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Thymesia is not a particularly long game, especially if you focus on the main story quests. However, if you want to access all of its endings, you'll need to complete all the main quests and side-quests in every level, which can significantly extend your playtime, earning you the bad ending, good ending, or two regular endings.

This Thymesia guide covers all of the endings and is filled with spoilers across the game, including the final boss. Please stop reading now if you don't want to know about some of the game's bosses or endings.

How to Get Every Ending in Thymesia

Throughout your adventures in Thymesia's world of Hermes Kingdom, you'll fight eight total bosses, but only four of them are required to progress. Besides the final one, each boss drops a different essential item called a core, and after you defeat the final boss, you combine two cores to receive one of the four endings.

Cores come in three varieties. They're listed below with their associated bosses/quests:

  • Vile Blood:
    • Odur (first boss).
    • The Sound of the Abyss (second Royal Garden sub-quest).
    • Fool's God (third Sea of Trees sub-quest).
  • Pure Blood:
    • Varg (third story boss).
    • Urd (Boss of first Hermes Fortress sub-quest).
  • Fused:

Both Aisemy (the princess and other inhabitant of Philospher's Hill) and Emerald (an NPC hidden in various levels) can explain more about these cores. You'll use that information to decide which cores to combine to create Hermes' Answer, a special concoction to cure, expand, or assuage the disease plaguing Hermes Kingdom.

We go into more detail below about each of the endings if you'd like to read about them, but if you just want to know which items give you which ending, we've outlined them in this list. Do not read past the list if you do not want spoilers for each ending

  • Bad Ending — Combine a Pure Blood Core with Corrupted or Fused Core.
  • Regular Ending 1 — Combine two Vile Blood Cores.
  • Regular Ending 2 — Combine Varg's Core with Urd's Core.
  • Good Ending — Combine two Fused Cores.

Bad Ending: Chaotic Power

If you combine a Pure Blood core with a Corrupted or Fused core, you receive the Chaotic Power ending. A chaotic energy ravages the Kingdom — some people are cured of the plague, others become monsters, and others are transformed into grotesque half-beast, half-human hybrids.

Regular Ending 1: Blessing of Vile Blood

By purifying Hermes Answer with two Vile Blood cores, the Kingdom finds itself cured of the plague — loss of humanity and transformation into even worse monsters than before can be called a cure. It's implied the player character Corvus himself is corrupted by the Vile Blood and becomes a murderer and villain worse than any of the foes he once fought.

Regular Ending 2: Blessing of Pure Blood

If you choose to combine Varg's core with Urd's, the plague is well and truly cured. Rather than make the Kingdom a better place, it condemns its people to lives of paranoia and power-mongering. The monsters may be gone, but men will only take their place.

Good Ending: Power of Cleansing

Speaking to Emerald about the various cores reveals that neither Vile nor Pure Blood are inherently evil but are instead ingredients that together can make a larger, more complete whole.

If you combine the two Fused Cores after facing the final boss, Corvus not only spreads the resultant mixture across the Kingdom but also uses his memories as an ingredient, showing that alchemy as a whole was the problem. The plague goes on, but the citizens of Hermes Kingdom are free to make their own decisions about dealing with it without seeking miracles from eldritch sources.

Those are the four endings available in Thymesia and how you get them. As you can see, you'll need to complete almost every level in the game to earn all of them, but doing so lets you fight some of the game's best bosses, as half of its content is locked behind the optional areas and encounters. We've covered much more about Thymesia, including tips for leveling up fast, how to upgrade Potions, and how to take down enemies quickly. Check out our Thymesia hub for more.

Thymesia: How Wounds Work to Defeat Enemies Quickly Tue, 16 Aug 2022 08:02:36 -0400 John Schutt

Combat in Thymesia is fast, frantic, and brutal, but it's also more complicated than other Souls-likes. Just dealing damage isn't enough to defeat your foes, and bosses take much, much longer to take down if all you do is swing your Saber at them. You'll need to inflict Wounds to speed things up. 

The optimal combat strategy is to damage an enemy's white health bar enough to reveal their glowing Wounds bar. Wounds are a separate damage type unique to Thymesia and are central to its combat, both from an offensive and defensive standpoint.

In this Thymesia guide, we'll go over how Wounds work and how you can defeat enemies more easily by leveraging their effects.

Wounds Explained

At first glance, Wounds seem to take their cues from Sekiro's Posture system, as both lead to a deathblow state (Execution here) and require a concerted effort to apply properly. That comparison isn't undue, but it is not how Wounds work in this Souls-like.

Instead, whenever you hit an enemy or successfully Deflect their attack, you will deplete their white Health bar, revealing a glowing green Wounds bar.

Wounds are an enemy's "true" health; if you allow the Wounds to sit unaffected for several seconds, the white Health bar will begin to refill. Even if you reveal an enemy's entire Wounds bar but do nothing to deplete it, your foe can be back to full strength in a matter of moments.

That's where your Claw attacks come in. Bound to Right Trigger and coming in both a short and long variety, Claw attacks are your primary means of depleting Wounds bars. The strategy, then, is to deal as much damage as possible in a single attack combo, drain the Wounds bar, and return to attacking with your Saber.

Your Claw damage is tied to your Plague stat, so the higher that is, the more you'll deplete Wounds bars. Your Saber damage is linked to your Strength stat, as is the severity of Wounds you deal. You'll likely prioritize one over the other as you level up, but try to put a few points into whichever you don't choose to improve.

How to Deflect Enemy Attacks

Thymesia's most direct Sekiro influence is its Deflect mechanic. Almost every enemy attack, except their red-colored Ultimates, can be Deflected. Pressing Left Trigger just as the enemy's attack lands acts as a pseudo parry mechanic and will instead negate the damage you take and deal Health damage to your opponent. Deflecting does not put your foes into a stun state — it doesn't even stop their onslaught. However, because it applies to all attacks except Ultimates, it allows you to keep up the pressure even when you've exhausted your Saber combo.

There's also the Feather attack, which directly counters Critical Attacks. When an enemy flashes bright green, they're charging a Critical. Just before the Critical would land, press Left Trigger to fling a Feather at them. This will put them into a stun state and deal significant Wounds damage, giving you a few seconds of free damage.

Depending on its speed and effects, you can also use this time to activate a Plague weapon. If your Plague weapon also applies stun, save it for times other than Critical punishing. Something like the Knife is a great option, as it deals increased Wounds damage.

Learning how to attack, Claw, Deflect, and Feather is to master everything about combat in Thymesia. Expect to die a few times as you learn the timing for each attack, but don't be discouraged. Every enemy in the game is learnable from top to bottom, and the best players will be able to breeze through any fight without taking a single hit. For more content on Thymesia, check out our guide on how to level up fastupgrade Potions, and get Forgotten Feathers. Our guides hub for Thymesia has even more.

Thymesia: Where to Find Ingredients for Life, Energy, Toughness, and Strength Tue, 16 Aug 2022 08:02:31 -0400 John Schutt

While there isn't much character customization or what one would call traditional gear in Thymesia, there are plenty of ways to upgrade your playstyle and make moment-to-moment gameplay more enjoyable. One of the main ways is by boosting your potions with additional charges, improved healing properties, and bolstered effects. And ingredients play a significant role in that.

This Thymesia guide will (eventually) list every ingredient in the game and where to find it. In almost 20 hours of gameplay, we managed to find 11 of the 12 ingredients in Thymesia. We've listed all the ones we've found below and will update this guide when we find the last one.

Ingredient Locations

None of the ingredients is easy to find. You'll want to have the Luck Level 3 Strategy equipped to farm them from enemies efficiently. Even with Luck maxed out, don't expect to get them the first time fighting the enemies that drop them. 

Ingredients come in four varieties:

  • Life
  • Energy
  • Toughness
  • Strength

Life adds additional healing to a potion. Energy restores the Energy meter. Toughness decreases damage taken after using a potion for 30 seconds. Strength increases damage dealt for 30 seconds after using the potion.

There are also three tiers for each category: the higher the tier, the more effective they are.

