Android Platform RSS Feed | Android RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Last Day On Earth: Survival Complete Dog Breeding Guide Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:48:35 -0400 Ty Arthur

The apocalypse can be an awfully lonely place, especially when everyone you meet ends up trying to kill you and steal your resources! That's where raising some puppies to faithful hounds comes in on Last Day On Earth: Survival.

Through careful crossbreeding, eventually you can get some absolutely killer skills for your stable of dogs, from buffs for finding better items to the all-important True-Friend skill.

Below we cover absolutely everything you need to know to find a puppy, raise it to adulthood, and then eventually breed it through dozens of generations to the ultimate Rank IV hound.

Finding A Puppy In Last Day On Earth

To start raising and breeding dogs, first you need to grab a defenseless puppy (why the zombies don't eat them is unclear), which can be found immediately by leaving your home base and heading to a Green Resource Zone.

Your first puppy is guaranteed to spawn in any Green Resource Zone area if you haven't picked up a puppy before, so spend the energy to run to a Green location and explore around the area until one shows up. Usually they pop up within 30 seconds, but keep running around if you don't get one straight away.

 I may not have any pants, but I've got a puppy, and that's even better!

When you grab the adorable little puppers (just tap the same icon as though you were harvesting a resource), it will appear in your inventory as a Puppy In A Box, but you can't do anything with it just yet.

The "use" button for the boxed puppy will be greyed out, now matter where you go or what inventory slot you place it in.

You can't actually start raising a dog until reaching level 10, when the Dog Crate blueprint becomes available. You could also spend $4.99 - $9.99 to buy a Dog Crate ahead of time in the store, but honestly it doesn't take that long to hit level 10. To build the crate, you need these resources:

  • 20 Pine Logs
  • 7 Duct Tape
  • 15 Limestone
  • 10 Scrap Metal

Build the Dog Crate on a floor segment of any building and then you can finally use the Puppy In A Box to start raising the dog. Opening the box gives you a randomized gender and coloration (from least rare to most rare: brown, black sides, black back, tiger, full black, white).

 The Dog Crate blueprint unlocks for 1 point at level 10

After grabbing your first puppy in a Green Source zone, additional puppies can be found randomly at your home base area, Aid Drop areas (these have a very high chance of puppy spawns), Red Resource Zones, or Floppy Disk Coordinate locations.

They can also be bought for a bunch of resources from a Dealer (which frankly is not a very good trade), or purchased in the store if you've got some cash to burn on a freemium beta game and want a higher Ranking immediately.

Feeding And Raising Last Day On Earth Dogs

Puppies are invincible, although they can be released out into the wild. Full grown dogs on the other hand can die, although they will eventually respawn back at your home base.

For a puppy to reach adulthood and start earning Traits, you've got to feed them Raw Meat, Raw Turkey, or Dry Food. Without regular food, the puppy's growth meter stops. After 24 hours of being fed (or faster if you spend in-game currency), you get a full grown dog.

Note that the number of hours of food provided by each food type is divided by the number of puppies you have, so you will need to hunt down tons of resources when you have a large kennel! Keep in mind you also have to keep feeding the dog after reaching adulthood or they will go inactive.

Upon reaching adulthood, dogs are marked from Rank I to Rank IV, gaining a randomized Trait based on their Ranking. Dogs can't raise in Rank on their own, but the Rank number is still important to note for breeding.

Traits are equipped and active when you select the Walking on Base task at the Dog Crate. These Traits are available for your canine companion:

Rank I
  • Companion: Earn extra experience
  • Careful: Faster puppy growth speed
  • Hunter: More likely to find rare animals
  • Well-Stocked : Decreases the need for dog food
Rank II
  • Bloodhound: More likely to find rare items
  • Companion: Earn extra experience
  • Careful: Faster puppy growth speed
  • Well-Stocked : Decreases the need for dog food
Rank III
  • Companion: Earn extra experience
  • Guard: Can attack the horde
  • Leader: All dogs deal extra damage
  • Hunter: More likely to find rare animals
  • Witty: More likely to get a higher rank when breeding
Rank IV
  • Companion: Earn extra experience
  • Careful: Faster puppy growth speed
  • Well-Stocked : Decreases the need for dog food
  • True-Friend: Can be directly taken with the player (this trait is necessary to open the doggy doors at the Bunker Alfa location)

 Last Day On Earth Dog Traits

Breeding Dogs in Last Day On Earth

With a male and female dog of the same Rank, you can now select the option to Crossbreed, which will give you a brand new puppy, but also results in the two parents leaving your base! This means you constantly have to acquire and raise new puppies to reach the highest Rankings.

The new puppy will never be lower Rank than the parents, but there's a chance of getting a higher Rank, which is how you build up slowly towards the Rank IV dog with True-Friend, which is what you eventually want.

The chances of getting higher Ranks are as follows:

  • When breeding Rank I dogs, you will automatically get a Rank II puppy
  • Rank II dogs have a 60% base chance of producing a Rank III dog
  • Rank III dogs have a 25% base chance of producing a Rank IV dog
  • Rank IV dogs have a 5% base chance of producing a dog with the True-Friend Trait

Make sure to use the Inherit option and always breed a dog with a good set of Traits to a dog with a set of Traits you don't care about, that way the puppy will get the good Traits and keep that line of skills going.

When the puppy ends up a higher Rank than its parents, it then gains an additional Trait. By breeding bad to good and keeping good Traits, you can decrease the amount of time it takes to hit the end goal of Rank IV with True-Friend.

For the fastest breeding, you want to keep the Witty Trait on every single dog, as this will increase your chances of getting to Rank IV faster.

 Crossbreeding dogs in Last Day On Earth: Survival

What are you favorite dog Traits, and do you have any tips for quick breeding up to high Ranks? Let us know your strategy in the comments below!

Still need more help with this freemium post-apocalyptic survival game? Check out our other Last Day On Earth: Survival guides here:

How to Start Playing The Elder Scrolls: Blades Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:48:08 -0400 Sergey_3847

If you've been carefully watching the E3 2018 conference, then you should be aware of the open pre-registration for the mobile version of The Elder Scrolls: Blades.

The game is free-to-play, and if you pre-register, then you will get an exclusive sword and helmet. But the best part is that you can play the game before everyone else. So follow our guide below, if you want to know how to start playing The Elder Scrolls: Blades early.

How to Pre-Register for The Elder Scrolls: Blades

Step 1: Create Bethesda Account

If you still don't have a personal Bethesda account, then do so by following this instruction:

  1. Go to
  2. Click Login/Signup in the upper right corner
  3. Choose "Create account"
  4. Enter your username, e-mail, and password
  5. Choose a security question and answer
  6. Confirm registration
Step 2: Sign Up for Early Access

There are two ways how you can register for the Early Access of The Elder Scrolls: Blades -- one for PC users and one for mobile users.

Follow these steps, if you want to pre-register using PC:

  1. Go to The Elder Scrolls: Blades website
  2. Sign in with your login and password
  3. Sign-up for Early Access
  4. Choose your mobile device
  5. Confirm registration

Follow these steps, if you want to pre-register using mobile device:

  1. Go to Google Store (for Android users) or iTunes (for iOS users)
  2. Click on "Pre-Register"
  3. Confirm registration

Now all you need to do is to wait for the early launch of the game, and you can start playing The Elder Scrolls: Blades right away.


Currently, The Elder Scrolls: Blades is only available for Android and iOS devices, but later Bethesda will release the game on all other platfroms. So keep your eyes open for more news about the game here at GameSkinny!

Returners Beginner's Guide: Building the Right Pantheon Mon, 11 Jun 2018 15:29:58 -0400 Stephanie Tang

Known for expansive, gorgeous, and exceptionally grindy MMOs like Mabinogi, Vindictus, and Maple Story, Korean developer Nexon has in recent years hit the mobile gaming platform in force with games like Masters of Eternity and Durango: Wild Lands. Hardly tied only to the MMO genre, Nexon's latest hit Returners brings epic RPG storylines and fast-paced 5v5 PVP battles to Android's Google Play and the Apple App Store

In an unexpected side-step from the usual world building of new characters, Returners is stocked with heroes drawn (loosely) from real life as well as myth and legend (in a similar vein to Hi-Rez Studios' SMITE). Based on the free-to-play model, the game revolves around advancement and upgrades with two different types of currency (regular gold and premium gems). 

This guide will discuss how to get started in this game - and how to get going without dipping into your wallet!

(Looks a little different from your history book, doesn't he?)

1. Getting More Characters in Returners

Battling is fairly straight-forward in Returners; the fights are played out in real time and your characters attack automatically so your primary concern is to point their efforts in the right direction (i.e. target monster) either individually or as an entire team. You'll need to set your character formation, and keep track of your combat power and your Tactic Cards.

Note: Tactic Cards cannot be used in PVP play. In regular fights however, you can equip up to two of them for regular battles which give you abilities like taunts and heals which can be used as many times as needed (although on a cooldown timer). 

But who do you need to throw into the fight? There is a huge number of different characters in the game with more being added every so often, each with their own stats, abilities, and star ratings. They're all broken up into five different classes: Tank, Fighter, Ranger, Mage, and Support. Once you complete the tutorial, you will have one character from each class - and if you want more, you have a few options as to how you get 'em.

You can purchase them using your currency (some of the 1-star characters are available for summon in the store by paying $10k gold, but the majority of the more enticing characters require those precious gems). Don't waste your resources on just any hero or you'll find yourself paying real money for more gems!

A cheaper method by far is to acquire new characters by completing tasks during events or completing story chapters in the story mode. This, plus daily login rewards are also excellent ways for you to stock up on extra rewards. 

2. How to Get Free Gems

These are your early-game tickets to easier battles and better rewards - but don't spend them willy-nilly! The battle difficulty as you progress through the game is going to ramp up and you are going to want higher-quality heroes all the time. While your characters can be upgraded and improved, you're always going to want high-star ratings to make sure your A team is outfitted with the best.

Daily Missions and Achievements

The regular login rewards don't have any gem rewards, but there will often be events where the devs will throw some at you just for logging in. However, completing daily missions will earn you rewards that include gems. And if you complete enough of them, you'll also complete achievements (e.g. complete 5 daily missions, complete 13, etc.) which will earn you additional gem rewards. 

Finish Adventure Battles with 3 Stars

There's a bit of finesse when it comes to planning out your battles, but you're hard-pressed to lay on the smack down as quickly as possible. Completing the battle as quickly as possible will gain you extra rewards, and at the end of each 10, a special rewards chest will get tossed your way - the payout for which includes gems. 

3. How to Get 3 Stars in Every Battle

To finish with 3 stars, you need to down your enemies and finish the fight as quickly as possible

I didn't time it myself, but other sources suggest that the time limit is about 40 seconds. If you want to clean house in that amount of time, you're going to need to go hard on your offensive. Luckily, even if one of your characters dies in battle, if you can complete it within the time limit, you can still stock up on the star rewards. Fight to the finish!

After you complete the tutorial, you should have enough gems to trade for a good, solid 4-star character. After a few days of play, you should be able to introduce another few 3- and 4-star characters into your team roster. For those of you who are emotionally invested in certain characters (don't lie, we all have them) regardless of their star levels, rest assured that they can be upgraded even if they aren't quite up to snuff right from the get-go. 

(Note: If you're unsure about what characters you want, the game itself provides a kind of message board for each character that you can view when you look into them, discussing preferences and strengths and weaknesses. Definitely worth taking a look even if you know who you want.)

However, you should focus your efforts on your core team, no matter how many characters you end up acquiring. While you can switch them out as you like, you're going to want a solid group that is the best that you can make it.  

Equipping your Characters

While it is a little more time-consuming, once you begin to acquire a lot of different gear (and you will, among other rewards, the game will give away a new piece of gear ever 24 hours), you'll want to equip your characters individually rather than relying on the auto-equip. 

It's slower (I actually auto-equip and then fine-tune afterwards, swapping stuff around until it's all to my liking) but this way you'll be able to ensure that the best gear available is the stuff your characters are currently wearing. 

Upgrading Your Characters and Transcending

Remember what I said about hanging onto the characters you love? You can do it - and you can increase their star ratings as well if you're willing to put the time and the grind work into them. Equip them well, and then run them into battle, particularly the same Adventure mode battles, over and over again to level them up and gain experience. Keep upgrading your gear, upgrading your skills, and acquiring new Tactic Cards as well. 

