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Conan Exiles is a open-world survival game developed by Funcom and set in the world of Conan the Barbarian. You play as an exile, one of thousands cast out to fend for themselves in a barbaric wasteland swept by terrible sandstorms and besieged on every side by enemies. They must raise above all obstacles in their way by gathering resources, growing their crops and fighting animals, and then they are able to explore the world on their own or joining others through multiplayer.

The game was released on May 8th, 2018 and is currently accessible on Steam, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.


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Conan Exiles contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: At the start of the game, the player character is crucified for a series of crimes that are randomly generated which can result in this trope when among the charges include fixing gladiatorial matches, breaking oaths or defecating on statues.
  • Artificial Stupidity:
    • Even after the full release and a few months worth of additional hot fixes, the Thrall A.I. is still a buggy mess that feels like it's still in Early Access. Thralls will de-equip their weapons and fight with fists after their first combat, will likewise refuse to use a shield after their first combat unless you manually re-equip it on them, often ignore enemies that are right in front of them, if given a shield they often just stand there blocking instead of trying to counter-attack, and can fall through the floor and die if you have them follow you inside a player-built structure.
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    • The Kinscourge is a normally somewhat difficult boss, but he will almost always choose to use his quick, damaging melee attack if you're right next to him. If you maneuver him onto a raised section of his arena, then drop down and stand right up against it, he will walk up next to you and begin spamming his melee attack despite the fact it can no longer hit you.
  • Barbarian Hero: Naturally, you can play as one, especially if you choose Cimmerian, Nordheimer, Pict or Kushite as your race. Even if you're a "civilized" race, odds are you'll be forced to embrace your inner barbarian to survive.
  • Bat Out of Hell: Foul Bat Demons make the Exiled Lands their home. A scripted encounter at the start of the game, has the player encounter one scavenging out in the dunes, before flying off once it spots the player. In the game proper, they make their home near the Forgotten City, and are an ever present threat.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: One of the crimes you might have been crucified for. Apparently, it's Serious Business in the Hyborian Age.
  • Blade on a Stick: Spears are one of the most common weapons wielded by players and NPC's.
  • Blood Magic: Demon blood is needed in your inventory to access a specific boss, demon blood is used to upgrade a required item, you need demon blood to build explosives and the map room... You also have to perform a blood sacrifice to access the first boss of the game. The item description for blood also invokes this trope.
  • Bonus Boss: A number of humongous King Mook versions of regular enemies can be found at certain specific locations in the overworld; these guys are apparently intended to be endgame Raid bosses for clans of multiple players to take down; attempting to fight one solo is basically pointless due to the insane amount of health they have. This is something of a Guide Dang It! moment as they sometimes pop up in areas that are frequented by lower level players.
  • Bowdlerize: Depending on where you're located, you may not be able to set the game's nudity option past "None," to comply with censorship sensibilities in different parts of the world. Other places, such as the US, allow partial nudity, but nothing beyond that. There's also a server region lock that doesn't allow you to get past what's considered acceptable by your country's rating system, presumably to avoid any lawsuits. Unless you're on a PC and edit the game's .ini files.
  • Bragging Rights Reward: You receive very little for defeating a dragon, some of the most difficult enemies in the game (a single one of which is much tougher than even the Bonus Boss Raid Boss enemies). The only really unique drop you can get is their head, which can be made into a enormous trophy and mounted on the wall at your base. You do also get dragonbone and dragonhorn, which is used to craft dragonbone weapons, but you can get those by killing the much easier infant dragons at the Spawning Pools in the Unnamed City.
  • Breakable Weapons: Weapons degrade over time with each hit. Lower tier weapons (stone) break very easily, but once you learn how to smith metal ones, degradation becomes far less of a problem due to the inherent superiority and quality of the weapons.
  • The Corruption: Its a status effect in the game caused by contact with dark magic. Exposure to it will severely damper your health.
  • The Cameo: Conan himself briefly appears in the intro, to let you off from your cross, before disappearing into a sandstorm.
