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Carcass harvesting

Carcass Harvesting is a survival skill that is used to harvest meat, hides, and guts from wildlife. There are five types of harvestable animals in The Long Dark, and, apart from rabbits, all animals can only be harvested at the location of the carcass. Higher levels in the carcass harvesting skill reduce the amount of time required to harvest, and additionally increase the amount that can be harvested by hand from a frozen carcass.

How to harvestEdit

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Players can only harvest at the location of the animal, which cannot be moved by the player.

In order to harvest, players have to "use" an animal carcass and select the Harvest Carcass menu option. Players can specify the amount of guts, hide, or meat to harvest, and are notified of the amount of time and the number of calories that will be spent while harvesting.

Harvesting a carcass is messy, and the raw animal parts the player takes will emit an odor that attracts predators from greater distances than usual (indicated by a icon of three wavy lines on the upper center area of the HUD). Cooking the meat and curing hides and guts reduces or eliminates the intensity of the scent.

Quartering Edit

Harvesting a whole freshly killed animal often takes several hours to complete. Players can instead choose to quarter an animal, which harvests the hide and guts, and additionally harvests the meat into quarters of up to 10 kilograms, each containing exactly half their weight in harvestable meat. Players can then take the quarters and harvest the meat elsewhere at a later time. Quartering may be the safer option if there are nearby predators or potentially dangerous weather conditions.

To quarter an animal, players have to "use" an animal carcass and select the Quarter option. Players are notified of the amount of time and the number of calories that will be spent while quartering.

EquipmentEdit

Players can harvest carcasses by hand, but can decrease the amount of time needed for harvest with certain types of equipment. In most cases, any bladed tool will harvest faster than using one's hands, however, in a few situations (e.g., when harvesting guts with only a hatchet available) harvesting by hand may be slightly faster.

If a carcass is less than 50% frozen, a hunting knife is the most efficient tool for harvesting. If the carcass is more than 50% frozen, a hatchet or hacksaw is more efficient for harvesting meat, but a hunting knife is still more efficient for harvesting guts and hide.

Tool
Hacksaw icon Hacksaw
Hatchet icon Hatchet
Hunting knife icon Hunting knife
Improvised hatchet icon Improvised hatchet
Improvised knife icon Improvised knife

CarcassesEdit

Carcasses can be obtained either through hunting or can be found by scavenging for any existing dead animals.

Status Edit

A carcass can exist in three different states: Ravaged, Frozen, and Normal.

A ravaged carcass has a significant lack of meat on the carcass. A frozen carcass generally requires a tool to harvest the carcass, depending on the player's carcass harvesting skill level. A normal carcass has either been recently killed or has been warmed up by a nearby fire.

Types Edit

Name Minimum weight Maximum weight Hide Guts
Rabbit 1.0 kg x Raw rabbit meat icon Rabbit meat
(2.2 lbs)
2.0 kg x Raw rabbit meat icon Rabbit meat
(4.4 lbs)
1 x Rabbit pelt icon Rabbit pelt 1 x Gut icon Gut
Deer 8.0 kg x Raw venison icon Venison
(17.6 lbs)
10.0 kg x Raw venison icon Venison
(22.0 lbs)
1 x Deer hide icon Deer hide 2 x Gut icon Gut
Wolf 3.0 kg x Raw wolf meat icon Wolf meat
(6.6 lbs)
6.0 kg x Raw wolf meat icon Wolf meat
(13.2 lbs)
1 x Wolf pelt icon Wolf pelt 2 x Gut icon Gut
Bear 32.0 kg x Raw black bear meat icon Black bear meat
(70.5 lbs)
37.0 kg x Raw black bear meat icon Black bear meat
(81.6 lbs)
1 x Black bear hide icon Black bear hide 10 x Gut icon Gut
Moose 32.0 kg x Raw moose meat icon Moose meat
(70.5 lbs)
45.0 kg x Raw moose meat icon Moose meat
(99.2 lbs)
1 x Moose hide icon Moose hide 12 x Gut icon Gut

Skill levelsEdit

Players can increase their carcass harvesting by harvesting meat, guts, or hides from a carcass.

A limited increase can be obtained from the research book Field Dressing your Kill, Vol. I , which allows players to increase their carcass harvesting by 10 skill points with 10 hours of research.

Once players have reached a new skill level, they unlock the effects described in the table below.

Level Skill points Effects
1 0
  • Basic carcass harvesting skill
2 15
  • 5% reduction in meat harvesting times
3 30
  • 25% reduction in meat harvesting times
  • Can harvest 50% frozen carcasses by hand
  • 10% reduction in hide or gut harvesting times
4 50
  • 30% reduction in meat harvesting times
  • Can harvest 75% frozen carcasses by hand
  • 20% reduction in hide or gut harvesting times
5 100
  • 50% reduction in meat harvesting times
  • Can harvest 100% frozen carcasses by hand
  • 30% reduction in hide or gut harvesting times
Survival skills
Hunting ArcheryRifle Firearm
Gathering Carcass HarvestingIce Fishing
Crafting CookingFire StartingMending
Other CleaningRepairSharpening