Whether Radiation Island is your first foray into survival-based video games, or whether you’re simply taking a breather from playing your months-old DayZ character, one thing is certain: you’re going to need all the help you can get.

With an entire island teeming with hostile wildlife and undead running rampant, players will need to keep their wits about them, if they are to survive long enough to solve the mystery of the island. Gamezebo’s Radiation Island tips, cheats and strategies should help to keep you alive longer than you ever thought possible.

As an island veteran myself, I feel it is my duty to share with you newcomers what I have learned from my time on Radiation Island.

Cook Your Meat

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Killing some animals grants you the chance of collecting raw meat. Sure, you can eat your meat raw, but if you take the time to cook it, it will do a better job of replenishing your hunger meter.

All that you need to do is gather enough resources to build a furnace. Put some twigs in as fuel, plop the meat down in the furnace next to the fuel and boom: dinner is served.

Adhere to a Fat Free Diet

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Sometimes animals will drop fat which you can use as food or, more importantly, to build torches with. Considering the ever-present need for torches, munching on fat is definitely a waste of a valuable resource. Without a torch’s light at night you’re useless as an explorer, and you’ll just be stuck sitting around a campfire until the sun rises.

Bundle Up

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You can’t see them, but they can see you.

So say you accidentally ate all your animal fat, and the sun is quickly setting…what do you do? Answer: You make a campfire to stave off the predators of the night.

You did remember to pick up all those bundles of twigs you saw laying around all day, right? Right?!

Well, if you did, great. Now you can keep your fire roaring all night long. If you didn’t…well, you better start running, those wolves look hungry.

Handle With Care

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Wolf + Bad Aim = Broken Box

I learned this one the hard way.

You have the ability to construct storage boxes that you can use to store excess supplies in. Always be sure to store these boxes in an out-of-the-way location. The boxes themselves are destructable, and one missed swing of your tomahawk (or any other weapon or tool) can doom your beautiful box to oblivion.

Keep the boxes inside, as you are much less likely to have to fight off wild animals or monsters indoors.

Hoarders of Radiation Island

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Hand icons indicate items you can pick up.

Speaking of storage boxes: use them! They are very easy to build and by stocking up on every single thing you see when you first begin scavenging, you’ll be doing yourself a favor in the long run.

I wasted so much time making errand runs for one specific resource. If I had just picked up everything I came across, and stored it properly (and safely!) I would have been way more efficient, and been able to explore deeper into the heart of the island faster.

Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers

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There are tons of “abandoned” buildings all throughout the island. Scour them, and if you’re lucky, you’ll find some leftover supplies that the previous inhabitants left behind. But keep in mind that you should never store too many weapons on your character at once. When you die, you lose the weapons you had with you, so it is better to only take one or two out with you on a trip, and leave the rest at home.

No one wants to spend an hour building three, resource-expensive weapons, only to lose them because you ate all your fat by accident and couldn’t build a torch to see at night, blindly walking off a cliff as a result.

Not that I’m speaking from experience, or anything like that.