Sands of Salzaar Cheats and Tips
BE YOUR OWN HERO
Sands of Salzaar gives you roughly a dozen heroes to choose from when you start out and one recommended for newcomers, the Necromancer. It’s an easy class to get used to, with minimal social penalties, but you’re fine to pick another one if it interests you. In fact, if you don’t fancy the idea of slow combat and ranged spells for several levels, you should probably pick a more melee-oriented hero. The Necromancer is a bit unwieldy in combat for a while.
Just make sure to cover your weaknesses in combat by recruiting the right heroes. Your starting companion – assuming you have one – will likely compensate for your shortcomings, In general, though, you’ll want to find a ranged hero if you’re a melee fighter or a brawler if you’re a ranged hero.
For your first playthrough, and maybe even your second, do yourself a favour and turn permanent death and grievous injuries off. Unlike other games with permadeath, it’s much harder to keep everyone alive in Sands of Salazaar, which means you just end up frustrated. Permanent death is, obviously, a bad thing, but entering battle with an army of mangled heroes is just as problematic.
BE NICE, MAKE FRIENDS (Sands of Salzaar Cheats and Tips)
Sure, you could wage war against all the desert’s tribes. You might not die forever if you follow the previous piece of advice, but you won’t be doing yourself much favour in the long run. Earning their favour instead opens new potential quests and the opportunity for some handy rewards, not to mention a chance at recruiting new heroes to your team.
Always ask if there’s anything you can do for the other person to see if they have any quests for you. “Give a gift” lets you know what items they’ll receive, though you probably won’t have anything of much interest for a while. Better relationships means more help in combat, so it’s worth tending to your followers.
It’s also worth noting your followers will judge you. If you’re challenged to a fight and back down, for example, or make choices they believe are wrong, it’ll harm your relationships with them. You can’t please everyone all the time, but it’s still good to consider.
EXCEPT WITH THOSE GUYS (Sands of Salzaar Cheats and Tips)
The exceptions are the bandit squads you’ll find roaming the map, or more accurately, the ones that find you roaming the map. If you manage to defeat them several times, they’ll eventually stop chasing you. You can choose to fight them or just let them go from then on, which means no more detours just to avoid enemy encounters.
DO THE CHARACTER QUESTS FIRST
Or at least just don’t ignore them. You’ll unlock the first part of your character quest before the main narrative questline comes up, and there’s a good reason for that. While you can ignore it and focus on resource gathering or following the main story, Sands of Salzaar’s more interesting plot points are in its characters. You’ll get a nuanced view of the world completing these quests alongside the main scenario tasks. It’s also a solid way of levelling up and recruiting new heroes to deal with challenges the plot throws at you.