Ancestors: Guide and Useful Tricks for Survival


Ancestors The Humankind Odyssey is the latest work by Patrice Désilets, behind Prince of Persia The Sands of Time and the very first Assassin’s Creed, which made its PC debut exclusively on the Epic Games Store.

The game allows you to immerse yourself in a sort of simulator of human evolution and, being a fairly ruthless survival game, it would be better to follow our advice before venturing into this difficult journey.

Look around

In Ancestors The Humankind Odyssey it is very important to carefully analyze the surrounding environment since around you could find fundamental objects for the growth of the character and for its survival to adversity. In this regard, it is always good to use Intelligence, a skill that can be activated by pressing the button Y of the Xbox One controller and which allows our hominid to display all the points of interest located nearby on the screen through the perceived sounds.

These will be identified in the form of question marks and empty geometric shapes and, to keep track of them, you will only need to frame them with the camera and hold down the Intelligence activation button again to fix them on the screen and reach them easily. The most important objects to keep an eye on are those marked by the question mark, as they indicate something never discovered and probably very useful for the player. In addition to Intelligence, another skill that could help you in the course of the adventure is the sense of smell, which can be activated by pressing the X button. Thanks to the sense of your character you could also find the predators lurking, so to avoid falling victim to their sudden aggression.

Collect everything

Simply identifying the points of interest in the surroundings is not enough in Ancestors The Humankind Odyssey and to improve the characteristics of one’s character and to have the materials useful to overcome the most complex situations it is good to know where and when to collect the various objects. If your intention is simply to look for something never seen before by your hominid, the best method is to climb the tallest tree and activate it as written just above Intelligence.

If instead, you need a specific object, know that every type of grass grows in certain places and it is always good to know them so as to find them immediately when needed. The red grass, which is found along the watercourses, is excellent for increasing resistance to cold and can be either consumed or applied to the body for a longer-lasting effect. Green grass, on the other hand, is extremely useful in the event of fractures, which are very frequent in the event of a predator attack. Finally, the effectiveness of coconuts should not be underestimated, as they will put you back on track should you fall victim to a snake bite.

Puppies and bonuses

Having puppies at your disposal in the camp is a great way to gain experience faster on Ancestors The Humankind Odyssey. Going around with a small hominid on your shoulders will not only guarantee you a greater amount of experience points but will significantly facilitate the learning of new skills.

If there are no puppies in your camp, know that all you have to do to have them is to bring a male and a female hominid there, making sure they are fertile and healthy. After some time, if everything has gone well, you will find a small companion that you can carry on your shoulder simply by approaching him and pressing the appropriate button for interaction.

Keep predators at bay

Venturing into the Africa of Ancestors The Humankind Odyssey can be very dangerous and you will often come across dangerous animals that will try to turn you into their dinner. In this regard, the player can opt for two different approaches: facing the predator or fleeing. The last choice is certainly the simplest and, to do so, all you have to do is move in the opposite direction of the enemy and, when the icon of the A key appears on the screen, hold it down and then release it in conjunction with the pressure of the right or left direction of the directional stick used for movement.

In doing so you will avoid the enemy’s attack with a dodge and you will have a window of time to escape or maybe climb a tree to escape subsequent shots. If instead, you want to take the situation head-on and face the predator, the first step is to try to intimidate him. This action, which can be performed by holding down the B button on the Xbox One controller, has a high probability of putting the smaller animals like snakes to flight, the bite of which can be lethal. Very different speech is when in front of you there is a larger creature, which will hardly give up after your attempted intimidation.

In the worst case, you will then be forced to attack the animal and, to do so, you will necessarily need a weapon, such as a wooden branch. The attack system works very similarly to the dodge, with the only difference that in addition to the A key you will not have to move sideways but forward, towards the enemy. With the right statistics, you will also have a good chance of knocking out the predator thanks to a critical blow.

Skip the movies

As mentioned in the introduction to our guide, Ancestors The Humankind Odyssey is not a simple title and it is very difficult for a player to be able to continue the adventure on the first try . Exactly, for this reason, you will be repeatedly forced to start your game from scratch, thus once again witnessing the numerous initial sequences, whose duration is not the shortest.

So if you want to skip these introductory movies, know that you can do it simply with the press of a button. To go beyond the intro of Ancestors you can then simply press and hold the “view” button on the Xbox One pad, known to most like the old back. Obviously you can bypass not only the introductory sequence but also the subsequent ones, speeding up the progression in the game in case of repeated attempts.