In a world fraught with dangers and unrelenting challenges, the ability to adapt and strategize is paramount. Lethal Company Survival Guide presents a comprehensive approach to navigating the perilous landscape of the game. If you’re aiming to not just survive but thrive, our guide offers invaluable insights and tips that have proven their worth. As seasoned players, we’ve developed a strategy that has propelled us past the daunting day 20 mark, and we’re here to share our secrets with you. While perfection remains elusive, our guide will equip you with the tools you need to enhance organization and teamwork. Feel free to explore this guide, and if you have additional insights to share, we’re all ears.
Team Dynamics: Flexibility is Key
Lethal Company requires efficient teamwork to overcome its many challenges. However, it’s crucial to remember that the roles within your team can adapt and evolve as circumstances demand. The game’s ever-changing environment might require you to switch roles or adjust your strategy, especially if you lose team members along the way. This adaptability is key to your team’s survival.
- Team Lead: The backbone of your group, the Team Lead carries a radio at all times and maintains a direct line of communication with the Operator. They play a critical role in sharing information about loot locations, potential threats, and hazards.
- Operator: Stationed inside the ship, the Operator operates the terminal to support the Team Lead. Their responsibilities include remotely unlocking secured doors and disabling turrets. The Operator also feeds essential intelligence to the Team Lead, such as loot locations, information about creatures, and the time of day.
- Scavenger: Typically, Scavengers follow the Team Lead, but they might scout ahead. They are equipped with items like keys, stun grenades, shovels, or zap guns. Scavengers can prioritize either scouting or looting.
- Runner: Runners handle the transportation of heavier loot and ensure it’s stored in secure locations like the front entrance or fire exits. Their primary focus is on efficiently moving loot and, when necessary, providing flashlights to haul additional items back to the ship.
In a standard four-player team:
- Player A assumes the role of Team Lead.
- Player B takes on the dual role of Scavenger and Runner, supporting Player A.
- Player C acts as the Operator or another Runner, known as “Charlie Sees All.”
- Player D shares the role of Scavenger and Runner, making them the “4th wheeler.”
For three-player lobbies, Player D should be removed. This guide primarily focuses on optimizing strategies for larger teams and is not designed for duos or solo players.
The Plan: Surviving the Day
The guide is structured around a three or four-part game plan, which largely depends on your team’s performance. Be prepared to adapt your roles and equipment as needed. Here, we outline our recommendations for each segment of the game.
8 AM Rush
- Rush as a team towards the Main Entrance or Fire Exits.
- Prioritize quick loot acquisition.
- Note any remaining loot or undiscovered rooms.
- Players A and B should deposit loot at the front entrance for retrieval by Players C and D.
- Players A and B continue exploration.
- Player C takes over the walkie-talkie and remains on the ship.
- Player D grabs a flashlight and resumes looting.
- This phase typically lasts until 12 PM.
Tip: Spread out and conduct a thorough search, but be prepared to retreat if an enemy is detected.
Midday Scavenge (12 PM)
- Players A and C should keep their radios on for constant communication.
- Share information about loot, creatures, traps, and unlocked doors.
- If you have valuable intel, send Players B or D to collect the loot.
- In the absence of intel, dispatch Players B and D for scouting.
- Maintain regular check-ins with the Team Lead.
- Continue this phase until 6 PM, focusing on dropping off heavier loot outside the front gate.
Tip: Move methodically and stick together. Drop loot as reference points to avoid getting lost.
6 PM Dash
- Player C should report if any creatures are detected outside.
- The Team Lead directs Players B and D to return all loot to the ship.
- Player A, if necessary, continues looting.
- Player C assists in carrying loot as needed.
- This phase continues until 9 PM, provided there are no major issues or casualties.
Tip: Consider leaving behind keys and flashlights to maximize your loot capacity. Retrieve the energy core last, as it radiates the entire building over time.
Night Escape (9 PM)
- This is a high-risk phase; proceed only if the potential loot justifies the risk.
- Player C announces that it’s 9 PM.
- Player A should return to the ship promptly.
- Player A may request assistance if the loot is essential and the risk is high.
- Be cautious of Forest Giants, which have a surprisingly large detection range and can outrun you. They often appear after 3 PM.
- Eyeless Dogs typically appear in packs of three after 6 PM. Crouch and remain quiet to avoid detection.
- Turn off walkie-talkies unless it’s safe to use them.
Tip: If too many team members are downed or if you can’t find enough loot, leaving earlier is a viable option. Always keep at least one member on the ship, and don’t risk your hard-earned loot unnecessarily.
Tip: Consider grabbing the bee hive for easy credits at the end, with one team member distracting the bees. Stun bombs are effective at immobilizing them. Activate the boom box around 6 PM, a safe distance from the ship, to attract creatures and facilitate the safe return of Runners.
We owe a debt of gratitude to Goonie for his exceptional guide, which has been a source of inspiration for our own strategies. If you find this guide helpful in your quest for survival, please consider supporting and rating it via Steam Community. Above all, enjoy the game, and may your team’s resilience and adaptability be the keys to your success in Lethal Company.