Once you get a character to their maximum level, you will be able to let them transcend which allows that character to gain a star level. (Once you do this, their levels will reset so this will also be the best time to use an EXP book if you have one.)

Note: While on the subject of replaying, check out the rewards for completing specific levels as well, as this is the best way to earn upgrade crystals which you'll need for, well, basically everything. Upgrade weapons, gear, characters, each will require different upgrade crystals. 

Other Things to Note

  • Just because you have a core group does not mean you should ignore absolutely everyone else. There will be occasions where you don't need a fully balanced team (e.g. two DPS characters in a boss battle situation versus bringing a healer) so it's worth it to make sure some of your second string characters are still up to snuff. 
  • The above will also help you when you start taking on arena mode which is played with two character teams of 3 in two different rounds. What classes you choose to take into this mode will largely depend on how they're leveled and what they can do. 
  • Pick up characters with standout skills if you can (e.g. tanks should have good stun and taunt abilities, spell casters and DPS characters (ranged and melee) should have high ult abilities, etc.)


That's all for now! Stay tuned to GameSkinny for any new tricks, tips, and ways to keep on winning!

Displate Reveals New Hearthstone Poster Collection Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:38:40 -0400 Edgar Wulf

Do you love Hearthstone? Is your game room lacking that "special something"? Perhaps paper posters are getting on your nerves and not holding up to your standards?

Well then, you're in luck because Displate, the company behind the widely successful metal posters craze, has announced a partnership with Blizzard to create a new collection of Hearthstone-themed posters.

The first set of posters is available for purchase on Displate's official website. New additions to the collection will be announced soon.

Made of high-quality metal, these posters are easy to mount thanks to an integrated magnetic system. And although they're a bit on the pricey side, they last a very long time, so the investment is well worth it.

Shipping is available across the globe. Each poster currently costs $47.


Let us know if you're planning on picking one of these up and, as always, stay tuned right here on GameSkinny for all things Hearthstone.

Survival 101: 10 Minecraft Tips You Might Overlook For Hardcore Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:10:21 -0400 Samuel Franklin

When you're new to Minecraft, you may have difficulty learning how to survive and find the items you need. This learning base can similarly be overlooked for advanced players as they attempt their first hardcore run. Fortunately, we've compiled these helpful and overlooked Minecraft tips to ensure your hardcore run is fruitful. You'll be playing like a pro in no time.

With over 122 million copies sold, Minecraft is still going strong. Of course, if you're brand new to the game, the game's Survival mode can feel quite intimidating but even returning players may find themselves struggling due to the wealth of mechanics that have likely been added since your last game.

Not to worry, we're here to help! Here are 10 Minecraft tips to help you survive to build another day.

1. Download Seeds For a Headstart

While part of the fun of Minecraft is creating your own world, sometimes you don't have an afternoon to spend crafting and building. That's where Minecraft seeds come in handy. Downloading a seed grants you access to a starting point in a pre-existing world or lets you copy elements of another player's game world into your own. Maybe there is a particular element of the game you dislike (like hunting for a settlement or the long trek for monuments in the late game) which is where seeds can help eliminate these aspects.

2. Prioritize Wood Early

While materials like copper and stone are certainly important, when you pop into a game world, your priority should be finding wood given its flexibility in creating all manner of vital items. While an expert player might look for stronger resources early you can quickly find yourself blocked due to the lack of wood.

3. Ignore Enemies At First

As any Minecraft player can tell you, the game world is a much different place at night and definitely so when playing on the harder difficulties. Enemies spawn more frequently in an attempt to thwart your crafting efforts. It can be tempting to get some quick EXP from fighting them. But trust us, it's better to dodge them and keep crafting, at least until you get some stronger weapons.

4. Build Torches To Light Up Your World 

Terrible pun withstanding, torches really do make a huge difference in Minecraft. After all, you can't expect to hit an enemy if you can't even see them. Before the first night, make sure you have plenty of torches on hand so you can see your surroundings and place them strategically around your main hub.

5. Pay Attention To Your Surroundings

If you're new to the game it's easy to get lost. After spawning into a new game world, orient yourself according to the sun. It'll always set in the west and rise in the east. It may sound like one of those Minecraft tricks that won't come in handy all that often, but if you get lost, you can use the sun or moon to find your way back to camp.

6. Don't Dig Straight Down (Ever)

If you're trying to see how long you can last, falling into a hot pit of lava isn't a great tactic. If you must dig beneath your character, make sure not to dig too deep. At a certain point, you'll fall and perish.

7. You Can Go Underwater (And You'll Have To For The Water Monument)

You can search watery areas for extra materials like sand and ocean monuments. Make sure you keep an eye on your oxygen levels, as your character can drown if they remain underwater too long.

8. Lava Can Be Useful

If you touch it or fall into it, lava can cause a great deal of harm to your character. However, it's an essential component in creating obsidian portals, so stocking up on a few blocks of lava may not be a bad idea if you're careful.

9. Keep Extra Blocks In Your Inventory

It's always a good idea to keep some extra building materials on hand, especially if you're far away from your base. If night falls and you're lost, you can simply build a small makeshift base to keep yourself safe.

10. It's Okay To Use Cheat Codes

Minecraft is all about fun. If your idea of fun is using cheat codes to enhance your game, don't feel ashamed to use them! Adding a few extra blocks or turning on invincibility can take the stress out of Survival mode and allow you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the game.

Use these Minecraft tips to conquer the world one block at a time Minecraft is a ton of fun, but staying alive in Survival (and Hardcore) mode can be quite the challenge.

Make sure to follow these helpful tips to get the most out of your game and check out our other Minecraft guides here on GameSkinny!

Hearthstone: Best New Arena-Only Cards for Taverns of Time Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:55:21 -0400 Edgar Wulf

Blizzard recently announced that Hearthstone players will soon be enjoying another Arena event called "Taverns of Time." This event will be available for a limited time and, among other things, will feature 28 new Arena-only cards. You can view the full list of cards and additional event details on the official Blizzard website. If you wish to prepare yourself, however, here are a few highlight cards which are sure to be impactful for the duration of the event.


Harbinger of Catastrophe is great in terms of stats -- a "Boulderfist Dragon" so to speak. The usefulness of its effect, however, will largely depend on the cards left in each player's deck, which can make it either highly beneficial or detrimental to the owner.


Hunter is at the very bottom of Arena meta right now; players know it and developers know it. That is why Chronoshot was created, no doubt. It's a slightly more expensive Rogue's Sap, but it also combines the effect of Hunter's existing Freezing Trap, and if you manage to play it on a minion that costs 9 or more, it will prevent the opponent from playing it ever again.


This card is comparable to the wild-only Cabalist's Tome, which added three random mage spells to your hand. With Consider the Past, the card pool is quite limited ("from the past" implies only wild cards) and there are certainly some powerful outcomes with spells like Flamecannon, Unstable Portal, and the infamous Firelands Portal.


Unusually enough, most of the new neutral cards are quite strong, but Possibility Seeker definitely stands out. It has great stats and offers you the utility of a complete redraw should you find your current options lacking.


Bronze Broodmother comes with both an advantage and a minor drawback -- it provides you with an additional body for potential buff cards, completely for free. The minor drawback is that your opponent will know exactly what you have drawn. 


Priest is left out, with somewhat underwhelming new options. Ripple in Time is not great, but discovering a minion is flexible, and if you can manage to play it more than once, then it definitely adds value to your deck.


Stat-wise, Thief of Futures is really, really weak, but it provides you with an additional card and, more importantly, reveals information on what card your opponent is about to draw. A highly useful ability for a reactive class like Rogue.


Shaman is once again treated to a powerful Arena-only card, this time with Master of Realities. It doesn't suffer from almost any stat drawbacks, and its powerful ongoing effect can quickly spiral out of control if left unattended.


It's not like Warlocks require any additional card draws, but drawing two cards with Grasp the Future and reducing their cost, while also not affecting your life total, is awesome, especially for the reasonable cost at 4 mana.


The effect of Fatecleaver will not trigger often, and its potential utility is yet to be tested. However, it can easily be compared to Paladin's Truesilver Champion, minus the healing, which makes it an excellent mid-game weapon.


The Taverns of Time event will begin on June 11 and last until July 3Are you excited for the new event and cards? Will you be participating in the Arena during the event? Let us know in the comments below. And for more Hearthstone-related content check out other articles and guides on GameSkinny:

Dragon Nest M - Level Unlocks and Beginner's Guide Thu, 07 Jun 2018 15:41:37 -0400 Littoface

Dragon Nest M has come to the West, and it's brought its authentic MMO goodness with it! Whether you're a veteran of the game from its PC years or you simply stumbled onto it while browsing new mobile games, no doubt the unique style and strong community have drawn you in.

Feeling lost and confused? Need a few pointers before you dive headlong into this addictive mobile action game? You've come to the right place!

In this beginner's guide, we'll go over some combat basics, a few general tips, and all the level unlocks you need to know about up until level 15.

Ready, set, attack!

General Tips for Dragon Nest M

Before you begin, here are a few things you should know about the game:

Character selection

Players can have one character from each class, but items can't be transferred between characters. Each class has its own unique playing style, and the prologue gives you the chance to try them out with all their top skills, so check them out and pick the one you enjoy the most.

You can't change the general appearance of characters, but you will have the option to customize them with outfits, sprites, mounts, and lots more, so the more you play, the more uniquely you the character becomes.

At first, your character's name will be randomized, but don't worry -- you'll get the chance to change this name at Level 5.

Semi-automatic gameplay

For passive playing, Dragon Nest M has a few automatic features, but these are only partially autonomous.

You can run towards quests and quest destinations by tapping on them -- to stop, simply walk in the other direction.

Characters attack continuously if you hold down the attack button, and most longer attacks can be canceled by dodging and redirected by moving the character (so if you find your attack about to miss because the enemy moved, just change direction and land that hit!).

UI and camera settings

You can also change how the camera behaves by switching between 2.5D (fixed) and 3D (trailing), and you can even alter the sensitivity through your character menu (tap on your icon).

Don't want the UI cluttering up your screen? You can hide most of it! Just click on the X in the bottom right and the arrows in the rest of the corners.

Find the hidden goodies!

The daily rewards here are plentiful and not always as in-your-face as other games, but they're worth finding, so take the time to find them. Every time you unlock a new feature, explore it thoroughly!

Equipment and skill distribution

Don't worry about how you distribute your skill points: You have infinite free skill point resets until level 30 (yes, you can use it multiple times, not just once!).

Equipment is fairly straightforward, but it can be easy to forget about it, so we felt it worth mentioning: Don't forget to actually equip your equipment!

Community features

One of the best parts of Dragon Nest M is the community feel of it. In the spirit of the PC MMO that it stems from, the mobile game is strong on community interactions and has a vibrant and talkative user base (there's even an option for voice chat!).

Here are just a few things to keep in mind about it:

  • If you have any questions, ask! Someone will be happy to help. The community, at least on the server we tested, is extremely noob-friendly.
  • In the chat, clicking on a user's icon allows you to look at their guild, challenge them to a sparring match, invite them to a party, and more.
  • As soon as you can, join a guild! Be on the lookout for recruitment notices, or just check out the guild list (once you unlock it) for a guild that seems to suit your playstyle. Guilds give you special perks (you can increase your attributes, which carries over even if you leave) and give you access to more daily rewards and the slightly disturbing minigame of Clown Poker (just… why?).
  • Certain special events encourage player interaction. For instance, currently, the Charisma event has players giving each other roses for helping out, being nice, or just because.
  • You can even customize your chatbox with special items if you feel like being fancy!

In short, be friendly!

The Beginner's Guide to Level Unlocks in Dragon Nest M

Now that we've gone over the basics, you're ready to play.

But wait, where are all the options? Shops? Crafting? The aforementioned guilds?

Don't panic, you're not confused.

Dragon Nest M has a unique way of introducing players to the game. Instead of bombarding you with all the different options, shops, and special menus, you begin with the very bare bones of the game. As you level up, you unlock new features.

This process goes on until the high levels -- for instance, cooking isn't unlocked until level 32!

