So DayZ standalone has finally been released, and many of you will have already tried to survive the first night out in Chernarus Plus. Most of you probably failed. You have found out the hard way – Survival is tough. ‘My head throbs, I want to drink something, I feel unsteady, I feel like taking a nap ‘ – you will already be familiar with the constant whining of your character, but you may not fully understand how to tend to his or her needs. Let’s go over some basics.
If your character is hungry – you need calories. The calories don’t necessarily need to come from food either, all food and drink items have a calorific content, some more than others. the most trustworthy food sources will be canned foods, which makes a can opener an absolute must for prolonged survival. If you find one – guard it with your life! Canned foods will never go bad and they will never make you sick (unless you eat too much!). Fruits are a good source of calories too, and the vitamins and minerals obtained from eating fresh fruit will help you shake ‘the infection’. Eating bad fruit however, can leave you with a funny taste in your mouth and lead to disease. I do not recommend eating rotten fruit unless it is literally life or death.
If your character is thirsty – you need fluids. The most reliable source of fluids is water as you can re-fill canteens and bottles at various water sources around Chernarus. However, using these water sources can expose you to infection and/or disease so it’s highly recommended to purify or boil your water before you drink it. Again, only drink non-purified water if it’s a life and death situation.
If your character is tired – you need to rest. Over exerting yourself will make you tired, this will lead to problems like passing out and make you more vulnerable to disease. Things that cause tiredness include melee combat and constant running. If you’ve been having the issue of constant tiredness, you may want to start taking regular breaks in between journeys, press ‘F3′ to sit down and switch to ‘walk’ mode now and again. sitting down for 2 minutes will restore fully.
Infection is a little different, there are no obvious status messages to indicate that you’re infected. Infection is indicated by blurred vision and/or constant passing out, even after eating and drinking. To cure infection, you will need all/either antibiotics, vitamins, fresh fruits, blood, saline, or an alcohol tincture. Any one of these items could cure you, so try any or all of them as you find them. Saline Bags seems to be good for curing the constant passing out and unconsciousness, while the other will help with blurred vision.
Remember, the infection and other diseases can be caught by sharing food, items and clothing with other players. Think twice before you let your buddy have a sip on your canteen if he is showing signs of illness. Re-consider stealing that dead guy’s clown mask, it may be covered in the very germs that killed him. Disinfect everything and anything by holding by dragging the disinfectant in your inventory and dropping it onto items. This will make it safe to use. Do not under any circumstances drink the disinfectant, it will kill you and there is no cure.
It’s important to remember that DayZ is no longer just about just satisfying a food and drink indicator by hitting ‘eat’ and ‘drink’. You literally need to take care of your character by ensuring you have a healthy diet and lifestyle. If you are constantly running from town to town, taking no rest breaks, swinging your axe and eating nothing but cereal and drinking soda – you are going to get ill. Hopefully the guide above will help some of you prolong the inevitable.
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