How to Survive in the Pacific Northwest: 7 Useful Days Gone Tips
The post-apocalyptic world of Days Gone is full of dangers. Marauders, fanatics, mutated animals, huge hordes of zombie-like freakers – this is not a complete list of the species that will try to break your resistance in a new action game made by Bend Studio.
In this guide, we have collected the most relevant and hopefully useful tips for Deacon St. John’s journey along the unfriendly roads of the north-west coast of the Pacific Ocean.
There’ll be no spoilers in the text below.
Take care of your bike
Deacon’s motorcycle is the only available transport in Days Gone, so keeping it in the best possible condition is fully in your interests. Without the iron horse, traveling to the target takes much more time than necessary, while the hero can run quickly only for a very short time.
To prevent this from happening, always keep an eye on the bike’s characteristics – durability and fuel supply. Both parameters can be improved (earn trust and camp credits to gain access to upgrades), but we’ll now discuss how to maintain your bike.
The gas tank needs fuel. It is consumed as you travel (including fast travel) and bought from mechanics in any of survivors’ camps. The more fuel you need, the higher the price of refueling.
The alternative, and, more importantly, free option is to find the fuel by yourself. In different corners of the game world, you’ll find gas stations (they are often ‘’guarded’’ by marauders or freakers) and gas canisters.
Repairing your bike is a similar process – you can buy it from mechanics or carry out yourself if you have enough scrap. Spare parts are literally everywhere but most often can be found under the hoods of abandoned cars.
Bike’s durability is consumed during collisions with obstacles and enemies, so if you lack spare parts to fix your bike, we advise you to avoid hitting obstacles or you risk being left without a vehicle. The iron horse can be returned but you’ll have to find a mechanic and spend a considerable amount of money.
Upgrade the character
Deacon gains experience points for completing missions and killing enemies. Once they have reached a certain milestone, they turn into a skill point. There are many skills in Days Gone, so we will list only the most useful ones. We advise you to upgrade one branch at a time to quickly get to the most effective bonuses.
- Escapist (rank I) – allows you to kill ordinary enemies after you have escaped from their grip.
- Field Repairs (rank I) – allows you to repair melee weapons with scrap.
- Hard Hitter (rank II) – increases damage dealt by melee weapons.
- Home Run (rank IV) – materially increases damage dealt by melee weapons.
- Switch it Up (rank V) – doubles the damage dealt by the boot knife.
- Executioner (rank V) – allows you to deal stealth blows to heavy freakers, as well as to kill big zombies and animals while escaping their grip.
- Focused Shot (rank I) – decreases time to aim.
- Crowd Control (rank II) – increases focus regeneration.
- On the Move (rank III) – allows you to reload ranged weapons while sprinting.
- Iron Grip (rank III) – materially decreases ranged weapons’ recoil.
- Under Pressure (rank IV) – focus is not consumed during reload.
- Quick Reload (rank IV) – speeds up reload.
- Up the Ante (rank V) – increases ammo capacity for all ranged weapons.
- Thief in the Night (rank II) – decreases the noise during movement and falls.
- Green Thumb (rank II) – allows you to collect double the amount of supplies from one plant.
- Ear to the Ground (rank III) – survival vision starts to highlight enemies.
- The Butcher (rank III) – allows you to collect double the amount of supplies from one animal.
- Catch Your Breath (rank III) – increases stamina recovery.
- Carry That Weight (rank IV) – increases the maximum number of ingredients, traps and throwing objects that you can carry.
- Monkey Wrench (rank IV) – decreases scrap consumption during motorcycle repair.
- Shape Up (rank V) – materially increases stamina recovery.
Use stealth and melee weapons
The surest way to get into trouble in Days Gone is to make some noise. Loud sounds attract aggressors and force you to spend crafting materials and/or ammo. Both crafting materials and ammo are valuable enough in the game, so you’ll have to spend them wisely and use stealth methods.
Various skills, distracting or luring objects, and numerous thickets of tall grass will allow Deacon to maximize his stealth potential (see the previous section). Sitting in tall grass, the hero becomes invisible to his enemies.
