Thrive and Survive In Stranded Deep With 8 Insider Tips

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Thrive and Survive In Stranded Deep With 8 Insider Tips

Endure the elements and conquer the dangers of Beam Team's island survival sim.

In the aftermath of a mysterious plane crash, you are Stranded Deep in the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Alone and without any means to call for help, you must do what you can to survive… 

So what can you do?

Here are eight tips and tricks to help you not only survive, but thrive!

1. Don’t Lose Your Raft!

You may be tempted to jump right into that crystal clear water and make your way to shore — don’t. If you do, there’s a good chance your raft will float off into the sunset along with all your precious emergency food rations. Instead, paddle your way to shore and use the dragging feature to bring it onto dry land.

The dragging feature can be used on any interactive item or object and is a great way to carry around a large object, flip your raft, or organise materials.

It’s also important not to lose your paddle so be sure to attach it back onto the raft when you’re done.

2. Check More Than The Time.

Health, Hunger, Thirst, and Sunstroke; manage and monitor these vitals through an interactive survival watch. Cure poisons, heal broken bones, and bandage bleeding to stay alive. Your survival watch is your best friend and regularly checking it will ensure you stay on top. Ignore it — you die!

3. Avoid Being Poisoned

Speaking of best friends — these are not! The ‘Crown of Thorns’ Starfish, Snakes, and Lionfish, will absolutely wreck your week and could cost you your life…

Starting out it is vital to avoid any interaction with these creatures. If you do get poisoned try to ride it out by keeping your thirst and hunger up, or at later levels craft an Antidote.

4. Water Is Life 

Ironically, water is hard to come by in the Pacific Ocean; Drinking salt water from the ocean is worse than not drinking at all, so you will need to find a way to obtain fresh drinking water…

Make it your life goal to craft a Water Still. It works by using the sun’s heat to evaporate the condensation from leaves and into a small flask. Not many survivors know this, but you can use Palm Fronds instead of Fibrous Leaves to fill it up. Fibrous Leaves are very important to save to make Lashings — so instead use Palm Fronds when starting out.

Another quick way to get water is by drinking Coconuts. But be warned: drinking too many will cause you to lose more water from your body than you put in, if you know what I mean….

5. Save, Save, Save!

Chances are, you’re going to die — a lot!

Make it a frequent habit to save at any Shelter or Bed. That way if you do die and you’re not on the Permadeath difficulty you can resume right where you left off.

If by now you’ve followed the tutorial correctly then you should already have a pretty basic looking campsite. “Is this all there is to life now?” you wonder. Far from it! Read on to see what else Stranded Deep has to offer…

6. Explore, Scavenge, Loot

As you look on at the beautiful sunset sinking into the horizon while drinking your 47th coconut, you may notice other larger islands, shipwrecks, shelters, and mysterious structures. Build up the courage to explore these procedurally generated environments! Your starting yellow dingy will do the job, albeit slowly, so work on construction a real raft with a sail, and rudder, or even a boat motor if you can find all the parts!

Looting shipwrecks is an excellent way to quickly progress. But watch out for sharks, and be careful not to drown.

7. Build A Home Away From Home

Have you found the perfect island to set up a base? Gather resources and construct your very own home from the dozens of building materials and pieces. You can even decorate your own home with the objects you find, crafted furniture, animals, containers, and even trophies.

8. Dominate

If setting down roots and ruling the Pacific just isn’t for you then take on the ‘End Game.’ Discover the means to escape the Pacific by completing a set of objectives which include taking on three epic creatures that rule the waters!

Compare your escape time with your friends through the interactive leaderboards, or become the perfect survivor by unlocking all the games trophies and achievements.

Stranded Deep offers a unique gaming experience that for some, may find an initial challenge that results in many deaths. We recommend getting familiar with the controls and interactions. If you are still finding it too difficult then try adjusting the difficulty settings and remember to frequently save your game at any shelter or bed.

