The Isle is intended to be a gritty, open-world survival horror game. This game is entirely about survival from the juvenile phase of a dino to the adult phase with varying amounts of time to grow each one. It is super fun and interesting.
How to be your best maia
1. Maiasaurus is, of course, a herbivore. That means that you are usually going to run from danger rather than fighting it. Maia is not a fighter, it is a runner, and it runs VERY well. Keep this in mind, even if you are bitten or hunted.
2. Maia has great healing and bleed resistance! The base HP is rather low, so again, you’re not a fighter, but if you have 1 bleed tick, you are actually able to just run away and heal the bleed off. The only thing I don’t suggest running off is a bite from an apex. More on that later.
3. The turning radius on maia is something that I hear a lot of people complain about, especially as hatchlings. To be fair, the turn on hatchlings is horrible, but they’re babies and shouldn’t be needing to dodge and duck anyway. Be sure to get good at pressing Z in the middle of your journey, or master alt-turning while it’s still in the game.
4. Safe log. Every time.
Second of all, the color selection feature that was in the somewhat recent patch doesn’t actually seem to matter a whole lot of a ton in my own personal experience. To test this, I made an almost white maia, and I was able to raise it to adulthood. I nested babies, I fought to protect them, and I was able to lose hunters just fine.
If you are playing maia correctly, the color selection shouldn’t matter. People are blind anyway, so as long as you’re not being a silly and making tons of noise, you should have success (bad spawn points omitted). Just have fun and make something you’ll like looking at for a couple of hours. I like darker skins for my maia because to me it looks more realistic.
1. USE A MAP !!! You can easily find high quality, player made maps that you can save to your computer or phone for reference when you play. There is also a lovely website called ” http://vulnona.com/game/the_isle/map_en.html ” that will show you were you are on either official map. Another great map for V3 is the one that MsCatbug as made, and the Tigerinium map for V3 has all the nicknames of lakes and areas that people refer to in game (“The Wash”, “Raptor Rock”, etc). I highly suggest using any of these so that you know where your first source of water is, or where you are in general.
2. Avoid making noise, especially at night !!! If you are a new player, you may not know, but most carnivore players find people to kill because of the noise they make in-game. When you type in-game, it makes your dinosaur vocalize the ‘F’ call. I’m not telling you how to play, but you’re reading this guide, so I’m assuming you need some guidance. I personally don’t make a single sound as a juvi. To me, juvi sounds = dinner bell. If someone recognizes your call, they know you’re little, and they know you can’t get away from them by the time they run their butt over to the last place you made a noise. Unless it’s raining, you’ll probably be found very quickly.
3. Avoid open fields and traveling in the daytime. If you have a place you really wanna go, I suggest going when you’re in the adult model, or waiting until it’s either nighttime, or raining. Be extremely cautious of any swamp biome on the map. If you can hide, so can your predators.
4. Smell before you enter an open area, especially a lake or pond. Streams and rivers tend to be safer. If you are using a map, and you see you are at an isolated lake or pond and there’s NO other water sources nearby…God help you. Players are jerks and camp the isolated water areas that are closest to the points they know juvi spawn at. You can’t spawn kill, but you can wait for them to predictably come to the only water source available. You might get lucky, but in my experience, I usually die for taking the risk.
1. I enjoy using the ‘open field’ strategy. This works especially well if you have a herd of other maia, or just other herbivores in general. If you are in the middle of a wide, open field, and you see danger coming, and it sees you, you 4 call, and run. That’s it. You warn your friends, and move away. In my personal experience, it helps to travel with a herd of other species, because if something like an allo comes around, you just use your trike or diablo or para as a body shield, but if it comes down to a creature that is fast, like a single carno or more than 1 raptor, your best chance is to run and use all the evasive techniques you have under your belt. If you run, you live. Don’t look back. Use hills and forests to lose your pursuers. Have you gotten good at using alt-turn yet to navigate?
2. I highly suggest moving to a corner of the map that has :
It’s important to remember that most people are going to play carnivore, and most people are going to be in the middle of the map. That’s why I gave warning to the swamp areas, which are always in the middle, where the elevation is the lowest. Swamp biome = GIGA HAVEN. If you are in a herd of players, I put emphasis on height, especially if your herd is stationary and settling in an area. Maia is a fantastic sentry, especially after the recent buff where they have better bone break resistance on fall damage, and where their stamina was DOUBLED. Your attentiveness is your best friend as a maia, because you need to be able to see clearly if something is coming. If you have multiple maia, try to coordinate so that there’s one on each hilltop.
