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How to play guide for Caves of Qud

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This page will serve as a basic how to play guide for Caves of Qud. While there is very little information available at this time, we urge you to check back often, as new information is being added all the time! Feel free to edit this guide with any tips, tricks, and suggestions.

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External Guides[edit | edit source]

Basic Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Caves of Qud is a Roguelike, which means that characters are represented by characters on a grid. It is turn-based, so the player is free to think over every move.

Controls[edit | edit source]

These actions can be remapped by pressing Escape > Key Mapping > press enter at the action you want to bind, and then the button you want to bind it to. When the game refers to one of the D0-9 keys, it is referring to the numbers that are above the letters. They are not the same as Numpad0-9.

Basic Directionals[edit | edit source]

NW

7

N

8

NE

9

W

4

Wait 1 turn

5

E

6

SW

1

S

2

SE

3

0 (autoexplore) Wait 20

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On laptop: (todo)

Hotkeys[edit | edit source]

key key(laptop) action
L ; Look. Looking at any monster will give you a brief description, what they have equipped, their basic health status, and their difficulty.
L space ; space Opens up the interaction menu.
L, PgUp or PgDn (none) Scrolls through each item if there are multiple things on the same tile. Currently not rebindable for laptop players.
W, then a direction W, then a direction walk in a straight line until seeing a hostile creature or hitting a wall.
G G Get what you are standing on
Ctrl + Space Ctrl + G Distant interaction. Opens a list of everything in a square nearby.
Space Space Smart use. Defaults to Chat or petting.
< and > or - and + < and > or - and + Auto walks you to the stairs.
Numpad0 (not set) Autoexplore. This automatically collects items flagged as autoget, opens chests, and collects fresh water until you see a hostile creature.
Tilde(~) ~ Wait until healed
Alt Alt Highlights interactable objects. (Main: Alt Display)

Menu Hotkeys[edit | edit source]

key key(laptop) action
Ctrl + J Ctrl + J Journal. Lists recipes, quests, and lets you mark noted locations on the overworld.
I I Inventory
Q Q Quest list
E E Equipped
P P Skills
X X Character screen
A A Abilities
Ctrl + A Ctrl + A Current status.This menu gives a brief explanation of any status ailments you're currently affected with.
Shift + F Ctrl + F Factions
Ctrl + M Ctrl + M Message Log

Tips and tricks[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]