For new players of Grounded, this guide provides tips for beginners then tips for all the bosses in the form of disorganized cereal yokai paragraphs.
Suggestions for when you are just starting out
you are small (1cm tall i believe) and you are in a backyard and your main goal is to uh be big again (very deep i know) so you go around and mass murder insects and spiders that are probably not innocent to make better armor and gear and you can also explore labs to progress through the story (the story can explain itself better than i can so uh just play the game and listen to the audio logs and read the notes if you are into lore)
first big tip i can give is PEEP EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING.
the default key (on keyboards) is X. if you aim at an insect it will display an outline and ??? when you see that use the left click to PEEP it. this gives you access to creature cards. these are very useful as they tell you where the insect is located and its strengths and weaknesses.
get the red ant club as soon as you can. it is a very good weapon early on and can carry you through a good chunk of the game (if you are a god gamer it might be the only weapon you need) now you might say “but bereal yokai how do i get that?” good question! it is crafted mainly from red ant parts. now the regular ants give you normal parts the soldier ants will give you mandibles. to find these i recommend going to the OLD ant hill near the oak tree. due to the fact that there is usually only 2 or 3 it is harder to become overwhelmed.
for the THIRD TIP here is a REALLY IMPORTANT combat move the game does not really teach you
now that is this and why is it so damn hyped up? well perfect blocking is when you press the block button just before the enemies attack hits you. there will be sparks and you will take exactly 0 damage (NOTE: certain attacks with stronger insects will still effect you even if you perfect block)
additionally there is a mutation called “parry master” that makes it easier to get a perfect block. an easy way to get this (and practice perfect blocking) is those annoying lawn mites. they only have 1 attack and its pretty easy to memorize. so after perfect blocking them a bunch you should get the mutation (it is unlocked/upgraded by perfect blocking)
now the LAST TIP I HAVE FOR STARTING OUT (I LIKE CAPS LOCK BTW)
DO NOT GO TO THE OAK TREE AT NIGHTTIME
now you may have met a furry 8 legged friend named taino (or his parents) who is a giant douchebag. and it just so happens he and his parents enjoy the dark and they have that damn spider man sense and will literally track you down and obliterate you. trust me you will know what i mean one day…
now a common place to build is by that bathroom scale machine thing and the baseball as the area is pretty safe… or so you thought. it just so happens that one of those stupid spiders likes to hang out around there every so often (during the night and sometimes in the morning after you wake up) now my only good solution to this is to just stay in your base for a minute after you wake up or just listen for the footsteps of the spider to then run into your base… also it helps if you are on top of the baseball because nothing can get up there except for you. now if you wonder why 1 stupid spider is such a big deal early on… challenge one to a duel. see how it goes. (or just cheese them with a bow and get the mutation that makes you resist up to 75% poison)
BOSSES AND STUFF
tips for the first boss added to the game… the broodmother. (optional boss)
this boss is optional so it does not really play into the story but it will give you bonus points on something (and some cool gear)
the broodmother is located in the hedge. the first lab burger man tells you to go to. when reaching the flingman disc you will see a giant hole made out of webs. in there is the arena. now in order to actually fight the broodmother you must summon here with a broodmother BLT. after taking a zipline into the main hedge lab (you will see a terminal locked with a passcode) you want to go back out through the hole you just came in on. then go to the right and you will see some branches with mushrooms on them. if you follow them up you should see a really small lab held up by rubber bands or something that contains the recipe for the disgusting sandwich. 2 things to note is 1 there are sometimes mosquitoes nearby so be careful for those ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and also its kinda easy to fall so bring a dandelion tuft or just rage load a previous save. either works.
now when it comes to actually fighting the fool (remember to peep it as she enters the arena) you will want to bring a spicy weapon as she is weak to spicy. also because this boss is optional if you want an easier time you can go and get tier 3 gear ( and yknow… that spicy weapon) and it should be pretty easy. also just bring some smoothies and bandages. do that with any boss really. also for mutations one that i think is a MUST HAVE is mithridatiatatataisasihgusdihg. however you spell that. the mutation that gives you poison resist (preferably level 3) as the broodmother has venom. and the orb wiener juniors can sometimes poison you. so as long as you have decent gear and can memorize and perfect block the attacks (and deal with the annoying adds) it should be pretty smooth. if you want the shiny golden pokemon card instead of fighting her 20 million times you can simply peep and defeat her then save manually. then you can loot the body and then use the ESC menu to reload and just keep looting the body until you get the gold card. that can be done to anything really. WE LOVE CHEESE!
