Chernobylite is a first-person science-fiction horror adventure that is currently available for PC but will be released on consoles in the future. It’s one of those games that you can play over and over to get the different endings and earn all of the achievements. 

If you’re on the hunt for a thrilling new adventure game that is set in a unique, chilling environment, then Chernobylite is the game for you. We’ve got some tips and tricks that will help you get through the game. Read on for more.

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Use the Free Play Mode for Practice

Chernobylite is, by no means, an easy game to play, and it can take you a lot of time spent trying things out and failing to figure out how to survive effectively.

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Thankfully, there is a free play mode that allows you to explore all of its areas and get the hang of the game before you jump into the story. 

Free Play, accessible through the game’s main menu, allows you to choose the level you start playing on, the type of weather, and if random events occur during the level. 


What’s more, you can decide whether or not perks and weapons are allowed. 

Fun Wandering

Free Play instantly takes away the pressure for new players and is also a fun way to wander around for hours just exploring without worrying about losing important progress. 

We wish that more games took this approach because we know how stressful it can be to navigate through survival games. 


Familiarize Yourself With Crafting Recipes

Scavenging items and using them in the crafting menu to create the resources you need to survive is Chernobylite’s primary gameplay loop.

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There are plenty of super unique and fantastically helpful pieces of equipment and recovery items to build, and knowing which helps you make what can streamline your expeditions. 

While you are able to pick up everything that isn’t nailed down like a nomadic kleptomaniac, you have a limited amount of space in your inventory

This is where our point comes in since you just are not going to be able to keep every little thing you pick up in your inventory. 

Challenging Tasks

Ideally, you would do well to memorize a few of the most important crafting recipes in the game.

This is so that you can prioritize the gathering of the parts that are the most useful to you at that time. 

This can be a pretty challenging task, though it will greatly benefit you in the long run. 

Create a Stove ASAP

After you have set your base of operations up in Chernobylite, the game truly comes into its own, and the micromanagement aspect really becomes far more present.

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Not only is there now a safe space for you to hide, but you will also finally be able to construct workstations to craft better items. 

One of the most important items that you will be able to craft once you have established your base is the Stove.

This allows you to access the list of recipes for cooking food using all of the edible goods you have scavenged. 

Restoring Psyche Levels

For instance, you can combine mushrooms with herbs on the stove to create an item called Calming Salts, which will restore your Psyche levels. 

The Stove is an essential crafting station that you can’t go without, so be sure to build it as soon as possible!

Decorate Your Base!

While it might not seem like it, in Chernobylite, taking out a chunk of your time to personalize your hideout can be really beneficial since building a base in this game is truly essential.

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There are plenty of ways that you can decorate your base, and we suggest you try them all.

Adding a few pieces of furniture around the otherwise spartan area that you are given as your hideout will help improve the morale of your companions

This is more important than you might think since unhappy followers will perform poorly in missions. 

Meeting Followers' Needs

What’s more, if your followers’ needs are not met, they will completely up and leave. 

We suggest that you spend a bit of time adding a personal touch to the base to keep your followers’ Comfort Level above 100 and prevent them from leaving you. 

Use the Environment Analyzer Frequently

The map of Chernobylite is quite large and is packed full of abandoned things like outposts, buildings, points of interest, and deadly pockets of radiation that are frighteningly easy to stumble into.

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There is so much to explore, and you’re going to spend hours upon hours doing just that. 

If you want to make things a little easier on yourself, you just have your Environmental Analyzer out pretty much at all times. 

The Analyzer is a handheld PDA that sends out a ping that highlights items to collect, the direction you should go to find certain resources, as well as nearby enemies. 

The Geiger Counter

The Environmental Analyzer also comes with a very useful built-in Geiger counter, which is very helpful when you’re trying to avoid any heavily irradiated areas. 

We recommend that you keep the counter out at all times and always keep an eye on it when you are exploring. 

Don’t Let your Psych Bar Hit Zero

As if Chernobylite wasn’t already difficult enough, when you are out exploring all of the supernatural occurrences that your character can come across, their sanity is going to start decreasing gradually.

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Radiation exposure creates some odd anomalies in the environment, and they can be quite damaging when you encounter them. 

Encountering monsters, seeing too many spooky things, and walking into pits of radiation will cause the Psych bar to decrease.

And once it gets to zero, your health will start to degrade until you eventually die. This might seem easy to avoid, but you’d be surprised. 

Paranormal Encounter Effects

You can counter these effects using the Calming Salts that we mentioned previously.

So always pay attention to the current mental state of your character while you are exploring. 

One too many paranormal encounters can mean that you have to cut an important expedition short. 

Prioritize Rations

In Chernobylite, missions are broken down into days, and it takes one whole day to complete them.

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At the end of these days, you and your team will consume rations, and it should be one of your top priorities to ensure that everyone is fed from the first minute of the game. 

In essence, rations are food that you are able to find while you are scavenging.

They can also be earned as rewards for completing the missions in Chernobylite at the end of each day. 

Sharing With the Team

What’s more, you can also choose to award double, half, or zero of your rations to your team.

If you do not have enough rations to go around, your team can start to resent you and then leave.

So keeping your food reserves topped up on every trip should be your main goal in the early game. 

Don’t Always Get Into Gunfights

In Chernobylite, one of the biggest mistakes that you can make is to think that it’s just like a Fallout game.

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While they might have some of the same methods of survival crafting and exploration in a land of irradiated nightmares, they are totally different ball games. 

In the Fallout games, combat is encouraged, very fun, and packed with violence, but in Chernobylite, combat should always be your last resort

It is very difficult to get your hands on ammunition, and everything in the environment is way more powerful than you. 

Last Resort

Sneaking around as much as possible is encouraged. 

Going in loud with a gun should always be your last option, so you should try a stealthier approach if you are having a difficult time. 

Of course, if you are completely certain that you can succeed in combat, go in guns blazing!

Don’t Fret About Mission Timers

The missions in this game are much different from the other open-world RPGs that you might know and love in that you have a limited period of time to complete them.

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Daily tasks are assigned on the overworld menu, and these disappear after a few days have passed. 

Chernobylite’s main story is on a timer, and when you start playing the game for the first time, you are probably going to think that you need to rush everything as quickly as possible. 

Fortunately, the campaign countdown is quite generous and forgiving with the number of days assigned for each task. 

Take Your Time

What’s more, any daily tasks that expire will reappear again as they are meant to be grindable. 

Don’t worry if you are not able to complete everything all the time.

Just get what you need when you can, and take your time to explore the Exclusion Zone as you see fit. 

You Can Make Important Decisions Again

The decisions you make in Chernobylite can change the course of the game. 

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However, you have the option to go back and replay an important moment if you don’t like the outcome.

By using Chernobylites in the Fractured Realm, you can go back in time and change the decisions you made with certain characters. 

All About Making Decisions

This is a great way to take the pressure off of accidentally making a mistake and quickly getting a Mulligan for choice in the past that you might not have been happy with. 

So don’t worry about the part of the game where you have to make decisions. 


In Chernobylite, there is so much to do, and you’re going to spend hours upon hours doing it all. 

We hope that you found this guide useful and that we’ve inspired you to get your hands on this amazing survival game!