The opposite of TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon, the Noob Cave is the first place where players actually begin DungeonCrawling.

Will always have the [[TheGoomba easiest enemies]] to fight (that is, if there ''are'' any), with the toughest thing being a KingMook, itself being more comparable to a lesser knight, anyways. Chances are it's the WarmupBoss. Some games have you start out unarmed, and expect you to find a weapon while exploring the Noob Cave. Keep an eye out for [[HeKnowsAboutTimedHits tutorials]]. If you didn't get any before going in, you'll find one here.

Frequently, particularly in {{MMORPG}}s, the Noob Cave will either force you to leave or not let you return (YouCantGoHomeAgain). The idea is to prevent a single advanced player from rapidly killing all the {{Mooks}} before the newbies can get to them... or getting [[{{Griefer}} owned]] by other players, although [[PlayerVersusPlayer PvP]] is normally off if any player can get to this area. Alternatively, the game may simply make it not worth staying in the area through better drops and/or monsters that don't give experience after a certain point.

It may surprise players by being involved in the InfinityPlusOneSword or being the entrance to the BonusDungeon. The designers obviously thought it clever to put the hardest challenge here, WhereItAllBegan.

In some games, it may come in the form of a MiniDungeon. See also GreenHillZone, another setting usually found at the beginning of a game.

Should not be confused with NoobBridge.

Beware: when you want to go home, [[DoomedHometown home may not be there]].



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* Many ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games begin the adventure proper in a sort of Noob Cave. Sometimes it's an actual cave, other times it's a forest or a building, or even a tree:
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' has Hyrule Castle, crawling with guards, simple puzzles, and a [[EpicFlail ball-and-chain-wielding mini-boss]]. You get your sword as soon as you enter, and you can find the boomerang on your way out.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' has the Kokiri training grounds where you get your first sword. Helpful signs show you how to pick up rocks, climb through small holes, control the camera, and avoid rolling boulders.
** The sequel, ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', starts out with Link underground and [[BalefulPolymorph stuck in the form of a Deku Scrub]]. Your new fairy, Tatl, teaches you the basics by bossing you around (fairies are too small to open doors on their own). Later you get to navigate the canals to the observatory, which is a more formal and dangerous starter dungeon.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleOfSeasons'' has the ridiculously easy "Hero's Cave" where you find the sword. In ''Oracle of Ages'', [[DualWorldGameplay the Maku Path serves this purpose two times in a row]]. In the present, it's a straight line with a few press-switch-to-open-door puzzles. When you go to the past, you're introduced to the slightly more complicated collect-a-key-to-open-a-door-in-another-room puzzles. Should you be playing a Linked Game, both areas will have a much harder BonusDungeon added on top of them.
** The Forest of Fairies in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', and some time later the shockingly difficult navigation around the Forsaken Fortress without your weapon until the end where you fight a Boblokin as a WarmupBoss. Your journey here when you have the Master Sword is actually much easier.
** The first Lantern Cavern in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', located on the way to the Forest Temple. Followed by the sewers underneath the castle, though the latter has more dangerous enemies that are capable of damaging Wolf Link in the water, where he cannot fight back.
** In both ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass Phantom Hourglass]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]'', there is a cave that precedes the entrance to the central dungeon, respectively the Temple of the Ocean King and the Tower of Spirits. The early rooms of these dungeons themselves count as well.
** The waterfall cave in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', which you have to traverse to free your Loftwing.
** The secret back-entrance to the Sanctuary in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds''. Finding the way into it from the graveyard is also your first puzzle.
** The entire Great Plateau in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild''. The first four shrines teach you how to use your magic runes, while the actual plateau teaches you all the methods you have to traverse the game world, heal yourself, and fight enemies. It also teaches you that you can and will walk into random enemies that can OneHitKO you. Just to drive the point home, you also literally start the game in a cave; it has no enemies, but escaping the cave requires you to learn the basic concepts of climbing walls (not a typical element of Zelda games) and activating ancient consoles with your Sheikah Slate.
* The First Cave in ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' is where you go after YouWakeUpInARoom to find your first weapon. [[spoiler:If you hold on to it, you can go back there to get the best weapon in the game.]]
* The River of Heavens in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}''.

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* Inverted with ''VideoGame/MortalKombat''. Noob's Dorfen in Mortal Kombat 3 is literally a Noob Cave, in that it's a cave like area, where you fight a character called Noob Saibot. But it's a hidden area where the requirements to get to it are difficult. And despite the implications of the name, Noob himself actually has [[NintendoHard a very tough AI]], in which you would have probably needed to mildly mastered the game already before being able to defeat him.

