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Living Off the Land in The Long Dark

Living Off the Land198 (30)

Survive 25 consecutive full days only consuming calories harvested from wild plants and animals.

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Achievement won on 06 Aug 17
TA Score for this game: 6,611
Posted on 06 August 17 at 18:17
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Turns out this is really super easy, but you might have to prepare a bit. I wouldn't suggest shooting for this right away. You're going to need very warm clothing. Go for the mountain first, and do this while you're doing your 500-day run. If you're looking for a challenge, do it on a harder level, but I did it on Pilgrim because I didn't want to run the risk of investing 50 hours to lose it in a bear attack at the end. Animals don't attack unprovoked on Pilgrim. Your call. Things may be the same on harder difficulties.

On Coastal Highway are a lot a fishing huts out on the ice. Take a lot of fishing tackles and as much wood as you can carry out to one of them. Hooks can be made with scrap metal; fishing line can be made with cured cuts. There are a lot of limbs lying around on shore and the islands, and you can raid a house for more wood. You should also have a couple of sewing kits, and grab cloth from the curtains in the houses. Take it all with you.

You should also have the hunting rifle with you by this point. You can use any hut you like, but I strongly suggest the one with the door (see the video below). The door cuts off the wind, although you will still have to deal with extreme cold. You'll want to save your wood for melting and boiling water at the stove in the hut.

Now fish and fish and fish. Keep reeling in fish, cooking them, and eating them. You'll have more than you can handle, but the cold will keep them from spoiling (which is a huge benefit to staying in the hut). When you make a fire to cook the fish, boil as much water as you can at the same time.

When you have a lot of fish, you can skip through days. Pass time (the card icon under Campcraft) in 12-hour increments, then sleep for as long as you can. Remember to drink and eat along the way. You use around 1200 calories or so per day. That's 1-2 fish per day.

The other advantage to this hut besides the door: it's right next to a bear cave. In the video you see me run up to the hut and shoot the bear from distance. That was some luck. I've also hit a bear 4 times (blood spraying and all), and it still got to me. (Quick! Quit and reload!) What you can do is shoot him and then quickly run into the hut. The bear won't get you in there. Then you can...wait for the bear to die.

Twice I've shot the bear and have it run off, then found the bear on the ice near the shore. When you look out of the hut, look left toward the shore, and the bears died there. Now you can go harvest them for 40-70 lbs of meat (and a hide and 10 guts). It'll take a few trips, but hike that meat back and cook it in your hut. One bear (with some earlier fish) got me through 25 days easily.

Alternatively you can set up camp in a house, but your meat may spoil before you eat it all, and the goal here is getting through days.

If you want to stay for longer (if you're finishing your 500 days), just rinse and repeat. Make sure to keep your bedroll in good condition, or you'll lose a warmth benefit as well as a place to sleep.

Hope this helps!

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