Check out this Days Gone guide on the different effects of the climate, and day & night cycle! Learn more about how to use these to your advantage to survive against enemies and freakers!
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Day / Night Cycle & Weather Overview
Day & Night Affect Your Gameplay
Days Gone employs a real-time system that will cycle between day and night as you explore the Pacific Northwest. The time of day will change the behavior of enemies, meaning you will have to adjust your approach to survival!
Weather Changes Affect Enemy Behavior
Enemy behavior will also change depending on the weather while you are playing. Some climate changes will force you to play more stealthily while others will require you to be a little more crafty!
Effects Of Changes In Weather & Time
Day Cycle & Weather Effects
|Daytime||- Freakers are weaker when there is light.|
- Enemies have better vision
|Nighttime||- Enemies have less vision.|
- Freakers leave their nest and roam.
- Freakers are stronger & more active.
|Rain||- Enemies have less vision.|
- Dampens sound.
- More Freakers appear when raining during the day.
- Makes terrain harder to navigate on vehicles.
- Freakers are stronger.
|Snowing||- Enemies have less vision.|
- Cold weather makes Freakers stronger.
Day: Freakers Can See Better
Despite being less aggressive during daytime, Freakers will have better vision since it is not very dark. Exploring in the daytime may require you to play more stealthily in order to avoid detection.
Night: Roaming Freakers Leave Nests
Freakers will leave their nests to roam around at night. Since they travel in groups, only a few Freakers will be left for you to deal with in the nest. This is ideally the best time for you to clear out those nests.
Clearing Nests Unlocks Fast Travel
Successfully clearing a nest of Freakers will unlock Fast Travel to that area. This would be best if you need to immediately travel to certain locations on the map.
Rain: Lowers Character's Detection
The sound of the rain will dampen the noise that you make when doing certain actions. It also lowers your visibility. However, rain will allow Freakers to appear more frequently during the day since there is less light.
Vehicles Will Be Harder To Maneuver
The rain will make different terrain harder to traverse. Wet roads can be a danger when riding at high speeds, and muddy terrain can hinder your movement speed.
Night, Rain, & Snow: Makes Freakers Stronger
Since there is less light, Freakers will become stronger and will be able to deal more damage to you. Despite this, darkness will also obstruct their vision, making you harder to see!
More XP Awarded For Killing Stronger Freakers
Freakers that are stronger due to the snowy weather will award you with more XP when you kill them. This may be a good way of farming XP if you need it!
How To Change Day To Night & Vice-Versa
Sleep In Bunkers & Safehouses
Sleeping at Safe Locations such as Bunkers and Safehouses will both save your progress and advance time. If you want to switch from day to night, head for a safe location, and get some sleep!