Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin - All the important tips about growing rice & fighting

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin - All the important tips about growing rice & fighting

In this Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin guide you will learn:

  • How to grow rice successfully
  • What rice brings you
  • How the combat system works

At first glance, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin might look like a cute anime-style game. Behind the facade, however, is a tough genre mix of platforming, fighting and farming simulator . Especially the last part overwhelms beginners with countless mechanics and information.

But don't worry, we have put together the best tips and tricks in our Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin guide so that you can successfully pacify the island of demons. We explain the most important systems in the game to you. Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

What is Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin?

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin consists of two parts: 2D sidescrolling and 3D farm simulation . You will switch back and forth between these two aspects over and over again. The 2D passages are relatively linear, while you can move freely around the courtyard and have some options that you should also use.

The platforming passages are the simplest part of Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin. The only challenge is mastering your cloak. With this you have to hold on to walls to reach higher levels. Once you have internalized this technique, the jump & run insoles should no longer be a problem .

How do I explore the island?

In Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin you start your explorations from your small farm. You can switch to the overview map at any time and travel back and forth between the individual points by fast travel. The development of the island is entirely up to Sakuna, as she is superior to the others with her divine abilities.

Before starting a mission, you should take a good look at the description on the map screen. This is because additional tasks are listed here for which you can earn rewards. The more of these side quests you complete, the faster your exploration rank increases.

The more levels you complete, the more points on the map will be unlocked. So you gradually penetrate into the most remote corners of the island. It is essential to find a good balance between your various tasks . Think about how much time you want to spend exploring and how much time you want to invest in growing rice.

How does the combat system work in Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin?

There are light and heavy attacks in Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin . If you combine this with one of the four directions, other moves come around - similar to Super Smash. Bros. If you want to perform combos, however, you are not allowed to press any of the direction buttons.

Important moves:

  • 2x backwards or forwards: Quickly dodge the attacks of your enemies. You can even walk through some monsters this way.
  • In the direction of the enemy: used at the right moment (just before an attack hits you), you perform a counterattack that paralyzes enemies and deals damage. Beware of many monsters in a pile.
  • Light attack + forwards or backwards in the direction of the enemy: A dash move that brings you quickly to the respective enemy and also deals damage when hit.
  • Light attack + upwards: Throws small enemies into the air and Sakuna too. Once at the top, you can continue to deal damage and even throw the enemy at his colleagues.
  • Robe: Grab small enemies and throw them into the air. Larger monsters must be chained for this move.
  • Heavy attack + upwards: Knock even fat monsters in the air. However, Sakuna has to jump behind manually.
  • Attack + Down: Attack enemies below you with a strong move.

How do skills work in Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin?

In the course of her adventure, Sakuna learns a number of skills that function as special attacks . You have to equip these in the menu. With each application you get a little experience for the respective skill. If you have collected enough of it, the skill will improve. However, you cannot spam these moves as they quickly empty your stamina display.

How do I upgrade my equipment?

There are two ways to get better gear. On the one hand, you can have these made by your human companions as soon as you have unlocked the forge and tailoring . Kinta gives you better weapons and Yui makes better armor for you.

On the other hand, it is also possible to improve the existing equipment . All you have to do is use them in combat. Over time, certain skills are unlocked. So check back regularly in the menu to have an overview of these item abilities and to be able to use them effectively.

What use is the rice to me?

The rice in Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin has two functions: It can either be used for trading and cooking , or you can use it to make Sakuna stronger , because there is no XP for defeated enemies. For the first two purposes you have to make as much as possible, for the latter, however, quality comes first. Depending on what you want to achieve, you have to grow differently.

There are other differences in quality. Depending on how you want to strengthen Sakuna, different aspects have to be considered when growing. Sakuna can be improved in the areas of health , strength, magic and luck . The easiest way is to make a balanced rice so that the protagonist has something on the box in all areas.

What do I have to consider when growing rice?

