Need for Speed Payback has 20 Roaming Racers. They are driving around predefined routes and don’t stay in one fixed location. However, their routes are always the same even after you’ve defeated them. The easiest way to find them is go to the locations shown in the screenshots below and just wait there for 5-10 minutes. Eventually they will have to drive past that point. The Roaming Racers only show up on the map after you’ve gotten close to them, just like all other collectibles in the game. That’s the reason you might be “missing” one of them on the map. They are there, just not showing up until you’ve actually seen them on the road.
Furthermore, you must make some story progress for them to show up. They aren’t there from the start. Beat the story first and they’re all guaranteed to show up (before then they are pretty much impossible to defeat anyway). There are 4 factions, each one having 5 racers (4 “normal” ones + 1 boss). You must beat each racer 3 times to lure out the boss. After winning, the roaming racers level up (rookie, pro, veteran). The third time you face them they will be veteran level. Their car level just gets higher each time so you must upgrade your own car to stand a chance. You can also ram them off the road at the start of the challenge and then use nitrous to build a lot of distance quickly. The goal is to stay in the lead for a certain amount of time or build so much distance that it’s impossible for them to catch up. If you lose against a roaming racer you can challenge them again immediately. After you win they will disappear from the map for a short while. Just beat another racer or play an event and they will respawn in the same place as before.
Beating the roaming racers is needed for 3 trophies & achievements:
- Who Runs this Town? – Win all the events and beat all the Roaming Racers in the game
- Wherever I May Roam – Beat all 4 Roaming Racer bosses
- Supercars for Breakfast – Beat all the members of the 1% Club roaming racers league in the Nissan GT-R
Roaming Racer Locations
Below you can find screenshots of all 20 roaming racer locations. As mentioned above, just stand in the spot of the screenshot for a few minutes until the racer drives past you:
Those were all roaming racers in NFS Payback. For the other collectibles refer to Need for Speed Payback All Collectible Locations (Maps).