Life Ingredients

  • Rosemary (Tier 1): Farm from the dagger-wielding women with branches coming out of their back in the Sea of Trees.
  • Fennel (Tier 2): Farm from the floating blood spike minibosses in the Royal Gardens.
  • Sage (Tier 3): Farm from the flame minibosses in the Royal Gardens and the Hanged Queen, as well as Mutated Odur boss fights in the Royal Gardens and Sea of Trees, respectively.

Energy Ingredients

  • Oregano (Tier 1): Farm from the Shield and ax-wielding enemies in Hermes Fortress.
  • Mint (Tier 2): Farm from the enemies with large fists in the Sea of Trees.
  • Thyme (Tier 3): Farm from the Odur and Mutated Odur boss fights in the Sea of Trees.

Toughness Ingredients

  • Clove (Tier 1): Farm from bow and spear enemies in Hermes Fortress.
  • Lavender (Tier 2): Farm from sword and shield enemies in the Royal Gardens and spear-using minibosses.
  • Black Pepper (Tier 3): Farm from twin-sword enemies and the Urd boss fight in Hermes Fortress.

Strength Ingredients

  • ??? (Tier 1): Location forthcoming.
  • Basil (Tier 2): Farm from greatsword, twin-sword, and flaming minibosses.
  • Cinnamon (Tier 3): Farm from the Varg, Hanged Queen, and Sound of the Abyss boss fights.

As minibosses do not respawn when you rest at a lamp, you'll need to reload an entire level if you don't get the ingredient you want. You can fight every boss again no matter how many times you beat them, and most boss-specific ingredients come from multiple sources, keeping you from needing to fight a particular encounter that gives you trouble.

With that, you know where to find most of the ingredients in Thymesia. We've covered many other topics on the game, including the best Talents to unlock first, how to level to get more levels quickly, and how to get every ending. Check our Thymesia hub for even more.

Thymesia: How to Use Reave Weapons Tue, 16 Aug 2022 08:02:26 -0400 John Schutt

There is no traditional equipment, loot, or character customization in Thymesia. Corvus has a core set of skills that doesn’t change, you can augment them with Talents and collectible energy weapons called Plague weapons, which can be used as Reave weapons. 

When you first start Thymesia, you won’t have access to any Plague Weapons. You will be limited to only your Saber and Deflect abilities, plus the basic Talents that are unlocked by default. However, it won’t be long before you can start experimenting with Plague weapons, as you don’t need to unlock any to try them out. You can instead use them temporarily as a Reave weapon.

This Thymesia guide covers how Reave weapons work and how you can get the most out them.

Reave Weapons Explained

Reave weapons, like the Plague weapons they simulate, are copies of enemy weapons. In the Sea of Trees, you can acquire the Knife, Handaxe, and Halberd by Reaving them from the appropriate enemy. You can also Reave boss weapons, provided you can find an opening.

Reaving a weapon is simple: press and hold the key/button associated with your Claw attack until Corvus takes a stance and his arm is covered in black feathers and green energy. Release the button to launch him toward an enemy. Provided you’re within a moderate distance, Corvus will shove his claws into the enemy’s chest and rip out their weapon energy.

Reave weapons are single-use and cannot be upgraded like Plague Weapons. They are free to use, unlike their Plague counterparts, which cost Energy to activate. You can Reave weapons as many times as you want, and if you do so against two enemies with different weapons, you’ll overwrite your initial Reave weapon with a new one.

Like most abilities in Thymesia, Reaving does not grant invincibility frames, so if your foe is in the middle of an attack animation, you will take full damage. There is a little bit of armor once you connect, so you won’t be immediately knocked out of the Reave animation if you are hit, and you can apply Super Armor to the Predator’s Claw ability, so you can’t be knocked out of the lunge either.

Be aware that Reave weapons don’t last forever. If left unused, they’ll vanish from your inventory, leaving you with only the Plague weapon and your basic kit. If you have both a Plague and a Reave weapon equipped, you can combo one into the other.

If you took the Plague Weapon Level 2 Talent, you can have up to three different Energy weapons to use in sequence. The larger options like Greatsword stun bosses out of most of their attacks, giving you valuable openings in an otherwise constant onslaught, but be mindful of your Energy bar if you stack Reave and Plague weapon activations. For more on Thymesia, check out our guides to leveling up fast, upgrading Potions, and how to get Forgotten Feathers, among others. There’s more available in our Thymesia hub, so check that out while you’re here.

Thymesia: How to Get and Farm Forgotten Feather Tue, 16 Aug 2022 08:02:20 -0400 John Schutt

As you level up in Thymesia, you're liable to find specific stats that pair better with the Talents and Plague weapons you enjoy most. Increasing your Vitality for more Health is always a good option, but if damage is an issue, you'll want to boost the Strength and Plague stats. If you don't want to grind to level up fast, you'll eventually need a way to respec. That's where Forgotten Feathers come in.

Forgotten Feathers are rare materials that you can take to Aisemy or use at a Beacon to reset every stat and Talent point you've spent, taking you back to Level 1 and allowing you to reallocate everything to your liking. But how do you get more Forgotten Feathers? This Thymesia guide tells you about that and more.

Collecting Forgotten Feathers

There is no easy way to get Forgotten Feathers. Your only sources are the end-of-level bosses, like Odur or the Hanged Queen. Every time you beat a boss — not a mini-boss or other large enemy — you'll receive a single Forgotten Feather. This is true whether you fight the boss the first or fifth time. It doesn't matter which boss you fight, either.

Because Thymesia lets you replay any main or sub-quest as often as you like, there is an optimal farming method for Forgotten Features. Progress through the game enough that you can easily fight one of the earlier bosses in either the Sea of Trees or the Royal Gardens and defeat them as many times as you'd like.

Which Boss to Fight for Forgotten Feather

We recommend finding Odur, the first boss in the Sea of Trees, for several reasons.

  1. He's good Deflect practice. Many of the more complicated bosses have both fast and slow attacks, and Odur uses several of both.
  2. He has relatively low Health and does much less damage than other bosses for a leveled character. Burning the health bars in both of his phases doesn't take too long.
  3. The initial Sea of Trees level is short enough that you can run through it in two or three minutes, especially if you opened shortcuts on your first time through. Combined with the three or four minutes you'll spend fighting Odur, you can get five or six Forgotten Feathers an hour if you want to push things that hard.

The boss you farm for Forgotten Feathers ultimately depends on which one you enjoy fighting most. If Odur gives you fits, take on any of the others. There are more of them than you'd think. We've covered plenty of other Thymesia topics, including how to upgrade your Potions, the best Talents to unlock, and how to use Plague weapons. More is on the way as well, so check back often.

Thymesia: How to Upgrade Potions with Alchemy Enhancers Tue, 16 Aug 2022 08:02:15 -0400 John Schutt

Healing in Thymesia is always at a premium, though you can eventually optimize it so that only the toughest fights cost most of your potions. You start with three basic heals that will need to be carefully rationed, especially in boss fights. As you progress, you'll acquire the means to upgrade potions across three separate tracks, and any fully-kitted brew can easily carry you from the beginning of a stage to the end.

Even hard boss fights become less of an issue than in other Soulslikes, as you have so much healing ability that only repeated mistakes are truly costly. This Thymesia guide will detail how to upgrade your potions, so you have the most comfortable time playing this brutal experience.

Alchemy Enhancers Explained

Scattered across every level and each of its sub-quests are mini-boss enemies. You'll know you're fighting them because the game will play a new soundtrack specific to that mini-boss. You'll also notice that these enemies take significantly less damage than standard mobs and hit about twice as hard.

Mini-bosses are often alone or far enough away from lower-level enemies that you can engage in one-on-one fights. They also use different weapons from standard mobs: greatswords, dual weapons, blood attacks, and the like.

Defeating a mini-boss will award an item called an Alchemy Enhancer the first time you kill them. With an Alchemy Enhancer in hand, head to a Beacon in a level, or, if you're at Philosopher's Hill, talk to Aisemy or use the table at the back of the bedroom.

Potion Upgrade Tracks

There are three upgrade tracks for Potions, and the upgrade path is the same no matter which type of Potion you're using:

  • The number of Potions you can use before they're exhausted.
    • Depending on the type of Potion, this value is either six or eight.
  • The amount of Health you recover when you use the Potion.
    • Depending on the type of Potion, this value goes from 100-300 by default and as high as 175-525 fully upgraded.
  • The number of Ingredients you can apply to the Potion to boost its effects.
    • Initially, you can't apply any Ingredients, but fully upgraded, you can equip up to three at a time.

