Lies of P explores a dark, steampunk take on Pinocchio. As we can tell you, it’s a great Soulslike that challenges players all along the way. We previously wrote about how to get started with Neowiz’s Soulslike release. Now that some of us finished/are close and many other players are too, we have some additional insight on Rare Ergo, Attributes, and even the Elements.
Writer’s Note: This guide is generally written for players who have completed Chapter Two, but will still contains gameplay spoilers through later parts of the game.
Don’t Automatically Use Rare Ergo
Much like Elden Ring, main bosses drop Rare Ergo pieces. These pieces have unique names and give a lot of Ergo, enough to comfortably level up P.
That said, wait to use them. In Chapter Four, you can find a Treasure Hunter, Alidoro. Convince him to stay at Hotel Krat, and he’ll trade you Special Weapons or Amulets in exchange for each Rare Ergo piece.
If you take the Weapon, don’t plan on customizing it. These weapons cannot be disassembled and attached with other pieces. Also, they need Moonstones of the Dark Covenant for upgrades along with the Ergo cost.
Do not take that as a slight against them. These weapons are notably strong and could potentially break the game with the “right” combination.
Learn How the Attributes Differ
Like many Soulslikes, Lies of P leveling system revolves around spending Ergo (Souls equivalent) to add a point to an Attribute. Each attribute contributes varying defensive boosts, but for now let’s focus on their differences:
- Vitality – HP and Guard Regain
- Vigor – Stamina
- Capacity – Carry Weight and Legion maximum
- Motivity – Offensive
- Technique – Offensive
- Advance – Legion and Elemental
For now, let’s focus on the last three attributes. Motivity, Technique, and Advance all govern how much damage you do. Motivity and Technique increase your currently equipped weapons’ stats, and will vary based on their main stat. Advance affects your elemental based weaponry.
Between these three, players can Alter their Weapon Handle’s main stat between the three Attributes above. When you do, that changes how much that weapon’s power increases upon leveling. We’ll talk more about stat in a separate article.
Know When to Use Elemental Damage
Lies of P features three core elemental damage types: Fire, Electric Blitz, and Acid. Each element has a corresponding enemy classes its “super effective” against. Puppets suffer to shock, Carcasses to Fire, and Humans to Acid.
Further, you’ll find a smattering of elemental weapons throughout the game. They vary in weapon types and sizes, but each element has at least two. Most importantly, these type mismatches work on boss fights too.
Therefore, when you know what type of enemy you’re facing in an area, design your loadout around that type or with that type in mind.
Frequently Check for Gold Coin Fruit
After Chapter Five, you unlock the Gold Coin Tree. Gold Coins are a special currency used for specific purchases. The most common purchase will be Wishstones for the Cube. You get the Cube from Giangio when you first meet him at either the end of the Path of Misery in Chapter IV or end of the Malum District Town Hall to end Chapter V.
Additionally, a handful of story moments give you an option to pay a Gold Coin to progress. Most importantly, however, Gold Coin Fruit goes towards Respecs. These unlock at the end of Chapter VII when you unlock the Saintess of Mercy Statue room.
Gold Coin Fruit automatically grows on a timer much like lives in any “gotcha” mobile game (I’m looking at you, Candy Crush). Unlike gotcha games, you don’t need real-world money to speed it up. You can buy Alchemical Boosters from Polendina, the general goods vendor at Hotel Krat. He gets them in stock after you give him two Krat Supply Boxes.