Below, we've put together a beginner's guide to leveling and what it unlocks up until level 15. Here are all the important unlocks you'll need to know:

Lvl 1

In the very beginning, all you can access is the options menu (by tapping on your icon) and the character menu (by tapping on the icon on the bottom right).

Lvl 2

Unlocks the skills menu.

Lvl 3:

Unlocks auto-attack.

Lvl 5:

Unlocks your first piece of equipment, the first daily reward (in the upper right-hand corner), and the ability to change your character's name (tap on the character's icon).

Lvl 7:

Unlocks your first sprite, which fights alongside you and offers special buffs.

Lvl 9:

Unlocks the closet, which allows you to equip outfits (appearance-changing equipment).

Lvl 10:

Things pick up from here. This level unlocks:

  • The "Mall," which gives you access to certain shops and markets.
  • "Benefits," where you can get daily free rewards.
  • "Rewards," where you can collect achievement rewards.
  • The "Sprite Shop," where you can collect daily free food, summon new sprites, buy goodies for them, and more (access it by clicking on the sprite icon on the bottom right).

Keep in mind that the rewards and events change, and some of the items that you can get now may only be here for a limited time.

Lvl 12:

Unlocks your first team buff and the Team Abyss, which is a team dungeon where you can get crafting items and a lot of EXP, as well as the following features:

  • Daily events, which you can complete for special rewards.
  • "Strengthen," which acts as a sort of checklist for strengthening your character (go here if you're having trouble in battle).
  • The Daily Carnival, a limited-time event which allows you to complete a certain number of quests in order to unlock a fabulous sparkling llama mount. (It's so fabulous.)
  • The auction, where you can buy from and sell to other players.

Lvl 13

Unlocks crafting. You can now also enhance or dismantle your equipment.

Lvl 14

Unlocks the option to join a guild and spectate (but not participate in) PvP matches -- the ability to participate in matches is unlocked at level 16.

You also get access to the current temporary events (at the time of writing, this is the Charisma Expert quest we mentioned earlier, a Guild Contest, and a Nest Challenge). This is also the place where you would go to input gift codes received from other players or social media.

Lvl 15:

Unlocks class specialization, which allows you to choose a path for your character.

Note: Your initial choice is irrelevant!

During the Trial, you'll have the chance to try both paths and see how each path plays. Following this fight, you can choose whichever path you prefer.


Now that you know what to expect, get going and play the game! And stay tuned to GameSkinny for all your Dragon Nest M news, guides, and updates.

Might and Magic: Elemental Guardians Creature Tier List Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:10:38 -0400 Ty Arthur

Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians offers up a whole new way to experience the franchise as a freemium brawler that will have you collecting hundreds of monsters in your menagerie.

With so many options, the question becomes which one is the best, and how do they rank against each other? Because each creature can evolve in various ways, level up, increase skills, increase rank, and so on, it isn't always possible to have a straightforward hierarchy of "creature A is unquestionably better than creature B."

Obviously, higher-star creatures tend to be better than lower-star ones, but due to the unique abilities each creature has and the ability to evolve in different directions, some are much better at glyph farming, while others can dominate in PvP or the Tower of Trials, which is where the tier ranking comes in.

If you want to know which creatures to use where -- and how to upgrade them -- then read on for a full breakdown of every single creature currently available in the game.

Elemental Guardians Tier List

This tier list is arranged by class type in order of attacker, defender, saboteur, and support. Within those classes, each creature is ranked by usefulness in each area of the game, from S tier -- meaning it's completely indispensable and essentially the best at that category -- down to A, B, and finally C tier -- meaning it's mostly garbage at that category.

Note that the Region Farming column is averaged. Some creatures, for instance, will be slightly better or worse at the Benefit/Wrath/Strength sections of the Glyph Dungeon, but overall will fit within that tier ranking whether you are hitting the Glyph Dungeon or farming areas of the Elemental Towers. 

The final column includes a suggested best evolution when upgrading that creature to ensure it lives up to its full potential, whether in the Tower of Trials, region farming in normal battles, or fighting in the PvP Arena mode.

