Submitted by: David K.
Tips and Tricks (How to Survive Arkham Guide):
Written by 1C_George
This guide provides tips and suggestions on how to survive in the hostile
world of Arkham.
The right mouse button is your best friend. It opens a radial menu with all
abilities and skills applicable to the chosen object or character. It can be
used both in and out of combat. Make sure to right-click all objects you find
Choosing your PCs Belief System is a big decision. Its an important gameplay
mechanic. Make sure to choose the one you are actually going to roleplay most
of the time. Dont make everything harder for yourself by roleplaying a
materialist with a humanistic PC.
Make sure to avoid fighting if possible. Combat is the main source of ANGST points.
ANGST points are like negative experience points. The more of them you get, the
more defect and traumatized your PC will become.
You dont have to kill everybody in order to win struggles and progress forward.
The longer you fight the better chances you will get an open window for a
Progressive Escape. If you see blue cells on a battlefield, rush to them and press
the escape button. You will win the fight and keep all the loot youve salvaged.
All quests and challenges in Stygian can be solved by at least four approaches:
direct, cunning, intellectual and costly. Be attentive because almost any character
builds, especially non-combat one, can solve most of the challenges without either
fighting or spending money.
Every character class has three skills which can be maxed out. We recommend spending
most of your skill points on them for the better RPG experience.
Science, Medicine, Survival skills have separate crafting branches. We recommend
using all advantages from crafting if your character class allows it.
You cant complete Stygian and not to go nuts a couple of times. Drug issues,
alcoholism, mental disorders - all of this is a part of the game. It is also a part
of your PC which can even make him or her even stronger. Dont be afraid and bravely
walk into the abyss.
Skills checks usually involve both skills and attributes. There is no point putting
skill points into Subterfuge if your character has low Agility.
Take a closer look at possibilities which resting gives to you and your companions.
For example, studying new spells, scientific research and artifacts deciphering are
available only when your party is resting.
Always hide your identity before directly opposing the Mob. Wear a mask.
Like a swimming mask or a burglar mask. A gas mask will do too.
A lantern is the best way to save your sanity in darkness. Make sure you have it
and a kerosine supply before exploring the warehouse.
Try to keep your sanity level above 50% to lower risks of acquiring a mental condition.
Some classes have unique companions from the start. Try out the Explorer to get our
favourite dog companion!
You will find all kinds of dark essences during your journey. Make sure to use them
in order to upgrade yours or your companion's spells in grimoire.
Adding Items and Modifying Attributes/Skills:
Written by lys_xen
This is a simple guide on how to add items and modify your characters attributes/skills
in game using the console commands.
Note that using the console command may possibly break that save, or else make the game
too easy. While there are many commands, this list will focus on adding items and editing
attributes/skills of your character after creation.
To access the commands, the first thing you have to do is press tilde key ~
This will bring up a small window that you input stuff in. Also note that you dont have
to type out the full line; pressing the TAB key allows it to autocomplete. If you press
tab again, it will cycle through the commands with those letters. Needless to say, if
there are a lot of commands, you can be at it for a long time.
There are 2 ways to add cigs to the game. Each type requires you entering the console
command as above, and the first method follows:
add_cigs X where X is a number between 1 and 499 (499 is the limit to what can be added
at one time. However, you can easily enter this code multiple times).
The second method is a variation on the first and actually is how to get the other items.
add_item cigs_a_bundle_of_cigs X where X is a number between 1 and 499.
Why might you wish to use the second method? If you type up to the cigs, then press tab,
the autocomplete will stay with the cigs, whereas add_cigs will then jump to the next
command which is different.
-=General Adding Items=-
For the following section, adding items is quite easy. Be careful on what you add; if
you add a quest item before you are supposed to access it, it could break that playthrough.
If this happens, just load a previous save.
As mentioned in the cigs, the command looks as follows:
add_item Y X where Y is the item you desire, and X is the amount. Please note you need a
space after add_item and after Y. If the item Y is multiple words, then it needs an
underscore _ where the space would be.
Finally X has a limit between 1 to 499. So if you wish to add 40 laudanum shots,
it would look like:
add_item laudanum_shot 40
As you can see, most of the items are listed as they appear in game. You can run into
issues with bullets as many use a period before a number. In this case, put an
underscore _ in lieu of the period
So if you wanted 100 .22 ammunition, it would look like:
add_item _22_ammunition 100
Other ammo includes:
The list of useful items can be quite extensive, but I lack the time to compile one here.
If you just want kerosene, you may wish to use kerosene_canister but Im not sure.
If you wish to have empty containers, then use can_of_kerosene.
The console command allows you to edit your characters attributes and skills. However,
be careful when doing this as sometimes you may add unintended conditions to your
character such as schizophrenia.
To get there, access the console command as above, then type in:
From here, you can see Attributes and Skills with simple plus/minuses next to it.
You can raise and lower the values at will.
Warning: Dont raise every Skill to 10. The reason? When you gain a level, you get
skill points, and thus cant spend them if all the skills are maxed out.
Additionally, you can also alter these same values if you have any companions. If you
look at the top, there are circles with pictures of your party. Click on the person
you wish to adjust. When finished, simply click the X in the upper right hand corner.
Finally, you cant add/remove Perks or Angst from this screen.