On this page of our guide to Death Stranding we explain whether is it possible to repair a damaged cargo and how to actually do it. This is a very important issue, as excessive damage to transported items can lead to their destruction or to reduction of the reward collected for the order.
Transported items can be damaged in several different ways:
- Because of the Timefall.
- As a result of hero's fall.
- As a result of dropping them from a high height.
- As a result of enemy attacks.
- As a result of carrying them in wrong position. For example, some goods have to be transported horizontally.
You can keep track of the condition of transported cargo in your inventory. There are two separate bars - the item status bar (Damage) and the container status bar (Container Damage). Usually, the container status bar gets depleted first, but the transported item can be damaged even if the condition of the container has not yet fallen to 0%.
The game allows you to repair the containers only. You cannot repair the transported items, including those that are not stored in a container. If an item is damaged, you must (unfortunately) accept this state of affairs. On the other hand, you can acquire or craft another item of this type.
Containers can be repaired for the first time after completing order number 8 - Collection: Chiral Crystals. As a reminder, this is an order which contains a tutorial on collecting Chiral Crystals. One of the rewards for completing this mission is the Container Repair Spray. You will immediately receive a few units of spray. You can find more spray cans in the game world or craft them personally. Fortunately, these are cheap and very lightweight items.
After a container has been damaged, select it from the inventory and put it on the ground. Call up the drop-down menu and select a repair spray from it.
You can spray on the damaged container now. The longer you use the spray, the more durability points the container can recover. The repaired item can be added to the main hero's inventory again.
Most missions provide a reward for delivering a cargo with goods that don't exceed the 50% level of damage. If there is more damage, consider loading some previously saved game to repeat the section when the cargo got damaged.
The spray isn't the only way to repair the containers. Alternatively, you can also use Timefall Shelter. These unique structures can be accessed after completing order #27 - Chiralium Gauge Delivery: Weather Station. They will be automatically unlocked in the PCC.
Hiding under a Timefall Shelter can result in the immediate repair of transported containers. If it is still raining, you can also try to wait until the rain stops - you won't risk damaging the containers when leaving the shelter.
It is worth noting that you don't need to build all Timefall Shelters yourself. If you play online, then you can find shelters built by other players - they also restore containers to perfect condition.