Yggdrasil is a beat em' up platformer designed by Laughball Interactive for the V², featuring several cooking and farming elements as well. Players can traverse through procedurally generated levels to hunt monsters and gather ingredients, and then return home to cook up dishes that can be used to gain buffs, or gifted to NPCs in exchange for new weapons and tools.
In Yggdrasil, players control Syzele, a huntress with a variety of skills and tools at her disposal. The primary focuses of Yggdrasil are hunting down enemies across the six 'tiers' of the world tree, and using ingredients you acquire along the way to cook. Different recipes will increase your abilities in different ways, and as you progress further, you'll find higher quality ingredients and more exotic recipes.
In addition to cooking for yourself, you can give food away to the townsfolk and visitors of Rhoston, allowing you to upgrade your weaponry, unlock new ones, or receive other gifts. Different people have different preferences in food, so preparing the right dish is key to getting the best gear.
When out hunting, Syzele can jump by tapping the button (or the right bottom trigger), and tapping it again will allow her to double jump or climb up nearby ledges. She can attack using the (or right inner trigger) for light attacks and the button (or left inner trigger) for heavy attacks, with different weapons featuring different combos. Four weapons can be mapped to the for quick usage, and the rest are located in the paused menu, along with Syzele's 24-slot inventory of ingredients.
The button (or left bottom trigger) is a situational action command; when in the middle of a combo, it can quickly be tapped to block incoming enemy attacks, although a poorly timed block will stun Syzele momentarily. If Syzele is holding any dishes, you can hit to start eating, although some larger dishes will leave Syzele vulnerable while she eats. Using the Center Scroll Wheel allows you to tilt the camera around slightly to scout ahead.
Yggdrasil is divided into six "Tiers", each with 8 regular levels, a Ruin, and a Sanctuary where bosses are fought. To unlock new levels, Syzele must locate a Shrine and leave three ingredients there. Ruins can be unlocked by finding a well-hidden Stone Tablet, and Sanctuaries are automatically unlocked after your first visit to that tier's Ruin.
Each ingredient Syzele finds has up to three associated flavors out of a total of six - Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Salty, Savory, and Spicy. These flavors will boost Syzele's stats in certain ways.
- Sweetness increases Syzele's agility, letting her move faster and jump higher.
- Sourness increases Syzele's defense, letting her resist more damage.
- Bitterness increases Syzele's attack power, letting her hit harder.
- Saltiness increases Syzele's resourcefulness, giving her a chance to forage extra ingredients.
- Savoriness increases Syzele's HP, letting her last longer without having to return home to rest.
- Spiciness increases Syzele's attack speed, letting her hit faster.
Eating basic ingredients provides temporary stay boosts while hunting, but cooking them up together allows her to gain permanent upgrades, which can be measured in Syzele's status menu. Relying too much on one flavor makes your other stats weaker, so a balanced diet is crucial to utilizing your full potential.
Recipes are unlocked by clearing levels under certain conditions; generally speaking, most levels have two or three recipes to unlock. Recipes call for specific ingredients, but Syzele can often substitute basic ingredients for more powerful Grade-A, Grade-A+, and Grade-S variants.
Cooking in Yggdrasil is done through a variety of minigames, with higher quality recipes requiring both more minigames and better performance. Each minigames can be practiced at any time at Syzele's home without wasting actual ingredients. The minigames include:
- Stir: Rotate the thumbsticks in varying directions to stir up batter or sauce.
- Tenderize: Mash and (or the inner triggers) to soften up tough ingredients.
- Chop: Use (or the right bottom trigger) to chop up ingredients while using to carefully move your knife.
- Heat Up: Use the center scroll wheel to adjust your stove's temperature, making sure not to undercook or burn your ingredients.
The Huntress of Rhoston
|A young woman from Rhoston, seeking to restore both her world and the ancient tradition of Milli Heima's huntresses. Syzele is incredibly focused and dedicated to the greater good, but can sometimes be a little stubborn and competitive.||Foraging|
Syzele can forage for organic ingredients on the ground and in trees.