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* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeTrilogy'':
** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' starts in a derelict spaceship before moving on to the planet Tallon IV. Thanks to your array of advanced equipment ([[BagOfSpilling which you lose on your way out]]), it's the easiest level in the game.
** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' has the caves encountered early in the game, which are full of simple puzzles and harmless enemies in the form of Worker Splinters. Well, until the Dark Troopers attack, and even they are easy to beat. Then [[BagOfSpilling most of your equipment is stolen.]]
** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' starts in the GFS ''Olympus'', which has no enemies, some story elements, and a basic tutorial until the Space Pirates come in.
* Almost all the first levels in each campaign in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''. Tanks usually don't appear in the first levels and witches are never there either, allowing new players to get a feel for the game. And they better learn quickly since the second level will start ramping up the challenges.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}''-engine games usually have a very simple first level, with a name that evokes feelings of having just arrived: ''Doom'' [=E1M1=] is 'Hangar', ''Doom II'' [=MAP01=] is 'Entryway', ''VideoGame/{{Heretic}}'' [=E1M1=] is 'The Docks'...
* ''VideoGame/BlacklightRetribution'' has the Proving Grounds servers for player level 10 and under to play in. Good for playing against other noobs learning the game as well, rather than straight into the high-level shark tank.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'' introduces the Bootcamp playlist, restricted to players levels 1-10. It's a good way to unlock Create-a-Class without getting murdered in the public playlists.
* ''VideoGame/EYEDivineCybermancy'' starts you off waking up in a cave, with maybe ten enemies between you and the exit. On the way you're forced to take advantage of your various abilities, you're taught how to hack and you're automatically guaranteed to level up at least once. [[spoiler:And if you know where the secret exit is, you can skip all but one of the enemies. Although doing so also skips the levelup...]]
* ''VideoGame/NosferatuTheWrathOfMalachi'': The small crypts around the Courtyard provide enough items to start you off and easy practice in killing enemies (although they can still kill you if you're not careful).

[[folder:Hack And Slash]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} II's'' very first mission is the Den of Evil, which has you clearing out a cave full of low-level zombies and fallen, that can be one-shotted with ease and the weaksauce wannabe-giants that get killed with one hit once you reach level three.
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'''s Noob Cave, meanwhile, is the old Tristram Cathedral, the main dungeon from the very first game, which you take two trips through -- one to rescue ''Diablo'' regular Deckard Cain, and the other to find and destroy the Skeleton King, which has been resurrected by the power of the Fallen Star that fell on said cathedral, and which you have been tasked with getting to the bottom of.
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' usually has the Yellow Turbans Rebellion (a catch-all stage representing the year-long conflict) be the first battle that the players take on; very few starting officers fight a different army for the first battle (if it's not them, it's usually Dong Zhuo, who has [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Lu Bu]]). One notable exception is the Jin kingdom in ''7'', as their story starts over fifty years after the Yellow Turbans Rebellion.

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* The Beginner's Cave in the UsefulNotes/AppleII ''VideoGame/{{Eamon}}'' computer games. The game checked your abilities: if they were above the standard starting level it denied you entrance, so effectively you could only go through once.

* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'':
** The TropeNamer is Noob Cave, found on Mt. Noob. Once it contained only noncombats which could not damage you, but has since been revamped and now contains only combats... the only enemy being a [[CrateExpectations crate]], which ''also'' can't damage you.
--> The crate sits motionless, much as you'd expect.
** It's immediately followed by another, slightly more dangerous area called The Dire Warren, which is filled with [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin fluffy bunnies]], whose only harm comes from the character getting distracted by them and accidentally hurting himself. You ''can'' lose a fight here, but only if you're either really bad at the game, or trying really hard (which would take a lot of skill and knowledge of the game).
* ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'' formerly had Tutorial Island, which was exactly what it sounded like, and was of the "leave and never return variety." Then, it was replaced by converting Lumbridge into a "tutorial town," which was fully integrated into the main game, but which had a variety of low-level activities. ''Then'' the "tutorial town" was moved to another town, Burthorpe, which also received a major overhaul to its quests and design. Moved once again into a new island by the name of Ashdale.
* Pre-Searing Ascalon from ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' is mostly a tutorial level, and not an actual cave. The Catacombs are the first actual dungeon most players explore. ''Factions'' and ''Nightfall'' also feature similar areas.
* The Catacombs go on to become the first dungeon in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2'', albeit with the difficulty ramped a little higher.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLordOfTheRingsOnline'', for hobbits and men, the instance of Archet before its assault is the Noob Cave. The gate you would normally use to leave the area is closed. Once you get to the main game, Archet is still accessible, but it's permanently changed by the events of the Noob Cave. Thorin's Gate serves the same purpose for Elves and Dwarves, and it's similarly closed off from the rest of the world until you finish the introductory quests, but still accessible afterwards.
* Numerous places in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''.
** Northshire Abbey for humans, Coldridge Valley for dwarves, Shadowglen for night elves, Valley of Trials for orcs, Red Cloud Mesa for tauren, Deathknell for undead, Ammen Vale for draenei, Sunstrider Isle for blood elves, and the Scarlet Enclave for death knights of all races. Other than Scarlet Enclave they can be revisited at higher levels (you can revisit the Enclave too, but the place has an advancing plotline and will be stuck in finished state with nothing else to do). Cataclysm expansion will also add starting zones for goblins and worgen and both of them will use the same plotline mechanism as the Enclave for their quests.
** As of ''Cataclysm'', gnomes start in a low-level, secured section of Gnomeregan, and trolls start off on the Echo Isles.
** The Deadmines and Ragefire Chasm, often being the first instanced dungeons players encounter, are probably more literal Noob Caves. Ragefire Chasm is even placed right in the middle of orc's capital city for easy access (humans get a slightly higher-level dungeon in their capital).
** Most of the starter zones mentioned above also have some sort of actual cave used for 1-2 quests (Forsaken have a mine, Dwarves/gnomes have a troll lair, for example. In a slight literality inversion blood elves get a tower and draenei a mountain valley.)
* Newton Caverns from ''VideoGame/{{Lusternia}}'', home to the [[ThrowawayCountry eminently disposable]] Gnome and Fink races. Most things die in one hit, and people above level 21 are ''forcibly'' kicked out.
* Henesys Hunting Ground in ''VideoGame/MapleStory'', where all noobs generally congregate for several levels after reaching Victoria Island, and where pros occasionally show off their skills and maximum damage in a bid for fame points from them. There's also Maple Island, the noob world that all explorers start in.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'':
** The tutorial level, Outbreak, where the PlayerCharacter is taught how to use their powers and fights [[PsychoSerum drug-crazed thugs]] and help find a cure for them.
** The ''City of Villains'' tutorial, on the other hand, is Breakout, where the evil organization is breaking you out of prison.
** Later on, all players get access to a mission to return to their tutorial- at the original level they were when playing through it, via TimeTravel. This is especially handy for [[GuideDangIt getting an otherwise]] {{permanently missable|Content}} [[BraggingRightsReward badge]].
* ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'' has the Brainiac Ship. Somewhat annoying since it is unskippable, you have to do it for every character, hero or villain, and the only variation is heroes and villains get a different VoiceWithAnInternetConnection and at the end you're greeted by either Franchise/{{Superman}} or ComicBook/LexLuthor.
* The Korthos Island instances from ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'', which have you battling evil sahuagin and their Devourer cult. In particular is the first dungeon and the area before it, where you meet up with a group of adventurers that give you items and buffs, including one that prevents you from dying. Of note is that these [=NPCs=] don't suffer from ArtificialStupidity and can actually defend you while you learn the controls.
* ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' has the Novice Training Grounds, which is the area all newly-created characters are teleported to. It's possible to skip this area altogether, though, by talking to an NPC who will give you the option to go straight to town.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' has, for general roaming, the areas immediately surrounding the three starter cities: Very weak monsters, lots of invincible NPC sentries in case things somehow get out of hand. The first dungeon, Sastasha, is also very easy, to the point that runs of it by more experienced gamers done in [[SelfImposedChallenge nothing but]] [[JokeItem swimsuit gear]] have been done.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' features entire Noob ''Planets'': Tython for the Jedi, Ord Mantell for Troopers and Smugglers, Korriban for the Sith, and Hutta for Bounty Hunters and Agents. They are characterized by low-level monsters, a complete lack of the enemy faction presence, and straightforward quests designed to quickly take you to level 10, whereupon the game's more interesting features like the {{Prestige Class}}es are unlocked.
* ''{{Videogame/EverQuest}}'' features an optional tutorial dungeon called The Mines of Gloomingdeep, where you receive tutorials-as-missions, a chance to earn some decent newbie armor, and a buffbot that makes dealing with your screwups easier. However, you're currently encouraged to use Crescent Reach as your starting location.

