On this page of our game guide to Wolfenstein: Youngblood you will find a nice set of starting tips. Pay attention to all important or unusual mechanics. With this knowledge, you will be able to complete the initial stages more easily and reduce the risk of failure.
- Playing with a friend is the recommended way to play the game
- Sister's choice doesn't matter.
- Wolfenstein: Youngblood cannot be paused!
- Investigate the neighborhood carefully and look for different ways to accomplish your mission
- Unlock several starter abilities to improve your health
- Rely on Battle Shouts - Pep Signal as much as possible
- Try to travel with a maximum supply of shared lives life and remember to resurrect your fallen sister.
- Killing commanders makes it impossible to call in strong reinforcements
- Don't spend silver coins on skins or not useful things
- Throwing weapons are very effective
- Hideout lets you heal for free and replenish your supplies
- Don't waste time on accurately eliminating all enemies.
- Beware of too strong opponents and too difficult missions
Playing with a friend is the recommended way to play the game
Wolfenstein: Youngblood does not force you to pass the campaign in cooperation with a real player, although this is a recommended way of playing the game. If you have a Deluxe Edition, you can invite someone who doesn't have a game copy to play with you. As a last resort, you can also try to play together with a random player. However, it would be a good idea to have a person who cares about you and explores the area carefully, because thanks to them you can gain a lot of supplies and find many collectibles (there are a few hundred of these in the game).
- Artificial intelligence is less effective in complex missions, such as raids, which are an integral part of the campaign. While an AI assistant can effectively attack enemies, it can be a problem for "her" to come to the rescue when your character is defeated and bleeds to death.
- Playing with AI does not exclude shared lives limitations. Just as in the case of cooperation with a real player, exhaustion of shared lives ends the whole mission and you have to start it from the beginning.
- Playing the game with an AI companion eliminates additional tactical actions, for example, while attacking opponents from two different sides. You cannot give any commands to your AI companion, but only tag individual enemies (example shown in the image). The marked opponent will be the top priority target for AI.
Sister's choice doesn't matter.
Jessica and Sophie are twin sisters. Although their starting skills and equipment may vary slightly (initial Skills and Weapons are chosen when starting a new campaign), they will ultimately have the same abilities and extermination tools. None of the sisters have unique features and this allows you to choose any playable character without worrying about something unusual or interesting being missed.
Wolfenstein: Youngblood cannot be paused!
This is an important issue, ignorance of which can cost you the life of a controlled heroine. The game cannot be paused during a mission. This will not happen either when you open the options menu or when you open the journal/logbook. The events will continue to take place in the background. You may be attacked unexpectedly if you are in a location where there are still enemies or where enemy reinforcements may appear while browsing the menu.
If you need to visit a menu, do it only after you have dealt with a given group of enemies (and before you approach other enemies).
Investigate the neighborhood carefully and look for different ways to accomplish your mission
Wolfenstein: Youngblood rewards with many bonuses for exploring the area. This topic is discussed in more detail on the separate page of our guide called - Exploration and Collectibles. Below you will find some of the most important information:
- A mini-map can help you find alternative paths, but don't be afraid to use the double jump, which is available from the very beginning of the game (it is activated by pressing the jump key again while in the air). A controlled sister can reach some high shelves or even the roofs of lower buildings.
- Thanks to the use of alternative paths, you can, above all, attack opponents from different sides. This is very helpful if you are playing with a real player or simply if the main path to the location is highly guarded.
- Exploration of the area also leads to finding supplies (weapons, ammunition, health, armor) and secrets, which we have put together in a separate chapter of our guide. Every secret or collectible found provides a bonus to XP. Additionally, some secrets (such as floppy disks) may contain hints, e.g. regarding the location of secret caches.
- You can't get everywhere right away. Some secret areas (for example, tightly closed metal doors) require certain abilities or weapons. Fortunately, you can return to areas of Paris that you've already visited before.
Unlock several starter abilities to improve your health
In Wolfenstein: Youngblood you can easily lose a whole bar of health points, but with some helpful abilities, you can make it easier for yourself to play the game. Try the following initial skills from the Mind skill tree:
- First Aid (1 skill point) - After being resurrected by your sister, you will receive 25 health and armor points and be immortal for 4 seconds.
- Health+ (1 skill point) - Your health bar is permanently extended from 100 to 125 points.
- Second Aid (requires level 10, 1 skill point) - This is a strengthening of First Aid skills. You can get 50 health and armor points each and be immortal for 6 seconds.
- Health++ (requires level 10, 1 skill point) - It's a strengthening of Health+ ability. Your health bar is permanently extended to 150 points.
- Health Collector (requires level 10, 2 skill points) - You can find more health aiding items near the corpses of defeated enemies. This is a particularly helpful bonus in missions where battles with many enemies are fought.
Rely on Battle Shouts - Pep Signal as much as possible
Boosts in Wolfenstein: Youngblood are called Pep Signals, which motivate both sisters to continue fighting. You will find all the information about them in the Pep Signal - Character Boosts chapter of our guide.
