The Long Dark - Transition Zones and Region Maps
While some players swear that The Long Dark is best enjoyed when you have no idea where you’re going, I disagree. I’m a more casual player of games, so having region maps for The Long Dark vastly improved my experience. Having put 400 hours into the game, I no longer need them, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t handy to keep close by.
The Long Dark – All Region Maps
We’re going to mix and match the region maps we show you between those created by the legendary Whiteberry, and some that we personally made using the in-game Cartography mechanic. Basically, we’ll show you the most complete and up to date map we can find.
Mystery lake is the perfect place to start your journey in The Long Dark if you’re a new player. It has a little bit of everything and not too much of anything. There’s a good mix of indoor and outdoor locations, ice fishing, great base options, and the weather isn’t too bad. Unfortunately, the Whiteberry region maps for Mystery lake are out of date. Luckily, we mapped it for you using the Cartography mechanic.
The Whiteberry region maps never featured a finished Forlorn Muskeg, but we spent 23 days there so we could map it for you.
In case you weren’t aware, there are no indoor locations besides a single cave. It’s not all bad, though. You can survive there if you’re a veteran player with good gear and an understanding of the area. You might not want to try it out long-term on Interloper, but Voyager and Stalker should be fine. There are a few decent places to sleep, so long as you can always build a fire.
This region was introduced with The Long Dark’s story mode, although it’s clear that Hinterland hasn’t finished building it. Curious explorers can climb rocks to access areas that are intended to be used, but haven’t been finished. We snuck into those areas to provide you with one of the hottest region maps out there.
Carter Hydro Dam and Environs
This region is merely a transition zone between Mystery Lake and Pleasant Valley, but there are enough resources to stay there for a few nights. There can also be some decent loot if you know where to look, and luckily Whiteberry’s region maps show you just that.
Pleasant Valley is a huge map that’s tough on unsuspecting survivors. The weather is bad, there are bears almost every direction you go, and indoor locations can be few and far between. It’s loaded with great loot that you’ll want, so prepare with an essential trip to Pleasant Valley with one of Whiteberry’s most popular region maps.
By far the coolest transition zone in The Long Dark, Ravine is about as safe as you can be while you’re outdoors. There are no predators in the area, but there are deer and rabbits to hunt, cat tails so harvest, and at least three caves that you can sleep in. If you’re making your way from Mystery Lake to Coastal Highway, a night in the Ravine isn’t so bad.
As you become a veteran of the game, Coastal Highway is one of the better places to call home. It has everything you need to survive long-term, and is connected to several zones. The long lines of sight will allow you to spot predators before they spot you. In fact, the region is so big and there’s so much to see that you’ll want to keep one of the region maps close by for your first few hours there.
This is easily my least favorite transition zone. Old Island Connector is used to travel between Coastal Highway and Desolation Point, but it’s small. There are wolves there and the lines of sight are terrible. Try to make sure you aren’t giving off a scent when you pass through, and hopefully you can defend yourself. Study Whiteberry’s region maps before you enter this transition zone to make sure you know where you’re going. No messing around.
There’s not a lot of loot and not a lot to do. You can forge tools if you’d like, but once you’re done doing what you need to in Desolation Point, it’s probably time to move on. Exploring the zone only takes a few days at most, and it won’t be long before you miss the fishing in Costal Highway. Study Whiteberry’s region maps of the zone, then move on to a better place before you die of boredom.
Timberwolf Mountain is where veteran players come to live out their days. When all other zones have been looted and you don’t want to muck around with cabin fever, Desolation Point offers you the best retirement solution. It’ll take you some time to find and gather all the loot and resources, and the Mountaineer’s Hut is one of the best bases of the game. Plus, getting to the Summit of Timberwolf Mountain is a must for any players of The Long Dark. It’s also nearly impossible if you don’t use one of the region maps your first time.
That does it for all the region maps in The Long Dark. You should now have a good understanding of where you’re at and where you want to go. For more guides on The Long Dark, visit The Long Dark guide hub on TL;DR Games.