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Ghostwire: Tokyo - 10 tips and tricks to get you started

 Tango Gameworks – the Japanese studio behind The Evil Within – is releasing its first PS5 exclusive, Ghostwire: Tokyo, on March 25th. You can find out how to quickly celebrate success in the open-world adventure in our beginner's guide.

Ghostwire: Tokyo - 10 tips and tricks to get you started

In this Ghostwire: Tokyo tips guide, you'll learn:

  • How to use the environment to your advantage
  • Which new skills you should unlock shortly after starting the game
  • Why pet food is so important and what ghost food is all about

Ghostwire: Tokyo by Tango Gameworks takes you on an action-packed mystery adventure crisscrossing Tokyo's glitzy Shibuya district. This beginner's guide outlines what you should pay attention to, especially in the first few hours of play.

Try it more often as quiet footsteps

Fighting in Ghostwire: Tokyo can often be mastered much more stress-free if you take opponents out of traffic from behind. For this strategy to work, you should first observe the enemy and briefly analyze his route.

If you find yourself in a confusing environment, pressing the square button activates KK's ghost vision. This will display all enemies through walls using gray silhouettes. Now crouch down, carefully stalk yourself from behind and activate "Fast Obliterate" with L2.

However, there is another way to perform stealth attacks in Ghostwire: Tokyo. That's if you first immobilize your opponent with a Stun Talisman. Then quickly approach from behind and press the L2 button to lead the manoeuvre. Don't worry: Hero Akito is immune to the dancing streaks of light from the Stun Talisman.

Save the sheet for emergencies

In various cases, enemies may be after you, and you may not have enough Aether to perform Wind, Water, and Fire magic attacks. In order to be prepared for this case, you should stock up on arrows for the bow in the various shops in Shibuya. These aren't cheap at 300 meika per arrow, but they do a lot of damage.

This is especially true if you first stretch the string completely and then hit your opponent in the head or upper body. Another advantage of the bow: Akito can use it even if KK doesn't make his powers available to him.

If you've found a liking for the bow, then first put your skill points into the two Yuminarashi upgrades, which increase the speed at which the string is drawn. Only after that is it worth increasing the carrying capacity (yumitsukai).

Don't be afraid of falls from great heights

Normally Akito would hardly survive a fall from higher floors of a building. However, since Geist KK possessed him, he can also flop from great heights into the depths with ease. Use this extraordinary ability - which the game itself never hints at, by the way - and getting off tall buildings is a matter of seconds.

Use Red Aether Crystals to your advantage

In areas with powerful enemies, the developers of Ghostwire: Tokyo often placed what is known as red aether crystals - usually represented as glowing red, airborne canisters or propane gas bottles. Memorize their position well and then lure the adversary near such a container. The latter works best if you hit the opposing spirit once with a magical ranged attack and then go near the crystal.

Once the enemy is within a few meters of the crystal, flee and direct fire at the jar to detonate it. This works with both magic attacks and the bow. Caution: The blast is quite powerful, so make sure you keep your distance. Destroyed Aether Crystals leave behind some Aether - mostly from the element Fire. It is, therefore, worthwhile to then search for the site of the explosion.

Katashiro upgrades avoid long walks

Over 240,000 human ghosts have disappeared in Ghostwire: Tokyo - and you can save them all. The means to an end are the so-called katashiro, traditional Japanese paper dolls that suck up spirits and allow them to be transported.

The problem: each of them can only absorb a single cluster of ghosts. If all your starting Katashiro is filled, you can only save new ghosts after you have transferred the ghosts you have already collected to safety at a telephone booth.

At first, the procedure hardly bothers you, but soon the constant trips to the nearest phone booth become a burden. This can be remedied by purchasing additional Katashiro. Here, too, the main suppliers are the shops, which collect 3,000 Meika per paper doll. Work towards about 25 katashiro early on, then you will be spared time-consuming running in many game situations.

Which skills should I level up first?

The answer to this question, of course, depends heavily on your playstyle. Purely from a survival perspective, the ability “Wakumusubi II” makes sense at first, found in the fourth column of the first talent tree. This is because Akito regains ten life points for each successfully performed core grip.

