This section of the Ori and the Will of the Wisps walkthrough and guide includes all the tips and tricks you need to successfully platform your way through Ori’s entire journey. We’ll go over some tips and tricks, some things the game doesn’t tell you, and more.
Before checking out this section of our guide, we recommend taking a look at our Things to Do First page which will tell you everything you need to know to start Ori’s journey on the right foot. Please click or tap the links below to jump to different sections:
Tips and Tricks
- Explore everything: Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a game about mastering platforming while completing Ori’s latest journey. It’s easy to get caught up in the story and find yourself quickly traversing from objective to objective, but the world of Ori is extremely dense. Explore every pathway you actually can explore at the moment you’ve discovered it to ensure you find every skill, shard, upgrade, collectible and more.
- Upgrade your skills often: When you reach the Wellspring Glades, a character named Twillen will be there and you can purchase additional skill shards from them and upgrade skill shards you already own. It will cost you spirit light to do so but that resource is quite abundant in the game, especially if you listen to our first skill on this list.
- Don’t hoard your Spirit Light: It’s easy to want to hoard all of your spirit light but trust us, you don’t need to. No part of the game’s main quest will be walled off to you because you might not have purchased the right skill — there’s always a way. Plus, spirit light is quite abundant so there’s really no reason to hoard it. Purchase what you want.
- Purchase skills based on your playstyle: there are a number of skills to purchase (and find) in Ori and the Will of the Wisps. You don’t need any of the optional ones to actually complete the game but using them will make finishing Ori’s journey so much easier. Unless you’re trying to 100% the game, purchase the skills and abilities that fit your playstyle best. If your method of playing the game is combat-heavy, use skills that give damage boosts. If you’re all about traversal, use skills that allow you to triple jump, for example.
- Talk to every NPC you encounter: Throughout your exploration, you’ll find NPCs and often, they’ll be in the strangest places. You should always talk to them, though, even if they’re hard to reach because chances are, doing so will end with you completing a side quest or getting an item. You’ll be picking up all sorts of items during your journey and often, it won’t be obvious what you need to do with them. Often, you’ll talk to an NPC and Ori will automatically give them an item you already had to complete a quest.
- Buy maps from Lupo: Lupo is one of the best NPCs in the game because for a small spirit light cost, they’ll give you a map of the area you’re in. Being able to see the entire area, including what’s grayed out (which indicates you haven’t been there), will make determining where you need to go so much easier.
- If you see a Gorlek Ore, collect it: As you traverse through the game’s many areas, you’ll often spot purple-pink items floating about on ledges and in hidden alcoves. These are Gorlek Ore and you should strive to collect these. When you reach the Wellspring Glades, you’ll meet a character who can use Gorlek Ore to rebuild structures and remove obstacles in your way. You’ll want to always be on the lookout for this resource to give to them.
- Collect as many Life Cell Fragments as you can: Life Cell Fragments are one half of a Life Cell. A Life Cell is a unit of Ori’s health and the more Life Cells you have, the more hits you can take before dying. If you see something glowing green, chances are it’s a Life Cell Fragment and you should do your best to get to it.
- Collect as many Energy Cell Fragments as you can: Similar to Life Cell Fragments, Energy Cell Fragments are one half of an Energy Cell. An Energy Cell is a unit of Ori’s energy and the more Energy Cells you have, the more moves that require energy can be used. If you see something glowing white-blue, chances are it’s an Energy Cell Fragment and you should do your best to get to it.
- Complete Combat Shrines and Spirit Trials: Combat Shrines and Spirit Trials, or combat wave tests and platforming time trials, are scattered throughout the world of Ori and the Will of the Wisps. They’ll never take more than a few minutes of your time and will always give you a great reward upon completion. Combat Shrines will give you a new skill and Spirit Trials will give you a nice amount of Spirit Light.