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ that was 1 boss and i typed a whole paragraph… if only i would do the same for my writing assignments.
THE PINK IDIOT THAT EVERYONE MADE VIDEOS ABOUT WHEN IT WAS DATAMINED FOR VIEWS.
uhm…. i have not fought it yet… just use common knowledge you have learned i guess. (or maybe watch one of the bajillion clickbait vids on it. they might have something useful i dont know.
SPOILER WARNING. THE REST SHOWN ARE STORY BOSSES.
i would like to speak to your assistant manager. (this is required to complete the game)
so the assistant manager is found in the black ant hill. you dont really need anything to summon him you just need a bomb to break the glass to enter the arena.
you honestly should not need high level gear if you are good enough. a leveled up ant club and some acorn/ladybug armor and some healing items should be enough as long as you dont suck.
first phase is easy. you really just attack him and kill/avoid the TAYZ.Ts and ARC.Rs as well as the plasma balls he shoots.
second phase is pretty similar except now manager man has the power to activate the middle pillar which will fire lasers. the bottom one you have to jump over and the top 2 you can crouch under. they are not too hard to avoid but if you get shoved into them or just get hit they do can do a good amount of damage. but other than that its not too bad.
the third phase can be tricky. on top of all the previous garbage the outer 4 pillars now have SHOCKING electricity. but if you stay close to the middle pillar they should not hurt you and as long as when attacking an enemy you dont get too close to the electricity it should be fine.
and the ULTIMATE 4TH PHASE!… he is dead. there is no 4th phase. also you do not have to PEEP him because you will auto get the gold card regardless because this fight is a one and done deal also he is weak to spicy… i forgot that detail but came back to add it you are welcome.
MORE SPOILERS OH GOD!
the thing from the 1.0 trailer everyone was wondering about… the humant (mant)
this goober is found in a creepy ass lab in a creepy ass crawlspace under the barn.
it is weak to fresh so grab the good old mint mace for this one.
nothing much to say here. just be careful of the fire ants that crawl in sometimes. also he sometimes throws bombs but they are easy to avoid. but he can also just blow himself up so if he does the i have to ♥♥♥♥ my pants pose back away or you are gonna get butt blasted. also bring healing items duh. also like the manager moron you do not need to peep it as it is a one and done boss and you get the gold card regardless.
AND FINALLY. THE LAST BOSS. SPOILERS AGAIN DUH. THE MOST DISLIKED EMPLOYEE IN OMINENT HISTORY… DIRECTOR. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. SCHMECTOR
yes. schmector. well… kinda. now this boss is kind of optional. you do not need to beat this ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ass to beat the game but when you kick his ass you uh get something special. (you might find yourself less displeased) now i think you need to kill the mant before you can ♥♥♥♥ on this freak because in order to get into the arena you need… ok why am i censoring myself obviously you do not care about spoilers if you are reading this. anyways the lab he is in is at the castle moldorc. you must enter the giant mouth and drop through that hole. im not sure if there is a legit way to get there but the way i did it was just make a bridge over (which is a pain in the ass cause of the mosquitoes) but in order to get in you have to have wendell call burg.l and then you can hack in. (you dont actually need to bring wendell with you i dont think he just teleports) and like the other bosses this is a 1 and done and you dont need special items to summon him. now he is weak to sour. but in order to get the sour weapon you actually have to kill him so you might just want to get a sour club of the mother demon. also you can just press the attack button to skip the text with schmector but in order to be cool you must say “ok it is official. you suck” also you might want to bring a spicy weapon as well for the adds. i dont remember the specific phases but near the beginning just dodge his attacks and i think the adds spawn as well so be sure to take care of them (you may want the mithridicktism mutation because again orb wiener juniors can poison you sometimes) now i think the next phase is when it gets pretty brutal. the wall lasers. if you stay crouched you should be fine but your movement speed while crouched is very slow. the dork weavers and vector can also shove you into them sometimes and they do A ♥♥♥♥ TON of damage sometimes so you really want to make sure you stock up on smoothies and maybe some granola bars (the mosquito sacks also work but i heard they can also heal enemies) and the final phase is just literally everything. adds. lasers. the plasma orb things. everything. it gets pretty insane. so make sure you have the best gear you can get and just try to brush up on your skills. especially perfect blocking. also btw the bomb u get from him sucks. how do ya like that director schmector?
