20 Minutes Till Dawn – Game Guide

Nivenka Stanton
20 Minutes Till Dawn

20 Minutes Till Dawn is a rogue-like adventure game for almost anyone to enjoy. With quick, adrenaline-filled shoot-and-run levels, as well as plenty of buffs on each level, it is a truly great game to play. 

You will face multitudes of monsters in 20 Minutes till Dawn that will need to be eliminated for you to survive the night. 

Gameplay photo
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There are plenty of power-ups and items to enhance your character, as well as to build your weapon to the best possible strength. 

You will be able to collect random buffs on each level in 20 Minutes till Dawn. These buffs will make you stronger as your run continues, but they will be gone at the end of the run, irrespective of whether you make it through all the way to dawn or not. 

Each run becomes more challenging as you progress, therefore this makes for interesting gameplay. 

Let’s get Started with the Basic Characters in 20 Minutes Till Dawn

With each run, you will earn in-game currency irrespective of whether you make it to dawn or not. 

This currency is used to purchase extra characters, weapons as well as runes to enable you to strengthen your characters. 

It will take some grinding to build enough currency to purchase items. However, each run attempted will enable you to get closer to unlocking something new. 

Character List

Shana

Shana
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Shana is the perfect start-up character in 20 Minutes Till Dawn. She is the only character who does not need currency or short video clips to unlock her. Using Specialize and her ability to reroll your ability choices she will give you flexibility in your character build. 

Talent Name Description 
Specialize Triple the effect of the next upgrade you take 
Ascension3 Halo Pieces can now appear as upgrade choices. Collect all 3 to recover her Halo
Quick LearnerIncrease experience gain by +40%

Diamond 

Diamond
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Watching 5 short video clips are required to unlock Diamond in 20 Minutes Till Dawn. Her greatest advantage is her high HP as well as her health upgrades. She can take a lot of damage and take advantage of attack boosts earned by upgrades. 

Talent Name Description 
Strong WillWhen Diamond’s HP is at or below half of Max HP, increase Piercing +2 and Knockback +25%
BerserkIncrease Fire Rate and Reload Rate by +10% permanently every time you get hit
Bulk UpIncrease Bullet Damage and Bullet Size by +15% permanently every time you heal

Scarlett

Scarlett
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Scarlett needs 40000 coins to unlock her character in 20 Minutes Till Dawn.  Although her HP is low she will she will throw out a wave of fire that burns her enemies for 3 damage per second on every 3rd shot fired. 

Talent Name Description 
PyromaniacScarlett will gain +10% Fire Rate every time she inflicts Burn. This buff resets on reload
Pyro AffinityBullet Damage -25%Burn Damage +67%
Lasting FlameBurn lasts twice as long

Hina

Hina
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in 20 Minutes Till Dawn, Hina needs 50000 coins to unlock her. She can dash in the direction that she is heading while leaving a Shadow Clone behind that can damage nearby enemies. This Shadow Clone does not move and vanishes after a short period of time. The Shadow Clone deals damage equal to your Bullet Damage.  

Talent Name Description 
Enhanced ShadowSummon Damage +25%Shadow Clone attacks 3 times faster
Hidden BladeHina is now Invincible during her dash. Hina’s dash deals damage equal to her Bullet Damage to enemies in the way
ManeuverHina automatically reloads her gun after using her dash

Spark 

Spark
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Spark needs 30000 coins to unlock her. Her bullets have a 50% chance of calling down Lightning on impact for 5 damage. 

Talent Name Description 
Electrical Fire Lightning strikes also inflict Burn for 3 damage per second
Charged Up Every 3rd Lightning strike deals double damage and generates 1 ammo
Electro Affinity Bullet Damage -25%Lightning Damage +50%

Lilith

Lilith

Lilith will unlock by watching 2 short video clips.  Lilith’s unique abilities boost Summon Damage. Whenever Lilith kills an enemy, it spawns a Spirit that chases down nearby enemy targets and deals 8 damage.

