Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is out now on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC and Amazon Luna, letting you to play as a Na'vi and explore a never-before-seen continent: the Western Frontier. This new land is vast and varied, with a ton of exploration opportunities - so what do Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora's developers think players must do once they jump in? We sat down with Creative Director Magnus Jansén and Senior Narrative Designer Chella Ramanan to get their personal recommendations.
Here are the six things to do first in Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.
Explore, Explore, Explore
Take some time to do some exploring, because the entire Western Frontier is built around it, explains Jansén. "Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is all about joyful surprises and discovery, and the awe that you'll feel after that discovery," he says. "So, explore on your own. Challenge some preconceptions. Meet the flora and the fauna and interact with them. Some of them are dangerous, some are beneficial. Some give you food, some give you material to make weapons and armor."
"There's plenty to learn about the characters in the world if you do a little eavesdropping," says Ramanan. "Eavesdrop on the Na'vi or the Resistance, or any of the characters in the world, frankly. There are little nuggets of gossip in there - who fancies who, or who's stealing stuff from the fridge!"
Use the Hunter's Guide
Jansén also stresses the importance of using the Hunter's Guide, a compendium of all the cool things you have discovered, or have yet to discover, in the game. "It's not just nerdy lore... although there's plenty of nerdy lore," he explains. "There's also a lot of important information in there, like where the best things grow and the best time of day to harvest them. It has gameplay value, too, so don't sleep on it."
Take the Time to Check Out a Cave
Ramanan is particularly impressed with the level of detail in Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora's caves. "It sounds really weird, but take some time to find a cave," she says. "They're stunning. They've got all these bioluminescent fungi and little pools of water, and all the soft colors that bounce off the rocks and reflect in the water. Jump into Photo Mode once you find a cave."
Experiment With Cooking
Play around with cooking, Jansén recommends, as you'll unlock benefits from your ingredients. "Just experiment," he says. "Because once you find out what an ingredient does, it'll have that benefit for every dish you cook with."
Pick Up Some Na'vi Words
Ramanan and the Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora actors worked very closely with dialect coaches to ensure that the Na'vi language in the game is authentic and pronounced just right. "We consulted [creator of the Na'vi language] Dr. Paul Frommer for all of our Na'vi, and then we had vocal coaches in all the recording sessions," she explains. "So, all the Na'vi words that you hear are true to how they should be pronounced. We have a few words peppered through the dialogue, so see what you can pick up as you explore the Western Frontier."
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is available now from the Ubisoft Store. If you have Ubisoft+, you now have access to The Ultimate Edition, which includes the season pass, digital artbook, the Sarentu Heritage cosmetic pack, and the Sarentu Hunter equipment pack, valued at $129.99. Players can also subscribe to Ubisoft+ on PC via Ubisoft Connect, Xbox and Amazon Luna to get the game on Day One. For more on Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, check out the full PC specs and visit avatarfrontiersofpandora.com.