Frostborn is an immense step forward from the already successful LDOE title that made Kefir famous within the mobile gaming community. Although many of the gameplay features and mechanics (the game engine too, we suspect) were imported from the latter title, the theme, as well as the multiplayer aspect of Frostborn clearly set it apart from its predecessor. It’s a sort of a Skyrim without the open world that is decisively more punishing than Bethesda’s most renowned Elder Scrolls.
We’ve covered some of the basic aspects of the game in our BlueStacks beginner’s guide, which you should definitely read if you haven’t played the game yet. We’re dead serious. In this article, however, we’d like to focus more on how you can get rich fast in Frostborn. We hope you’ve left your scruples in other games, aka in those worlds that nurture your good will and generosity, because this one will test your cruelty towards others.
You think we look innocent with our bow and arrow? Just wait and see.
First things First
Before attempting to raid and plunder anything, you have to make sure you get some levels in there. Before level 15, you won’t even have all of your equipment slots available, nor any good spells unlocked, which can be a real pain. Ideally, you want to be level 28, so that you have access to the Stun Rune AoE. For more tips on how to progress at warp speed, feel free to check out our BlueStacks guide to levelling in Frostborn.
We’re a bit lower than that on this character, but this an alt. The idea is to also get you intimately acquainted with the combat system, as well as what it takes to win or escape from a fight. In PvP encounters, as is the case when you’re fighting mobs, it takes 5 full seconds to get out of an area once you enter the safe zone. Depending on how you use it, this time can either save your life and precious items or doom you to respawn at your base with nothing but a loincloth.
The next thing you want to do is head over to the in-game shop and purchase the Survivor’s Pack. Initially, the game featured 50 coins for every new account, but this has since been reduced to 25. Luckily, this is the exact amount you need for the surviving essentials. However, this does mean you have to be extra careful with the way you use them. You only have one shot.
Once you’ve made the purchase, go to the Inbox and pick up your bow, as well as your choice of food – jerky or steak. Since they’re both cooked, they heal for the same amount, so it’s a matter of preference. Everything else you should leave in the mail. This is one of the two safe spots in the game. Too bad we can’t deposit all our valuables in here. You should also have 3x Leg meat and 3x Bottles of water waiting for you in your inbox. You receive these two packs every day, so make sure to pick them up. They’re not amazing, but something is better than nothing.
Getting Rich in Frostborn
The only way to hit the jackpot in this game, at least until you have a team and you’re able to raid Tombs, is to be an assassin. Good news for those who liked the Dark Brotherhood in Skyrim, not so much for everybody else. Basically, you’re going to use your bow from the Survivor’s Pack to pray on unsuspecting players trying to learn the game and find their way around the map. Everything you want to have equipped is some food and the bow. This allows you to hit and run, but also to escape fast if you come across a high level opponent.
One of the best places to do this is the Cursed Town event. We know this happens more or less for sure the first time your character goes under 75 energy. Afterwards, it’s a randomly occurring event. The area will be ridden with new players, so it’s important to get a head start and kill the Draugr Lord in the middle structure ahead of everybody else. He might seem like an imposing giant, but he goes down fast. We guarantee it. Afterwards, you want to choose a good spot to lay low, just like we did, and wait. Sometimes, it can take a few minutes.
Ideally, you want to ignore any mobs and chest in the area – they won’t provide you with much, if anything at all. Just go for the players with your bow. If they come after you, try to hit and run. If they run away, you might want to be careful about them bringing a teammate. Usually, you’ll be able to take two enemies at the time if you can keep up the guerrilla tactics. In our first Cursed Town, we hit the jackpot even without a Bow. Somebody with a full inventory was walking around at half health. We can’t have that, can we?
We got two green items, 10 juicy blocks of stone, 5 pieces of awesome resin, which is very rare to begin with and can be used to make additional bows, as well as a common cudgel and a pair of boots. Now that’s what we call outstanding booty! We could not have managed this performance on a mobile device, though. Between having to deal with all of the controls and finding the accuracy to aim properly, our raiding would have gone sideways more likely than not.
Carving Your Frostborn Legacy
We advise against trying to raid other players. The base protection is off for one hour every day, which makes things more interesting for those who hold a personal grudge against someone. However, between trying to get through their defences, expending immense amounts of resources trying to keep up the attack, as well as using valuable items to craft lockpicks, the whole scheme is just too much effort for too little in exchange. The only way that it makes sense to raid other home bases is if you can afford the 75-coin Raid Pack.
We could, but decided against it in the last moment. There’s an allure to the story of rags to riches that we don’t exactly want to give up by boosting our character with store-bought items. We’re sure we’ll someday be rich enough to afford five lockpicks like they’re pieces of lumber, but that day is not today.