to start with, you can read our opinion here. Aside from that, one of the best Wolcen starter tips is to explore life outside of these categories. Games such as Wolcen and Path of Exile thrive on the creative interplay between aspects of all these archetypes.

Wolcen Starter Tips Passives
I would say that the four nodes I took from the red skills counts as breaking the mould

Maybe you want to play a tanky melee build dishing out damage based on weapon block percentage. You are however hesitant to go this route because of the lack of mobility inherent in the build. With Wolcen this is not an issue as you can use caster abilities such as Aether Jump or rogue abilities such as evasion to boost your mobility.

With enough tinkering, you are sure to find a build that you love to play somewhere hidden in all the potential combinations.

Willpower and rage seesaw

This Wolcen starter tip is directly related to breaking the mold as we discussed in the previous tip. Wolcen has an interesting implementation of its resource system. Characters have willpower and rage, and these resources are used to cast their abilities. Willpower is basically the mana of the Wolcen world and rage is used to cast either rogue or fighter-like abilities.

When you spend one of the two resources, the other gets replenished. For instance, if I Aether Jump (teleport) into battle, I will use some of my willpower to cast the spell. Because of this, I will gain a small amount of rage which I can use to put down an Avenger Auto-turret. This ability uses rage so my willpower will regenerate again.

Resource management
Even Heimlock needs a rest after riding the seesaw

Mastering the synergy between the two resources is likely to result in very powerful builds. If you can find a way to maximize this synergy, I can imagine some very aggressive builds able to clear endgame expeditions in the blink of an eye. Hopefully, this is good enough a reason for you to consider breaking the traditional archetype mould and experiment with some never before seen builds.

Into the fray

With these Wolcen starter tips you should be able to storm the trenches confident that you are maximizing your time with the game. If you stumble on an epic build that absolutely wrecks faces be sure to share it in the comments. We would love to see what you come up with.