Bottiger

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This is the real guide to DayZ.

If you play the game with the other guides on the internet, you will probably rage-quit after your 20th death spending hours crawling like a slug trying to find a single weapon. Meanwhile, the veterans are using these tricks to have an easier time killing noobs.

DayZ is a zombie mod that gaming mags are raving about, that tries to be as "realistic" and hard as possible. If you go on the forums you will see everyone complaining about everything being too easy from things like spawning with a weapon to server chat, both of which have been removed. Most of the people who want it harder probably played hundreds of hours or enjoy killing the defenseless.

This guide does not mention a few essentials that every other guide already has.

Spawning

Keep joining servers until you find one during daytime so you can actually see something.

You will spawn by the south or the east of the coast. Use http://dayzmap.info/ to find out where you are and where to go.

Search for a Weapon and other Items

The first thing you need is a weapon, and trying to find it in the smaller towns nearby is a waste of time. The chances of a house/apartment having a weapon can be as low as 7%. Look for "deer stands" or other buildings that have a high chance of "military loot".

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This is what a "deer stand" looks like and it is a brown icon on the map.

You can actually click on buildings on the dayzmap website to see what they look like and the loot chance.

Use http://picacid.com/arma2/loot_en.html to find the drop chances of items you want.

Actually getting the weapon

Contrary to what every guide tells you, do not waste 30 minutes crawling to a building to avoid zombies. Zombie detection is based on chance which means they can detect you 100 feet away even when you are crawling behind them in pitch black.

The best thing to do is to find a building you want to farm and then sprint there. Once you are inside and the zombies are slowly walking to you, hit escape and exit. The zombies will leave and you can reconnect and farm the building at your leisure.

Joining a new server will allow you to farm the same place multiple times.

How to deal with Zombies

Zombies only spawn outside of buildings. They appear to be randomly generated when you walk into an area.

Fences or doors do not block zombies.

Zombies can outrun you outside of a building, inside a building they will walk slowly. Most buildings only have 1 entrance so you will probably need to exit the game to shake the zombies away.

How to deal with Player killers

Join a server with fewer people. Quit and join another server when you see them. Farm the less profitable towns away from the coast.

And that is DayZ summed up in a nutshell.
 
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sboles

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I want this game soo bad :/
i'd love to see rooster teeth do a LP of this, with Gsvin, Micheal, Jack, and Geoff.
 

Giildy

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Some of this... is incorrect. lemme just...
Actually getting the weapon

Contrary to what every guide tells you, do not waste 30 minutes crawling to a building to avoid zombies. Zombie detection is based on chance which means they can detect you 100 feet away even when you are crawling behind them in pitch black. Zombies are more likely to detect you based on how loud and visible you are. This player detection is broken and fixed every other patch. At the moment zombies are less likely to be aggrod by you when they are on the other side of walls, or debris. You can loose them now.

The best thing to do is to find a building you want to farm and then sprint there. DO NOT DO THIS. Once you are inside and the zombies are slowly walking to you, hit escape and exit. The zombies will leave and you can reconnect and farm the building at your leisure. When you sapwn near loot locations you actually despawn all the loot that's too close to you along with all the zombies. Also, you're a cheater if you do this and super lame.

Joining a new server will allow you to farm the same place multiple times. This is true, called server hopping, people usually do this to farm high value targets like factories or airfields.

How to deal with Zombies

Zombies only spawn outside of buildings. They appear to be randomly generated when you walk into an area. ZOMBIES DO SPAWN INSIDE BUILDINGS SINCE THE LAST PATCH. They do however spawn as you enter an area, and will not spawn too near to you. If you see zombies in an area that most likely means another survivor is near.

Fences or doors do not block zombies.

Zombies can outrun you outside of a building, inside a building they will walk slowly. Most buildings only have 1 entrance so you will probably need to exit the game to shake the zombies away. This is not true, many of the residential buildings only have one entrance.

How to deal with Player killers

Join a server with fewer people. Quit and join another server when you see them. QUITTING WHEN YOU ARE IN A FIREFIGHT IS SOMETHING THAT CAN GET YOU BANNED. Farm the less profitable towns away from the coast.

And that is DayZ summed up in a nutshell.
 

Giildy

Gaben's Own Aimbot
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zombies got broke again in the lastest patch. I think of the the main issues is that when you kill one zombie another immediately spawns
 

Zeiss

Face-Melting F2Per
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I want this game soo bad :/
i'd love to see rooster teeth do a LP of this, with Gsvin, Micheal, Jack, and Geoff.
Icton is planning on doing LPs, which if you want to hear a bunch of guys pooping their pants its worth it.
 

extaa

Gore-Spattered Heavy
Search for a Weapon and other Items

The first thing you need is a weapon, and trying to find it in the smaller towns nearby is a waste of time. The chances of a house/apartment having a weapon can be as low as 7%. Look for "deer stands" or other buildings that have a high chance of "military loot".

Land_Misc_deerstand.jpg


This is what a "deer stand" looks like and it is a brown icon on the map. But be advised - it is 100% chance that there is 1-3 soldier zombies so you need at least an axe to kill them and take the loot without any danger to your character.
Small fix.