Supernova is one of the difficulty modes in The Outer Worlds. This is the most challenge difficulty level. It introduces new mechanics to the game. This page will tell you how to survive in Supernova mode.
Exploration and saving the game
During the game, you will explore many locations. They have important points that are used for fast travel. However, these points are blocked in the Supernova mode - you can only fast travel to your ship.
In addition, the saving options are also limited. You can save manually only when you are in your ship. Automatic saves are done when you move from one location to another.
If you have trouble with a specific quest and you are afraid to go through it in a single approach, you can use the save mechanic to your advantage. Simply go to another location. The game will make an autosave.
In The Outer Worlds, the biggest change when compared to other difficulty levels is the need to take care of three physiological needs - hunger, thirst and sleep. Neglecting them will negatively affect your character's stats, e.g. fatigue will reduce intelligence.
These needs are represented by three separate indicators.
They deplete gradually, imposing negative effects on your character. When this happens, a corresponding icon will appear next to the health bar. This is a signal that you need to meet that need.
Supernova mode also allows you to recruit companions. However, it is easier to lose them - their death during a battle is permanent. If your companion dies, then you won't be able to resurrect them. Also, their personal quest will end in failure (provided it was active at the moment of death).
To avoid losing a companion in The Outer Worlds, you must adjust their behavior. Go to the panel of the selected companion. There, you will find a tab dedicated to the actions of that particular hero. Set the desired attack distance to "far" or "medium" and the weapon to "ranged". This way, your friends will be less prone to injury.
You should also go to the companions' weapons menu and get rid of melee weapons. To minimize the risk of death, you should also remove a grenade launcher and light machine gun from their inventory. Even though these are powerful weapons, they are characterized by a relatively short range. This increases the risk of death.
Fights in Supernova mode require you to be much more careful. Your opponents are more resistant to damage. To eliminate the enemies effectively, you need to look for their weak spots. Use Tactical Time Dilation - it allows you to examine your opponent without the risk that they will suddenly change their position or shoot at you.
When facing living opponents, look for body parts uncovered by armor. As for robots, you have to target open electronic components.
It is also very important to use covers. Usually, your character will die after a few shots. Melee weapons and fighting in open space are two very risky things. You should also always carry healing items. To maximize their healing capabilities, develop the Medical attribute.