Stay Alive!

Beam Team

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  • just too bad its another game where the building stuff looks EXACTLY like in every other survival game…. just like ARK, like CONAN. like InsertTitleHere ….
    if you played one of those, you practically played this one too…..


  • I was really looking forward to this since everything I saw said split screen. Then I finally found it in the PS store and it’s single player for PS..

  • Enjoying this game so far. One thing I can’t figure out though is how to bind tools to the tool belt. What buttons do I press?

  • Ziathon, I think you use the square button.

  • Only insider tip I need is when the raft shelves and “full” raft disassembly gets patched in.

  • Currently the “Hobo Stove” doesn’t let you add fuel to the campfire. You can hit it to break it back down and refuel that way, but that does not give you the barrel back, so don’t craft it unless you either have barrels to spare or are just trying to complete the “Gotta craft them all!” trophy.

  • Getting very annoyed when items or boxes disappear!! Lost a box the engine items I needed to complete my raft! And lost 3 valuable rebreather! Other than things disappearing it’s a good game!

  • Amazing Game so far!
    Just like The Forest + Castaway!
    Few things i noticed that should be fixed… when storm waves get big some fish go above the water and “fly” lol and should smoked meat last a long time?

    • Also pigs and sharks get stuck in the ground/sand…
      But overall im having a great time! Got multiple setups on multiple islands and got a tire raft all complete expect for fuel! lol

  • How do I keep my health up? I keep dying because I don’t know what to do. Just downloaded the game yesterday.

    • You have to keep your water and food all the way filled. Also make sure you dint have any poisonings or bleeding in the status effect on the watch.

  • When will it have the new stuff like container shelfs on pc?

  • Will this game have a way to play with a friend

  • Poisoning is what killed me.
    ‘oh look! A pretty purple star fish. Let’s touch it!’
    ‘ What the hells that beeping from my watch? My life’s going down!! Must eat more. Drink more…….Oh Jesus!! I’m poisoned! How the ….. ? Find a antidote. Craft this. Craft that. Ohhh God! The beeping. The beeping. Where the hell are the yukka plants. I need more lashings. Oh my God! My life for some lashings!
    Wonder if there’s more yukkas on that island waaaay over there?’
    Damm well died on my raft in the middle of the Pacific all for the sake of a a pretty purple starfish and bloody yukkas. Curse you yukkas.

  • Where do you get a lighter?? I can’t seem to find one

  • So tired of trying to build this raft! I have 6 bases side by side with the floor on top. Sometimes they link together and sometimes they don’t. When I try to build, it claims there is something in the way, when there isn’t. Any tips or tricks I’m missing? Or is this a PS4 glitch?

  • random-hero4859

    I bought this game a week ago, and I have still yet to be able to play past the first two minutes or so. I watch the plane crash, get to the raft, paddle to the island, and my game freezes. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling, no difference. Paid full price for a game I can’t even play… anyone else have this issue? It’s really disappointing…

  • I’m having trouble continuing from my last saved game. I’ve had to start a new game each time I play. Any tips? I read a steam article from 2015 on how to deal with the issue but it made zero sense to me. Help!

  • Beta version?!

    Love the game, but.. its blatantly a beta game released to make the most of the rising sale of video games during covid.
    I like others have now reached a point where the game is unplayable. Constant crashing between islands. I can no longer play the game its so bad. Add that to the other glitches of animals spasm flying through the air when you kill them, i think the developers should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Your PS4 game ending is glitched and I lost all my crafted airplane parts that I installed and “saved”. Now I can’t complete it after hours of work. Ruined the game. I will never buy a Beam Team game again. Utter garbage.

    • Same thing happened to me! After playing this game for the last month everything I took to the escape plane previously has disappeared, including an aircraft part! 🤬 This really ruined my gameplay experience, I went from loving the game to frustrated and pissed!

  • Somebody help me please!

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