- Weapon: Your current weapon, current ammo, and amount of clips in your pockets are shown here.
- Stats: The debug monitor shows various stats such as how many zombies and players killed, your blood and temperature. Blood caps at 12,000 but note that if you drop below 9,000 blood you have a chance of passing out when attacked. Your temperature should be around 42; drop too low and you will catch a cold and die.
- Sound: This symbol shows how much sound you are making, the more sound you make, the more brackets that appear to the left of the symbol. Try to keep this down to a minimum by walking and crawling as much as possible to avoid alerting the infected.
- Visibility: This symbol shows how easy you are to see, and much like the sound symbol, more brackets appear as you become more visible. Stay crouched and behind cover as much as possible to avoid alerting the infected. Note: Infected can sometimes see through walls if you get too close.
- Temp: This symbol will change from green to red as your temperature drops (see stats box). Walking around in the rain or sitting in the wild at night will cause you to get cold. Campfires and heat packs can be used to raise your temperature. This symbol will flash red when a critical temperature has been reached.
- Thirst: This symbol will changes from green to red as you become thirsty. Running and sprinting will cause you to become dehydrated faster. Drinking cans of soda or bottles of water will replenish your thirst, this symbol will flash red when you are about to die from dehydration. You have ten minutes until you die when it starts flashing.
- Health: This symbol changes from green to red as you lose more blood (health). You can see the amount of blood you have in the stats box. Eating cooked meat or receiving a blood transfusion restores blood. This symbol will flash red when you are close to dying, and will also have a plus symbol when you are bleeding.
- Hunger: This symbol changes from green to red as you become hungrier. Eating canned food or cooked meat will eliminate your hunger. This symbol will flash red when you are about to die from starvation, you have ten minutes until you die when it starts flashing.
- Actions: Scrolling your mouse wheel while looking at objects will show the various actions you can perform here. Click the middle mouse button on your selected action to perform it.
- Chat Box: This is pretty self-explanatory, any form of chat (if it’s enabled on the server) will show here.
- Item List: This list shows all items currently in your inventory, backpack and on the ground. The number on the left of the item shows how many items are on the ground or in your backpack if it’s open. The number on the right is how many of that item you have in your inventory.
- Filters: Quickly sort through your item list with the filter bar. Selecting one of the categories with the arrows will allow you to sort the list based on item type.
- Item Description: Find out more about an item by reading the description. This can tell you the purpose of an item, what it belongs to, and much more. For example, you can see which guns use a particular type of ammo.
- Optics: Binoculars and Night Vision Goggles take up the optics slots.
- Primary Weapon: Your currently equipped primary weapon.
- Backpack: Your backpack acts as a separate inventory, you can only use items in your backpack when they have been taken out and placed in your general inventory. Select your backpack, and then click the open bag button on the bottom of the inventory window.
- Inventory: Items kept on your immediate person are stored in this inventory, keep items which you use regularly or require quick access to in these slots. Right click on items in your inventory to use them (if extra actions available).
- Sidearm: Your currently equipped sidearm.
- Ammo/Bandages: Sidearm ammo and bandages are kept in these 8 slots; excess ammo/bandages can be kept in your backpack.
- Tool Belt: All your currently equipped tools are stored on this belt.
- Bleeding: When attacked you have a chance to start bleeding from your wounds, a plus symbol will show on your health meter when you are bleeding, as well as blood spurting from your body. To stop bleeding you need to use a bandage. To restore blood, either use a blood pack found in hospitals or eat cooked meat.
- Pain: When your character is in pain you will begin shaking uncontrollably, this leaves you unable to aim. In order to remove pain you need to take painkillers.
- Broken Bones: You can break your bones in DayZ, by closing a door on yourself, falling down stairs or being attacked. A broken bone symbol will appear on the right of your screen, and you will only be able to crawl or crouch without moving. In order to fix a broken bone you need to take a morphine injection, which can be found in hospitals.
- Shock: Your player can go in to a state of shock when taking large amounts of damage or from gunshot wounds. Shock is an incurable state and lasts five minutes; if you log out while this effect is active then you will become unconscious for 2 minutes and 20 seconds when you next log in. Be careful!
- Unconscious: When your blood is below 9,000 you have a chance to be knocked unconscious when begin attacked. While unconscious, a timer will appear on the screen and you will not be able to perform any actions until the timer runs out.
After playing DayZ for a while it becomes very clear that getting from one location to another is a daunting task that can sometimes take many hours. This can also become a pain when you set up a camp, if it’s located a great distance from where you like to gather loot it can be a long haul back and forward from your camp – especially with only a backpack. Luckily for players there are vehicles in DayZ – cars, vans, trucks, buses, helicopters etc. Vehicles allow players to not only travel the world much more quickly; it also allows you to store more items on your travels. This can make stocking up your camp quite an easy process, and something players should think about pursuing as they become more experienced in the workings of DayZ.
Vehicles have a chance to spawn at specific locations on the map, which can be viewed online on the DayZ Map I mentioned earlier ( http://dayzdb.com/map ). Generally the only players who will have a chance at getting their own vehicle are clans or well-equipped players. This doesn’t mean a brand new player can’t get one; they are just a lot of work to keep and maintain. Vehicles spawn with many problems, whether that is no tires, broken windows or a broken engine. Players will need to find parts in industrial loot spawn areas to fix up vehicles before they can be driven or flown in the case of helicopters (heli’s aren’t in the current build, but are returning very soon). Vehicles will also require fuel; a Jerry Can can be used to fill up vehicles and will hold 20 Litres per can.
To repair a vehicle, hop in to take a look in the top left at the condition of the various parts. Red means it’s broken, green means it’s in working order. Jump out, and if you have the parts already, scroll your mouse wheel over the vehicle and select the part which you want to repair. To store equipment in your vehicle, hop in the back seat, scroll your mouse wheel and select ‘gear’. Much like tents, don’t forget to save your vehicle so you don’t lose you items. Finally, be careful when driving! These vehicles aren’t brand new, and neither are the parts you are repairing them with. Vehicles can break easy, so bring extra parts, plenty of fuel, and preferably a group of friends to help protect it.
WELCOME TO DAYZ SURVIVOR, ENJOY YOUR STAY.