Like ARK, Atlas contains both PVE and PVP aspects and like ARK the game itself is no walk in the park. Aside from deadly creatures out to get you, other players you encounter may not be friendly either. Therefore, leveling up may be a priority for most players out there, in order to hold their own against such threats so we prepared this Atlas Power Leveling Guide to help out.
Atlas Power Leveling
Atlas is a new addition in the genre of survival games. It is developed by the same studio that made ARK Survival Evolved; so in essence, it may feel similar to ARK.
Like most games, Atlas follows the same trend, get experience points by conducting some form of activity, such as collecting materials or hunting. You can monitor your progress by accessing your inventory. Here, the gauge in the middle, below your name represents the experience points you need in order to level up.
As you attain some experience points the gauge will fill up with a yellow bar, when the bar is fully filled, you level up and gain a Skill Point.
How to Level Up Fast
Hunting and Gathering
If you are starting out the game, select the free port to spawn in, here you can find a man on the pier that will give you a raft in exchange for some materials. Gather those materials and make a raft and use it to travel to the nearest island.
Ideally, you will have to be at least level 4 to get started. If you are not level 4, then you can start gathering materials to get yourself up to level 4.
You can do that by collecting plants or hitting trees to get some wood. By this time, you will get the general feel of the game and may have acquired some tools to assist you.
Once reaching level 4, you will be able to unlock bow and arrow. Bow and arrow can only be unlocked with your Skill Point.
After leveling up, go to the Skills tab, next to the Inventory tab, here under the Survivalism tab you can invest your points until you have unlocked Archery.
After that, the option to unlock bow and arrow will be available, in the new tab beside Survivalism tab, called Archery & Throwing Weapons.
The simpler method to level up is to hunt down animals. You will find several different species on an island; the harder it is to kill a species, the more rewarding it will be.
Therefore, while killing passive animals like a horse may be quite easy, but the reward will be insignificant compared to killing a deadly animal-like, a bear.
Although you can kill animals with your spear, a spear will not be as effective against an aggressive creature that is why a bow is a more suitable choice. Ideally, you have to target your prey from a good distance.
Hit your target with an arrow, then run around and hit another one, the whole idea revolves around this, this is more effective against animals who are slower than you, but if you are smart enough you can juke even a faster animal.
For more experienced players, an excellent way to achieve insane amounts of XP is to hunt Alpha animals. Tracking down an Alpha animal is no easy task, and even if you find it, it will not be easy to take down.
Alpha version of specie is a very powerful version of that animal, it cannot be taken down by a few arrows, but if you manage to kill it, you will get an enormous boost to your level, typically, about 7 to 8 levels.
If you cannot kill the Alpha Animal, don’t worry because you will get experience even for damaging them. More hostile the Alpha is, the more experience you will get.
If you want to earn experience, the best way to do it is by completing Treasure Maps. These items are found in glass bottles on the outskirts of islands.
They’re normally very numerous, and you can even find them on the outskirts of Freeports, where you spawn.
These maps do, though, decay at a pace that you can stop at any time by putting them on your hotbar.
Discover the Map
Discovering the undiscovered parts of the map is also the way to earn experience in Atlas. If you land on an Island for the first time, you get experience and a chance to gather and hunt as well.
If you think, the experience you get is based on number of kills you do, then you are wrong. It does not work like that. It depends on how you do it. Shooting in the face will earn you more experience than shooting at the body.
If you try to cut down the tree, you will get experience with each hit. Similarly, if you try to hunt a small level turtle, you will get very little experience each time you hit the turtle.
That means you don’t have to kill the turtle to get experience, you can just damage it and get experience. Of course, you will get less experience by not killing it.
Snakes earns you relatively more experience. Similarly, if you try to hunt an elephant with arrows, you will get relatively less experience.
But if you trap the elephant in the Kill Box and then shoot arrows at its mouth, you will earn relatively more experience.
If you trap the Alpha inside the Kill Box and shoot it in the face, you will get relatively more experience than killing them without the Kill Box.
If you are looking to get ton of experience, you will need a bow and lots of Flame Arrows. Then look for Alpha Animal and hunt them with the Flame Arrows. You will get ton of experience this way.
This way, you will be able to earn tons of experience and even reach the Max Level in Atlas with ease.