Unlocking the first node on an upgrade track costs one Alchemy Enhancer, the next costs two, and the final costs three. To fully upgrade a Potion, you must collect 18 total Alchemy Enhancers.

If you want to use every type at its best, you'll need 54 total Alchemy Enhancers. There are just enough mini-bosses in Thymesia to accomplish that goal, but you'll need to clear every map and every sub-quest of their mini-bosses to do it.

With a fully upgraded Potion — no matter the type — you trivialize most standard encounters and put a much larger safety net below boss fights. Most bosses can still one or two-shot you if you get careless, but mistakes aren't nearly as punishing. We've got more Thymesia content available, including how to level up fast, a guide to the basics of plague weapons, and the best Talents to unlock, with even more in our official Thymesia guides hub

Thymesia: How to Use Plague Weapons Tue, 16 Aug 2022 08:02:09 -0400 John Schutt

Alongside Talents, Plague Weapons are a vital combat mechanic in Thymesia. They have more customization options and gameplay implications than Talents, and using them can be a bit perplexing given how they're acquired. 

Whereas Talents change how your character plays, adding abilities and passives that alter your core combat capabilities, Plague Weapons are abilities that summon a second weapon for one attack that then goes on a cooldown, all at a specific Energy cost. So while you can't equip a new weapon to use in all scenarios, your Plague Weapon can augment how you fight in crucial ways.

Plague Weapons Explained

When you start a new game, you won't have any Plague Weapons. Enemies will use a Knife, a Handaxe, and a Halberd in the Sea of Trees mission. The first time you encounter an enemy, there is a chance they will drop one or more Skill Shards tied to their weapon.

After you acquire three Skill Shards, visit a Beacon or the table across from the bed at Philosopher's Hill. Go to the Plague Weapons screen, and hover over whichever node or nodes have an exclamation point on them. You'll see a video of the weapon's animation and find out which weapon it is. Spend the three Skill Shards to unlock the weapon, then press "E" on PC, "X" on Xbox, or Square on PlayStation to equip it.

There are 30 Plague Weapons, all of which require three specific Skill Shards to unlock. Bosses also have them, so you'll likely need to refight them to get enough shards. Once you've unlocked a Plague weapon, you can upgrade it using its particular shard type, more of which drop from enemies wielding it. You can increase the drop rate using the Luck Talent.

Upgrading usually increases the weapon's damage and reduces its cooldown time or Energy cost, plus other effects you'd expect from the weapon type. You unlock additional effects if you have a high enough score in the stat associated with the weapon (Strength, Vitality, Plague, etc.).

How to Use Plague Weapons

You can activate a Plague weapon by pressing "Q" on PC, "Y" on Xbox, or Triangle on PlayStation when you're in a fight. This will drain your Energy bar by the cost detailed in the weapon's subscreen. The weapon will then go on cooldown and be unusable for anywhere from 5-15 seconds. You can unlock the ability to wield two Plague Weapons using the Plague Weapon Level 2 Talent and swap between them with "C" or Down on the D-pad.

Another way to equip additional Plague Weapons is by Reaving them from enemies. By charging your Claw attack, you can unleash the Predator's Claw, which can Reave a single usage of your enemy's specific Plague Weapon.

Reaved weapons disappear after a few minutes, so use them quickly, but they are an excellent way to find out if you like an enemy's Plague Weapon in the first place.

Which Plague weapon you end up using depends on how you play Thymesia. There are great options for fast, aggressive players like the Dagger or Katar, and there are slower options like the Greatsword and Giant Sword. Which is the best is another article entirely. There are more tips in our Thymesia guides hub, including articles on how to get all endings, how to farm Forgotten Feather, where to find ingredients, and how to beat bosses like the Hanged Queen.

Thymesia: The Five Best Talents to Unlock First Tue, 16 Aug 2022 08:02:01 -0400 John Schutt

There is no basic equipment available in Thymesia. You can’t equip a different sword, a shield, different armor — or anything else. You can upgrade your character stats, which increase damage and defense, but Corvus will always be wearing his trademark garb. In place of more traditional gear, you unlock Talents.

Talents are passive and active abilities and skills that augment how you play. These can be as simple as improving your dodging ability or increasing your damage to as complex as overhauling how you fight moment-to-moment. This Thymesia guide will list the five best Talents to unlock first, so you have the best possible first playthrough.

You earn 24 total Talent points no matter how much you level, as you’ll stop receiving them at Level 25. You would need about double that, or 48 points, to unlock every Talent in Thymesia, so the Talents you choose matter. You can respec your Talents at a Beacon respawn point for free, so if you don’t like how a build plays, you can try again. Here are the five most important ones we could find, in order of importance.

#1 Healing Execution

Healing is at a premium early in any Thymesia playthrough. Healing Execution provides 25, 35, or 45 health depending on the level of the enemy you kill.

  • 25 HP: Trash mobs with basic knives and axes.
  • 35 HP: Mid-tier mobs with shields and other defining features.
  • 45 HP: Mini-bosses.
    • If a boss has two phases, the first boss execution gives 55 health.

Healing Execution also awards Energy, the green bar below your Health that allows you to use Plague Weapons. Most enemies in Thymesia deal at least 45 damage with almost any attack — even the weakest ones  so getting at least half of it back when you kill them is a godsend.

#2 Sharp Weapons

There’s nothing fancy about this Talent or its upgraded version. Sharp Weapons provides a flat damage boost to your standard Saber attacks, which apply Wounds for you to drain. Even without the combo Talent, you’ll be dealing significantly more damage with Sharp Weapons than without it.

#3 Saber Attacks Level 2

This Talent increases your starting three-hit combo into a fast-hitting five-hit combo. A significant upgrade on its own, having Saber Attacks 2 unlocked also gives you access to either Dodge and Slash (our recommendation) or Dodge and Stab (also good). Both add additional attack patterns to your dash, which is great because of how much dodging you’ll do. Which you choose is up to your preference.

#4 Long Dodge

The choice between Long and Short Dodge is ultimately one of survivability. Short Dodge 2 grants the Offensive buff on completing your second dodge. That increases your damage for a brief period, but Long Dodge extends your dodge’s range and provides additional invincibility frames that will get you out of more binds than you’d imagine.

You can evade even the most aggressive enemies with Long Dodge, and level 2 grants the Defensive buff, decreasing damage taken for a short duration. Once you’re comfortable with the game, Short Dodge is probably fine, but the safety and utility of Long Dodge is almost too good to pass up.

#5 First Aid

One of the final Talents in the Strategies tree, First Aid uses one of your potions to revive you if you would otherwise die. The ability only works once but gives you a second chance at life. You’ll be dying a lot in Thymesia, but having a few extra moments to try and learn an enemy’s attack patterns, openings, etc., can be the difference between spending hours on them and taking them out in the next attempt.

And those are the best Talents in Thymesia. We've got a lot more Thymesia content over here on GameSkinny, including how to beat Odur and the game's second boss, the Hanged Queen, how to level up quickly, how to upgrade potions, and a complete endings guide

Thymesia: How to Level Up Fast Tue, 16 Aug 2022 08:01:56 -0400 John Schutt

As a Souls-like, leveling in Thymesia is your primary method of becoming stronger, surviving longer, and being generally more resilient. It's also the only way to unlock the game's various Talents, combat abilities, and modifiers that take the place of traditional equipment and progression. In that case, you'll want to know how to level up fast.

If you're going for a low-level build, or if you lose your Memory Fragments (Souls experience equivalent), don't expect to have access to many of the game's tools. This Thymesia guide will cover how to level up quickly.

Leveling Quickly in Thymesia

One of the first things you'll notice about gathering Memory Fragments in Thymesia is how few you earn at the start. Most trash mobs, even in the mid-to-late game, only give about 200 Fragments at most, and you'll need several thousand to level past 20 or so. Thankfully, there are a few ways to gather the Fragments you need to level quickly and easily.

Fast Leveling Farm Tip 1: Kill Everything, Repeat

None of the stages in Thymesia are particularly large, with even the core story levels taking only a few minutes to traverse if you don't fight any enemies. If you take the time to kill everything you meet as you head toward the boss or other goal, you'll get at least a single level every time, depending on which level you're grinding.

