Earlier, we discovered how to activate the Mysterious Machine in Grounded. It is about time we started moving toward the dangerous Oak lab in order to progress further into the game. Activating the Mysterious Machine triggered an abrupt and huge explosion, and you are to investigate the cause behind it.
This Grounded guide helps you discover the Oak Lab and brings to light all the dangers associated with it. You will also be exploring the Oak Lab as much as is relevant to the story and your progress.
- The player starts by looking north of the Mysterious Machine and moving toward the Oak Tree.
- Players should craft armor and a workbench before proceeding and should avoid combat with stray spiders.
- The player will reach Old Ant Hill and find leftover juice boxes and soda cans that can be used for hydration.
- Gamers will encounter hostile figures along the way, including Mites, Gnats, and Ants.
- The entrance to the Oak Lab is behind a metal door in the trunk of the Oak Tree.
- The central area of the lab has shelving racks with useful items, including sap, fibers, and bandages; player can explore the lab and collect audio logs.
- The player will encounter a friendly robot named BURG.L, who has lost their memory and needs help.
- Players will interact with ASL terminals and collect four special chips to restore BURG.L’s memory.
- The in-game currency Raw Science is used to buy upgrades at terminals in the lab and field stations.
Investigating The Explosion At The Oak Tree
As soon as the cut-scene is finished and you regain control of the character, look exactly to the north of the Mysterious Machine. For your convenience, you will find that the Oak Tree is the large circle to the south of the pond on the map.
Tip For Impending Combat
Before we proceed any further, we must advise you to craft some useful items for yourself. Make sure to craft and equip, at the very least, one piece of armor before you proceed any further into the game. You should also consider chopping some grass and then using planks to build a Workbench for yourself. You can transform clover pieces that you have into various forms of coverings, primarily for your head and body.
Rest assured that the path you take from the Mysterious Machine to the Oak Tree is almost completely safe. We say almost because there is a chance that you might run into a stray spider or two. If you do see one along the way, just try to go past it unnoticed. In case it does notice you, run away from it since fighting a stray spider at this point in the game is probably a battle already lost.
The Old Ant Hill
You are to continue moving northeast while keeping the Oak Tree in the center of your field of view. When you move enough units in the said direction, you will see that a large lantern sits right at the base of the tree. There is also a new significant location here known as the Old Ant Hill right next to it.
Leftover Juice Boxes And Soda Cans
There are some boxes of juice and soda cans lying around in this area as well. An important point to note here is that most of these leftover containers have at least one drop for you to drink. These drops have the potential to replenish more hydration than you would expect under normal circumstances. Some might even fill you up to a certain minute extent.
As you march your way toward the tree itself, you are bound to encounter some hostile figures. There are chances that you could encounter Mites, Gnats, or even Ants. They do not pose that much of a threat, though, provided that you do not disturb them enough for them to react.
Entering The Oak Lab
As soon as you reach the Oak Tree, you will discover that there are pink fumes just around the north side of the tree. Follow the pink fumes to reach the trunk of the tree. You will find that behind some scorched leaves is a metal door tucked directly in the bottom of the trunk of the tree. This metal doorway is the entrance to the Oak Lab.
The Oak Lab’s Central Area
The central area of the lab is home to several shelving racks. These racks have items that can be of use to you as you progress further into the game. One rack is loaded with sap, one with fibers, and one with bandages. Make sure to salvage all that you can from these items since you will be in dire need of them very soon.
You will also find a lot of acorns in this area. Also, do break open the acorns with a hammer that you have on hand. Acorns primarily leave behind edible bits of acorn along with some other crafting materials for your use. So make sure to salvage some consumables and necessities for later on.
Exploring The Oak Lab
The first impression of the Oak Lab is that of a particularly safe place with no hostile figures waiting to charge you. You can look around the place to take in all the details. One important thing to do is to grab the audio logs as you wander around.
From this point onward, every lab, lab outpost, or field station that you come across will sport at the very least one audio log. These logs have information regarding the events that happened before you shrank in the story. Some of these logs also hint at potential threats looming in the area so that you can prepare yourself beforehand accordingly.
BURG.L – The Friendly Robot
At one point, while exploring the lab, you will come across a robot with the name of BURG.L. We discover that BURG.L has a very friendly demeanor and that they ended up losing their memory, unfortunately, at some point. They are an ally who need your help. In order to progress further, you should talk to them. Make sure that you select every available dialogue option to proceed further into the game.
Science And ASL Terminals
The friendly robot shows you ASL terminals, along with providing access to interact with them. You can interact with these terminals to unlock certain doors in various labs and field stations. At this point, you will be assigned with an ask to recover four special chips. These chips will help you in restoring BURG.L’s memory so that he can return to normal functioning.
You will discover the in-game currency known as Raw Science. Raw Science has a number of uses. Primarily you will be using Raw Science to buy upgrades at terminals spread across various labs and field stations in the game. You will be given a tutorial on the interactions that you can have with said terminals. You have to buy the two upgrades that are recommended during the tutorial.
Now is the time you start saving for upgrades to your torch. This is because you will need an upgraded torch later on when we reach the Hedge Lab.
You will also find out that BURG.L has a number of quests for you to fulfill. Although they are optional and do not count toward the progress of the story, we recommend that you complete as many of them as you can. These quests can benefit you in two ways.
One, these are a very good source to farm more Raw Science, which you need to apply upgrades to your items. Two, you will sometimes find items and blueprints, some of which have very good usage for you to progress your way through the game conveniently.
Next Stop – The Hedge Lab
BURG.L will mark a location for you on your map, which is where you need to go from here. This location is known as the Hedge Lab. The Hedge Lab is home to one of the chips that will help you in recovering BURG.L’s memory, returning him to normal functionality.
Before we proceed to head in the direction of the Hedge Lab, it is recommended that you farm some acorns using a Pebblet Hammer in the area around the Oak Tree. You will need these to craft some armor for yourself.
The hostile figures that await you in the Hedge Lab are not that easy to deal with. The Pebblet Spear that you have been holding on to so dearly will not do you much help there. Therefore, we also recommend fighting some ants in this area to farm their remains. You should then use these remains to craft more armor and more advanced offensive weaponry.
This concludes our guide to finding and exploring the Oak Lab in Grounded. The Oak Lab is a relatively safer place to wander around, but that will not be the case for locations in the future. The game keeps you immersed in the detailed environment. It also makes you stay vigilant at all times of immediate, impending threats. Make sure to check out our Grounded Best Controller & Keyboard Settings guide to have the most optimum experience while playing.
You might also want to check out our BEST Settings: FPS & Performance guide for a balanced mix of quality and performance. Make sure to get the best weapons available in the game so that you can mash the creepy creatures and send them to Valhalla.
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