Creature Role Tower of Trials Region Farming PVP Best Evolution
 Young Griffin 
Griffin /
Blazing Griffin
  Attacker  C  B  C Drain enemy health
 Young Griffin 
Griffin / Winter Griffin
  Attacker  C  C  C Drain enemy  health
 Young Griffin 
Griffin / Storm Griffin
  Attacker  C  C  C Drain enemy health
 Young Griffin 
Griffin / Mountain Griffin
  Attacker  C  C  C Drain enemy health
Serpently / Fire Dragonfly
  Attacker  B  C  B Remove helpful effect
Serpently / Icy Dragonfly
  Attacker  B  C Remove helpful effect
Serpently / Thunder Dragonfly
  Attacker  B  C  B Remove helpful effect
Serpently / Mountain Dragonfly
  Attacker  B  C Remove helpful effect
 Deva / Flaming Asura   Attacker  S  A  B Mute enemy ability
 Deva / Winter Asura   Attacker  A  A  A Mute enemy ability
 Blackfang Rogue / Blazing Assassin   Attacker  A  B  B Poison enemy
  Blackfang Rogue / Mountain Assassin   Attacker   B   B  B Poison enemy
 Wolf Cub
Wolf / Icy Silverback
  Attacker  B  B  B Drain enemy health
Daimyo / Flaming Shogun   Attacker  C  B  B Recover turn after attack
Daimyo / Silver Shogun   Attacker  A  A  S Recover turn after attack
 Daimyo / Adamant Shogun   Attacker  S  A  S Recover turn after attack
  Raksasha / Blazing Rakshasha Raja   Attacker  B  B  B Decrease speed, increase damage
Raksasha / Freezing Rakshasha Raja   Attacker  A  B  A Decrease speed, increase damage
Raksasha / Storm Rakshasha Raja   Attacker  A  B  A Decrease speed, increase damage
Raksasha / Mountain Rakshasha Raja   Attacker  A  B  B Decrease speed, increase damage
   Kabuki Ninja / Blazing Ninja   Attacker  C  C  Sleep effect
Kabuki Ninja / Mountain Ninja    Attacker   C  C   Sleep effect
  Bunruku Samurai / Flaming Samurai    Attacker  B  B  A   Stun effect
 Bunruku Samurai / Freezing Samurai    Attacker  B  B  B  Stun effect
 Bunruku Samurai / Thunder Samurai    Attacker  A  B  S Increase damage
 Bunruku Samurai / Adamant Samurai     Attacker  B  B  B Increase damage
   Succubus / Blazing Lilim   Attacker  B  B  A Increase attack based on speed
 Succubus / Ice Lilim   Attacker  B  B  B Increase damage
 Succubus / Tempest Lilim   Attacker  A  B  B  Increase damage
 Succubus / Mountain Lilim   Attacker  C  B  C Increase attack based on speed
Lava Dragon / Ruby Dragon       Attacker  B  B  B Increase attack based on speed
  Basilisk / Flaming Basilisk    Attacker  B  B  B Increase attack based on speed
 Basilisk / Freezing Basilisk    Attacker  S  S  C Increase speed
 Basilisk / Lightning Basilisk    Attacker  S  A  B Increase speed
 Basilisk / Hulking Basilisk    Attacker  B  C  Increase speed
Giant / Lava Einherjer    Attacker  C  B  B Decrease attack / stun
Giant / Winter Einherjer     Attacker  B  B  C Stun effect
 Witch / Winter Sorceress   Attacker  B  B  B Poison enemy
 Witch / Storm Sorceress    Attacker  B  B  C Poison enemy
 Blade Dancer / Blizzard Dancer   Attacker  B  A  B Stun effect
  Blade Dancer / Storm Dancer   Attacker  B  A  C Stun effect
 Imp / Breeze Familiar   Attacker  B  B  C Chance to lower max HP
 Imp / Forest Familiar   Attacker  C  C  C Chance to lower max HP
Thunder Crusher / Alabaster Dragon    Attacker  B  A  S Remove beneficial effects
Centaur / Mountain Centaur    Attacker  C  B  C Stun effect
 Rune Sentinel 
Rune Guardian / Fire Warden
 Defender  B  C  C Chance to recover turn
 Rune Sentinel 
Rune Guardian / Earth Warden 
 Defender  C  B  C Chance to recover turn
  Rune Sentinel 
Rune Guardian / Icy Warden
 Defender  C  C  C Chance to recover turn
  Rune Sentinel 
Rune Guardian / Tempest Warden
 Defender  C  C  C Chance to recover turn
 Shieldguard / Volcanic Guard  Defender  C  C  C Increased attack
 Shieldguard / Winter Guard  Defender  B  B  C Increased attack
 Shieldguard / Tempest Guard  Defender  C  C  C Increased attack
 Shieldguard / Mountain Guard  Defender  C  C  C Increased attack
 Stoneguard / Fire Knight  Defender  C  C  C Taunt enemy
Stoneguard / Ice Knight   Defender  B  B  B Taunt enemy
Stoneguard / Silver Knight   Defender  C  C  C Taunt enemy
 Stoneguard / Iron Knight  Defender  B  C  C Taunt enemy
 Mini Golem
Golem / Lava Golem
 Defender  B  B A Increase attack based on health
 Mini Golem
Golem / Frost Golem
 Defender  B  B  B Increase attack based on health
 Mini Golem
Golem / Tempest Golem
 Defender  B  B  C Increase attack based on health
 Mini Golem
Golem / Stone Golem
 Defender  C  C  C Increase attack based on health
Treant / Ember Treant   Defender  A  A  B Poison enemy
Treant / Winter Treant    Defender  A  A  B Poison enemy
 Treant / Forest Treant   Defender  B  B  B Poison enemy
 Masaru Monk / Flaming Masaru  Defender  B  B  B Blind effect
  Masaru Monk / Freezing Masaru  Defender  A  A Blind effect
  Masaru Monk / Ethereal Masaru  Defender  B  A  B Blind effect
  Masaru Monk / Forest Masaru  Defender  B  A  C Blind effect
 Minotaur / Volcanic Minotaur  Defender  B  B  B Poison enemy
  Minotaur / Ice Cave Minotaur  Defender  B  B  A  Poison enemy
 Minotaur / Storm Minotaur   Defender  C  B  B Poison enemy
  Minotaur / Mountain Minotaur  Defender  C  C  C Poison enemy
 Crusader / Ardent Paladin  Defender  B  B  B Stun effect
 Crusader / Serene Paladin  Defender  B  B  B Stun effect
 Crusader / Adamant Paladin  Defender  C  C  C Stun effect
 Juggernaut / Burning Ravager  Defender  C  C  B Counter-attack
Juggernaut / Frost Ravager   Defender  B  B  A Counter-attack
 Juggernaut / Storm Ravager  Defender  B  B  A Counter-attack
 Juggernaut / Rocky Ravager  Defender  C  C  B Counter-attack
 Cyclops / Burning Cyclops  Defender  C  C  C Damage shelter
  Cyclops / Oceanic Cyclops  Defender  B  B  C  Damage shelter
  Cyclops / Thunder Cyclops  Defender  B  B  B Damage shelter
  Cyclops / Forest Cyclops  Defender  A  A  C Damage shelter
 Mauler / Fire Crusher  Defender  B  B  B Increase critical chance
 Mauler / Ice Crusher   Defender  B  B  B Increase defense
  Mauler / Thunder Crusher  Defender  B  B  B Increase defense
  Mauler / Forest Crusher  Defender  C  C  B Increase defense
 Colossus / Fire Titan  Defender  B  A  S Prevent beneficial effects
  Colossus / Frost Titan  Defender  A  S  B Prevent beneficial effects
  Colossus / Storm Titan  Defender  B  A  B Prevent beneficial effects
  Colossus / Adamant Titan  Defender  B  A  B Prevent beneficial effects
 Ebon Knight / Fiery Death Knight  Defender  B  B  C Taunt enemy
 Ebon Knight / Freezing Death Knight   Defender  C  C  B Stun effect
  Ebon Knight / Lightning Death Knight  Defender  A  A Stun effect
  Ebon Knight / Granite Death Knight  Defender  A  A  B Stun effect
Sphinx Kitten
Sphinx / Lightning Sphinx 
 Defender  C  C  C Decrease enemy defense
 Vampire Knight / Ethereal Lord  Defender  B  B  B Drain enemy health
 Angel Zealot / Exalted Justicar  Defender  B  B  A Confuse effect
 Mountain Dragon / Emerald Dragon  Defender  C  C  B Decrease enemy accuracy
Sprite / Blazing Queen
 Saboteur  B  B  B Prevent enemy healing
Sprite / Winter Queen
 Saboteur  C  C  C Prevent enemy healing
Sprite / Storm Queen
 Saboteur  C  B  B Prevent enemy healing
 Gargoyle Whelp
Gargoyle / Lava Gargoyle
 Saboteur  C Petrify enemy
  Gargoyle Whelp
Gargoyle / Icy Gargoyle
 Saboteur  B  B Petrify enemy
  Gargoyle Whelp
Gargoyle / Silver Gargoyle
 Saboteur  B  A  C Petrify enemy
  Gargoyle Whelp
Gargoyle / Stone Gargoyle
 Saboteur  B  B Petrify enemy
 Sphinx Kitten
Sphinx / Fire Sphinx
 Saboteur  B  B  B Decrease enemy defense
  Sphinx Kitten
Sphinx / Frost Sphinx
 Saboteur  C  B  B Decrease enemy defense
  Sphinx Kitten
Sphinx / Stone Sphinx
 Saboteur  C  C  B Decrease enemy defense
 Djinn / Flaming Djinn  Saboteur  B  B  C Decrease enemy resistance
  Djinn / Forest Djinn  Saboteur  B  B  C Decrease enemy resistance
 Ghost / Darkfire Spectre  Saboteur  B  B  B Poison enemy
  Ghost / Chilling Spectre  Saboteur  A  B  B Poison enemy
  Ghost / Howling Spectre  Saboteur  A  B  B Poison enemy
  Ghost / Crypt Spectre  Saboteur  B  B  C Poison enemy
 Harpy / Flame Fury  Saboteur  B  A B Decrease enemy attack
Harpy / Hail Fury   Saboteur  C  C Decrease enemy attack
 Imp / Flaming Familiar  Saboteur  B  B  B Reduce enemy's total health
  Imp / River Familiar  Saboteur  A  B  C Reduce enemy's total health
 Arcane Bird
Arcane Eagle / Flaming Simurgh
 Saboteur  A  A A Heal self
Arcane Bird
Arcane Eagle / Frost Simurgh 
 Saboteur  A  A  A Heal self
 Arcane Bird
Arcane Eagle / Storm Simurgh
 Saboteur  B  B  B Heal self
 Arcane Bird
Arcane Eagle / Earth Simurgh
 Saboteur  C  C  C Heal self
Manticore / Fire Scorpicore
 Saboteur  B  B  B Poison enemy
Manticore / Icy Scorpicore
 Saboteur  B A  B Poison enemy
Manticore / Lightning Scorpicore
 Saboteur  A  A  B Poison enemy
Manticore / Mountain Scorpicore
 Saboteur  A  S  B Poison enemy
 Witch / Fire Sorceress  Saboteur  B  B  A Poison enemy
 Witch / Earth Sorceress  Saboteur  C  C  C Poison enemy
 Blade Dancer / Flame Dancer  Saboteur  B  B  A Stun effect
  Blade Dancer / Vine Dancer  Saboteur  B  A  A Stun effect
 Vampire Knight / Darkfire Lord  Saboteur  B  A  S Confuse effect
Vampire Knight / Chilling Lord   Saboteur  A  A  A Confuse effect
Vampire Knight / Crypt Lord   Saboteur  A  A  A Drain health
 Goblin Shaman / Flaming Hexxer  Saboteur  A  A  S Remove beneficial effect
 Goblin Shaman / Forest Hexxer  Saboteur  A  S  S Remove beneficial effect
Necromancer Disciple / Fire Deathlord   Saboteur  B  B  A Lower turn bar
Necromancer Disciple / Ice Deathlord    Saboteur  C  C  B Mute enemy effects
 Necromancer Disciple / Thunder Deathlord   Saboteur  A  A  S Lower turn bar
 Necromancer Disciple / Venom Deathlord   Saboteur  A  S  A Lower turn bar
Faceless / Blazing Faceless   Saboteur  S  S  S Remove beneficial effect
Faceless / Winter Faceless    Saboteur  B  B  A Remove beneficial effect
 Kabuki Ninja / Freezing Ninja  Saboteur  C  C  C Increase damage based on speed
Kabuki Ninja / Thunder Ninja   Saboteur  B  B  B Sleep effect
 Ice Dragon / Sapphire Dragon  Saboteur  A  S  A Decrease speed
 Daimyo / Frost Shogun  Saboteur  A  A  A Get a second turn
 Soulless Marionette 
Soulless Strider / Thunder Stalker
 Saboteur  B  B  C Decrease enemy resistance
 Blackfang Rogue / Lightning Assassin  Saboteur  B  B Poison enemy
 Deva / Thunder Asura  Saboteur  A  S Mute enemy effects
 Deva / Earth Asura  Saboteur  B  B  A Mute enemy effects
 Lesser Elemental
Elemental / Forest Elemental
 Saboteur  C  C Increase beneficial effects
 Spirit Cub
Spirit Fox / Flaming Kitsune
 Support  B  B Shield self
 Spirit Cub
Spirit Fox / Icy Kitsune
 Support  A  S  B Shield self
 Spirit Cub
Spirit Fox / Storm Kitsune
 Support  B A  B Shield self
 Spirit Cub
Spirit Fox / Vital Kitsune
 Support  B  B  A Shield self
 Bright Fawn
Sun Deer / Flaming Patriarch
 Support  B  B  B Lower turn bar
 Bright Fawn
Sun Deer / Frost Patriarch 
 Support  C  C  C Lower turn bar
 Bright Fawn
Sun Deer / Ethereal Patriarch 
 Support  C  C  C Lower turn bar
 Bright Fawn
Sun Deer / Forest Patriarch 
 Support  B  B  C Lower turn bar
 Unicorn Foal
Unicorn / Flaming Unicorn
 Support  B  A  C Lower turn bar
 Unicorn Foal
Unicorn / Frost Unicorn
 Support  C  B  C Lower turn bar
 Unicorn Foal
Unicorn / Lightning Unicorn
 Support  A  A  B Lower turn bar
 Unicorn Foal
Unicorn / Forest Unicorn
 Support  B  B  C Lower turn bar
 Nymph / Flaming Muse  Support  A  A  A Decease enemy accuracy
 Nymph / Water Muse   Support  B  C  B Decease enemy accuracy
 Nymph / Thunder Muse   Support  C  C  C Decease enemy accuracy
  Nymph / Earth Muse  Support  B  B  C Decease enemy accuracy
 Holy Sister / Ardent Priestess  Support  A  A  B Mute enemy abilities
  Holy Sister / Serene Priestess  Support  S  S  A Mute enemy abilities
  Holy Sister / Exalted Priestess  Support  B  A Mute enemy abilities
  Holy Sister / Adamant Priestess  Support  B  A  C Mute enemy abilities
 Druid / Flaming Druid  Support  B  S  A Heal self
 Druid / Winter Druid  Support  B  B  B Increase speed
 Druid / Storm Druid  Support  A  A  C Increase speed
 Druid / Forest Druid  Support  B  B  C Increase speed
 Angel Mystic / Ardent Hierophant  Support  S  S  A Increase attack based on enemy health
 Angel Mystic / Serene Hierophant  Support  S  A  S Increase attack based on enemy health
 Angel Mystic / Exalted Hierophant  Support  S  S  S Increase attack based on enemy health
 Angel Mystic / Adamant Hierophant  Support  B  A  B Increase attack based on enemy health
 Angel Zealot / Ardent Justicar  Support  B  B  S Health shield
 Angel Zealot / Serene Justicar  Support  B  B  S Health shield
 Angel Zealot / Adamant Justicar  Support  S  S  S Health shield
 Goblin Shaman / Freezing Hexxer  Support  A  A  A Remove beneficial effect
 Goblin Shaman / Tempest Hexxer   Support  S  S  B Remove beneficial effect
 Harpy / Storm Fury  Support  C  B  C Decrease enemy attack
 Harpy / Mountain Fury  Support  C  C  B Decrease enemy attack
 Crusader / Exalted Paladin  Support  A  A  S Stun enemy
Faceless / Emerald Faceless   Support  A  A  B Remove beneficial effect
Faceless / Tempest Faceless   Support  B  A  B Remove beneficial effect
Sprite / Forest Queen
 Support  A  B  C Prevent enemy healing


What do you think of our Might And Magic Elemental Guardians tier list? Would you rearrange any creatures to place them higher or lower on the list? Let us know your favorite creature grouping and best Elemental Guardians strategies in the comments section below!

Still getting a grip on all the game's different elements and creature types? Be sure to check out our Might & Magic beginner's tips and strategy guide.

Jurassic World Alive Beginner's Guide Fri, 01 Jun 2018 21:57:01 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

It seems like every day there's an AR phone game trying to ride the white-hot coattails of Pokemon GO. The newest entrant into this real-world gaming genre is Jurassic World Alive, but if you think the game is just Pokemon GO with cool dinosaurs, well, you're only kind of right. Jurassic World Alive has a whole bunch of features that set it apart from its brethren in the real-world gaming space, and even if you're an old pro at Ingress and Pokemon GO, some of the systems can take a bit of getting used to. Luckily, we've put together a Jurassic World Alive beginner's guide so that you can harvest dino DNA with drones and create horrific dinosaur hybrids (yes, these are things you do in the game) like a pro!

Jurassic World Alive Beginner's Guide

Getting Started

At first blush, Jurassic World Alive will look very familiar to anybody who has any experience with AR gaming. There's a map (colored with varying shades of blue, natch), complete with supply drop locations and dinosaurs scattered all over the place. You also have a small circle around your current location that shows you how close you have to be to a supply drop in order to collect it.

This, however, is where the similarities to Pokemon GO end. It's surprising, but you can actually get a lot of mileage out of the game just by sitting on your couch. As long as you're within 500 feet of a dinosaur, you can attempt to take it on. Instead of gyms, Jurassic World Alive has a simple turn-based player-versus-player battle system. You can combine and evolve dinosaurs to create more powerful ones and build your battle team.

Yeah, we're kind of salty too. It's everything Pokemon GO should have been. Anyway ....

Tips on "Catching" Dinosaurs

The first thing you'll want to do when you open up the game for the first time is build your dino-squad. You'll be tempted to do this from your couch, but it's actually very helpful to get as close as you can to the dinosaurs before you start any encounter. The game never tells you this, but the closer you are to the dinosaur you're trying to obtain, the more time you'll have to shoot it with darts from your little drone thingy. You can estimate the amount of time you'll have in the encounter using the battery icon at the top of your screen.

Once you're in the encounter, the goal will be to bullseye the dinosaur with darts in order to harvest its DNA. You'll then use that DNA to create your own version of the dinosaur, and you'll receive more DNA the closer you get to the bullseye indicator. It's important to remember that the encounter doesn't properly start until you fire your first dart, so take your time to line it up and ensure that you get a direct hit. After that, the dino will start moving and things will be much more difficult. Don't be discouraged if you don't get that much DNA from the dino at first; you'll get the hang of it soon.

After the dinosaur starts moving, keep in mind that you'll have to lead your shots. Look at where the dinosaur is heading, and aim a bit ahead of the bullseye on its path in order to score a direct hit by the time the dart reaches the dino. Keep in mind that the dinosaur will move more quickly as you hit it with more darts, so you'll have to lead your shots more as well.

Oh, and as a final pro tip, be careful firing off a final shot as time expires. If it doesn't hit the dinosaur before the encounter ends, even if you fired it beforehand, it won't count and it'll be a waste of a dart. 

Building Your Team

When you start the game, Chris Pratt will give you a starting dino, but you'll need at least four to get into battle. If you click the skull icon, you'll be taken to your dinosaur collection, where you can check your progress in gathering DNA to bolster your team (and later, modify your dino-strike team!)