Fighting all the enemies as you progress also gives you valuable combat practice, as one of Thymesia's defining traits is how its combat differs from most other Souls-likes with mechanics like plague weapons, reaving enemy weapons, and inflicting wounds.

Once you've dealt with every enemy in a level, you'll likely be near one of the Beacon chairs (Bonfires/Sites of Grace equivalents). Sit down to respawn everything, then head back to the beginning of the level, slaying as you go. Repeat this process as often as you want to, then enter the boss room for the final fight.

Fast Leveling Farm Tip 2: Complete Sub-Quests and Repeat Previous Memories

After you complete a level the first time, you'll unlock one or more Sub-Quests that take you back to that zone with new objectives. These tasks could be killing a specific enemy or boss, clearing the zone of hazards, or something else entirely. You can also repeat the main mission if you choose.

Sub-Quests are more difficult versions of the zone than the initial missions, meaning enemies drop more Memory Fragments. Completing Sub-Quests and repeating main quests allows you to acquire additional upgrades for your Potions and farm Skill Shards for boss-specific Plague Weapons.

Sadly, there aren't many items that give a lot of Memory Fragments, with most of what you collect only awarding 100 or 500. Between farming enemies and replaying missions, however, you'll have plenty of materials to upgrade your healing and abilities, and the experience points to level up fast and take on Thymesia's toughest challenges. Head over to our guides hub for more, including where to find ingredients, the five talents to choose first, and how to farm forgotten feather.

Thymesia: How to Beat the Hanged Queen and Unlock the Fast Acting Potion Tue, 16 Aug 2022 08:01:49 -0400 John Schutt

The second level in Thymesia is the Royal Gardens, and they’re not so much a testament to nature as they are to its antithesis. Festooned with red alchemical crystals and rivers of blood, if it was beautiful once, that time is long passed. The same could be said for the boss of the area, the Hanged Queen, ostensibly the previous Queen of Hermes Kingdom.

Her fight is much easier than the Odur encounter, as she only has one phase, and her attacks have much easier tells and dodge windows. The difference is that she can heal even if you keep attacking, meaning there’s no need for a second health bar. She’ll get that amount of health back naturally.

This Thymesia guide covers all of the Hanged Queen’s attacks, so you’ll have a better chance of taking her down during this boss fight and getting the Fast Acting Potion. 

The Hanged Queen Attacks

Almost all of the Hanged Queen’s attacks have a lot of windup and generous dodge windows. Avoiding them is a much easier task than avoiding any of Odur’s. She deals about 25% more damage than Odur does. Her repertoire is also smaller — you have about 25% fewer attacks to learn.

Regardless, you’ll want to be locked on to the Hanged Queen at all times, as some of her attacks would quickly take her out of standard camera range.

Jump Into Slam

The Queen jumps high and almost directly above you, slamming down on top of you. The hitbox for these attacks is nearly as wide as she is, but even if you’re in a corner, if you dodge in the half-second before she lands, you’ll take no damage and have almost two seconds to deal damage of your own.

Wing Arm Slam and Drag

The Hanged Queen stays on the ground for this attack, raising her left wing-arm and slamming it down on your head. The attack continues as she draws her claws backward, dealing additional damage and knocking you down. Dodging in any direction avoids the attack and gives about a second of free damage.


The quickest attack the Hanged Queen uses, she briefly rises on her haunches and takes a bite out of the space just in front of her. Despite the speed of this attack, it does about 90 damage if it connects, and it happens quickly enough that countering it is difficult.

Jump Back Into Scream

One of two attacks that sees the Hanged Queen kick up a gust of wind, stunning you for a moment. She’ll then take in air — with visible lines in the air showing so — then scream, shooting a wind blade at you. The blade itself travels quickly, but you can dodge toward and to its side to close some of the distance without taking damage. The Queen will have a brief recovery period, letting you get even closer for some additional damage.

Jump Back Into Heal

In the second jump attack, the Queen kicks up a gust of wind, stunning you for a moment. She’ll then start sucking up blood from the arena, healing as much as 25-30% of her health. You can deal damage to her Health and Wounds during this time, and while doing so reduces the amount she can heal overall, it does not stop the process. Even stunning the Queen out of the healing animation does not stop her from regaining health, and she’s liable to do this at least three times in the fight.

Jump Into Blood Nova

The Queen’s Ultimate, she jumps into the air and furls her wings around herself, then, after a couple seconds, explodes in a wave of fire, wind, and blood. The attack deals 180 damage if it connects, and there is no way to dodge it if you’re underneath her. Get as far away as possible to avoid being caught in the blast.

Those are all the attacks you’ll see while fighting the Hanged Queen in Thymesia. After beating her, you’ll teleport back to Philosopher’s Hill and receive the Fast Acting Potion, which doesn’t heal as much as even the standard Potion, but you will have two more available at any time. We’ve covered more about Thymesia here, including how to upgrade Potions, getting Forgotten Feathers, and the best Talents to unlock early. Our Thymesia guides hub has additional content.

Thymesia: How to Beat Odur and Unlock the Long Lasting Potion Tue, 16 Aug 2022 08:01:43 -0400 John Schutt

Thymesia's bosses are some of the best to come from outside of FromSoftware's mainline Soulsborne franchises, with plenty of variety and interesting mechanics. Like Sekiro: Shadow's Die Twice, Thymesia has no RPG character customization, so the developers always know how the player will fight a boss and can fine-tune encounters based on that knowledge. From that attention to detail come some excellent fights, and Odur, the first boss you'll encounter after the death-is-certain start, is a great introduction to the game's ultimate challenges.

This Thymesia guide will cover all his attack patterns, so when you face him, you have all the knowledge necessary to fight him on even grounds and get the Long Lasting Potion. To learn how to beat the Hanged Queen, here's how to beat Thymesia's second boss.

Odur Phase 1 Attacks

Odur, like most of the bosses in Thymesia, is fast, hits hard, and has delayed and immediate attacks designed to catch you off guard. He's got a lot of mix-up potential, and until you learn to deflect his combos and avoid his ranged attacks, don't expect to come out on top.

The first phase of the Odur fight builds the core of both phases, as he uses most of the attacks here later.

Double Strike Into Cane Stab

One of Odur's more common attacks, he'll reach for his cane sword, then swing twice in front of him. He'll do a quick twirl, and, with his back turned to you, he'll stab you with the end of the cane. This attack has no delays, making it easy to learn the deflect timings.

Wind Up Strike Into Kick

Odur bows, holding his hat to his head with one hand and stretching his cane arm behind him. Then, after about a second, he'll strike across his front and spin around to kick you. The delay on the kick timing can be deceiving, but manage to deflect both attacks, and Odur will be vulnerable for a short window. You can dodge backward to avoid the attack entirely.

Double Kick Into Cane Strike

This attack starts with the boss standing straight up and cocking his right leg back, then kicking your midsection twice. After about a second, he'll spin around, attacking with his cane as he does so. The kicks are fast, and there's very little space between them, but the spin delay is easy to underestimate. Odur also tends to dodge backward after this combo, so it can be difficult to punish it even when deflected.

Counter Back Kick

As you attack enemies in Thymesia, especially with the Saber, they build up the ability to counter. Odur has two counterattacks. The first sees him repel from the sword clash, then lunge at you, spin, and strike you with a single heavy kick. You can choose to deflect or dodge the attack, but if it manages to hit you, you'll be knocked back and stunned for several seconds.

Counter Double-Strike

Like the counter back kick, Odur is initially repelled after the blade clash, then bends over and reaches across to his cane in a blade draw stance. After about half a second, he lunges forward and strikes twice with his sword in quick succession. As with the kick, you can deflect or dodge these attacks.

Double One-Card Flick

At 50% health or so, Odur will begin backing up, likely reaching one of the walls of the arena. He'll hold his hat in one hand and, after a few moments, snap his fingers and flick a weaponized playing card at you. You can deflect the card to negate its damage, but your better option is to dodge forward and to its side to close the distance between you and the boss. Odur flicks two cards in this attack and will not cease the animation unless staggered out of it or the second card is out of his hands.

