Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains Beginner Tips and Tricks

Everything you need to get started in Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains for the Nintendo 3DS.

Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains is the first Attack on Titan game released in North America and there is a lot of content in the game's World Mode. The combat system alone is fun for just playing through the story, but there is so much more to the game.

It is easy to get overwhelmed the first time you enter World Mode, especially if you do as soon as it gets unlocked. I'll help you start your journey to becoming a pro and taking down Titans.

This guide will cover the basics of story and world mode including:

  • Gameplay Basics - How to play the game and tips for starting.
  • Story Mode - What it is and what you can do.
  • World Mode - What it is and the basics of this game mode.

Gameplay Basics

The gameplay in Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains is very fast-paced and has a lot of movement. Fans of the show will notice how well they capture ODM Gear in this game.


  • ODM = Omni-Directional Movement. This is how characters get around the world and allows them to attack Titans.

By default you press R to swing around the city, Spider-Man style. You have to have building around to do this.

  • Y allows you to target a specific location and zip to that area. 
  • L centers the camera and you can use the D-Pad to move the camera.

The camera speed and distance can be changed in the options. 

  • I suggest changing the camera to far. Close is very close and far only zoom out a little. It also helps see when Titans are near.


You main attack is the Blade. This is how you subdue Titans. By default, press X to attack with the blade.

  • When you see a Titan, press Y to launch at them with ODM gear, then X to start the attack circle. Pres it again to attack.
    • Pressing it when the circle reaches the red circle causes a critical hit.
    • You can set the Slashing controls to hold and release instead of double click.
  • Chaining critical attacks cause you to do more damage and finish Titans faster.
  • If you have a gun equipped, pres A to set it, then you can aim and press X to shoot. Press A again to put the gun away.

Story Mode

attack on titan humanity in chains story mode

This mode allows you to play through most of the scenes in the anime from 5 different character perspectives. 

  • Eren Jaeger
  • Mikasa Ackerman
  • Armin Arlelt
  • Levi
  • Sasha Braus

The missions you complete differ based on the character. For example, Eren is the only one that can turn into a Titan, so only he will have Titan transformation missions.

You can also unlock character customizations to use in world mode by completing some story missions.

World Mode

This is the biggest part of the game. You can create a character in this mode and level up by completing missions. It is much deeper than that and I'll get to everything in the upcoming sections. 


This section lets you use Growth Points, which you get by leveling up, to increase certain stats on your character. 

  • Slash - Increases critical range and blade handling.
  • Shoot - Increases reload speed and hit percentage.
  • Maneuvering - Increases trap set-up speed and maneuver agility.
  • Strength - Increases slashing and shooting attack power.
  • Defense - Improves recovery time.

As you increase certain stat levels, the growth point cost increases.


You can change your weapons and ODM Gear as well.

  • Main Weapon: Blade - Affects your attack power, critical, normal and weak slash, and close attack.
  • Sub Weapon: Gun - Affects attack power, aim speed, firing gap, reload speed, clip size, and kickback.
  • ODM Gear - Affects wire, gas cylinder, drive loss, speed, orbit, and output.

Changing your gear can greatly affect how you play, so pay attention to the stats on them.


These are passive skills that you must unlock. You have to use skill points to set a skill

For example: One skill increases your physical recovery speed.

Experiment with different skills to see which works best for you.


This is a facility used to make new weapons and upgrade those you already have.

  • To make new weapons you must unlock plans for them.
  • Once you have the plans, it lists the materials needed to make the weapons.
    • You can gather materials during missions.

attack on titan humanity in chains materials

  • You can use coins to upgrade the Armory, which unlocks more weapons.
  • When the Armory is level 10, you can start upgrading weapons you already own.

ODM Gear Locker

This facility works just like the Armory, just for ODM Gear. You can make new gear with plans, upgrade the facility, and upgrade existing ODM Gear.

The facility upgrade costs and ODM upgrade requirements are the same as the armory.

Soldier Training Grounds

This is a facility to hire soldiers and mercenaries. These are A.I. characters that help you during single player missions.

  • Soldiers - Use coins to buy soldiers to put on your squad. Upgrading the facility gives access to better soldiers.
  • Mercenaries - These are just like soldiers, but you get these by passing people in Streetpass.


You can buy items needed to succeed during missions at the Item Shop.

