A group of players fighting together in Once Human

Once Human: Full PvP Guide

Once Human features PvP where players can, naturally, kill other players. However, it puts a unique spin on it that may confuse some players.

PvP is pretty much a staple of survival games. Just look at the likes of Rust or Ark Survival Evolved for examples. Fortunately, if you’re into PvP, then you’ll be happy to hear Once Human also features it. However, if you hate PvP, Once Human also accommodates you. Regardless of where you sit on the PvP fence, you’ll need to understand how Once Human approaches it. That way, you can either get stuck in or avoid it like the plague.

How Does PvP Work in Once Human?

PvP is available in both PvP and PvE servers. However, there’s a twist. To access PvP, you’ll need to enter a Chaos state. There are a multitude of ways to enter a Chaos state in PvE, but the main ways are to either do it manually by holding down the P key or by picking up an Echo Stone (more on that later). Once you’ve entered a Chaos state, you’ll be able to attack other players and their structures.

Depending on how you entered the Chaos state, you’ll start with a certain amount of Chaos. Over time, your Chaos stat will decrease, and once it reaches 0 you’ll leave your Chaos state. To keep it up, you need to attack other players or their structures. Additionally, players who are in a team of non-Chaos players will be forced to leave it upon entering a Chaos state. However, you can join a team of either Chaos players, and if a team of four Chaos players joins forces, they will all remain in a Chaos state until they disband.

PvP server in Once Human

Finally, in both PvE and PvP servers, players under level 10 cannot be attacked by a Chaos player. Instead, they will get to enjoy what is called a “Novice Protection Period,” which essentially allows you to get to grips with the game before having everything you worked hard to build destroyed.

Difference Between PvE and PvP Servers

There are a few key differences between PvE and PvP servers. The main difference, however, is that Chaos players can attack anyone level 10 or over, regardless of whether they are a Chaos player or not. So, if you aren’t interested in PvP, we recommend that you stay away from PvP servers.

In PvE servers, Chaos players can only attack other Chaos players. So, if you haven’t entered a Chaos state, you’ll take no damage from Chaos players, and neither will your structures. So, PvE servers give you the option of engaging with PvP if you want, without the risk of being attacked when you’re not ready. Of course, it’s also likely that most PvE players won’t bother with the Chaos system unless forced to, like with Echo Stones.

Player base in Once Human fighting a PvP player

Additionally, in PvP servers, your turrets or other attack units will attack any Chaos players that visit your Territory immediately. In PvE servers, you can only be damaged by Chaos players during the Territory Purification process. So, your turrets and attack units will only attack them during this process.

How Do Echo Stones Work?

Echo Stones are a rare piece of loot that drops from Ancient Ones as they roam the open world. If you manage to pick one up, you’ll want to take it back to your base immediately. However, as soon as you pick it up, you’ll be forced into a Chaos state, making you vulnerable to other Chaos players in PvE. This doesn’t really matter in PvP, as you can be attacked regardless. However, it makes it far more challenging in PvE.

You won’t be able to fast travel while you have an Echo Stone, so do not pick them up unless you’re ready for PvP. While the reward for delivering an Echo Stone back to your base is worthwhile, it can be a tedious and difficult process if you don’t enjoy PvP.

That’s everything you need to know about PvP in Once Human. For more guides just like this one, be sure to check out our Guide Hub.

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