Although you may be already familiar with the Dragon Quest series and its many RPG incarnations, you’ll quickly realize that Dragon Quest Builders 2 operates slightly differently. While it includes many of the RPG mechanics you’d expect, the game plays a lot closer to a sandbox builder, with a majority of tasks requiring you to collect materials that can then be used to craft items and construct different structures.
The game does a great job of explaining its various systems, with the first half of the story practically being one giant tutorial. However, there are some things you should know ahead of time if you plan on becoming the legendary Builder your village desperately needs.
Whether you’re a returning player with countless hours of block-building experience or a newcomer looking to dive headfirst into everything Dragon Quest Builders 2 has to offer, this guide is designed to share some useful tips for getting started.
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New Features and Changes
If you played the first Builders game, you might remember how tedious it was to get from point A to B with your character’s default movement speed. The sequel addresses this issue in a number of ways:
- Sprint – Players can now sprint by using energy from a new stamina meter.
- Fast Travel – Players can now Fast Travel between key areas, such as villages and any Navi-Globes they’ve unlocked.
- Underwater Exploration – Players can now freely explore underwater areas, which also drains the stamina meter.
- Paraglider – Later in the game players unlock a paraglider that allows them to cross wide gaps.
Another annoyance in the first game was weapon and tool durability, which required you to constantly craft replacements each time your building hammer or sword would break. Builders 2 removes this system altogether, making it so any new weapon or tool you acquire is a permanent upgrade. Additionally, there are some returning tools as well as new ones that unlock as you progress through the game:
- Hammer – Returns from the first game; allows you to break items and blocks without destroying them.
- Gloves – Lets you pick up a single item at a time and place it somewhere else.
- Bottomless Pot – A bucket capable of holding an infinite amount of water. It can be used to scoop up different kinds of water, which can then be poured onto any surface.
Tips for Building and Exploring
The changes and new features added for Builders 2 make exploring the game’s procedurally-generated islands much easier. However, before you start climbing mountains and jumping off cliffs, there are a few things you should know:
- Build custom paths and stairs – You’ll want to always have disposable blocks in your bag for times when you find yourself off the beaten path. Placing blocks on the side of a mountain or hill will provide you with a step that can then be continued. Just like in Minecraft, you can aim downwards while jumping, allowing you to place blocks directly below to gain additional height.
- Open your map – This one is a bit obvious, but you would not believe how much easier it becomes to locate certain materials or locations simply by referencing your map.
- Don’t worry about fall damage – While you may feel a burst of anxiety any time your character slips and starts to drop from a significant height, have no fear. While the game does have falling damage, you can’t die from it and will instead drop to 1HP.
- Beds are your friend – When you’re out exploring at night, you’ll sometimes encounter dangerous enemies who can quickly drain your health. If you have a bed with you, you can easily place it down and take a nap to restore health and skip ahead to day time when most monsters disappear.
Tips for Cooking and Crafting
Builders 2 sees the return of the first game’s hunger meter, meaning you’ll have to occasionally grab a bite to keep your character ready for action. In the early goings, keeping a steady supply of food for you and your villagers can be rough, so consider the following:
- Have your villagers cook so you don’t need to – Early in the game you’ll find yourself having to cook for not only you but also for your growing community of NPCs. However, once you unlock the kitchen blueprint, you’ll be able to leave food in nearby chests that your villagers will access to automatically cook for you.
- While you’re at it, let your villagers do everything else – Defeating the Children of Hargon is tough work, so you shouldn’t have to waste your time worrying about cooking food or harvesting crops. You’ll be surprised by how autonomous your villagers can be once you set them up for success. Assign specific crops to scarecrows and place chests in kitchens to ensure the ship runs smoothly even when you’re away.
Tips for Combat
One of Builder 2’s shortcomings is its overly simplistic combat system, which boils down to quick or charged attacks and jumping. Since the game lacks the ability to dodge, you’ll have to get creative when facing a formidable threat:
- Learn enemy attack patterns – Once you know what kind of attacks an enemy performs, you’ll know how long it takes them to charge up and which direction they’re about to deal damage. Use this to your advantage.
- Avoid fighting groups of enemies – While smaller foes won’t put up much of a fight, engaging with large groups of stronger enemies can leave you in a perpetual stun loop where your attacks are constantly interrupted. To avoid this, we recommend separating enemies whenever possible.
- Equip your villagers with weapons – At one point in the game you’ll be asked to prepare for a big battle by giving certain NPCs weapons. As you progress and begin crafting more powerful weapons, make sure to build a few extra so your villagers can be more effective in battle.