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10 Best Eternal Return: Black Survival Tips and Tricks

Eternal Return Black Survival Guide

If you’re looking for some Eternal Return: Black Survival tips and tricks, we’ve got you covered. This battle royale has a MOBA vibe with survival mechanics that revolve around crafting your own gear. If you plan on surviving against 17 other players, you’ll need to learn a few things before going in. Read our tips and tricks below for a mixture of beginner and advanced ones.

Table of Contents

Tip 1 – Complete the Tutorial
Tip 2 – Take Advantage of Hyperloop Teleporting
Tip 3 – Using the Mini-Map Efficiently
Tip 4 – Understanding Mastery Levels
Tip 5 – How to Win 1v1 Duels
Tip 6 – Learn a Character You Enjoy
Tip 7 – How to Escape Easily
Tip 8 – Exploring Restricted Zones
Tip 9 – Managing Your Inventory Well
Tip 10 – How to Create Builds

Tip 1 – Complete the Tutorial

Eternal Return Black Survival Tutorial Guide

When you first launch Eternal Return: Black Survival, you’ll have to complete a tutorial mission. Then, you can immediately hop into a match with some players. However, you should complete all five tutorial missions so you have a better idea of how the game works. It’s definitely a little confusing at first and you’re likely to not know what you’re doing, otherwise. Here’s a quick rundown of what each tutorial covers.

  • Lumia Island – Teaches you how to search for items you need.
  • Pursuit – Explains how to use skills against other characters.
  • Hunting – Teaches the value of hunting animals.
  • Power Up – Further explains how crafting works.
  • Mastery – Explains the basics of mastery leveling. You can find in-depth information in our fourth tip.

Once you’re finished with the tutorial, you can either hop into a match online with players or against AI only. Fortunately, there are three different difficulties for going against AI. This is a good opportunity to test builds and learn more about Eternal Return: Black Survival if you’re not confident yet.

Tip 2 – Take Advantage of Hyperloop Teleporting

Eternal Return Black Survival Hyperloop

You can teleport around the map using phone booths known as Hyperloops. While there isn’t a Hyperloop station in every zone, you can use them to teleport to any zone. This is a great way to reach a far area that maybe has an item you need or a way to simply escape. These take about four seconds to use, so be careful of getting interrupted by an enemy. Also, they’re visible on the map as a symbol with two blue arrows.

Tip 3 – Using the Mini-Map Efficiently

Eternal Return Black Survival Mini-Map

The mini-map is one of the most powerful parts of your UI in Eternal Return: Black Survival. It shows you nearby regions, what’s restricted, what’s about to become restricted, and most of all, alerts. If you see a red triangle with an exclamation point appear on the map, that means someone is there. They may be looting a container, crafting an item, fighting another player or animal, etc. There are a number of actions that create a sound loud enough that nearby players can see you on the map. You can take advantage of these alerts to find players or avoid them if you prefer.

Tip 4 – Understanding Mastery Levels

Eternal Return Black Survival Mastery Levels

Mastery levels play a significant role in how your character develops through a match in Eternal Return: Black Survival. Whether it’s increasing your max health or gaining extra damage on your attacks. Every mastery level requires certain activity to gain experience and I’ve created a full table below to help you understand it. Also, until you reach level 7 for your weapon, you won’t be able to use your weapon ability.

Mastery Name How to Level It Benefits
Any Weapon
  • Deal 100 Damage to a Player (60 xp)
  • Deal 100 damage to an animal (5 xp)
  • Killing a player (200 xp)
  • Crafting a weapon (100-1000 xp)
Varies depending on the weapon with benefits usually being increased normal damage, attack speed, and skill damage.
  • Deal 100 damage to an animal (35 xp)
  • Take 100 damage from an animal (10 xp)
Increases damage against animals by 4% per level.
  • Craft any gear or food for xp. Tier level increases xp gain.
Increases the effects of items by .8% per level.
  • Open item box (80 xp)
  • Open air supply (350 xp)
  • Collect resource (160 xp)
  • Operate security console (100 xp)
Range of vision increases by 10m per level.
  • Walk 50m (55 xp)
  • Move to a new area (180 xp)
  • Craft leg armor (120-1200 xp)
Movement speed increases by 1, 2 while not in combat, per level.
  • Consume 100 HP (30 xp)
  • Take 100 damage (15 xp)
  • Craft food (140-900 xp)
Max health increases by 1.6% per level.
  • Take trap damage (20 xp)
  • Take 100 damage from a player (70 xp)
  • Take 100 damage from an animal (10 xp)
  • Kill a player (200 xp)
  • Crafting head armor (100-1000 xp)
Decreases damage taken from normal attacks by 1.5%, and 1% from skills per level.
  • Use 100 SP (70 xp)
  • Craft beverage (120-600 xp)
Increases max SP by 3% percent per level.
  • Deal 40 trap damage to a player (150 xp)
  • Deal 40 trap damage to an animal (50 xp)
  • Take trap damage (100 xp)
  • Set a trap (60 xp)
  • Craft a trap (100 – 1000 xp)
Increases trap damage by 4% per level.