Five-Card Flick

After the double one-card flick, Odur sometimes takes time to charge additional cards, crossing his main hand across his chest and gathering strength. The charge takes almost two seconds, and then he will flick five cards in a shallow arc in front of him. These cards deal additional health and knockback damage, and while they can be deflected, the timing is tighter, making dodging through them or breaking Odur's stance a better option.

Odur Phase 2 Attacks

Phase 2 of this boss fight is a faster, more chaotic version of the first phase. The boss has a few more attacks now, but generally, he's much more aggressive and gives you much less time to breathe.

Vanish Into Five-Hit Combo

One of the more common attacks in the second phase, Odur will grasp the handle of his cane in a draw stance, then vanish and begin dodging toward you. He'll dodge three times before entering a five-hit combo. The first strike is with the cane sword, then the scabbard shortly after. He'll thrust the cane sword at you to cover any distance you might have dodged away.

His final two strikes come after a brief spin and are of a similar speed to his opening strikes. If you manage to deflect his last pair of attacks, he'll be locked in a recovery animation.

Critical Attack: Line Energy Flash

Odur will back up and slowly reach his hand over his head, eventually reaching the handle of his sword cane. Shortly after, he'll flash green and quickly swing his sword vertically from the ground up. A line of invisible energy erupts from the ground in the direction his sword swung. You can deflect the initial swing, but you can also avoid the attack entirely with a well-timed dodge just before the eruption occurs.

Ultimate: Charge Into Four-Hit Cinematic Combo

Every boss has an unblockable, undodgeable Ultimate attack, and the only answer is to run away. Odur's is no different, and he'll begin by taking a much more dramatic draw stance as he takes in red energy. The instant you see this animation, get as far away as possible. The draw attack covers a frightening distance, and once you're caught, you'll take 175 damage no matter what. The fight resumes as normal once the Ultimate animation is over.

With that, you now know how every attack in Odur's arsenal works. There's no way we can teach precise dodge and deflect timings, but you know what to look for with each attack, and knowledge is king in Soulslike fights. Once you defeat Odur and teleport back to Philospher's Hill, you'll receive the Long Lasting Potion, which provides 150% healing over the standard Potion but heals you over time rather than all at once. For more tips, head over to our Thymesia guides hub.

Thymesia Review: A Cure for the Disease Tue, 16 Aug 2022 08:00:41 -0400 John Schutt

Thymesia is an action RPG that appears to be another dark, gritty Soulslike. Many subgenre trappings make up its tapestry: a dying world wracked by corruption, madmen, demons haunting every corner, and your character, charged with ending it all. While it does have a lot in common with the Souls games and others like them, it takes much more inspiration from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice if you removed that game's focus on traversal. 

It's a potent mix that, in hands less experienced, could easily become just another entry in a long line of average but uninteresting genre titles. You'll find, however, that Thymesia is very much its own game, and though it wears its inspirations on its sleeve, everything from the combat to the customization to the all-important boss fights is top class.

Thymesia Review: A Cure for the Disease

Thymesia's gameplay revolves around three core mechanics: attacking, deflecting, and using Plague weapons. Attacking is easy enough to describe. Press the attack button and unleash one of three unlockable combos. Deflecting is similarly concise, especially if you're familiar with Sekiro: hit the deflect button just as an enemy's attack hits to negate the damage and return it to them.

Plague weapons are equipable energy versions of every weapon your enemies use, including bosses. In short, every enemy uses one weapon, and you can gather Skill Shards from slaying them to unlock the ability to use their armaments against them. Each Plague weapon has an upgrade tree and unique effects, each useful in specific situations.

Attacking, deflecting, and using Plague weapons all serve a single function: to apply Wounds to your target, a unique mechanic in Thymesia. In brief, every enemy has two health bars, white and green. The white bar is their total health. Beneath it is their green Wounds bar.

Depleting the white bar reveals the Wounds bar, which you can then deplete using Claw attacks. If you don't clear the Wounds bar, the enemy will eventually heal back all the green to white, and your work is wasted.

Wounds are essentially Posture from Sekiro, but Thymesia adds the extra step of needing to deplete the Posture bar with Claw attacks rather than building with just weapon strikes. The system is different enough from its inspiration to remain fresh, and I found myself constantly engaged with the best ways to approach every new enemy.

Aggression is usually the key to success in Thymesia, with defense and caution used as learning tools more than survival. Bosses demand special attention; at their most aggressive, you'll be deflecting more often than you can get a single Claw attack in. Also like in Sekiro, most boss fights boil down to staying in the boss' face, deflecting when possible, and then Claw attacking during recovery.

Borrowing from a game as tightly built as Sekiro is not something to be done lightly. Thymesia does an admirable job of translating the deflect system into its own mechanics. If you're a Souls fan and think you can come into Thymesia without much adapting, think again. This game will quickly teach you how punishing it can be, and unless you learn to play it how it wants to be played, don't expect to get very far.

Fantastic Boss Battles

Soulslikes live and die by two factors: their combat and the quality of their bosses. I'm happy to say Thymesia comes out swinging, with the first boss acting as a high-quality introduction to the game's ultimate challenges and a proper skill check.

I cannot think of a single boss I didn't like in Thymesia, as they're all different. A few are fast and force you to learn on the fly. Others are more for the spectacle and require puzzle-solving skills. The few truly outstanding examples do both, with set-piece moments that necessitate improvisation and creative thinking to survive.

The quality on display is thanks to the same constraints Thymesia puts on its design. Corvus, the character you control, has no equipment or weapon customization available. His core abilities will always be attack, deflect, and Plague weapons. The changes you can make to his kit do not significantly alter how he functions at his core, so the designers could create boss encounters with much more precision.

Are any of Thymesia's bosses as good as Sword Saint Isshin or Owl (Father)? No, but a couple of them get within spitting distance of that bar. The final boss, in particular, is a Testament to the skill of Thymesia's designers because what they pull off is devilishly difficult and is worth the 10 to 15 hours you'll spend reaching it.

Not everything is perfect, of course. There is some heavy — and visible — input reading from the more humanoid opponents, a problematic trait Thymesia shares with Elden Ring. A few of the easier bosses are nothing more than damage sponges with limited attacks and uninteresting mechanics. The worst offender isn't so much a boss as it is a level with hazards, and not very fun hazards at that.

None of these issues take away from either spectacle or the fun of the fights. They do reduce the quality of the game's boss fights taken as a whole, but none of them are bad enough on their own to spoil the whole pot.

Bog Standard Dark Fantasy World and Story

Thymesia's weakest points are what usually make Souls games so beloved: its story and world. Early in my playthrough, I considered Thymesia's level design to follow Demon's Souls, but the more I played, the more I realized it was a pale shadow of Dark Souls III's. Most levels boil down to two or three straight lines interconnecting at singular points.

Worse, while levels are visually distinct, none are particularly interesting, relying on single colors for definition and bog-standard fantasy tropes for their visual storytelling. I wish there were more to say, but I simply wasn't captured by any of the environments I explored.

The story and its delivery are similarly disappointing. Rather than being delivered in item descriptions and NPC dialog, the narrative of Thymesia's past is made up of notes you find on the ground or tables. Without other context clues for what a message means, I often would quickly close the story window and go on my way.

When I did read something, I found the same tired cliches you can find in any generic dark fantasy novel. Men are horrible to one another. The nobles knew how bad things were but didn't care. Do not experiment with powers you don't understand, and those that do are corrupted completely. Etc. Etc.

None of the levels do a great job of giving context for the story, either. The first area, the Sea of Trees, is ostensibly a forsaken carnival that fell to corruption following foul experiments. The carnival trappings are all there, but they're buried beneath a visual sludge of different shades of brown.

Difficulty, Music, and More

Thymesia's difficulty curve follows a traditional path for the first few levels and subquests, but once you've upgraded your Potion healing items and have a firmer grasp on the deflect mechanic, the late-game becomes something of a cake-walk.

I died dozens of times against Odur, the first boss and a major skill check. The final few bosses only took me two or three tries, not because they were enjoyable or well-designed, and not because they weren't difficult, but because I had so many tools and safety nets that I could afford to make mistakes and not be punished.

