Whether you are a beginner or a veteran in Grounded, this guide will help you and teach you a thing or two! This article will show you everything you need to know and will show you all of our essentials on this website. Without further ado, let’s get started!
Introduction to the Guide
Grounded is a survival game that was developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Xbox Game Studios. It can be played in both single-player and multiplayer.
In this game, you’ve become small and you have to find a way to get back to your normal size. You’ll fight bugs, robots, and spiders that are once small are now the same size or is bigger than you!
You’ll progress through this game by analyzing items you find throughout your journey and finding labs that will uncover their secrets and give you answers on how did you turn small.
Health and Stamina
Managing your health in grounded is important, it’s your gauge on what will be your next move. Still have high health. Then continue fighting the creature you see or continue on your journey. Low health? Then use healing items, as grounded health doesn’t regen over time, you need to use healing items. Fiber Bandage is the most basic healing you can use.
This is as important as health, managing your stamina can definitely help you in your journey, especially when fighting enemies. Running, and attacking drain your stamina. When your stamina bar reaches zero you are barred from running and dodging, so you need to wait until you replenish your stamina.
Running out of thirst causes your character to take damage. It’s important to keep an eye on this and replenish thirst whenever it’s possible. The best source in quenching your thirst is the dew drops from leaves or your dew collector.
Same as thirst, running out of hunger causes your character to take damage. Building a roasting pit, and killing weevil is a good source of food early on in the game. While using the cookery to make better food is better for mid to late game.
Pressing the map button (M) on your keyboard lets you see the overview of the whole backyard. It also lets you see where your character is on the map, trail markers, labs, sites, and field stations. When the resource surveyor is enabled, it also displays the resource you’ve selected as red so you can easily track them.
First, you need to know what are field stations and what they do.
So first what are field stations? It has a Resource analyzer, Resource surveyor, and an ASL Terminal which are essential in progressing. The Resource Surveyor and the ASL Terminal will be not available until the Hedge Surveyor Outpost and the Oak Lab are completed. You can also to the last field station you’ve been.
The resource analyzer which by the name itself, analyzes items and gives you new crafting recipes and raw science. Analyzing resources should be a habit as it will help you progress throughout the game.
The resource surveyor helps you find resources and lastly, the ASL Terminal which allows you to use your raw science and upgrade some stats for your character.
By pressing C, you’ll be able to access the crafting menu. This is where all the magic happens. It allows you to craft tools, weapons, armor, and buildings that are used to build around your base. Be sure to always analyze new materials to get new crafting recipes and create new equipment that will help you progress through the game.
In the early game, you should consider these things. First is hunger and thirst. Grounded is a survival game, so it has the hunger and thirst mechanic. Second, is the location of your base. It is essential to have your base have good access to water, have a field station near by, and is distant from major enemies. And lastly, to have good early game gear. Without it, you will not progress in the game.
One tip, you should always be analyzing new items to the resource analyzer as that is how you’ll get new crafting recipes. You’ll find it at field stations.
With that in mind, below are some guides that will be useful in the early game:
- Great First Base Location in Grounded
- How to obtain fast early gear in Grounded
- Where to find Fresh Water in Grounded
After doing all of these, I recommend doing these quests as with your current gear, you’ll be able to do it:
- How to find whatever is weakening the laser in Grounded
- Investigating the Oak Tree explosion
- Grounded Hedge Lab
After completing the hedge lab quest, I recommend exploring the pond. But before that, You should grind one of these armor sets to be able to do the pond lab easier.
- Koi Scale Armor – It allows you to have a longer perfect block timing window and causes the enemies to have greatly reduced defense. Once you upgrade it, the armor set increases the amount of stun dealt by your next attack after perfectly blocking. This armor set is recommended for a player who enjoys blocking and perfectly parrying the enemies attacks.
- Lady Bug Armor – It increases the blocking strength and the blocking threshold of the player who equips it. It also increases the health received from healing items like the Fiber Bandage or Healbasa. It also gives a chance for temporary health regeneration when blocking attacks.
After crafting one of these armors, you can now explore the pond lab. Here is an article that can help you out:
At this point of the game, you should expand your base and use ziplines to transport more faster and safely. Below is a guide that will help you with how to use them:
After expanding your base and grinding resources, you should be ready to go through the haze lab. You’ll use the previous armor set you’ve crafted in the Pond Lab Section. Here is an article to help you in the Haze Lab:
After completing the haze lab, you’ll have the option to turn off the haze gas. Below is a guide on how to do it:
Black Ant Lab
Before you go to the Black Ant Lab, I recommend you grind materials to expand your options for weapons and tools. I suggest killing some black ant workers to get their materials and craft the Black Ant Shield and Black Ant Sword.
After you get those items, you should farm some Antlions in the Sandbox to get new crafting recipes and new tools.
Here is an article to help you in the Black Ant Lab:
If you’re now here, give yourself a high five as this is the last lab you’ll need to do before you get to the last quest. This lab will be very hard to do but also worth it.
In this lab, you need a Roly Poly Armor which gives you a buff that slowly stuns enemies while blocking their attacks. It also increases the overall strength of the block gauge with blocking enemy attacks. It also draws the attention of attacking Creatures which will be useful if you’ll be beating it with your friend as it allows a player to become a tank to draw aggro.
With that in mind, here is an article to help you prepare for the Undershed Lab:
This is the last and final quest on Grounded. Although there are also additional quests and contents, this is the last quest in the main story.
In this quest, you’ll need to grind for at least Tier 3 weapons and at least Tier 2/Tier 3 armor depending if you are solo or a team. You’ll see the complete list of things you need to prepare for the quest below:
Mutations is a big part of grounded and getting a good mutation will help you in your gameplay.
So first, what are mutations? They are permanent perks that players can obtain from completing certain challenges throughout the backyard. Some Mutations can be upgraded for doing specific tasks a certain number of times to unlock or progress to the next phase. The player starts with 2 slots for Mutations, but this can be increased up to 5 with Milk Molars. The player can create Mutation Loadouts to quickly swap between up to 4 different sets of Mutations.
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