Tip 5 – How to Win 1v1 Duels

Eternal Return Black Survival How to Win

If you’re struggling to win fights when you’re in a duel against someone, 1v1, here are some tips to help.

  • Always remember to eat food during combat so you’re regenerating health. Using higher tier food will heal you quicker.
  • For characters and builds with low cooldown abilities, take advantage of drinks that recover SP.
  • If you’re a melee character, use crowd control abilities that may stun or slow an enemy. The last thing you need is a ranged player staying out of reach. Try not to use chase abilities too early or else they may escape.
  • Don’t engage in fights if you think you’re outgeared. While at the same time, if you have high tier gear early, go hunt some players.
  • As mentioned in our third tip, watch for alerts on the map so multiple players don’t catch you. This is also a good way to hide in bushes for incoming players.
  • Similar to the previous tip, use vision to your advantage. If a player can’t see you, they can’t hit you.

Tip 6 – Learn a Character You Enjoy

Eternal Return Black Survival Learn a Character

The first thing you should do in Eternal Return: Black Survival is to learn a character that you enjoy playing. This makes it easier to learn the game while simultaneously mastering a character. If you click the Character tab at the main menu before entering a match, you can read up on how each character works. Clicking any character shows how difficult they are to play, how they’re meant to be played, and what their skills are. And if you’d prefer to jump right into a match with a new character, you can always play against AI first.

Tip 7 – How to Escape Easily

Eternal Return Black Survival Escape

The dreaded reality of battle royale games is that only one person or team can win. This means you likely won’t win every match and should know how to escape fights easily when you’re losing. First, many characters in Eternal Return: Black Survival have skills that help them escape. For example, Jackie can leap over walls using Leaping Strike. While Aya can dash using Leaping Turn to cover some distance.

The best way to escape a desperate enemy chasing you is to prevent them from seeing you. Every time you enter a bush or turn a corner, they can’t see you until they catch up. This prevents them from attacking you and gives you more time to recover health. Eventually, if they can’t continue hitting you, they’ll realize it’s not worth their time anymore. Just make sure you eat food to speed up your health regeneration. And depending on the character chasing you, zig-zag every so often to make skill shots harder to hit.

Tip 8 – Exploring Restricted Zones

Eternal Return Black Survival Restricted Zones

Restricted zones in Eternal Return: Black Survival are red areas where you’ll explode if you stay in them too long. For every match, you have 30 seconds total that you can remain in a red zone before you’ll die. So it’s important to know that you can still explore and loot red zones, you just don’t want to stay in them for long. Because you never know when you’ll need to escape through a restricted zone. Also, the final zone will eventually become restricted and you may need that time to stay alive. And if you didn’t know, yellow zones on the mini-map become restricted once the countdown ends.

Tip 9 – Managing Your Inventory Well

Eternal Return Black Survival Inventory Tip

The toughest part of Eternal Return: Black Survival for me was learning how to manage my inventory. It’s always useful to have a slot for a food item and a drink if you have an SP heavy character. However, when you’re gathering tons of different items with the yellow arrow on them, you may not have room for food. This is why it’s important to focus on one item in your build at a time when you’re still learning the game. If you want to change your recipe at the top right, you can click a different item in your recommended build to switch your focus. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a full inventory of items you’re nowhere near crafting yet.

Tip 10 – How to Create Builds

Eternal Return Black Survival Best Builds

If you’re wondering how to create your own best build for a character, you don’t need to follow the recommended ones made by Nimble Neuron. Making your own build is a fun way to experiment with ideas and learn what stats your character will have when it’s complete. First, return to the main menu screen outside of a match and then follow our steps below to create your own build.

  1. Click the Saved Plans at the top of the screen.
  2. Click a character on the left side.
  3. Click the new Saved Plans tab that appears.
  4. Choose a weapon type by clicking the picture you want the build focused around.
  5. Click New Plan to start adding items to your build.

If you want to see what builds other people are creating for each character, click the Import Saved Plan button instead of New Plan. Then, look at named plans on the left side of the screen that you can click to see them. Clicking Import Saved Plan on this screen will save their build so you can pick it when playing.

Be sure to take a look at our tier list here for which characters have the highest win rates in Eternal Return: Black Survival. And if you have any questions about the game, feel free to ask in the comments below for help.

Eternal Return: Black Survival became available on PC via Steam Early Access on October 14, 2020.


Wednesday 25th of November 2020

Great, just wondering when I try to use the skill QWERD, it says you haven't learned the skill yet. When it's already charged and should be ready to use...