In Days Gone you will encounter so-called Hordes. They are the biggest groups of Freakers in the game. Taking down such a large group can be a challenge so this guide will show you the best ways to kill hordes.
Easiest Way to Kill Hordes
- Use the Chicago Chopper gun, purchased at the 5th Camp “Wizard Island” in Crater Lake Region. It’s basically a Tommy Gun (submachine gun) that kills Freakers in a single bullet. It has high rate of fire and lots of ammo. With the “Up The Ante” ranged skill you can carry 275 ammo for it. That’s 275 kills. Spray a full clip into the Horde, when they get close roll to dodge and build some distance, then repeat.
- Use Explosives. You can buy Grenades from camps that you have high trust with. You can also craft throwables in the weapon wheel. A well-placed grenade will take out 20-30 Freakers.
- Buy the saddlebags upgrade for your bike. It lets you buy ammo reserves in advance that go on your bike. While you’re out chasing hordes you can refill ammo at your bike without returning to camp. So you have 200+ bullets that all deal instant kills and can refill ammo multiple times. Even the biggest hordes won’t stand a chance.
If you combine these 3 tactics the hordes won’t stand a chance. The Chicago Chopper is crazy overpowered as it deals the damage of a shotgun while having the fire rate and mag size of an assault rifle.
Of course in the early game you won’t have access to this gun yet. In that case, buy whatever weapons you can. At the 2nd camp (Belknap region) is the first opportunity to buy better guns. Try what suits your playstyle (you can also make a manual save before buying the gun and if you don’t like the purchase reload). In the early game Shotguns are generally better because they are most likely to do 1-hit kills while running away from a horde. It’s all the more important you use explosives to weaken the horde then. When only 10-15% are left it’s easier to pick them off one by one with a shotgun.
A quick word on how hordes behave: At day they will hide inside caves. They always go back to the same cave. When it gets dark they come out and roam near their cave at night. They like to seek out feeding grounds and bodies of water to drink. It’s easier to attack them at day because you don’t have to deal with other Freakers. If you attack them at night the noise will attract more Freakers that are nearby.
Also keep in mind you must kill every single Freaker in the horde to eradicate the horde. If only one of them wandered off it won’t count as a having killed a Horde. This is another reason why it’s better to attack them in their cave at day – because it’s easier to track them.
Hordes also get stronger with every region. Region 1-2 have small hordes. Region 3 has medium-sized hordes. Region 5-6 have the biggest hordes consisting of hundreds of Freakers.
After the story all Hordes get automatically marked on your world map. Finishing all Hordes is basically the endgame. This is perfect to reach trust level 3 with all camps and unlock all 45 skills because you get a lot of XP and trust from killing the hordes. Bigger hordes give more XP and Trust.
For all Horde Locations see this: Days Gone All Horde Locations.