Death Stranding Director’s Cut – 15 Quick Tips to Become a Legend

These are Quick Tips for those players that don’t want to read through a huge guide.

Quick Tips

1. Cryptobiotes stack to 999

There is no reason to save these mounds for later, you can gather upto 999 for later use in your inventory. So anytime you are walking around hold “F” to gather multiple at once. Then you can eat them when you need to fill a blood bag or your HP is low through your 4th menu.

2. Cargo Handling Rank and Container Damage Matters

While you may think your “Courier” grade is for show – doing Premium delieveries and getting little to no damage affects your Cargo Handling Rank. Which in turn increases your stability when carrying cargo. So by performing well you also get buffs to passive traits!

3. Trikes can Ride Ladders

While it may seem crazy – you can use ladders as ramps and bridges for bikes. Though the maximum angle is roughly around 45 degrees, you can still use ladders quite creatively to help make traveling to areas normally you wouldn’t be able to much easier.

4. Parry Cord Take Downs

While you can use your cord to do mule takedowns in Stealth. You can also do Takedowns in combat anytime the mule’s back is facing you.

This also allows an advanced parry takedown move- the second you parry turn around and perform a takedown instead of punching. *Important Note* while takedown animation is happening enemies can still move around meaning if there are other enemies nearby you are likely going to take damage right after the parry takedown animation finishes.

5. Deconstruct other players bad Structures

There are a lot of poorly placed player structures such as bridges between two rocks that actually blocks both paths. Deconstruct them from your world so you have higher chance of getting a player item that knows what they are doing.

6. There is no harm in giving more than one Like

You can actually give multiple likes at once by bashing 5 until the white bar runs out. There is no limit how many likes you can give per day only limit to how many likes you can give per structure.

7. You can get Chiral and Custom Equipment multiple times!

Chiral and Custom Equipment are unique rewards by Preppers after you achived at least 3 star rank. Custom Equipment include things like Custom Hemo-Grenades, Light Weight Ceramics, or High Density Special Alloy etc.

After achieving 5 stars with them, after a few deliveries more you can get more of the unique item provided by that individual! So don’t stop deliveries when you hit 5 stars!

8. Snow Zip Lines

Setting up a Snow Zipline Network takes time but saves so much time. Becareful where you place it as when you land you may fall off , but you do it right you can zip across mountain tops to deep snow locations in no time. (Also great for crossing giant gaps in terrain).

9. Scanner Cancelling and the 2 second rule

Once you reached the Timefall Farm you will unlock the Scanner Cancel Ping Upgrade. To do this properly first cross into mule territory the first ping will happen. Count 2s then use your ping. This will cancel the “location” ping preventing Mules from knowing you crossed into their territory.

10. Lethal Weapons are not meant for Main Area

If you kill someone using Lethal Weapons you have to dispose of the body in an incinerator. Which isn’t worth it. Lethal Weapons are actually meant for specific “Massive Storm” events which the game tells you about in advance. So if you hear an NPC talk about a “Massive Storm” change your gear to lethal. Otherwise stick to non Lethal weapons.

11. When you use Bolas kick the enemy unconscious

Many times when you use a Bola on an enemy they will remain conscious and break out. After you hooked them walk upto them and kick them to knock them unconscious. Note they can still be woken up by another mule.

12. Always carry 2 PCC when using vehicles

You never end up wanting to be in a situation where you are carrying a ton of cargo in your Truck only to run out of battery in the middle of no where. Having 2 PCC will give a wide safety net to save you from a bad situation.

13. Keep an eye on Equipment Durability

Common mistake new players make is to think only Cargo is affected by Timefall. Even equipment like Skeletons, Boots, PCC, Ladders, etc are affected by time fall also unlike Cargo repair spray won’t fix it. So anytime you drop back at base mouse over your equipment to see how much damage they have taken to replace it.

14. Use Ex 2 grenades for Farming Chiral

You get Ex 1 and 2 grenades by Drinking and Eating. Drinking is easy as you can always drink the Stamina drinks in your Private room. While Ex 2 requires you to eat Cryptobiotes which eventually appear in your private room. The more you eat and drink the more grenades you get.

Use Ex 2 grenades by throwing them on the ground near a group of Bts. This will bring all the BTs to one center area and you can throw a Custom Hemo-Grenade or 2 Normal Grenades to kill the whole group.

Custom Hemo-Grenades from Craftsmen are better because they “Spread” in a much larger AoE. as well as do a ton more damage.

15. Blood Areas are “Weak points” on Tar Monsters

When you throw a blood grenade you will create a Red Zone on the monster. These become “Weakpoints” for projectile weapons. Hit those points for bonus damage!

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