Dear exiles,

Welcome to the Exiled Lands. In this harsh and unforgiving landscape, only the strongest and fiercest will survive the challenges that stand before them. Before you get started on your barbarian adventure we’ve gathered some basic tips you should learn in order to survive, build and dominate in Conan Exiles.

Your cross awaits.

Starting off

From the main menu, you can choose to play online or jump into a single player/co-op session. Playing online pits, you against other exiles in your struggle for survival on servers run by Funcom’s partnered server provider, or on private servers run by members of the community. In single player, it’s just you against the dangers of the Exiled Lands. In a single player game, you start off by choosing a difficulty level. This will set things like gathering rate, how much experience you gain and what you lose upon death. You can also set custom settings if you want. When playing single player, you will also have access to the admin panel, which allows you to activate certain cheats and spawn in weapons and items. On multi-player servers, you’re subject to the rules and settings of the server you choose, and only server admins can access the admin panel.


The upper left hand corner is where you’ll find information you need about the current state of your character. The icons represent, in order from right to left, your Health, Stamina, Water, Food, Experience points, Weight and Temperature.


Other on-screen prompts will display any status effect currently affecting you. These can include poison, exhaustion, corruption, thirst and starvation.



Harvesting resources is an essential part of the crafting and survival aspects of Conan Exiles. Resources let you craft and upgrade tools, weapons, building pieces and armor. You can harvest resources by interacting with special nodes or by picking them up off the ground. In the beginning you gather sticks and stones, but you will eventually unlock new tools that allows you to harvest more resources at a faster rate.


Most of the crafting in the game can be done from the crafting screen, but some items need a special crafting station or machine in order to be made. Crafting stations require you to manually select and craft each individual item. If a recipe requires a crafting station it will be listed in the Feats menu. These have their own inventories where the crafting is done. Machines need fuel to work, but will continuously make new items and ingredients as long as there’s fuel to burn.



Surviving other players and the creatures and elements of the Exiled Lands is a core part of Conan Exiles. Building a shelter is vital for survival and it’s important to build something fast. Rudimentary building pieces will be available fairly quickly, and can be crafted from the crafting screen as long as you have the prerequisite materials. Start by placing out some foundations where you want to build. You’ll be able to build practically anywhere. Other building pieces will automatically snap to the foundations when you select them from your radial menu. When building it’s important to consider what’s surrounding you: Are there any special resource nodes nearby? Are you close to food or water? How you’re going to defend yourself in said spot is also something to take into consideration. As you grow stronger and progress through the game you’ll unlock building pieces of a higher tier. These can be used to upgrade your base to further defend yourself against attackers and creatures.



Human NPCs in the Exiled Lands can be captured and brought back to your base to be broken on the Wheel of Pain. They then become your thralls. Thralls can be set to work at your crafting stations to unlock new recipes or speed up crafting. They can also stand guard and protect you from enemies. To break enemy NPCs you need three things: Fiber bindings, a truncheon and a Wheel of Pain. These can all be unlocked with the Thrall Taker feat at level 10. The truncheon will knock someone out after a few hits, leaving them ready to be tied up using the fiber bindings. After that you can drag them back to your Wheel of Pain and place them on it to convert them into thralls. The Wheel of Pain uses food as fuel, and certain foods are more effective at breaking NPCs than others.


Conan’s world is balanced on the edge between barbarism and civilization, but it’s also a world where the gods themselves sometimes interfere in the lives of mortals. We want to emulate this to a certain extent in Conan Exiles. During character creation you can choose a god to worship, with five available at the launch of the Xbox One Game Preview version: Crom, Set, Yog, Mitra and Ymir. Out of these four Crom is different than the others. He’s essentially the agnostic option, for players who don’t want to engage with the religion system.

Worship happens through an altar dedicated to your god. These will be unlocked when choosing your god during character creation. Special resources harvested from NPCs and other players can be used to craft special items at the altar, or sacrificed to gain favor from your chosen god. Favor can be used to upgrade an altar to the next tier, which in turn unlocks new crafting opportunities.

Avatars are the ultimate expression of your religious fervor in the game. These are physical manifestations of your god that can be summoned to smite your enemies. To summon an avatar you’ll need a tier 3 altar and an arch priest thrall. The summoning spell is an item that you then can craft at your altar and take with you into the Exiled Lands. Crafting this spell will destroy both your religious thrall and your altar. Once the crafting process is done you have 48 hours to use the spell before it decays and is destroyed.


Although Conan Exiles isn’t necessarily a story focused game we’re still not shying away from trying to incorporate some storytelling into the game. This is not an empty sandbox. In developing the game we’ve wanted to give the world depth in the form of lore and a backstory. We’ve also recorded a lot of VO for both NPCs and special lore pieces found throughout the world.

NPCs found throughout the game will offer up information about the Exiled Lands and help you gain some insight into life as an exile. You will also discover clues about the ancient civilization that once inhabited this place as you play and explore. Their magic still resides in many of their now abandoned homes. What appears to be instructions for their subjects can be found half buried in the sand dunes. Explore far and wide to see ghosts of the ancient past and glean information from their ways.


The upper left hand corner is where you’ll find information you need about the current state of your character. The icons represent, in order from right to left, your Health, Stamina, Water, Food, Experience points, Weight and Temperature.


Other on-screen prompts will display any status effect currently affecting you. These can include poison, exhaustion, corruption, thirst and starvation.


The Menu button opens your inventory and character screen. On the left side is your inventory, with everything you’ve gathered in the game. Here you can also move items to the quick slot radial menu. The middle window is your character screen, where you increase your attributes and learn new crafting recipes when you level up. This is also where you find your character’s attributes and currently equipped clothing. The four icons above your character is your current level of Health, Stamina, Water and Food. To the right is the crafting window. Here you use the resources you’ve gathered to create tools, clothes, weapons, building pieces and other items. Click on any crafting recipe you have learned to see what resources you need to create what you’ve selected. If you have enough just hit the “Craft” button and the rest will take care of itself. Certain items, like metal swords, require a crafting station to make.


As you gain experience points you will level up and gain stat points you can use to improve your character in various ways. The SAVAGES attributes do different things based on where you allocate your points. Strength improves your melee damage. Agility lets you move better while wearing armor. Vitality determines the size of your health pool. Accuracy improves your damage with ranged weapons. Grit increases your stamina. Encumbrance controls how much you can carry. Survival changes how quickly you metabolize food.


Feats When you level up you also gain Knowledge Points. These are used to unlock feats that give you access to crafting recipes. Each exile has a limited amount of feats they can unlock and some have prerequisites that need to be fulfilled before they’re available. Your stat points and knowledge points are permanent until you’re able to craft a specific potion that lets you reset your spent points.

Buttons Description:
Shortcut Bar / Rotate Building piece
Primary Action (Light melee attack)/ Rotate Building piece
Secondary Action (Heavy melee attack)
Special Action (Heavy melee attack, Fire bow/crossbow)
Move (Click to sprint)
Look (Click to toggle camera perspective)
D-pad up – Toggle Map
D-pad down – Toggle Emotes
Toggle Main Menu
Toggle Inventory
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