Having sneaked up to the enemy from the back, the protagonist can deal a deathblow (‘’triangle’’ button). The exceptions are enemy flamethrowers (due to the balloon), various animals and heavy freakers. In case of the latter opponents, use the skill Executioner.
In order to avoid undue enemy attention during shooting, you need to buy suppressors for all types of your weapons (primary, sidearm, special). You can carry one suppressor per gun at a time, so keep an eye on the condition of the device.
You can avoid mass shootout even if you have been detected. Take a melee weapon and start shredding your opponent. In case the enemy dodges, just roll over to avoid counterattack and go back to shredding the opponent.
Apart from Deacon’s knife, melee weapons break quickly – each blow consumes a certain amount of durability. In this case, make sure to buy the skill Field Repairs as early as you can to have an opportunity to repair melee weapons with scrap.
Collect everything and do not be greedy with crafting materials
The post-apocalyptic world of Days Gone is full of abandoned buildings, unattended cars and empty city streets. Do not hesitate to open doors, trunks and break into shops – there’s almost always something useful there.
Once you have picked up another rare crafting material, the natural desire is to save it for the rainy day when you will need to make a device or a healing object. In Days Gone, such mentality does not work well – every now and then, you’ll stumble upon limitations on the amount of resources you can carry.
Up until the point when the hero gets the Carry That Weight skill from the Survival branch, you can only have a limited number of traps, throwing objects and supplies with you. In this regard, try to use everything you collect to decrease pressure on your inventory.
Find all NERO research sites
In the world of Days Gone, you will find NERO mobile first-aid posts – research sites which contain an injector that increases your main characteristics (health, stamina, focus). Theoretically, you can complete the game without these upgrades, but we do not recommend complicating your life.
Every such building needs power – the nearby generator always needs fuel, several scrap items or a fuse. Everything you need is always located near the place of the ‘’puzzle’’ – just look around carefully.
Before you turn on the light, make sure that you have eliminated all corporate loudspeakers from the roof of the medical unit, security booths or nearby lampposts – in the other case, you’ll have to deal with all freakers in the area who will be attracted by the noise.
In Days Gone, the danger can await you at every turn, so you should stay focused during your travels through the unfriendly post-apocalyptic world. Otherwise, the local fauna and numerous types of freakers will quickly defeat Deacon.
For example, let’s look at bike travels. The motorcycle is a quick means of transportation, but even on a bike you won’t be able to feel yourself in complete safety. Wolves or zombies on your way can jump at the hero, kicking him out of the seat, if you pass too close to them and/or ride slowly.
A similar situation awaits you when you face ambushes of marauders/rippers – a sniper on a tree needs just one accurate shot to kick the character to the ground and render the bike inoperable. Look out for laser sights and bracing wire on the road.
Do not show weakness in shootouts and melee fights. Enemies can throw grenades at the protagonist and bypass him from the flank – do not stand still in one place – while the numerous hordes of freakers can tear Deacon apart in a matter of seconds. However…
Don’t be afraid of freaker hordes
The main (and most advertised) element of Days Gone – hordes of local zombies consisting of hundreds of species – rightfully scares unprepared players. However, it’s not that scary in reality.
The freaker horde may look quick but it is not. Even if you run with a regular speed (deflect the left stick to the side to the maximum), the crowd of mutants will never catch up with Deacon – it moves with the same speed.
The second advantage of the hero is the option to return to the horde after a break without losing progress (the system has limits, so do not spend too much time). Having spent your supplies of crafting materials, traps, mines and/or Molotov cocktails, do not hesitate to return to the open world for materials – the horde will not disappear.
Another factor that facilitates your life is the herd mentality of freakers. It allows you to drive mutants into cramped spaces, through which they can’t quickly get through, and also to use the element of surprise again upon returning to the horde after a short period of absence.
Finally, almost all battle ‘’arenas’’ against big packs of zombies are full of explosive barrels, trucks and boxes (if not, this is offset by a relatively small number of opponents) – you only need to lure the mutants closer and pull the trigger in time.