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Ancestors: Humankind Odyssey – How to Raise Dopamine Levels

Make discoveries and nourish yourself to recover.

by William Schwartz


If you run out of Dopamine in Ancestors, you’ll have a hard time exploring new places.  Your primate will be unable to withstand situations which they are fearful of, and in turn this limits the territories that you can explore.  The dopamine meter is located at the bottom left of the screen.  It looks like an eye.  When this dopamine meter gets to zero, you will not be able to navigate through fear and your character will go into a frenzied fear state which forces them back to the clan oasis.

To get more dopamine and raise the dopamine levels in Ancestors you have to perform actions.  These can be doing things like eating, locating and discovering items, avoiding predators, and others.  If you find yourself low on dopamine you’ll want to stay in an area that you are familiar with and use your senses to locate new points of interest.  You can travel to the different spots that you see when using your senses to discover new items like rocks, branches, or other vegetation.

You can also seek out food or water and quench your hunger and thirst to recover dopamine levels.  Dodging predator attacks or warding them off through intimidation will also raise your dopamine levels as well.

The important thing to note when trying to recover dopamine is that you will want to explore the areas of the map that you are familiar with if you run low.  Do the activities listed above and your dopamine meter will fill back up and you will be able to do some more exploration.  Dopamine is depleted when in the fear state, so conquering fear will be your best bet to saving dopamine in the first place.

- This article was updated on:August 28th, 2019

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