Gameplay Tips and Tricks
- Explore everything: Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a game about mastering platforming while completing Ori’s latest journey. It’s easy to get caught up in the story and find yourself quickly traversing from objective to objective, but the world of Ori is extremely dense. Explore every pathway you actually can explore at the moment you’ve discovered it to ensure you find every skill, shard, upgrade, collectible and more.
- Upgrade your skills often: When you reach the Wellspring Glades, a character named Twillen will be there and you can purchase additional skill shards from them and upgrade skill shards you already own. It will cost you spirit light to do so but that resource is quite abundant in the game, especially if you listen to our first skill on this list.
- Don’t hoard your Spirit Light: It’s easy to want to hoard all of your spirit light but trust us, you don’t need to. No part of the game’s main quest will be walled off to you because you might not have purchased the right skill — there’s always a way. Plus, spirit light is quite abundant so there’s really no reason to hoard it. Purchase what you want.
- Purchase skills based on your playstyle: there are a number of skills to purchase (and find) in Ori and the Will of the Wisps. You don’t need any of the optional ones to actually complete the game but using them will make finishing Ori’s journey so much easier. Unless you’re trying to 100% the game, purchase the skills and abilities that fit your playstyle best. If your method of playing the game is combat-heavy, use skills that give damage boosts. If you’re all about traversal, use skills that allow you to triple jump, for example.
- Talk to every NPC you encounter: Throughout your exploration, you’ll find NPCs and often, they’ll be in the strangest places. You should always talk to them, though, even if they’re hard to reach because chances are, doing so will end with you completing a side quest or getting an item. You’ll be picking up all sorts of items during your journey and often, it won’t be obvious what you need to do with them. Often, you’ll talk to an NPC and Ori will automatically give them an item you already had to complete a quest.
- Buy maps from Lupo: Lupo is one of the best NPCs in the game because for a small spirit light cost, they’ll give you a map of the area you’re in. Being able to see the entire area, including what’s grayed out (which indicates you haven’t been there), will make determining where you need to go so much easier.
- If you see a Gorlek Ore, collect it: As you traverse through the game’s many areas, you’ll often spot purple-pink items floating about on ledges and in hidden alcoves. These are Gorlek Ore and you should strive to collect these. When you reach the Wellspring Glades, you’ll meet a character who can use Gorlek Ore to rebuild structures and remove obstacles in your way. You’ll want to always be on the lookout for this resource to give to them.
- Collect as many Life Cell Fragments as you can: Life Cell Fragments are one half of a Life Cell. A Life Cell is a unit of Ori’s health and the more Life Cells you have, the more hits you can take before dying. If you see something glowing green, chances are it’s a Life Cell Fragment and you should do your best to get to it.
- Collect as many Energy Cell Fragments as you can: Similar to Life Cell Fragments, Energy Cell Fragments are one half of an Energy Cell. An Energy Cell is a unit of Ori’s energy and the more Energy Cells you have, the more moves that require energy can be used. If you see something glowing white-blue, chances are it’s an Energy Cell Fragment and you should do your best to get to it.
- Complete Combat Shrines and Spirit Trials: Combat Shrines and Spirit Trials, or combat wave tests and platforming time trials, are scattered throughout the world of Ori and the Will of the Wisps. They’ll never take more than a few minutes of your time and will always give you a great reward upon completion. Combat Shrines will give you a new skill and Spirit Trials will give you a nice amount of Spirit Light.
- Switch up your assigned abilities: When you obtain more than three abilities, you won’t be able to assign all of them to a button. You’ll only be able to assign three — one to X, one to Y, and one to B. It’s easy to forget you have additional abilities not assigned when you’re in the groove of things, but often, an ability you don’t have assigned will make progressing through a challenge easier. So, when the going gets tough, try switching in a new ability or two.
- Look at your map: the map in Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a fantastic resource for determining what you need to do and where you need to explore. If you’re ever unsure of where to go next, look at the map to see what you haven’t explored. If you’re unsure of your objective, look at your map to see what it is. If you don’t know where an NPC or point of interest is, look at your map.
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