[[folder:Platform Game]]
* Planets Veldin, Aranos, Veldin again, and Kerwan in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'', ''Ratchet & Clank 2'', ''Ratchet & Clank 3'', and ''Ratchet & Clank Future'' respectively. The latter three all have bits that could be tricky for a first-time player, but apart from that, they fit the trope perfectly. You return to some of these places later in the game and they are much harder. [[spoiler: Veldin in ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' was [[WhereItAllBegan home to the game's final boss!]]]]
* Level 1 of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia1'' is somewhat like this, in that you can just run and jump to get the sword so you can fight off the average {{Mook}} that stands between you and the level exit (though SequenceBreaking makes even that one fight unnecessary). The most difficult part about the first level is to not fall into spiked pits, but playing cautiously can prevent that.
* ''VideoGame/TombRaider 1's'' first level is "Caves". It has mostly weak enemies (bats and snipe-able wolves) and easy puzzles. It's not exactly a walk in the park, of course, but it's a lot easier than the first levels of the next three Tomb Raider games.
* ''VideoGame/{{Plok}}'' starts off with the relatively easy (and thanks to [[WarpZone Warp Zones]], mostly skippable) Cotton Island levels, which take place before the fleas take over Plok's island.
* The first sector of ''VideoGame/{{Jumper}}'' is a series of rooms that teach player the basics of jumping. Finishing this sector with 0 deaths isn't much challenge.
* ''VideoGame/WarioLand 4'' has the Hall of Hieroglyphs that explains the basic controls of the game through... well... hieroglyphs in the background.
* ''VideoGame/KnucklesChaotix'' has a training world called Isolated Island where you can basically do whatever you want to get used to the controls. On a related note, ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'' also has a training world (Sea Gate), which has the same purpose.
* In ''VideoGame/DisneyPrincessEnchantedJourney'', Ariel's world is the easiest and is recommended for new players.
* ''VideoGame/ClarencesBigChance'': Clarence's room.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Blur}}'' multiplayer has a race playlist that can only be joined by anyone rank 10 or less. The only problem is, you don't get kicked out once you move past rank 10, so if you never leave, you can keep playing that playlist until rank 50.

[[folder:Real Time Strategy]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'':
** The Impact Site from the first game. There are no enemies (well, aside from the Mamuta, Goolix and the Pearly Clamclamps, but they're a safe distance away from the landing site) and there are a lot of pellets nearby to grow more Pikmin.
** ''Pikmin 2'' has the Emergence Cave, which only has the weakest enemies, as well as no bosses or hazards. It is also where you first get Purple Pikmin and has only 2 floors.

* ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' had the Tiny Woods which had only three floors, and was an extremely feature-limited version of the rest of the dungeons in the game. You were also unable to recruit new members there. The sequel had Beach Cave, which was equally short and happened to be one of the best places for finding useful items such as Stun Seeds.
* In the {{Roguelike}} ''VideoGame/DungeonCrawl'', the first level of the dungeon might, in case of unlucky map generating rolls, a death trap. Causes of death have included at least orcs in a small room with only secret doors.
* In ''[[VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery ADOM]]'', there's a few candidates. You have the straightest example, the Village Dungeon, which is fairly short, full of easy monsters, and has a healer about halfway through. Then there's the Druid Dungeon, which is tougher than the Village Dungeon and has a nasty boss at the bottom. Those two are mutually exclusive. There's also the Puppy Cave, which sounds innocuous but is actually part of a brutal sidequest. Finally, there's the Small Cave, a one-level dungeon that leads to a hidden town and enforces this trope by scaling to double your current level. A level one character will find it tricky but manageable, while a level ten character will get shredded by monsters he can't hope to scratch.
* ''VideoGame/{{Angband}}'' and most of its variants feature only a single dungeon that [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil becomes progressively more difficult]] as the player progresses. The first levels are very similar to the typical noob cave - they feature only small insects, worms, rodents and the occasional [[FacelessGoons enemy adventurer]]. In variants with multiple dungeons, the game typically begins near a fairly shallow and safe one.
* Notably averted by ''VideoGame/{{Nethack}}'', where what ''sounds'' like a strong contender (the "Gnomish Mines"? [[Series/TopGear How hard can it be?]]) turns out to be the start of things going very rapidly downhill (hence the [[SuperWeaponAverageJoe Gnome With The Wand Of Death]]). A big reason why most new players die almost immediately is because it lacks any tutorial phase before throwing you into a dungeon full of deathtraps.

