One of the major appeals of any survival game is, without a doubt, the resource management related to subsisting in the wild. In many titles on this genre, you’ll have to juggle different requirements and necessities, while also carving your way through the world in an attempt to gather resources and expand your base. Durango is no exception to this concept since, as soon as you create your base, you’re left to fend for yourself in a harsh world full of prehistoric beasts and all sorts of hazards. In this sense, you’ll have to do your best to gather resources in perilous untamed islands, and use them to expand your foothold in this dangerous world.
There are many, many ways to improve at Durango, which can almost seem overwhelming to the newer players. You can craft new gear, level up your skills, go out and forage for food, or fight wild beasts for food. Regardless of your methods, the ultimate goal is to acquire resources for expanding. Furthermore, the more resources you gather, and the more experience you accumulate, you will also become more proficient at many different tasks, increasing your overall odds of survival. In other words, while you can perform tasks with different purposes, the act of merely playing the game will also increase your skills.
With that being said, Durango is a game that can be played in many, many ways. No method is better than others when it comes to progressing, and every action will inherently contribute to the development of your pioneer and base. However, when it comes to optimizing, there are certain tasks that you might want to prioritize over others. In this guide, we’ll take a look at some of the basic aspects of survival in Durango, so that you may learn what to work towards as soon as you establish your base in your tamed island.
Your Basic Base
If you’ve been reading our guide on how to get started in Durango, then you’ve already probably established your first domain in your tamed island. Furthermore, if you’ve been listening to K & Co’s tutorials, then you likely have a basic tent that you can use as your waypoint. These lodgings are important since they allow you to immediately teleport back to your waypoint regardless of your location. They are like recall points that you can hop back to when you’re stuck in the wild, or when your inventory is full and you can’t keep gathering any more resources.
However, while the tutorial instructs you to only build a makeshift tent and call it a day, we suggest you stick around for a bit and expand your domain with a few extra buildings.
If you’re anything like us, then you probably spent a lot of time on Ancora Island gathering resources, fighting dinos, and exploring the wilderness while also following the tutorial. If this is the case, then you’ll likely have a full inventory by the time you establish your first base.
Running around with a bag full of items is never recommended at all since you won’t be able to pick up the materials and other stuff that you find along the way, rendering moot the point of any and all gathering trips. Luckily, a very simple way to address your growing storage concerns is by crafting a couple of baskets. These containers only require 3 leaves or stalks, and can be crafted in a minute. They can hold up to 100 slots each so they’re very useful for those who are just starting out.
Other useful additions to your initial camp are a workbench, and a bonfire. The former allows you to craft tools and weapons that you wouldn’t be able to using only your bare hands. Meanwhile, the latter allows for the cooking and processing of meat, vegetables, fruits, and other foodstuffs into delicious dishes. These cooked meals are much better than eating the ingredients raw, and restore more energy as well.
Speaking of energy, this brings us to our next point.
Health, Stamina, and Fatigue
In Durango, your character has three main vital resources: Health/Life, Stamina/Energy, and Fatigue.
Your Health and Stamina attributes represent your maximum HP and endurance values, respectively, which go down as you take damage or perform actions. Your fatigue, on the other hand, increases by exploring, gathering, foraging, and by simply walking around. This parameter increases even faster when exploring high-level untamed islands. When your character becomes exhausted, they will be unable to perform any other actions until you rest and recover.
As you perform actions and get hurt, your Health and Stamina will decrease, limiting the maximum amount of Life and Energy you can have at any given time. The more damage you take and actions you perform, you will become more and more weakened. Fortunately, you can restore your Health by taking medicine, which restores your max Life limit. Similarly, you can recover lost Stamina by eating food. There are a handful of items that can help to cure your fatigue, though the most common method at the beginning will most likely be through resting.
Remember the makeshift tent you constructed in the tutorial? By clicking on it and then choosing “rest”, your character will go to sleep, which will gradually restore his Health, Life, and Fatigue. This option is great for when you’re done playing for the day, and don’t want to waste food or medicine to restore your stats. So you can simply leave your character resting, log off, and when you come back, he’ll be completely restored. However, sleeping doesn’t restore your Energy, so you’ll always have to eat a few pieces of food to restore this stat, regardless.
Regarding Gear and Equipment
We mentioned in our Durango review how your character will automatically use the corresponding tool when gathering from certain sources. In this sense, you’ll need an axe to chop down trees, a knife to cut through thickets, a pickaxe to break boulders, and so on. However, another important aspect about your gear is your outfit. Every piece of gear you equip will contribute towards your total defense, and will increase your damage resistance in combat. Furthermore, some pieces will also bestow special effects such as heat resistance, which increases your ability to work in hot climates without becoming easily fatigued.
As you progress through the game and increase your “tailoring” skill, you will gain access to higher tiers of outfits that offer better benefits than previous pieces. It’s important to always keep your clothing updated so that you’re fully prepared for the challenges ahead. The same goes for your weaponry, which is governed by the “weapon/tool” skill. As you increase your proficiency here, you will gain access to many types of weapons made out of many different materials. While your proficiency with these weapons is governed by the “melee” skill, the weapon itself also has its own base attributes and perks, which directly affects your damage output.
This is all you need to know to survive in Durango Wild Lands. You’ll pick up more knowledge and skills as you progress through the game. However, by focusing on expanding your storage, crafting new and better outfits and weapons, and procuring enough food to sustain yourself, you will have no trouble expanding your foothold in this vast world.