Ruined King Guide: Top 10 Tips For Beginners

In this Ruined King Guide: Top 10 Tips For Beginners, I’m going to go through the best beginner tips and tricks that you should know in order to efficiently play through the game and to survive encounters. I’ll be talking about several ways in which you can farm gold and Black Marks, the abilities you ought to upgrade first, and the Champions you should choose, to name a few.

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is a Turn-based RPG developed by Airship Syndicate and published by Riot Forge. Your main objective is to find out the root cause behind the return of the corruption that is the Black Mist as well as to stop it. The game is already available on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

Ruined King Guide: Top 10 Tips For Beginners

In Ruined King, you can cycle among 6 Champions, namely, Illaoi, Braum, Yasuo, Miss Fortune, Pyke, and Ahri, whom you’ll meet at different points in the story. Similar to other RPGs, you’ll be able to upgrade their skills, receive bonus perks, and choose the playstyle you want upon leveling up. Let’s begin with the best ways on how to level up quickly.

How to Level Up Fast

There are three ways to level up your characters in Ruined King and that’s by completing main quests, side quests, and bounty boards. At lower levels, however, it’s best to focus on main and side quests until you reach level 7. If you’re having a tough time with these, you should search for Rest Points to bring enemies back to life, allowing you to gain extra XP from them.

What’s good about doing mostly main quests at the beginning is you hasten the process of recruiting more Champions as you progress in the story. Initially, you have Illaoi and Braum who are hybrid characters, which means that they mainly support allies and inflict debuffs rather than dealing great damage like Yasuo. Meanwhile, you can purchase Rumors or side quests from certain NPCs.

How to Level Up Fast in the Ruined King Getting Started Guide

Once you hit level 7, you ought to start taking bounties, which are located in the Docks Harbor. Fighting against enemies that are more than three levels higher than you is difficult since the damage they deal is too high. You won’t be able to effectively counter the damage given your insufficient potions and upgrades. And finally, if you’re able to save some gold, I suggest buying food from vendors that allows you to gain 10% more XP after every combat encounter such as the Lippertick Apple Crumble in the Shadow Isles.

Bounty Board in the Ruined King Getting Started Guide

How to Farm for Gold and Black Marks

Ruined King has two currencies in the form of gold and Black Marks. With gold, you can purchase uncommon weapons, armor, accessories, potions, food, and fishing gear. On the other hand, with Black Marks, you’ll be able to buy rare gear and mysterious chests to receive an assortment of items. Whether you’re exploring Bilgewater or Shadow Isles, it’s essential to constantly scan your environment in order to verify if you can claim loot from scattered barrels, vases and chests.

How to Farm for Gold in the Ruined King Getting Started Guide

Chests, especially, provide you with a lot of gold and random materials. Thankfully, you can easily check their positions on the map so make sure to prioritize clearing them out when you traverse areas. Additionally, you should sell low level equipment to earn some gold since you won’t be able to discard these for materials anyway. You ought to also consider purchasing the Wolfseal Platter from Isobel in the Shadow Isles as well as the Prospector’s Ring to increase the amount of gold you receive after every encounter.

How to Farm for Black Marks in the Ruined King Getting Started Guide

Next are Black Marks, which you can accumulate by turning in fish chunks from fishing as well as artifacts. But the best and quickest way to farm for this currency is by completing bounties as you’re able to get an average of 10 Black Marks per bounty. You can then purchase special chests in Baron’s Rest or unique and powerful gear in the Low Tide Market. Between the two, the latter vendor has better items to choose from instead of acquiring random materials that you may or may not use when you decide to enhance your gear.

Actively Search for Rest Points

Rest Points have a lot of other functions and are represented as torches on the map. First, they replenish your health and mana, which are persistent in the game. As such, you can only fully restore them by drinking potions, taking rests, and leveling up. However, consuming potions is not the best way to do so since they’re scarce when you’re starting out so you’ll want to save them for challenging fights.

Actively Search for Rest Points in the Ruined King Getting Started Guide

Second is that resting provides a means to switch Champions since you can only have three of them at any given time. And lastly, these checkpoints allow you to eat meals, which are essential buffs to help you thrive and endure in combat, particularly at higher difficulties. You can’t “use” food from your inventory, making it necessary to actively search for Rest Points.

