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The almost quicker way to play the game, and way to don't be frustrated.

Setting things up

  • Use the Unvanquished launcher to install and run the game: Linux, Windows, macOS.
  • Personalize your name, please. You can add colors too.
  • Read and select a preset, choose a screen resolution, and test. The scenes with fire, flames, and aliens buildings need the most power rendering.
  • Read and select a key binding preset, customize if needed. Write or memorize keys for : moving, crouch/claws, primary attack, secondary attack, jump, the medkit (very important!), action menu, grenade.

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  1. Where you can personalize your name;
  2. For graphics settings. The presets are easy to use, but these presets won't change the resolution screen, to change the resolution go to the Video tab from the graphics settings window;
  3. Choose a layout, change binding eventually, and write or memorize the important keys for Move and Abilities, especially for the medkit!
  4. You are ready to choose and join a server.

Playing it

Game presentation

The objectives in this game are rather simple: there are 2 factions, but there's is only enough space for 1. So you need to destroy the other one. To do that, you will need to build and defend base, so that you and your friends can destroy enemy's base. Each faction have unique abilities, and to build buildings, you need to either spawn as a builder, or to equip (construction kit, CKit) or evolve as one (granger, advanced granged).

The 2 factions are:

  • aliens, which rely on mobility (walking and jumping on walls and long jumps "pounce" notably), melee attacks and biological radar that allows them to sense their enemies from afar;
  • humans, which are nimble and can leverage the power of technology to shoot their enemies from a safe distance;

To destroy the enemy's base, it is likely you will need to improve your equipment or abilities. To do that, you will need credits or evolution points that you get by destroying enemies and their ugly constructs, and to merit the trust of your faction, by building momentum that will widen your possibilities.

You can find more details on the different factions this wiki: humans and aliens.

Solo training

Before joining a server for more serious games, you might want to train yourself against artificial players (bots). For that, you can "Start a local/LAN game". Currently, you can not add bots or configure said game before entering it, but you will be able to do changes and add bots by the main menu, when in-game. For server configuration, including the skill of bots which will be added, you need to click on "Server Setup" under "Options". You might have to scroll a bit to reach it, though. Adding bots can be done either by clicking on the "Add an alien bot" or "Add a human bot" lines, or by "Server Setup", by adjusting the "minimum team size" slider.


  • Invest time to read some Gameplay for the interface. Humans are easier to play for start.
  • Don't feed enemies (do not die and do not build undefended structures). Because Unvanquished is not same as other FPS. Each kill/death or destroying buildings will change the "momentum" and this determine what human's equipment are available, or Alien's forms. Humans should stay in group.
  • Beginners shouldn't builds, but can repairs if there is no bots. Because each building consumes build points (BP), they are precious. A building at wrong place can change the game issue.
  • Don't worry, beginners dies often. Try your best. Use your medkit.
  • Don't forget to use your medkit, this can save you, and stop poisoning. Reload your medkit at the Medistation.

Enjoy! It's a game.

About some servers

Some servers