Starting tips will help you learn the gameplay mechanics found in The Outer Worlds. This page covers all aspects of the production and explains the rules of the game. You will find starting tips and tricks - how to get a better weapon, how to gain experience, how to use fast travel or how to hack and open locks. We also haven't forgotten about crafting, reputation, or ways to quickly get a companion. The next part of the page is dedicated to character development. You will learn how to level up your hero, how to acquire new skills and perks or which starting perks are the best. The next part has information about combat in The Outer Worlds - how to heal yourself or what types of damage are in the game. Information about the available companions is also useful. There, you will check all the companions and learn how does exploration with them looks like. The page ends with frequently asked questions. We answer, e.g., how to holster weapons, how to change the language of the game, or how to remove a companion's helmet in The Outer Worlds.
The starting tips will show you what to look for in The Outer Worlds. You will learn how to start the spaceship, where to find a better weapon, or how to upgrade and modify weapons. Follow these tips and tricks to make the first few hours of the game easier.
Collect everything you find
When you start the game, you don't need to think about the value of the items you come across - collect everything you encounter while exploring the world. Even useless garbage can be sold, and slowly accumulate large amounts of bits (the in-game currency). These bits can be spent on better weapons or ammunition.
Collecting everything can quickly lead to a situation where your character is overburdened. Check "How to increase the carrying capacity?" page to learn how to make the inventory bigger.
Gaining experience fast
Thanks to the experience gained, your character will advance to new levels - this gives you the possibility of improving skills and buying new perks. Therefore, it is worth knowing how to earn experience in The Outer Worlds. There are several ways to do this - killing enemies, completing missions, discovering new locations, using skills in dialogues, as well as hacking terminals and opening locks.
This topic was discussed on "How to gain experience quickly?" page.
A better starting weapon
You start the game with a basic handgun - this weapon isn't great so you should immediately look for a better one. On the way of the spaceship, you will encounter several marauders - take all their weapons. You should also find a shotgun, which is on your ship. Enter the ship and go to the room on the left. Here, you will find a workbench and a shotgun.
Locations of other better weapons can be found on a separate page of our guide. Check out "How to get a better weapon?".
Get a companion quickly
Another useful thing you can do after starting The Outer Worlds is to complete Stranger in a Strange Land quest as quickly as possible. During this mission, you will have the opportunity to unlock the first companion - Parvati. You can do that during the conversation with the Edgewater mayor - agree to join the young engineer to your party. The companion will support you during battles, as well as strengthen your abilities.
Starting the spaceship
In The Outer Worlds, you quickly get your personal ship called The Unreliable - however, before using it, you have to find a way to provide energy. To do this, you have to complete Comes Now the Power quest. Regardless of the choices made in this mission, you will unlock the option to travel to other planets.
More information about the spaceship can be found on "Spaceship - The Unreliable" page.
Remember that the game has a fast travel option. How to travel fast in The Outer Worlds? You simply have to discover a location - now you can teleport to it using the map. Fast travel is free and available at almost any point in the game.
Hacking terminals and opening locks
The ability to hack terminals is useful for opening locked entrances or getting information from computers. In turn, thanks to the ability to open locks, you will have access to closed doors, chests, and containers. In the first case, you will need the necessary number of bypass shunts. In the second, you will need mag-picks. Besides these items, your character will also need to have the corresponding skills at a sufficient level. When you are creating your character, you should develop the Lockpick ability to at least level 20 - you will be able to open locks requiring one mag-pick without using any of them.
This mechanic was described on a separate page - "Hacking terminals and opening locks".
Crafting - improving the equipment
You can't craft items in The Outer Worlds. Crafting is used for improving equipment. Use a workbench (the first is in your ship) to modify weapons or armor by adding new elements or properties - you need modifications that can be found in the world or purchased from some traders. It is also possible to improve a weapon by increasing its statistics.
Want to learn all the secrets of crafting? Check "Tinkering and crafting" page.
It is worth remembering that the game has a reputation system - this applies to the factions. If you support members of a given faction by performing tasks for them and make decisions favorable to that faction, then your reputation with this group will grow. Thanks to this, you will be rewarded with better prices offered by the traders of this faction. On the other hand, if you kill faction members and make decisions that affect them in a bad way, your reputation will decline - this can cause members of that faction to attack you.
Learn more about the reputation system on the "Reputation" page.
Using skills in dialogs
In The Outer Worlds, skills aren't used only in battles or opening locks. Persuade, Lie and Intimidate skills give you more options in dialogs. These options give you some experience points but they can also affect the course of a quest. You can recognize these options by the name of the ability in square brackets.
Character development is a very important element of The Outer Worlds. You make a character build by developing skills and choosing perks. With each new level (this happens when you obtain the required number of experience points), you get points that will make your character more powerful. It is impossible to say which build is better - the following information explains the character development system. With its help, you will be able to choose your own play style. Remember that the maximum level is 30.
Skills in The Outer Worlds are divided into seven categories: ranged, melee, dialog, defense, tech, stealth, and leadership. Each time your character gains a level, you get 10 skill points. Allocating a point to a given category improves all the skills of that category - but after improving a given ability to level 50, you will have to develop it separately (up to level 100). Each allocated point improves a given skill. You can also unlock special bonuses to that skill - this happens every 20 points.
The list of all skills can be found on a separate page of our guide.
Unlocking new perks
Perks are divided into three tiers - you unlock a new tier by spending five points on one level. Each perk costs one point, but you get a perk point every two levels.
