How To Play Guide For Conan Exiles

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How To Play Guide For Conan Exiles
How To Play Guide For Conan Exiles
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Welcome to the How To Play Guide For Conan Exiles!

This guide will cover everything you need to know to get started, including information on survival in the wilderness as well as enemies, weapons, resources, tools, religion, guilds, building and more information as more content is released!

Basics[edit | edit source]

You start in the middle of the Exiled Lands being cut down from a cross by none other than Conan himself. Though Conan is free, you are trapped in the Exiled Lands and cannot escape. Your first needs will be food and water, so you should head north towards a big river delta and out of the barren desert where you had been crucified.

The river lands are filled with the danger of various enemies though, so you will quite quickly need to build a shelter to protect yourself from aggressive creatures or the punishing sandstorms. Other players may even be the greatest threat, so you also need to arm yourself quickly and be ready to fight anyone who attacks.

As you begin to do things you'll earn experience points (XP) from playing the game and doing normal things, like crafting, harvesting resources, and killing enemies. When you've earned enough XP, you will level up, and for each level you will get points to spend on improving attributes and learning new recipes. The ‘Level’ button on your character sheet will be blinking when you have points to spend, so it is easy to see when you can improve your character.

Quick Note: Removing your Bracelet will cause you to commit suicide.

Basic controls[edit | edit source]

Main article: Controls


Getting started[edit | edit source]

1. Food and water to survive[edit | edit source]

Thanks to Conan rescuing you you're pretty bare, and in the middle of the wasteland desert. You'll soon become hungry and thirsty, so much so that you'll die without any water. You'll need to head inland towards the life giving river. Along the way you'll want to grab some supplies, namely some basic materials like Plant Fiber, Stone and Branches so you can begin basic crafting with some recipes, as well as to gain a little bit of XP.

Once you hit the river, hop in and hit E to drink. If you've happened to come across the Sealed Waterskin Sealed Waterskin with the note you'll be able to refill it (by equipping it and using it) and keep yourself refreshed for a while.

In regards to food, if you're still down at the river and have come across Shalebacks, there will be a nearby nest that will have Icon shaleback egg.png Shaleback Eggs. Eating them will give you regen on both Water and Health. Additionally, the following will give you a head start to stave off the starving for a while until you can manage to kill larger animals.

Fat Grub Fat Grub - For the strong of stomach, these grubs offer both food and moisture in the midst of the desert.
Handful Of Insects Handful Of Insects - To the starving, a handful of insects can be enough to stave off hunger for a while.
Feral Flesh Feral Flesh - Raw meat is a dangerous temptation for the starving and desperate. Consuming it provides immediate relief from hunger, but at the risk of inheriting any disease or parasite that may have come along for the ride.

To establish a better and more stable food supply, you will first have to craft a few things, which brings us to our next point:

2. Collect...Collect...Collect[edit | edit source]

Collecting basic materials and resources will become your bread and butter. It is essential to put your focus on collecting Plant Fiber, Branches and Stone that are either on the ground or picked up by harvesting bushes.

Plant Fiber Plant Fiber - The most basic materials that can be gathered by hand from plants. These fibers can be woven into rough clothing, but it will only provide a simple protection against the elements. Anything woven from such crude material cannot be expected to stop a swinging blade.

Plant fiber can be used for a variety of things, from light Armor to Twine Twine to later on making things out of it from a basic bed to the base of your civilization. You'll really need a lot of it. Once you've managed to put together a Stone Hatchet Stone Hatchet (made from Stone and Branches), you can cut down and harvest the smaller trees, which will provide you with larger bunches of Plant Fiber.

Branch Branch - Branches can be used to create rudimentary weapons and tools, which can then be used to shape wood for more beneficial purposes.

You'll be able to find branches everywhere easily. First simply laying on the ground, but once you've put together a Stone Hatchet, you can cut down the larger trees which will give you both Wood and Branches. Use them in crafting Weapons and making Tools.

Stone Stone - Most humble of materials and most common, stone is the building block of civilization. From the primitive weapons of Picts to the marble sheathed palaces of Aquilonian Kings, stone is the foundation upon which all is predicated. Even the elder races, who vanished from the earth without a trace, left behind great ruined cities of brooding stone to mark their passing.

Stone is useful in a lot of things, and you'll need a lot of it if you ever plan on building anything. You can start collecting it by picking it up from the ground, and together with Branches you can then make a Stone Pick Stone Pick to harvest larger amounts from rock piles.

