Far Cry Primal is out today, giving players a chance to explore the vast world of Oros. The game marks a departure from previous entries, in that it’s set more than 12,000 years ago. While the tools of destruction are primitive compared to recent Far Cry games, it’s still similar overall to its predecessors. Primal has some key distinctions, however, and knowing those can mean the difference between being an alpha caveman versus being something’s (or someone’s) lunch. Here are a few tips to make life in Oros easier.

Spears Are The Stone Age’s RPG
When you start Primal, you don’t have many tools at your disposal. Your arsenal increases as you progress through the game, but the bulk of your offensive output comes from bows, clubs, and spears. Bows are self-explanatory; you use them to fire arrows, which can take out enemies at a distance. You can certainly toss clubs, but they’re most useful as melee bludgeons. That leaves us with spears. 

Spears are great for several reasons. First, you can one-shot most rank-and-file human foes by jabbing the pointy end in an opponent’s face. Eventually, you run into tougher guys with the Stone Age equivalent of helmets. Arrows will bounce right off of them, which can be problematic for those of us who rely on raining down death from a distance. That’s where spears really shine. You can carry several of them, and fire them at an enemy in rapid succession. It’s not logical, but it works. After spending some time (and points) in the upgrade tree, you can take out big bads with a couple of spears in the center body mass. Don’t bother going for headshots. When they’re down, go into your hunter vision by pressing the right stick in, which makes it easier to see and retrieve your spears from the environment.

Fire Is Great, But It Isn’t The Solution To Everything
When you’re in the weapon wheel, you have the option of setting your arrows, clubs, and spears on fire. It’s handy when it’s dark out, or you need to explore the inner depths of a cave. Fiery weapons can also be devastating against animals and members of other tribes – fur is quite flammable, as it turns out. You know what else is? The world.

If you’re not judicious with your application of fire, you can easily find yourself in the middle of a burning field or forest. Fire is really into you, as well, and although you can pat the flames out, you still take damage. For that reason, I recommend that you check out your immediate surroundings before you unleash your inner firebug. Stand on rocks, and try to use fire from a distance when possible. Fire’s a glorious tool, but immolating your foes isn’t worth it if your charred body collapses to the ground moments after they do.