Far Cry Primal releases today for the Xbox One, Playstation 4 with a release next month for PC and while we didn’t like it as much as other Far Cry games we appreciated the different direction it took things in, if ever so slightly.

We have a set of tips to help you get the most out of your first run of Far Cry Primal. Of course, as with all of our other tips, you could easily ignore these tips and just play Far Cry Primal loose and free – but these tips are what made us enjoy the game more than what we were before we even knew about them.

While all of our tips are helpful tips, if you’re into exploring and earning easter eggs yourself, avoid the final tip in this article for a neat little surprise though if you want an easy achievement or trophy we implore you to give it a look.

Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4 were interesting in that every animal, plant and crafting material that you picked up had an animation attached to it that was cool to watch when you gutted your first animal. But as you collected more and more items it began getting tiresome to watch. Far Cry Primal represents a shift towards more of an emphasis on hunting, gathering and crafting so you’ll be watching these animations quite a bit.

But we recommend that you don’t bother. Watch a few just to see what they look like initially, but then mosey on over to the options menu to turn them off. You’ll still be able to collect everything just as you would if you had the animations on, but turning the animations off will keep things moving at a quicker pace without being annoying. If the option wasn’t there the developers wouldn’t have wanted you to use it! Simply go into Options – Gameplay – Search Animations and your Far Cry experience will be greatly improved! We promise.

Far Cry Primal is set in a time before gyrocopters, buggies, quad bikes and cars. But the world is almost just as big as those that you explore in other Far Cry games. You could always fast travel, of course, but there’s no fun in that is there? Primal lets you tame beasts and some of them you can even ride. We recommend getting this part of the game sorted before you even attempt to tackle the games numerous side quests and collectibles.

Early on in the game you’ll complete quests for the shaman Tensay and eventually be given the opportunity to tame your first animal. This is all well and good, but we recommend immediately finding a brown bear or a sabretooth tiger to tame as you’ll be able to learn skills to ride these with the right skills. The brown bear is slower but can cross deep waters, while the sabretooth tiger is faster but will drown if left in water for too long. The choice is yours – and they both are handy attack companions too.

Far Cry Primal has an increased emphasis on hunting, gathering and crafting and as a result you’ll have to collect a whole bunch of things to improve your character, weapons and village settlements. Given that you’ll need crafting materials to do this, it’s important to think about prioritising your skills to favour your gathering. You’ll gain access to the gathering skill tree early on in the game.

Once you do, make sure that you start to prioritise these skills. They’ll make it easier for you to get materials needed for upgrades and weapons by effectively halving the materials needed to complete things – you’ll get double materials from resource drops rather than single. It’s an obvious tip and one that should be taken in conjunction with our previous one – but one that’ll ease the brunt of the ‘grind’ for crafting materials early on.


Fire has always been an important aspect of the Far Cry games ever since Far Cry 2. It behaves semi-realistically and it has the ability to spread like (literally) wildfire. It can both hurt and hinder your carefully planned takeovers of the games various outposts but it’s also your best friend when used correctly. Far Cry Primal’s renewed emphasis on melee combat means that fire is more important than ever – it can assist you in dealing extra damage that a rapid fire firearm may normally afford you.

Get used to using fire not only defensively but aggressively. Light your larger animals – particularly your mammoths on fire – as this will constantly deal damage on top of whatever your animal companion and you yourself are dealing. Remember to use animal fat to light your weapons on fire whenever you switch weapons – and if you’re an avid fire user be sure to invest in the Izila skills to improve your handling.


SPOILER ALERT – EASTER EGG AHEAD Those who are fans of the series will appreciate this subtle nod to other games in the franchise and is more of an easter egg than a proper tip. It’ll earn you an achievement or trophy too, so listen up! When you get a chance, follow the river on the map until it ends at a cave in the northeast.

You’ll find that point marked by a question mark (as a vague tip we’ve included a scan of the location on the map as an image to the left of this paragraph). Once you’re there enter the cave with an open mind. It’s called Hasar Lakarta, and you’ll find something very purple and her something very familiar if you’ve played all the Far Cry games. Wonder how that got there? 😉

So that’s all from us, but what about you? Do you have any tips for Far Cry Primal? Let us know in the comments!