Days Gone Guide: Essential Tips For Combat, Survival, And More
Knowledge is power.
The alluring wilderness of Days Gone, a facsimile of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, is filled with danger. Zombie-like freakers lurk in abandoned tunnels and in the ruins of towns, cowering, waiting for their next meal. A sole monster might surprise you while you're rooting for crafting supplies--easy enough to handle--but you better be prepared for the throngs of undead that can (and will) appear when you least expect them.
You could head into the path of danger with your wits and reflexes alone, but how far that will get you is questionable--did we mention there are infected, barbed-wire-strapped bears to contend with? Instead of simply hoping for the best, consider these tips from GameSpot staff who've played the Days Gone and survived the worst.
Knowing that your motorcycle is your lifeline to civilization and key to escaping the most harrowing situations Days Gone has to offer, let's get the most important tip out of the way: upgrade your bike's fuel tank!
In our Days Gone review, reviews editor Kallie Plagge said: "Most aspects of Days Gone lack purpose. Its many narrative threads flirt with being meaningful and interesting but never quite commit, with characters whose actions and motivations don't make sense. Riding a souped-up motorcycle through the world and taking out zombie nests and hordes is satisfying in the way that completing open-world checklists often is, but by the end, you're left to wonder what the point of it all was."
Upgrade Your Fuel Tank First
When you first start Days Gone, your bike is pretty much garbage. You get about a mile per gallon, so your first priority--before upgrading the engine or buying any new weapons--is to upgrade your fuel tank. You can't store gas cans on your bike or on your person, so you have to rely on finding fuel out in the world or paying for fuel at camps to keep you going. A bigger fuel tank means you'll waste less time running errands, and will increase the distance you're able to fast travel.
Keep Your Bike In Check
Before leaving the safety of a camp, stop by the mechanic to fill up on gas and repair your motorcycle. Running out of fuel is a frustrating roadblock that will force you to search for replenishments on foot, so fuel up every chance you get. Likewise, gather as much scrap as you can hold so you can repair your bike on the go after a bumpy ride. It's one thing to run out of gas; it's another to have your bike crap out on you entirely. Outside of a settlement, gas is readily available at the prominent Firewatch tower, at gas stations, and on every tow truck in the game.
Get Your Stamina Up
At NERO checkpoints and research sites, you'll find injectors that will allow you to upgrade either your health, stamina, or your focus ability. All three are important, but you'll want to get your stamina up early--greater stamina can mean the difference between outrunning an enemy and getting torn to pieces.
Invest In Stealth And Melee First
Deacon's skill tree is a little funky. Skills are broken into melee, ranged, and survival categories, and within each of those, there are sets of three skills. In order to unlock the next set of three skills, you need to have unlocked two skills in the previous tiers. Skills that improve your stealth (found in the survival section) and melee abilities, such as a skill that allows you to repair damaged melee weapons in the field, will benefit you a lot early on. Ranged skills are more important later in the game.
Craft Continuously To Make The Most Of Your Inventory Space
You can only hold so many crafting components, and you never know when you'll need to make more molotovs or wooden bolts. Whenever you use a consumable, be sure to craft replacements so you'll always have space to gather a fresh stock of ingredients while on the move, and so that you always have the tools you need when things get hairy.
Slow Down Hordes With Molotovs
Sometimes you have no choice but to flee a rushing horde of enemies on foot. The basic molotov can help kill a few, but consider throwing it at the front of the group rather than into the middle. This way, the leaders of the pack will catch fire and the blaze will spread and temporarily slow down the swarm at large. That should give you enough breathing room to reach your bike and make your escape.
Don't Take On Hordes Right Away
Hordes are tough. Hordes are scary. For the first half of the game (at least), it's okay to just run from a horde. You'll eventually get the skills and weapons you need to confidently face a horde, but until then, it's a losing battle. That said, if you do get caught by a horde and die, they'll most likely be gone when you respawn. No sweat.
When You Do Fight Hordes, Use Attractors To Be An Efficient And Effective Exterminator
You might not have much of an issue fighting two or three freakers at once, but when it comes time to tackle a dense bloodthirsty swarm of dozens, foresight is your friend. Attractors are a useful item that can help you wrangle them into a group of sitting ducks--the perfect target for an explosive.
Spam The Mark Button To Track Enemies Before Entering Battle
Deacon can place visual markers on enemies when looking through his binoculars, but he doesn't need to have a clear line of sight to do so. When you know that you're about to head into an area with a large group of enemies, scan up and down and back and forth while looking through your binoculars and quickly tap the "mark" button. You might be surprised by how many enemies get marked places you least expect.
Use Focus Wisely
Don't waste focus--turn it on, take a shot, and release your aim. Focus depletes faster than it replenishes, and because it's an ability that can help you in a pinch, you always want to have as much available as possible.
Some NERO Locations Require Your Bike’s Nitrous Upgrade (Or A Better Engine)
If you come across a NERO camp that seems impossible to access, there's a good chance that you need to upgrade your bike's speed (via a new engine or nitrous upgrade) in order to clear a nearby jump. Rather than try, try, try again, treat the sight of a camp like this as a sign that you've got some upgrades to take care of.
Completing Ambush Camps Will Reveal Nearby Points Of Interest, Including NERO Sites
If you get the feeling that the risk of exploring with finite fuel is too much of a burden, focus your efforts on taking out ambush camps in order to unlock points of interest on the map, which may include fueling stations or NERO sites.
Investigate Question-Mark Icons That Appear On Your Mini Map
The blue “?” on your mini-map points you to random open-world random events, such as marauders holding hostages, freakers attacking survivors, or locations taken over by ambush camps. Rescue them and send them to encampments to increase your trust level and earn credits.