DayZ Standalone has been released, and the first objective many of you will set yourselves will be meeting up with your team-mates. This is harder in DayZ Standalone as there are no longer pop-up indicators which tell you where you are when you first log in. There are also no map waypoints and no GPS, so you will have to turn to more authentic, realistic methods of finding your way if you don’t have a compass. Learn all these points below and you will start to have a better understanding of how to find your way around in DayZ.
The Night Sky
This is probably the most obvious and the most reliable way to find north at night time. While the night sky will rotate and move as you travel Chernarus, the North Star will always point north and finding it will give you a solid reference point when you don’t have a compass. You can identify the north star by first identifying the ‘big dipper’. Have a look at the video at the bottom of this page to see what the ‘big dipper’ looks like and how it’s position relates to the North Star.
When you first spawn in, it’s most likely that you and your friends will be somewhere on the coast of Chernarus. This tip is really simple and will make sure you and your friends will be heading in the right direction. If you can see the water, turn around so the water is at your back and run in-land. If you cross the train tracks first, you are WEST of Chernogorsk. If you hit the road first, you are EAST of Chernogorsk. It’s that simple, have a look at the map if you don’t believe us! You can use this information to decide in which direction to run – wither with the water on your left or with the water on your right. This is really the best tip for meeting up with friends on the coast – espescially useful for friends who have never played DayZ before.
If you’re familiar with DayZ at all, you will probably know that all the road signs are in Russian. The signs can be difficult to translate, and trying to match up the Russian name with an English name on the map can be frustrating and tedious. There is a simpler way – Google Translate for your iOS or Android mobile let’s you take a picture of the road sign on your monitor and it will will translate it straight into English for you. All you have to do is set the options to Russian -> English. Try it out – the app is free and works surprisingly well. It will really help you locate your friends.
There are three main graphical settings you can play with in order to get a better at night time. The most important one is ‘Cloud Detail‘. Setting this to high will seriously improve your vision at night. The next two are gamma and brightness. Fiddle with the sliders until you get a view that is more to your liking. This can make a huge difference to nivigating at night.
Just like in real life, the sun will always rise in the East and set in the West. Keep an eye on the suns movements and you will have stable reference point to work off. The wind always blows East, so you can also use the movements of the clouds to find East and West.
That’s about it – hopefully this helps you and your friends find your way around Chernarus Plus! share your tips below and we might add them to the guide!