Talent Name Description 
Necrophile Gain +35% Move Speed for 1 second when an enemy is killed 
NecromancerSummon Damage +20% Lilith summons an additional Spirit when enemies are killed
Undead ArmySummon damage +35%. Summon Attack Speed +35%

Abby

Abby
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Abby requires 20000 coins to unlock her in 20 Minutes Till Dawn. Use her skill to quickly shoot all of your remaining ammo in random directions to kill your enemies. 

Talent Name Description 
Bullet StormProjectiles +2 Fire Rate -31%Spread +40
Make It RainDouble how fast Abby fires during her special skill.
WhirlwindIncrease Move Speed and Reload Rate by 35% for 2 seconds after reloading.

Luna

Luna
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Luna will unlock after watching 10 short video clips. When she reloads, a Black Hole is created that sucks in nearby enemies.  

Talent Name Description 
Cosmic Burst When Black Hole ends, it shoots out 3 bullets that deal 50% damage
Implosion When Black Hole ends, it deals damage equal to your Bullet Damage
Parallel StarCreate an additional Black Hole behind you

Exclusive characters and their talents that are available to purchase in 20 Minutes Till Dawn with real-time currency are listed as follows: 

Exclusive Characters
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Yuki

Talent Name Description 
Pair UpSends out an additional Frost Butterfly
BrittleFrozen enemies take 30% extra damage
Butterfly Dance Double how often Frost Butterfly freezes or damages nearby enemies

Hastur

Talent Name Description 
Smash Hastur’s Tentacles deal 30% more damage
Call of the AbyssSummon Tentacles twice as often
FrenzyHastur@s Tentacles attack twice as often

Raven

Talent Name Description 
Flock of Crows Summon another Crow. Crows deal damage equal to your Bullet Damage
Shadow AffinityFire Rate -10%Curse Damage +75%
Shadow Flame Inflicts Curse also inflicts Burn on enemies for 30% of Curse damage

Dasher

Talent Name Description 
Deer Friend Summon a Deer Friend that deals 50% of your deer form’s damage
Hail Bringer When in deer form, automatically shoot out snowballs that deal 25% of your deer form’s damage
Nature’s BlessingCharacter Size +50%Summon Damage +30%

Katana

Talent Name Description 
Fire Edge You have a 50% chance to inflict Burn for 6 damage per second. Magic Swords now can inflict your on-hit effects 
Sword MasteryBullet Damage +40%Magic Sword’s damage is increased by bonuses to your Bullet Damage
Thousand Blades After reloading summon an additional Magic Sword

Each character has her own advantages and disadvantages. Take time to try them all out in 20 Minutes Till Dawn. Equip each of them with different weapons to see which one suits your gameplay style. 

Now for the Basic Weapons List in 20 Minutes Till Dawn

Your weapons are an important part of 20 Minutes Till Dawn. As you progress there are upgrades available for each one. Here is the basic list of the weapons and their capabilities

Revolver 

Revolver
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Trusty, balanced weapon. This is the first weapon you get when you start 20 Minutes Till Dawn

Damage Fire Rate ProjectilesMax AmmoReload Time
202.001121.5

Dual SMG

Dual SMGs
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Wield 2 rapid shooting guns. Upgrades apply separately to each gun. Triggers on shoot effects twice. Requires watching 2 short video clips to unlock 

Damage Fire Rate ProjectilesMax AmmoReload Time
084.001242.0

Batgun

Batgun
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Shoots bats that chase down your enemies. Bats are both bullets as well as summons. 

Requires watching 5 short video clips to unlock.

Damage Fire Rate ProjectilesMax AmmoReload Time
182.001121.5

Grenade Launcher

Grenade Launcher
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Shoots explosive grenades. Beware the grenade explosions can damage you. Requires watching 10 short video clips to unlock. 

Damage Fire Rate ProjectilesMax AmmoReload Time
452.901061.5

Crossbow

Crossbow
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Bullet damage increases when you stand still. Damage bonus resets when you move. Requires 20000 coins to unlock.

Damage Fire Rate ProjectilesMax AmmoReload Time
206.701011.0

Flame Cannon

Flame Cannon
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Bullets burn your enemies for 3 damage per second. Requires 20000 coins to unlock.