The character skill tree, called Strategies, has tons of ways to take attacks and situations that would have killed you and negate them almost completely. Having a fully-upgrade Potion makes even the toughest challenges much less daunting, as you can be back at full health and in the fight in seconds.

Thymesia is a game that is partly as hard as you make it. Shotgunning the main campaign alone will see you face a much greater challenge than taking your time and exploring everything it has to offer. On the flip side, this is a game that genuinely rewards mastery, and the satisfaction of defeating a boss or troublesome enemy without healing once is unsurpassed. Some of the best content might be hidden behind occasional busy work, but find the worthwhile stuff, and you'll be more than satisfied.

You don't need to hunt for good music, either, as Thymesia's soundtrack is pretty good. It doesn't reach the heights of any mainline Souls games, but it far exceeds almost all the other Soulslike competition. None of the tracks are particularly memorable, but they all fit their linked encounter and set the tone for each level.

Thymesia Review — The Bottom Line

  • Fantastic combat system.
  • Amazing boss fights.
  • High but manageable difficulty.
  • Poor level design.
  • Uninspired story.
  • Some uninteresting bosses.

Thymesia is one of the best Soulslikes not to come from FromSoftware, full stop. It also stands firmly on its inspirations while finding its own character from within them. It's not perfect, with some of the most valuable aspects (story and level design) being some of its weakest points, but between its stellar boss battles and well-realized combat, there's a lot to love here.

If you played too much Elden Ring and are looking for something to provide a relatively bite-sized but tightly packed Souls experience with multiple endings, this is the game for you.

[Note: Team 17 provided the copy of Thymesia used for this review.]

Top 15 Minecraft Skins for 2022 Mon, 15 Aug 2022 09:35:26 -0400 Sergey_3847


Secret Wars' Spider-Man Skin


The last skin on our list looks a bit into the future, when the new Disney+ show Secret Wars arrives on our screens.


Many speculate that it may introduce Spider-Man's costume from that arc of the comics. This is the first attempt at the Secret Wars' Spider-Man skin.


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Which Minecraft skin was your favorite in 2022? Let us know in the comments section below.


Glamrock Chica Skin


Here is another character skin from Five Night's at Freddy's: Security Breach game, but this time it's Glamrock Chica.


According to the creator of the skin, capturing the right look of Chica was one of the most difficult tasks in their gaming career.


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Rengoku Skin


Demon Slayer has been voted as the best and most viewed anime of the year, which is no surprise taking into account the fantastic roster of characters.


This skin of the fiery Rengoku is surprisingly detailed, a suitable conversion from the well-animated anime.


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Luke Skywalker Skin


There have been many versions of Luke Skywalker skin in the past few years after the re-introduction of the iconic character in the Star Wars sequels.


However, this new version from 2022 is by far the most realistic and close to the original Luke Skywalker look from 1977.


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Mr. Fantastic Skin


One of the biggest announcements of 2022 was the introduction of the Fantastic Four team of superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


This skin was made in honor of Reed Richards, also known as Mr. Fantastic, the leader of the Fantastic Four team. Here he sports his new costume from the coming movie.


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Vecna Skin


Here is probably the finest example of the skin for Vecna, the main antagonist of Stranger Things 4.


It's creepy enough to scare all your friends on the private server, but cool enough to play with other notorious characters that may pop up on public Minecraft servers.


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Gregory Skin


Gregory is the main protagonist of the latest Five Night's at Freddy's: Security Breach game.


What makes him really special is that he is the first fully animated 3D character in the FNaF franchise, so of course fans want to bring him over to Minecraft.


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Cad Bane Skin


Cad Bane is the infamous mentor of Boba Fett character from the Book of Boba Fett series, which is a part of the Star Wars franchise.


This bounty hunter attracted a lot of attention during the run of the limited TV series, and this skin tries to capture the menacing blue alien look of Cad Bane in plenty of details.


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Thor Skin


This summer had another significant Marvel event, which was a new Thor: Love and Thunder movie, where Thor had a brand-new costume.


The new Minecraft skin showcases the new look from the film, and making many Minecraft and Marvel fans very, very happy.


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Dr. Strange Skin


Here is another popular Marvel character!


Dr. Strange appeared in both the latest Spider-Man and Dr. Strange movies to a huge success.


Now this character has been adopted in a Minecraft skin with the new costume and look, which is also a little bit reminiscent of his evil Multiverse variant.


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Mirabel Madrigal Skin


Mirabel is by far the most likable character in Encanto, which has also served as one of the biggest inspirations for a whole series of new maps in Minecraft.


Here she is wearing her distinct white blouse and colorful skirt, as well as her bright green glasses resting on top of her hair.


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The Batman Skin


After the release of the new The Batman movie this year, there simply had to be a new revamped Batman skin for Minecraft.


It carries the aesthetic of the Robert Pattinson's batsuit, which has very realistic look. It also includes a black cape, which can be seen attached to the character's back.


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Withering Skin


This is a completely original skin of the Withering creature from the Warped Wastelend in Minecraft's nether realm.


This skin is unique and so complex, and it looks especially good in the Warped Forest biome, which was the main inspiration for this skin's color scheme.


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Kaedehara Kazuha Skin


One of the greatest sword characters in Genshin Impact is Kaedehara Kazuha, a wandering samurai.


Unfortunately this skin doesn't include her katana, but a diamond sword will do just fine.


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Moon Knight Skin


Marvel's Moon Knight has been a huge success as a TV show, and it didn't take long for Minecraft community to make this iconic new skin.


It will definitely fit the desert biome aesthetics, taking into account the connection of the Moon Knight character with the Egyptian mythology.


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Each year Minecraft community creates hundreds and thousands of new skins that reflect the most likable characters from other games, TV shows, and movies. Sometimes creators simply make original skins that grab everybody's attention.


Our list of Minecraft skins gathers only the most popular character skins released so far this year. Let's get on with the list of top Minecraft skins for 2022.

Two Point Campus: How to Upgrade Courses with Course Points Sat, 13 Aug 2022 17:48:44 -0400 Hayes Madsen

Two Point Campus gives you a ton of different wacky options for curricula, from potions and wizarding classes to archaeology, cooking, and even clowning. Running these courses is the primary source of income for your university, so it's important you take in as many students as possible each year. With that in mind, it's important to know how to earn course points, and then how to use them to upgrade courses and make them better. 

Since things can be a bit unclear, especially when you first begin your academic journey at your first several colleges, this Two Point Campus guide will act as a crash course for getting points and upgrading classes. 

How to Get Course Points

Upgrading your courses has a variety of effects, such as increasing the number of enrollment applications you receive, determining the quality of students you intake, and boosting the max qualification level for said courses. Essentially, everything in this A+ management sim boils down to more money, and the higher your course level, the better your students can perform.

However, keep in mind that raising your course level requires you to build more facilities and hire more teachers. So you'll need to make a quick buck through other means, as well. 

Earning course points is fairly simple, and there's only one way to do it. To earn course points, raise your Campus Level. The bar in the bottom right corner of the screen is your Campus Level, and it rises whenever you make changes or improvements to your school. We have a whole guide on how to increase your Campus Level, but you'll want to focus on improving the quality of each room, training your staff, and boosting Attractiveness. 

Each time you raise your Campus Level, you'll get 10 course points, which can be used at the end of the academic year. These roll over each year if you don't use them, which you'll often run into because of how upgrade costs work. 

How to Upgrade Courses With Course Points

The end of the academic year is the only time you can use course points, so make sure to do so before hitting the "Start Next Year" button. After viewing the year's results, click the "Manage Courses" button at the top of the screen. Each course will have a "+" and a "-" icon that adds and subtracts course points, and you'll see the effect it has on the course's parameters in the middle of the class card.

And that's it! It's as simple as that. If you click the gear icon on the top right of each course, you can see even more in-depth details about the class' curriculum, the length it takes to complete the class, how many students have passed, etc. Under the tuition tab, you can also increase the amount of tuition each student pays, but doing so will lower happiness. 

That's everything you need to know about using course points in Two Point Campus to upgrade classes. If you need any more extracurricular help, make sure to check out our guides hub with even more tips, including tricks for brand-new administrators

Elden Ring: How to Find the Four Belfries Location Sat, 13 Aug 2022 17:27:51 -0400 John Schutt

The Four Belfries in Elden Ring is a location that leads to three other places in the Lands Between, most notably the Chapel of Anticipation, the opening area of the game. There, you would have fought the Grafted Scion and likely lost.

