Days Gone has 18 Nero Research Sites. They give you Nero Injector stat upgrades to increase Health, Stamina and Focus. This guide shows all Days Gone Research Site Locations.
As an added bonus you’ll find one Nero Intel at each of these sites to help you get a higher completion rate.
The way you’d normally unlock the Research Sites on the map is to capture the Ambush Camps. This will give you at least on Nero Research Site on the map. Then listen to the Nero Intel from that Research Site and it will give you the next Research Location. Repeat for all other regions. Of course with this guide you can skip all that and head straight to the marked spot. When you get close to the Research Site it will get marked on the world map.
Most of them are either in Freaker Caves or require you to make long jumps with the motorcycle. Go to the caves at night (at day the Freakers sleep in there and would kill you). For the bike jumps you should first get a Nitrous Upgrade. If a jump is too far get better upgrades to increase your top speed.
None of these are missable! After the story there’s free-roam and you can go back to all regions and finish up any side activities and collectibles you have left. It’s worth noting that there are two temporary points of no return. One at the end of 3rd region “Lost Lake” and one more at the end of 5th region “Crater Lake”. This will lock you out of some regions until the end of the story. Then after the story the whole map opens up again.
Nero Research Site #1: Found at the end of a dark cave. Go here at night. At day there will be Freakers inside.
Nero Research Site #2: Located underground, inside the cave where you eavesdropped on a Nero Scientist after the story mission in the graveyard. Go here at night because at day Freakers are hiding inside.
Nero Research Site #3: Found at the end of a bridge.
Nero Research Site #4: This requires you to use nitrous boost with your bike and jump over a cliff to a hill with a crashed helicopter. If your bike isn’t fast enough get all upgrades from the 3rd region Lost Lake.
Nero Research Site #5: This one requires a bike jump with nitrous boost. Then you find the research site on top of a hill. If your bike isn’t fast enough get all upgrades from the 3rd region Lost Lake.
Nero Research Site #6: Found inside a Freaker Cave. Come here at night.
Lost Lake Region
Nero Research Site #7: Found just outside a cave.
Nero Research Site #8: This requires a bike jump to a cliff with a crashed helicopter. If your bike isn’t fast enough get all upgrades from the 3rd region Lost Lake.
Iron Butte Region
Nero Research Site #9: In the southern Iron Butte Ambush Camp you can bike jump across a cliff with nitrous boost to reach this reasearch site. If your bike isn’t fast enough get all upgrades from the 3rd region Lost Lake.
Crater Lake Region
Nero Research Site #10: Found inside mine. You will first enter this mine during a story mission in Crater Lake region, so if it’s not reachable yet you must advance the story further until you go there.
Nero Research Site #11: Found on top of a mountain.
Nero Research Site #12: Located at a cave entrance.
Nero Research Site #13: Found inside a house. You go to this house during one of the last few story mission “This Could Be It”.
Nero Research Site #14: Found on an island. Requires a very long bike jump across a cliff with nitrous. If your bike isn’t fast enough get the upgrades from the 4th camp called Diamond Lake.
Highway 97 Region
Nero Research Site #15: Found inside a cave.
Nero Research Site #16: Found inside a small cave.
Nero Research Site #17: Found on an island. Requires you to first bike jump to an island in the middle of the river and from there jump over to the 2nd island. If your bike is not yet fast enough get the upgrades from the 4th camp called Diamond Lake.
Nero Research Site #18: The final Nero Research is found under a bridge and is easy to get.
That’s all of the Nero Research Site Locations in Days Gone and how you can reach them. After you found all of these and the Nero Checkpoints you will have maxed out all 3 of your stats: Health, Stamina, Focus.
For all other Days Gone Collectible Types check out the full Days Gone Collectibles Guide.