The Guarded Guardian
|A childhood friend of Syzele, now the captain of Rhoston's guards. Seymour's friendly and good-natured, but strongly believes Syzele should join the guard instead of risking her life out in the wild. His favorite flavors are savory and spicy and he hates bitter foods; maybe catching up with him over a nice meal will convince him to change his mind.||One-Star Gift: 250 Coins|
Two-Star Gift: Butcher's Blade upgrade
The Bold Blacksmith
|The oldest child of the blacksmithing Dominio clan, known for her intense work ethic. Alumina is somewhat reclusive and timid, but when in her comfort zone, she's confident and unafraid to speak her mind. Her favorite flavors are sweet and sour, but she hates bitter foods.||One-Star Gift: 100 Coins|
Two-Star Gift: 5% discount from Dominio Obsidi's store
|One of the mysterious gods visiting Rhoston to investigate the recent chaos. Dare is surprisingly laid back and loves a good challenge, so he'll often provide hints on where to find the toughest monsters. He'll appear in Rhoston randomly once you've cleared the first Tier and while he's not a particularly picky eater, he loves spicy foods the most.||One-Star Gift: 5 Occult Tokens|
Two-Star Gift: 3 random Gourmet-class ingredients
|Name||Info||Items For Sale|
The Ancient Armormaker
|Head of the Dominio family, and a renowned blacksmith. Obsidi's been living in town as long as anyone can remember, but strangely enough, she still looks middle-aged. She doesn't talk about much outside of business, but Obsidi is happy to sell armor and spare ingredients.||Iron-Plated Coat (costs 150 Coins)|
Heavy Armor (costs 200 Coins)
The Wayward Widget
|A poor little delivery drone who took a wrong turn and got lost in Yggdrasil's portal systems. You'll find D-Liv roaming around Rhoston, and if you can catch up, they'll sell you "subscriptions" - when you're low on health, D-Liv will fly by and drop off a box of assorted loot. You never know what you might get!||Traveller's Essentials Subscription (costs 100 Coins; usually contains Disposable Cameras and Common-class foraged ingredients)|
Organic Deluxe Subscription (costs 250 Coins; usually contains Rare-class ingredients and recipes, box occasionally spawns several monsters)
Each level in Yggdrasil is semi-procedurally generated; the general shape and distinct features of a level will always be present, but the terrain, plant life, and enemy selection will vary. Once a level is entered, it will keep its layout until Syzele rests or defeats a boss.
Tier 1: Salted Wilds
|Name||Info||Plants and Minerals||Enemies|
|A peaceful, windy field on the outskirts of town. There's a couple small hills here and there and plenty of wildlife, making it a perfect area for beginners to practice in.||Sunset Apples (100%)|
Wild Kale (100%)
Mana Fruit (33%)
Green Jelgly (80%)
|Once a thriving farm, these fields have been abandoned ever since Milli Heima began to shatter. There's a large barn to the west and plentiful crops to the east, but watch out for enemies lurking in the wheat fields.||Sunset Apples (100%)|
Tier 2: Boiling Falls
|Osseoar||These wild boars live on a calcium-rich diet, with bones as strong as steel. They'll try to run you down with their spiked tusks and horns, but if they hit an obstacle, they'll get stuck, giving you a good opening to attack. Osseoars are often found close together, but they won't gang up on you unless a Chief Osseoar's leading the charge.||Osseoar Pork (100%)|
Osseoar Tusk (20%)
|Salted Wilds (T1-1, T1-2, T1-3, T1-4, T1-5)|
|Clambeibo||These mischievous little tree-dwelling rodents have a set of six prehensile tails on their backs, letting them hang freely from trees. They'll drop down to attack you and hide away quickly, so try to hit them quickly. If there's fruit in their tree, they'll toss them as projectiles, so keep an eye out.||Clambeibo Tails (100%)||Salted Wilds (T1-1, T1-2, T1-3, T1-4)|
|Fleffum||These strange lizards are covered from head to toe in a soft coat of feathers. They live close to the ground and can fluff up their feathers to soften any damage they take, so a sneak attack is key. Their brightly colored feathers draw a lot of attention, so if you set these little guys off, nearby beasts may attack too.||Fleffum Legs (100%)||Salted Wilds (T1-1, T1-2, T1-3, T1-4, T1-5, T1-7)|
|Chief Osseoar||These Osseoars have become tough with age and now lead their own pack. They're a lot bigger than the average Osseoars, and they can deal more damage, but their basic attack patterns are similar. Nearby Osseoars will follow a Chief Osseoar into battle though, so approach with caution.||Osseoar Pork (100%)|
Grade-A Osseoar Pork (50%)
|Salted Wilds (T1-1, T1-2, T1-3, T1-4, T1-5)|
|Grainstepper||These mysterious lanky beings can perfectly disguise themselves as stalks of Goldengrain and will remain still for years in the fields, for unknown purposes. If you hit one while chopping down wheat, it'll quickly reveal its true gigantic stature and attempt to run away.||Goldengrain (100%)|
Prism Dust (100%)
|Salted Wilds (T1-2, T1-3, T1-4)|
|Green Jelgly||These vivid green slimes are one of the many native breeds of Jelglies inhabiting Yggdrasil. They tend to live in fields and forests, gathering nutrients from fresh fruit. Green Jelglies move fast and can slow you down, but they don't pack a big punch, so they're fairly easy to fend off.||Green Jelgly Slime (100%)|
Jelglied Fruit (10%)
|Salted Wilds (T1-1, T1-3, T1-4)|
|Orange Jelgly||These vivid orange slimes are one of the many native breeds of Jelglies inhabiting Yggdrasil. They tend to live in caves and plains, slowly absorbing nutrients from the ground. Orange Jelglies are one of the slowest breeds, but they can drain your HP, so approach them with caution.||Orange Jelgly Slime (100%)|
Jelglied Salt (10%)
|Salted Wilds (T1-1, T1-5, T1-6)|
|Jelgly Pile||Jelglies have a natural tendency to try and huddle together, and on some rare occasions will merge into one gigantic Jelgly Pile. The Jelgly Pile can only move by rolling at you, but if you get run over, you'll be afflicted with one of the status effects the individual Jelglies dish out.||Green Jelgly Slime (20%)|
Orange Jelgly Slime (20%)
|Salted Wilds (T1-1, T1-3, T1-4, T1-5, T1-6)|
|Osseoar Pork||Savory / Spicy|
Delicious meat dropped by Osseoars. Used in several basic recipes.
|Grade-A Osseoar Pork (Rare)|
Grade-A+ Osseoar Pork (Gourmet)
You can't really eat these spiked tusks on their own... they taste faintly salty if you dare to try, though.