All perks in The Outer Worlds were described here.
Best perks to start with
The game has a few perks that are suitable for most character builds - they can be called the best starting perks. At the beginning of the game, pay attention to the following perks:
- Toughness - increases maximum health by 50%.
- Pack Mule - additional 50 kg carrying capacity.
- Harvester - each kill restores 15% health.
More information about this topic on a separate page - "What perks to initially choose".
Resetting character development
Remember that you can reset your character at any point in the game - this is especially useful when you want to check out a different build. Simply go to your spaceship and then go to the upper part of the room on the left. You will find a device that can give you back all allocated skill and perk points - this operation costs 500 bits.
If you can't find the mentioned device - look here. This page contains a detailed description as well as photos.
Avoiding any confrontations is extremely difficult - that is why you should learn how to fight in The Outer Worlds. The following tips will help you fight regardless of the way you play. You will find information on how to heal, learn how the Tactical Time Dilation works or what types of damage are in the game.
More about this topic on a separate page - "Combat".
Health is restored automatically, but only outside battles. During the battle, you need to use an item called Adreno - you will find it during exploration or purchase from merchants. This is an inhaler that will instantly restore some of your health. You can use it by pressing the following button:
Additional tips on health and treatment on a separate page - "How to regenerate health?".
Types of damage
Each weapon has a certain type of damage - you can check it in the inventory screen. The effectiveness of a given type of damage depends on the enemy - you should always have access to at least two types of damage. The available types of damage:
- Physical - effective against opponents without armor.
- N-Ray - penetrates enemy armor.
- Plasma - works best against humans, ineffective against Mantisaurs.
- Shock - the most effective against automechanicals.
- Corrosion - strong against armored enemies.
Tactical Time Dilation
Tactical Time Dilation, one of the combat mechanics in The Outer Worlds, is a great way to gain an advantage during combat - with its help, you can easily hit enemies' weak spots. Aim at the enemy in this mode to see useful information - health, armor and a brief description of the enemy. You can't use Tactical Time Dilation all the time. Pay attention to the TTD bar (top left corner of the screen) - the bar depletes when you use TTD and regenerates when you aren't using it.
To activate Tactical Time Dilation, press the appropriate button:
Melee and blocking
You should always carry a melee weapon. Even if you focus on ranged weapons, you will often find yourself in a situation where enemies get closer to you. The game has four weapon slots - assign a melee weapon to one of them. Thanks to this, you will do better in melee fights. You will also be able to block attacks.
Companions in The Outer Worlds are very useful for novice players. They support you in fights, as well as enhance the abilities of your hero (the disadvantage is a smaller amount of experience points received after killing enemies). You can travel with two companions at the same time, but nothing prevents you from getting all of them - you can change the party in your spaceship.
There are six companions in total - Parvati, Vicar, Max, Felix, Ellie, Nyoko and SAM. The companions also have their personal quests - all these quests are listed here.
How to quickly and easily get the first companion? Check this page.
Giving orders to companions
You can give them basic commands. These orders force them to move, attack and use special abilities. The commands menu is in the bottom left corner of the screen.
Special abilities of your companions
It is worth knowing that after developing the Inspiration skill to at least level 20, your companions will be able to use special abilities. Each party member has a unique ability.
Traveling without companions
Traveling alone is also possible. If you prefer to explore the world without companions, be sure to invest in the Lone Wolf perk, which increases your damage by 25% if you travel alone.
The last section of the page focuses on frequently asked questions. You will find answers to technical questions (how to change the language of the game and what are the system requirements for The Outer Worlds), but also those related directly to the gameplay - how to holster weapons, how to heal companions or how to remove companions' helmets in The Outer Worlds.
How to change the game's language?
You can change the language in the settings, but only if you go there from the main menu (not during the game). It is worth adding that on the PC, the option to change the language is in the audio settings.
How to holster a weapon?
In The Outer Worlds, you holster a weapon by holding down the interaction button. The default in interaction buttons:
How to remove companion's helmet?
You can remove a companion's helmet in the game's settings. Go to the "Gameplay" and then find "Show companion helmet". This option can be freely changed at any point.
How to sleep?
In The Outer Worlds, you can sleep on any bed. This is different when you play on the Supernova difficulty level - in this mode, you can only sleep in your ship.
More about resting on "How and where to sleep?" page.
How to store items?
Items can be stored in any container - items don't disappear until you take them out. However, it is best to store them on the ship - you can get there easily by using the fast travel option.
Learn more about storing items in The Outer Worlds from this page.
How to heal companions?
If you develop Determination skill to level 20, your companions will receive 30% of the healing effect every time you use Adreno inhaler. This effect can be further enhanced by developing Determination skill too at least level 60.
Are there microtransactions in the game?
The short answer is that The Outer Worlds doesn't have microtransactions. You can't spend real money on better weapons or new skills and perks.
More about this topic on a separate page.
What are the game's system requirements?
Check the system requirements to learn whether you will be able to run The Outer Worlds or not. Below you can find the full system requirements (minimum and recommended).
Minimum system requirements for The Outer Worlds:
- Processor: Intel Core i3-3225 or AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
- Video card: Nvidia GTX 650 Ti or AMD HD 7850
- RAM: 4GB
- Disk space: 40 GB
- Operating system: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
Recommended system requirements for The Outer Worlds:
- Processor: Intel Core i7-7700K or Ryzen 5 1600
- Video card: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or Radeon RX 470
- RAM: 8GB
- Disk space: 4 GB
- Operating system: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit