What the hell is Timefall? When you first boot up Death Stranding, you may ask yourself this very question–among many, many others. However, Timefall and weather play a huge role in Death Stranding’s story and gameplay. If you aren’t careful, one bad Timefall storm can ruin an otherwise flawless delivery.
Below we detail everything you need to know about this unique weather condition and how you can avoid these dangerous storms. For more Death Stranding features, check out our in-depth beginner’s guide and our gallery highlighting all the most significant celebrity cameos we’ve found so far.
Timefall: How To Survive These Dangerous Storms
Timefall is essentially rain if rain eroded and deteriorated objects at a much quicker pace. Anything the rain touches, other than raincoats for some reason, will degrade over time. This rule applies to packages you are carrying, vehicles left out in the rain, equipment attached to your suit, and structures objects placed you’ve left in the world.
Early on, the best way to avoid Timefall is to find shelter in the form of caves, outposts, and cities, and wait out the storm. When you rest in a safe house or private room, you will automatically pass the time by thirty minutes. Unfortunately, if you plan to wait out the storm in a shelter or a cave, you have to wait. Most of the time, this is less than ideal, especially if you are doing a timed delivery.
However, there are moments when Timefall is unavoidable. One thing to consider in these scenarios is how you load up your cargo. Packages and boxes attached to the suit or stacked above the backpack are more exposed to Timefall should there be a storm on your journey. A good rule of thumb is to put your essential packages deep in your backpack. That way, Timefall can’t get to them as quickly. If you notice that one of your containers is in bad shape, you can always repair it with Repair Spray. It will fix up the container, but not its contents. If the cargo itself has been damaged, there’s no way to repair it.
Fortunately, during Episode 3, Sam will gain access to some new tech that will make his life a lot easier. First is a weather forecast built into his cufflinks. If you open the map and click the right stick twice, you can see the forecast for the next 30 minutes. Once you’ve unlocked this, avoiding Timefall storms becomes easier.
In Episode 3, you will also unlock a Timefall shelter. Using a PCC level 2, you can create a giant umbrella that protects Sam and his vehicle from precipitation. Better yet, you can also advance time by 10 minutes. If you find yourself in a storm that should end soon, you can always craft a Timefall shelter and wait it out. Keep in mind though that some storms can last a very long time, and the more you advance time, the sooner your other constructions will deteriorate. Near the end of Episode 3, there’s also a character called the Veteran Porter that gives Sam a rain cover for his backpack that will provide your cargo with an extra layer of protection.
Cargo degradation isn’t the only thing to worry about during a storm. When the rain turns black, it means that BTs are about to visit you. In most cases, especially early on, the best thing to do is to sneak by them. It does mean that your cargo will be exposed to rain longer, but that’s better than it getting scattered or destroyed.
Another great way to avoid or minimize your time exposed to Timefall is to use vehicles. Trucks may not be able to protect your cargo from reckless driving, but they will protect it from rain. Meanwhile, bikes may not offer as much protection, but you can speed right through storms. However, if you try to rush through black rain, BTs will stop you in your tracks.
Death Stranding News
Keep in mind that vehicles, like everything else, deteriorate over time due to Timefall. The last thing you want is for your Truck to break down in the middle of nowhere with tons of cargo in the back. Make sure to leave your vehicles in a garage now and then to repair them.
Finally, if you’ve made it to Episode 3 and decided to explore the frigid mountains to the north, you may have encountered snow. Snow is a worse version of rain. It forces you to move slower, and it degrades cargo even quicker. I’dI’d recommend avoiding the snow until you have better equipment to deal with it.
Everything we’ve detailed above is just a basic rundown of how weather works early on in Death Stranding and how you can avoid it. Keep in mind that this guide only covers Episodes 1-3. These strategies may not work as well during late game, so try to keep that in mind. We’llWe’ll be sure to update this guide with more advanced strategies in the coming days.