“Congratulations, you’ve discovered the Underdark.”
Caves are here, and they are AWESOME. I’ll do another update on them soon, especially as more features are rolled out, but I wanted to at least spread the word and give a few initial tips.
Caves underlie most of the Infinite Wilds. There are plains, mountains, water, hills, columns, crystals, gems, glowing mushrooms, and more. There are even small, rare wilds that are apparently really good climbers. Some caves are dark so you need a torch or lantern, others have a natural glow. There is a type of cave for every Biome, so 25 in all.
You’ve probably seen the cave entrances around – boulders with a smaller boulder stuck into them. Those need to be opened as a team effort. You need to form an Adventure party and 12000 Energy will be taken from the members of that party. So if you had 12 people, they’d all lose 1000 Energy. If only 2, they’d all lose 6000, and you can’t do it alone. An opened cave entrance stays open for a real-world year before needing to be re-opened again.
There are some quirks about Caves…. you can Quick Travel to player locations, and you can teleport to any club or surface Travel location from inside them, but you can’t teleport back into the caves from the surface, and you can’t save Travel headings while inside. You can, however, ride horses inside. The braver, the better, as there are mountains and difficult terrain to cross in places.
Also, caves interconnect. There are little ones and huge branching ones. We’ve only begun to explore! You can gather things in caves – silver, iron, and Imbuement gems. Imbuement gems can no longer be bought at the Importer, though you can still find them in player stores or from Pitcher plants and other sources of random items. There’s also copper, gold, and platinum now, and plans to incorporate them into crafting later.
Stay tuned for more information, including information about the new minigame, but in the meantime, enjoy these screenshots below!
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