DayZ Standalone has been available now for just over 2 months and we’re now all getting to grips with the new systems that have been put in place. Health has had a major overhaul that has went from being a simple blood-based health meter to a complex system of blood, health, energy and hydration. The weapons, magazines, ammunition and weapon attachment systems have greatly increased the complexity of how we’re using standards weapons. Biggest of all the vast number of new items in the game has completely changed how we loot – what items we take, what items we drop, and what items we don’t even give a second glance.
Here’s our list of absolutely essential items to be on the look out for in the DayZ Standalone. Everyone has their favorites, but these are ours. Yours may be wildly different – if so, let us know in the comments below.
The ballistics helmet seems to have become an integral part of DayZ Standalone end-game. The shape and colour of the ballistic helmet make it essential for a player who is conscious of their camouflage and silhouette. The extra protection it provides from a single-headshot (only when Pristine) make it essential for players who like to keep their brains on the inside of their skulls.
300 Round Ammo Box
The 300 Round Ammo Box is an absolute must for the more serious marksmen among us. It takes up 4 inventory slots and stores, like the name suggests, upto 300 rounds. Although it only stores ammunition, it potentially saves you upto a dozen inventory slots and keeps your ammo extra safe when under fire – decreasing the likelihood that it will become damaged. Even if you find ammunition for a gun you don’t have, its easy to stick it in the ammo box and use it for trading, give it your friends or store it until you find the compatible weapon.
First Aid Kit
The first aid kit is often overlooked, simply because a lot of the default contents of the first aid kit are completely useless in DayZ at the moment. The syringe, water-purification tablets, painkillers, and to an extent, the Saline Bag, Blood Bag and IV Starter Kit are all very seldom used in DayZ at the moment. However, I find that when I have a first aid kit in my inventory, I’m always prepared for what Chernarus may throw at me. You can empty out the contents you think you’ll never use, and fill it back up with items you will – like bandages, morphine, epinephrine and antibiotics.
The humble bandage – probably the most used item in the DayZ Mod without a doubt and it’s still absolutely essential in DayZ Standalone. It’s probably used a little less now as the amount of zombies has been temporarily decreased and they’re yet to start respawning. Also you can now tear up certain clothing items into rags but eventually, the rags will have a chance of giving you an infection so bandages will once again be king of the medical supplies. Always try and keep a roll of bandages in your inventory.
Uncooked rice is currently the best food in the game. It takes up two inventory slots, has an incredible 10 uses and provides you with a massive amount of energy when fully consumed. It will dehydrate you a little but as long as you have a water source nearby you can offset that easily. While in good health, an uncooked bag of rice should be enough to keep you at an energized status for quite some time.
The hunting backpack in another of our favourite pieces of apparel, providing the user with 30 slots of extra storage, while keeping your silhouette fairly slim in comparison to the massive mountaineering backpack which provides 5 extra slots. The hunting backpack also comes in dark green or camouflaged colours so it aids in helping keep your player camouflaged.
The Assault Vest is another piece of apparel which provides a whopping 8 slots in your chest slot. It too, comes in a camouflaged variant and generally just looks 100% bad-ass. If the vest is in pristine condition, it will provide protection from a single bullet to the chest, similar to the ballistic helmet. An absolute lifesaver.
Handcuffs are by no means an essential item in DayZ – but with the very limited amount of end-game content in the game at the moment they can provide some amusement… at the expense of others. A pristine pair of handcuffs are incredibly difficult to escape from without a key, so they provide the perfect means to kidnap, restrain and generally just antagonize other players you’ll find around Chernarus. Handcuffing a player shouldn’t always lead to death – use them wisely. Use them when you think your subject could be a threat if you have your back turned, or use them to keep a player restrained if you come under fire. As of the latest patch, handcuff keys will no longer disappear when used so you can continue to lock and unlock players as you please.
The Can Opener – probably the most important item in the game when it comes to long-term survival. Sure you can use other items to open tinned-foods now , like the screwdriver, hacksaw, bayonet or splitting axe. But each of these items will cause you to loose varying amounts of food from your precious tin. Using a can opener provides 100% of your food, 100% of the time.
The head torch is probably a majorly under-used item right now, most likely due to the fact that servers seem to quickly become depopulated every time the sun goes down. There are various reasons for this, but it doesn’t mean you should discount playing at night all together, sometimes its a better idea to play at night when you first spawn in as the servers are much quieter and therefore there is far more loot to be found. Yes there are hacks to increase your visibility at night, like fiddling with your gamma settings or turning off ‘clouds’ in the graphic settings – but the fact is you just cant beat a head torch when it comes to visibility at night.
So that’s it – 10 DayZ Items that you absolutely do not want to be without. Keep an eye out for them, protect them, hunt them – and you will greatly increase your survival chances while roaming around Chernarus. If you think we’ve missed an important item, or if your list is completely different let us know in the comments below.