THE FINAL STAND. WHAT IS HERE? YOU GUESSED IT! SPOILERS! WOAH!
SO what is the final battle? basically you try to make some weird ass toothpaste in a coffee machine and then the schmector army decides that brushing your teeth is bad (schmector hates hygiene probably) so they decide to stop you from making toothpaste. ok obviously that is not what actually happens but yes a metric ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ of O.R.C insects try to destroy the MIX.R modules while you try to brew the be big stuff and im not sure if im just really ♥♥♥♥ but damn it is actually pretty challenging
now you are given access to a storage unit that contains some decent items like mushroom bricks and black ox burgers and it is possible to win against the schemctor bots with just these resources it can be kind of difficult so a logical decision would be to bring high tier base building resources from your base to the damn things.
now when setting up your defenses ensure that you cover the modules almost COMPLETELY.
insects such as tiger mosquitoes and fireflies do join the rest of the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and if you do not have a roof over the modules they can easily chip away at them.
also trust me a single layer of mushroom walls likely WILL NOT HOLD. so be sure to put multiple layers of walls around each MIX.R to buy yourself more time. also putting floors down (especially high tier ones) can also serve as good defense (by that i mean putting them on the walls. not just on the ground)
also just blocking the pathways the insects come from is also a good idea.
and a lot of different insects will be present so either bring a strong weapon upgraded with mighty or just bring every type of weapon (salt morning star mint mace coaltana or just bring other weapons upgraded on each of the paths) smoothies and meals are also a great idea (you should take advantage of the ones in the storage area. and maybe the flavored arrows even though those kinda suck)
if you have a buddy or two (or three i guess) turrets might be a good idea if you have lots of pebblets. it could be a good strategy to have people on the ground killing the ground insects while having other people in turrets shooting the flying ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. or just make a tower and use a bow/crossbow.
im not sure if the explosive trap would be any good (explosives dont seem too powerful so i doubt it) and spike strips i mean they might do a bit of damage but they are so weak i doubt the impact would be noticeable.
also this might be less practical if you are alone but if you have friends and want to have more of a strategy you could equip someone with a repair tool. you cannot repair the modules mid raid but you can repair the walls you put up mid raid. its not worth a lot of your time to repair everything in singleplayer but if the raid is under control then it could surely help to yell at someone to fix up the defenses.
anyways after becoming numb after all the ♥♥♥♥ you just murdered… congratulations! you made one good ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ cup of joe… (i dont remember what movie that was from but i swear to god why do they call coffee a “cup of joe” ARE YOU DRINKING JOE? NO! YOU ARE NOT ISUDHGAISUGH)
ahem… yea you made the toothpaste. you can now use the SPAC.R. woah.
Conclusion (did you actually read to this point or did you skip ahead?)
oh who asked you BURG.L? shouldnt you be tending to your tasks instead of eavesdropping through the intercoms huh?
i will show those oniment… ominent schmucks i belong.
how do ya like that director schmector?
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ cereal yokai version for word count
oh who asked you robot? shouldnt you be banning people for no reason instead of yelling at me through the DMs huh?
i will show those laymo… luhmown schmucks i belong.
how do ya like that director schmector (that is perfect the way it is)
ok now i have padded the word count now k bye also the best tip i can ever give is grounded multiplayer sucks.
- Grounded Interactive Map Guide
- Grounded Combat Guide (Enemies, Gear & Mechanics)
- Grounded Smoothie Recipes Guide (Health, Hunger, Increased Damage)
- Grounded Combat Tips (Spiders, Sting Bugs, Bombardbugs, Larvae)
- Grounded Beginners Guide (Characters, Crafting, Unlocks, and More)