Most low-level common dinosaurs only need 50 DNA to create, while rarer dinosaurs cost 100 or 150 DNA to create, so keep that in mind. You likely won't be able to snag a T-Rex for yourself in only one encounter, so adjust your expectations accordingly. In most cases, a rarer monster is indeed more powerful than a common one, but not always. As you take part in more encounters, you'll also be able to evolve your dinosaurs, leveling them up to become stronger. A good indicator is the amount of DNA needed to evolve or create a dinosaur. If you've sunk 250 DNA into leveling up a dinosaur, it will likely be stronger in battle than a rarer dinosaur that costs 150 to create (though if you're just getting started, both deserve a spot on your battle team).

As you collect and encounter more dinosaurs, you'll see that your collection screen will expand with purple dinosaurs in the "Not Collected" section. These are dinosaurs that can be made by combining two higher-level dinos that you already have. These dinosaurs are incredibly strong, so create them as soon as you can!

Evolving and fusing dinosaurs takes coins, which luckily, are plentiful both in supply drops and free incubators. Speaking of incubators ....

On Incubators

Whereas supply drops replenish your stock of darts and coins, incubators do that too but with a bit extra on top.

Depending on the rarity of the incubator (basic ones are available for free on a timer, though you can earn rarer ones by battling), you'll also get a varying amount of dinosaur DNA, sometimes even for a rare dinosaur.

You can check what kind of DNA you'll receive from battle incubators, while standard incubators seem like more of a crapshoot. That said, you can always check the shop page; it'll always tell you the minimum DNA you'll get from purchasing them, even though there's obviously a whole lot of randomness at play here.


So the first thing to know about battling is that you don't really get to pick your team. Once you get more than 8 dinosaurs to choose from, you'll be able to put together a battle team of 8, of which 4 will be chosen randomly to enter battle. Battles themselves are fairly straightforward affairs (Chris Pratt gives you a pretty darn helpful tutorial once you've unlocked battling), and it's really worth doing because you'll earn a new incubator with every single win!

As you rise through the ranks, you'll unlock new arenas, which is handy because each new location will come with its own dino DNA that you can collect, and of course, more advanced locations come with more and more powerful dinosaurs. 

Have you been enjoying Jurassic World: Alive? Let us know in the comments! We'll be busy grinding to snag that Indominus Rex and hoping that Niantic is paying attention to how to actually make a turn-based alternate-reality RPG!

Might and Magic: Elemental Guardians Beginner's Tips and Strategy Guide Fri, 01 Jun 2018 21:31:23 -0400 Ty Arthur

From turn-based strategy to first-person RPG and even onto collectible card game, the Might & Magic franchise has been through just about ever genre out there. With Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians, the series now makes the inevitable jump to freemium mobile brawler as well.

If you've ever played Summoners War or Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, then you already know the ins and outs of how this game will work. The exact same ideas are all present here, just with Might & Magic creature names tacked on.

There's all the same tropes you are already used to juggling -- summoning randomized units from crystals, upgrading with groups of runes, leveling/evolving creatures, and so on. For the most part, if you've got experience with any kind of creature-summoning mobile RPG, then you can jump right in and do fine.

There are a few key differences that can be used to get an edge up, however, and that's what we're going to focus on here with these Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians tips.

Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians Battle Strategy

Landing random high-star creatures, of course, is the best way to get ahead, but focusing on opposing elements will keep you going when your stable of creatures is tiny and filled only with 1- and 2-star weaklings.

This isn't immediately apparent, but you can actually see the specific makeup of each wave of enemies ahead of time when choosing a mission, meaning you should plan your unit groups based on what enemies you face. On the Team Selection screen, always make sure to tap that View Enemies button in the lower-right corner!

Once you build up a large stable of creatures by grinding a few missions, it becomes incredibly easy to put together a group composed of opposing elements to annihilate each wave.

 Viewing enemy types before a battle

During a mission, units don't heal between waves, so having a creature  that can directly heal, apply a regeneration effect, or increase defense in every team is critical if you can't take down a wave in one or two turns.

While choosing your team lineup, poisoning attacks are incredibly useful in nearly all missions or PvE situations, so work on leveling those types of creatures, such as the Basilisk, when you get them. If you manage to nab a creature who can poison multiple creatures at once, that should be your go-to monster.

Glyphs and Farming

As you progress and get more units and items, glyph placement can be the difference between victory and failure. Putting haste glyphs on your healers is helpful, as is keeping accuracy glyphs on your debuffing creatures, while life -tealing glyphs work wonders either on big, tanky creatures or any monster that deals area effect damage to all enemies.

There are many different types of drops to farm in missions, with creature drops the rarest of all, so pay attention to the symbols on the right side of the screen when picking a mission.

In particular, note that books start dropping at level 3 of the Elemental Fire Tower and level 3 of the Tower of Houses on the Dragonmist Isles. They also drop more frequently in levels 8, 9, and 10 of the Tower of Houses, so those are great farming locations. 

Books are a rare resource that give upgrades to creature stats, so make sure to use them on creatures you intend to keep using long term rather than upgrading lame 1-star monsters. Due to their rarity, you want to make every book count.

 Checking drop availability in a mission

Those are all the basic Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians strategies you need to know to get started completing missions and competing in PvP. Do you have any other good starting tips and cheats for newbies? Let us know your best strategy in the comments below!

Pokemon Quest Recipe and Cooking Guide Wed, 30 May 2018 16:19:34 -0400 Ashley Gill

You may go hunting for Pokemon in most other games in the series, but in Pokemon Quest, you have to put your cooking skills to the test and whip up some Pokemon delicacies to lure them to your camp.

The cooking system you have to deal with in Pokemon Quest is fairly simple and the dish descriptions point you in the direction you need to go to make the recipe perfect. So how does it work? Here's how you can cook up the right stuff to bring all the Pokemon to your yard.

Ingredients & Cooking

The table below is filled with some of the known recipes for each dish, but in order to strike out on your own, you need to know about each of the game's ingredients and what their qualities are. Here's a quick rundown:

Ingredient Color Qualities + Type
 Tiny Mushroom Red Mushroom
 Bluk Berry Blue Sweet
Apricorn Yellow Plant
 Fossil Gray Mineral
Big Root (Big) Red Plant
 Icy Rock (Big) Blue Mineral
 Honey (Big) Yellow Sweet
 Balm Mushroom (Big) Gray Mushroom


Past these ingredients are the two Rainbow ingredients, which can substitute any other type of ingredient and seem to be used for the rarest dish of them all: Ambrosia of Legends.

You need to know the food qualities and types so you can piece together the recipe hints to make them on your own. The recipe list below only goes so far -- there are definitely more combinations to these dishes.

Past the ingredients, there are still a few things to know about the cooking system. For instance:

  • Using an ingredient with the "Precious" quality may attract more rare Pokemon than the typical sizes, all "big" ingredients are Precious

  • The amount indicated in the recipe description indicates the amount of a type of ingredient to be used, and can be used to figure out recipes on your own:
    • "A little" likely equates to 1 or more
    • "A few" likely equates to 2 or more
    • "A lot" likely equates to 3 or more
    • "A whole lot" likely equates to 4 or more

Discovered Recipe Combinations

The lists of potential Pokemon are by no means complete but are there to give you an idea of what you might be able to get from each dish. Some have no entries as it stands! This section will be fleshed out as we learn more.

Recipe Name Ingredients Potential Pokemon
 Mulligan Stew  Random ingredients  [Random Pokemon] Magmar, Ponyta, Lickitung, Jigglypuff, Clefairy
 Red Stew
"A whole lot of red."
4 Red + 1 any
5 Red
[Red Pokemon] Goldeen, Charmander, Vulpix, Porygon, Diglett
 Blue Soda
"A whole lot of blue."
 4 Blue + 1 any
5 Blue
[Blue Pokemon] Machop, Dratini, Koffing, Tentacool
 Yellow Curry
"A whole lot of yellow."
 4 Yellow + 1 any
5 Yellow
[Yellow Pokemon] Psyduck, Drowzee, Abra, Bellsprout, Weedle
 Gray Porridge
"A whole lot of gray."
 4 Gray + 1 any
5 Gray
[Gray Pokemon] Rhyhorn, Mr. Mime, Onix, Clefairy, Oddish
 Mouth-watering Dip
"A whole lot of soft things and a lot of blue"
2 Red + 3 Blue [Water-type Pokemon] Slowpoke
 Plain Crepe
"A lot of sweet things and a few gray."
 2 Gray + 3 Blue
2 Gray + 3 Big Yellow
[Normal-type Pokemon] Pidgey
 Sludge Soup
"A whole lot of mushrooms and a lot of sweet things."
3 Red + 2 Big Gray [Ground-type Pokemon]  
Mud Pie
"A few minerals and a whole lot of soft things."
2 Big Blue + 3 Big Red
2 Big Blue + 2 Big Red + 1 Big Grey
[Poison-type Pokemon]
 Veggie Smoothie
"A whole lot of plants and a few soft things."
2 Big Red + 3 Yellow  [Grass-type Pokemon] Bulbasaur
 Honey Nectar
"A whole lot of sweet things and a lot of yellow."
??? [Bug-type Pokemon]
 Brain Food
"A lot of sweet things and a few hard things."
3 Blue + 2 Yellow
2 Red + 2 Blue + 1 Big Yellow
[Psychic-type Pokemon]
 Light-as-air Casserole
"A lot of minerals and a few plants."
3 Gray + 2 Yellow
3 Big Blue + 2 Yellow
[Flying-type Pokemon]
 Stone Soup
"A whole lot of hard things and a few minerals."
2 Gray + 3 Yellow
2 Gray + 3 Big Blue
[Rock-type Pokemon] Venonat, Geodude
 Hot Pot
"A lot of mushrooms and a little red."
3 Red + 2 any (not Red)  [Fire-type Pokemon] Vulpix
 Watt a Risotto
"A whole lot of soft things and a lot of yellow."
 2 Big Yellow + 3 Red  [Electric-type Pokemon]
 Get Swole Syrup
"A lot of sweet things and a few mushrooms."
???  [Fighting-type Pokemon]
 Ambrosia of Legends
"A whole lot of mystical things."
(Probably 5 Rainbow)  [Rare Pokemon]


This is very much a work in progress as Pokemon Quest is brand new. Look for updates to this article and more Pokemon Quest guides here on GameSkinny!

Getting Started in BattleHand Heroes: A Beginner's Guide Mon, 28 May 2018 21:34:40 -0400 Emily (Pokeflute)

Interested in playing BattleHand Heroes but not sure where to start? You've come to the right place. Once you've gone through the tutorial and been set loose in the world of the Heroes, it can be a little overwhelming.

This guide will help you find efficient ways to gain XP, teach you about powerful starting cards and abilities, and introduce you to strategy within missions. Without further ado, let's take a look at some tips that will have you blasting enemies in no time.

General BattleHand Heroes Tips

Fame Level

Your Fame level is your overall level in the game. It controls your heroes' levels -- your heroes' levels cannot rise above your Fame level. Fame is earned by completing missions, which are either battles or other tasks within the game. You don't automatically get Fame from completing battles; instead, you must go into the Mission Log and manually mark missions as completed to earn Fame. 

Just like Fame controls hero levels, hero levels control card levels. The level of any given card cannot be raised above the level of the hero who uses it. The different levels form a sort of chain: cards>heroes>Fame. In order for one to increase, the level above it must allow for it.

Deck Creation

Deck creation is fairly easy and well-explained within the game, but there are a few things that aren't mentioned. You can create a maximum of three different decks of six cards for each hero, and each deck can have different cards in it. At the beginning of the game, all three decks are stocked with the same six starting cards, but they can be customized as you craft more cards.

Boosters, which are used to upgrade cards, are specific to each hero. This way, you can't accidentally blow all your upgrades on only one hero, which is really convenient. Boosters are easily obtained in battles, so card upgrades are frequent.

XP and Resource Gain

There are a few easy ways to get a bit of XP and Fame at the beginning of the game that aren't mentioned in the tutorial. There are several missions in the Mission Log that aren't battles: tapping the Store button and opening the free crate, naming yourself, and logging into your Kongregate account to save your game info in the cloud all give you a small boost. There are also a variety of daily missions that can be completed to provide additional resources, including gems and bucks. 

Strategy Tips


The first two heroes you get are Mr. Sunshine and Kitty Karma. Mr. Sunshine is more of a pure damage melee attacker, while Kitty Karma hangs back and deals ranged damage. Kitty's forgeable cards are more healing- and shield-focused, while Mr. Sunshine's are mostly damage and a bit of shielding.

