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What Is Endurance & Stamina - How To Manage & Recover It
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What Is Endurance & Stamina - How To Manage & Recover It

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Read this article to find out more about the Stamina mechanic in Death Stranding. Find out how to manage it effectively & finish your order!

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9 Essential Tips to Know

What Is Endurance (Light Blue Bar)?

The Energy Level Of Sam


The light blue bar is Endurance. It shows the energy level of Sam that's used when he does hard activities like running, climbing, and holding breath. Think of it as the charge in a battery, which drains as you do arduous stunts.

Recovers Quickly

Endurance recovers quickly when Sam isn't doing anything that requires physical exertion. Stopping for a while will recover it, so pause a bit if Endurance is about to run out.

Can't Bear The Load If Depleted

When Endurance bar is fully depleted, Sam cannot bear his load and will easily fall down, usually damaging cargo in the process. Take a pause to let Endurance recover.

What Is Stamina (Dark Blue Bar)?

The Durability Of Sam's Body

Stamina Gauges

The dark blue bar under Endurance is called Stamina. It represents the overall durability of Sam's body, and is used up when Sam's physical condition takes damage or strain, such as when crossing a cold river.

Doesn't Recover Without Actions

Unlike Endurance, Stamina requires active actions from the player in order to recover. It is difficult to recover Stamina quickly in the field, but drinking water & taking a break helps a bit.

Depletes Under Strain Or Exposure

Stamina is usually depleted when running, enduring the elements or fighting. Think of it as the durability of a battery, which gets damaged when forced to be used under constant strain.

Reduces Max Endurance When Low

Depleted Stamina will lower your Max Endurance gauge, further limiting your actions.

When Is Endurance Used?



Climbing can be initiated when you approach obstacles that you cannot walk over. Hold Triangle key to climb over obstacles or up vertical slopes, depleting Endurance. You'll fall if Endurance bar is depleted.

Holding Your Breath

Hold Your Breath

Holding your breath is used when BTs are in the vicinity. You can crouch down and hold your breath to evade them, but it will use up your Stamina. If you hold your breath when Endurance bar is depleted, you lose Blood Levels.

Crossing Steep Terrain

Crossing Steep Terrain

Crossing steep terrain will quickly lower Endurance. Use scan to find a smoother path.

How to Use Odradek Scanner guide

When Is Stamina Used?



To run, press the the left control stick button to go into running mode, and press it again to stop. Sam will start to move significantly faster, at the cost of Stamina.

Staying In Water

Simply being in water will drain Stamina. Walk along rivers and only enter bodies of water when necessary.

Moving In Strong Winds

Moving in strong winds will drain more stamina. Move out of the zone quickly, or find cover.

When Tackling Enemies

When Tackling mules in mule camps, stamina will drain faster. Use stealth to take them out without too much brawling.

What Are Mule Bases?

How To Manage Stamina Effectively

Avoid Running Too Much

Running too much can deplete your stamina gauge, especially when under a heavy load. Use it only when needed or you'll run out od stamina during crucial phases.

Avoid Mountains Or Use A Ladder


Complicated terrain will use a lot of stamina, so it might be better to avoid climbing mountains unless necessary. If you need to climb, bring a ladder or a rope. Using a ladder or rope will not consume any stamina!

Use Scan To Avoid Steep Terrain


Use scan to spot places where you could easily trip. If there is rough terrain ahead of you, make sure to use this feature. Tripping can cause you to lose endurance and damage your cargo.

Reduce Your Cargo Load

One other option is to simply reduce how much cargo you're carrying. The more cargo you have, the more stamina you will use up.

Be Careful While Crossing Rivers


Going through water drains your stamina & endurance rapidly. Make sure to take breaks when doing this in order to ensure you don't drown. Standing still in the river will recover your stamina.

How To Recover Stamina?

Rest In Your Private Room


Resting in your Private Room will fully recover your Stamina. It is the most effective way to recover all your stamina bar.

Take A Rest In The Field

Take a rest when out in the field, slowing recovering stamina. If your Blood level is lowered, you can also take a nap to recover it during rest.

Drink Water


Drinking water is a reliable way of restoring stamina when on the field. Keep in mind that if you run out of water, you can refill your canteen during Time Fall (raining) . You can also refill it in your private room.

Check out your Private Room guide here!

Bathe In A Hot Spring

If you spot a hot spring, make sure to jump in because they will also restore your stamina, while soothing BB along the way.

What Is BB (Bridge Baby)?

Go Into A Safe Zone

Resting in proximity to a facility or other safe zones will recover your stamina at a faster rate. Find shelter when the trip is taking its toll.

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