Tyranny - Character Creation Guide and Tips

Learn more about the character creation process in Tyranny.


Like many role-playing games, players will need to create their own character in Obsidian’s newest RPG, Tyranny. In this guide we’ll teach you everything you need to know about the character creation process, and walk you through it step by step.

How to Create a Character in Tyranny

Creating a new character in Tyranny is as simple as starting a new game from the Main Menu. Choose the New Game option, then wait for the character creation tool to load in. Once the system loads in, it’s as simple as picking and choosing what you want to do with it.

In the first section of the character creation system players can choose their Skin color, Body Type, and Gender. Once you have made your decisions press Next to move on.

The second tab gives you the option to choose your Face and Hair styles (men can choose their Facial Hair style as well), your Hair Color, Voice, and Tattoos. You can also choose your character’s Portrait during this time.

The third tab is where you can choose your History. This is how you came to join Kyros’s army and become one of Archon of Justice’s Fatebinders. While this might not seem important, this customization option will determine some of the dialogue that you see throughout the game.

Unlike most RPGs of this type, Tyranny is not a class-based RPG. Instead it is skill-based, meaning that any characters can choose to learn any skill at any time. This leaves your character builds open for an almost unlimited amount of possibilities. Because of this you will need to choose a Primary Expertise. This is the attack skills that you will start off with as your main. Choose something that appeals to your playstyle. We’ve included a list of the skills below.

  • Spear and Shield
  • Javelin
  • War Mace
  • Dual-Wielding
  • Shortbow
  • Unarmed Attacks
  • Shock Spells
  • Frost Spells
  • Vigor Spells
  • Atrophy Spells

Next you will need to choose your Secondary Expertise. This is your secondary means of attack at the start of the game. This can all be changed later by acquiring other skills, however, this will determine how your first several hours are played. Choose carefully. This category shares the same options as the previous tab.

Next up is your Banner and Character Colors. This will determine your character’s family banner, as well as the colors that your armor will be throughout the game. Choose colors that agree with your personal liking, as this is purely cosmetic.

Before you move on into Attributes and Skills, it is time to name your character. Choose something unique, or something fierce. Just make sure it is something you don’t mind being called for the duration of the game’s campaign.

With your name chosen, and your cosmetic options decided, it is now time to move on to Attributes. There are six Attributes to worry about, and each one determines how your character interacts with the world and your enemies. We’ve included them below for your perusing. You can learn more about all the different Attributes in our guide.

  • Might
  • Finesse
  • Quickness
  • Vitality
  • Wits
  • Resolve

It should also be mentioned that Attributes that help your chosen Primary and Secondary Expertise have been highlighted by a small icon that will let you know it is important. You do not have to put more points into these items, however, it is highly recommended that you do for a strong starting character.

With your Attributes chosen it is now time to move on to the Skills section of the character creation tool. Here you will choose your Weapon and Support Skills. We’ve outlined them all below. As with the Attributes before, the Skills that affect your Primary and Secondary Expertise have been marked by an icon on the left. This is also where any Magic Skills will show up if they apply to your starting expertise choices.

Weapon Skills:

  • Bows
  • Dual Wield
  • Magic Staff
  • One-Handed Weapons
  • Thrown Weapons
  • Two-Handed Weapons
  • Unarmed Combat

Support Skills:

  • Athletics
  • Dodge
  • Subterfuge
  • Lore
  • Parry

Once you have chosen your Skills, it is now time to move forward to the very final piece of the puzzle. This is a new option that has been added in Tyranny, and it will determine many of the dialogue choices and segments that you experience throughout your journey. Of course, if you wish not to take part in the choose your own adventure style Conquest mode, you can always choose to Quick Start. This will automatically make the choices for you, and you won’t have any control over the part that you played in Kyros’s initial conquest of the Tiers. We highly suggest completing the Conquest mode on your own, and making your own decisions. It will greatly increase the amount of immersion and connection that you have to your character.

Once you complete the Conquest mode, or decide to Quick Start you will move on to the game’s Prologue, where you will gain control of your character and be introduced to Tyranny’s unique combat system. If you follow the information we’ve listed above you will now know how to create a new character in Tyranny, as well as understand everything that your new character’s creation entails.

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