  • Water - Improves recovery speed for 30 seconds.
  • Field Ration - Greatly improves recovery speed for 30 seconds.
  • Ointment - Heals wounds.
  • Gas Cylinder - Recovers gas for your ODM Gear.
  • Razor Blade - Restores sharpness to blades.
  • Ammunition - Required for guns.
  • Grenade - Explodes to deal damage.
  • Sunder Bomb - Destroys hardened parts.
  • Flash Bomb - Weakens Titan detection.
  • Mine - Trap that deals damage.
  • Seize Trap - Trap that temporarily binds a Titan
  • Decoy Trap - Trap that attracts Titan attention.


Missions can be done in either Single player, with A.I., or Multiplayer, either locally or online. There are 3 types of missions.

  • Normal Mission - Lead Special Ops Squad throughout the game world.
  • Scout Mission - Advanced missions for surveys beyond the wall.
  • Survival - Fight Titans until you die.

Once you get A+ rank on a mission, you unlock the Brutal mode for that mission. This mode is harder and gives better rewards.

attack on titan humanity in chains brutal mode

As you complete normal missions, you get "Army Members". This is just a stat required to do Scout missions and higher level normal missions.

During missions, you'll see boxes scattered around. Break these boxes to get materials for making weapons and ODM Gear.

This concludes my Beginner Guide for Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains. Check back for in-depth guides of all the aspects of World mode.

Guide Editor

After gaming for 25 years, Synzer leveraged his vast knowledge of RPGs and MMOs into a job as a games journalist, covering the games he loves. Five years later, he's still writing about Kingdom Hearts, Pokemon, and Knights of the Old Republic. Synzer has a bachelor's degree in English and creative writing. You can see him in action on his YouTube channel ( and Twitch (

Published May. 25th 2015
  • Jessie _1116
    How do I go Titan
  • Kuwaduedu
    You are all super noobs, seriously how hard is it to go into soldier employment and see that they have skills that you don't I mean honestly. Top of that it shouldn't take long to put two and two together.
  • Anon_5804
    How do i get world mode? I just bought the game and i cant acess it, do i have to complete story mode first?
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
  • unnamed-protagonist
    for anyone wondering, to get skills, you need to recruit soldiers from the soldier training grounds that have the skills that you want, then put them in you team and do some missions. this will give them Affinity points, and when they get 80 they will teach you their skill.
  • tails-me-again...
    How specifically do I unlock skills, I've done almost all the missions in each catagory with an A+ in world mode and i've even unlocked alot of tittles and I'm almost lvl 50 and ive never gotten a skill. What am I doing wrong or missing?
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    That's weird, I've gotten multiple skills way before that. It must be random.
  • tails-me-again...
    just doing missions? Cause I've even been working in berserk mode too and still gotten nothing
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    Yep, I got some randomly at the end of doing just normal missions.
  • Jon_8422
    some times i get captured by the titan and there is no one around how do i break free? im using a regular 3ds if it helps
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    nothing. There's a skill that lets you break out once a mission in world mode
  • tails_1112
    Maybe it's just me, but I can't seem to unlock any skills, I've beaten story mode with almost all A+ and nothing, same thing with the missions in world I supposed to get them from somewhere or what?
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    You only get them in World Mode. It is a while before you unlock any new ones. Just keep leveling and doing normal missions.
  • Kisama_1889
    How to transform anyway? How to obtain special skills?
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    you transform by getting an item called a ring. You get skill from doing missions and ranking up
  • Kisama_1889
    Is that ring obtainable from only missions or are you able to purchase it from shop?

    Edit: nevermind, just found out.
  • Ashley Shankle
    Associate Editor
    How is this game, anyway? There's a pretty terrible browser MMO that's JP only and that 3D PC fangame, which is okay. How's the gameplay in this one?
  • Synzer
    Guide Editor
    Well, I have nothing to compare it to, but I really enjoy the gameplay. I'm still early in the world mode, but I finished the story mode and for the most part is was pretty easy.

    Personally, I don't get tired of using the ODM gear and killing titans, but that is pretty much the whole game. This shouldn't be a surprise as that is pretty much all they do in the show.

    There are other missions to collect things, protect people, rescue team members, etc, but I actually like those the least.

    The fact that you can do so much in world mode and play with up to 3 other people is what makes this game really fun imo, if that wasn't in there, it wouldn't be worth much.
  • GameSkinny Staff
    Oh neat, didn't realize there was multiplayer.

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