Paint the Town Red
Submitted by: David K.
Beginner’s Guide (Currencies, Combat, Shard Lords and the Apostle):
Written by Supa Player
A guide on starting to play Beneath.
Welcome to the beginner’s guide to beneath. If you are reading this, you
new to the game and may not know the difference between purple and blue
may not even know how to upgrade things. This and many other topics and
will be covered in this guide. You will learn how to navigate levels,
class differences, how to avoid or fight enemies, and you will also learn
the controversial pursuer.
When you start in Beneath, you will see an opening cutscene where you
on a platform. When you step off, you will be in the facility. When you are
off, you can explore the facility but it’s likely you will soon want to
In the room with the blue character holograms, you can choose a class. So
Brawler: melee fighting.
Warlock: ranged fighting.
Spectre: running fast to get from point A to B efficiently.
After choosing a class, make your way to the giant blue hangar doors. They
to reveal an elevator, where you press E to begin the true
You will find yourself in a giant hangar beneath. You will notice that
enemies ahead, and an item on a pedestal. These perks are found throughout
either bought in shops or found between areas.
You may notice the dark bar at the top of the screen with grey notches.
This is your
compass. It is extremely useful as it shows you where things are without
having to search the whole level.
Powers and power bar
Gold and energy
This compass, and many other things such as player damage and stamina total
upgraded through the use of shards and energy. There are 3 main currencies
in the game.
Gold, energy, and shards. Gold takes the form of gold coins and is gained
enemies. Energy takes the form of purple fragments that are gained from
enemies. Shards are blue and are gained from shard lords. (More on them
Gold is used for: Buying items and weapons in a Beneath run.
Energy is used for: Buying permanent upgrades and new weapons to be found
Shards are used for: Buying permanent upgrades from the Apostle.
As you start to play Beneath, you will notice that combat is different to
Firstly, there are multiple types of enemies instead of humans. They have
that alter gameplay from the scenarios. Meanwhile the player also has
powers and will
be able to counter the new enemies. In Beneath, advancing right into groups
is not a good idea. It is not like the scenarios where you can knock
Remember this saying:
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will
also suffer a
defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every
Sun Tzu, The Art of War
For this method, it is important to know how each enemy attacks and how to
When playing in the Caves, there are some common strategies you can employ
When fighting melee enemies, it can be a good idea to use ranged attacks.
It will be
difficult for them to reach you if you can stay out of range and attack.
fireballs as warlock is effective, and throwing weapons may help. This can
enemies such as zombies, traitors, and floating heads.
Ranged enemies are more complex to fight than ranged enemies. They can
easily kill you
if you can’t kill them fast enough. For example the Minions (small guys
with staffs) can
shoot red beams at you that track your movements. To counter this, you must
cover, run, or block with a shield. After they attack run in and quickly
Crystal Crabs are another tough ranged enemy. Firing sniper like lasers,
have a hard shell. Strafe these enemies and jump while they attack, making
terrible accuracy. After they attack, run in and cut their legs. (Remember
It is almost impossible to kill them by hitting their shells, so cutting
the legs is
Remember to pick up various weapons scattered throughout Beneath to assist
The shop is an essential part of the game for newer players. It allows you
boosts, weapons, and it is where you
can use energy to unlock new weapons and upgrades.
The shop is marked by a yellow triangle on the compass. If you have excess
is a good idea to use it here.
When you enter the shop, you will be greeted by a Giant Mage and his
Do not worry, these creatures are not hostile. The shopkeeper will stand
behind a stone
counter where you can buy weapons and 1 item.
To the right of the shop entrance are boosts you can buy that give you more
stamina, or speed. These are expensive and should not be the first priority
to buy for
To the left of the entrance are energy and health items that can replenish
They are likely the first priority for newer players.
Against the wall to the right of the shopkeeper is the enchantment station.
can pay a fee to enchant your current weapon, increasing durability and
It is important to note you can not jump or use weapons in the shop. You
press E by default to buy things.
Item stalls can also be found in rooms while exploring, giving you the
chance to get
more items and boosts.
-=Navigation and Time Management=-
Navigating beneath can be challenging. This is the reason it is important
consult the compass at the top of the screen. It is also important to
time so the Pursuer does not show up.
There will always be enemies in most rooms and occasionally in hallways.
combat section of this guide to efficiently overcome that aspect.
When triangles on the compass point downwards, that means they are on a
This is not a problem, just find a room that slopes downwards, leading you
lower floor of the level. The triangles on the compass will then update and
It is possible for newer players to get lost. When this happens, try to
the shop or an exit to get your bearings again.
If you come into a room or hallway with dead enemies, this means you have
before. At this point you should turn around and try to find another way.
Pillar of Autumn mission anyone?)
Upgrading the compass can be helpful to pinpoint the locations of shard
They will be covered next.
-=Shard Lords and the Apostle=-
When exploring the Caves, you may find a room with a Minion trapped in a
free him, you must kill all the enemies. This will free him and send him to
facility. At the facility, he will be in a previously closed room next to
room where you can get permanent upgrades with shards.
Shards are collected from dead Shard Lords. Shard Lords are minibosses you
rarely while exploring. They vary in attacks, size and type, and caution
taken when fighting them. When you kill one, they will drop 1 shard
allowing you to
buy upgrades from the Apostle. Each Shard Lord will be covered in a
If you take too long in a level, beware of the Pursuer. It will appear
9 minutes, and chase you constantly. Like the ghost from Spelunky, it
interupted and will chase you until you die. If you are not experienced
it, try to reach the exit as soon as possible.
The exit is your primary objective in each level. Marked by a blue triangle
compass, it is a small hallway in most cases with a blue zone you can walk
This will end the level and transport you to the next one.
When you reach the exit too early, there will be a door covering it with a
This ring will slowly get smaller over time. You can pay a fine to have the
immediately, although this is not recommended. It is advised to wait it out
or go fight
some more enemies while killing time.