Far Cry 4 Beginner’s Guide

It’s not an exaggeration when we say everything in Kyrat wants to kill you. Whether you’re dealing with the people, the animals or even the environments, you’re never truly safe in Far Cry 4. Even a conquered outpost can be attacked when you least expect it. With all that in mind, we’re here to offer some help. We’ve assembled a list of tips designed to prepare you for what’s to come and to guide you through those first few hours in Far Cry 4. If you’re a seasoned Far Cry vet and have been paying close attention to Far Cry 4 since it was announced, some of these might seem a bit obvious, but poke around – you might learn something new.

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Help us, help you

If you’re going to make it through Far Cry 4, you’ll need friends. Liberate outposts so the Golden Path can set up shop in the area. These soldiers will patrol the surrounding roads and take on any enemies that stray into your territory. But that won’t stop the Royal Army from trying to take back the outpost. You may be called upon to provide some backup if one of your outposts is attacked, and it would be wise to heed the call.

Of course, you can also help Golden Path rebels throughout the world to earn yourself some Karma points. Rack up Karma and use Guns for Hire tokens to call upon the Golden Path when you’re in a tight spot. You should also look out for Sherpas on your journey. These travelers can provide you with a roaming storefront – somewhere for you to unload some loot and gear up. It’s always nice to have a store nearby when you’re running low on ammo.

Hunt early, hunt often

Far Cry 4This one seems pretty obvious (especially if you played previous Far Cry games), but we really can’t stress enough how important hunting is. Not only can you use animal pelts to craft new gear, but you can also use the meat for predator bait. Even if it seems like you don’t need the pelts right away, hang onto them because the next upgrade for that ammo bag or syringe kit might require that animal skin you were about to sell.

Listen

One of the keys to surviving in Kyrat is paying attention to your surroundings. Don’t just rely on what you can see; listen carefully to the world around you. If there are animals circling nearby, you’ll probably be able to hear them coming before you see them. Listen for the howl of the wolf pack or even the soft hiss of a snake hidden in the grass. Your ears could save your life.

Don’t just listen for danger. Listen for assistance, as well. The various NPCs throughout the world can be pretty chatty. Take a minute to stop and hear what they have to say. You might even discover something about Kyrat, Pagan Min or even yourself. Paying attention to the radio could be beneficial as well. You’ll hear much more than just the DJ talking about the local drug scene.

Music cues also alert you to nearby hidden collectibles like the Masks of Yalung scattered throughout Kyrat, so be sure to stay alert.

Weigh your options

Making important decisions is never easy. The pros and cons of a choice might not always be immediately clear, forcing you to make a call without all the details. You may find yourself choking down your initial instinct in certain situations. Take the Golden Path missions as an example. On the one hand you can side with Sabal – a staunch traditionalist and strong soldier. On the other hand you have Amita – a forward-thinking strategist.

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Sabal believes the old ways must be protected, but Amita thinks the people of Kyrat must get their hands dirty in order to survive in a post-civil war society. Do you side with Sabal when it seems like he’s doing the right thing for the present moment? Or do you agree to help Amita because Kyrat is going to need resources for the future, even if those resources come at a high moral cost? Each decision will have consequences that ripple throughout the world and the story, so don’t make them lightly.

Take the wheel

Maybe you’re driving along and just want to take in the scenery, or maybe you’re in the middle of a vehicular battle and don’t want to focus on driving and shooting. Either way, the autodrive function is there to help you out. If you’ve set a waypoint and you’re on a main road (not one of the smaller side roads), you can turn on the autodrive function by pressing the left joystick then simply sit back and relax… or shoot the hell out of whoever might be coming after you.

Don’t be afraid to get a little creative with your vehicle. Once you reach your waypoint – say, an outpost for example – hop out of the car (or truck, or tuk tuk, or whatever), pop a little C4 on that bad boy, kick off the brake, and send it rolling into enemy territory before blasting it sky high. Not only is it super effective, it looks badass too.

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Leader of the pack

Pack animals like wolves have an alpha. The alpha will be visually distinct from all the other members of the pack. When you find yourself surrounded, try to seek out the alpha and aim all your firepower in its direction. Kill the alpha and the rest of the pack will flee. If you try to take on the whole pack, you can quickly find yourself overwhelmed.

Of beasts and men

Sometimes just charging into a situation guns blazing is great. But sometimes you want to take your time and get creative with your attack strategy. It’s times like this when using the world around you works wonders. When you’re clearing an outpost, do some surveillance. There might be a cage containing a dangerous creature. Shoot the lock off the cage to unleash hell on the outpost. Just be careful about heading into the camp after you set the animals free. They could very well turn their aggression toward you.

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If there are no cages, you can always toss some bait into the area. If there are any predators nearby they will charge in after the bait and you’ll get the same results. Then you can just kick back and watch the mayhem unfold. If you’ve never seen a honey badger take down an outpost by itself, then you haven’t truly lived.

Find another route

The smartest path isn’t always the most obvious. Sometimes if you want to survive, you’re going to need to search the area for a potentially hidden route. If, for example, you’re trying to get to an outpost on top of a cliff, and the road up the cliff leads directly into the camp where enemies are waiting, you might want to steer away from the beaten path and opt for a more stealthy approach. Search the area surrounding the cliff for possible grappling locations. Not only will this quickly propel you up the otherwise unscalable surface, it will allow you to silently sneak into the outpost to cause some damage on the down-low.
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Hunting the Hunters

The Hunters are a new type of enemy. Silent and deadly, these archers carry bows and have unique control over wildlife. Tossing out bait to draw in predators could end up working against you if a Hunter is nearby. As if that didn’t make them tricky enough, you also can’t tag a Hunter for more than a few seconds. Whereas tags on other enemy types last as long as they are alive or you’re in range, a tag on a Hunter will disappear very quickly. If you spot a Hunter, take him out quickly. It could save you some pain in the long run.

Secret endings

Yeah, that’s right. You can access a couple of secret endings throughout the game just by making certain choices. It’s even possible to beat the game in less than 15 minutes if you make the right (or wrong?) choices. You’ll have to figure out how, though. We don’t want to spoil the fun, but we will leave you with a hint if you want to give it a try: When Pagan Min asks you to do something in the intro to the game, do it.

We don’t recommend going for the 15 minute playthrough on your first go as it gives away some pretty key plot points. Save it for after you beat the game.

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Far Cry 4

Release date — November 18, 2014
Developer — Ubisoft Montreal
In Far Cry 4, players find themselves in Kyrat, a breathtaking, perilous and wild region of the Himalayas struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king. Using a vast array of weapons, vehicles and animals, players will write their own story across an exotic open-world landscape.

ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs
The Author

Anne Lewis began her career as an editor at PlayStation: The Official Magazine, where she worked under former UbiBlog editor Gary Steinman. Now she's a lone wolf, prowling around her corner of the office and slowly descending into madness. Alas. When Anne isn’t writing about games, she's alphabetizing her comic book collection or shooting at stuff with a bow. Follow her on Twitter: @BDRAnneLewis