In Dread Hunger, barrels are a surprisingly versatile tool. It can serve as a source of warmth, fuel for a boiler, or a weapon. Obviously, you can simply throw it at people, but if you have some gunpowder on you, there is a much more devious way to put a barrel to use.
Using the Powder Keg in Dread Hunger
Before using the powder keg, you’ll first have to make it.
You’ll need a barrel, which can be easily crafted using 2x Lead Ingots and 3x Stick. Last but not least some gunpowder, found in ammo crates or made out of coal.
The more gunpowder you have, the more powerful your Powder Keg will be. Keep in mind that a single barrel can only hold 30 pieces of gunpowder.
How to Make the Barrel Explode
Once you have all the tools needed, all you need to do is fill the barrel with gunpowder to turn it into a bomb.
To detonate it, you’ll have to drop it onto the ground, click on the lid on the top, and press the “detonate” button that looks like a cracked square.
But remember that it’ll take the keg 5-6 seconds to explode, and it can easily be defused by taking the gunpowder out of it. But there’s one more trick you can use – throwing an object that will deal damage to the barrel will cause it to blow up instantly!
Making Good Use of the Powder Keg
With the right amount of gunpowder, a barrel can deal a lot of damage. However, its use in a fight is limited due to the explosion’s low range.
16 gunpowder is enough to kill anyone, but realistically, placing the barrel in a way it can actually hit someone is very tricky.
But, the powder keg has another use – it can open holes and sink the enemy ship it was detonated on!
Every gunpowder used equals one more hole, and since ships can only have 20 holes, a Keg using 20 gunpowder is your best option for sinking ships.
If no one notices you placing it, the crew will likely not be able to diffuse it in 6 seconds, and if you will be spotted, you can always speed up the process by throwing something at the barrel!
Whatever you’ll need the Powder Keg for, you now have all the knowledge to use it effectively.
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Genshin Impact: Sandglass Dendroculus Puzzle Guide
Get rewarded for clearing this new exploration-based mechanic.
Primal Sandglasses are a new mechanic for exploration that you’ll find in the Ruins of King Deshret. Flipping one will start a timed challenge where you’ll need to flip other Primal Sandglasses. Doing so within the time will grant you a reward.
In this guide we’ll teach you how to beat one of these challenges.
The Sandglass Location
To find the Primal Sandglass that rewards you with a Dendroculus and an Exquisite Chest you’ll want to go west of The Mausoleum of King Deshret.
Get to the red-circled area – there’s a Four-Leaf Sigil around to make the travel faster. You’ll end in an area with one of the squared-floor panels that you can activate by interacting with the book front of it. This will create an updraft that will get you to a Dendroculus waiting on top, plus a Forged Primal Light.
From that position you can look at the second area, the one we encircled in a blue circle in the first image. Take the Forged Primal Light to the panel there to create a Primal Sandglass.
The Sandglass Time Trial Challenge
Once you flip the Primal Sandglass you’ll have29 seconds to flip the other two. It may look simple, but there’s invisible walls that’ll make tricky getting to the others.
First you’ll want to do a straight-line run towards where the red arrow points: the part where you can see stone steps rather than sand.
From here turn to the right and keep going forward until you crash against the invisible wall. Then employ some wall-hugging: move while sticking close to the wall so that at the moment it stops being there, your character will get past it to the other side.
When you ‘see’ the door get past it and turn back in direction to the hourglass. This time the wall will be to the right-side of your character. Make your way to the Sandglass normally, and we’re on to the last one.
From that sandglass you’ll run straight to the second batch of stone-floor.
At that point, turn 90° degrees to the right until you see another invisible wall flare up blue. You’ll turn 90° degrees to your right again. Make sure to wall-hug a little so that you can see where the wall ends.
After you’ve cleared the wall do a full turn around, leaving it to left-side of your body and run in a straight line like you were trying to get the torch close to the last Sandglass. You’ll be clear off the wall in a matter of seconds and you can make a beeline for the last Sandglass. Flip it.
Now just walk forward in the direction of the Four-Leaf Sigil, but don’t use it. If you look down you’ll be able to see the Dendroculus and an Exquisite Chest to its right.