Both of these starting heroes have useful cards. Kitty's starting card Piercing Dart pierces shields, while Mr. Sunshine's card Breaking Punch breaks shields entirely, so they're both useful against enemies with shields. Mr. Sunshine's card Double Punch allows you to punch twice at a lower power per punch, so don't be fooled by the slightly lower power number on the card.

Mr. Sunshine also has another powerful card: Swinging Steel. Thanks to its fire alignment and high damage, it can clear out a lot of enemies quickly in the starting area Ditko Park. This strength offsets the card's high energy requirement and allows Kitty to finish off weak enemies with her ranged attacks.

One of the best strategies is simply trying to stay alive long enough to use a hero's superpower, particularly Mr. Sunshine's. If it seems like enemies are too tanky or dealing too much damage, focus on healing and shielding until the powerful, multi-target Solar Flare is charged.

Enemy Arrangement

Fights will often have more than one wave of enemies, and the next wave will often attack as soon as the previous one is defeated, without room for a player action in the middle. Keep this in mind when you're about to defeat the last enemy before the next wave.

If both heroes have enough energy to play a card, you can swap between them by pressing the arrow button on the bottom-left of the screen. This helps set up attacks in which Mr. Sunshine can deal heavy initial damage and Kitty can finish them off with a quick ranged attack.

Ditko Park

Ditko Park is the first area to conquer after the tutorial finishes. It's home to some new enemies and new strategies, including status effects and attack-type advantages.


Many of the enemies in Ditko Park are earth-based. Since the fire-based Mr. Sunshine does extra damage to earth enemies, it's effective to equip a lot of offensive cards for him in this area and let Kitty handle shielding while keeping herself alive with healing. If you're going to go this route, Mr. Sunshine's card Swinging Steel is the most useful attack because it heavily damages multiple enemies at once.

As you move further into the park, some of the enemies become air-based, which Kitty has an advantage over. When you reach the later stages, it's a good idea to make sure she has at least one good attack move (like Roundhouse Kick or Spinning Stick) to help take out those enemies quickly.

Some Ditko Park enemies' attacks cause poison, which damages you over time. This can be cured with Kitty's card Detox, which cancels all damage-over-time effects. Some enemies can also give debuffs, which can be cured with Mr. Sunshine's Healing Sun, an early forgeable card. If you're unsure as to what debuffs and status effects are in play, you can tap on any hero or enemy to see their remaining health and any effects present on them.

Since the enemies in Ditko Park are tankier than those in the tutorial area, it helps to have Mr. Sunshine and Kitty attack the same enemy until it dies (rather than having them attack different enemies separately). This helps with clearing matches quickly to earn end-of-battle stars, one of which is received for completing battles in a certain number of turns or less.

Higher Difficulties

Once you've beaten all five of Ditko Park's battles, you can then replay them on Elite difficulty, which increases enemies' health and the power of their attacks. Playing through the park on Elite will get you shards to forge more cards. The enemies are tankier and deal more damage, so it's a good idea to upgrade your cards before you try Elite.

When you clear Ditko Park on Elite (which can be done without leveling at any other area), it's a good idea to wait to clear Ditko Park on Heroic, the highest difficulty. The enemies are just too tough if you haven't trained elsewhere.

After gaining 15 stars in Ditko Park, the area The Skytrain is unlocked, which features air-based enemies. Don't feel the need to rush there immediately, though: the boosters gained as rewards in The Skytrain are for heroes that are not recruitable until you reach Fame level 7 and can recruit another hero.


That about sums it up for this BattleHand Heroes guide. By the time you complete Ditko Park, you should have a good feel for the game and how different cards and enemies work. Half of the fun is developing your own deck and forming your own strategies, so get out there and save the city! As always, stick with GameSkinny for more BattleHand Heroes tips and guides.

5 Extremely Difficult Modern Games for Masochists Fri, 25 May 2018 12:16:53 -0400 Edgar Wulf


That's all, you can take a respite now. Have you played any of the games mentioned, or even managed to beat them? Perhaps you know of an immensely difficult game that deserves a place on this list? Let us know in the comments below.


And if you enjoyed this list, check out other great compilations on GameSkinny:




Cuphead is a brutally tough 2D run-and-gun game with beautiful hand-drawn animation in the vein of old-school Disney cartoons. You play as Cuphead, who is indebted to the devil himself and must battle through a series of challenging bosses to repay his debt. The game follows segments of straightforward run-and-gun, as well as bullet hell-style stages where the screen is populated with a large amount of various projectiles that you have to dodge. All of it leads to the game's main attraction -- boss battles -- which are highly diverse, each requiring a different approach and strategy. Unlike the other games on this list, Cuphead allows for couch co-op, so give your best buddy a controller, let them take charge of Cuphead's brother Mugman, and as a duo, indulge in the pleasantly painful world of this charming title.


Hotline Miami


Hotline Miami is a top-down twin-stick shooter heavily inspired by 80's culture. You play as a nameless protagonist who is known among the community simply as Jacket, because he's wearing one. Jacket receives calls from an unknown source urging him to commit murderous raids on mobster hideouts around the city. His goal is to kill every single one on any given level with numerous weapons at his disposal, ranging from axes and swords to assault rifles and shotguns; most enemies die from a single attack, but so does Jacket. Hotline Miami is about dying, a lot, learning enemy layout, and attempting a level again -- and again, and again. Thankfully, the gameplay is kept engaging by fast-paced action, an amazing synthwave soundtrack, and a variety of animal masks that grant beneficial properties at the start of a level.


Demon's Souls


When presented with the question of the most difficult modern game, most would probably answer Dark Souls; however, it all began with Demon's Souls, which is, arguably, still the most difficult entry in the Souls franchise. Much like later titles, it revolves around creating a hero based on one of the available classes and traveling through the crumbling lands of Boletaria, populated by threatening foes, including a diverse range of bosses, most of which can kill you in a few hits. Only a small number of games can provide a feeling as rewarding as defeating a boss the size of a building after countless unsuccessful attempts, as well as seeing the infamous "You Defeated" appear on screen. For that reason, Demon's Souls still stands as a prime modern example of a brutally difficult yet immensely satisfying game.


Darkest Dungeon


Darkest Dungeon provides a different kind of difficulty; it doesn't test your reflexes or ability to nimbly traverse fast-paced levels. It's a dungeon crawler that presents you with the arduous task of managing a diverse group of heroes and guiding them through many dreary dungeons. There, heroes can die not only in battle against terrifying beasts, but also from starvation, deadly traps, or a heart attack due to accumulated stress. Despite the combat being turn-based, any one mistake can mean the difference between success and failure. It is therefore up to the player to micro-manage the roster available to them, making sure they are fed, well-rested, equipped accordingly, and mentally prepared. Alas, some deaths can't be avoided, and each hero should be treated as expendable, promptly replaced by new ones recruited in town.


Super Meat Boy


You're Meat Boy -- literally, a piece of meat -- and your goal is to rescue Bandage Girl from the evil Dr. Fetus. Super Meat Boy, made by the awesome Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes, is a punishingly difficult 2D platformer in which you must guide Meat Boy through increasingly elaborate levels littered with rotating sawblades, spikes, and other deadly hazards. Clearing all worlds, seven in total, is a serious feat in and of itself, and at the end of each, you are challenged by a powerful boss. Should you feel like testing the limits of your sanity, you can attempt an even more difficult Dark World, which is unlocked after completing a world's regular version. Super Meat Boy's demanding difficulty is easily justified by colorful visuals and impeccable controls, so you can always be certain that, if you died 200 times on one level, each misstep was your own fault.


Most games nowadays make you feel comfortable; they tend to overwhelm you with tutorials and hold your hand throughout the first few hours. Without a doubt, more complex video games can definitely benefit from an in-depth explanation, but is it really necessary to teach a player how to move, look up, or open a door? Some games, like Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, even make fun of such basic tutorials.


Then there are games on the opposite end of the spectrum, games that challenge your skills, smarts, and reflexes, forcing you to earn the satisfying sensation of success by learning everything from first-hand experience. They're not always fair -- in fact, in most instances, they're the opposite -- but that's the whole appeal.


It is thanks to these games that the term "Nintendo Hard" exists, but it is often used to describe the difficulty of older titles, like Battletoads or Contra. Modern games, for better or for worse, are rarely so challenging. There is, however, a less notorious term for defining the difficulty of more recent games, and that is "Masocore," a portmonteau of "masochist" and "hardcore," both of which perfectly characterize the games on this list. These games are either extremely challenging by default or don't have an adjustable difficulty setting at all.


If you are tired of simple, straightforward games and crave a true challenge, then click over to the next page to view the first out of 5 extremely difficult modern games, in no particular order.

Returners Beginner's Guide: You're Not Bronze Anymore, Baby! Tue, 22 May 2018 14:49:35 -0400 Joseph Rowe

Are you tired of getting your butt handed to you in League matches? Sick of the AI stomping your tuchus in Adventure mode? Fed up with feeling like your rear is going to get handed to you if you don't spend some real money on some items soon? Have no fear, this Returners beginner's guide is here to teach you how to kick butt and play optimally.

I will skip going over the basics of the game as the tutorial does a thorough job of explaining the mechanics. This guide will instead cover the best use of your time and resources for your first several hours of the game.

Team Building Tips

The image above shows the basic team you start off with in Returners. I'm a free-to-play player in most games, and Returners actually isn't that much of a pay-to-win game, so you can get quite far with just this team if you feel like it. You'll definitely have no problem getting out of bronze if you put the time and effort into leveling your characters.

That being said, there are certain characters that synchronize better with a specific teammate over others. For example, King Arthur is a tank, but he needs heals before his ultimate attack can activate. You can either bring a healing tactic card that you have to watch very carefully, or you can set yourself up with a healing support like Panacea. 

You should also build your team around the specific fight you're about to engage in. If your enemy team is mostly mages, don't send a bunch of characters in with only physical defense. You will need to adjust formations and equipment as need be. Take some time to go through each piece of equipment you get, especially once you start getting multiple rares and legendaries for each role. You'll be surprised by your ability to take down foes with much higher CP than you if you play smart in terms of counters.


Battle Enhancements and Tactic Cards

When you unlock the ability to spend formation points, you will want to very carefully consider what you want to do. There are counters to pretty much every team composition in Returners, so even if you play as smart as possible, you can still lose. That being said, go with what feels right. If you want an attack-heavy team, just take some battle tactic cards to help you burst down your foes before defense becomes an issue, or take some to enhance your defenses.

The tactic cards you bring in will change from battle to battle. If your foe is going to burst down your mage, you'll want to take a taunt to draw the enemy team's attention to your tankiest character(s). If you lack a healing support, you can either gamble and try to burst your foe down before you die with some attack enhancement cards, or you can play it safe by bringing some heals. This will be something you learn with trial and error. Furthermore, don't be afraid to use your cards in Adventure if you can. For example, heal a character with about 80% health to keep them topped off. Your cards will refresh their cooldown faster than you think in Returners.

How to Spend Your Bluestone

There's quite a bit of debate in the Returners community about the best way to spend your bluestone. From my experience and from what I've seen other players talk about, you will want to spend it more on equipment than on characters. You can get a character you really want, but avoid spending your precious resources on characters you won't use just for the sake of completion. Once you get up to higher ranks, you can do that if you want. Until then, either use it for equipment or for energy (discussed below).

Resource Acquisition

By the time you're reading this Returners guide, you've likely already completed the tutorial and need something else to do. Check out the dungeons. You can get items necessary to level up and enhance equipment, level up skills, and more. As a lower-level player, though, you will want to focus on the daily Upgrade Material dungeons instead of the non-daily ones as there will be a much larger energy cost if you do the latter. If you play every day, though, you will have ample resources, so this shouldn't be a problem for you after a week or so.

You will also get plenty of relics, equipment, experience books, etc. from playing through the Adventure and League in Returners. Just put the time into those modes, and your characters will level up, you can enhance them to upgrade them, you can level up and enhance weapons/armor, rinse and repeat.

Another simple way to get more resources is to check the achievement list (like in the image above). You will be able to get gold, bluestone, energy, potions, scrolls, etc. Check the achievement list often because there are both daily and weekly missions as well as the items you get from achievements. Always do your dailies and weeklies if you want to play this game without spending cash.