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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** The Temple of Fiends from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' does double-duty as both the Noob Cave and TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon, the latter of which is the Temple of Fiends from [[TimeTravel 2000 years ago.]]
** The Empire-held town of Fynn in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII''. Simple enough...just don't [[TooDumbToLive talk to the]] [[HopelessBossFight Imperial soldiers]].
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' the very first scene you see is your character falling through a hole into a cave, complete with a boss fight at the end of it.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has the Mist Cave as its initial dungeon; it's only one floor and relatively simple to traverse. Its sequel, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'', has the Adamant Isle Grotto.
*** Also, the Pirate Cave from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' and Narshe Mines in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' count.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' has the Fire Cavern. You can select how much time you're given, but in order to get the best Seed rank in the beginning, you have to get as close to 0:00 as possible. [[spoiler: Between 0:00 and 0:07, specifically.]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has two: Evil Forest and Ice Cavern, with the latter has [[DualBoss Dual]] [[WakeUpCallBoss Boss]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' has the Zeruhn Mines, literally right next to Bastok Mines.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has two in the beginning of the game - the Sector 1 and Sector 5 reactors. Though they vary somewhat (Sector 5's reactor has a simple timed button press puzzle, and you're on a timed exit from the Sector 1 reactor that's impossible to accidentally mess up), the two dungeons are actually ''identical'' after a certain point, and both bosses are pretty simple.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Fallout|1}}'', the player takes control after stepping out of their Vault's entrance, and finds themself in a cave populated only by rats, which they must navigate to reach the greater game. Initially the player is unable to re-enter the Vault, but later in the game they must come back and pass through this first cave in order to return to their Vault and progress through the plot.
** Temple of Trials in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' is the Noob Cave. Vault 101 and the Super Duper Mart fill this role in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''.
*** The cave beneath Springvale School in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' can also qualify, as it's more immediately accessible to newbie players, and it has the giant ants.
*** The former can be a ScrappyLevel for some characters, particularly those not being played for melee.
*** Vault 101 seems more of this, since this is where you learn gaming basics, and during your last moments in the vault there are enemies to fight.
*** Even if the Temple of Trials is technically the Noob Cave for ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', it's still notorious for ending with a really difficult fight for a Level 1 character (that isn't specialising in melee).
** VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas has the Goodsprings Schoolhouse, filled with large mantis.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Arcanum}}'' the crash site where the game begins is a mountain valley inhabited by weak wolves, boars and small goblin-like creatures, obviously to grind up a level before leaving.
** There is also a small cave, for those who take the time to explore the valley.
* The ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' series has one in each game: the Sol Sanctum in the original and Kandorean Temple in the sequel. The Sol Sanctum can't be revisited, while Kandorean Temple has nothing of worth for high-level characters besides a single Djinni needed for HundredPercentCompletion.
** An example from ''Lost Age'' that fits the "has something to offer later on" subtrope better is the Shrine of the Sea God, which can actually be accessed even before Kandorean Temple, but can't be explored very far. Exploring it as soon as you've finished Kandorean Temple nets you a very useful Djinni, but you also need to revisit it somewhere during the middle third of the game (comprised of a bunch of quests that can be tackled in just about any order).
** ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' has the forest in the start of the game as the noob forest. The enemies are pretty weak (including the boss) and the puzzles are incredibly simple to solve. You also have two characters that join you as a GuestStarPartyMember and they are so powerful that they rarely attack unless you're in trouble. They'll will also let you borrow their Djinn and they have enough to allow you to use a tier 3 and tier 4 summon ability right off the bat to teach you how using Djinn work. Once you completed the area, you're on your own and you don't get to keep the Djinn you borrowed.
*** While Tanglewood doesn't come back as a bonus dungeon thanks to the PointOfNoReturn, it does turn out to be an InnocuouslyImportantEpisode. Namely, it sets up the concept of [[spoiler: supernatural darkness that empowers monsters, and using light to dispel that darkness, which comes back in the Grave Eclipse]].
*** The training course in the first town of the game is also a noob cave where you go through several obstacles while using several Pysnergy spells to advance and it's followed up by a warm up boss fight. Luckily, this section is only necessary once, for the pass to Konpa Gate.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' typically starts either starts the player out in one, or has one accessible shortly after character creation (sometimes both). Usually, it includes a tutorial and allows the player to pick up his/her first set of equipment. Additionally, the first "dungeon" the player is required to enter as part of the main quest is also usually crafted with a low-level noobie character in mind. The {{mooks}} are usually quite low-level and it often has a WarmUpBoss which is tougher than anything else you've faced if you've stuck to the main quest. To note:
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsArena Arena]]'' has the Imperial Prison, covering both of the above types.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'' has Privateer's Hold, covering both just like ''Arena''.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
