Survive on a deserted island, build your own ship, and explore a whole randomly generated world in the Exploration paid DLC. Every game you start randomly generates a map of 7 islands with different biomes, diverse flora and fauna, and dangerous encounters.
Exploration DLC costs 20$ and it can be purchased on PC only, it’s not available for any mobile platforms.
Every true explorer needs good tools! Equipment is divided into several categories: Clothing, Weapons, and Tools. All of these can be either crafted or looted in various encounters.
There are several tools that are a must-have in your Inventory. Some tools will allow you to perform a particular action that cannot be done otherwise, or some other tool might unlock crafting recipes that other tools don’t.
- Knife - extracting resin or rubber from trees.
- Hammer – building wooden structures, making stone blocks, or making iron tools on the blacksmith forge.
- Axe - creating signs, log blocks, or wooden blocks.
- Saw - cutting trees down quicker.
You’ll need to use the environment and craft your own things to survive in Ylands. You can start crafting in the Crafting Panel. All recipes are visible from the beginning of your adventure so you’ll know where you’re headed.
Ylands and Survival
Every time you create a new map, a random map of up to 7 Ylands is generated. There's always a starting Yland and the rest has 3 different tiers. All Ylands are populated by animals and monsters alike. Normal fauna is found all over the Ylands and their type depends on the Yland’s biome and more dangerous, mutated monsters occupy caves and come out to hunt at night.
- Starting Yland
- Resources: clay
- Animals: no predators
- Climate: moderate
- Tier 1
- Resources: clay, iron, sulfur, saltpeter
- Animals: common predators and mutants
- Climate: random
- Tier 2
- Resources: clay, iron, sulfur, saltpeter, zirconium, coal, gold
- Animals: common predators, rabid predators, mutants and tainted mutants
- Climate: random
- Tier 3
- Resources: clay, iron, sulfur, saltpeter, zirconium, coal, gold, copper
- Animals: common, rabid and furious predators, common, tainted and infested mutants
- Climate: polar and random
When it comes to surviving there are several factors to consider. First of all, each biome has its own climatic conditions, so adapting to those will be crucial. You should wear appropriate clothing, use fire for warmth, and avoid freezing water. You also have to eat enough food and take care of any wounds you might suffer with bandages.
You'll have to build your own shelter with a bed to sleep and you'll need a boat to travel to other Ylands. Building revolves around different blocks you can stack together to form whatever you want.
When starting a new Exploration game, you are equipped with a damaged Protective Barrier Generator.
Once you fix it (via crafting) you can place it in the world and you will be able to see a line marking what will be inside the Barrier when you turn it on. Once you (only you can operate your generator) turn the generator on for the very first time, it will anchor itself and you will not be able to remove it even after disabling - so choose the location wisely. The Barrier is invincible and can’t be destroyed by the Annihilator or other tools. The Barrier can’t be activated on moving surfaced or vehicles.