Save Your Money by Gaining Energy

Most mobile games like Returners are insanely greedy. They try to get you to spend as much of your money as possible and punish you for being free-to-play. Thankfully, this one isn't like that -- or at least is less so than others on the market. Like we've discussed above, there are tons of ways to accrue resources. Energy is probably the most important resource in the game because without it, you can't really do much.

There are many ways to regain energy. The most obvious one is by ranking up. Doing so will increase your maximum capacity for energy. Another obvious way is by spending bluestones and/or real money on bluestones to get more energy. You will get a lot of bluestones just from playing the game as a beginner, so you can save them up for higher levels when you need more energy if you don't feel like gambling with the equipment gachas.

You can regain energy from claiming rewards from your achievement list like discussed above. You can give your friends friend points to get energy. You can even watch your most recent League match replay to get some energyReturners is surprisingly generous in this regard.


All right, that does it for this Returners beginner's guide. We went over the best use of your resources, how to accrue more of them, battle formations, tactic cards, and team building! Stay tuned for more Returners content, and let us know if there's a specific guide you'd like to see for this game. If you have any questions or tips, leave them in the comments section!

Pokemon GO Bringing Alolan Forms of Pokemon Soon Mon, 21 May 2018 15:26:15 -0400 Zach Hunt

Pokemon GO developer Niantic surprised everyone today by announcing that Alolan forms of Pokemon will soon be coming to the popular mobile game.

First appearing in Pokemon Sun and Moon, Alolan forms of Pokemon are based on first-generation Pokemon, so it appears Niantic isn't quite ready to introduce the fourth-gen monsters into Pokemon GO just yet.

Eighteen Gen-One Pokemon have Alolan forms, but it's not yet known just which ones we'll be seeing or how the release of them will work. The teaser image, as seen above, provides silhouettes of a decent number of these Kanto region inhabitants, so it's probably safe to assume we could see them all at some point.

No specific release dates were mentioned -- only that they'd be popping up in "the coming weeks" -- but stick with GameSkinny for all the news, tips, and information on Pokemon GO you need. As always, let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Questland Beginner's Guide: Playing Smart Fri, 18 May 2018 15:56:36 -0400 Joseph Rowe

As everyone who has played Questland so far knows: this is a fun game! However, it is also a bit painfully straightforward. You kill monsters, you collect loot, you earn exp, etc. Since it's so easy, this Questland beginner's guide will skip all that and focus instead on maximizing your enjoyment of the game by giving you the ability to do well from the start.

Questland Gear Overview

First things first, let's talk what kind of gear there is in Questland and how to get it. There are 10 different gear slots (with the paw print one being unusable currently):

  1. Helmet
  2. Chest Armor
  3. Gauntlets
  4. Boots
  5. Pendant
  6. Ring
  7. Talisman
  8. Main Hand
  9. Shield

Gear comes in five different varieties: common, uncommon, rare, epic, and legendary.

As with any RPG, you will want to do your best to acquire as much epic and legendary gear as possible while converting your lesser items into either gold, via the shop, or eternium, via the smelt function found in the forge. Both resources are valuable for leveling up your equipment, though some argue that eternium is more valuable than gold as gold is easier to come by.

Remember that the better your gear, the better you'll do on your quests. The better you do on your quests, the more rewards you'll earn. So, investing in good gear is a necessity to perform well in Questland.

Upgrading Gear

You can use gold and eternium to upgrade your gear. Do not upgrade your gear unless you absolutely need to in order to clear a mission or, more importantly, if it's epic or above. You will come across epics and legendaries more quickly than you think, so be sure to avoid wasting your currency on lesser items as it's better to just convert them into currency in Questland.

Obtaining Gear

Getting gear in Questland is easier than you think. You just have to open up chests with keys or gems. You can also get gear from the shop or by completing certain missions with 3-stars (less than 20 turns taken to finish the mission), but you're much more likely to get better gear by opening up Eternal Gear Chests in the shop for 300 gems/Eternal Gear keys.

You will earn a surprising amount of gems, particularly at the start of the game, if you just follow the directions on the Earn Gems subsection of the Quest area and play the game in other ways. This will help you earn epic and legendary gear much earlier than you would if you didn't invest in these chests.

Some players think that it's not worth spending gems on Eternal Gear Chests. They think it's a better use of resources to only use them on event draws, like the one above. I had no regrets about using my gems on the Eternal Gear Chests as it made me powerful enough to breeze through the first few sets of quests, but other players might not feel comfortable with the RNG aspect of chest opening. If you're such a player, stick with the legendary parts that you obtain through event draws.

Obtaining Resources

Questland is one of the few mobile games that, at least at the start, seems to overload you with opportunities for resources. There are so many different ways to obtain resources that it's honestly hard to keep track of. You have the Docks, where you can earn gold, eternium, barrels (a form of currency), and event tickets within mere minutes by watching ads, but you also have the Quest section, which has three different ways to earn resources. Besides that, you have the ability to sell your armor for gold or smelt it for eternium. 

One of the only things that will ever get in the way of you earning more resources is when you run out of energy. This means that you can't complete more quests. In a game called Questland, that's pretty serious! If that is the case, hit up the tavern for a twice-daily free stew that will restore your energy. This will enable you to go on quests again. You can also watch a video to earn free gems while you're at it.

Another place you can watch videos for resources is at the bank. Instead of just getting the normal amount of money, you'll get a bonus 50% added to your total amount. It only takes a few seconds, but it's totally worth it!

Is the Cash Shop Worth it?

I normally would say no to this question if asked about almost any other game, but Questland has two amazing deals for $0.99 each that will hook you up with insane amounts of resources for the early game. The best resources you get from these deals are Eternal Chest Keys and loads of gems. You can use the keys to open up enough eternal chests to hook yourself up with some amazing gear early on. The better your gear early on, the more faces you will smash in your quests. The more quests you complete, the more rewards you unlock in the Quest section.


That does it for this Questland beginner's guide! If you have any tips that I missed, leave them in the comment section below. If there are any guides for Questland that you'd like to see made, let us know in the comments section as well.

Grandpa Mobile Game Guide: Tips for Getting Out Alive! Fri, 18 May 2018 15:36:42 -0400 Stephanie Tang

You wake up. You're in a creepy house that you don't recognize. A geriatric psycho is trying to murder you. You need to solve the puzzles of the locked house and get out. 

Sound familiar? 

If your first guess was DVloper's mobile horror game Granny that came out last month, then... well hey, you wouldn't be wrong. But brand-new to Google Play and Steam (Early Access) comes Pudding's Grandpa -- a game where you must unlock the puzzles in this creepy house and get out before a bloodthirsty Grandpa hears you and murders you to death. 

Here are some tips on how to stay alive long enough to do that!

1. It's okay to die. 

So staying alive may be the point of the plot, but it's not exactly integral to the point of the game. Every time you die, it just saves your progress and allows you to get a little bit further every time. 

(Also, if you're one to scare easily, it'll definitely take the edge off, since your death by bludgeoning is a little underwhelming. Plus, you'll probably see it a lot.)

There also isn't a great deal of information going in as to how to play, so a lot of it really is "learn by doing." Blindly walking into things makes enough noise to catch ol' Grandpa's attention and send him running after you. 

2. Don't be afraid to drop stuff.

Just remember where you left it. Since you can only carry one thing at a time, what you're holding onto may not be what you need to solve the current part of the escape puzzle. Did you find the Green Key right away in the first room? Great! But you haven't found the corresponding lock for that key yet, though, have you? 

There are other keys. Keep exploring. You're going to find some creepy things lying around (e.g. previous victims), and once you (and your character) gets over the fright, take a closer look, rifle through the bodies. You're going to find new stuff, new keys, that can unlock other rooms with new items. 

3. You can't kill Grandpa. 

That would defeat the purpose of the game. You should be able to find syringes hidden around the house that can disable him for a little while and let you run around a little without worrying about how much noise you're making, but he'll definitely wake up again eventually.

(Note: I didn't actually pick up/use syringes during my play.)

There will be items hidden around the house that look perfect for committing some geriatric murder of your own, particularly against that stubby rake of Grandpa's. They won't work. (I tried it for you.)

4. Hide! (But if you don't, that's okay too...)

This game is... uh... a little broken. In its defense, it's still new/in Early Access, so the devs promise a number of changes to the game. A large part of the gameplay is to avoid the murderous old man strolling around the rooms and hallways as much as possible while you go about your business. 

If you walk in on scary stuff, your character will stop and cover their eyes until they are brave enough to see again -- this essentially demobilizes you, sometimes long enough for Grandpa to storm up and rake you to death. Pay attention to the prompts near stuff like wardrobes and tables -- you'll be able to hide in/under them so that Grandpa will serenely pass you by. This would be the normal mechanics for dealing with Grandpa in the same room as you. 

As mentioned, the game is a little bugged, and Grandpa most of all. You can often catch him getting stuck on stairs and walking into walls so that your way is clear and you can go about doing your puzzle-solving in peace. He might not even notice you even if you're just across the table from him. Sometimes it's the other way around, and he'll teleport through doors, across rooms, etc. Sometimes he'll still find you even when you're hiding. 

There's nothing you can do to fix this, so it's probably a good thing the death/save mechanic is so forgiving. 

5. Other Stuff

Turn up the sound! It's important that you can hear every little creak and clink. If you're playing this on mobile, keep some headphones handy since the sound can get blown out a lot easier than on PC. The loud alert sounds might make you jump this way (the game relies a lot on the startle factor for its scares since the regular environment is pretty well lit), but since it's not always evident where Grandpa is, it'll help you locate him a lot easier. 

Turn down the sensitivity. You can access this on the menu. It's a single, simple slider, and it will make a lot of difference in navigating around the house. 


That's all for now! Just remember to keep looking for new stuff as you gain access to different rooms and to keep an eye out for lock and key colors. You'll make it out of there! Grandpa is a pretty short game, so even if you just poke around here and there, you'll probably finish within 30 minutes to an hour. 

Good luck!

Dragon Ball Legends Error Code CR900501 Fix (Android) Thu, 17 May 2018 13:56:20 -0400 Ashley Gill

Dragon Ball Legends has finally hit global. And with it come server and update errors because Dragon Ball is as popular as ever. Super's on hiatus, and if you're a fan you're probably tired of playing Dokkan Battle. You've got to get your fix somehow.

Amidst the server issues the game is having thanks to (what seems to be) a very successful launch is the error CR900501, which is hitting users who have downloaded the game directly from Google Play and those who used a VPN to download before it became available in their region.

It appears CR900501 is tied to whether the user's game is the same version as the server. This normally isn't an issue since games tend to update when opened or prompt you to go to Google Play to update, but in this case, it is. And it is manageable for most.

If you downloaded from Google Play

If Dragon Ball Legends is available in your region (meaning you did not have to download the APK elsewhere), your best bet to deal with this error is to:

  • Open the Play Store
  • Search for Dragon Ball Legends
  • Update the game if it says an update is available

This only works if you downloaded the APK via Google Play/Play Store. If you downloaded the game APK via another venue, things get trickier and a lot less certain.

If you used a VPN to access the Play Store and download the game that way, you should be able to follow the above steps if you use the same VPN you did to download the game initially.

If you downloaded the APK on its own

This is where things get tricky, because there are a lot of potential reasons you could be getting error CR900501 -- all of them tied to the version you have installed, and none of them easy to pinpoint. Chances are you just need to hop onto a VPN and update.

At least one of the APKs floating around in regions where the game is not out yet uses a different directory from the official download.

In these instances, when you go to Google Play to update as outlined in the above section, you'll be given an entirely separate download of the same game but slightly updated.

I'm not sure what the solution to this issue is other than to figure out the directories, find your save file, and move it over to the new (official) directory. But it's probably just easier to download the game again and use your same linked account or start all over.

What it all boils down to is that CR900501 means Dragon Ball Legends needs to be updated and it can't update itself. How hard that is to fix depends on how you downloaded it in the first place.

Dungeon Hunter Champions Beginner’s Guide Wed, 16 May 2018 14:50:09 -0400 A. Web

Dungeon Hunter Champions is a pretty standard hero’s tale in which you, as the Invoker, have been tasked with assembling champions to fight against the Corruption, an unidentified dark magic overtaking people and creatures alike and turning them evil. And to do this, all you have to do is plow your way through monsters, fairies, golems, and more, over and over again.

