Expeditions: A MudRunner Game -Early Game Tips

Tips and Hints

Note: Credit goes to jztemple

Good planning and an abundance of patience can really help. Slow, steady and methodical. But, some of the smaller scouts handle a lot better in first person view. I’m not sure why, but I can cruise at higher speeds in FP, take less damage and don’t do trajectory changes so easy. In third person I’ll be going along and randomly shoot off at a 45° because I grazed a small rock.

Tip for seismic expeditions: take a picture of the map with the yellow location identifier when selecting expeditions. Once you are on the map, it doesn’t display those and you have to rely on a distance indicator with no directions other than that number increasing or decreasing.

Unlock trucks in the wild! Rescue them and then you can purchase them. The Step 310 is just terrible and is the only option for seismic addon at the start.

If you are strapped for cash, sell any of the vehicles you don’t use, you can buy them back later.

Pay close attention to the specs of each tire when upgrading. A tire rated excellent for mud may only be good for offroad and a lot of the maps are off-road rather than mud.

  • Turn off your engine whenever possible! You can still use your drone and binoculars. Or when checking your map. An idling engine still drinks fuel.
  • Once you have discovered an airdrop, when you mouse over it on the map it will show the inventory items there. However, usually airdrops also contain fuel and supplies. Don’t ignore an airdrop after you have taken all the inventory items.
  • Always bring anchors and jack-screws. This is especially true for trucks that sit high on their suspension.
  • On some maps you can build bridges and remove avalanches (rock slides), but you need supplies for these. Plan on bringing extra supplies.
  • Always check the upgrades menu before you go on a mission. Add extra fuel cans, supplies and tires. You’ll need to add the extra storage and then pick the items you want on the same upgrade screen.
  • Essentials storage at outposts and bases can provide supplies, fuel and wheels. They start off partially full at the beginning of an Expedition (mission). They are only refilled when you end your current Expedition and start another.
  • I don’t know if this is a bug, but sometimes where you have previously built a bridge or cleared an avalanche/rock slide, the game will display an option to spend supplies there again. It doesn’t change anything as far as I can tell.

Be careful when using the jack-screw. Even if the preview show you a green image where your truck will spawn, make sure all wheels are clear of the terrain. I had an instance where when spawning, one of the wheels spawned inside a large rock which trapped it and forced me to give up the mission.

You can change the time of day! When on the map, click “T” (keyboard). Oddly, there is no clock to see, but time will change though dawn, midday, dusk and night, or something to that effect. When it starts getting too dark for me I just go to the map and click three times and it’s full daylight.

You can send out up to four vehicles at once. Also, you can tow one vehicle with another. This will help at times. When you do, try to keep the engine of the towed vehicle off. Even at idle engines burn fuel. If the towed vehicle’s engine is off it will freewheel and save fuel.

There will be missions that want you to send a scout. That’s fine, but scouts have limited inventory, fuel and supplies capacity. Consider sending along a milch cow, a big truck with lots of fuel and supplies plus devices. And that truck can tow your scout too.

Trees are insanely strong; this was true in SnowRunner too. If you snag even the smallest branch on your vehicle it will not break and it will stop you. Try to avoid getting too close to them.

Fuel! Fuel! Fuel! This can’t be emphasized enough. A mission I recently completed took two and a half hours. Look for Airdrops to provide more devices, fuel and supplies. Bring an extra vehicle with lots of fuel and supplies and always think about saving fuel. Watch the usage meter in the lower left of the screen and note what activities burn fuel quicker. You’ll find that rock climbing and crossing fords really can use up your fuel so do those activities quickly if you can.

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