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Far Cry 6 beginner’s guide, tips, and tricks

How to survive your revolution on Yara

Dani Rojas from Far Cry 6 Image: Ubisoft Toronto/Ubisoft via Polygon

The open-world gameplay of Far Cry 6 isn’t much different than its predecessors, but there’s plenty new to explore. There are a handful of systems in the latest game that newcomers and veterans alike should know about.

In this Far Cry 6 beginner’s guide, we’ll give you advice on how to become the best guerrilla you can be. This guide will teach you about weapon modifications, why you should use different Supremos and Resolver weapons, how to use your Amigos, and exploration strategies. We’ll wrap up with several additional tips and tricks to help you make the most of Far Cry 6.

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How to change your fire rate

While firearms like shotguns and sniper rifles have predictable rates of fire, other guns can switch the number of bullets they fire with each trigger pull. Knowing how to change your rate of fire can drastically alter how some guns handle, letting you modify them to suit your preference.

Changing the rate of fire in Far Cry 6
On PlayStation, you press Square to change rate of fire
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To change your rate of fire, bring up your weapon wheel. When highlighting certain weapons, like rifles, you’ll see a white button prompt in the center of the screen below the ammo type. Pressing the highlighted button or key will cycle through the different rates of fire available to that weapon. For instance, some rifles have the ability to shoot a single bullet, a burst of three, or convert to fully automatic fire with each trigger pull.

If you don’t like the idea of having to constantly switch up your rate of fire, leave your guns on fully automatic. To ensure you don’t spray bullets wildly in intense firefights, fire in short bursts. While a three-fire burst gives you more control, it doesn’t let you unleash a wave of bullets when you need to like fully automatic does.

How to get more Supremo and Resolver weapons

Supremo and Resolver weapons can give you the edge in combat. However, unlike other firearms you find scattered across Yara, these two weapon types aren’t as easy to come by.

As part of the game’s progression system, you must rank up to unlock new Supremo and Resolver weapon crafting. When completing missions, you gain experience points that contribute to your character’s rank. With each new tier, you gain the ability to craft a new set of Supremo and Resolver weapons.

The Resolver weapon screen in Far Cry 6
Ranking up gives you access to better weapons
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Unlike other games that give you new abilities and powers as you level up, Far Cry 6 gives you access to new Supremo and Resolver weapons as a way to increase your power. Crafting new Supremo and Resolver weapons requires you to either visit Juan at your main base, or you can locate one of his arms dealers at any of your liberated bases. These powerful weapons do require large chunks of depleted uranium to craft which you get for completing important missions.

Don’t forget your Amigos and their abilities

Amigos in Far Cry 6 are animal companions that aid you in combat. Each one specializes in unique ways, so as you recruit more, you can use them in different scenarios.

While each Amigo has immediate utility in combat, they can also gain abilities over time. Most of their new talents unlock passively as you use them, while others require your input.

An information screen about the Amigo Guapo in Far Cry 6
Amigos get stronger the more you use them
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For instance, your first Amigo, Guapo, can gain their first ability after reviving themselves five times, whereas their third ability requires you to command them to take down 50 targets.

Each Amigo has different requirements to unlock new abilities. You can check their progress by going to your main menu > Amigos menu > highlight the companion you want to inspect > and then press the details button. Inside this menu, you can read about each Amigo’s main talent plus the requirements and progress to unlock their three additional abilities.

Follow smoke to steal supply drops

While navigating through Far Cry 6’s island paradise of Yara, you might see smoke on the horizon. If you come across billowing orange and yellow smoke, make your way toward it. You’ll be rewarded.

A smoking supply drop in Far Cry 6
Steal these supply drops when you can
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Where there’s smoke, there’s a supply drop you can steal. These containers of resources drop randomly, but you may also learn about them through notes found in the game or through word of mouth. Either way, supply drops are great ways to pile up on crafting resources with little effort.

If you happen upon a supply drop randomly, there’s a good chance it won’t be guarded. In that case, loot it freely. If you are looking to secure a supply drop you learned about through a note or from another character, there’s a chance you may have to fight for the resources. Some supply drops are located on small bases, while others might be in the process of being dropped somewhere on the island. In the latter case, you’ll have to race to secure the loot before enemy forces take it for themselves.

