The Long Dark Survival Tips

These The Long Dark Survival Tips should help players with some useful tips to prepare them for the early hours of the game to ensure they are well prepared for the long run through the massive 30 square kilometer map.

The Long Dark Survival Tips

Gathering Loot

Before actually dropping in the game world, players will have to select a difficulty. The details of each difficulty will be given on the selection page so players can make an informed choice about what they are comfortable with.

Once players are finally in the game, they need to prioritize gathering loot since the early few hours aren’t very grueling and players can survive the weather and hunger/thirst for some time.

However, as players move through areas, the conditions become harsher and they need to be prepared for it.

That is why, players should make sure they loot every supply source they see for canned goods, water, tools and incendiary supplies to start a fire for lighting and warmth.

As can be expected, big buildings like the Dam are filled with a lot of good loot but the smaller towns and seemingly empty areas like the Coastal Highway shouldn’t be ignored.

The highway has a lot of abandoned cars which are usually filled with snacks and clothes. Players should make sure they search these cars thoroughly by checking all the seats and opening up the trunk.

Once players find a good enough building to use as their safe camp for a while, they will need to head out for supply runs.

In such cases, it is best to leave behind most of the tools to clear up inventory space. This extra space will be needed when bringing back more resources.

Before heading out, players should also take some extra basic supplies in case of emergency should the storm pick up.

In houses and other similar buildings, players can shred curtains with their hands to make pieces of cloth which can be used to craft bandages and repair damaged clothes with sewing kits.

The toilets and basins in these houses are also good sources of water to saves players the hassle of using fire supplies to melt snow.

Weather Patterns

The weather changes a lot in The Long Dark and players need to learn how to predict it and have effective counters against it should the weather pick up when they are out exploring.

Before venturing out, players should always check the sky for a bit to analyze the weather pattern.

If the sky is clear, they should have no trouble exploring however if there is some wind and light snow, it is possible that a blizzard might be on the way. In this case, it is best to stay indoors but if players absolutely have to go out, they should take storm lanterns with them.

Sources of fire are highly useful during harsh weathers, even if players are indoors. For this reason, players should always have some resources to start a fire in their inventory.

A fire can be made in fireplaces, barrels, and campfires outside.

Players can break down branches to make firewood and this will be the main source to keep the fire alive. Similarly, players will also come up on small sticks across the grounds which can be efficient fuel as 20 sticks can last a long time.

Players can also use papers sources like newspaper and books for fire. However, it is best to harvest them and make tinder plugs.

Clothing & its Effects

While clothing can ensure players don’t freeze to death, even without a blizzard, it also reduces their movement speed. Players need to a strike a perfect balance between warmth and movement speed.

If the difference between heavy clothes and light ones that offer much more mobility is only a couple of degrees, it is best to go with the light clothes since the temperature difference isn’t enough to affect the players severely.

Hunting Food!

While players can find canned food, it isn’t unlimited and eventually, they will need to hunt animals. To be successful at hunting, players need to learn to distinguish nearby wildlife signs by searching the sky or looking at footprints on the ground.

It is never a good idea to hunt bigger animals like wolves, especially without weapons as the danger is just too much unless players absolutely need something from them.

Bears will almost instantly kill the players so players need to learn the different footprints of these big animals.

On the other hand, players can easily find rabbits and kill them with stones for some easy meat. Similarly, they can also look for carcasses for some easy meat.

Another thing to take care of is to not drink dirty water or raw food. Make sure to at least boil your food before you consume it otherwise it will make you ill and that is certainly something that you do not want.

Crows circle carcasses and should be easy to spot if players keep an eye out on the skies.

Crafting a Torch

One of the most important tools you have at your disposal is torch. As described above, fire is of crucial importance. In dark and to fight enemies in the start of the game torch will be your best bet to have an easy start to the game.

Try to find somewhere to set up home

You want to have a base of sorts, where you can set up fire and access resources. You will have to move on at some point as resources dry up and the area becomes difficult to live in due to wolves. Wolves will be your worst enemy in the game. They are fast and attack in groups [more on wolves in the next tip]. This makes a need for a safe haven even more crucial. Your home will also keep all your stuff safe and sound and you can freely roam without the fear of dying and losing all your hard earned resources that you need to craft and upgrade.


Wolves are a big danger in The Long Dark. When you are out exploring you are bound to come into contact with them, and if you end up coming face to face with a pack you’re in serious trouble. The best way to deal with a wolf is to avoid it spotting you. If you see one, try to find shelter and wait for it to move on. If a wolf is eating it’ll likely leave you alone unless you get too close, so keep your distance. If you’re in an area with lots of loot, chances are this will be easier said than done as there appears to be a higher wolf population in those areas.

If you are spotted, light a torch and slowly move away from the wolf. Don’t move towards them as this will make them more aggressive. You can also try dropping meat as a way to distract them. If you can reach a building, get inside. The wolves will likely hang around outside, so try to look for another way out or wait them out. Your current health with determine how long you want to stay put.

Essential Items
These are the items that you should strive to get as soon as you enter the game. These will make your experience easier and will help you alot in your adventure.

  • Torch
  • Storm Lantern
  • Hunting Rifle
  • Flare
  • Firestriker/Matches
  • Hatchet
  • Hunting Knife
  • Pry Bar
  • Sewing Kit
  • Tool Kit
  • Can Opener

These items seem useless, but each item will help you survive, gather better and more resources, and repair and craft items.

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