When you reach the Four Belfries, you’ll have many more tools and abilities, and revenge can be yours. You can also visit the maiden in the opening room to gather blood for Varre’s questline, and there’s even a Spirit Ash here. This Elden Ring guide will tell you how to get to the Four Belfries. 

The Four Belfries Location

You’ll find the Four Belfries in the northwestern portion of Liurnia of the Lakes. From the Lake Facing Cliffs just outside Stormveil Castle, travel north by northwest. Don’t hug the western part of the lake, as that will take you to the Village of the Alburnaurics, which is not your destination.

Keep to the water, through the sodden crystal forest, and to the west of the Academy of Raya Lucaria in the middle of the lake. You’ll eventually reach a portion of the sunken city called the Temple Quarter, just to the southwest of the Academy.

You’ll be able to see the Four Belfries high on the hill to your north on a clear day, but rather than heading directly toward them, continue northwest until you reach the coastline.

At the bottom of the hill below the Belfries is a Site of Grace and a path leading up to the right through some dense forests. You’ll be heading northeast now and going in the right direction if a ghostly, headless troll with a greatsword appears and attacks you. He can teleport in front of you, so be careful.

Continue taking the path north, and eventually, it will turn to the left (west), and you’ll see the Four Belfries area marker appear in the middle of your screen. Continue up the hill until you reach the highest belfry. Beyond it is the official Four Belfries Site of Grace, which you should grab for easy access later.

Where Each Belfry Portal Takes You

At the top belfry is a treasure chest holding an Imbued Sword Key, which you can use at any of the lower Belfry portals to reach various locations throughout Elden Ring. To activate all three, you will need additional Imbued Sword Keys. Starting from the lowest belfry to the highest, they lead to:

  • The Crumbling Lands: A spit of rock overlooking Crumbling Farum Azula far to the east of the map. You can’t access the rest of the area from the little bit of rock, but you get a good feel for what Farum Azula looks and feels like.
  • The Precipice of Anticipation: The second belfry leads to the Chapel of Anticipation, where you can challenge the Grafted Scion again.
  • Night Sky Unceasing: This portal will teleport you to an otherwise inaccessible bridge in Nokron, the Eternal City. As with the first portal, you can’t get to Nokron proper from here, but there is a Crucible Knight to fight, though he gives nothing but runes.

That’s everything you need to know about finding the location of the Four Belfries in Elden Ring and where the portals there can lead you. We’ve covered many other Elden Ring topics here, including how to get the Blasphemous Blade, complete Ranni’s questline, and most recently, find and beat Magnus the Beast Claw

Elden Ring: How to Get to the Lake of Rot Sat, 13 Aug 2022 17:18:57 -0400 John Schutt

The Lake of Rot is a horrible place, and you'll never want to return once you've been there. Thankfully, you only need to visit the wretched lake once, unless you leave some loot unfound or like Miyazaki poison swamps for some reason. Either way, getting there is quite the process, though required for earning all of the endings in Elden Ring and a few other nice little bits of loot.

This Elden Ring guide will explain all the steps to reach the Lake of Rot, where you can pick up the Dragonscale Blade katana, among other things. 

Lake of Rot Location

The Lake of Rot is a necessary destination as part of Ranni's questline and is unreachable without entering her service. We have an extensive guide on Ranni's questline accessible via the link at the bottom of the page if you want to know all the steps, but here, we're discussing only what you need to do to reach the area itself.

Step 1: Enter Ranni's Service

Head to Caria Manor in the far northwest of Liurnia of the Lakes and clear it, including the boss fight against Royal Knight Loretta. Meet with Ranni in Ranni's Rise at the westernmost tip of the area behind the manor. Enter her service when prompted.

Step 2: Defeat Starscourge Radahn

You need an item from Nokron to progress Ranni's questline, and you'll only reach that area by unleashing the falling star Starscourge Radahn keeps at bay. His castle of Redmane is in the southeastern portion of Caelid. We have a guide for how to beat Radahn here.

Step 3: Go Through Nokron to Night's Sacred Ground

After beating Radahn, the falling star will rip a giant hole in southern Limgrave. Head down into it and make your way to Nokron. Defeat the Mimic Tear boss once you reach the city proper, then keep left off the bridge beyond the arena. Keep the cliff face at your left, and you'll eventually get a nook with a Site of Grace, and beyond it, you'll platform across rooftops leading down into the city.

There's only one path forward, so continue until you reach a long hallway with a Site of Grace at the start. At the end of the passage is a room with a chest containing the Fingerslayer Blade.

Step 4: Head to Ainsel River Main and Nokstella

Take the Fingerslayer Blade back to Ranni and exhaust her dialog, then rest at the Grace in her Rise. From there, head north to Renna's Rise, and the seal on the door should be gone. Climb the ladder and take the teleporter at the top of the Rise.

You'll arrive at the Ainsel River Main, and a shiny item will be nearby. This is the miniature Ranni. Rest at the nearby Site of Grace and select the "Talk to Miniature Ranni" option at the bottom of the menu three times. This progresses her questline.

Head west from the Ranni's Doll's resting place, past the ants and behind the small Astel beast throwing purple rocks at you. Head down the path, and you'll reach a barrier wall with a starry sky behind it and an elevator to your left. Take the elevator up. Beyond the elevator's upper room is Nokstella, Eternal City.

Step 5: Progress Through Nokstella Riverbank 

Nokstella is a beautiful area, but to reach the Lake of Rot, keep to the riverbank at the city's bottom until you get to another elevator.

Take it down, rest at the Site of Grace outside the lower doorway, and progress forward. If you've talked to the Ranni doll, you'll fight a Baleful Shadow invader NPC. Defeating him awards the Discarded Palace Key.

Just beyond the Baleful Shadow arena is one last elevator, which, once taken, leaves you on the banks of the Lake of Rot.

Progressing through the Lake of Rot is awful, though required to complete Ranni's questline, so check out our extensive guide for more information. We've also covered other questlines here, including Yura's, Thops's, and Gurranq's. Our Elden Ring guides hub has much, much more.

Elden Ring: Where to Find the Dragonscale Blade Location Sat, 13 Aug 2022 17:11:21 -0400 John Schutt

The Dragonscale Blade is one of the more unique katanas in Elden Ring. It's one of the game's only sources of cold lightning. Unfortunately, actually acquiring the weapon is one of the worst experiences in the Lands Between, as you need to not only reach one of the game's worst areas, but you also have to beat a boss surrounded by scarlet rot.

Nevertheless, this Elden Ring guide will give you all the tips you need to get the Dragonscale Blade with relative ease. If you want to know how to get rid of scarlet rot, we have a guide for that right here.

How to Get the Dragonscale Blade Katana

The Dragonscale Blade is a reward for killing a Dragonkin Soldier world boss in the Lake of Rot. We covered how to get to the Lake of Rot in a standalone article and in our guide to Ranni's questline, so check those out if you want to know how to reach this awful place.

From the Lake of Rot Shoreside Site of Grace, head slightly southeast, and you should see the Dragonkin Soldier sleeping in the lake.

Your best bet is not to try and beat it on your first attempt. Instead, get close to the boss — awaken it even — then die. Rather than reviving at the Site of Grace, respawn at the Stake of Marika when given the option.

The Stake rests on a small platform with an obelisk, and you'll appear right next to a button on the ground. Pressing that button causes three large platforms to rise out of the lake around the Dragonkin Soldier, giving you solid ground to fight on and keeping you from constantly being afflicted with Scarlet Rot.

How to Beat the Dragonkin Soldier

Fighting the boss is a fairly straightforward process. Most of his attacks are slow and easy to dodge. By this point in the game, you should be able to do 400-500 damage per attack, so killing it shouldn't take too long. If you spec'd into Faith, fire magic is incredibly effective. You can always respec if need be.

Otherwise, rotate counter-clockwise and stay at the boss' backside. It doesn't have zone-traversing attacks like the lower Ainsel River area version, as it only has one phase. This Dragonkin Soldier also mostly sticks within its starting area, so while it will move to chase you for a while, like all world bosses, it will eventually teleport back to its spawn point if you give it enough space.

