This page will contain a list of things to do first, and tips for players just starting out on their journey through Far Cry 5.
After completing the introduction and waking up on Dutch’s island, you’ll be able to start improving your gear set and abilities.
EditPerks of the Job
Perks are skills and abilities that make your deputy a more formidable opponent and a better survivor than the other citizens of Hope County.
Unlike previous Far Cry games, Far Cry 5 lets players buy new skills by collecting and spending perk points.
Perk points can be earned in a number of ways:
- Locate Prepper Stashes
Every stash hidden around Hope County has three perk points to collect. This is the best way to farm perk points quickly, especially with the help of our guide.
- Complete Challenges
Challenges are one of the best and simplest ways to unlock perk points – you might not even realize you’re doing it!
- Find Survivalist Magazines
You can find individual copies of the survivalist magazines found in prepper stashes scattered around the map, so keep your eyes peeled!
- Play Far Cry Arcade
Leveling up in Arcade will earn you cash and perk points to use in the campaign.
EditWhat to Unlock First
Once you’ve collected your first few perk points, you’ll need to figure out what perks to unlock first. Here are our reccomendations for how to spend your first 15 perk points:
- Parachute (1)
Odds are you’ll find yourself plummeting towards the ground at high speeds – it’s always better to do that with a parachute.
- Grapple (1)
This will let you reach almost any location around Hope County
- Close Combat Gear Bag (1)
Because extra sidarm ammo is never a bad idea.
- Wingsuit (4)
This will let you get around even faster, especially if you need to make a quick retreat from a mountainside firefight.
- Harvest Master (8)
One of the best ways to earn money besides raiding Prepper Stashes is to hunt animals and sell their pelts. This perk will double the loot you take from plants and animals.
Of course, what you unlock is up to you – so spend some time checking out all your options before spending your initial perk points.
EditFind Your Groove
Dutch’s island is the perfect playground to explore different styles of play. Maybe take out an outpost using just a bow and your bare hands, or blow another one sky high.
Once you’ve figured out what might be your (initial) go-to fighting style, build yourself a loadout that fits. If you want to maintain maximum stealth, then a compound bow and a trusty baseball bat are the way to go. If you favor a louder approach, well, I’m sure there’s somebody with a flamethrower around here somewhere…
(There is, as soon as you get off the island head towards Holland valley and you’ll find them burning an orchard on the side of the road.)
EditAdopt a Dog
Every hero needs a good sidekick, and who could ask for a better one than Hope County’s resident good boy, Boomer.
While the other guns – or fangs – for hire have a lot of great qualities, Boomer is an excellent get early on since he can mark enemies and retrieve weapons for you. Plus, no matter how bad your situation gets, he’ll always be a loyal friend.
EditUncover a Prepper Stash (or Two)
Prepper Stashes are a great way to gain some quick Perk Points and cash, and some even have other special rewards like unique weapons or vehicles. You’ll definitely want to hit up a stash or two early on, but we suggest your first ones be since they also unlock a vehicle, meaning you won’t need to buy one from a garage if you need a ride:
- Holland Valley: Man Cave
Unlocks a customized pickup truck.
- Henbane River: Getaway
Unlocks a classic muscle car.
- Whitetail Mountains: Hangar Pains
Unlocks a fighter plane.
EditGet to Know the Locals
The population of Hope County will do their best to help your efforts against the cult. Talk to people around town or that you rescue and they’ll often give you helpful information that will lead to missions, outposts or hidden stashes.