The mod has grown along with the player base, adding new mechanics, quashing bugs, and slowly refining the experience. This sadly has rendered my first survival guide woefully inadequate for helping green survivors and grizzled vets alike come to grips with the the world of Dayz. I'm fixin' on rectifying that here.
Without further ado here is...
The Desolate Shroud's Guide to Dayz - Part 2
I Get Around
I want to preface this by saying I walk everywhere. How else are you supposed to enjoy the scenery and keep fit? Travelling on foot is stealthier and allows you to pick over the world with a fine tooth comb.
If you are interested in acquiring a vehicle, whether it is laziness or a desire to create some variety of post-apocalyptic death wagon, here is what you need to know.
|Do I really have to walk all the way over there?|
Vehicles spawn in logical places, i.e. you will likely find the off-road pick-up truck on a dirt path far away from civilization, military vehicles by military installations and so on. Find the one you want and get to work.
There are no body kits or spoilers made from hockey sticks in Dayz. To get a vehicle running you need basic parts. Before you go scavenging, find yourself a toolbox. You will need this to make repairs to a vehicle.
From there you need to collect these items:
- Fuel Tank Parts
- Four Wheels (or two for motorcycles)
- Scrap Metal
- Windscreen Glass (optional, and not recommended for authentic death wagons)
-Gas (Jerry Can).
Apparently before they were zombified, Chernarus's mechanics stripped every vehicle in the country of their critical components. You will need to collect each on of the items listed above to fully repair a vehicle. You can find partially repaired vehicles by taking advantage of the work of your fellow survivors but don't do that, we're all friends here, right? Guys?
It is best to tackle this project with a team as you will need to do quite a bit of exploring to collect all the parts. Leave someone to guard the vehicle and try to repair it in a remote location to keep it away from the bloodthirsty and greedy bandits.
You can also repair the the various crashed UH-1H Hueys that dot the landscape and Fishing Boats. I will explore these in further detail once I have actually tried to repair them in game.
I'm Cold and there are Wolves After Me
For survivalists like myself the addition of 'the elements' is a welcome new variable in the equation of not becoming dead. No longer will you be able to wander the outdoors, rain or shine without consequence. You need to keep warm and dry or else you might catch cold.
Practically, this means if you are laying on the ground, outside, in a rain storm your temperature will drop. Let it drop too far and you will become sick, giving you the shakes and slightly blurred vision. To get better, you need to pay a visit to your local emergency ward and stock up on antibiotics - and nobody wants to do that - as part 1 of this guide explains, bandits love to prey on incoming hospital patients. Those bastards.
Just like forest fires, prevention is the key to remaining well. Keeping yourself moving while outside will keep you warm. If needed, you can light a fire to heat up. Try to do this in remote locations as a plume of smoke will attract all sorts of unwanted attention. Keep in mind with the most recent patches you will actually require wood to keep the fire going.