Defeating the Dragonkin Soldier immediately awards you 58,000 runes and the Dragonscale Blade, which comes with its unique Ash of War called Ice Lightning Sword.

The Blade's Ash of War does the same thing as Lightning Blade — charging the blade with electricity and then slamming it down in an AoE — but the weapon also applies Frostbite buildup for additional damage as long as the buff is active.

Now that you've got the Dragonscale Blade in your arsenal check out our other Elden Ring weapon guides on the Blasphemous Blade, the Twinblade, and the Dark Moon Greatsword. We've covered tons of other Elden Ring topics here, too, so head to our guides hub for all of them.

Two Point Campus: How to Train Staff and Increase Skills Fri, 12 Aug 2022 16:43:05 -0400 Hayes Madsen

Teachers and staff are the backbone of your school in Two Point Campus. Because of that, you'll want them to be the very best. While you can certainly hire staff that already have proficient skills in various areas, you'll mostly want to focus on training existing staff when you gain the ability to do so.

Training staff is a much cheaper and easier option than hiring brand new faculty, assistants, and janitors. It's also an incidental way of making your courses better within each academic year (you can actually upgrade courses themselves at the end of the year). Regardless of the reason, you need to know how to improve your staff, so this Two Point Campus guide will tell you everything you need to know. 

How to Build a Training Room

Before you can start training staff, you'll need to unlock the Training Room. To do, that you'll need to earn one star in the first two tutorial levels, which unlocks the third level, Mitton University.

Once you start improving this university, you'll unlock the training room, which costs a whopping $40,000 to build. To place the room, open the build menu and select a 4x4 area, then make sure the room has a training machine/training pod and a door. 

How to Increase Skills and Stats Through Training

With the room built, you can start training staff two different ways. The first is by selecting the training machine itself and clicking the "Start Training" button. This will bring up a list of campus staff. You can select which subject you want to train them in, see the money it costs to do so, and then schedule the training. Staff will train whenever they have the chance to do so outside their normal duties, and you can queue up as many staff for coaching as you want. 

The other way to teach staff new tricks is to click on the specific staff member you want to tutor, then select the "Train Staff" button at the bottom of their profile, which looks like a little easel. Lower levels of training only cost a few hundred dollars, but higher levels can easily cost upward of $4,000, so you'll want to make sure you have plenty of cash in the coffers. Still, you'll want to make sure you have some kind of continuing education scheduled at all times, so you're constantly improving your courses and your campus. 

Now you should be able to train all the staff you want in Two Point Campus. Make sure to check out our guides hub for even more tips and info, and head over to our official review to see why Two Point Campus passes with flying colors.

Elden Ring: How to Beat Magnus the Beast Claw Fri, 12 Aug 2022 10:29:56 -0400 John Schutt

Completing Varre's questline in Elden Ring is valuable for two reasons. First, it grants the Bloody Finger infinite invasion item. Second is the quest's ultimate reward: the Pureblood Knight's Medal, granting early access to Mohgwyn Palace. The issue is that you needed to do at least three invasions using the Festering Bloody Finger to progress Varre's quest, leaving you high and dry if you had no interest in Elden Ring's PvP.

Thankfully, patch 1.06 added an invadable NPC, Magnus, the Beast Claw, who you can invade offline and still get both the Bloody Finger and the Medal. This Elden Ring guide tells you where to find him and how to beat him.

Where to Find Magnus the Beast Claw

Don't use any of the Festering Bloody Fingers Varre gives you when you meet him at the Rose Church. You need them to face Magnus. Instead, hold onto them until you reach the Altus Plateau either through the Ruined Strewn Precipice dungeon or the Grand Lift of Dectus.

To the north of the Lift, on the hill west of the Minor Erdtree, is the Writheblood Ruins. Everything here deals bleed damage, from the dogs to the blobs. There are there dogs and a summon sign in the northeastern-most ruined buildings. When you approach the sign, you'll be able to interact with it and invade Magnus the Beast Claw's world.

Once you arrive in Magnus' world as a red phantom, he'll immediately rush you and attack. He's equipped with a spiked great hammer and uses bestial incantations, specifically Bestial Sling and Beast Claws. His weapon and magic deal heavy damage, and he will rarely stop attacking, staying on you until you're dead.

How to Defeat Magnus the Beast Claw 

There are two solid strategies to take this boss down:

  • Meet aggression with aggression. Magnus has no poise, so he's easily stunlocked by any size of weapon. Once you avoid his initial attack, keep the pressure on. He has very little HP for an NPC combatant, so even if you're only around Level 40 of Level 50, it won't take much to take him down. Big weapons are better at keeping him locked down, but dual-wielding rapiers, straight swords, or other fast-attacking weapons are also usable.

  • Keep him at range with magic. Sorceries and magic are still some of the most powerful combat options in both PvE and PvP. While Stars of Ruin isn't the monster it once was after Elden Ring patch 1.06, there are so many powerful options, from the Glintstone Comet spells to Dragonbreath and Lightning Bolt, to name just three types. Without poise or other means of mitigating stunlock from spells, Magnus will fall quickly to any magic.

Once Magnus the Beast Claws dies, you'll receive the Great Stars spiked Mace and a Somber Smithing Stone [6]. You'll also see a message reading, "Magnus the Beast Claws defeated. Returning to your world." You'll then be teleported back to your world, but there won't be any notification that you've done anything additional to progress Varre's quest. Rest assured that you have.

Return to Varre at the Rose church, and he'll ask to anoint you as per his quest. He'll give you the Lord of Blood's Favor, and you're off to find a maiden to take blood from.

With that, you've found and beat Magnus the Beast Claw and progressed Varre's questline without invading any real players. We've covered tons of other Elden Ring content, including how to beat Mohg, the Lord of Blood, how to complete Ranni's questline, and where to find Smithing Stone and Somber Stone Bell Bearings, among many others. Our Elden Ring guides hub has it all.

Elden Ring Inappropriate Activity Detected Fix Fri, 12 Aug 2022 09:42:01 -0400 Sergey_3847

There are a few reasons you might be getting the Inappropriate Activity Detected error in Elden Ring, which outright crashes your game if it hits. If you've run into this error, check out some of the possible fixes in our guide below.

Change Language Settings

The first thing you need to try is to change your local language settings, which can be done by following these steps:

  1. Exit the game.
  2. Press the "Start" button in Windows.
  3. Select "Settings" option.
  4. Go to "Time and Language" menu.
  5. Select "Language" tab.
  6. Go to "Administrative Language Settings" menu.
  7. Select "Change System Locale" option.
  8. Enable the "Beta: Use Unicode UTF-8" parameter.

Save and restart your PC for these changes to take effect. Once this is done, you should be able to connect to Elden Ring servers without any problems.

Verify Integrity of Game Files

Steam players should also verify the integrity of Elden Ring game files by following these simple steps:

  1. Launch Steam app.
  2. Go to your game library.
  3. Right-click on Elden Ring.
  4. Select "Properties" option.
  5. Go to "Local Files" tab.
  6. Press the "Verify Integrity of Game Files" button.

Wait for the process to complete, and once it's over you can start the game without any issues.

Repair Easy Anti-Cheat

EAC or Easy Anti-Cheat error could also be the reason for this bug to appear, so be sure to repair this application by doing the following:

  1. Go to "C:\Users\[Username]\AppData\Roaming\EasyAntiCheat\" folder on your PC
  2. Right-click on the "EasyAntiCheat_Setup.exe" file
  3. Select "Run as Administrator" option
  4. If it's not installed on your PC yet, then select "INSTALL"
  5. If it's already installed, then select "REPAIR"
  6. Confirm by pressing "YES"

Reinstall Your Game

Some players report that a complete re-installation of the game can also fix this issue. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Start the Steam app
  2. Select "Library" tab
  3. Right-click on the Elden Ring game
  4. Go to "Manage" option
  5. Select "Uninstall" from the list

Once it is done, reboot your PC, start the Steam app, and install Elden Ring by pressing the "Install" button.

Related guides

That's everything you need to know on how to fix the Inappropriate Activity Detected error in Elden Ring. If you want to read more on Elden Ring tips and tricks, then go to our dedicated hub page.