As a reminder, you can unlock one of the two shouts that can renew 25 health or armor points at the beginning of the game. An important feature is that every shout will work on both sisters regardless of which sister activated it. As the game progresses, you can buy more expensive shouts with silver coins that offer better bonuses. The best cry from the game is shown in the picture above - Cyborg1980 allows you to renew the entire armor bar. Unfortunately, it's not available in every copy of the game - it requires the Deluxe Edition and the Cyborg skins pack. Fortunately, the vast majority of battle shouts is available to all game owners.
Shouts do not consume supplies but require time for regenerate. Monitor the charging bar at the right edge of the screen and use pep signal as soon as it becomes available (assuming that your character needs regeneration at the moment).
Try to travel with a maximum supply of shared lives life and remember to resurrect your fallen sister.
Sophie and Jessica have a common pool of lives - Shared Lives. Exhaustion of all available lives means the failure of the mission and necessity to start it from the beginning (the game does not create any checkpoints along the way). As a result, we advice to always look for chests with hearts similar to the one from the above picture. Opening each of them adds one life and you can have a maximum of three lives in reserve (when you reach the limit of lives, the others will not be added).
The topic of "managing" lives is discussed in detail on a separate page of our guide - How to increase the number of lives?.
In addition to finding new lives, try to resurrect your fallen sister. You will always get a message that she needs help and you need to get to her before she bleeds out. If you save your companion, your life will not be taken from the common pool. The rescued sister will be able to return to battle.
The topic of mutual health rescue is discussed in detail in our trophy guide on the Rasputin achievement page.
Killing commanders makes it impossible to call in strong reinforcements
Before you start each new battle, you should look around from a safe distance to see if there are any commanders (one or more) in the area. Starting fights by getting rid of them (quietly or in a direct confrontation) will prevent opponents from calling for stronger reinforcements. However, know that ordinary reinforcements will continue to be called after the alarm has been sounded. Fortunately, dealing with them should be much easier.
Don't spend silver coins on skins or not useful things
Silver coins are the main currency in Wolfenstein: Youngblood - they can be earned, for example, by exploration, or completing a mission. Spend coins only on the most important items, preferably from various categories. We especially recommend spending money on:
- Improvements to the most commonly used weapons - Thanks to the best parts acquired, you can, for example, improve the accuracy or increase the damage.
- Improved battlecry (Pep Signal) - the first cry you can choose at the start of the game, but improvements guarantee better bonuses. Unfortunately, the best cries are expensive.
Don't spend money on armor, headgear or weapons. They can be very expensive (even for a few thousand coins apiece), and do not change the stats of the controlled form and do not affect the gameplay in any real way.
Throwing weapons are very effective
In Wolfenstein: Youngblood you can use knives and machetes for close combat and throw them at your opponents. The latter application is particularly important - throwing weapons inflict huge amounts of damage. Practically every attacked ordinary enemy can instantly die after the thrown weapon hits his body and slashes him in pain and full of gore. This is so exciting. The effectiveness of knives and machetes does not decrease even if your sister has been spotted and is not in a sneaking mode. What's more, when you kill an enemy, you can search their corpses and retrieve all "thrown" weapons.
The situation is slightly different in the case of enemies in armor and Supersoldats - they can "only" be slightly wounded as a result of a successful attack. However, this can also be tweaked a bit. Once you advance to level 10, pick the ability of Super-Kinetic Throw from the Muscle skill tree. It increases the damage and power of thrown weapons. Furthermore, even if the target does not die, it may be stunned.
Hideout lets you heal for free and replenish your supplies
We described the hideout of the resistance, which is located in Catacombs, on a separate page of our guide. There are various attractions waiting for the sisters, but one of the most useful functions of the resistance hideout is the ability to restore your health points for free and replenish ammunition reserves.
Each time you return to your hiding place, we recommend to walk through it and collect supplies. Most of them can be found in the shooting range, which can be accessed by following neon signs with a rifle symbol. If possible, try to start each new expedition with full health, armor and maximum ammo.
Don't waste time on accurately eliminating all enemies.
Every killed opponent in Wolfenstein: Youngblood gives you experience points, but it's not worth wasting time on cleaning the area of all enemies, because they can respawn. This usually happens after you have returned to the same location/district or simply after enough time has passed. All efforts to thoroughly clean up a specific area can therefore end pretty useless.
We advise you to kill only those enemies who are associated with certain missions or cause some threat in completing specific mission objectives. If an alarm is triggered, you can try to get rid of all reinforcements or simply leave the place and ignore new units of enemies. For more information on how the respawn system actually works in the game, check a separate section of our guide called - Can enemies respawn?.
Beware of too strong opponents and too difficult missions
In Wolfenstein: Youngblood, each opponent has a specific level of experience and each mission has a recommended level of sisters' experience. It is worth remembering both of these factors. Attacking an enemy that is too strong can result in a total defeat - it will be very strong and can deal large amounts of damage. Opponents who are definitely too strong for sisters have skull icons visible above their heads (instead of standard information about their current level).
It's quite similar with quests and missions. You have little chances of surviving in a mission marked with a skull icon and therefore with a much higher recommended level. In both cases, concentrate on easier opponents and missions. You will be able to play the game freely and gain XP at the same time to advance to the next level. More information can be found on separate pages of our guide - What are the skull markings attached to names of enemies and missions? and Character development and weapon upgrades.