West Gunfighter Beginner's Guide and Tips

Git along, pardner, and mosey up with our comprehensive beginner's guide to West Gunfighter. Read on for all you need to know to get started in this mobile Western game.

Welcome to the Wild West, where every day is an adventure and duels are commonplace. Sometimes, your opponent isn't even human -- or alive.

West Gunfighter by Candy Mobile is a stylish 3D game with smooth controls and a fun twist on what we've come to expect from mobile games.

Many of its elements are straightforward, and it's pretty easy to get into. Even more impressively, the game allows players an almost sandbox level of freedom, through many minigames, side-quests, and chances to explore the world (on horseback, even, as any good Wild West gunslinger does).

We rode into town and stirred up some trouble just to bring you a guide for absolute beginners to the game. Let's ride, pardner.

Learning the Controls

Mastering the controls is key to doing well in this game.

Move the character with the joystick on the left, and draw/fire your weapon with the trigger button on the right. Swipe a finger on the main screen to rotate the character (and, by extension, the camera).

There are also options to reload and summon your horse.

You can switch between weapons by scrolling through them in the top of the screen.

How to Master Combat in West Gunfighter

In combat, these controls all work together for a smooth and quick fight: Rotate the character, and use the joystick to position the crosshairs on the enemies. Once you lock onto an enemy with the crosshairs, you can move as you shoot, as long as you stay within range and don't turn around.

There are three main weapon types: shotgun, blade, and revolver, with the option to buy a pair of revolvers if you want to dual-wield guns, as well as a single rifle.

The main difference between weapons is their range. Revolvers can be used from far away and allow you to put some distance between you and your enemies. Blades are up-close-and-personal. Shotguns are a nice middle ground, packing a lot of power but requiring you to be fairly close to actually hit your target.

Although which weapon you use depends on your fighting style, we recommend starting with the revolver, as it's the safest.

In battle, you can position yourself behind cover, but this also means it will be harder for you to hit anyone through the cover as well. Use cover when you're getting shot at from different directions, to put a stop to the bullets coming from at least one side.

If there's no cover or if you're having trouble finding that sweet spot, try to constantly keep moving. A moving target is harder to hit!

Buy Your Way to the Top: Tips on Buying and Upgrading

There are two things you should always have on-hand when exploring: ammo and blood vials (aka potions). Luckily, both are fairly cheap, only costing 100 or 200 a pop. Don't worry about expanding the maximum capacity for these early on, since you can always open the Store menu mid-fight and grab what you need on the go.

You receive various rewards for completing quests, but the game doesn't guide you through what to do with them. Good thing you're reading this guide!

Most quest rewards and other found items are used for upgrading your weapons or expanding capacity on items. As we said above, beginners shouldn't worry about expanding (you won't be getting the items you need for a bit anyway). Instead, focus on upgrades.

To upgrade your weapon, just go to the weapons tab in the Store. Alternatively, you can get there via the inventory: Tap on the minimap and select the third tab down. This is where you'll find your materials, which are what you need for upgrading. Tap on "Use" for any material to bring up the upgrade menu.

Which gun should you get? There aren't actually that many options, so find the style of combat that works best for you and choose accordingly. Here are the current options that you can buy with coins, and their price:

  • Colt Revolver — your default revolver
  • Remington Revolver — 3,000
  • Peacemaker — 10,000
  • Semi-auto Shotgun — your default shotgun
  • Sawed-off Shotgun — 10,000
  • Riot Shotgun — 18,000
  • Thompson Rifle — 20,000
  • Double Peacemaker — 25,000
  • Double Schofield — 40,000
  • Wilson — your default blade
  • Clanton — 2,500
  • Valance — 5,000

Keep in mind that blades cannot be upgrades: what you buy is what you get.
And here are the premium weapons you can snag if you've gathered enough diamonds (more on this later):

  • Calvera — 15
  • Angel Eyes — 15
  • Hedley — 30
  • William — 50
  • Little Bill — 50
  • Derringer — 60
  • Double Remington — 80
  • Carved Revolver — 100
  • Frontier Revolver — 100
  • Deckard Revolver — 180
  • LeMat Revolver — 180
  • Schofield Revolver — 120
  • Triple-barrelled Shotgun — 200
  • Double Carved Revolver — 240
  • UTS-22 Shotgun — 250
  • Double Sawed-off Shotgun — 250
  • Double LeMat — 300

You'll get plenty of materials as you progress through the quests, but it's still a good idea to save these until you've bought a better weapon.