  • Cannibal Tribe: The Darfari.
  • Chainmail Bikini: Several available choices for Exiles of both genders; for example, the Derketo Acolyte Robe which leaves vital areas like the chest exposed, but is justified by the fact it's an outfit worn by followers of an dark sex goddess and seduction being one of the points of wearing it. On the other hand, options like the Zamorian Dancer Skirt don't provide much protection in gameplay terms.
  • Crossover: The Shining Trapezohedron from H. P. Lovecraft story The Haunter of the Dark shows up as one of the McGuffins you need to collect to win the game, linking the Conan the Barbarian setting to the Cthulhu Mythos.note 
    • Also the Sunken City dungeon is inhabited by a cult of Dagon, also a Cthulhu Mythos element, complete with Deep Ones to fight and references to R'lyeh.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: The player character is introduced crucified and naked in the desert.
  • Cruelty Is the Only Option: In order to make your crafting stations work more efficiently and unlock a few unique recipes you need to make a thrall to do it. Thralls are made by knocking somebody out, forcing them to do manual labor until their minds are broken, and then using them as you see fit. In general the only NPCs that help you are thralls and pets, which you kidnap from an early age and raise to listen to you. It's not required to beat the game, but there are several major time saving convinces that you can only get through making thralls.
  • Deadly Force Field: The "Ghost Fence" that surrounds the Exiled Lands. As long as you're wearing the bracelet, if you cross it, you die. If you take your bracelet off, you also die.
  • Dem Bones: Skeletal Soldiers haunt the Nameless City, reanimated by dark magic; damned to battle for an eternity. Additionally, there's the Priest-King in the Barrows and the Silent Legion in the north.
    • With an update the Exile can find a book in the summoning pits that lets them create skeletons, basically pets or thralls with a skeletal form, in an alchemy station.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: As noted elsewhere the crimes for which the Player Character was exiled can be very minor. Beyond this a note from an unnamed Cimmerian woman in the Forgotten Tribe's base has her confessing that, very happy to have become pregnant by her husband, she prayed to Crom for the child's health. She believes the misfortunes that led to her tribe's capture and exile (and the death of her child) were all Crom punishing them for insulting him by praying.
  • Drop the Hammer: Two Handed Great Mauls are one of the weapon types available. They swing very slow but hit like a truck.
  • Dual Wielding: How daggers are used (a pair of daggers is considered as a single item).
  • Dungeon Crawling: As part of a goal to combine elements from sandbox games and traditional RPGs, Conan Exiles contains handcrafted dungeons and bosses with unique loot alongside the open world where you can build what you want.
  • Easy Logistics: Thralls and pets will happily work their assigned tasks 24/7 with no need of rest. Pets and Thralls not attached to a workbench need food (but not water) but those thralls that are on workbenches don't even need this much.
    • A patch changed it so that you don't need to feed thralls anymore. Feeding them their favored food gives them a buff now, but they will live without it.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Yog takes the form of a tentacled monstrosity, straight out of a Lovecraft story. His cultists are noted to be almost always insane increasing the parallels. Set would also qualify as an Animalistic Abomination, as he manifests as a giant serpent.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: You not only have to contend with the many monstrous creatures and enemy factions that want you dead, but the very weather is your enemy. Taken to 11 in the August 16th update, which adds an arctic biome to the map and introduces climate effects like heat and cold, requiring insulated (or cool) clothing and even insulated buildings if you wish to remain warm in cold climates. The only non-hostile NPCs in the entire game are several lone quest-givers that are scattered around the game world, baby animals, female deer, antelopes and rabbits.
  • Evil vs. Evil: The backstory of the Exiled Lands features a war between the Giant Kings and the Lemurians, neither very morally upstanding civilisations.
  • The Exile: The player character, and human NPCs are known as Exiles, having been banished for various crimes, and are marked by a bracelet on their right arm.
