Into the Breach is a new turn-based strategy title from the creators of FTL. As we know that FTL was not as easy game and it put our skills to the test, Into the Breach is no exception. In this game, you must control a team of Mechs to defend the cities from an invading alien force called Vek. To understand the basic elements of the game, we have created this Into the Breach Beginners Guide, which will help you, get to know different elements of the game and fill you in on all the things that you need to keep in mind while starting the game.
Into the Breach Beginners Guide
If you are new to the game, we recommend that you go through these tips and tricks to cover up the ground about mechanics quickly. However, if you are already a good player of the game, these tips will help you get even better at the game.
Unlock All Mechs
Mechs are your Basic Units in Into the Breach. You will be commanding different types of Mechs during the battles. Each Mech belongs to a specific type of category and come with unique Active and Passive Abilities. These abilities are of great help and will help you change the tide of the battle in certain situations.
However, you must keep this thing in mind that a single Mech unit cannot help you in all situations. There will come situations where one Mech unit will fail while another type of Mech unit will breeze through it. For this purpose, you must unlock all Mech units as soon as possible. There are eight categories of Mechs and each come with further three units each specializing in one major aspect.
At the start of the game, you will have only one type of Mech units unlocked. You must ensure that you unlock the remaining Mech categories as soon as possible so that you can use different Mechs for countering different situations. It also allows you to exploit different weakness of the Vek, the invading aliens.
Keep the Buildings Safe
The buildings around the battle map are vital for your survival. They provide you with power and constitute your grid. The game does very little to explain this aspect of the battle but each time one of the buildings on the map is destroyed, you will lose one bar on your power grid. You can consider this as your life.
If the Vek succeed in destroying all the buildings on the map, your bars will also become zero and thus the game will be over for you even if your Mechs are still standing. You must keep an eye open for all buildings. Keep the Vek away from your buildings. Upgrade your siege units so that they do not damage friendly buildings with their fire.
In short, you must protect all the buildings on the map, as they will provide you with power that allow you to control your Mech units around the battlefield. Each level will have its own unique power grid. It also retains through to the next level. Your Mech Health will reset before every battle but your Power Grid level will remain the same.
Hence, it is vital that you try to keep as many buildings safe as possible because if your Power Grid becomes zero, you cannot continue to play the game.
Complete All Objectives
In each battle, you will receive a certain amount of objectives to complete. Not all of them will be required for the mission success as they will be optional. However, we recommend that you try to complete as many objectives as possible in each battle. Completing each objective will grant you with a bonus and more objectives you complete more bonuses you get.
You can get different types of bonuses from completing these objectives such as bonus reactor cores, energy bars for your power grid and more. As you advance in the game, these objectives will become harder and harder but you will also acquire more Mech units so they will be not much of a problem to complete. Always try to complete as many objectives as possible to earn major bonuses. You can also earn bonus reputation from these objectives. Reputation is not easy to earn so do not waste any easy means of earning it such as these objectives.
Use the Enemy against Itself
If you do not know this already but they enemy units can damage each other if they are in the attack’s radius. You must try to exploit this as much as you can. Some of your Mechs have the ability of moving enemy units around so if you see an enemy unit making a blast radius attack, move as many enemies near it so that they are damaged as well.
Enemies not only damage each other but they can also block the way of more enemy units and prevent them from spawning. This tactic is very helpful in later stages where you do not have a lot extra firepower to damage multiple units at a single time.
When a Vek unit blocks another Vek from spawning, it will receive damage until the time it moves away from that location. It all depends on you how you use this tactic during battles. We recommend that you master this tactic as early as possible because this comes handy even in early stages.
However, you must keep this in mind that you must not block too many enemies. They will eventually spawn later and make the end waves too hard to defeat. If you are using your own Mech or an enemy Mech to block a spawn point, do not block for more than 1 or 2 turn turns at max to keep the balance in the later waves.
Use ‘Rewind’ Efficiently
Into The Breach comes with a time travel mechanic, which allows you to rewind some of your turns so that you can try to rectify a poor move. This is only allowed once during a battle so you can use it to rectify a bad move. However, do not rely on this too much. Try to make as many smart moves as possible and minimize taking risky moves.
Use this mechanic only if you have made a move resulting in vital damage or severe loss of Mechs or a building. This can also be used to save a time pod or go for a move which will result in more XP or HP.
Choose the Right Soldier
Soldiers drive your Mechs. More hardened these soldiers are, better they will perform during the battles. Owning just good Mechs is not enough for winning in Into the Breach. You must have good soldiers as well. These better pilots will ensure that the Mechs perform to their optimum in battles.
Also at the end of each battle, you will get the option of sending one solider back through time allowing you to use them right from the start of the next battle. Send back your best soldier from the game so that they are always with you at the start of each battle. Keep your starting Mech team of the next battle in mind before choosing your best pilot to send back in time.
Don’t Worry about Falling Mechs
During the battles, your Mechs will take damage and some will be down if their HP reaches zero. This is a part of the game and sometimes you will have to sacrifice a Mech in order to save a more valuable structure or take down a stronger Vek.
Some Mechs even have the passive ability to reboot these fallen Mechs so they are back in the battle without any problems. Therefore, if your Mechs are taking too much damage or falling down during battles do not worry too much. Make sure that the pilots are safe though, replacing a dead pilot is not easy.
Use your Reputation
The reputation you earn during a battle can be used to purchase different item, which benefit you in the battles. However, when you complete an island, your reputation is reset when you advance to the next island. Always use your reputation while you are at an island. Keeping it safe and not using it will do you no good.
Always use this reputation and we recommend that you buy as many things with it as possible before leaving the island because if you leave an island with some reputation left, it will be lost.
This concludes our Into the Breach Beginners Guide. If you want to add anything to this guide, feel free to use the comments section below!