Below Beginner's Guide - Tips, Crafting, Map Layout

Below Beginner's Guide - Tips, Crafting, Map Layout

Here's our introductory guide to Capy Games' Below on Xbox One and PC, including essential tips such as early crafting items and the mystery of blue fire.

After delays and a resurfacing earlier this year, Below is finally out right now for Xbox One and PC, releasing worldwide on December 14. In this complete Below beginner's guide, we'll be walking you through everything you'll need to know to get started with the game, as well as detailing some essential Below tips, plus pointing you in the direction of a Below map through Reddit.

Below Guide

Below somewhat stealth released on Xbox and PC through Game Pass earlier this month. We're still combing our way through the depths of Below, but throughout the guide just below, we'll be covering areas that we've tackled in the game so far, such as how to get a retrieve a lantern, how to craft a torch, and more.

How to Find the Lantern in Below

To find the lantern in Below, you need to head straight north from where you land on the coast. You'll head up a very small, narrow path, where you can't sprint. When you get to the open field with grass, head north and slightly left, and you'll come to the area below, with a small light. Press A at the small point of light, and then press the left bumper to equip the lantern.

Note that whenever you die in Below, you'll immediately lose your lantern. To get it back, you'll have to go to the exact point where you previously died, and retrieve the lantern from the corpse of your last character.

How to Get Into the Cave in Below

Now that you have the lantern in your possession, you can head into the cave. Head northeast from where you found the lamp, and you'll find a set of stone stairs leading up two levels. At the top of here, you'll be able to enter the cavern, which is when you properly kick off Below.

Below Basic Crafting Guide

You can use the items you collect on your adventure in Below you craft numerous useful items that aren't simply found on your travels. We've detailed the items you'll be able to craft during the opening few hours of the game, all of which can be crafted from any camp fire that you come across.

  • Torch: one ember, one rope, one stick

Eat Food, but Only Good Food

It's important to keep a supply of food, but also essential you don't eat bad food. Eating bad food will make you sick. Look out for rats, and other small animals, and make use of the spear fishing we detailed above. You'll be able to hunt down animals by listening out for their movements.

If you have a spear and also wondering how to get some food, you are in luck. If you are near shallow water you can hold down the attack button and you'll stab fish swimming near the surface.

Below Map Layout

As you'll no doubt know by now if you've played Below, the game is made up of "floors", each of which progresses further down in the game. If you've been a bit lost in the dark caverns of Below, then we've got good news, for Below players on Reddit have begun compiling a map to the game. Right now the map leads down to floor 6, and the community is working tirelessly to plough through further floors.

As you can probably tell, we've only played Below for a very limited amount of time. Once we've made it further into the complex game, we'll be sure to update this guide whenever we discover any new details.

Hirun Cryer

Staff Writer

Hirun Cryer is by far the most juvenile member of USgamer. He's so juvenile, that this is his first full-time job in the industry, unlike literally every other person featured on this page. He's written for The Guardian, Paste Magazine, and Kotaku, and he likes waking up when the sun rises and roaming the nearby woods with the bears and the wolves.

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