  • Exploding Barrels: A buildable object that can be set off with a fire arrow.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Crucifixion is considered one of the most brutal types of capital punishment, usually reserved for the worst of criminals, but due the randomized nature of the crimes that sentenced you, some charges can make your punishment seem excessive such as cultural appropriation, bad punctuation in phrases and so forth.
  • Hero-Tracking Failure: Averted; ranged enemies will lead their shots, so to avoid their attacks you need to either change direction at the last moment or turtle up behind a shield.
  • Money for Nothing: Gold and silver coins can be found reasonably often and can even be crafted but most of the game's merchants don't sell anything you can't find yourself relatively easily. And they charge through the roof for it. It can become more useful to grind down coins for gold and silver dust, which is used in several crafting recipes.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: The player starts out as a condemned prisoner left to die in a humiliating manner in the desert, and they can turn into some really, really ruthless individuals in order to survive.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Especially prevalent early on in the game, as you start with literally nothing, and many of the NPC exiles are not much better off. Any fights around the starting river usually involve multiple combatants with their junk hanging out.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation:
    • According to its flavor text, ambrosia sometimes appears on Mitra's altars as a reward to fruit offerings. In-game, you can't make fruit offerings to Mitra.
    • Conan will refer to an Exile at the start as a soft, civilized person who probably doesn't have what it takes to survive being pulled off the cross, even if you picked a barbarian race like Nordheimer, Pict, or Conan's own Cimmerian.
  • Gang Up on the Human: Creatures will sometimes fight each other if they're natural enemies, but they are far more likely to ignore each other and attack you. It is quite possible to have a wolf, a dire wolf, a sabretooth tiger, a woolly mammoth, an elk, a bear, and a moose all attacking you at once, or to watch a wolf cheerfully ignore an entire herd of deer only to beeline right for you the instant you get close.
  • Giant Spider: Naturally, the game features these, with smaller (roughly wolf sized) examples as regular enemies and a few truly gigantic specimens as bosses.
  • God of Evil: Set is the straightest example, and the premier evil deity for the franchise as a whole. Yog also fits the bill.
  • God of Good: Mitra is identified as the "god of justice" in this setting, though his zealous followers are consumed with expanding his religion at the detriment of all others, making him more of a Knight Templar.
    • In a lesser sense Derketo is one, as lore found on the map indicates she is seeking to free the exiles from their cursed amulet.
  • Greater-Scope Paragon: Conan the Barbarian himself. It's his name in the title and cover, and he shows up in the opening to free the playable character before disappearing among the sands. You can find him later on in one of the NPC cities.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The lore entries reveal that Thoth Amon is the one controlling the serpent bracelets and responsible for dumping an entire population of prisoners into the Exiled Lands, though he doesn't appear in person during the game (a final boss fight against a minion of his is referenced in the game files, but doesn't seem to have been implemented despite the game having come out as a full release).
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: When you butcher a human corpse, you can sometimes get severed arms or legs as one-handed or two-handed weapons, respectively.
  • Grim Up North: The free expansion pack titled The Frozen North takes the players out of the desert and move them to the cold, snow-capped mountains of the north, which is inhabited by Wolves, Mammoths, Ice Giants and other snowy horrors.
  • I Am A Humanitarian: Yog, god of cannibalism, demands that his followers consume human flesh to gain their favor. This really isn't good for their sanity, and as a result most of his followers tend to be raving, borderline feral, lunatics.
    • There's also nothing stopping the player hacking up human corpses and cooking and eating the resulting meat, though there's little reason to; the meat is less effective for filling the hunger meter (and healing) than most animals.
  • Human Sacrifice: All of the game's available gods (excluding the uninterested Crom) require resources harvested from dead enemies using special holy tools, although for some gods this is more framed as trophies to prove the worshippers victory than actual sacrifices.
