This War of Mine: Guide to All Characters

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Knowing everything about the characters in This War of Mine is extremely important, as it can make a difference between a win and a loss: some characters are great in some areas and weak in others, and knowing exactly when and how to use them, as well as how to take care of them, is essential for survival in the long run. Therefore, after multiple playthroughs, I have decided to create this guide to all characters in This War of Mine and help you know everything there is to be known about all the possible guys and girls you can play in the game.

Don’t forget to also check out our This War of Mine tips & tricks article – there are some helpful things in there as well. And now, let’s move to our This War of Mine guide to all characters.


He is a good mathematician, which makes him good at traps. He only has 8 inventory slots in the backpack, but also has the nice bonus of being insusceptible to depression.


One of the better characters in the game, she is perfect at sneaking and she could clear entire areas without being noticed or seen (she can literally break doors and not be heard!). She is a smoker and susceptible to depression or getting broken (if she gets there, she will steal supplies and run away), but simple acts of kindness keep her happy. Fortunately, she does not get upset when killing soldiers, which is really good as she can easily do one shot backstab kills. She only has 10 slots in her backpack.


A good guy, despite being really slow. He has a huge backpack with 17 slots, but he is indeed insanely slow so it’s best to use him in smaller areas or a collector after a faster guy creates a stockpile closer to the exit. He can get depressed and he’s a smoker.


The cook of the game, he’s extremely useful at home since he needs less ingredients to cook food and alcohol or craft meds. He won’t get depressed easily, but won’t cheer up others either. He has 10 inventory slots, but it’s best to always keep him at home to do the cooking.


One of the most useless characters in the game. She gets easily depressed and loves children which, really, I don’t know how it affects the game. She has 8 inventory slots and whenever I get her as a starting character, I go for a new game. Ha!


She is a logical person and doesn’t get affected by murder. She is a coffee addict and she appears to get tired at a slower pace than the other characters. She has 10 backpack slots.


The character to have for getting better trading deals – which is actually her only big bonus. She has 12 slots in her inventory and a coffee addict as well. Nice to have around.


Another great character to have around: he needs less materials when building stuff, so he can make the difference in the long run. He is another coffee addict with just 10 inventory slots and gets depressed really fast. Good to keep at home to do the building.


One amazing character: a great scavanger who does everything faster, he also has a backpack with 15 slots, which proves extremely useful. He doesn’t have any addictions and even though the gets depressed or broken relatively fast, he gets better fast as well. The primary choice for scavenging in most situations.


Not that good, even though he is extremely fast and has a decent backpack of 12 slots. He gets easily depressed and doesn’t recover well, but he helps others really nicely. He has no addictions, but he’s not great either – at best, the second choice scavenger if you have him in your game or the “mule” to send to create stock piles closer to the entry thanks to his speed.


The killing machine in your game, he is great with weapons and does 1 backstab kills as well. He doesn’t get depressed easily (make sure you have cigarettes around), but when he does he can attack your other survivors. Good character overall, even though I would always prefer to have Arica instead of him.


Another not that great survivor whose only skill is to help the depressed characters get over it faster. She also plays guitar well and has 12 inventory slots, but she’s not one of my favorites.

So, there you have it! the guide to all characters in This War of Mine and all the details you need to know about them. It’s difficult to predict the bunch that you will get when playing the game (don’t forget that more will join as you play), so you always have to take advantage as much as possible of their bonuses and use them together as well as possible. There are worse teams that you can get, but this is part of what makes this game so amazing.

This War of Mine Tips & Tricks: The Ultimate Strategy Guide

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We’ve talked a bit about the amazing This War of Mine recently in our review and I think it’s pretty much clear for everyone that I really, really love this game. One of the things that makes me enjoy it more than the regular crap that we get nowadays is its increased level of difficulty. This game is brutal on some occasions and apparently impossible on others, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t beat it – on the contrary, and the more you fail, the better you will feel in the end when you finally succeed.

Although the game is just as much about luck as it is about skill, we can still try to improve our chances of winning – and we’re here to help you do so with some This War of Mine tips and tricks: some advice that will hopefully have all it needs to become the ultimate strategy guide for players out there. And we’ll have everything from basic tips to more advanced tips on how to survive the winter and win the game. So… prepare to do some reading!

1. Explore the house ASAP
Every time you start a new game, you will get new characters and new loot, including the house. You should explore the house as soon as possible to get all the stuff in there and start building ASAP. Also, since almost always you will have at least one character who is sick, you need to do this to get medicine or bandages or something to get them feel better.

