Immortals Fenyx Rising may be a smaller version of Breath of the Wild, but it’s still an incredibly dense game. Even if you’re an open-world expert, we’ve compiled some tips as you take your first baby steps into this colorful, mythological world.

First Skill Upgrades

When you complete the Clashing Rocks tutorial area and make your way to the next realm, the Valley of Eternal Spring, you’ll want to climb up to the Hall of the Gods right away. It’s the main hub area for the entire game, and the only location where you can spend Charon Coins to upgrade skills, Ambrosia for health, and Zeus’ Lightning for Stamina, as well as upgrade weapons and armor using gems.

There are a lot of skills and powers to unlock and upgrade. At first you have precious few hard-earned coins as you complete challenges scattered around the world. Unlocking all the Godly Powers should be a priority so you can get used to their different attacks and uses (see Best Bird Friend below for the one power you can’t unlock – yet).

While it may be tempting to unlock stronger powers and weapon combos, we would recommend unlocking upgrades that improve your exploration, defense, and puzzle-solving first. Climb Leap and Glide Boost will greatly improve your ability to traverse the large world, while the awkwardly named Telekinesis Gathering will ensure you don’t have to collect each individual herb you find.

When it comes to Godly Powers, you’ll want to unlock Precision Control for Apollo’s Arrows as soon as possible. The bow is next to worthless in combat, but you’ll be using it frequently during puzzles and Tartaros Vaults, especially the Odysseus Challenges, which involves firing Apollo’s Arrow through a series of rings. Precision Control lets you slow down the arrow’s flight – a must-have. Heavy Lifting and Phosphor’s Clone will allow you to bypass some puzzles with the ability to lift heavy objects or create a new one, while a few areas are only accessible via the Laser Immunity perk from Athena’s Dash.

Armor of the Gods

It’ll be awhile before you can the best armor set in the game, but it’s something you’ll want to be working on anyway: defeating the Wraith in each zone. The Wraiths are fallen heroes that periodically plague you in each realm until you find their dungeon location and defeat them. The lairs are easily found when scouting atop each gods’ statue. The Wraiths are some of the most challenging boss fights in the game, so be prepared with plenty of potions and upgrades, and a mastery of the dodge and parry system.

Remember, you don’t need to clear an entire area to move on to the next one. It may be worth journeying to each realm to hunt down the respective Wraiths, as the reward is access to a special location in the Grove of Kleos where you’re given the Helm and Armor of Bright Divinity. They provide several excellent bonuses to all your godly powers, such as increased damage and stunning power. Plus, they just look awesome.

Far Sight Anywhere

I was embarrassingly deep into the story before I realized I could activate Far Sight mode at any time. Far Sight is when you click the right stick down to enter first-person view. From there you’re able to look around and reveal notable areas and objects on your map, such as Ambrosia, Chests, Lyres, Myth Challenges, and Tartaros Vaults.

The best place to enter Far Sight is when scouting atop a gods’ statue in their realm, which also lifts the fog from the area, giving you a great opportunity to reveal a bunch of interesting things on your map. The story encourages you to use it when reaching a statue and scouting a realm for the first time. However, you can actually activate Far Sight anywhere, and there’s plenty of things when you won’t catch from that initial sky-high view.

Not Everything Appears on the Map

Even when you’ve revealed everything via Far Sight, there are still hidden quests scattered around the land. They won’t activate until you come across them, so it’s worth exploring any interesting-looking area, even if there doesn’t appear to be anything there. These quests will trigger a dialogue scene between Zeus and Prometheus, hinting at what you need  to do to complete the quest.

One of the more complex hidden quests is collecting the fragmented parts of Nike, goddess of victory. You’ll probably find the first fragment, which looks like a glowing faerie inside a bird cage, on the back of Aphrodite’s statue in the Valley of Eternal Spring. There are four fragments, one in each realm, and each has a nearby map that points to another fragment. Study the map and use pins to locate each area. Finding all four will trigger a final quest near the Hall of the Gods, and a unique armor piece.

Legendary Mini-Bosses

Legendary Monsters also don’t appear on the map. You’ll know them when you get close by the large health bar that appears at the top of the screen, and a warning message. They’re stronger than average enemies, but they don’t have any new attacks. If you’ve mastered the patterns of their counterpart (minotaur, gorgon, boar, etc), you should be able to take them down – but make sure you have some potions just in case. Defeating a Legendary Monster grants a new ability for Phosphor, your best bird friend.

Best Bird Friend

Early in the game you’ll see a meteor crash down in the Valley of Eternal Spring, and a quest marker. Head there to unlock Phosphor, one of your Godly Powers. Phosphor grants an incredibly useful attack that I used throughout my entire adventure. It instantly targets the nearest foe, staggers them during each hit, and can grant several different bonuses depending on the skins you’ve unlocked.

I would recommend the Phosphor of Passion for extra hits (Defeat the Legendary Minotaur near the Palace of Aphrodite, Valley of Eternal Spring), the Lovebird for extra stun (Defeat the Legendary Boar, between the Palace of Aphrodite and the Hall of the Gods), and especially the Tarnished skin for healing with each hit (defeat the Legendary Cerberos inside the Hound of Hades Vault in the Grove of Kleos).

You can also use Phosphor to turn invisible with the Cloak upgrade, guaranteeing a powerful opening hit with the Stealth Attack skill. You’re the best, Phospho!

Side Questing for the Gods

Rescuing and aiding the four gods of the realm is part of the main quest – but the game doesn’t tell you that they have additional quests for you once they’re back in the Hall of the Gods. Once fully restored to their glory (and all three of their godly blessings are unlocked), talk to them to receive optional side quests. Chances are you may already be completing some of them if you’ve been finding strange quest objects out in the world. They all net solid rewards and are worth doing.

Most Vaults Hold Extra Chests

You’ll be jumping into a lot of Tartaros Vaults in Immortals. Like Breath of the Wild’s shrines, they’re scattered everywhere, are relatively easy to find, and contain several puzzles with a common theme. With most Vaults the goal is to reach the end and open a chest containing Zeus’ Lightning. However, many Vaults include one or more optional chests. You can tell if there are extra chests whenever you enter a vault by the golden beam (or beams) in the distance. As you get close that beam will disappear, so you’ll need to track them early on. Sometimes the chests are hidden right behind the final chest, other times you have to go out of your way and solve an optional side puzzle to access them.

If you miss any chests, fear not, you can always jump back into the Vault. However, you’ll have to start the Vault completely over. Better to grab all the chests the first time! You’ll know you’ve gotten everything if the Vault seals up after you exit.

These tips should get you well on your way toward defeating Typhon and becoming a legendary hero.

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Eric has been writing for over nine years with bylines at Dicebreaker, Pixelkin, Polygon, PC Gamer, Tabletop Gaming magazine, and more covering movies, TV shows, video games, tabletop games, and tech. He reviews and live streams D&D adventures every week on his YouTube channel. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla.