Killing it in Kingsmouth - The Secret World Starter Guide
Regardless of your starting city and faction, in
style="font-style: italic;">The Secret World,
all roads lead to Kingsmouth. Kingsmouth lies on Solomon Island, just
off the New England coast. But all is not well in Kingsmouth, as anyone
who enters there (and everyone who plays style="font-style: italic;">The Secret World
does) will soon learn. Ten Ton Hammer's editorial team kicked zombie
ass on the press and closed beta servers for months, and now we're here
to prepare you to rock Kingsmouth as you hit style="font-style: italic;">The Secret World
for early access and launch.
- When you create your character, youll be asked to provide
a first name, nickname,
and last name. Be aware that your nickname is the one that displays in
group. In other words, if you name a character Guy Effin
Smiley...youll appear in the group window with the rather uncool name
Effin. (Yeah. One of us learned that by experience.)
- Rebuilding a character for some reason? You can
style="font-weight: bold;">skip cut scenes by
hitting ESC. (But don't do that if you've rolled a different faction;
the opening cut scenes for each faction are unique.) You can also style="font-weight: bold;">skip the Tokyo flashback sequence.
When you're taken into the sequence, simply run up the stairs and right
click on the gate (it will be highlighted in yellow when you're close
- Each starting city, as well as various locations, has
style="font-weight: bold;">lore pieces. They're
floating golden boxes. Right click on them to earn a piece of the lore
- Take some time to familiarize yourself with the
style="font-weight: bold;">default key mapping
when you first begin playing. The full list can be found in the main
Options menu, and can save you a bit of frustration.
- Once you've reached Kingsmouth, you can
style="font-weight: bold;">claim your pre-order items
(if applicable.) Open the menu or hit the comma key [,] to open the
stores. Click on "Claim Items." Your pre-order items will be in the
store with a purchase price of $0. Go through the purchase process.
Items will appear in your inventory. (Keep in mind that there might be
a bit of lag between the purchase and your item appearing if server
traffic is high.)
- Vendors can be found just outside (behind) the Sheriff's Station in Kingsmouth. You'll want to make frequent trips to sell loot you don't need. (Keep in mind that there are a lot of things you shouldn't sell--you'll need them for crafting. Check out our handy crafting guide for more.) You can also make repairs to damaged gear by clicking on the Repair tab in the vendor window.
- Not happy with the clothing items you selected during
character creation? Once you've earned a little extra Pax Romana (the
main currency in TSW) travel through Agartha and head to London where
you'll find a store called Pangea. This store is full of sales clerks
(read: vendors) selling gender-specific
clothing items. Be warned that some options can be a
little pricey for the new player. (Basically, the cooler the item is,
and the more you want it, the more it costs, just like in real life.)
- When out of combat, pressing the X key will activate your
style="font-weight: bold;">Sprint ability. This
can greatly reduce the time it takes to traverse larger portions of the
map. Sprint also holsters your weapon.
- The tilde key [~] will also style="font-weight: bold;">holster your weapon.
- The scenery in Kingsmouth is grisly but cool. If you want
to take a screenshot,
youll need to know that the F11 takes a screenshot and ALT + F11 takes
a jpg screenshot. ALT + Z hides the UI. Screens are found in
your program file folder under Funcom.
- Don't sell weapon drops and old weapons--you can
style="font-weight: bold;">disassemble items for crafting.
(More on that in a separate guide soon!)
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- You can make
a hot button of sorts for consumables. Open your
inventory [I]. click the + sign on the upper left to open a new bag,
drag consumable items to that bag, position the bag where you want it
on your screen, then click the padlock icon on the upper left to lock
it. You can now easily click on consumables to activate them.
- Holding down the right mouse button while moving with your
directional keys allows you to strafe
in whatever direction youre moving, which is handy for avoiding
- Dashes are
lifesavers! Double-click a directional key to dash in that
direction to avoid monster attacks. (There is a brief cooldown
associated with dashes.)
- Monsters have
tells, letting you know when theyre going to launch a
big attack. Early on, the game will point them out by putting markers
on the ground showing you the radius of the attack and warning you to
get out of the way. Pay attention! These markers are used as a learning
tool, but later in the game youll only have visual cues to let you
know when a monster is about to lay the smack down.