  • Healing Shiv: Downplayed. There's a recipe for "Healing Arrows," which are a relatively realistic version of this trope. Just behind the heads (according to the inventory icon) is the bundle of healing stuff that bursts on impact into an aerosol cloud, healing PCs and converted thralls in range, but the arrow itself still does damage (not top-tier damage, but not bottom-teir, either). The point isn't to shoot injured friends with them, but to shoot the thing your friends are fighting, damaging it and healing them (and to at least mitigate friendly fire damage).
  • Heinous Hyena: Hyenas are a ubiquitous threat throughout the desert regions, with both the spotted and striped varieties present.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Crom is the only god whose physical form is unknown - all other gods manifest themselves as physical avatars, but Crom is only displayed in his symbol (a mountain surrounded by lightning). Justified since he is a god that doesn't care about humans and doesn't have any interest in helping them, let alone appearing in the mortal world. Which, to be honest, has it's own benefits. A player choosing Crom as their deity is essentially choosing not to be involved in the game's religion system at all.
  • Human Sacrifice: Deities demand their followers to sacrifice their enemies to gain their favor in different ways: Set has their hearts' cut out, Yog demands their enemies to be devoured and even the noble Mitra requests the souls of vanquished enemies. Ironically, Crom is the only one who doesn't demand it, but that is because he doesn't care about his worshipers or intervenes in anyway. The first boss of the game requires you to sacrifice an NPC on an altar to access it.
  • Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels: From easier to harder: Civilized, Decadent, Barbaric.
  • A Lighter Shade of Grey: The Relic Hunters. With every other NPC faction in the game all members will attack players on sight. With the Relic Hunters only some of them will attack you on sight and some will sell you useful things. At absurd prices but still.
  • Love Goddess: Derketo, the Stygian goddess of fertility and sex, though she focuses more on debauchery and decadence rather than love.
  • Made of Plasticine: When fighthing with bladed weapons, human characters often have dying animations where they lose limbs or are chopped at the waist. Even if the weapon used is an improvised sword crafted with wooden sticks and shards of stone. You can also lop arms and legs off or even cut someone in half at the waist with a bow and arrow. Ridiculous, but oh so satisfying, to shoot an enemy and watch their top half come clean off and fall to the ground.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: The game features full frontal nudity for both genders, with male characters even getting a genital slider during character creation.
  • Mêlée à Trois: In the full release, enemies will fight each other as well as you and your clanmates/thralls. Wandering around you can often see roaming monsters starting fights with other monsters or NPC encampments.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Crocodiles are an ever present threat near waterways in the desert biome, particularly the main river system; making them a constant menace for low leveled players. Several truly enormous specimens can also be found, and serve as bosses.
  • Nominal Importance: The unique highest tier human enemies that pose the most challenge (and make the best thralls if captured) get individual names while others just get descriptions plus their level.
  • Perpetual Beta: The game never quite seems able to get rid of its problems and usually has a few major bugs at any given time, such as not being able to snap and place building pieces for no reason, randomly falling off things while climbing, gathering stations like fish traps not gathering anything, star metal not spawning at all, or the many problems with thralls. The developers' success rate at fixing these varies, with some bugs having been unsuccessfully patched numerous times.
  • Production Throwback: A Desert Dogs camp named "The Ruins of Al-Merayah", and the locust model are pulled directly from The Secret World and its Egypt storyline.
  • Religion Is Magic: Choosing which deity to worship influences your character's development, granting unique boons (such as special weapons and armor sets), and also lets you summon their avatars to wreck enemy fortifications and hordes. There is a total of seven gods, four of which were initially available in early access. Choosing Crom, however, is analogous to choosing "Agnostic" in other games, as Crom does not listen to prayers, and players choosing him as their deity are essentially opting out of the religion system.
  • Religion of Evil: The worship of Yog and Set are the most malevolent of all deities presented, which include depraved acts such as human sacrifice, cannibalism and dark sorcery. Most hostile NPC cultists are followers of the above two deities.
  • The Remnant: The Lemurians (already The Remnant from their sunken civilisation) used to control the entire jungle to the east of the Exiled Lands. The ancient war with the Giant Kings reduced them to a small jungle tribe occupying a single camp and an insane Dagon cult.
