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The Cycle Frontier: Beginner’s Guide

The Cycle: Frontier is a fairly daunting new PvP and PvE first-person shooter. This guide will help make it a tad less daunting for new players.




Starting a new game with a competitive element can be intimidating. This is no doubt the case with The Cycle: Frontier. The game is even advertised saying that it’s full of suspense and danger. This guide will help you get started and give you some tips to deal with the game’s mechanics, other players and regular AI mobs.

Understand Your Inventory

In this game, you have a stash for your inventory. Everything you have goes into this stash and takes one slot for each item. This can be upgraded later in your personal quarters. On the other hand, your loadout has infinite slots but is limited by weight. Every item as an assigned weight. This effectively limits how much you can carry during deployment. Additionally, you have 3 safe pockets slots at the top of your loadout. These Safe Pockets have a very small weight limit which can be upgraded. The main thing is that anything in these safe pockets is not loss on death. This is good if you want to store any valuable items you find while deployed.

Take Advantage of Insurance

Early on particularly, you might find yourself lacking funds a bit. This is because taking out guns, ammo and stims all cost money when you deploy. On top of that, you lose everything outside of your Safe Pockets when you die. That’s where insurance comes in. Insurance can be taken anytime you deploy. For a small cost, you’ll be guaranteed a fraction of your loadout’s costs when you die. This helps mitigate the costs of death greatly and is particularly noteworthy at the start of the game.

Check out this Insurance Guide for Pro Tips


There are 3 main factions in this game. Korolev, Osiris and ICA. All of them are located at unique buildings in the space station hub area. Speaking with the leaders at the front desk allows you to take missions, which give you currency, resources and FP. FP are faction points and will level up your reputation with each faction. This unlocks unique items from each faction’s armory shop, so look at their catalog and choose which faction to focus on. You aren’t locked to any one faction, however.

Get used to Crafting

In the space station hub area, there’s a building with a big crafting sign. You’ll want to check this building out and get used to crafting. While crafting is fairly simple, you’ll have to obtain many resources while deployed. Crafting is a very good way to get better gear in this game.

Check out this Crafting Guide for pro tips.

Check Your Quarters

Your Quarters is one of the main mechanics in this game. Your quarters primarily allow you to upgrade your inventory and make use of generators. Generators passively give you a certain amount of money, both K-Marks and Aurum, as well as other supplies. You can also upgrade your inventory, allowing you to have more items on your stash. Finally, you can upgrade your workbench to make other upgrades faster.

Check out this Quarters guide for pro tips.

Focus on Looting and Upgrading Early on

At first, going up against other players is not really recommended. Instead, you want to focus on looting resources you need for upgrades. This will help you get better gear and such so that you can go up against other players and mobs. Using melee when dealing with mobs is recommended here too, if possible. This prevents you from announcing your position to other players with loud gunfire.

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Total War Three Kingdoms: Court Guide

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Alexis Ongsansoy



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Going to war and managing your troops in the heat of battle has always been the core gameplay of Total War, either that or deliberately heading straight into battle outgunned or outnumbered in order to test the mettle of your troops. But with the Three Kingdoms things can get mighty confusing when you’re not out fighting. You’d be surprised how something as simple as choosing who to put on councils can take up your time when you’re not quite sure of your decisions. That will all go away as we show you the way of heaven’s will in this guide and lead your kingdom to prosperity!

Court Guide | Total War Three Kingdoms

Now the court is made up of your faction leaders, heirs, and your administrators. You manage your dynasty here as you unlock more positions when you progress. Let’s go further into detail below and see how you can manage your people better.

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While you’re in the in-game map click on the Court button or press 2 to bring up the rest of your family tree. What you can do here first is to hover over everyone’s portraits to see the positive and negative benefits they can offer if they’re to be assigned to a certain position.

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Next thing that you should be on the lookout for is the character’s Background. You can find this by hovering over the general’s name, there’s plenty of generals each with their own unique background so be careful who you choose! For this example, Liu Bei is a Virtuous Idealist. That helps you with public order and upkeep but gives you 25% less income due to their poor background.

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Another interesting thing to keep in mind are the basic Traits. You will have to keep a close eye on this as it influences character relations throughout the campaign. Same with the Background, there are numerous Traits in the game and your character can earn more as you progress with them.

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Of course besides the individual Traits and Backgrounds you also would want to know more about navigating the Court itself. Each individual position in the court will have its own explanation and allows you to see the rank required in order to unlock it.

You can choose good old fashioned nepotism and assign a post to a family member or a general who’s done actual work with their own hands. Each character will offer various bonuses depending on the position they’re assigned to.

Remember – not all your characters need to be out in the field as some of them are more proficient with administrative affairs. The pen is mightier than the sword, and all of that.

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Now that you’ve assigned a post to the members of your Court the next thing you need to do is to make sure everyone is satisfied. You wouldn’t want someone in a position of power to complain and suddenly decide it would be in their best interest to rebel! That gets in the way of prosperity and no one wants that.

In order to view a character’s Satisfaction go and hover over their character panel or check the characters list on your campaign screen. If you choose the character panel check to the right of their age in order to see their opinion about you.

Some of the things you can do to make sure they don’t look elsewhere is to make sure that the post you assigned to them is compatible with their class. For example if your character’s class is Sentinel then you would want to make that character into an Administrator.

Lastly, it’s recommended that you assign a post that complements their level. Give them a post that’s too out of reach for them and their satisfaction will suffer just as much. Now that’s good work ethic!

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And that is how you manage internal affairs in Total War: Three Kingdoms. Now that you know the intricacies of the court you can be your very own Sun Tzu and lead by example!

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