Hints mode

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Version 0.31: This article is up to date for the latest stable release of Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup.

Hints Mode is a version of Dungeon Crawl which gives tips every so often, helping newcomers play their first few games. It assumes you've played the tutorial (or read the manual), the former of which goes over controls and basic mechanics in a more controlled manner. Specifically, hints mode starts up a usual game of Crawl, with some alterations.

Character selection is limited, consisting of 3 archetypes:

Hints mode is rather simplistic; whenever you find an item, monster, or other interesting thing for the first time, the game will give you a few lines of text about it. It'll even give a hint if you die! A few skill menu-related options are also disabled for simplicity's sake. Otherwise, the game is generated just like a normal Crawl game; with the same difficulty and all.

Once you reach XL 7, you'll get 1 final hint, then hints mode ends. You'll then be left to playing a normal game all by yourself.


  • Prior to 0.27, Minotaur Berserker and Halfling Hunter were the melee and ranged characters, respectively.
  • Prior to 0.26, Centaur Hunter was the ranged character.
  • Prior to 0.6, hints mode was called the tutorial.