*** ''Morrowind'' is the only game in the series without a true "tutorial dungeon", with the start of the game merely you getting off of a boat, creating your character, and being released into the game world. However, it has an optional example quickly accessible - Addamasartus is a smallish smuggler's cave literally across the bridge from the [[FirstTown starting town]] of Seyda Neen. It has a few really low-level baddies to kill, some slaves to free, and some low end loot.
*** In terms of the main quest, Arkngthand is the first "dungeon" that the player is required to visit. It too has some low-level baddies, modest loot, and a WarmupBoss in Boss Crito. (It also has some optional deeper areas to explore with much tougher foes...)
** ''[[Videogame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'':
*** ''Oblivion'' has the Imperial City Subterrane as a tutorial dungeon. When you exit, another dungeon (Vilverin) is right across the river from where you exit the subterrane. You may need to revisit it several times, but it's described by the game's strategy guide as a "Baby's First Dungeon".
*** For the main quest, the first Oblivion Gate you enter is outside of the city of Kvatch. As Oblivion Gates go, it is quite low-level (unless you wait an extremely long time to start the main quest, as the LevelScaling will make it much more diffult).
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** Helgen, specifically the keep and tunnels, where the player learns all the game basics and fights their first enemies. Several dungeons around Helgen and Riverwood also handle the player with kid gloves as well.
*** Considering its prominence, both visually (as you near Riverwood) and promotionally in pre-release demos, plus its appearance in both an early available side quest and one of the first main quests as well, Bleak Falls Barrow seems to be what Bethesda are treating as Skyrim's first 'real' dungeon. It also has two [[WarmUpBoss Warm Up Bosses]] - a Giant Frostbite Spider and a leveled Draugr "boss" in the room with the Word Wall.
* The game properly begins in one of these in ''VideoGame/TheLastRemnant''. The Ruins of Robelia Castle and The Gaslin Caves may also counts as this is where a lot of the gameplay is explained and they're the earliest and easiest missions.
* The first cave in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestI'' had no monsters in it. And in every subsequent game, the first cave is usually full of smiling blue Slimes. Most of said first caves don't even have a boss, and they're usually just connecting tunnels out of the hometown.
** Spring of Bravery in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestII'' downplays the trope, as its layout is pretty simple and has only one level. But the encounters are pretty tough for your level, especially the big cobras that can poison you, and you have only one character with no magic whatsoever so you have to rely on items to heal and cure poison; even then, you can only carry a few items including your equipment. There is a healing spring at the end at least, but first you have to get to it.
** The Promontory Cave in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII''. The cave itself is not bad, but it's also connected directly to the next dungeon, the Tower of Najima, where the Thief's Key is located.
** In Chapter I of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'', Ragnar [=McRyan=] ventures into a well where he can meet Healie, a trusty Healslime companion. This dungeon shows up again as the Noob Cave of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestMonsters'', where Terry can fight Healie (named Hale in the original GBC version) [[DefeatEqualsFriendship to get him to join your party]].
** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVI'' has the Mountain Pass just outside of {{The Hero}}'s hometown of Weaver's Peak.
** The ancient temple in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'', which you'll be visiting quite a lot since it connects to the other worlds. It has a lot of puzzles in it, but no monsters to fight.
** The Waterfall Cave in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''.
** The Hexagon in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'', which the player character will have to venture by themselves.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Avernum}}'' games, there ''will'' be a first-level dungeon full of goblins, and you ''will'' go through it, or else get flattened by a slime or giant lizard elsewhere.
* ''VideoGame/{{Albion}}'' has one on the spaceship Toronto right at the beginning in the form of a less frequently visited area of the ship that you're not supposed to go to. There are no enemies, only puzzles and seemingly harmless cleaning robots. (Much later, you will find that these are actually Killer Cleaning Robots [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom of Doom]] that could each flatten a battalion of demons, but at this point they don't attack.) This dungeon is optional and easy enough to miss.
** There is also the Hunter Clan's supply cellar that holds some decent loot and money to get you started. The strongest monsters in the cave are a Skrinn 2 and a Krondir, both of which are regular enemies outside the city walls, but at this level, even a few of the lesser Skrinn can be dangerous.
* The Heroes' Guild is the Noob Cave in ''VideoGame/FableII''. Full of [[BigCreepyCrawlies beetles]] and not much else.
* In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', the protagonist [[WakingUpAtTheMorgue Wakes Up At The Morgue]], and then has to leave, which is complicated by the fact that the morgue in question is staffed by members of a {{Cult}} that find his immortality blasphemous. This being ''Planescape: Torment'', however, the player is given ample opportunity to escape with only one "casualty" (and that was a zombie, so it hardly counts), or (if you have a decent charisma score) to simply walk up to the front door and kindly ask the doorkeeper to open it for you.
* Most of the ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}}'' games start out with a "Noob Cave." The early games (I-V) usually had the "noob cave" as the first level of the dungeon. Wizardry VI took it to another level with a "noob castle" that you had to keep coming back to throughout the game, and Wizardry 8 forced you through a "noob monastery" which started out easy but increased the difficulty geometrically the longer you hung around in it, to discourage LevelGrinding. Wizardry VII: Crusaders of the Dark Savant was the only one to have an optional "noob cave", although it was highly encouraged to help build player levels before heading further into the game.
