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"Imagine, waking up in the dirt, only to discover you are right in the middle of the post-apocalypse, well that just became your reality...". Nothing could have set the tone for DayZ better than their own trailer stated. In this guide, you will be learning the ins and outs of DayZ and how to survive this brutal world.

You will start somewhere along the coast and the very first thing you want to do is eat the food that you spawn with, it could be a Pear, Apple, or Plum. To do this you will drag the food to your hands and eat by holding "left-click". The next thing you want to do is examine your surroundings. Are there any buildings nearby? Is there a road or railroad you can follow? Is it raining? Do you see any road signs for the name of a city? These are valuable in how you approach your new character's life. Generally speaking, in the early stages of your life you will want to try and stay away from Industrial Buildings as they yield little to no Food and Drinks, but they are good for finding a Knife (disambiguation). If there are minimal to no buildings in sight, after looting them, attempt to navigate to the coast. Once at the coast you can decide whether you want to go north or south. This is because the majority of spawn points on the map are on the eastern side. If you were to put the water on your right shoulder you would be heading north. If you were to put the water on your left shoulder you would be heading south and eventually west. You may also have a better chance of survival following the coast because wrecked rowboats spawn food and drinks.

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