Surviving the first in-game hour is an half of the success. When it's done, you need to arm yourself better. This chapter will tell you where to look for weapons, backpacks and other military items. You'll read also about places which you should avoid. At the end of this chapter, you can find a brief analysis of Chernarus.
What we are interested in?
A backpack, food and hatchet are necessity for surviving in Chernarus. But you should find something more to stand against other players. Needed items:
- weapons, ammo and add-ons (more in Chapter 6),
- medicaments (more in Chapter 9),
- food reserves - the most valuable is rice and powder milk,
- can opener.
It's good to have also:
- hunting backpack. This one is big.
- military clothes; they are good to have, as you're not visible from distance,
- military helm and bulletproof vest; they may save your life,
- handcuffs with keys; if you want to disable someone.
Items you find, aren't always perfectly good. Their status is shown. There five different status in the game Those are:
pristine, worn, damaged, badly damaged, ruined
Pristine is ideal, ruined is the worst. There isn't rule about how the item works in particular state. Some items lose their features, the other ones only looks worse. In general, only ruined items can't be used. With only exception for clothes and backpacks, which look worse and give worse protection. Item state gets worse with falls. Some items also break as the time goes or if you use them a lot. When you get shot e.g. in backs, probably all your items in the backpack get ruined. But when you are hit in head, the items in backpack are intact.
Where to find items?
In regular houses you won't find weapons or other military items. The most often you find there food, clothes and other small things. Those really previous ones should be searched for in following buildings:
Shed - first place where you should search for a hatchet. You can also find here weapon and ammo.
Barracks - you can find here often weapon, military clothes and hunting backpack.
Medical point - here you can find, first of all, food and clothes.
Hospital - here you find medicaments and sometimes food.
School - you can find here weapon, ammo and other useful items.
Supermarket - food on shelves and backpack.
Prison - weapons and ammo. Sometimes also medicaments.
Garages - there won't be weapon, but a lot of food and other things.
Military and Medical Tents - they often hide weapon and add-ons.
Control tower - you can find here weapon, ammo and add-ons.
Police station - weapon, handcuffs with keys.
Cars - in their trunks you often find ammo and weapon add-ons.
Besides the buildings listed above, you can also search through tenements, administration buildings, hangars, halls or farm buildings. You can find there a lot of items, but rather not weapons.
Things listed above aren't the only ones you can find. But they are the most probable findings. Of course, when you can find weapon, there can be also ammo and add-ons. Items like food or less significant equipment can be found almost everywhere.
Where not to look
While searching through, you have to be very careful. You can run into other players searching the same place. Before entering the building, look around if there is anyone nearby. Remember that open door shows that someone was here or still is, and you probably won't find anything. If you find to rearm on full server, avoid prisons and airports. Very often groups of players are waiting there just to kill a wanderer. You'll learn more about it in Chapter 8. To find equipment, you can visit less crowded servers. There is lesser chance that you'll die and begin searching once again.
Chernarus - the most important places
Respawn points are located mostly on the northern-east part of the map. It makes cities like Berezino, Charnya Polana, Svietlojarsk, Krasnostav, or Solnichniy the most crowded ones. Especially Berezino is full of people. It means, that you have be very cautious as it's easy to die there. Other places where you can meet someone: Big Airport, airport in Krasnostav, airport in Balot, Charnogorsk, Elektrozavodsk and Kamyshowo. That's why you always have to look around while entering building in this areas. And while inside, search all corners, as someone may be waiting for you with M4A1.