Along with Boundless release there have been a surge of players. This guide is dedicated to all new and returning players. It will explain you basic concepts of the game and give a wider look on boundless universe.
Comprehensive Beginner Guide
When you first spawn into the world you’re asked for the region you want to spawn in. These are possible choices: EU, US East, US West an AUS. You can also select between hostile and peaceful world. Both worlds have enemies, but on peaceful they will not attack any players until they engage fight.
It’s it important which region you select tho, because it may affect your network connection and you may experience rubber-banding. Although this is not a case. You may have great connection even playing on AUS servers while living in EU.
In sanctum you are asked to select a loation for your spawn. There are big cities visible on the surface as well as wild areas, it’s up to you where you go. I personally suggest you going to the wilderness first and experience this game, as later you will sink into the community for good and won’t have chance to experience this solitude.
Your choice of world does not limit you. You can visit any planet within Boundless universe and you’re not bound to you starter planet.
So what to do now? Boundless is a sandbox game, that means there is no one main goal, but there are objectives. You can open your journal with J on PC. In this tab you will find objectives you can complete over time to receive experience to level your character and coins to spend on various things.
Experience as mentioned is used to level up your character. Every time you level up your receive a coffer with cubits, skill points and cleanse points.
Coins can we used to open warps and to buy items from other players via shop stands.
Cubits is a currency used to unlock plots, wearables and utility things like new skill sets or cleanse points. The higher you level is the more cubits you earn. You can earn cubits infinitely with each level up, after level 50.
Each time you level up you receive 2 skill points. With skill points you can specialize in several areas. It is always good to maximize action speed first and luck. You will hit faster and gather more materials from ores.
Cleanse points are used in case of small respec. You get them every level so If you feel you have made a mistake and want to specialize in something else you can use them. However if you want to specialize in something else you can use skill reset token.
Skill reset tokens gives you a chance to invest all collected skill points once again. You get 3 free respecs for each new character so don’t be afraid to experiment.
There are three things you must be aware of now:
1. You will face hunger, hit plants and collect earthyams to replenish your energy. You can also get fruits from leaves.
2. Your building is safe only within the range of your beacon. Follow the tutorial an become familiar with this system.
3. If you’re lost, you can always set a waypoint on your beacon in locations tab.
To become efficient you need machines. They will allow you to craft more stuff. Before starting spending skill point in crafting I suggest to make an alternative character which will be a crafter. This way you will save precious skill points for your main character. You can buy an alt in exchange, press L on PC.
Struggle to find iron ore and tech? Go to higher tier planets, and explore. Some areas are more populated with resources than the other.
At first you should craft some crafting tables. I suggest making up to 6. You will use them for basic storage and crafting materials.
Crafting Table is the most basic machine. You will use it to craft starter tools and later on a workbench.
The first more advanced machine you should craft is a furnace.
Furnace is composed of two parts. Base and Crucible. It is used to smelt ores into bars. The higher the material furnace is made of, the faster and more efficiently it’s smelting ores. You can smelt ores with soft coal, medium coal, hard coal and peaty soil.
Workbench is a machine used to craft various things, mostly tools up to the highest tier. In workbench you can craft an atlas – special tool which will allow you to scan worlds for minerals when you insert them into it. With workbench you will later on craft following machines: Extractor, Refinery, Mixer and Compactor.
Extractor is used to extract vital essence from monster parts, oort shards etc. These products are used in some advanced crafting so generally it’s not that important machine at the beginning, only if you want to craft iron+ tools.
Refinery should be your friend. It’s used to Refine materials, craft trampolines, slides or decorative doors.
Mixer is used to create Brews and Food as well as to mix materials together which you can later use in tools crafting.
Compactor is used to compact Soil and Coal. Compacted materials gives more spark and have more smelting potential. You can also mass craft peaty soil and coal to make it even more efficient. Later you can also use compactor to craft weapon augments.
Summing it all, you will also need Spark Generator and Spark Links.
Spark Generator is used to generate spark which powers the machines, it consumes coal and peat. You must connect spark generator with machines using spark links. It must be connected with just one block of the machine. Spark generators can be stacked up to 16 to speed up spark generator process.
It is important to have all the machines.
You can unlock mass crafting Epic and spark reduce epic. They will allow you to craft more stuff for less and smelt ores more efficiently.