3. While it’s not essential to have a herd, it does make the game a lot more fun and enjoyable, but with a herd comes some risk. That being, noise. It’s rare to find another player that understands that silence is life, let alone a whole herd, so just be aware that if you’re with other people that are constantly making noise, you need to be even more alert. Personally, I herd up with other players to protect myself. I know I’m not going to fight, so I use other players like meat shields. Take it how you will, I live longer than them.
4. When it comes to combat, again, you are a herbivore that is focused on movement speed and stamina. Your healing is really good, arguably the best bleed heal of all the herbivores, but you can’t really take on anything other that dilos and raptors. Even the raptors have gotten a buff recently to their bite force, so as before when a couple or even up to three raptors didn’t make me nervous, now I take a single raptor with respect. If I know I can’t handle it without risking death, I run. Maia stamina is better than raptor, but it’ll catch you if it’s ambushed. Dilo has worse turn radius than us, so they’re easy to down into submission, but raptor’s turn while sprinting is MUCH better than ours, so be a little careful if you’re playing the Stand Your Ground game.
5. The rule of thumb for runners is that you are to keep 1/2 of your stamina bar at all times. Thankfully, maia has an incredibly fast trot speed, and the stamina regen while trotting is pretty decent. It’s especially good if you’re laying down, but me personally, I just trot most of the time so that I can keep both eyes out for something. I have not gotten balsy enough to test if our stamina is better than a carno, but I know a carno is faster than us. If a carno sees you, just do your best to try to lose it in a forest. Good luck.
6. For me, I am GOD AWFUL at navigating this game at night. I don’t really know why. If it’s getting dark and I find food and water for my herd, I have us ‘camp’ at a location for the night before continuing on. A lot of herds do this, but the thing I notice is that only half of them stay quiet. If you have a noisy herd, rest if you want at night, but I position myself a little bit away from them. It’s paid off more than not.
There are only a few places on v3 I will nest as a solo maia, which is very doable, but a solo maia mother requires that you research the area you’ll be nesting. It’s important to remember that even though the hatchlings can eat out of the nest, they’ll still need water decently close by, and it’s almost a guarantee that as juvis, they’ll be spamming and having fun and being NOISY. Again, I don’t try to police how people play in game, but just so you know, if you don’t move when you are hatched, you don’t need water until you’re a juvenile. So more than likely, your babies will be bored and want to move around, and that makes them use water.
1. The location of your nest should be the same as mentioned in Step 2 of HAPPY BIRTHDAY, with the only difference being maybe a bit closer to water than YOU need, but remember your babies are delicate and don’t have a deep pool of hunger or thirst. I also try to make sure that the path to water or AT water is in cover, but that’s a detail that’s harder to pull off, especially at higher elevation. Basically, if it’s a risk for a carnivore to travel to you because of the distance, it’s probably a pretty safe bet. Most of my nesting zones are only realistically accessible to raptors and carnos, that are able to cover the distance to explore the edges of the map like that.
2. If you are nesting with powerful animals like trikes or diablos (or even parasaurs), then I suggest plopping your nest right down in the middle of everyone. Herd is life. If you’re solo, then I suggest a heavy forest of preferably pine trees. I make my nest in a double pine tree if I can find one, so that when I’m laying down, I’m completely concealed. Double points if you can point your tail uphill, so that it clips a little bit with the incline, hiding it, and if you can point your face into a tree trunk, hiding your bright eyes that show up with night vision. Remember that nests won’t be able to be created unless the ground is flat enough.
3. It’s more essential to hide your babies than it is to get them VERY close to food or water, so make sure you prioritze the fact that they’ll be bush camping, and you’ll probably be right there with them. Maia juvi are actually decently quick, so the trip will be easier and easier the older they get. Eventually, everyone that plays this game a lot will get used to not talking in game, but the new players might not understand, so if they’re spamming, keep the herd safe and let them know.
4. If there’s a predator or threat that comes near your babies, instruct them to either stay with the bigger animals or completely hide themselves. I don’t tell my babies to go near trikes, because their AOE on both attacks is HUGE, even with the recent fix on trike headbutt. If there’s a diablo or para or another maia, I’d prefer a babysitter in that way. Otherwise, I tell them to either hide in the nest if they’re still hatchlings, or run into the forest and find a heavy bush. Your job if a threat shows up is to distract it and lure it away from your babies. Don’t die for them, but do your best to protect them. Babies are an investment to a herd as a whole, so the more members you have, the better chances everyone has, but don’t let yourself get killed.