Learn to Enchant and Infuse Gear

In order to enchant and infuse items, you need to gather different recipes and materials by killing enemies and looting chests. Enchanting grants specialized buffs to your weapons and armor. For instance, you can improve the Crit Rating of your pistol with Sharpness Weapon or raise the chances of dealing extra damage with Scorch. But you’ll need to farm for materials, which you can do by referring to the Bestiary section in the Menu. This shows information on creatures including where to find them as well as what their drops are.

Wharf Rat Whelp in the Bestiary in the Ruined King Getting Started Guide

Going back to our initial example for Sharpness Weapon, you have to obtain Hardened Leather, Broken Murk Wolf Fang, Murk Wolf Hide Scraps, and White Essence by hunting for the Wharf Rat Whelp in Bilgewater. Furthermore, you can’t stack enchantments so you won’t be able to add a Crit Rating and do extra damage on a single piece of equipment. On the other hand, infusing upgrades the rarity, and therefore the stats of your gear. For these, you’ll need to collect Essences from chests and enemies once again.

Enchanting Weapons in the Ruined King Getting Started Guide

Note that performing either activity grants you a 100% chance of success if you supply all of the necessary materials. Now you may be wondering if you still need to upgrade equipment even if you acquire good-quality gear from quests or vendors. And the answer to this is yes because you’ll be able to enhance and customize their features the way you like it. Remember that vendors primarily sell uncommon equipment so you have the option to purchase them before undergoing enchantment and infusion as long as you own enough ingredients to do so.

Select Party Members Wisely

Since you can only bring three Champions with you, you need to choose them wisely depending on what they’re capable of doing in terms of dealing damage, healing allies, and acting as tanks. As such, you’ll be able to control the battlefield better because the responsibilities of your heroes are evenly spread out. For example, you can pair Illaoi and Yasuo with Pyke. Illaoi has the ability to heal while dealing decent damage with her tentacles whereas Yasuo can inflict massive critical damage.

Select Party Members Wisely in the Ruined King Getting Started Guide

She also has the potential to attack in quick succession thanks to her Guns Blazing Ability, which improves Haste. Meanwhile, Pyke deals damage over time with bleeding while also inflicting greater damage when he’s in Stealth Mode or when the enemy’s health is below a certain percentage. These types of synergies are vital to stay alive so you should consider them carefully. Alternatively, you can go with a Braum and Yasuo setup to absorb damage with a Shield and to deal massive Critical Damage. There are so many possibilities that you’re able to come up with since every Champion specializes in dealing a wide array of buffs and debuffs on top of the damage they inflict.

Lastly, prior to the start of an encounter, you ought to remember to use your Dungeon Ability. This allows you to gain an advantage because you’re able to instantly reduce the opponent’s health or impose a debuff.

Constantly Inspect Enemies

At the beginning of every encounter, especially for challenging ones against bosses, it’s essential to inspect enemies. Doing so provides you with information on the unique stats that they may have against you. For instance, if you fight the Sorrowful Wisp, you’ll see that upon death, they can boost the Attack Power of their allies for several turns with the Transfer Essence Debuff.

Constantly Inspect Enemies in Combat in the Ruined King Getting Started Guide

In order to counter this, you either have to kill the other creatures first to prevent the buff from activating or to allow the Wisp to live long enough for the debuff to expire. Should you choose the latter option, you need to ensure that you have sufficient potions or Illaoi in the party to perform healing since this enemy has the ability to raise the damage you receive. At higher difficulties, constantly inspecting your targets can make the difference between life or death.

Know When to Switch Lanes

In addition to inspections, you should pay attention to the Initiative Bar Region of every encounter. This can either be a Hazard, which has the potential to inflict damage over time, a Boon to aid you in combat, or a Wildcard, meaning a random buff or debuff.