- Switch up your assigned abilities: When you obtain more than three abilities, you won’t be able to assign all of them to a button. You’ll only be able to assign three — one to X, one to Y, and one to B. It’s easy to forget you have additional abilities not assigned when you’re in the groove of things, but often, an ability you don’t have assigned will make progressing through a challenge easier. So, when the going gets tough, try switching in a new ability or two.
- Look at your map: the map in Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a fantastic resource for determining what you need to do and where you need to explore. If you’re ever unsure of where to go next, look at the map to see what you haven’t explored. If you’re unsure of your objective, look at your map to see what it is. If you don’t know where an NPC or point of interest is, look at your map.
Tips: Things Ori and the Will of the Wisps Doesn’t Tell You
- If you can’t progress further, chances are, you’re not meant to do so yet: You’ll often encounter natural hazards and barriers in your way that make absolutely no sense. You’ll search far and wide to figure out what it is and how to move or destroy it only to come up short with nothing. There’s a good chance that this is the game telling you, “hey, it’s not time to go there yet.” So, don’t spend too long stuck trying to get past an unexplainable barrier.
- Combat Shrines will give you skill shards: You’ll find Combat Shrines all throughout your journey and they can be easy to pass up. Why complete them? The game doesn’t tell you much about them and it definitely doesn’t tell you the number one reason why you should be completing them: you’ll get a skill shard for doing so.
- Use the Spirit Edge for a small boost at the top of a jump: this is a very important tip to know because it will often help you reach an area you might not be able to reach otherwise. Basically, when you’re at the top of a jump’s arc, use the Spirit Edge attack and Ori will boost up just a tad. It’s not too much height that Ori will gain but it will often be just enough to reach a ledge or wall you didn’t think you could reach.
- The game autosaves quite frequently: this is more for people who have played the first game, Ori and the Blind Forest, but Ori and the Will of the Wisps will save your progress automatically and it will do so quite often. The first Ori game was quite harsh with how far one could be set back after a death but in this game, when you die, chances are you’ll respawn not too far from where you died meaning you won’t have to do much backtracking.
- The Spirit Arc can be used quite effectively as a weapon: When you first get the Spirit Arc, the game will place emphasis on its ability to destroy obstacles in your way. It’s great at that, but it’s equally great at inflicting damage upon enemies both near and far. It doesn’t do too much damage but it’s a great way to fight from a distance in those moments where Ori is on the brink of death.
- Ori can equip different skills and abilities at any time: once you equip or assign an ability or skill to Ori, it’s easy to forget other ones exist. Tab right once on the map screen to view your abilities and check back here often to ensure you have the best ones for your current need equipped. The same goes for your skills — press LT to check which skills you have equipped and ensure you have the best possible build in use.
- You can view how many quests you’ve completed, how many Life Cells and Energy Cells you have, and more in the game’s menus: When you open the map, tab over twice using RB. On the third screen over, you’ll see a giant tree. Different lights will be lit up on it depending on what you’ve done. You can see which side and main quests you’ve completed at the bottom, which Wisps you’ve collected in the middle, how many Life Cells you’ve collected on the right side, how many Energy Cells you’ve collected on the left side, and finally, which items you currently have in your possession at the top.
- Grom can remove thorns in the Wellspring Glades for you: When you meet Grom in the Wellspring Glades, they’ll explain to you that they can complete projects in the area with the use of Gorlek Ore. One of his projects will be to remove thorny obstacles in the area. Have Grom complete this project as soon as possible as it’ll open up previously unreachable areas.
- Listen to the game’s sounds: There is at least once puzzle that will require the use of listening to specific sounds. When you’re stuck in a puzzle, try focusing on the different sounds you hear after doing certain things. Chances are, the solution will play in your ears.
- Ori can get Triple Jump early in the game: the Triple Jump skill shard can be purchased earlier than you’d think in the game. If you want this skill — it will be very helpful throughout the game — save 1100 Spirit Lights and when you reach the Wellspring Glades, look for Twillen. You can purchase the Triple Jump skill from him for 1100 Spirit Lights.