Getting more advanced
There are several fields you can specialize in:
As a Miner you will dig copper, iron, silver, gold, titanium ores, soft, medium and hard coal, tech remnants, components and devices and all kinds of gems. You should max luck and all attributes to increase drop from seams. Your damage to blocks will increase if you invest in power, hammer skill, hammer epic and general damage epic. The higher tier your hammer, the more damage you deal and more durability you have. At some point tools may vary in attributes. Some are useful for fast tunnel mining, some for AoE mining. The higher the world tier the more health blocks have, but also give more resources from each seam. At higher levels you can start bomb mining which is more efficient way of mining – you lose exp and blocks but gather more ores. Bombs may be later upgraded to have an even bigger blast radius.
As a Hunter you will slaughter every living creature. Creature drops are very useful for crafters. There are many tiers of mobs, each with variations. The higher the mob tier the more damage it deals and move moves it has. Hunter should max power, slingbow skills, slingbow epic and general damage epic. Beside that you can also invest in slingbow upgrades, rage/focus and atmosphere protection. Hunter is even more efficient if he invests in luck and all attributes. In general maxing a hunter takes almost all skill points so It’s good to create an alt for him. At higher levels hunters can hunt meteorites which fall from the sky and spawn lots of dangerous mobs. It’s good to participate in great hunts where many players hunt meteorites together. From these events you get raw oort stones used for opening portals, they are very valuable.
As a Crafter you will craft thing more efficiently and on a bigger scale. Crafer can make things other people will buy for a high amount of coins. As a crafter you should invest in all types of crafting + food or brews + mass crafting epic + spark reduction epic. You can’t start being an efficient crafter on your own tho. You will need materials from other professions. It’s a good thing to run a shop. You can generate insane amount of profit if you run it the right way. As a crafter you will be able to craft Power Coils which let you craft more advanced stuff. It’s a very expensive business so others will surely be interested in your services.
As a Centraforger you will forge tools and augment them to better versions. It can be a sub class of Miner or Crafter as it requires about 26 skill points. Centraforging is an end game mechanic which utilizes centraforge machine. As a centraforger you should invest in vitality, strength, intelligence and all stats + centraforge epic. To start you need basic centraforge ingridients, but to become effective… You need a lot of power, a good crafter who will make you ingridients, or lots of coins to buy them. Centraforge is a very powerful machine which can make your tools last longer, make bombs 200 times as effective as mining or make your tools one hit 9 blocks around the hit center.
As a Gatherer you will collect plants, trees, soil and other stuff. Other players desperately need drops from plants for all areas of crafting. As a gatherer you may invest in swing speed, movement speed, luck, all attributes, axe and shovel skills and gathering epic. With this setup you will gather much more materials and in shorter time than the others. Traveling through the world will discover you new regions. These can be applied to atlases which serve as a map. Fully Completed atlases can be sold for a high price.
As a Builder well, you will build! More efficiently and easier than others. You should max control to increase your block placement distance and swing speed to place blocks faster. You should add points into Chiseling Epic to unlock 3 advanced chiseling patterns and portal opening to manage portals around your beacon and connect to portal hubs on other planets.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find Iron and Tech Components?
Iron and Tech can be commonly found on tier 3 planets. You can rarely find it on starter planets.
Where to craft tools?
You can craft wooden tools in hand, stone tools at crafting table, and all other in a workbench. For higher tier tools you need tool crafting skills.
Where to find Gems?
Gems can be found on tier 5 and tier 6 planets. Each planet contains 1 main gem type and one secondary. To survive there you need an atmosphere protection on a certain level. Sapphire altitude 100 and 125, Topaz 120-140, Diamond 0-20, Emerald 0-20, Amethyst 0-20, Ruby 10-20.
What are portals and how do I open one?
Portals in contrast to warps stay opened as long as they are fueled. Portals connect two places together. To fuel a portal you need oort shards extracted from raw oort stones. To get oort stones you need to hunt meteorites on high tier worlds.
How do I know if my building is safe?
You can check protection with totem. Hit a block and check the description. If it says private then it’s yours only. If it says shared it means some other friends have access to it. If it says reserved then it’s NOT protected – it only prevents other people from claiming above and below. If it’s wild then it’s not protected and reserved at all.