- Title: The Swordsmen X: Survival
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This is a very much work in progress guide as I started the game fresh as well. You can find me on Discord under Adri#9854 or on EU (PVP) as “Shu”.
Part 1: Exploration and Combat
First of all, skip the tutorial. As of April 30, 2023, it has a bug that might stop you from progressing. If you started the tutorial, log out and log in again, it should put you back into the real world.
This game wants you to eat and drink frequently. Gather everything that seems edible because you will starve every 5-10 minutes in the early stages.
If you ever need to go AFK, press X to meditate. It seems to completely stop the hunger/thirst drain.
- Gather 5 Gravel
- Gather 5 Dry Thatch
- Gather 5 Twigs
Run around and press F near bushes, tall grass, and piles of stones.
- Craft 1 Stone Axe
- Craft 1 Stone Pickaxe
- Craft 1 Stone Knife
Press B. On the top-right, select the corresponding items and then click “Make”.
- Craft and equip 1 Wooden Sword (press F1)
Press B. Right-click your Stone Axe. Go to a tree, left-mouse button to cut it down. Then, open your inventory again and craft a Wooden Sword.
Once done, right-click it to equip it, then close your inventory window and press F1 to ready your weapon.
- Craft 1 Worn Hat and equip it
- Craft 1 Worn Robe and equip it
- Craft 1 Worn Sandals and equip it
Do the same as before, go around, gather hay and twigs for the above-mentioned gear. They unlock one after another, so you have to craft them in order.
This is the last mission where you are relatively safe.
As such, at this point, you might want to stock up on a few things before going to the main land. The small islands you start out on are safe zones – you can freely gather things there. However, once you go to the big island, there will be zombies and (in case you spawned at south-east), not many resources.
I suggest getting some of these:
- Empty Waterskin (if you can find two bunnies, run up to them by pressing ctrl and kill them with a single sword hit)
- Logs (your sword will get damaged very quickly)
- Nettles (they drop Rough Ramie, which can be made into Bandages)
Fill your waterskin, get some food in your bag, then proceed with the missions.
- Go to the ruins
Press M to open the map and go to the nearest ruin symbol. You’ll fight two different types of zombies here, Maniac Villager and a Maniac Outsider (right on the mark). They seem to have the same skills with the Maniac Outsider hurting a bit more.
Once you killed the Maniac Outsider on the mark, look around, there might be a wooden box. However, do not linger around, the Outsider respawns fairly quickly (and jumpscares you from behind).
Activate your sword by pressing F1 (or not, you can use your fists), walk up to a zombie and left-click to attack it. The yellow bar in the middle of the screen is your stamina – if it runs out, you stop attacking (and the zombies will definitely mess you up). You can parry with right-click, but the zombies’ jumping skill breaks your parry so it does not seem to worth it.
You can dash twice by pressing shift and you can lock onto targets by pressing tab.
If you get hurt, create a Bandage and use it on yourself (or go to a safe zone and meditate – this might need sufficient hunger/thirst, it seems inconsistent so far).
Make sure you don’t end up starving or dehydrated; you can eat wild vegetables if you start dying from thirst, but then immediately run to the nearest body of water to fill up your thirst meter completely. Ideally, you have a waterskin by now, if not, go back and hunt some rabbits.
The zombies drop two beginner skills called Heart Buster (fists) and Sunburst (sword). They will have a little icon on the bottom-right part of your screen, defaulting to the hotkey Q. Use them and use them often, as each usage will improve the skill (it has to hit a valid enemy to gain experience). You can press K to see your current progress with your skills.
- Go to the “Southeast woodland boundary marker” and examine it
Follow the marker to the “southeast woodland boundary marker”. When you are near it, press F to examine it.
- Go to the Guayin temple (recommended level: 6) and sit on the designated spot
Follow the marker to get to the temple. It is tightly packed with zombies so be careful not to be overrun. There will be a square you have to sit at.
- Learn your first mind technique (?)
You have to run around and open chests/defeat zombies to collect 10 “Scroll Fragments of Varja’s Style”. Once you have 10, right-click it for a passive technique.
There is a locked chest in a house north-east of the temple, you need to craft a wooden key to open it.
You can improve this technique by meditating on the designated cultivation spots around the temple (and the world). You also gain experience while you play, passively.
Part 2: Crafting and Building
- Craft an elementary lodestone and place it somewhere
Craft the item, then put it down. This structure denotes your “home”, but you can always move it around later (by just picking it up, keep F pressed).
- Craft a straw mat and place it somewhere
You can instantly log out via sleeping in a proper bed and gain rest bonus based on the time spent offline.
- Craft a Workshop and place it somewhere
We are placing our first construction building, this will open up the possibility of smithing and carpentry.
- Craft an Elementary Lumber Mill and place it somewhere
You need to craft 20 Rough Wooden Plank at the Workshop (and gather 30 Gravel) to build this.
- Craft 10 Rough Wooden Beam
You can craft these at the freshly built Elementary Lumber Mill. You need to put them into your bag for the quest to finish.
- Craft 1 Box of Miscellany and place it somewhere
Same place, make a box and put it down.
- Craft 1 Elementary Furnace and place it somewhere
You can do this at your Workshop.
- Craft 10 Copper Ingot
Put fuel (e.g. twigs) into the furnace, then craft 10 copper ingots. If you lack copper, you can find copper veins near cliffs or mountains.
- Craft 1 Elementary Anvil and place it somewhere
You can do this at the Workshop.
- Craft 1 Elementary Loom and place it somewhere
You can do this at the Workshop.
- Craft 50 Ramie Threads
- Craft 20 Rough Ramie Cloth
You can do this at the Elementary Loom. You will need a lot of Ramie for this – keep looting shrubberies and tall grass for them.
That's everything we are sharing today for this The Swordsmen X: Survival guide. This guide was originally created and written by Adri. In case we fail to update this guide, you can find the latest update by following this link.