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Tips and Tricks
If you’re not careful, Thymesia will undoubtedly have you sobbing in a corner. Alternatively, you can use our Thymesia guide. You’ll need a few Thymesia tips and tricks to help you get by so you can become a genuinely lethal plague doctor. Fortunately for you, we persisted so that we could provide you some advise that could save your life.
We’ll give you one free tip before we even get to the actual Thymesia advice: pay attention during the instruction. There are numerous small mechanics to learn, and while you may definitely develop your own playstyle after you are familiar with Covus’s capabilities, you’ll need to do so first.
These Thymesia hints and tips are all meant to help you become a better player. While these tips are largely intended to speed up your understanding of the game, they will all need to be repeated during your journey, so if you want an easier time, make sure you recall everything.
White Health and Blue Health
Thymesia uses a unique health system where you have to deplete two seperate health bars before you can defeat them. First is the white health bar which is depleted by Weapon Damage (Saber attacks, most Plague Weapons) as well as Deflects. Dealing Weapon Damage builds up Wounds on the enemy, represented by the blue health bar.
Wounds / blue health is depleted by Claw Damage (Claw attacks, some Plague Weapons). An enemy cannot be Executed until their blue health is completely gone, and if you do not deal Claw Damage quickly enough the enemy’s Wounds will begin healing, giving them back their white health and forcing you to start the process over again.
Skill Shard Farming
Skill Shard’s are a material used to unlock and upgrade your Plague Weapons. They are dropped from higher tier enemies, most of whom do not respawn when you rest at a Beacon. To farm a certain Shard, identify which level has the quickest access to the enemy you are looking for, then load into the level, kill the enemy, then go back to the Beacon and quit out to start the process over. In my experience, it seems that Reaving enemies (aka using the fully charged Claw attack) results in better drop rates for Shards.
Although Talent points max out at level 25, you can continue to level Corvus up far beyond that for 10,400 Memory per level. If you are having trouble and need to farm some Memory, consider the following two levels:
Sea of Trees 3 (Fool God Boss Level): This level contains a “boss battle” against the Fool God, but its more like an obstacle course that results in a couple thousand experience. You need to make your way past a bunch of enemies and poison sacs all while dodging the boss’ attacks, but if you are only looking to get the Memory reward you can actually just run past everything to get to the end in a little under 2 minutes. You can even use the Miasma Plague Weapon (dropped by Odur) to speed up your dash animation and get through the level even faster. This nets you about 4000 experience and requires no battling!
Sea of Trees 5 (Mutated Odur Boss Level): Alternatively, if you are strong enough to defeat him reliably Mutated Odur is a fairly easy boss with only one health bar and no level preceding the fight. You can cheese him pretty easily with the fully upgraded Bow and Javelin Sword Plague Weapon combo, earning yourself a little over 6000 memory in 1-2 minutes. Plus, even if you die you just spawn right outside the boss room. Happy hunting folks!
Check Areas With Lock-on
Thymesia, as is the case in so many Soulslikes, loves a good jump scare. Throughout your journey you’ll come across enemies slumped in corners, lying down, sitting down on the floor, and hiding around bends. While you won’t be able to detect all of them with this little trick, it’s worth using your lock-on button frequently when faced with a new area. A lot of the game is intentionally hard to see, and the lock-on will cut through all of it to make sure you’ve got a little more information.
Break Down Barriers, Buckets, Barrels, and Boxes
There’s a lot of wood in Thymesia y’all, and you both can and should hit or dodge into every wooden thing you see. So much of the scenery can be broken down, and a lot of wooden barriers and boxes hide things for you to find. Sometimes that’ll just be a dude with an axe sitting amongst boxes like an old man catching up with his friends, but sometimes it’ll be new items, or a shortcut. Speaking of which…
Circle Back on Yourself
Whenever you enter a new area, your first task is always exploration. Thymesia loves to throw multiple routes at you at once, and it can become incredibly confusing if you’re not paying attention. More often than not though, it’ll also offer you shortcuts as long as you’re paying attention. The easiest way to find a lot of these is to keep in mind where you’ve been, and try and follow new paths that lead back in the same direction. You’ll often find doors to open or ladders to kick down that act as shortcuts for your next trip.
You Can Unlearn Talents
As you level up in Thymesia, you’ll unlock new talent points. Each of these can be used to customize your version of Corvus and can have you specializing in claw attacks, specific kinds of dodging, or even allow you to steal health back with certain attacks. Perhaps the most important thing though, is that you can actually respec these as often as you want for no cost. This takes away a lot of the choice paralysis you often come up against in ARPGs, because if you don’t like how something feels or works, you can just go and change it.
Long Claw for Bosses, Short Claw for Exploring
On that subject, while you’ll likely find your own preferences pretty quickly, we’ve got some claw-based advice for you. When upgrading your claw attack via the talents, you are presented with two choices. Either a long claw attack that has big damage and can make enemies bleed, or a short claw attack that’s incredibly fast, makes you stronger, and steals a small amount of health with each hit when you have enough buffs. In our experience, the long claw is exceptional against bosses, who often have more super armour than standard enemies and won’t get staggered by the short claw attacks, plus the bleed effect helps keep your DPS up. Meanwhile, the short claw attack, and specifically its ability to heal you, works better against standard enemies, and finding a weak enemy to tear into can help you explore for longer.
Predator Claw Often
While we’re talking about claws, the predator claw is an ability that allows you to steal the plague weapon associated with whatever enemy you hit with it. It also does a chunk of damage, but one of the coolest benefits is that it can occasionally knock plague weapon shards out of enemies. These can be used to unlock and then upgrade new plague weapons, which can help you build out your playstyle even more. So, make sure to use the predator claw often to try and boost up those secondary attacks.
You Can Respec After the First Boss
The final entry in our Thymesia tips and tricks is that while you can respec your talents whenever you want, you can’t do the same with your level-ups. However, once you’ve beaten the first boss, you’ll unlock the ability to repsec your stats and one item to do so. These items are somewhat rare, so don’t go too hard on them, but it’s a nice chance to fix your build a bit once you’re a bit more familiar with the game.