3. Recipes & crafting[edit | edit source]

The materials above are the base for crafting, and with the right combination can provide you with the basics for survival. Open up your inventory with I to begin crafting on the right side. You'll start with a few recipes every exile starts with, basic Clothing and some tools. To have more crafting options you'll need to unlock them with the Recipes menu. The menu of all the Recipes will give you access to a lot more recipes - or a little more, depending on your Character's level. Just hit the "Unlock"-button below the Recipes. Note that not every recipe can be unlocked by the main recipe screen. The different icon buttons at the top right go much further in depth.

Wildlife: The creatures & beasts of the Exiled Lands[edit | edit source]

The Exiled Lands are filled with a variety of different creatures, animals and beasts both common and uncommon in Hyboria. They can be found, hunted and harvested for Resources and Food to aid you in your struggle against both the elements and other exiles. As you make your way out of the desert, you will eventually reach the river. This lush, green area is the home of mostly docile prey. Animals like Shalebacks and Rabbits are plentiful, yielding bone, meat and hide when harvested after killing them. Hide can be tanned to make leather, perfect for Crafting strong and tough Armor. See a few of the Creatures below.

Image Animal Notes Drops
Imp.jpg
Imp The Imp is one of the more aggressive beasts in Hyboria, and will chase and attack you whenever they catch wind of your scent. Bone, Feral Flesh and Hide
Baby Shaleback.jpg
Shaleback The Shaleback can be a bit more docile unless engaged. These creatures will stand on their back legs and swing with a crushing blow. If you're not properly geared you'll get taken out in a few swings. Bone, Feral Flesh and Hide
Crocodile.jpg
Crocodile The Crocodile is a very aggressive creature and will attack to kill if it catches your scent. If left unaware, they can take you out in a single bite. Thick Hide, Savory Flesh, Bone

Weapons, armor and shields[edit | edit source]

Welcome to the Hunt! In quick fashion you'll soon be hunting the best Antelope out there...
You're probably not ready to take on a Shaleback King yet, but soon, young one... soon.

You'll need some survival gear and quick if you haven't already got it started. The basics are light clothing otherwise known as Coarse gear ( Coarse Tunic Coarse Tunic, Coarse Handwraps Coarse Handwraps, Coarse Leggings Coarse Leggings and Coarse Footwraps Coarse Footwraps ), which you can make with some pretty basic gathered Resources. This will protect you a bit against aggressive creatures and NPCs. If you get in too much of a fight the armor will degrade through use and you'll be bare again, so keep your stuff repaired.

To Craft your first weapons, you'll need the Icon Mercenary.png Mercenary recipe which will unlock handcrafting of a Stone Sword (A blunt, brittle sword.) and a Wooden Shield (A rudimentary shield of loosely bound branches.) They're pretty basic, but they'll make do until you can make something better. They'll keep you pretty protected and you'll be able to take down most of the Creatures near to the River, and hopefully with your negotiation skills you'll be able to passively survive any other players. Leveling up will bring the Icon Archer.png Archer option which will give you the ability to craft a Hunting Bow and some Flinthead Arrows. Combine the arrows by dragging the Arrows icon into the Bow icon once you've crafted them to load it and you're ready to be a Hunter, for the glory of the hunt!

Religion, gods & their avatars[edit | edit source]

Choose to worship one of the gods and gain their favor as Religion options. Throughout the game, you'll have the option to worship any, all or none of the gods as you see fit. By choosing one of the various gods, you will start the game with the basic knowledge as an acolyte of their religion. Knowledge granted by following the gods will give you certain advantages. Right from the start you will be able to build an altar to your god, and from the altar you can craft your religious artifact and get access to some helpful Recipes. You gain favor for the gods in different ways. When you kill other players or human NPCs you use your religious artifact on their dead bodies.

Icon God Name Description Information Gain Favor Avatar
Icon Crom.png
Crom The "God who requires no worship." By choosing Crom you will not get the knowledge of an acolyte, as he is the god if you do not wish to get involved in the religion system.
Icon Set.png
Set The "God of serpents and sacrifice." Set’s followers are granted powers that align with their god, protection from Poison and the ability to turn Snakes into Arrows. Use your Setite Ritual Knife to cut out the hearts of your enemies and bring them to his altar to gain Set’s favor. An enormous snake
Icon Yog.png
Yog The "God of cannibals." Yog, the Lord of Empty Abodes, demands that his followers consume flesh that has been ritually purified and in return, Yog grants his followers blessed Weapons and Armor. Gain Yog’s favor by using your Yog Cleaver to harvest unblemished human flesh and roasting it in a Pit of Yog. An immense eldritch horror
Icon Mitra.png
Mitra The "God of right and justice." Mitra purports to be a god of right and justice, Mitra’s followers are given the ability to create Clothing and Weapons. Purify the bodies of fallen enemies with your Mitraen Ankh and bring the lingering essence of their souls to an Altar of Mitra to gain his favor. A gigantic bronze colossus
Icon Ymir.png
Ymir The "Lord of War and Storms" Harvest ice shards from human corpses using your Hoar-Frost Hatchet and bring them to an Altar of Ymir to combine them into ice and gain his favor.
The summoned avatar of Yog obliterating his enemies.