Damage Fire Rate ProjectilesMax AmmoReload Time
036.701121.6

Shotgun

Shotgun
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A short-range weapon that can shoot many projectiles. Requires 30000 coins to unlock.

Damage Fire Rate ProjectilesMax AmmoReload Time
105.004021.0

Magic Bow

Magic Bow
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Shoots out arrows that linger on the ground. When you reload, arrows return to you and deal damage to any enemy that it passes through. Requires 30000 coins to unlock.

Salvo Knife

Salvo Knife
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Salvo Knife tracks enemies in 20 Minutes Till Dawn as you move. Your shots simultaneously shoot toward any tracked enemy. Tracking occurs more often the faster you move. Requires 40000 coins to unlock.

Damage Fire Rate ProjectilesMax AmmoReload Time
201.701120.6

Cyclone Sword 

Cyclone Sword
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During reload, perform a spin attack that deals bullet damage in your area. Requires 50000 coins to unlock.

Damage Fire Rate ProjectilesMax AmmoReload Time
204.001081.0

Gameplay Tips

  • Currency – Collect as many coins as you possibly can. 

You will earn currency on each run regardless of your performance. It will take some grinding in 20 Minutes Till Dawn to collect coins. You earn coins for every kill you make as well as for the length of time that you last in the run. 

You will need lots of coins as you progress to unlock new characters, weapons, as well as runes to strengthen your characters.  

  • Talents – Use your talents to equip your character to suit your gameplay style. 

On the title screen, tap on Talents first to browse through the available talents as you can get as you progress through each new level.

Normal Talents are the ones easily reached with each new level. Immediately after reaching a new level, you get to choose 1 of 5 random available talents. 

Knowing what each one does will help you to choose the one that you will need in combat. 

Use these talents to build your character to the highest level possible. 

Advanced Talents in 20 Seconds Till Dawn becomes available from leveling up. However, you to have obtained the two required normal talents first. 

Advanced Talents
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Ultimate Talents in 20 Minutes Till Dawn are spawned from chests randomly dropped by bosses. These ultimate talents are difficult to obtain but have strong boosts in them. 

Exclusive Talents can also be claimed from boss drops. Your characters also have exclusive talents that you can make use of. These talents are definitely the best options to choose in any run. 

  • Runes -These have permanent effects on your characters. 

These runes are used to build up your attributes thereby increasing their efficiency as your character levels up.  

  • Characters – Get to know each of the different characters that are available in 20 Minutes Till Dawn. 

Each character has different attributes. Knowing how each one works will enable you to make good choices for combat. 

Once you have unlocked your favorite character, focus on equipping her with the best possible weapons and runes to suit her individual strengths. 

Be sure to choose your weapons to strengthen her exclusive talents. 

Mix and match your character with different weapons to find the strongest possible build for her. 

Trying different combinations of characters and weapons, will enable you to choose the character that best suits your individual gameplay style.

  • Moving around – It is advisable to move around while engaged in battle. 

In 20 Minutes Till Dawn you will start off with only a few monsters to defeat. Don’t be misled, they will suddenly overrun you. 

Gameplay
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Consider moving around for a better chance of survival. Upgrading your character and weapons is a key factor for survival. 

in 20 Minutes Till Dawn, every enemy you kill drops crystals that will give you EXP, which you need to reach new levels. Pick up as many as possible as you run around. 

Moving around in circles enables you to double back to grab any crystals that you have missed. 

Stay away from the trees. You cannot kill the trees. They will just hinder your progress, as well as damage you at the same time. 

Wrapping it up

If you are looking for a fast-paced run-and-shoot action game that will keep you entertained then 20 Minutes Till Dawn is a definite option for you.

Feel free to drop your comments in the section below if you have anything to add.

20 Minutes Till Dawn is developed by Erabit Studios and is available for download at the Play Store. Please check out more of these games for you to enjoy: Heroes vs Hordes, Eatventure Codes, as well as Horror Monster Survival. Happy Gaming!

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