There are many buffs that you can chase after such as Haste, Critical Chance, and Healing, to name some. As long as your Champion’s portraits touch the borders of the corresponding region, you’ll be able to gain its benefits. It’s also true for Hazards, which you ought to avoid at all costs. The bar plays a pivotal role in determining the right time to use certain abilities. You can switch lanes in order to get the buff or to dodge whatever debuff is available at the moment.

Know When to Switch Lanes in Combat in the Ruined King Getting Started Guide

Moreover, it’s best to have at least one hero who has Pushback Abilities like Braum’s Winter’s Bite in order to shove enemies out of regions that benefit them and to place them into those that cause harm. This also delays their next turn. Lastly, there are some creatures such as the Spectral Wharf Rat, who have a Shifting Form Buff. It’s initially a non-expiring passive where applying abilities in the Balanced or Power Lane can make your attacks miss. However, you’re able to dispel the buff if you charge from the Speed Lane.

Balance Your Mana

Each Champion has three types of skills that they can use in combat and these are Instant, Lane and Ultimate Abilities. Lane Abilities allows for lane-switching, giving you the flexibility to reduce cast time or to improve your raw power. Instant Abilities, on the other hand, are those which you activate immediately without expending mana or making use of any cast time. Although, they’re not as potent and versatile as Lane Abilities. And finally, Ultimate Abilities are the most powerful ones and they can only be used once you’ve filled up the party’s Ultimate Meter.

Ultimate Ability in Combat in the Ruined King Getting Started Guide

Now managing your health can easily be done by healing and drinking potions but balancing your mana is a different issue altogether. Not only are mana potions pricey but they’re also scarce to come by. So if you don’t have enough of them in your stash, you should resort to activating Instant Abilities in the meantime. Doing so fills up your Overcharge Meter that eventually lets you transition into using Lane Abilities later on.

Mana Reduction When Upgrading Abilities in the Ruined King Getting Started Guide

Furthermore, you should prioritize reducing mana costs when enhancing abilities. For instance, Illaoi’s Harsh Lesson 1B upgrade lessens mana consumption by more than 30%, which is significant. There are also other improvements to increase the amount of Overcharge you’re able to generate like Yasuo’s Steel Tempest 1B.

Prioritize Upgrading AoE and Damage Over Time Skills

When it comes to upgrading abilities, you should consider allocating points to improve the ones that deal AoE damage as well as damage over time. In one scenario, I had to activate Gathering Storm to inflict AoE damage in order to remove my enemy’s stealth. As a result, I was able to use single-target abilities against him. It’s also favorable in cases when you need to quickly eliminate weaker targets while harming their allies.

Prioritize Upgrading AoE and Damage Over Time Skills in the Ruined King Getting Started Guide

Additionally, with damage over time skills that inflict burning, poison or bleeding, such as Pyke’s Mark Target Ability, you can effectively beat opponents in the shortest amount of time possible.

Focus on Mastering a Single Class

Until you understand how to master a Champion, it’s important to invest shards in runes or perks for a single class or playstyle to avoid spreading yourself thin. As such, you gain permanent bonuses even if these are small. In Pyke’s case, if you prefer to improve his chances to deal critical damage together with the ability to enter stealth, then you should allocate points into the Assassin Class.

Focus on Mastering a Single Class in the Ruined King Getting Started Guide

On the other hand, if you want to boost his Attack Power and to take advantage of the status effects he inflicts, then picking the Drowned One Path would be the best option. The more shards you invest in a particular class, say the Assassin, the more bonuses you receive like Crit Chance Mastery and Calculated Opening. Should you wish to change playstyles or mix and match perks, you can do so quite easily since it’s free.

To acquire more shards, you need to purchase them by spending Black Marks or to collect lore entries. With the latter, you accumulate points to exchange for Tomes of Knowledge per Champion. Once you obtain a single tome, you can use it to gain 1 Rune Shard.

If you enjoyed this Ruined King Getting Started Guide, be sure to check out our other Beginner Guides like Darkest Dungeon 2 Early Access Getting Started Guide: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Played and New World PvP Guide: Tips for any Build, How to Win as a Beginner. What did you think of this Getting Started Guide? Have you started playing Ruined King? What are your thoughts on the game so far? Let us know in the comments below!


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