Three Things | Co-Op | Currency | Ventures | Level Mutators | Ancients & Echoes | Heroes, Loadouts, Customizations | Play Styles | Enemies | Dungeon Maker | Community Events | Journal Challenges | Champion Trial | Mixer & Twitch | Discord & Social | More
1. Three things to always remember...
The game is SUPPOSED to be hard. We are not liable for broken controllers. Sorry!
Raise echoes to summon ancients. Summon ancients to get armor, buffs, or invincibility. Do this, or you’re going to have a bad time.
Dig deep in the menus! You can fully gear out each hero to level 10, with two abilities and 3 pieces of loot.
How to Join a Co-Op Game
There are two ways to join a co-op game:
#1: Create your own Venture
- Create a New Venture (PS4: Square, Xbox: X, Keyboard: N, Switch: Y)
- Name it something memorable that Player 2 can search (keep it clean y’all!)
- Enter the Venture, and DIE once.
- Exit to the Venture Browser. Your Venture will now be available to join.
- Go to My Ventures, and join your Venture.
- Have Player 2 search for the name you created (PS4: R2, Xbox: Right Trigger, Keyboard S, Switch: R)
- Player 2 clicks Co-op to join the Venture
#2 Join an existing venture
- Join a Venture from the Venture Browser. Make sure the difficulty is a good fit for you and Player 2.
- Have your Partner search for the Venture name. If you forgot it, you can view it from the Pause Menu.
- Player 2 clicks Co-op to join the Venture
Experiment with ranged and melee co-op character combinations. For example, Symposer can draw in enemies with her Special attack, and Morta can fire a mortar right into the fray of enemies!
Collect Prestige to unlock Upgraded Heroes and skins. Spend Prestige in Dungeon Maker to Craft your own dungeons!
Collect Power Drops to increase your max Special Meter per Venture.
Each Enemy has the chance to drop a unique Enemy Token. You can use these Tokens to unlock and level up your equipped skills.
Grand Tokens are used to enter the Champion Trial (Challenge Mode)
Champion Tokens are used to unlock Song Strike, a special reserved for survivors of the Champion Trial.
Why should I create my own Ventures?
Ventures are cross-platform and critical to the game loop of Next Up Hero. By creating your own, you’re crafting a one-of-a-kind limited experience for current players to hop into. Not to mention, if you create a popular venture, that means more Loot delivered to your inbox!
How do I create my own Venture?
- Create a new Venture
- Pick your difficulty, biome, length, and name (Make it something sticky that will draw in curious players)
- Click play! Remember, you’ll always be the first to take a shot at your created Ventures. Make the first run a good one!
Where are my Favorite and Created Ventures?
All of your Created and Favorite Ventures are located in the My Ventures Island. Make sure to Favorite a Venture on the end-screen if you’d like to come back to it later!
5. Level Mutators
Every floor is at the mercy of the RNG-Gods. Beware. While some apply visual effects, like turning all of the lights out, others apply gameplay effects like making all Prestige turn into damaging bombs!
Remember, these change every floor. Pay attention at the beginning of each floor to familiarize yourself with the rules!
For example, on Don’t Be Greedy, Prestige dropped on the ground WILL DAMAGE YOU! And it will likely kill you the first time. You’ll be reminded you’re on Don’t Be Greedy when Prestige glows red and explodes.
6. Ancients & Echoes
How does it get any better than
Cute ‘N Slash?
Wait....we haven't told you about Ancients yet. Once enough Echoes are raised, you can summon an 'Ancient'*. Simply put:giant bodyguards that buff you or smash up some baddies.
Which Ancient is best? Follow these tips...
Dying a lot?
Use Azuza’s invincibility or Ely’s Shield
Need more damage?
Call in Overcast’s Airstrike or use Aly’s damage buff
We’re here for you! Oh, and you can Summon Numbskull for AI assistance!
Ancient Skills Summary
7. Heroes, Loadouts, & Customization
You can pick from any one of our ten customizable classes with over a thousand upgradeable load-outs!
To start upgrading, you’ll need to Prestige your character via the Hero Selection. Note: The cost rises with every Hero, so choose your first few wisely! Not sure which Hero is for you? Take a look at our Character Bios...
Each Hero has a specific item set that can only be attained in Champion Trial and DM Mode.
Skin it to win it!
As you level up your account, you’ll gain access to prestigious (see what we did there?) skins. Our favorites are the Shadow Skins, but there’s also some exclusive tie-ines that we’ll drop in on special occasions.