* Eden Prime in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''; Lazarus Station in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Both have their game's respective tutorials, the [[RedShirt temporary squadmates]] (Richard [[LeeroyJenkins L. Jenkins]] and that Wilson guy) who are killed and then replaced (with Ashley and Miranda) within 15 minutes of gameplay, and a few not particularly strong enemies ([[MechaMooks weak geth and LOKI mechs]]). While you start off with all your basic weapons in [=ME1=], in [=ME2=] you're equipped with a heavy pistol you conveniently find next to your bed and a grenade launcher you steal off a dead guy halfway through the stage.
** Averted in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', however. Vancouver is largely cutscenes, and what action there is is so heavily structured, it's basically just a controller tutorial instead of a proper mission (one battle actually ends when you run out of ammo; you can literally just shoot the ground until you run out and get on with it). The next mission, Mars, doesn't qualify either, thanks to a very sudden DifficultySpike resulting from the introduction of Cerberus's [[ArtificialBrilliance incredibly tactical enemies]].
* [[FanNickname Chateau (de) Irenicus]] in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate2'', the dungeon you start the game in and must escape from. Known for being so reviled by long-time players that a mod was eventually made just to let people skip it. On an unrelated note, Noob Cave or not, it's easily the thematically darkest dungeon in the whole game, including "Hell".
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'':
** The Undead Asylum and Undead Burg from ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsI'' are relatively simple, non-hazardous affairs ([[NintendoHard by Souls standards]]), with mostly basic foes and the occasional BossInMooksClothing to help show you just what skills you're going to need to survive.
** ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' has Things Betwixt, which is even easier and doesn't even have a boss. It also introduces the torch by way of BlackoutBasement.
** The Cemetery of Ash in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII''. It has an excellent example of a WarmupBoss that introduces the player to the [[TurnsRed two-phase mechanic]] of the bosses in this game, by turning into an intimidating EldritchAbomination halfway through. The area also has an [[spoiler:[[RemixedLevel alternate version]] later on in the game, a [[BlackoutBasement pitch-black]] BrutalBonusLevel with tougher enemies and [[EliteMook Black Knights]]]].
* Most ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games have one of these, usually a cave or forest fought right before the first gym:
** ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' had the Viridian Forest.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' had the Sprout Tower.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' had Petalburg Woods.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' had Oreburgh Gate.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' is unique in that the very first Noob Cave, the Dreamyard is fought after the first gym. [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 The sequels]] had Floccesy Ranch, which is explored before your first gym.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' had Santalune Forest, which in a nostalgic throwback had a layout almost identical to Viridian Forest.
** Every Pokemon game also has a route where you can catch your first {{Com Mon}}s before you actually get to the Noob Cave.
* ''VideoGame/WildArms1'' has one per character: a set of ruins for Jack, a library for Cecilia, and a literal cave for Rudy.
* Bowser's Castle in ''Videogame/SuperMarioRPG'' doubles as a NoobCave and the first section of the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' has Tephra Cave, which interestingly doubles as both this and a BonusDungeon, in that a second, '''[[BeefGate MUCH]]''' tougher portion opens up in the last fifth of the game. It's completely optional but involved in a fair few late-game sidequests.
* Reptid Cave in ''VideoGame/TheLastStory''. [[spoiler:It's explored again near the end of the game, in Chapter 39]].
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'''s first "dungeon" is a small forest with non-threatening enemies. The first proper dungeon thereafter is bigger but also relatively non-threatening.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' has the Temple of Martel, a small dungeon with no boss (unless you count Vidarr, who actually comes before you enter) and a small block-pushing puzzle.
* The first dungeon in ''VideoGame/LastScenario'' is an abandoned copper mine populated with enemies that are lucky to [[ScratchDamage deal even 1 hitpoint of damage]] to Hilbert... and a griffin that can be nasty if you don't bring antidotes along.
* ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'': The Cave of Waterfalls.
* ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana'': Domina, the first town you open, is home to ''two'' Noob Cave missions, one in Mekiv Caverns and the other in Luon Highway.
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfMana'': The Prologue, a combination beginner cave/tutorial, taking place in the woods near home. [[WhereItAllBegan Keldy comes back to it near the end]] to chase after the BigBad.
* The Imperial Capital Sewers fill this role in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''.
* ''VideoGame/BreathOfDeathVII'' begins in a cave where the only enemies are two dumb trolls and their only marginally dangerous leader.
* ''VideoGame/DemonGaze'': Once you get you initial party members set up, Lorna takes you on an escorted jaunt through the first area of the first dungeon, giving you a crash course in exploration and battle. One step beyond that area, [[NintendoHard and the kid gloves come off]].
* ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'' has the Secret Skills Cave, where Maxim is taught about dungeon exploring and solving puzzles.
** ''VideoGame/LufiaTheLegendReturns'' has Patos Cave, where Wain is given a refresher on dungeon mechanics and the Spiritual Force system.
** ''VideoGame/LufiaTheRuinsOfLore'' has Lukie Cave, which Eldin and Torma must conquer to earn their Hunter's Licenses.
** ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'' has upper Soma Temple, a notable case as the lower part of the Temple is a separate dungeon and the upper area later becomes the DiscOneFinalDungeon.
* The ''Franchise/MarioAndLuigi'' series has one in each game.