- During combat, the environment can be both your friend and
your enemy. Sometimes youll find useful items to help you fight (such
as gas cans--handy for igniting and blowing up hordes of zombies). But style="font-weight: bold;">monsters can create harmful
environmental effects by doing things like laying down
lingering fields of toxic gas or electrifying the water. Youve been
advantage of states when youre working in groups. Your
partners can use abilities to put an enemy into a certain state
(example: hindered) that your abilities may be able to exploit. Know
what you can do, and figure out creative ways to work together.
- There are surprises around every corner. Expect to die as a
result, and dont take it too personally. Remember that style="font-weight: bold;">grouping is not only more fun,
but also your friend. The Secret World is one MMO that
seems to reward group play.
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style="font-weight: bold;">Finding missions
in The Secret World
isn't as straightforward as it is in other MMOs. There really isn't a
central quest hub. The game encourages exploration, so rather than
gathering a bunch of missions and then setting out, youre
going to have to find things to do all around Kingsmouth. Not only will
NPCs give you missions, but so will interactable objects. Look around!
- When attempting to solve
puzzles, be sure to check your immediate surroundings for
additional clues. Listen to what NPCs have to say, and remain
observant. It really helps if you can get yourself into the mindset of
an agent--stay sharp and keep your eyes and ears open.
- Many missions
can be repeated after a certain amount of time passes so
dont hesitate to revisit some of your favorite NPCs. In fact, you may
have to in order to gain enough AP/SP and obtain enough gear to move on.
- There are different mission
types. There are action (red icon), sabotage (yellow) and
investigation (green). Of these types you can only have one at a
time--accepting a new mission of the same type will cancel whatever
mission you have active. (You'll get an on-screen warning.)
These missions are generally given by NPCs. Item missions
(gray-green icon) are found on items placed around the
environment--keep a sharp eye out. You can have up to three of these
active at any given time. Your story mission is represented by a blue
icon. Dungeon missions display a purple icon (you'll generally receive
the mission from an NPC just outside the dungeon).
- Don't try to rush through your
style="font-weight: bold;">story mission. Story
missions are more complex and usually more challenging. Make sure
you've gained enough Abilities and Skill Points, and that you've
increased your gear Quality Level (QL) before you charge into the next
- There's no need to run back to an NPC when you
style="font-weight: bold;">complete a mission;
simply click the button on the right of your screen that says "Send
- Find your
next mission by scouting the location where you finished
your last one. Chances are very good you'll find
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- You'll start the game with a single weapon, but can
ultimately equip two. You
don't actually have to buy your second weapon! One of your
earliest missions will send you to a training area to choose a starter
weapon. After you've chosen your weapon and completed the quest, zone
out, and then immediately zone back in. The weapon crates containing
various weapon types will now be unlocked and you can right-click them
to choose another weapon and add it to your inventory...for free.
- To get a better feel for how you can
style="font-weight: bold;">combine active and passive skills
for two weapons, to better fit a character concept you're
aiming for, be sure to open the Decks panel. This displays as a
vertical tab option on the ability screen [N], and includes some
premade deck examples that help illustrate various build concepts.
These templates are a great learning resource.
- It's quite possible to make a bad, ineffective build in
style="font-style: italic;">The Secret World.
style="font-weight: bold;">Look for synergies--abilities
that complement each other. See our href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/tsw/guides/the-ability-wheel">Ability
Wheel Guide for more information.
- Make sure you
can use new gear. Early on, you'll want to carefully
consider where you spend your skill points. For example, to equip
higher grades of Talismans, you'll need to spend points in the Head,
Major, or Minor Talisman lines. So, if you've spent all of your
available points in your weapon lines, it will take a lot longer to
start equipping new talismans that drop towards the end of Kingsmouth
and heading into Savage Coast. Sometimes it's best to wait to
spend skill points until after you've received a new drop or
quest reward so you can ensure you're able to use it.
- Damage and Healing weapon skill lines are fairly
straightforward, but if you're looking to style="font-weight: bold;">fulfill more of a traditional
tanking role, select weapons and lines labeled as
alt="Check out Decks (pre-made templates) to get a look at weapon combinations and builds."
Have you discovered additional tips and tricks for new players
entering The Secret
World? Share them in the comments below!
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