The cultivation of rice is by far the most complex system in Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin. But let's start from the beginning: A “year” in the game consists of twelve days. Three days each correspond to a season . Depending on the season, you have different tasks on the farm. We go through the individual stations, but before that you should know a few things:

  • Manure : To make manure, get feces from the toilet and pour them into the manure pit. Now add more items to increase the quality. To start with, we recommend five monster hooves, five monster feces, and five leaves. Later you will get other items that you can use to increase the quality of your fertilizer. You can also add rotten food, so it still serves its purpose. Use the fertilizer every morning to maximize its effects.
  • Water : Not only the amount of water plays a role, but also the consistency. If you add a little mud, the inferior grains of rice float on the surface and the quality of the harvest is increased.
  • Helper : You can assign rice cultivation tasks to your roommates. Or you can get cows. But the quality will always be worse than if you lend a hand.
  • Ducks : Ducks are other little helpers. They eat the vermin from the rice plants and thus increase the produce. But be careful: if you don't whistle them back in time before they are ripe, they will nibble away the valuable grains.
  • Tauemon : The samurai in disguise cannot handle the sword, but he has some tips for you to grow rice. If you follow his advice, you will get mediocre products. For really good rice, however, we have to optimize ourselves.

You ca n't grow anything in winter . So make sure that you have collected enough rice by the cold season to make ends meet. As soon as the last snow has melted and spring comes, you can get to work. Until then, you will invest your time in exploration and hunting.

The first two tasks are cultivating the soil and fertilizing . The order in which you do this work affects the type of rice. For a balanced product, you fertilize first and then plow. If you want to increase Sakuna's happiness, do not fertilize until one day after working the soil.

You should be thorough when sorting rice seeds , unless you are just looking at quantity. Last but not least, sowing is done. For good quality rice you need to sow thinly and leave enough space (a square) between the plants. If you just want to fill the sacks, then plant the field over.


The summer is about tending the field. First, you water your field . Tauemon will tell you that you need a lot of water, but that is nonsense. Instead, keep the water level at a constant 20 percent and at 30 percent as the plants sprout. Just for a lot of rice and if you level up on luck, you need more water.

Another trick for a high quantity is to completely dehydrate the field on the third offshoot. For more strength, you use a lot of fertilizer with leaves and for a magic bonus you ensure a low temperature. Also, let the ducks out onto the field for the first two offshoots and catch them up again at the third offshoot.


Now the harvest is coming and we are finally getting the reward for our efforts. For a bonus to the HP we dry the field before the harvest, for luck and magic we harvest early, for strength we pray for a dry day. For a balanced rice, we leave the field in the morning and harvest the plants the following afternoon.

Then we let the rice cool down if we want a bonus to luck or strength. Basically, white rice is more valuable than brown rice or mixed rice. Brown rice is good for magic, however. Otherwise, for a good quality, you should try to thresh and polish in the night and morning hours.

More tips & tricks for Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

If you have internalized the combat system and regularly bring in a high-quality rice harvest, then you have mastered a large part of Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin. However, there are still various, not so important systems that can make your life on the island of demons easier. So here are a few more good tips :

  • When growing rice at the beginning of the game, pay attention to the quantity of produce so that you have something in hand (rice is the only currency in the game). Then increases the quality in order to prepare Sakuna for later tasks.
  • Keep your yard clean. Every now and then turns a round to collect animals like toads and snails, as well as weed.
  • Make sure you have a good meal in the evening so that you can go into battle the following day with a decent buff. Automatic healing in particular can save your life in difficult levels. You get the resources for meals from defeated monsters.
  • Make sure your food lasts because it spoils after a while. To do this, speak to Myrtle by the campfire. She pickles vegetables for you and smokes your meat. This is ideal for days when you can't hunt or collect anything.
  • Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin has a day and night system. If you are on a level after dark, the enemies are much stronger. Avoid this if possible or come back when you are stronger and have better equipment.

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