Afterward, it's best to unlock "Kukurihime I", which increases the speed with which Akito rips out energy cores from opponents. "Ninigi I" should follow right after, making core ripping work at close range and uninterruptable by enemies.

“Hakkei I”, also known as Aether Strike, is no less practical. Once unlocked, each successful melee hit generates Ether, i.e. new ammunition for ranged attacks. “Tatenui I” takes a similar line. This will generate Ether whenever you get a perfect block - meaning you block at the exact moment the opponent is about to strike. Positive side effect: If you succeed in blocking perfectly, the enemy also staggers and is defenseless against your attacks.

When it comes to Akito's ranged attacks (collectively summarized under Etheric Weaving), it's best to initially focus on fast wind weaving (Shinatobe II), the increased-radius charged fire attack (Hinokagabiko I), and Takehaya II, which reduces the time to perform the extra powerful charged attacks.

Regularly buy pet food and food

Throughout Ghostwire: Tokyo, you will encounter stray dogs and cats as you progress through the game. If you use KK's abilities to read their minds, you'll quickly find that their stomachs are often growling. If you now feed the four-legged friends with dog or cat food (which is sold in a large number of shops), they will thank you twice. Once by giving you a faithful look and once by digging up the in-game currency Meika from the ground a little later.

In addition, you should always carry enough food for your hero in Ghostwire: Tokyo, especially since every morsel you eat restores lost life energy. You can get the numerous Japanese delicacies either by picking up white shopping bags lying around in the game world or by stocking up at retailers.

Even better than regular food and drink is ghost food – although you can't usually buy it, you can only find it. Because spirit food not only regenerates lost life points but also activates another positive effect.

For example, Underworld Yakuza Crackers make enemies less likely to spot you, Underworld Oden doubles the perfect block window, Underworld Watermelons increase Aetheric Weaving damage by 10%, and Underworld Dango provides a 10% defense boost – to name just a few practical examples.

Casts tactically clever

Very early in Ghostwire: Tokyo, Akito unlocks the Etheric Weaving skill, which allows him to perform ranged magical attacks that damage the spirit beings. Once you have both wind, water, and fire weaves at your disposal, you should make sure to use the attacks according to the situation. For example, if there is a group of enemies directly in front of you, water weaving is a good idea, since the attack spreads very widely and usually damages several opponents at the same time.

If, on the other hand, you want to eliminate a standard enemy with just a few hits, the powerful flame explosions triggered by fire webs are the method of choice. Wind Weaving, on the other hand, has the highest ammo pool but is less effective initially. However, if you quickly increase the attack speed here, the visitors hardly have a chance to dodge your attacks.

Important: Experiment early with the charged attacks of all three elemental attacks. Simply hold down the R2 button longer, wait for a small ball of energy to form in your hand, and then release. Wind weavers create two target-seeking gusts of wind, water weavers conjure up a large carpet of water and fire weavers generate a fireball with a blast radius of an impressive four meters.

Complete side missions that grant Magatama first

Once you've cleared a map area of ​​the fog by clearing the associated shrine, looking at the map again will reveal the starting locations of all side missions in that area. Now hover your cursor over each mission on the map and see which ones reward you with Magatama (represented by a yin-yang symbol).

Magatama is important in that you can only use it to unlock certain skills in the skill tree. For example, to reach the highest Water Weave level, you need three Magatama Orbs. You can see whether you have found all the Magatama in an area by placing the cursor on the map over the area's shrine.

Keep browsing the database

Ghostwire: Tokyo is packed with bizarre things unique to Japan. The nice thing: While you experience the story, all these discoveries are neatly logged under the menu item "Database". Detours into this in-game encyclopedia are completely optional and not required to complete the story.

However, if you keep checking the database, you will be amazed at what else you can find out there about Japanese food, Tokyo's landmarks, or Japanese relics. If you also want to delve deeper into the background story, then be sure to read KK's notes and listen to the numerous voice recordings.