  • Savage Wolves: Wolves are the most common predators in the northern regions of the map, with both regular and dire wolves being present.
  • Self-Imposed Challenge: Picking Crom opts you out of the religion system, denying you several easy Journey entries and access to the various benefits of religions. There is no advantage to doing this.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Several of the Steam achievments are named after the titles of Conan the Barbarian novels and short stories. Some others are named after quotes from the stories.
    • The Abyssal Remnant (a gigantic, bloated snake) speaks to you constantly as you progress through its dungeon in something that sounds suspiciously like parseltongue.
    • One of the Legendary weapons you can find is the "Jedias Greatsaber, a great sword that glows and hums." It does shed some meager light, but doesn't really hum.
    • A large outcrop of rock in the savannah called "Swagger Rock" area has a rather familiar shape and a lion lounging on it.
  • Thirsty Desert: The Desert Biome, the first area available to the player, is a very typical example of this trope, mostly consisting of rolling sand dunes, filled with the remnants of long dead civilization, hungry animals, and crazed cultists. Thirst is an ever present problem, with the only real source of water being the Nile-esque river in the middle of the map, alongside a handful of scattered oasis's. The area is dry, and the heat blistering Once you get deeper into the desert, players will stumble across the Unnamed City, which is essentially a massive dungeon. and takes this trope Up to Eleven. It once belonged to an forgotten race of giants that have long since disappeared from the world, and since then it has been corrupted by foul and blasphemous magics. Filled with blood red sand dunes, undead soldiers, flying bat demons, and other, more ancient evils, the area is constantly erodes characters sanity.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Your method of acquiring thralls means capturing people, dragging them back to your base and breaking their will on the Wheels of Pain. In short, you basically torture people into becoming your slaves. For some extra cruelty, human flesh can be used as fuel for the wheel of pain and depending on where you got it you can essentially force your thralls to eat what may have been their friends or family.
  • War God: Ymir, the Northern god of war worshiped by the Aesir and Vanir, two proud warrior races in the setting.
  • Weak, but Skilled: The dual daggers fighting style used by dancers and cooks doesn't inflict much damage, but allows them to perform acrobatic dodges as well as stack bleeding effect on you; if you don't have bandages to stop the bleeding, it's quite common to bleed to death from your wounds even after killing them.
    • This is also true of players. If a character hasn't put points into strength or ranged then the best combat option is the daggers as their strong attack inflicts bleed which will do more damage than they could with any other weapon, although they will need repairs more than other weapons.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: When the Witch Queen personally steps in to fight you she's not immune to stagger, which means that two people with spears can kill her without ever giving her a chance to attack.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: The Dogs Of The Desert faction feature werehyenas with the implication that the rest of the faction is planning on becoming such one day. They seem to be permanently changed into a human/hyena hybrid form and their intelligence is debatable (unlike human enemies they don't speak while attacking but this may be a physical limitation rather than a mental one). There are also a few werewolves around, though they are far less common.
  • Wheel of Pain: Not surprising given that this is a game based on the Trope Namer. Here, it is used to break the will of captured NPCs so you can make them serve you.
  • A Winner Is You: Similar to Ark Survival Evolved, the "goal" of the game is to collect several artifacts from the game's several boss monsters in order to unlock the ending. Unlike Ark, there's not really an endgame dungeon or a Final Boss, and the ending is simply a 10 second video of your character walking out of the Exiled Lands. The ending also permanently deletes your save game instead of allowing you to transfer your character to a new server like Ark does. A final boss fight against a sorcerer working for Thoth Amon called the Mummy of the Ring or the Servant of the Ring is referenced in the game's Journey milestones but doesn't seem to actually happen, likely due to not being programmed before the release deadline.
  • Wrongfully Accused: A new opening narration in the most recent update states you may or may not have actually committed the crimes for which you've been crucified. Considering the potential for Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking and Felony Misdemeanor already present, adding this possibility can make your Exile a true Butt-Monkey.

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