** The Koopa Cruiser in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', where you learn the basics of how to move and fight as a pair. You come back here much later on in the game.
** Bowser's Castle in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPartnersInTime'', where you learn the basic piggyback mechanics.
** Cavi Cape in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'', where you learn the basics of controlling Bowser.
** The catacombs underneath Pi'llo castle in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam''.
** Sunbeam Plains in ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiPaperJam''.
* The Ruins in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has a very simple layout with puzzles that are not only easy to solve, but will solve themselves for you if you screwed up several times. The random encounters are also easy to deal with thanks to their simple bullet patterns and they're also easy to spare with simple logical thinking through the ACT commands. Toriel will also teach you how to operate the mechanisms for some puzzles, guide you through a hazardous section of spikes, teach you how to win battles without needing to hurt anyone, and she'll even scare off an enemy that abmushes you. [[spoiler: Toriel serves as a WakeUpCallBoss at the end of the Ruins section where she has a lot of HP, more complex bullet patterns, and has a more convoluted way of sparing her that involves doing something other than using everything in the ACT menu once.]]
* The Divine Beast's Cave in ''VideoGame/DarkCloud.'' It contains fragile {{Mooks}} and serves as an introduction to basic combat and the [[QuickTimeEvent Duel]] system, as well as giving information about [[GottaCatchEmAll finding the Atla]]. The boss, Dran, introduces the idea of switching between party members to beat dungeon bosses.
* The Underground Channel and Rainbow Butterfly Wood share this role in ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle''. As with ''Cloud'', they serve as basic combat tutorial and teaching the player to find the Geostones.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** The B series of modules for Basic ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' was designed to be all introductory adventures.
*** The granddaddy of all adventure modules: ''B2: The TabletopGame/KeepOnTheBorderlands'', is laid out as a series of Noob Caves ringing a box canyon. From left to right, each cave is populated with successively harder humanoid opponents.
*** Another example would be the granddaddy's sister, "B3: Palace of the Silver Princess", a novice scenario in which a fairy-tale castle (which is nearly all underground passages for some reason) has had its residents TakenForGranite and been invaded by monsters. The first few rooms' descriptions actually talk the ''Dungeon Master'' through the process of running a game, much like a Literature/ChooseYourOwnAdventure book. YouCantGoHomeAgain in this one, because if you finish the scenario, the statues un-petrify and it goes back to being a peaceful community where there's no call for adventurers.
*** Their predecessor, the module B1 ''In Search of the Unknown''. It featured a set of fully described rooms, with the DM choosing a monster and treasure for each room.
** The N (for "novice") series of modules were created to provide low level Advanced ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' adventures for beginning characters.
*** N1 ''Against the Cult of the Reptile God'' had the {{PC}}s going up against an evil cult.
*** N4 ''Treasure Hunt''. The module starts with the {{PC}}s washed ashore on an island with no money, weapons or other equipment.
* The base Second Edition of ''TabletopGame/DescentJourneysInTheDark'' recommends the scenario "First Blood" as the introduction to the new players, as it has a relatively small map with straightforward mission goals and consists of only one encounter (all others have two). It can also serve as a prologue to the Shadow Rune campaign included with the game.
* The 2nd edition of ''TabletopGame/MonsterOfTheWeek'' comes with two ready-to-run mysteries for beginner monster hunters: ''Dream Away the Time'', which pits them against an ogre marauding through a countryside town, and ''Damn Dirty Apes'', where they have to fight lab monkeys that gained superpowers as a result of an experiment GoneHorriblyRight.
* ''TabletopGame/DragonAge'' has a number of level 1 adventures, starting with ''The Dalish Curse'', which came with the original boxed Set 1 (and is now available [[ for free]] from Creator/GreenRonin online store). The free [[ Quickstart Guide]] includes ''An Arl's Ransom'', while the Core Rulebook contains ''Invisible Chains''. There is also ''Duty Unto Death'', the module that was played at ''WebVideo/{{Tabletop}}'' and later released [[ for free]], and ''Amber Rage'', the starter adventure from the ''Blood in Ferelden'' supplement.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Numenera}} Core Rulebook'' contains three ready-made adventures, including one for first-tier characters called ''The Beale of Boregal'', which is explicitly recommended for new players starting a campaign.

[[folder:Third-Person Shooter]]
* The ''Casual'' multiplayer mode in ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 3'', which is basically straight-up team deathmatch catered to new players of the series. To that end any player that has an achievement from either the 2 previous games or the third game's beta is not allowed in.

[[folder:Visual Novel]]
* ''VisualNoveL/AceAttorney'':
** Phoenix Wright's very first case can be considered a noob cave. There's only one witness, you have only 3 pieces of evidence to use, and the witness has so many obvious contradictions that pressing him is not even needed.
** The first cases of the later games also tend to be simpler than those that follow; since there's no investigation phase and the basic mechanics of the court system are explained in-game just in case someone's jumping into the series for the first time. That said, the first cases of part II, part III and ''especially'' part IV are much, much, ''much'' harder than the first case of the first game.
** Miles Edgeworth's game, ''Ace Attorney Investigations'', also follows the trope. In the first case you play, there's only two rooms to examine, there's only one person to cross examine, and most of the contradictions are easy to spot.
** Averted in the second Miles game. The creator stated he wanted it to have the feel of a final case, and it shows. Despite being short, it contains several witnesses, two Logic Chess segments (though the first is an easy tutorial), numerous {{Red Herring}}s, more than a few plot twists and a DiscOneFinalBoss.