One of the quicker ways to get around in Death Stranding is with vehicles. This quick guide shows you how to get vehicles and where to craft them.
- In Story Episode 3, beat the mandatory story mission “[Order No. 23] Retrieval: System Server”
- At the end of this mission you return to Lake Knot City. Upon completing the mission you unlock the Reverse Trike. It’s a 3-wheeled bike.
- You can also unlock various types of trucks from leveling up other facilities (by bringing deliveries to them). For example, in Central Region level up “Distribution Center South of Lake Knot City”. It gives you multiple levels of “Long Range Truck”.
Trucks require a bit more crafting materials but they are more sturdy and can cover a lot more weight at once. You can even load your cargo into the back of the truck.
Bikes require the least crafting materials. They are more versatile, even in rocky terrain you can drive between rocks and get around obstacles more easily. You can attach extra cargo to the basic reverse trike by holding while standing next to it (doesn’t work with long-range trike). You can also still be carrying cargo on your back as you drive. When MULEs shoot at you they can damage the cargo.
Unfortunately, the trucks you see around facilities cannot be used. Their batteries are dead, cannot be recharged and you can’t enter those trucks.
In order to power vehicles you must charge them at a generator (How to Get Generator). If you see sparks coming out of your vehicle it’s nearly destroyed. Bring it to a garage to repair it. You can also park vehicles at your garage (garage is above your private room in any facility). Vehicles from other players can also be retrieve in your garage.