Best Floodland Tips and Tricks for the Early Game

Umer Cheema
Umer Cheema
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Floodland is a post-catastrophic colony-management sim where you have to rebuild society after it has been hit by a terrible flood. While climate change may have finally caught up with humans, it doesn’t mean that you have to give up. That is why this guide will show you the best Floodland early game tips!

Getting started with the game can be quite difficult since there are a lot of mechanics and aspects that you need to keep in mind. A new player might get confused and overwhelmed with the game. However, if you follow our guide about the best Floodland early game tips, you will make the most out of the game and have a great time as well. With that said, let’s dive right in and get started!

Early Game Tips For Floodland

These tips will help you make the most out of the game and have a great start. You can start following them after you finish the tutorial or do them side by side. Keep in mind that the game is a lot of trial and error so you might think that a tip isn’t working.

However, give it enough time, and your community will start to strive and expand! Without wasting any time, let’s check out the Floodland early game tips below!


Get to Know the Clans

Floodland Early Game Tips

Before we start the game, you are given the choice to choose a clan. While you might think that this choice doesn’t matter that much, it can help you a lot during the early game. Picking the ideal clan according to your playstyle will allow you to make the most out of your community and have an advantage.

There are four total clans in Floodland each with its own sets of skills and drawbacks. Here are all the clans and what they stand for in Floodland:

  • Good Neighbors (Old World / Liberty)
  • Fire Brigade (New World / Liberty)
  • Oakhill Survivors (Old World / Unity)
  • Berkut-3 (New World / Unity)

To get the most out of your game, you need to choose a clan that you think will help you out. Plus, depending on how you want to roleplay the entire situation, you can choose a clan that fits your style most.

ClanWorld ViewTraits
Good NeighborsOld World / LibertyPlumber (Leader): Increases the production speed of all water production buildings by 20%.
Workaholics: Enables Night Shift in production buildings, increasing work time by 35% at the cost of increased Unrest. People suffer from 75% overwork during this time.
Fire BrigadeNew World / LibertyDrill Sergeant (Leader): Increases clan members’ walking speed by 25%.
Ascetic: Clan members eat 50% less food.
Oakhill SurvivorsOld World / UnityFair (Leader): Reduces the effects of crime by 50%.
Resilient: During the epidemic, reduces a sick person’s time for a disease to become lethal by +150% for clan members.
Berkut-3New World / UnityQuality Inspector (Leader): Adds +1 to the level of Precision Specialization for all clans.
Explorers: Increases the speed of searching and collecting resources by 50% for all clans.


Gather All the Essentials

This might seem like an obvious tip since you have to collect food and water in all survival games. However, since there are various resources like Plastic and Rubbish in Floodland, you can easily focus on the wrong material. Early on, you should try to harvest as many berry bushes and water sources as you can.

Researching the Water Still

If you are lucky, your first island will have a water tower on it as well. Search that and get tons of free water early on. However, you will have a limited supply of water since you can only rely on collecting it from the wild. To get continuous water early on, you should research the Water Still technology from the Survival panel.

The Fishing Dock is a good food source

After that, you should also focus on researching and building the Fishing Dock alongside the Forager Hut. Both these items will allow you to gather food and expand your community. Whenever you see any bushes or other food source spawn on the island, make sure that you collect it immediately.


Focus on the Right Research Path

Focusing on the correct research path is important

When you first start the game, you will notice that the research tree – or Technology Development – is quite extensive and in-depth. It can be overwhelming for newer players. However, make sure that you spend some time and check out what the research tree has to offer.

After judging the situation of your island and where you would like to head next, you can focus on the relevant path. There are a total of four paths that you can choose:

  • Growth
  • Survival
  • Exploration
  • Well-Being

Depending on what you would like to focus on next, you should put points into that path. Ideally, you should upgrade the Survival path early since it allows you to build continuous food sources. After that, you can put points into Exploration to find more islands since your essentials won’t last forever.


Build Housing Near the Workplace

Floodland Early Game Tips

One of the biggest issues I ran into early on was building the tents far from the workplace. Unlike most city-building games, you need to constantly move around the map in Floodland. So, having your tents or other houses near the workplace will reduce the commute time.

This allows your members to gather tons of resources without wasting a lot of their time moving around the map. Otherwise, you will have a difficult time.


Follow the Tutorial

Floodland features a great tutorial for new players

Floodland features a great tutorial that will get you ready for what is about to come. It tells you everything about the early aspects of the game and will prepare you by having you build various structures. Plus, you will have to research some of the essentials early on thanks to this as well.

If you are a new player to the game, I highly suggest that you complete the tutorial. Once it is done, you can start using the other tips and continue to have a strong community. The tutorial only shows you how you can start your community but doesn’t help you with sustaining it.


Always Explore the Map

Floodland Early Game Tips

When you start the game, you will notice that you are surrounded by fog. The more you explore, the more you will find. The first thing you need to do is to send out search parties on your island and explore it fully. After that, you can start sending out exploring parties to other islands and points of interest as well.

Floodland Early Game Tips

Exploring the map will help you find more resources like food, water, rubbish, plastic, and people. So, always make sure that you are exploring whenever you can. Once you get the chance, research and build the Reclaimed Radio Tower. It will allow you to send various expeditions around the map and find new things.


And there you have it, those are the best Floodland early game tips. If you are new to the game, following these tips will allow you to get the most out of it and have a striving community. Other than this, take your time with the game and explore what it has to offer.

Which tip did you find the most useful? Are there any tips that you think would help a newer player? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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By day, Umer loves writing about games and talking about them; by night, he is an avid gamer that loves playing League of Legends and RTS games. Being a massive fan of Metal Gear Solid, you'll find Umer always praising the legendary Hideo Kojima.
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