Once you have your weapon of choice, save up for a good set of clothes. Outfits don't just make you look awesome, they also increase your defense, and some offer special abilities like increased headshot damage. Check them out in the store, and find some threads that fit your playing style.

Bringing Home the Diamonds

There are a number of ways to get diamonds, the cash-shop currency. And, of course, having diamonds has plenty of advantages, from better weapons and horse options to nicer-looking (and more useful) outfits. Diamonds can also let you continue if you fail in a mission (though you can also opt to watch a free ad instead).

Here are some ways to increase your stockpile of the precious currency in West Gunfighter:

  • Buy them for real money. This is a no-brainer, as it's standard fare in today's mobile games. However, buying a pack of diamonds bigger than the 50-count one will also remove all ads (which can get pretty intrusive), so it might be worth a go if you plan to be a long-time player.
  • Complete quests. Some quests will reward you with diamonds, though how well you do will influence how much loot you earn.
  • Complete extra quest objectives. Each quest has a few objectives, like getting a certain amount of headshots or only using a certain kind of weapon, that you can complete for special rewards — often in the form of diamonds.
  • Claim achievements. As you go through the game, you will naturally complete achievements, including how many enemies you kill, how many coins you spend, minigame accomplishments, and more. Don't forget to claim your rewards, some of which are diamonds. You can claim these through the main menu before starting the game, or the pause menu in-game.
  • Try your luck with treasure boxes. Some treasure boxes give you a chance to draw some extra diamonds. Find these all the way in the right-hand tab of the Store menu.
  • Log in every day. And, lastly, just by logging in every day, you can claim daily rewards, and diamonds are featured fairly often.

If you choose to buy diamonds for cash, here are your options:

  • 50 for $1.99
  • 130 for $4.99
  • 300 for $9.99
  • 650 for $19.99
  • 1,700 for $49.99
  • 3,500 for $99.99

Making Money Through Minigames

Blue markers, shown as different icons on your minimap, are minigames — which are an excellent way to make some quick in-game cash once you get the hang of them.

When playing minigames, you can select the amount you want to bet. If you're just starting out, it's safer to bet low so you can get the feel for each game.

Here are a few of the minigames you'll encounter on your travels:

  • Test your reflexes with quickdraw — just make sure your crosshairs remain round and green the entire time so you're ready to tap and draw.
  • Play some blackjack at the saloon to double (or lose) your money.
  • Race your horse through markers and try to beat the time — although the controls on the horse during races feel a tad unresponsive compared to the regular horse riding controls.
  • Throw some darts in the darts game, but watch your aim or you'll go bust and lose out on money if you take too many rounds to reach your goal.
  • Work on your aim at the target practice.

Buying Coins with Cash

Finally, if you find yourself running short on cash, or you really want that one outfit right now, you can just click on the + sign next to your coin total to bring up the coin purchasing menu. Your options here are as follows:

  • 5,000 for $1.99
  • 13,000 for $4.99
  • 30,000 for $9.99
  • 65,000 for $19.99
  • 170,000 for $49.99
  • 350,000 for $99.99

As with the diamonds, buying anything larger than the first option also removes the ads.

Two for the Price of One

If you think you'll be purchasing a package at some point (at the very least to get rid of those ads), you might want to take advantage of the introductory offer: 27,000 gold coins and 300 diamonds for $4.99. Sweet deal, considering the individual prices of these items.


Sling 'em, cowboy, and get ridin' — those outlaws and zombies (and outlaw zombies?) won't defeat themselves. And stay tuned to GameSkinny for all your West Gunfighter news and tips.


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Published May. 5th 2018

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