Best tips, tricks, secrets and more

A player aims a gun at a dragon in Tiny Tina's Wonderlands.

Screenshot: Gearbox

If you have played Border areasyou have played Little Tina’s Wonderland. Gearbox’s latest, a fantasy twist on the loot-shooting series for which the studio is known, feels a lot like the previous four games – and 400 expansions and events – in the series. You shoot a bazillion cannons. You will find one more bazillion.

But Wonderland is more than one can see. I’ve spent a lot of the last week messing around with the game, and have found it a surprisingly refreshing break from the standard Border areas blueprint. In fact, I have – and it can be hard to believe – even have to learn some new things. Here are 13 tips and tricks I wish I knew from the start.

You can select another class

Wonderland contains six classes, and you have to choose yours while creating a new character. Each class has only one skill tree, and although the taste text gives you a decent overview of each one, it does not let you see the entire skill tree. Personally, I hate when games make you choose a class from the start: It’s a skirt to make such a crucial choice without having any idea how the game plays! Wonderland, however, makes it a bit of an easier pill by allowing you to choose a secondary class later. This option becomes available when you complete the “Emotion of the Ocean” story mission.

The map in Tiny Tina's Wonderlands shows a feather icon for fast travel.

Look for this symbol for easy and fast travel.
Screenshot: Gearbox / Kotaku

You can quickly travel from the map

Confession: I spent the first few hours off Wonderland fast travel from the various teleportation machines around the world. Yes, about that … You can quickly travel directly from the map by taking advantage of express travel menu (in the card menu) or by holding “A” over any feather icons (also on the card). Here, here for convenience!

Gold gear is rare

Borderlands 3 shot himself in the foot by dropping objects in gold layers – the rarest equipment, most of which have unique benefits – at, oh, about the same speed as it would drop pickups like ammunition and gold. IN Little Tina’s Wonderland, at least in the campaign before the playoffs, I have found that gold weapons have been happily rare. So far, I have only earned a handful. If you play a hearty game “coopetition”, the setting where the prey is shared between the players, remember this when it’s time to split the prey. You may not see another gold sniper for a while.

Bonus tips for co-op: Naturally, the coopetition mode requires some competition. If this is not what you want, you can just play standard co-op mode, where the switch is unique to each player. But it is also important to focus on the “coop” part of “coopetition.” My rule? All that falls of cannon fodder is fair play. Swapping earned from chests and bosses, however, requires diplomacy.

But not always better

Loot in Little Tina’s Wonderland is the color code of a rarity system you are probably familiar with, from the most common to the least common: white, green, blue, purpleand gold. It is another nature to assume that rarer gears automatically are better. But did not sleep on the usual things. Right now, for example, with my primary character, green weapons occupy two of my four weapon positions. It is worth inspecting and testing each new pistol before selling it immediately.

In single player, you can see all the information about a weapon on a pop-up blurb by holding the mouse over it in your inventory. However, when you play split screen, you do not see any of it. To get an overview, click on the right thumbstick.

There is a specific noise for high level gear

You can spot the rarity level of a prey by keeping an eye on specific color-coded light rays, but there is another thing. When the purple gear drops, you will hear one ch-ching! (It’s a little higher for gold weapons.) It’s your sign that there’s a rare object somewhere on the field. Race!

The more dice you find, the better prey you will get

Most good prey comes from chests and forest campsbut Wonderland introduces a third option. You will find golden, 20-sided dice scattered around the map, typically hidden off the beaten path. Look them up and you will get a booty. And the more dice you find, the better prey you get from Next die you find in that region. You can check to see how many dice you have found in a region by opening your map, going over to the “progress” tab and scrolling down to “lucky dice”.

Melee weapons are actually effective

For years, the melee attacks attacked Border areas has been a joke (with apologies to fans of Krieg and Zer0). Wonderland improves it by introducing a new weapon category: melee weapons. These tools – axes, swords, halberds, maces and other Renaissance faire toys – are as effective and as varied as the “basillions of weapons” the game’s marketing likes to trumpet. Use them!

You can pool resources in bulk

It’s a trick from Border areas past that made its way to Wonderland: You can press “X” (on Xbox) to retrieve each piece of ammunition or gold. Or you can hold it down to collect all the smaller collectibles at once. (This is hugely useful for the many pick-up quests that make you collect 20 gnome teeth or whatever.)

Similarly, by holding down “X” while looking at a piece of equipment on the ground, you can directly equip it instead of first popping it into your inventory menu.

A player looks at a blue shotgun in Tiny Tina's Wonderlands on Xbox Series X.

Can you see the red bucket on those things on the right? This means that something is marked as “garbage”.
Screenshot: Gearbox / Kotaku

And you can sell waste in bulk

The easiest way to make money Little Tina’s Wonderland is to pick everything up, even the gear at the garbage level, and sell it. You can mark items as the Recycle Bin by clicking the left thumb above any Recycle Bin in your menu. Next time you find one sellingtypically at high-speed travel spots, go to sell tab and press “Y” to sell all these things at once.

Elemental weaknesses help (big time)

Weapons in Wonderland can fall with one of four elements, each of which is more effective against a particular health category:

  • Launch weapons do extra damage to red health bars.
  • Corrosive weapons do extra damage to yellow armor bars.
  • Electric weapons do extra damage to blue Shield bars.
  • Frost weapon do extra damage to gray bone bars (a new-to-the-series classification of health).
  • Okay, fine, technically there is a fifth “dark magic”, but it gives no bonus damage. It just heals you.

Paying attention to type matches is not necessary at all on the standard difficulty level; you can pretty much shoot your way through anything. But on intensethe highest setting, it becomes imperative – and makes the game a little more engaging as a result.

You can exchange your weapons with the D-pad

By default i Wonderland, you can press “Y” to switch weapons, while pressing left or right on the D-pad allows you to quickly cycle through missions. Meanwhile, pressing the D-pad will change the firing state of a weapon if you e.g. has one of the smart sniper rifles that can also turn into a shotgun.

But if you change button control schemes – in controls menu, press the right shutter button twice – from the default setting to classic First, you will map your weapons in each direction of the D-pad. In the beginning, where you can only equip two weapons, it is not difficult to rely on only one button to switch. However, once you start driving four around, cycling through your arms can get annoying. The only downside to switching to D-pad? To choose a mission other than the one you are on, you must [gasp] open your menu.

You can organize the menu

As before Border areas game, Little Tina’s Wonderland have a disaster with a menu, all messy and disorganized. But there are some organizational opportunities you can take advantage of. In your journal, you can press “X” to switch between two display modes. “Quest type” distinguishes between main missions and side quests and such, while switching to “region” will categorize your quests by, well, region. In your inventory, you can tap the right trigger to rearrange your equipment according to rarity, weapon type, and rating (essentially, its effectiveness relative to your level).

Water kills you

Wonderland takes place in a fantasy world imagining a sci-fi world, where ghosts and dragons are as common as humans, where pirate ships can emerge from the blue air, where you can even perform all sorts of feats so far. surpass what any human being could do. But the second you touch the water? Death. Along with a chunk of your gold. You have been warned!

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