Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall has just been released for iOS and Android. It’s set a few decades before the smash hit HBO TV series and sees you taking control of the Night’s Watch.

The game is a tactical midcore RPG with plenty of your favourite characters from GoT coming along for the ride. Sure it might not be chronologically coherent, but it’s great to get Jon Snow to stab people all the same.

You’re probably just starting out on your journey Beyond the Wall, and you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. Don’t worry though, because these hints, tips and tricks will definitely make sure you’re headed in the right direction.

If you’ve got your own helpful suggestions to share, then feel free to chuck them in the comments section at the bottom of the article. Before that though, let’s don the black and get going.

Combat Basics

The game sees you building a team of heroes and units and taking on enemies large and small in turn-based skirmishes. Unlike a lot of other midcore RPGs, there’s actually quite a lot to do here though.

Tap on any of your characters when it’s your turn and you’ll see what you can do. Blue squares show where you can move, red squares show where you can attack. You need to be in range to hit your foes, and the grid will show you what’s what.

Different characters have different skills, as you’d imagine. Bow users can attack from farther away, mounted units can move much quicker and warriors with heavy weapons can damage more than one enemy with a single swipe.

It’s important to learn the differences between the types of attackers on your team, and then use them accordingly. Don’t throw your ranged fighters to the front line, use your stronger characters to protect the weaker ones and think about which enemies are posing you the most danger.

Upgrade Your Fighters

It’s easy to get stuck into the story mode, but if you do that without heading back to the wall and toughening up your scrappers you’re going to find yourself taking a beating. You’ll unlock upgrade materials when you win fights, so it’s always a good idea to see if any of them are useful.

It’s tempting to just upgrade the fighters you’re using on a regular basis, but you also need to consider your other warriors. You never know when you’re going to need them, especially since teams comprised of units from the same region give each other buffs and boosts.

By all means focus on your core team, but don’t neglect the others. You’ll find yourself with a good chunk of resources at the start of the game, and using them wisely will set you in good stead.

Where’s Jon Snow?

You’ll find everyone’s favourite brooding northerner in the Legendary Events section. Here you use a weirwood to look into the future. Jon’s there, so is Dany. There are other heroes from the series to unlock too.

If you’re finding the Legendary Events difficult, you’ll need to upgrade your heroes. You can do that in the Hearth, where you’ll find all of your heroes from both the game’s present and future.

Send out Your Scouts

Getting new recruits for the Night’s Watch is key to succeeding, so make sure you’re sending out your scouts whenever you can. You do that from the Lodge, where you can access a map of Westeros that shows you where you can send them.

You only have a limited number of expeditions a day, but using them up will get you new characters for your army, as well as giving you tiles you can use to upgrade the ones you already have.

Weirwood Adventures

There are plenty of ways to get loot in the game, but a great way is to head on a weirwood adventures. You’ll find these in the map of beyond the wall, and they’re essentially goodie-heavy scraps where you’re grabbing materials with every fight.

Watch out for instances with lightning bolts around them – these are tougher enemies and you might not be strong enough to take them on right now. Going the easy way isn’t a bad thing to start off with, and you’re still going to be raking in the things you need.