One of the most important items that you can craft in The Long Dark to improve your chances of survival is an Arrowhead, and then later the Survival Bow and Simple Arrow. Doing so will mean that you can protect yourself against predators, and even turn yourself into the hunter, not the hunted.
How to Craft an Arrowhead
To craft an Arrowhead in The Long Dark, you will first need to find a few things, starting with the Heavy Hammer and some Scrap Metal. You’ll also need some Coal, plus you can only craft an Arrowhead at one of two forge locations in The Long Dark.
Once you have all the ingredients, make your way to one of two locations. You can either use the forge at the Riken in Desolation Point, or you can use the forge at the Old Spence Family Homestead in Forlorn Muskeg.
At the forge of your choice, start a fire with whatever firewood you have on hand, letting it burn for at least 30 minutes. It’s at that point that you can add the Coal. You’ll need to add several pieces, bringing the temperature up to 150 degrees Celsius. Make sure the fire will last for several hours, and then begin the Arrowhead crafting process by clicking on the forge itself.
Each piece of Scrap Metal will create two Arrowheads, and the process will take one hour. If you want 10 Arrowheads, expect it to take you five hours and five pieces of Scrap Metal.
If you’re playing on the Interloper difficulty level in The Long Dark, you’ll want to take full advantage of your time at the forge and craft yourself at least one Improvised Hatchet and one Improvised Knife. If you can craft more, we highly advise that you do so, otherwise it won’t be long until you fade into The Long Dark.