The game will walk you through a mini-tutorial once you start playing, but it might leave you with some questions. So let’s start this guide to Dungeon Hunter Champions with the basics!

Dungeon Hunter Champions Controls & Gameplay  

The controls for Dungeon Hunter Champions are pretty straightforward. Players can move their champions by using the circular navigation bar on the bottom-left of the screen and can attack by clicking on one of the four skill circles on the right (some characters have five). Each champion will normally have one base skill and 3 specialized skills with cooldowns. While it’s only possible to control one character at a time, it is possible to switch between champions mid-battle. Or, if you’re unsure about what to do or are just looking to grind through levels, you can set your party to autoplay and intervene when necessary.

However, during higher levels and boss fights, autoplay likely won’t do the trick. And for those extra difficult battles, Dungeon Hunter Champions has a nifty slow-down mode where both your party and any mobs or bosses are brought down to half-speed so you can take some extra time to strategize your attacks -- which is great for those who are prone to panicked button smashing, like me.

Most mobs and bosses also have red lines indicating where their attacks will hit, so make sure you’re watching the ground to get out of the way. They also tend to follow set patterns, especially bosses, so if you’re struggling to defeat one, just play through it a few times until you learn their moves.

It’s also important to note when and how often you’re using your champions' cooldown skills. While in the beginning it doesn’t matter quite as much if you’re spamming specialized attacks, you may regret having everything on cooldown when you run into a boss. So be careful about not having all your specialized skills on cooldown all at once.

If you have popped all of your CDs though and are taking damage, there are potion and health packs scattered throughout each scenario to help you out!

To PVE or PVP?

There are two main types of gameplay in Dungeon Hunter Champions -- Adventure (PVE) and Battlefields (PVP). Adventure (PVE) has a story that progresses as you move through all 7 boards (or worlds) and defeat bosses -- each board has 11 scenarios, some of which are just treasure chests, and a final boss. Each new scenario also contains a chunk of the story told through champion and villain discussions (as well as consistent fourth wall breaking). Though the conversation interludes can be pretty entertaining, you do have the option to skip them and the storyline completely if you’re just looking to get to the action.

As you push through each scenario, you will be rewarded with gear, gems, gold, and more. You can also repeat scenarios to farm rewards or get more experience before moving on. And if that’s not enough, you can double your rewards by watching ads after each scenario is completed (you can turn this pop-up off for an hour and a half at a time).

While board progression is big, especially as a beginner, it isn’t the only part of Adventure (PVE) mode. As you complete boards and level up, you’ll be able to unlock the Boss Raid mode, where you can get rarer awards, as well as the Ultimate Blitz Mode, Events, and Co-Op play.

After defeating the final boss on Board 1, Battlefields (PVP) mode unlocks with Arena. However, don’t expect Dungeon Hunter Champions to be quite the full-on MOBA experience when it comes to PVP. In arena battles, you aren’t actually playing against another player and their team of 5 -- instead, you’re playing against a bot that is controlling another player’s team.

For the real PVP experience, you will want to try 5v5, where you play as ONE of your characters, along with 4 other players, in matches ranging between 8-20 minutes. This mode offers towers, jungle monsters, and more to work against. However, it doesn’t offer any items, like most of the PVE mode does. So you may want to stick with PVE for a while until your champions are geared up.

Which brings us to the most important part of Dungeon Hunter Champions.

The Champions

They say a true champion will fight through anything ….

And in Dungeon Hunter Champions, there are 250-275 of them willing to do it. Like the name insinuates, the champions are the most important part of Dungeon Hunter Champions -- which ones you get, how you level them, and who you put in your party makes all the difference in trying to get through each board, battleground, and boss fight.

As a beginner, you will start with the first champion, Fire Bounty Hunter, Rogrim. He’s a tank character that will help you burn through the first board with his high health, hard hits, and defense-up skill. You will also pick up a Water Boon Sister, Celestine, on the first board. This will be your main healer for pretty much the entirety of the first board until you can unlock more team members and summon new champions.

Once you are able to start summoning champions, there are a couple of things you should take note of -- the first of which is their elemental attributes. There are five elements in the game, including:

  • Fire (Red)
  • Water (Blue)
  • Nature (Green)
  • Dark (Black)
  • Light (Gold)

And like any other elemental strategy game, they all have their strengths and weaknesses, depending on what they’re matched against. In Dungeon Hunter Champions it goes as follows:

  • Water is best against Fire
  • Fire is best against Nature
  • Nature is best against Water
  • Dark and Light are on equal footing

Outside of their elemental traits, each champion also has a star rank between 1 and 6, with 1 being the lowest and 6 being the highest. The stars are important because they indicate how high the level cap is for that champion. For example, if you have a 1-star champion, the highest level they can train to is 10. With a 6-star champion, though, they can train to level 60.

Don’t worry if you feel like you’re getting stuck with a lot of 1-2 star champions in the beginning. It’ll change. And, if you end up falling in love with a 1-2 star champion, you can “train” them by sacrificing or “feeding” other champions of the same star rating. This will give the chosen character an extra star, while dropping them back down to level 1. You can also use this method to help level up your main champions. Just be sure before clicking “train” in the character tab, because there’s no undo button.

Summoning New Champions

So how can you get new champions? Sometimes you’ll acquire new champions as you move through the boards. However, most of the time, you’ll have to “summon” them. To do this, go to the Summon button on the home screen, and click on one of the 3 listed options - Common (1-3 star), Rare (3-5 star), and Legendary (5 star). While Legendary obviously has the best champions, you will likely find yourself pulling champions from Common Summons more than anything else as a beginner.

When summoning a champion, you will also need specific items called discs, along with gold or gems. For Common Summons, it’s a Common Disc, for Rare Summons, it’s a Rare Disc, and for Legendary Summons, you guessed it, it’s a Legendary Disc.

You can get these discs through normal board progression, boss fights, and other PVE modes.

If you have your heart set on a specific champion, try checking the champions tab. In there you can find the Collection Option on the bottom-right side. This will allow you to sort through champions by star rank and elemental trait, it also gives you their location so you can farm for them!

Finding the Right Team Comp

So now that you’ve got a roster, it’s time to build out your battle-hardened crew. Like any other MOBA or dungeon crawler, team composition in Dungeon Hunter Champions is very important. In the beginning, you will be stuck as a 2-3 man group until you pass Board 1. Then you’ll build up to a 4-man team before ending up with 5.

With this in mind, it’s best to keep to the basics -- tank, healer, DPS. One of each is pretty mandatory, but the rest is up to you. Since each champion comes equipped with their own unique skills and a set elemental trait, your party composition may vary depending on the boss fight, board you’re working through (final bosses tend to have their own elements), or simply your own play style.

Once you’ve gotten a few more champions on your side outside of the starter Bounty Hunter and Boon Sister, you can REALLY start looking at team composition. Because while it’s up to you as to how you want to build your team, there are definitely some standout champions that are preferred community-wide. These champions can also be some of the best for beginners looking to push towards end-game.

  • Light Boon Sister, Xenia (Support/Healer)
  • Crystal Water Priest, Zircon (Support/Healer)
  • Nature Valkyrie, Rota (Support/Healer)
  • Nature Grublin Shaman, Mojo (Support)
  • Nature Candy Munchkin, Peppermint Fighter)
  • Nature Candy Crow Hag, Vorona (Fighter)
  • Water Spearman, Fen Xian (Fighter)

If you’re having a hard time choosing between characters, take a close look at what all of their skills do, and weigh them against each other in overall team comp. A great way to help with this is by checking the Battle Report after each scenario or match. These will show you how each champion performed and whether or not they’re working well together.

Overall, though, your tanks should have some type of defensive move -- like the Fire Bounty Hunter Rogrim’s EPIC LEAP, which raises his defense. Your Fighters should be able to hit hard, and your support characters, like your healers, should be able to not only buff the other champions in your party but also debuff mobs and bosses.

When considering debuffs, one of the best skills to get as a beginner is “disorient.” This skill disrupts boss or mob attacks and can be found on a variety of champions, like the Nature Grublin Shaman, Mojo. It’s also a skill that should continue to be useful as you progress towards end game!

As for buffs, the first thing you may want to look for is something that decreases the party’s cooldown timers or increases the party’s attack speed with haste.

There are also passive skills, like the Water Spearman, Fen Xian’s Synergy Trait, that increases the attack power of ally champions by 25%. So as you level your champions, make sure to look out for any Synergy Traits that might benefit your team.

To check out each of your champions skills, go to their separate character tabs -- Dungeon Hunter Champions does a pretty great job in explaining each.

You can also level up the skill of a champion by training them with a small fluffy-ball tutor called a fuzzlepuff -- you get these through using battle points from PVP.

Now that you have a team focus, it’s time to think about gear.

Gearing Up for Success

Getting new gear in Dungeon Hunter Champions is pretty simple, especially in the beginning; all you have to do is complete scenarios. Each board is themed around a different gear set, and as you progress through, you will have different pieces drop, along with gems and gold.

All of the gear in Dungeon Hunter Champions is star-ranked, similar to the champions and separated by rarity.

  • White = Common
  • Green = Uncommon
  • Mint = Rare
  • Purple = Epic
  • Orange = Legendary

All gear can be upgraded through spending gold, which, while great at lower levels as it’s relatively cheap, can become more difficult and costly as you level. You should also note that any gear you level on one character will lose its level if you transfer it to someone else.

When you first start, completing gear sets should be your main priority. You’ll also want to work on stacking HP gear or Vital pieces (the first of which you can find on Board 1). These are especially important on your support champions as you’ll be in a bit of trouble if they go down mid-fight. Outside of Vital gear, try looking for accuracy and crit stats.

Equipping champions with gear sets you get through Board completion can also give you Active Set Bonuses. For example, 2 pieces of Vital gear can give your champion +15% Max HP.

As you complete boards and level up, you can get even higher-level gear (Epic and Legendary) through Boss Raids!

So You've Got the Hang of It. Now What? Find your Farmer.

Once you’ve got the main parts of the game down, you’ll want to start really focusing on leveling up and gearing out your champions. This is where a “farmer” champion comes in. Typically, these “farmer” champions are a tank or fighter that can carry lower-level champions -- Water Spearman, Fen Xian is a great (and popular) example of this. The “farmer” will run low-level “food” champions through boards over and over to level them up before they’re sacrificed to level the champions in your main roster.

As you get to later boards in the game, farming earlier boards will become incredibly important. It’s nearly impossible to complete every board without leveling up and gearing out all your champions. So get to grinding!

Still unsure? Here are some other quick tips to keep in mind:

  • You can check the Guide Tab under Missions for some in-depth information on how the game works.
  • Check Missions, Daily Quests, and Achievements every day for rewards.
  • There are guilds in-game that you can join or start. However, beware that currently there are no restrictions on joining guilds, which means you can join whichever one you want, and you can’t prevent anyone from joining yours.
  • The Crystal Water Priest is considered one of the best healers in the game at present, but he starts as a level 2 - DON’T eat him! To acquire him, try frequently checking the Black Market or start farming for him on Board 3)


Let us know if you have any additional tips or tricks for beginners in Dungeon Hunter Champions, and as always, stick with GameSkinny for all your gaming news, tips, and guides!

New Challengers Await -- Street Fighter Joins Power Rangers: Legacy Wars Wed, 16 May 2018 14:46:10 -0400 Zach Hunt

We haven't talked about mobile hit Power Rangers: Legacy Wars in a minute, but in all that time, players continue to be impressed by the game. 

With its upcoming update, things might be getting a bit better for fans of the game: some of Street Fighter's most well-known characters will soon be playable in the mobile fighter. That's right, Street Fighter mainstays Ryu, Chun-Li, Akuma, and more will be playable fighters starting soon (as early as today).

Power Rangers: Legacy Wars is currently available for iOS and Android devices. As of this writing, the mobile fighter has more than 10 million installs on Android alone.

Be sure to check out all of our Power Rangers: Legacy Wars info to learn more about the game. 

What are your thoughts? We'd love to hear all about them in the comments below. As always, stick with GameSkinny for more news and information on all things Power Rangers and Street Fighter.