Death Stranding: 20 essential gameplay tips to help you start reconnecting the world

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Death Stranding: 20 essential gameplay tips to help you start reconnecting the world

Our beginner’s guide to making deliveries, protecting cargo, surviving Mules and battling BTs

In Death Stranding, the herculean task of reconnecting humanity is far from the only burden placed upon your shoulders. Piled on top of this metaphorical weight is the real-world heft of countless packages that must reach their destination. Tucked inside these parcels are food, games, supplies, medicine, data – anything that splintered citizens might need to feel like they’re truly connected to a wider civilisation.
Like any pioneering journey, the first steps across this fractured America are uncertain. Hoofing precious cargo across rough terrain can be challenging, so we’ve gathered a handful of general tips and suggestions that’ll have you reconnecting people in no time.

Delivery tips

Death Stranding on PS4

  1. Once you have the resources to make multiple deliveries per trip, hit ’em hard. Delivering requested goods will often unlock enhanced tools, fun cosmetic options, interesting plot points with survivors, and an increased chiral connection for that area. The stronger the connection, the more chiral bandwidth that’s available for online structures like bridges, roads, watchtowers, and more. These structures can turn previously arduous treks into simple trips, and it’s all thanks to you and other Death Stranding players making those deliveries.
  2. Whether you’re delivering requested goods or lost cargo found in the wild, these will net you Likes that increase your reputation as a transporter. As this rating rises, your cargo capacity (among other things) will improve. Give a little, get a little!
  3. Anytime you’re on the move, you should have an open order. Always have something on your back, on the bike, or in the truck. If you’re especially generous, steal a MULE truck and start loading it with all their ill-gotten goods for huge Santa Claus-style deliveries up and down the highway.
  4. Speaking of the highway, auto pavers demand a lot of resources, but you’ll be rolling in Likes if you activate a section. As other players make use of the highly convenient path, you’ll receive notifications and Likes, yet another sign that you’re not rebuilding America alone.
  5. Find a spot that needs a ladder or rope anchor? You could replicate your own at a base, sure, but also check out online postboxes, MULE postboxes (and MULEs themselves) and share lockers. The whole world is playing alongside you, so odds are someone tossed a ladder your way. The same goes for transportation – borrow someone else’s reverse-trike, but down the line maybe toss one of your own in there to return the favour.
  6. Have too much stuff, but still want to grab more? Try locating a Postbox where you can securely stash items out in the wild, then return when you have a vehicle or more carrying capacity.

Handling your cargo

Death Stranding on PS4

  1. When accepting deliveries, be mindful of how many items are in the order. Some requests may contain one lightweight object, while others could include a dozen hefty containers best suited for a vehicle.
  2. Optimise your cargo load. Initially, this means being mindful of which items are stacked on your back versus attached to brackets on your shoulders and hips. Later on, use vehicles, pouches and other gear to efficiently balance your load.
  3. Even if you can bear the weight, consider the height of all those packages. Cargo can poke outside of cover, compromising your position to MULEs, and ladders extend a bit higher when hung on your tool rack instead of on your back. Making sharp turns can also be tricky if you’re overloaded. Recklessness can lead to tumbles and damaged cargo.
  4. L2 and R2 are lifesavers! Maintaining balance is key, but these steadying motions also let you regain stamina while in waist-deep water or during a steep climb.

Battling BTs

Death Stranding on PS4

  1. Early on, avoiding BTs is crucial. The world just doesn’t have a surefire way to deal with them in a combat situation. So, keep your eyes on your Odradek scanner. It points ’em out and spins like crazy when they’re near. Hold your breath and walk slowly to sneak on by. Successfully sneak by without an encounter and your connection to BB can improve too.
  2. If you’re grabbed, you can break free or let them drag you into battle. Taking down one of the larger BTs will shower the area in chiral crystals and vanquish the whole BT zone for a short period. If you have the appropriate weapons, it’s a nice way to obtain crystals and clear out the area.
  3. Have a speed skeleton or a reverse trike? You can probably outrun the encounter altogether. But if your bike is gobbled up, make sure to come back after the tar subsides – your goods will still be there.
  4. Make sure you’re using the shower and restroom facilities when you stay in a private room. Believe it or not, your support team will, uh, make use of your time in there to create some handy items.
  5. Finally, make those deliveries! You never know who might come up with a new way to combat BTs or make your life easier in some other way.

