Our Days Gone tips are necessary to help get you through the rough in this post-apocalyptic Oregon, because boy is it brutal out there. Freakers - not zombies, remember - populate almost every corner of the world, from the child-like newts to enormous breakers. Did we mention you’ll also find infected wolves, bears, and cougars? Days Gone is tough, but with our Days Gone tips you’ll have a head start and be ready to tackle everything the game throws at you.
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1. Quick save whenever you’re near your bike
It’s a boring tip to kick things off, but remember to hold triangle and quick save whenever you return to your bike. You never know when you could stumble upon a horde and get mauled by masses of freakers, but if you’re quick saving frequently then it won’t set you back too far.
2. Unlock the Field Repairs melee skill as soon as possible
When you unlock your first skill point, we’d strongly recommend investing in the Field Repairs melee skill. This allows you to repair any melee weapons you find with scrap, so you can continue using them and prevent them from breaking. Your backup boot knife isn’t strong at all, so you’ll be much better hanging on to those baseball bats and 2x4 planks.
3. Your flashlight will attract enemies
Having your flashlight on during the night is obviously a huge help when trying to, you know, actually see things, but freakers are attracted to the bright light. It lets them know exactly where you are, so when you’re sneaking up on some unaware enemies, turn that flashlight off by pressing down on the d-pad.
4. Fuel cans are infinite and always respawn in the same spot
If you find yourself running low on fuel, search for a red fuel can. These will refuel you to 100% and even better than that, when you leave the area and come back, it’ll have respawned in the same spot you found it. You can also place them near enemies and shoot it for a huge explosion.
5. Pull up alongside gas station pumps to refuel on your bike
Whenever you pass a gas station (marked on the map with Fuel icons) make sure you pull up alongside a pump and hold circle to fill up without getting off your bike. As long as you don’t have a horde chasing you, of course. If you plan your route through Oregon with a few small detours to gas stations frequently, you’ll almost never run out of fuel.
6. Work out which attribute to boost with NERO injectors
At every NERO Research Site and NERO Checkpoint, you’ll find white crates with NERO injectors inside. These allow you to buff three core attributes; health, stamina, and focus. Each NERO injector will increase the stat you choose by 25 each time. Health itself explanatory because it’ll allow you to take more damage, while stamina increases the time you can sprint, jump, and roll for.
Focus on the other hand is only relevant when you’ve acquired the Focused Shot ranged skill, and it enables a slow-mo bullet time ability when aiming down the sights and clicking the right stick. Increasing your focus stat lengthens this ability and is great for spraying down hordes or stealthily headshotting marauders in ambush camps.
7. Get the Green Thumb and The Butcher survival skills as soon as possible
Increasing your trust level with the various camps around the map is crucial to progressing and unlocking upgrades for your bike and new weapons. The quickest way to do this is to complete activities in the respective regions, along with selling plants and animal meat in the kitchen. The Green Thumb and The Butcher skills doubles the amount of plants and meat you acquire, which means you can earn trust much quicker and saves the amount of grinding you have to do.
8. Cut down/shoot off all NERO Checkpoint speakers before turning on the power
At each NERO Checkpoint, you’ll have to refuel the generator before you can open the doors. Turning on the power will also turn on everything connected to it though, including the loudspeakers. And as decades of zombie entertainment has taught us, zombies latch on to loud noises instantly. Hop on top of the main checkpoint buildings and hold square while next to the speakers to cut them down with your boot knife, and if there’s any you can’t reach, equip a suppressor and shoot them off. Otherwise, there may be a horde waiting when you emerge.
9. Tap L1 to bring out your secondary weapon when near an enemy on your bike, then R1 to shoot
If you get swarmed by freakers or chased by wolves while on your bike, you can tap L1 to bring out your secondary weapon and target them. When the crosshair gets tighter, tap R1 to shoot and take down those fools from the safety of your bike. Just don’t get too close or you’ll be knocked off.
10. Fast travel between discovered NERO Checkpoints to restock on resources
We’ve mentioned that fuel cans respawn, but did you know that resources also do the same at NERO Checkpoints? If you’re running low on anything, from bandages and med kits to scrap and kerosene, you can simply fast travel between all the NERO Checkpoints and restock. There’s always a fuel can or two at each one as well, so you’ll never run out of gas.
11. Find the bike skins you unlock as rewards under Decals when you visit a mechanic
As you complete some of the storylines in Days Gone, you’ll unlock decals for your bike to spruce it up and make it look certifiably badass. It’s not explained in-game how you actually equip the skins and customise the look of your bike though, so for that you’re going to want to head to any mechanic you’ll find in a camp that offer bike upgrades. Decals don’t cost anything to equip so you can change it up whenever you like.
12. Burn out nests to free up fast travel routes
Scattered throughout the world of Days Gone are infestation zones, which are essentially a group of freaker nests. You can destroy these by burning them with either a molotov or a fuel can, and once you clear out infestation zones, you’ll be able to fast travel through them, so make sure you do them as soon as you come across them.
13. Watch out for traps and snipers
In and around ambush camps are plenty of traps lying in wait like bear traps, trip wires, and even snipers. Human enemies are just as dangerous as freakers, so keep an eye out on the ground for the floor based traps as you can dismantle them before you set them off. Snipers are a huge giveaway with their red laser sight too, so you can take them down without a problem.
That’s it for our top Days Gone tips, so best of luck surviving out there!