Character Progression? Yeah, we’ve got that!
Take enemies’ powers Megaman style!
To maximize your power, you’ll need to kill loads of enemies. Enemies drop enemy tokens. These tokens are used to harness the enemy’s power. Sick of being stunned by Buckles? Start wiping them out, so you can use their Stun against them.
Enemy abilities can be equipped via the loadout menu (X). Note, you’ll need to Prestige a Hero to access their loadout.
Eat, Shoot, Loot, Repeat
You probably noticed 3 other slots. Those are for loot drops. These are stat boosts that you can use to Mix-Max your Hero. You’ll get these from Chests. Chests come from Rare Spawns (e.g. Bounty Hunt) or Bosses.
Git Gud. Get to shooting. Loot the bodies.
Collect Blue Special from fallen enemies to increase the cap on your Special Meter!
Your special meter is used to trigger your secondary attacks (Left Trigger), and powers your Echo army!
8. Play Styles:
Melee, Ranged, Wildcard
Circle strafing is your best friend. While you may have more health, getting swarmed will be the death of you. Kill Toppers to upgrade your 360 attack. This will massively increase your DPS.
You are squishy! Keep enemies at a distance, and run if you have to. Kill Stalks to upgrade your projectiles. More bullets = more chances to take out your enemies!
Be aware of the cost:benefit ratio of maneuverability and damage. Widget may be high DPS, but he also can’t move while he charges his bombs. Jett may be quick on his feet, but you’ll be in the middle of a horde of baddies. As we always say, when in doubt, Kill Friendzys and upgrade your Stun!
What's the ceaseless dirge? It's the team of baddies that are coming for you!
Watch out for stun, DOT, AOE, and of course standard attacks.
What enemy abilites can you unlock?
Buckle -- Stun
Spiker -- Spike
Scram -- Clone
Stray -- Inverse Damage
Divio -- Clone Attack
Bewn -- Speed Boost
Dahr -- Sprint Zero
Topper -- Area Swing
Syblin -- Advanced Inverse Damage
Stalk -- Extra Projectile
Baweka -- Focus Mode Boost
Doomcone -- Spread Projectile
Dangerline -- Poison Attack
Friendzy -- Expert Stun
Shaed -- Ethereal
Eyecbem -- Added AOE
Throwback -- Echo Boost
Erf -- Rupture
Reaves -- Slow, But Deadly
Champion’s Tokens -- Song Strike
10. Dungeon Maker
Fancy yourself a game designer? Take our Dungeon-Maker Mode for a spin! Let’s see what you got. Craft a savage dungeon, and challenge the community to beat it. If they beat the dungeon, they get to keep a rare piece of loot. If they fail, the treasure is yours.
Dungeon Maker Rules
Player Venture Dungeons expire after 72 hours.
Each player can have ONE Player Venture Dungeon active at a time.
If a player completes your Dungeon, they get the reward. If no one is able to complete your Dungeon within the time limit, you get the reward!
11. Community EVents
We’re always looking for ways to spice up Next Up Hero. If you’re looking for events, go to the Featured Ventures Island. There you’ll find Ventures that are guest hosted by Streamers or other Game Industry Friends.
In addition, we’ll set up Community Goals. If you all can reach the goal we set, we’ll shoot rewards to your inbox. Be ready!
12. Journal Challenges
You can set a Challenge once per day. You will get rewards for completing it, which correlate to the difficulty of the challenge.
You will unlock Story Conversations by completing Challenges
13. Champion Trial
Champion Trial is a challenge mode of sorts. You’ll be knee-deep in hand-crafted challenges made to really push your skills to the test. Luckily, you’ll only have to survive one floor at a time. Unlucky for you, each try costs a Grand Token, and you’ll die a lot working your way through.
The good news is, there’s some epic end-game loot in the Champion Trial. We’d say more, but why spoil the surprise?
14. Mixer & Twitch Interactive
If you're a Mixer or Twitch streamer, you get a chance to get helped (or trolled) by your viewers!
On the Main Menu, enable Mixer Interactive by pressing E on the keyboard or Y on an Xbox One Controller.
- Browse to the Root Directory of Next Up Hero
- Open default.ini
- Add the following text: twitch=YourTwitchID
- Save the file, and launch Next Up Hero
- !darkness : Next level will be darkness
- !mayhem : Next level will be mayhem
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