Minding Mules

Death Stranding on PS4

  1. Watch for yellow poles. These sensors ping your package locations, revealing your location to cargo-obsessed MULEs. Avoid the poles at all costs, and get ready to break line of sight or hide in tall grass if you set one off.
  2. Make use of scattered watchtowers (or make your own) to keep a vigilant eye out for MULE encampments. These guys want your packages, and they can sour a promising delivery mission fast.
  3. Serpentine! Move unpredictably when outrunning MULEs, as their electrified spears can knock your packages loose. Same goes for vehicles, which can be temporarily decommissioned from MULE electrical attacks.
  4. Bola to freedom. If you’re swarmed by multiple MULEs, lean on the Bola gun to bind up immediate threats. Don’t dally, though, as more MULE baddies are usually on the way.
  5. If you’re about to raid a MULE camp for a mission (or just to take what you can), consider going in without any delivery cargo on hand. Bring weapons, but leave lots of space for that sweet, sweet cargo you’ll obtain by infiltrating their base.

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  • Tip #1. Don’t leave the package on the doorstep in full view of everyone.

    Tip #2. Don’t throw the package over the fence like Yodel drivers do.

  • What a boring mess of a game. Kojima, go make films like right now.

  • Waiting for install. I really lowered my expectations regarding gameplay but I’m sure I’ll love the story and directing. I just hope there’s more of it than in MGSV as I can’t get enough of cutscenes, especially those of Kojima. I can always play some BFV when I start itching for action :) Edit – Just played the prologue. :o Blown away by the directing quality again! I can already tell I’m going to love this game :)

  • Wondeful first 5 hours so different in a good way thanks Kojima

  • It’s great to play something so different from the usual – I’m only a short way in but really like it so far. Nice job K.

    • Yup, I applaud Sony and Kojima for daring to do something so different on a AAA project.

      Turns out to be even better than expected. Played all night yesterday, I’m hooked.

  • So, it’s a Post-Apocalyptic Delivery Simulator?

    Sure. Why not?

  • hello I need advice i want to buy death stranding but i want it with czech subtitles but i’m not sure if all version what is sells( playstation store,any shops,website,etc…) have czech subtitles do you know anything about it? the version at playstation store for download someone know if it has the Czech subtitles? because in P. store in the description of the game do not write about cz subtitles. please someone who has experience with it so write me please. thanks in advance

    • Subtitles available curently under UK market(PS store)

      DEATH STRANDING™Arabic German Russian Portuguese English Italian French Polish Turkish Spanish & Dutch.

  • The menu system in this game is a complete nightmare, It needs a complete redesign. That confirm button at the bottom EVERY time, drives me nuts.

    • I didn’t notice a few things as well because the instructions are too small and there’s a lot of free space left on the screen.

      And one of those things is the fact that you don’t need to go down every time. Just keep the cross button pressed for 2s or so (this tiny interrupted line around the icon means you can hold the button).

    • The readability is the only thing that bothered me so far. Especially given that the interviews are so interesting. And why even do that? To give you the impression you’re watching a screen in-game? Same goes for the description of cargo in the world, I often have to squint my eyes and get closer to my screen to see the destination.

    • True. The destination miniature is a joke. But the sender’s picture is visible from afar. I don’t care that much who sends it, I care where I need to deliver it.

  • I’m around 15 hours in so far and I’m really enjoying my time with it. It’s been great playing something which feels totally different from anything else out there. Thank you Kojima & Sony for this awesome new experience

  • A question. I reach level where I received skeleton (currently is lev.2) and then I found my redeem code and type it in for bonus items. And I received gold colour for glasses and hat, but I can’t find golden skeleton anywhere? Is the problem, because I already own skeleton before. Probably issue would be solved if I go back in the game where the Engineer gave me first time skeleton, but I don’t want to do this, because It was really back in the game. Any solution.

  • You’re right. I have now “Power” Skeleton Lv.2. Which means I will get Gold Level 1 when I get a hold on Base version of “Speed” skeleton. Correct?

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