Sam is a delivery machine in Death Stranding. It’s his job as a legendary porter to make deliveries all across America, no matter how far away his destination is or how long it takes him. However, players should learn how to optimize Sam’s carrying weight while he’s making these trips. Here’s the most efficient way to do it.
How to Optimize Cargo Load in Death Stranding
Death Stranding is a game about players optimizing their inventory space to get the most out of every delivery experience. If they have too little, a long journey from point A to point B won’t yield the best results. However, if Sam carries too much, he’s more likely to stumble and have trouble maneuvering around the landscape, or avoiding enemies. It’s all about knowing how much Sam can reasonably carry between locations.
The quickest way to make sure a player optimizes their cargo is by opening up the Cargo Management page. You can do this by hitting the “Options” button on your PlayStation 4 controller and go into the “Cargo” menu option. This menu is where all of the information about what Sam is carrying on his person. All you have to do is hit the green “triangle” button on your controller, and the game will automatically optimize Sam’s cargo.
You’ll want to do this before every journey, because not only do you have to worry about the goods going to clients, but all the gear you want to take with you. This gear includes spare boots, container repair spray, ladders, rope, Portable Chiral Constructors (PCC), and anything else you think is going to be useful. You never know what you’re going to need during your journey, so it’s best to get prepared before you leave.
You don’t want to have Sam carrying too much equipment when he initially starts on a journey because you could find some lost cargo or materials throughout the world. Sometimes they were dropped by NPCs attempting to make a delivery, or other players. Collecting these goods is a great way to get more connection and Likes from Distribution Centers when you return them. If you’re carrying too many, you can always drop them off to a nearby Postbox for another player to pick up and finish for you. You don’t get all of the Likes for not completing the delivery, but for helping out, you do get quite a few. They’re worth your time to pick up.
If you grab any new gear or use any equipment attached to Sam’s shoulders, forearms, or thighs, make sure to redistribute the new gear you find. You can do this at any point during a delivery by going into the Cargo Management page. Doing this is going to make it so Sam sways less when he walks around and protects precious cargo during fights.