DayZ stands tall as one of the original pioneers in the competitive realm of open-world gaming where players pit themselves against each other. Boasting an unforgettable debut alongside Rust, another behemoth title released a mere five days later, DayZ has cemented itself as a classic staple for gamers who adore traversing through zombie-infested worlds. 

If you're fond of games like Unturned or Project Zomboid, then rest assured that DayZ will satiate your cravings for adventure and survival. Nevertheless, beginners often find themselves plagued with numerous uncertainties upon joining the fray: how to create fire; how to build bases; and what to do when suffering from injuries like broken legs! Fret not, however – we are here to tackle all these inquiries and more so you can confidently assert yourself as a seasoned veteran amidst hordes of ravenous undead!

How to choose a location for your Base

It's better to squat in a warehouse that already exists rather than starting from scratch if you want the best base in DayZ. These big spaces are easy to safeguard and can even fit cars inside. You just need some wooden fences to cover up windows, walls, or doors (if one entrance is enough for ya). Plus, using warehouses saves wood while giving you more protection and space for your money.

Tips for Beginners and FAQs

Newbies in DayZ often have a lot of tiny queries that they want to get sorted out. So, without any more delay, here are some brief answers to commonly asked questions.

How do I craft?

To craft stuff in DayZ, you just gotta drag one item onto another in your inventory. That'll bring up a list of crafting panels for those two things. If you wanna know all the possible crafts, check out the DayZ Crafting Wiki link here.

How do I build a fire?

So, the first thing you gotta do is put together a Fireplace Kit. To make this happen, just mix up some Kindling (like paper) with some natural Fuel (like Sticks). Then lay out your kit and toss in more sticks for fuel before lighting it all up with a match. Boom! You've got yourself a man's red flower at your fingertips!

How do I fix a broken leg?

To fix a busted leg, you gotta give it time to heal and use a splint. Make your own by grabbing some sticks and wrapping bandages around them. Once done, put that sucker on your leg so you can start healing up!

How do I get rid of sickness? (CONTINUE HERE)

You can treat most illnesses just like in the real world. All you gotta do is eat healthily and drink fresh water, and your body will heal itself in due time. But if you wanna get better fast, pop some Tetracycline pills - they'll give your immune system a boost with all sorts of good vitamins!

How do I start building?

First, you gotta make kits to build stuff. Make a fence kit or fireplace kit and put in some other materials to get the final product. It can be annoyingly time-consuming but it makes the game more real. Sadly, DayZ doesn't have crossplay yet. You can only play with peeps on your own console 'cause that's what developers want for now. They said there are loads of technical issues like VOIP and player reporting systems that need fixing before they allow crossplay though!

How do I get guns?

Having guns is crucial as time passes. With them, you can kill zombie groups without risking yourself and negotiate peacefully with other gamers. Luckily, there are several beginner-friendly firearms that one can easily acquire in the game. When starting out, it's advisable to check nearby police stations and docks for weapons such as handguns or submachine guns available in larger cities' police stations. If you're lucky enough at Docks, military crates may spawn containing high-level armaments of different types and equipment inside. Here's the list of available guns in the game.

Other games similar to DayZ

If you're into games like DayZ, there are a bunch of similar ones out there to try. Rust, Ark, Conan Exiles, and Project Zomboid all share the same kind of open-world survival vibe. And if you like zombie stuff where looting for supplies is key, check out 7 Days to Die or Unturned (or even give Project Zomboid another go). 

All these games have tough challenges - especially when it comes down to facing off against other human players - and they also make sure your character needs food/water/medical attention/etc in order to survive. So yeah...if any of that sounds cool then maybe take DayZ for a spin? Or swap things around and see how 7 Days stack up instead!

If you're looking for more Co-Op Survival Games?

Check out games that have launched or launching in 2023, Nightingale by Inflexion Games, and Sons of The Forest by Endnight Games. You can also check out the update coming to V-RISING's Gloomrot Update. And more guides on our blog.