5. The Flame in the Flood Clothing

The main upgrade you should focus on throughout the game (specifically the Endless River) is your clothing. In the middle to late game, hypothermia will be the most dangerous enemy. You need the warmest set of clothing you can craft. If/when you decide to restart your game, you can place your clothing on Aesop, and reclaim it when you start your next Endless run.

Putting items into Aesop's bag isn't an exploit, but a feature. The first time that you put items into Aesop's bag and then start a new game, you'll earn the following:

Pay It Forward

Start a new game with items in Aesop's bag

Pay It Forward
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There are six levels of clothing, each with five pieces (hat, gloves, boots, jacket, pants):

  • Standard/thin/knit clothing - Provides 2 warmth rating per item
  • Insulated - Provides 3 warmth rating per item
  • Rabbit pelt - Provides 5 warmth rating per item
  • Boarhide - Provides 6 warmth rating per item
  • Wolf pelt - Provides 8 warmth rating per item
  • Bear hide - Provides 10 warmth rating per item

Insulated clothing basically sews cattails into the lining. It doesn't offer much better protection, and wastes your cattails and stitching kits.

Rabbit pelt clothing is marginally better, but wastes your rabbit pelts. Those are better saved for pouches and leather kits.

Boarhide is the first option that you should consider. These can be crafted using normal stitching kits rather than leather kits. Boars are moderately common, and you can find hides in bear caves (easy to get when using your torch).

If possible, I would recommend trying to wait until you can begin making wolf hide clothing, but if you're having problems with heat and hypothermia, by all means, craft boar first.

A full wolf set will require 7 leather kits, which must be crafted at a workbench. Wolves tend to hunt in packs, so wolf hides are easier to obtain than boars or bears. The full list of materials is:

  • 6 Wolf hides
  • 7 Rabbit hides
  • 7 Nuts N Bolts
  • 5 stitching kits (1 fish hook and 1 fishing line each)
  • Steel knife
  • Metal hammer

Wearing the full set will earn you the following:

In Wolf's Clothing

Equip a full set of Wolf Hide clothing

In Wolf's Clothing
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Unique Wolves

There are two special variations of the wolf jacket. Once you discover one of these wolves, one of them will appear at (almost) every stop you make unless you kill it.

  • Elder Wolf Jacket - As warm as bear hide, has a chance to prevent lacerations from wolf attacks.
  • White Wolf Jacket - As warm as a bear and has a chance to prevent injury from all animal attacks.
  • Each provides 10 warmth rating

I recommend waiting until you find the White Wolf, then use that jacket for your journey.

A bear set is comparable to a wolf set, but bears are solitary and will take longer to find. Also, keep in mind that killing a bear requires a combination of 4 spear traps/arrows. Realistically, one bear hide will cost you 12 saplings and 12 braided cords (cattails). You're looking at 72 saplings and 72 cattails. This is one reason why obtaining a bear set in one run is possible, but much easier to accomplish by crafting a few pieces of clothing on Aesop and restarting your run.

A full bear set will require 7 leather kits, which must be crafted at a workbench. The full list of materials is:

  • 6 Bear hides
  • 7 Rabbit hides
  • 7 Nuts N Bolts
  • 5 stitching kits (1 fish hook and 1 fishing line each)
  • Steel knife
  • Metal hammer

Wearing the full set will earn you the following:

Arctic Survivor

Equip a full seat of Bear Hide clothing

Arctic Survivor
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Once you've completed your clothing set, you can stop hunting for pelts. However, there is an achievement for crafting a total of 50 pieces of clothing. (Think insulated clothing.) This can be completed across playthroughs.

Seamstress

Make 50 articles of clothing

Seamstress
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