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Journey to the Savage Planet beginner’s guide and tips

Our tips to help you explore planet AR-Y26 and slap aliens to death

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In our Journey to the Savage Planet beginner’s guide, we’ll get help you get started with this game about slapping space-chickens. It’s a light-hearted and straightforward game, but there’s still plenty to learn for new players.

In this guide, we’ll share a handful of tips for getting started like understanding your compass, getting more health and stamina, dodging attacks, and more.

Learn your HUD compass markers

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The icons on your compass indicate where your ship is (right), your main mission objective (center), and secondary missions (left).
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There are only a few icons that show up on your HUD and your compass, but confusing at first. To save yourself any confusion, here’s what they mean:

  • Orange K. The stylized orange K (for Kindred Aerospace) — it looks like a track back button from a media player — on your compass points back to your ship.
  • Yellow kite. A yellow kite icon shows the next waypoint for whatever your active mission is.
  • Purple kite. A purple kite icon shows any secondary missions you’ve got available.
  • Gift box. If you’re carrying any resources when you die, you’ll have a gift box icon on your compass (you’ll also get a Secondary mission to collect your resources) to lead you back to your loot.

You can change what mission or secondary mission you’re tracking in your Journal.

Explore to find secrets everywhere

Journey to the Savage Planet is great at telling you where to go, but don’t sprint past the world on your way to the next waypoint. You’ll miss a ton of secrets.

Throughout every area, resources and upgrade materials are squirreled away in hard-to-reach (or at least not obvious) places. You can’t get every one right away, but it’s always worth doing a little exploring to find something sitting just off of the main path.

Any time you see an out-of-the-way ledge, grapple point, or even just a path that leads away from the critical path, check it out. Collecting extra resources — especially Alien Alloys — means getting faster upgrades. And any Orange Goo you find will help increase your health and stamina, making exploration easier.

Cut grass to find Orange Goo

Eating Orange Goo is how you’ll increase your health and stamina (for running longer) in Journey to the Savage Planet.

Especially early in the game, look for tall grass. Shoot or slap it, and you’ll often find that it was hiding that delicious goo. It’s a great way to find enough goo for the first few increases to your health — and perhaps more importantly your stamina, so you can run longer earlier, and explore faster.

You can dodge basically every attack

Journey to the Savage Planet isn’t combat-heavy, but you will run into quite a few unpleasant local animals. The secret to taking on almost every one of them is to dodge sideways at the last second. Think of it as your “get out of trouble button.”

Just remember that you have the option to dodge (with Circle/B on a controller), and practice using it early. It’ll help you out against enemies throughout the entire game, from Pufferbirds all the way up to and including the final boss.

Throw things at your enemies before shooting them

You’ll pick up lots of (usually slimy) things as you wander around AR-Y26. Some of these, like Gelatinous Blobs and Grapple Seeds, help you navigate the world. Others, like Binding Bile, Bombegrantes, and Blight Bombs, are weapons.

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Binding Bile sticks enemies to the ground so you can shoot them — even bosses.
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Binding Bile is especially useful against enemies and bosses because it binds them in place, giving you lots of time to deal damage. When they’re frozen, they even have the tendency to wave their weak points around in the air for you to shoot.

Science Experiment missions unlock new upgrades

The first few upgrades to your suit and pistol are part of the tutorial — you’ll get them automatically. Not long into the game, upgrading becomes something you have to track by yourself. Every upgrade is worth it. You’ll get extra ammo, extra jet pack boosts, new throwables, and new scanners for your visor.

To unlock the second (and subsequent) tiers of upgrades, you’ll need to complete Science Experiment missions. These are technically side missions, but don’t think of them as optional — the upgrades you unlock are all but necessary. For the first set, you’ll have to do things like kick Pufferbirds and shoot them out of the air, and survive a fall of 50 meters by using your jetpack.

Each set of Science Experiments (there are three sets total) unlock additional upgrades.

Shamefully bury your body for extra resources

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Sometimes your jetpack runs out of fuel and you have to shamefully bury your body.
Image: Typhoon Studios/505 Games via Polygon

Every time you die, your ship’s AI will print a new copy of you. If you wander back to where you died, you’ll find your corpse and get a “shamefully bury your body” prompt. Doing so will erect a tasteful holographic headstone and earn you a few extra resources.

Have fun

Journey to the Savage Planet is not an intense game, so don’t force it to be. Kick Pufferbirds, blow up stuff for fun, and just wander.

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