Talk to those you rescue

Whenever you liberate a base or checkpoint, friendly Libertad forces take over those locations. Not only do those areas become fast travel points and zones where you can drop off vehicles, but you can also find missions there.

An ally in Far Cry 6
New allies offer missions or supply locations
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When walking around a newly liberated area, pay attention to the friendly forces occupying your surroundings. Often they will call out to you. Hear them out. These characters will tip you off to a supply drop or side mission you can take part in. It’s always worth paying attention to because the short missions they offer are a great way to gather up more crafting resources or missions to help you rank up.

Build up your camp

One of the first camps you can build in Far Cry 6 is the base at Montero Farms. Constructing new facilities on a camp like this gives you access to new items, abilities, and access to gameplay elements like fishing.

To begin building your camp, speak to a foreman to bring up the construction desk menu.

The construction desk screen in Far Cry 6
New facilities open up new abilities and resources
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Camp Facilities unlock new aspects of the game, and you can upgrade them to further enhance what you can do in Far Cry 6. You can build the following facilities at camps:

  • The Hideout Network instantly unlocks the Wingsuit and lets you purchase Hideout locations to set up fast travel points.
  • A Guerilla Garrison places Recon Laptops at vantage points to help you better scout enemy bases.
  • Creating a Fishing Hut unlocks fishing spots where ... you guessed it: You can go fishing.
  • Setting up La Cantina lets you trade meat to create meals that grant temporary buffs.
  • Bandidos Barracks give you the ability to enlist recruits for Bandido Operations that passively help you gain resources.
  • The Hunter’s Lodge unlocks hunting spots and opens up a shop specifically catered to hunting.

As you build out new facilities, you can speak to the foreman to further enhance these buildings and unlock more upgrades and perks. For instance, upgrades to your Hideout Network will eventually let you spawn new vehicles at these smaller bases or give you the option to recharge your Supremo weapons upon entering.

Quick tips and tricks

There are multiple ways to survive, fight, and scour the land for resources in Far Cry 6. Below is a collection of additional tips, tricks, and strategies to help you become Libertad’s best guerilla.

Don’t underestimate your enemies’ field of vision

Even on the lowest difficulty setting, enemies will spot you when you’re in front of them. Soldiers will notice you from far distances — sometimes even when you’re in the brush and you don’t think they should. If you plan on going the stealth route, you have to approach enemy forces from behind.

Enemies fighting on a base at night in Far Cry 6
Even though they seem far away, enemies can still see you
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Keep an eye on the semicircle that indicates whether or not an enemy can see you. It takes a bit of time for baddies to turn aggressive after they spot you, but they will spot you. As long as you’re on the move and try to sneak in from the rear, you’ll be fine.

Direct your Amigos in combat

In most cases, your Amigos will automatically attack while you engage in combat. However, it’s often more beneficial to have your companions attack certain enemies.

A firefight from a first person perspective in Far Cry 6
You can also direct Amigos while aiming down your sights
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If you’re playing on a controller, pressing right on the D-pad will either tell an Amigo to go to a specific location or an enemy that you’re pointing at. You can see where an Amigo is heading when a blue icon appears. Use the ability to command your Amigos to split your advance on enemy bases or to cover your flank when sneaking behind enemy lines.

Mind your Heat Meter (or die)

As you take down enemy forces, steal supplies, or do anything that would undermine the main antagonist, your Heat Meter grows. A multi-tiered bar appears on the bottom left of your screen, indicating how much chaos you’re causing your enemies. The larger this scale grows, the more deadly the opposition you’ll face.

The in-game explainer for the Heat Meter in Far Cry 6
The in-game explainer for the Heat Meter
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If your actions become too bold, eventually special forces units will come to take you out. If that happens, don’t expect to live long.

If you’re near a base, raid and capture it

Taking control of different bases has multiple benefits. Every location you convert into a Libertad-controlled territory becomes a place that you can fast travel to and get vehicles from, if it's large enough. Not only that, but bases have FND caches that can either contain new weapons, gear, or hard-to-find gunpowder you can use to craft mods.

You can capture a base by defeating all the enemies occupying it. Larger bases will convert to your territory once it’s all clear. Smaller bases won’t become yours, but enemies won’t hang around if you’ve cleared them out. You can tell which bases will convert to your domain when they house vehicles or helicopter landing pads.

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