Elder Scrolls: Blades has opened up its early access program to everyone, following a brief period of being for invitees only. That’s excellent news for anyone hoping to test out the experience as soon as possible.

While this isn’t a particularly difficult experience, you’ll still benefit from a few tips and tricks. Below, we’ve got five top tips to help you get off to a flying start in Bethesda’s first person mobile RPG.

Elder Scrolls: Blades – Beginner’s Guide:

  • Perform combos by tapping and holding on either side of the screen: Elder Scrolls: Blades does a poor job of explaining its combo system. Basically, you can tap and hold on the right side of the screen to attack, then immediately do the same on the left side of the screen to follow up with a second attack. Keep doing this and you can pull off huge combos that increase your damage over time.
  • Block at the last second to stun your enemy: You can hold the block button to reduce the damage you take from attacks, but if you block at the last second you’ll catch your opponent off guard, allowing you to retaliate with a powerful attack.
  • Craft your equipment – don’t buy it: Don’t buy equipment from the blacksmith – it’s just too expensive. Instead, craft your equipment. It might take you a few dungeons to get the materials you need, but the amount of money you’ll save is totally worth it. Having said that, it’s not the worst idea in the world to purchase a few materials from the blacksmith. They’re not too expensive.
  • Salvage everything: You might get tempted to sell all gear to get more gold, but we’d recommend that you don’t do that. Instead, salvage everything. You can earn a lot of gold from just doing a few jobs but resources are harder to come by. Salvage everything and you’ll likely have a surplus.
  • Prioritise blacksmith upgrades: When upgrading your town, make sure to upgrade the blacksmith first. This is the most important building for early players, as it allows you to craft ever better gear. The alchemist, enchanter, and workshop can all wait for later when you start to want the best gear.