A list of basic knowledge, tips and tricks compiled by beginners, intermediate and advanced students.
The Hunter – Beginner
- Go to the control points first to uncover outposts and other points on the map. Use the Map Guide if you want to know first-hand the locations of outposts (Hirschfelden and Layton Lake).
- Watch the wind, your noise and your vision, making sure that you do not frighten animals. Use the HUD indicators in the lower right. Hide by trees or in the bushes to make them less visible.
- Avoid jogging unless traveling between sites. You can still identify animals with low points but cup animals will disappear before you know. Running on the road makes noise less than running through plants.
- There is shooting range in the far southeast of Hirschfelden, follow the road east from the outpost southeast of Rothenfeld. It is useful to get comments from different areas.
- Don’t waste money in the game on building hunting structures at first, focus on buying callers, better rifles and improved range first. A store is available in every outlet.
- Change the reserve by going to the map in the list. In the lower right you have the option to select the reserve. Do not start a new game or all progress will be lost.
- Don’t be late if you have a difficult start. Hunting becomes easier when you have all the callers, better weapons, areas, skills, advantages, knowledge of the map, … Focus on exploration (open outposts and other points on the map) and kill an easy / small game first to earn it money and xp.
- Do not run towards an animal that killed it if there are other interesting animals nearby or close. If he’s in good shape, you’ll usually be able to contact them again.
- Animal calls are the best idea you can get, knowing that they are close and the general trend. Random paths can be rewarding and frustrating. Fresh tracks do not always mean the animal is still close.
- You get a skill point or a point of excellence alternately each level you achieve, from level 36 you get a point every 3 levels. The maximum level is 60 with 22 additional points and 22 skills points.
- Spot animals to find out their difficulty and estimate their grades, you need to unlock the trainee’s skill for that. Try photographing the animal that got the highest score first, and remember the difficulty when calling an animal.
- The population of animals is the largest around areas of need. So look for it, it depends on time. You’ll get XP to discover one and stay featured on the map. Often located around water and fields. This map guide gives you a hint where you can expect to find all species.
- Focus on male tracks and calls (blue symbol = male, pink symbol = female), giving you the best score. Females are good for easy money and XP at first though.
- ATV is fun and useful for transportation, but it is not useful for hunting itself because it only scares everything. Repair your four-wheel-drive vehicle (ATV) by going to the garage and restoring it.
- If it scared an animal, it would work for 150-200 meters and then would likely go in the same direction that it was going!
- Watch the wind direction and speed when using the bow, and take longer shots. You can use the speed estimate feature.
- Early morning (5 a.m.) is the time to start hunting, as night fishing is a significantly more challenging reading vision. Do not receive your flash light on animal awareness.
- If the affected animal does not die within a few minutes, it is unlikely that it will die without another shot.
- Polymer ammunition is recommended for shotguns because they cause more harm than the soft-point ammunition.
- The imaging missions are very difficult. It must be close to the animal that is completely visible (almost).
- You can bend faster (make a little more noise) using the play link.
- Hunting pressure (purple overlay) is added to the map when an animal dies. So, if it’s not yet shown, then the animal you photographed is still alive!
- The general wind direction in Layton Lake County is south and Hirschfelden southwest. The wind turns from time to time, but going north is usually a safe bet.
- The distance to the animal is important to know for accurate shots, if long range. Don’t have a fixed range? The location of the spotted animals appears on the map, mark them for distance
- One of the most useful perks is the beeping feature. It allows you to choose the zero distance for your weapons. For rifles, you will be able to choose between 75/150/300 m, for arcs between 20/40/60 m. The center distance is the default zero. When the feature is active, do not forget to set the necessary distance for that before shooting.
- Instant killings are important to get a 100% fast killing bonus. For small shots (fox, prairie wolf) lung shots may be enough, but for the larger game you will need a spine, neck bone, heart or brain shots. Use the best range and try to get 100 meters for a clean shot.
- There is no need to put ranges or ammunition in your inventory. You can always select a range and ammunition for a weapon from your storage, wherever you are. It will save you some weight that you may need to carry another or connected weapon or anything else!
- Track the number of missed shots in your hunting profile (Codex). Sometimes it’s the only way to know if you’ve hit an animal.
- You can see the animals about 450 meters (492 yards) away, and they may differ from your request and your location (difference in terrain height compared to animal increases the distance).
- Other animals will barely shoot from the shot if it is more than 200 meters (219 yards) away.
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