How to play guide for Caves of Qud
This page will serve as a basic how to play guide for Caves of Qud. While there is very little information available at this time, we urge you to check back often, as new information is being added all the time! Feel free to edit this guide with any tips, tricks, and suggestions.
Before looking at these guides, make sure Ten Things You Should Do When You Start to Play is read by either pressing '?' or reading it on this very wiki.
External Guides[edit | edit source]
Control Cheat Sheet (Desktop)[edit | edit source]
Text Version[edit | edit source]
This is a local copy of this.
|Interact nearby||Ctrl + Space|
|Fire Missile Weapon||F|
|Reload Missile Weapon||R|
|Throw Thrown Weapon||T|
|Wait 20 turns||.|
|Wait n turns||Shift+W|
|Rest until Healed||~ (`)|
|Rest until morning||Ctrl+~ (Ctrl+`)|
|Open Skills and Powers||P|
|Open Character Sheet||X|
|Show Message History||Ctrl+M|
|Use Ctrl to force attack instead of move|
|Unlock Targeting Cursor||F1|
|Exit Targeting Mode||Esc|
|Cycle Sidebar Mode||*|
Basic Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Caves of Qud is a Roguelike, which means that characters are represented by characters on a grid. It is turn-based, so the player is free to think over every move.
Controls[edit | edit source]
These actions can be remapped by pressing Escape > Key Mapping > press enter at the action you want to bind, and then the button you want to bind it to. When the game refers to one of the D0-9 keys, it is referring to the numbers that are above the letters. They are not the same as Numpad0-9.
Basic Directionals[edit | edit source]
|Wait 1 turn
|0 (autoexplore)||Wait 20
On laptop: (todo)
Hotkeys[edit | edit source]
|L||;||Look. Looking at any creature will give you a brief description, what they have equipped, their basic health status, and their difficulty.|
|L space||; space||Opens up the interaction menu.|
|L, PgUp or PgDn||(none)||Scrolls through each item if there are multiple things on the same tile. Currently not rebindable for laptop players.|
|W, then a direction||W, then a direction||walk in a straight line until seeing a hostile creature or hitting a wall.|
|G||G||Get what you are standing on|
|Ctrl + Space||Ctrl + G||Distant interaction. Opens a list of everything in a square nearby.|
|Space||Space||Smart use. Defaults to Chat or petting.|
|< and > or - and +||< and > or - and +||Auto walks you to the stairs.|
|Numpad0||(not set)||Autoexplore. This automatically collects items flagged as autoget, opens chests, and collects fresh water until you see a hostile creature.|
|Tilde(~)||~||Wait until healed|
|Alt||Alt||Highlights interactable objects. (Main: Alt Display)|
Menu Hotkeys[edit | edit source]
|Ctrl + J||Ctrl + J||Journal. Lists recipes, quests, and lets you mark noted locations on the overworld.|
|Ctrl + A||Ctrl + A||Current status.This menu gives a brief explanation of any status ailments you're currently affected with.|
|Shift + F||Ctrl + F||Factions|
|Ctrl + M||Ctrl + M||Message Log|
PS4 Controller Setup[edit | edit source]
Currently, Caves of Qud has no built in controller setup. However, the controller can be remapped to certain keypresses to simulate it. A detailed post about this is found here.