NOTE: Some players suggest that a better strategy with the house is that of not looting it at all until you are first raided to minimize the loss of resources. This makes some sense, but I haven’t tried it personally and I still prefer to start by completely cleaning out the house and use the resources to build things that can’t be stolen (like beds or oven).

2. Feed your survivors every other day
The biggest problem I have with This War of Mine is related to food: that’s pretty scarce and you need to micromanage it flawlessly to make it last. I would strongly suggest keeping as much food as possible at all times and even if you have a surplus, only feed your survivors every other day. They won’t be the happiest around, but it will work!

3. Guard duty at night, sleep during the day
I rarely – if ever – have any of my survivors sleep during the night. Two are on guard duty, while one is scavenging. This increases your defenses if you are raided and reduces the amount of stuff you lose. As soon as the new day begins, send at least two people to sleep, while the third is crafting valuable stuff. Switch them as soon as one’s up and you’ll keep all your survivors well rested and house well defended!

4. Home & Character tips
There are some minor things to have in mind when playing the game: if your characters have no vices (like coffee or cigarettes), you can easily trade those as soon as you get them. You can also double click an area on the screen to have your character run, and when in the house it would make most sense to build only on one or two levels, so that your survivors don’t have to cover a whole lot of distance when working in the house. I still haven’t managed to find out if it is better to build at the bottom or top or if it matters at all – it probably doesn’t right now, but in the future things that are hard to reach should be easier to protect, I guess.

5. How to properly scavenge
Always send the person with the most space in its backpack. If all equal and you have them, send a soldier or the best runner. It’s important to leave the area before 5AM, otherwise your survivor will get home later and there’s a chance of him being injured or even killed. So for large areas, Run for Exit at 3 AM to be safe, and for small areas, start running at 4 AM.

Food is the most important thing to get when scavenging, but always keep your inventory full and change things around as you play, replacing easy to get stuff with the rarest things. After food, bring back components, wood and medicine because these are extremely important as well.

Go for the safest areas first and try to scavenge them dry. Some have hidden items, so make sure that you investigate everything (when an eye symbol appears). Also, check out the details regarding the area you’re about to visit on the main screen – if there’s no food there, there’s rarely a point to visit.

Have in mind that the areas that you visit can be scavenged by others too, so that’s why it’s best to go for the easiest, undefended areas first, then work your way up.

Prepare to kill. It’s a tough world out there and you will eventually have to do it. The best way to do this is by being stealthy, but it all depends on the weapons that you have, the time that’s left and how the other characters are moving around. However, it’s usually the easiest way to get the resources that you need and save your life. It’s also better if you have Roman as the scavenger since he won’t become so sad after sending people to another world – but only use him to wipe out everything, then send somebody with a bigger backpack to do the cleaning. Don’t forget that others scavenge areas, though, so hurry up!

Remember the equipment that you need – when scavenging, you might not have access to some areas if you lack a lockpick or saw, or it might be a lot easier to advance if you have a shovel. I never got to an area where I couldn’t bring anything back home because I was blocked, so always do the recon first, take whatever you can and return with the proper equipment to clear out the areas!

5. Fighting tips
Fighting is extremely difficult in This War of Mine and best to be avoided. However, it can’t always be the case and the best areas in the game are the dangerous ones, so you have to be ready to fight. Fortunately, the easiest weapons to get – melee weapons – are extremely useful and lethal if used correctly. Learn to sneak behind a character for a quiet kill (select the knife and when it turns yellow, go for it!) or stay hidden, waiting for the character to pass you before slicing their throats.

Different strategies can be used here, but there’s no perfect one. What works best for me is drawing people to a hiding spot (make some noise by running around and hide – enemies will come to investigate, won’t see you and you can take them out). However, if you are outnumbered – and you will usually be, it’s better to be patient and have a safer strategy.

In the end, don’t worry too much about getting injured if you can finish the job. Your survivor will need to spend a few days in bed and use bandages to fully recover, but you will also get a lot of goodies from the heavily defended areas. So jump straight into battle during the first few games to know how it works and once you do, start a new game and work your magic!

6. The trading glitch
If you have Katia as a character, you can use a really interesting glitch (that will eventually get fixed): Go to the Military Outpost with 6 Moonshine and 20 Rolled-up Cigarettes and trade 3 Moonshine and all the cigarettes for anything you want. Then, you can start trading 3 Moonshine for 3 Moonshine and 4 Roll-up Cigarettes, meaning that in a few trades you’ll be able for another great trade. Make sure that you take advantage of this while it’s still possible!

For now, these would be our tips and tricks for This War of Mine players out there. If you have other gameplay suggestions and strategies to add, feel free to comment below and share them with us!