Savory lean meat dropped plentifully by Clambeibos. These are good for basic side dishes.
|Grade-A Clambeibo Tails (Rare)|
Grade-A+ Clambeibo Tails (Gourmet)
Easily cooked meat dropped by Fleffums. They're easy to stockpile and prepare.
|Grade-A Fleffum Legs (Rare)|
Grade-A+ Fleffum Legs (Gourmet)
|Mana Fruit||Random flavor|
The mysterious fluffy fruit that grows on all Yggdrasil trees. Its flavor changes from day to day, so it's a very versatile ingredient.
|Grade-A Mana Fruit (Rare)|
Grade-A+ Mana Fruit (Gourmet)
|Foraging (lower Tiers)|
Yggdrasil branches (higher Tiers)
|Sunset Apples||Sweet / Bitter|
Juicy red apples, as radiant as a sunset. They're plentiful in the lower Tiers and make a good snack.
|Grade-A Sunset Apples (Rare)|
Grade-A+ Sunset Apples (Gourmet)
Fresh wild Kale. It's rather bitter, but it tastes great in a salad.
Tasty wild arugula. For a leafy plant, it tastes strangely peppery.
Delicious wild garlic. It's probably a bad idea to eat it by the clove, but it makes a fine seasoning.
|Goldengrain||Savory / Salty|
This wheat-like grain grows on giant stalks the size of trees. It's important for several recipes, so it's a good idea to harvest as much as you can while hunting.
|Grade-A Goldengrain (Rare)|
Grade-A+ Goldengrain (Gourmet)
Guess how it tastes! This mineral makes a good seasoning for plenty of dishes.
Nobody's quite sure how these sugary crystals manifest on their own in nature, but they taste delicious. Rock Candy can usually be found in large "veins", so it's easy to stock up a lot.
|Milk Quartz||Savory / Sweet|
A mysterious smooth stone that develops in the caves of Milli Heima. It's not very useful on its own, but strangely, it turns into a milky liquid when heated up.
|Green Jelgly Slime||Sweet|
A flask of overwhelmingly sweet Green Jelgly residue, packed with nutrition. Thin enough to use in drinks, thick enough to use as a sauce.
|Orange Jelgly Slime||Salty|
A jar of incredibly salty Orange Jelgly residue, packed with nutrition. You probably wouldn't feel great drinking it, but it makes an excellent sauce or glaze.
|Jelglied Fruit||Sweet / Random flavor|
Aw man, some Jelglies got to this fruit before you! You can still taste the sweetness, but there's definitely an aftertaste too.
|Jelglied Salt||Salty / Random flavor|
Aw darn, some Jelglies got to this salt before you! You can still taste the saltiness, but there's definitely an aftertaste too.
|Prism Dust||Random flavor|
A mysterious dust with a distinct glow, dropped by some of Yggdrasil's stranger creatures. It's not very good for eating on its own, but it can be added to any recipe to amplify its stat boosts by 1.5x.
|Osseoar Roast||Savory / Spicy / Sweet|
Delicious roasted Osseoar pork, with a light apple glaze. It's easy to make and the ingredients are pretty common, so it's a great way to fuel up for adventure.
|1 Osseoar Pork (any quality)|
2 Sunset Apples
|Chop up Sunset Apples|
Heat up Osseoar Pork
|Finish Jade Fields|
|Field Salad||Bitter / Spicy / Salty|
A tasty fresh salad made from simple ingredients you can find out in the fields.
|2 Wild Kales|
2 Wild Arugulas
|Chop up Wild Kale|
Chop up Wild Arugula
|Finish Jade Fields|
|Huntress Stew||Savory / Spicy / Salty|
A traditional Rhoston meal, consisting of various meats cooked inside a hollowed-out Osseoar tusk.
|2 Osseoar Porks (Grade-A or higher)|
2 Clambeibo Tails (Grade-A or higher)
|Chop up Osseoar Porks|
Heat up Osseoar Porks
|Find all ingredients in Jade Fields|
Weapons and Tools
no upgrades or downgrades
|A simple plaid longcoat, with plenty of pocket space and simple fabric. It doesn't really do anything special, but it doesn't hinder anything either.||Unlocked by default|
+5% defense, -5% attack speed
|A thick coat with some armor plating on the shoulders and legs. It was designed it to hit a good balance between endurance and maneuverability, but the heavy iron and thick fabric make it hard to keep up in a fight.||Bought from Dominio Obsidi|
+30% defense, -60% movement speed and jump height
|A bulky suit of steel armor with an intimidating look to it. It's practically impenetrable, but being a walking tank means sacrificing a lot of agility.||Bought from Dominio Obsidi|