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Top 7 Beginner Tips Essential for Survival

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Top 7 Beginner Tips Essential for Survival

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Read this Shadow of the Tomb Raider guide of Top 7 essential Beginner Tips to survive the game! Use your skill points, Survival Instinct, the Bow, & more!

Top 7 Beginner Tips Essential for Survival

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Tip #1: Use Skill Points Wisely

Prioritize Bonus EXP Skills Early On

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Choose skills that grant bonus EXP skills early in the game as they will help you gather more points to upgrade other survival skills faster.

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Which Skills Should I Get Early On?

Eagle's Sight, Viper's Nest, Serpent's Strike and Howler's Speed are 4 Skills you can learn early in the game and will help you make more out of your adventures; helping you spot more loot and avert from danger

SkillEffect & Skill Point
Shadow of the Tomb RaiderEAGLE'S SIGHTReveal Artifacts, Monoliths, Treasure Chests, Archivist Maps and Explorer Backpacks while using Survival Instincts.
Skill Point : 1 pt
Shadow of the Tomb RaiderVIPER`S NESTIncrease the amount of man-made crafting resources gathered from each source.
Skill Point : 2 pts
Shadow of the Tomb RaiderSERPENT'S STRIKEPerform a Stealth Kill Takedown without alerting nearby enemies.
Skill Point : 1 pt
Shadow of the Tomb RaiderHOWLER'S SPEEDNever slip when grabbing ledges. More reaction time for traps and grappling enemies.
Skill Point : 1 pt

Tip #2: Utilize Survival Instinct

Look For Curious Marks Or Climbing Spots

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Survival Instinct

Use the Survival Instinct to check for curious marks to overcome obstacles & spot areas where you can climb. A height advantage lets you scope the area for resources, enemies, & your quest's direction.

Use For Stealth & Tracking Enemy's Location

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Survival Instinct

The general location of the enemy will be shown by an icon when using the Survival Instinct. So keep note of the location & plan a stealthy attack to take enemies down one by one.

Check Compass For Quest Direction

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Survival Instinct

If you've lost track of the main quest, using the Survival Instinct will help you find your way. A compass will show up on-screen to lead you to the general direction of your next step.

Search For Materials & Collectibles

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Survival Instinct

When using Survival Instinct, materials, artifacts, clues, & collectibles are highlighted on-screen. This will help you easily locate them, especially when hidden in obscure or hidden spots.

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Tip #3: Don't Forget Your Bow

Versatile, Accessible, & Silent Weapon

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Lara's bow is a versatile & accessible weapon that offers many advantages, especially in combat. It silently shoots out arrows, making it a great weapon for any stealth plays against enemies.

Upgrade To Overcome Obstacles

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Bow Upgrades

Over time, you can unlock upgrades to make your bow more versatile. Be sure to keep upgrading it as some obstacles need specific arrows to move forward in-game.

Tip #4: Come Back To Complete Areas

Don't Try To Get Everything In Your First Run

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You can always come back & collect anything you've missed when you first visited any area, so don't try to get everything in your first run!

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Tip #5: Level Up Via Challenges & Missions

Gather Resources & Upgrades When Stuck

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Challenges & Side Missions offer additional resources & upgrades. If you can't move forward in the main storyline, do some of them to gain more experience, materials, & upgrades.

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Use Challenges & Side Missions To Upgrade Lara

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Challenges & Side Missions will also help you practice your mastery of controls & Lara's skills. They can serve as a real training ground (with rewards!) to help you play better later on!

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Hunting Wildlife Provides Bonus XP

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Hunting Wildlife

You will be able to earn generous amounts of XPs by hunting the numerous wildlife found throughout the jungle. Hunting rare animals and predators will also provide resources that you may use to upgrade or restore newly acquired outfits.

Tip #6: Remember To Upgrade Your Weapons

Upgrade Your Weapons at Base Camp

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Base Camp Upgrades

Through her adventures, Lara will gain access to numerous deadly weapons to aid her quest. Remember to upgrade them at your nearest Base Camp to maximize their combat potential.

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Attachments Adds New Function for Your Weapons

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There are several attachments in game obtainable through Skill or merchants in settlements which will open up new function for your weapons. From Suppressors to Launchers, these attachments will surely help you in a pinch.

Visit Merchants To Purchase New Weapon & Attachments

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Merchant Purchase

There are several Merchants located in certain locations throughout your journey. All of these merchants have different line-up of merchandises, each with unique and powerful upgrades to your arsenal.

Tip #7: Utilize Your Outfit Bonuses

Some Outfits Have Status Bonus

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Certain Outfits have additional status bonuses that gives Lara combat enhancements or XP bonuses. Swap out these Outfits according to your situation and make use of them!

Acquire New Outfits From Merchants, Crypts & Side Quests

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Vestige Outfits

You may acquire additional Outfits from merchants, Crypts and Side Quests. You will need to restore your newly acquired Outfits before equipping them, be sure to stock up on materials!

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