Once you've gained favor, the Avatar of your religion is the ultimate expression of your religious fervor in the game. These huge creatures are the physical embodiment of the gods which appear for a very brief period. The avatars are also the ultimate tool for crushing your enemies in Conan Exiles. Their incredibly powerful attacks smash anything in their path. No building, castle or wall can stand before them. Although their power is immense, the effort needed to summon an avatar is massive. Not only do you need to have constructed a tier three Altar, but you also need to have enslaved the right Thrall for your religion. These are monumental tasks and all the effort which has gone into them is consumed to summon an avatar.

Death, status effects & corruption[edit | edit source]

The Death system in Conan is quite similar to most hardcore survival games. Be prepared to die, as you will die. It happens, and most likely a lot. If and "when" you die, you lose all equipped Weapons all Tools as well as anything you are carrying, dropping your entire inventory. This might be different on some servers due to settings, though.

Many of the dark places in Conan Exiles are filled with corrupting magic. When you explore deep caves or ancient ruins such as the Unnamed City, the magic which still lingers there slowly corrupts you. When you fight magical creatures, such as demons or undead, their very presence spreads Corruption.

Corruption permanently reduces your maximum Health, and the more you are exposed to the corruption, the worse it gets. When corrupted, you need to spend time in the presence of entertainer Thralls to remove it. Once the corruption has been removed, your maximum health will return to normal. Even though it is dangerous to seek out such dark places, they are often filled with valuable treasures or mystical Lore.

Guilds, clans & growing friendships[edit | edit source]

The desert is harsh enough to have additional players as Enemies. Work with your neighbors or friends to create a Guild and live in harmony, while punishing your enemies. Once you have created a guild you can invite others, or join other people's creations. In Early Access the system didn't allow for guild alliances, but once it's implemented, you can feel free to have handshake deals and other agreements. You'll want to keep an eye on fighting with other guild members, as friendly fire is on and you will take damage from wide swings of friendlies. In regards to guild building, Foundations and other Buildings allow for ownership of a certain radius, and if you're not part of the guild you wont be able to build on or close to their foundations.

  • To invite someone into your guild, stand next to the person looking at them, and hold E which will send an invite to your guild.

Building and expansion[edit | edit source]

A look at the various tiers of building materials used to fashion places to survive.

Buildings in Conan Exiles have 3 different Tiers of building supplies and materials. Each Tier increases the player's survivability and gives added protection against the weather, Thralls, Creatures and other players.

Tier 1 Buildings - Sandstone (Stone, Wood and Fiber to build) - Damaging such buildings requires steel weaponry.
Tier 2 Buildings - Bricks (Logs, Bricks and Mortar to build) - Undamagable by Weapons, need explosive items.
Tier 3 Buildings - Steel (Unknown build requirements) uses Steel reinforcements - Undamagable by Weapons, need explosive items.

Building notes[edit | edit source]

  • Buildings also have a Foundation requirement. Any building uses a support system that needs to be supported by pillars or connected to a foundation in some way.
  • Equipping a Repair Hammer will show you the quality of your buildings, and will give you a chance to see the materials needed to fix. You can craft a Repair Hammer with your first building.

Servers & advanced topics[edit | edit source]


If you're wanting to get started playing through the Exiled Lands on your own server feel free to swing over to the dedicated server system requirements page, where you can read up on the requirements and get technical with setting up your own personal server. If you'd rather check out the dedicated server providers, there's also an option for that. Additionally you can find more information in the technical manual.

Main article: Admin Panel


Once installed, the Admin Panel can be accessed in the game by pressing Ctrl - Shift - C which will give access to a great variety of functions that admins will use in the game, from spawning Items to setting times of day, to cloaking etc. There are several additional Admin Commands that can be run from the command line (Insert or ~ to open) which will probably be useful for day-to-day activities.

SummonPlayer [Playername] – This will summon a player to your location which is useful for situations where they are stuck etc.
Fly – Will allow your player to fly around the world. Extremely immersion breaking…
God – Makes you invulnerable to all damage, but also prevents knockbacks and other secondary effects from being applied to your Character.
ToggleDebugHUD – This shows server performance and number of players in the top right and your location co-ordinates in the bottom left.
Ctrl - Alt - Shift - L – Will open a small window that shows your location in a format that can be copy pasted easily. Use this for bugfixing and teleporting to help stranded players.
Ctrl - Delete - Will destroy any building piece and kill any NPC in front of you.