As you explore the world of The Long Dark, you’ll notice auroras are often present in the sky, appearing and disappearing according to some unknown set of natural rules. Besides acting as a hauntingly beautiful reminder of what has transpired, the auroras also have an effect on the world around you.
In story mode, the aurora makes its first appearance when the player first wakes up following a plane crash. This is hereafter referred to as the "First Flare." After that, it does not make another appearance until in Episode 2 where the player blacks out at Maintenance Yard. From then on, auroras will keep making appearances randomly.
In survival mode and challenges, the aurora's appearance is rare and is based on many factors, regardless of the region. It only appears during the night and when the weather is clear with no fog or snow.
When the aurora is present, electronics will come to life. Lights will flicker, radios in cars can be usable and songs will begin to play, and the elevator at the Carter Hydro Dam becomes operational in story mode.
The flashlight's battery can be recharged when the aurora is present. However, it will quickly die if the aurora leaves, rendering the flashlight useless.
Animal Behaviour Edit
The predators will be extremely hostile and very dangerous during an Aurora event as they will ignore any form of natural threats such as, flares and campfires and will give a chase from long distances on the player.
To counter the increased hostility, wolves will avoid street lamps and floodlights as they are afraid of the light. In addition, all wolves and bears have a green glowing effect on their fur that can be visible from long distances.
Coming into contact with certain electricals such as arcing cables will severely hurt the player, reducing their health by 50 points and giving a "burns" affliction.