In most open-world RPGs, stamina plays a significant factor in gameplay. When a game’s big aspect heavily revolves around parkour, you better pay attention more to your stamina.
Most of your deaths can be avoided with higher stamina, and this is why increasing it is crucial to your survival.
This guide will show you how to increase stamina in Dying Light 2, including gear upgrades, perks, and tips on how to be more efficient with stamina management.
How Stamina Works
When you first start playing the game, the story will be built up along with some tutorial sessions simultaneously. If you notice the blue bar in front of your screen, this will be your stamina bar. It will only show up when you are exhausting yourself from jumping, attacking, or performing specific actions.
If the blue bar gets too low, you will be unable to perform any actions that require stamina. You will need to pause for a bit and wait for your stamina bar to regenerate.
There are actions where it takes a chunk of your stamina. Most of these actions are mostly with your perks. You will have a ton of perks to upgrade from your combat and parkour perk trees. Some of these perks give you a special movement or combat ability, and they require stamina to use.
These are usually indicated on the tooltip of the perk before you get the upgrade. The amount of stamina required is also shown, and you would need to increase your stamina to get the cooler and better perks.
Ways to Increase Stamina
The main way of increasing your stamina is by finding Inhibitors and using them to upgrade your stamina instead of your health. Inhibitors in the game are limited, but there are a ton of them scattered across the map.
Once you get the Biomarker after progressing on the main story, the Biomarker will alert you if there is a GRE container (which contains the Inhibitors) near your vicinity. Going out of your way to collect these Inhibitors will help you increase your stamina.
Each stamina or health upgrade requires three Inhibitors and each GRE container gives you two Inhibitors. You have to choose how you want to play, but increasing stamina is really important if you enjoy the parkour aspect.
You can increase your stamina when you have three Inhibitors available by going to your player menu. Hover over the skills tab, and you will be notified constantly if you have accumulated enough Inhibitors to either increase your stamina or health.
The most underrated way to improve your stamina is through the gear you acquire. Even though you do not technically increase your stamina, you decrease certain actions that use stamina.
Always check your gear and focus on stats such as stamina regeneration and stamina cost. There are different categories to stamina cost reduction. A gear with stamina cost could reduce your parkour actions, melee weapons combat, or ranged weapons combat stamina usages specifically.
You will always see stamina cost with a negative percentage, but it is a good thing. It just means that it takes that much less stamina to perform the action.
Best Tips for Stamina Management
Zombies in Dying Light are fast during nighttime, but they move like turtles during the daytime. If you are ever running from a zombie, whether it is day or night, try to avoid them vertically. Mix up your route by going up obstacles, and they will slow down.
However, you need to practice whether you should use a simple jump or a long jump (holding the jump button) when on the move. It would be best to give you a situation as an example.
You find yourself being chased by a ton of zombies because you alerted a Howler during the night. Immediately look for the best way to get up, such as buses, trucks, boxes, and try to get to a rooftop.
They will still chase you pretty fast, but here is where parkour skills come in handy. When you go from rooftop to rooftop, you might see some lamp posts you can hop on, but you can easily make the jump to the other rooftop with a long jump as well.
The faster way to jump to the other rooftop is not by doing the long jump. It would be by doing a short jump on top of the lamp post and doing another jump to the rooftop.
Your momentum does not stop, and you wouldn’t need to hang over the ledge if ever your long jump isn’t enough. Always look for obstacles because there are many different scenarios where this example is applicable.
A great tip for stamina management while in combat is by looking at the staggering gauge of the enemy. You will see a blue bar below the enemy’s health bar, and hitting the enemy will reduce it. Once their blue bar depletes, they will either stagger or fall to the ground with another hit.
You can take this time to regain your stamina and wait for the other incoming enemies. It takes a few seconds before you can regain your stamina right after doing an action (in this case, attacking). It is best to always keep some leftover stamina.
With certain weapons, particularly blunt weapons, you have a chance to stagger the enemy with every hit. Keep this in mind, and do not blindly swing to deplete your whole stamina bar. When you are fighting more than five zombies, you will need to regain your stamina every time you clear enough space by staggering some of them.
A good parkour tip is to avoid spamming the jump button when you are hanging on the ledge. If there isn’t a clear way up, your character will still use up stamina to try and jump on to something. This makes climbing walls through ledges much more difficult, so you have to be more patient.
You can bind mouse buttons in the settings if you aren’t used to the default jump button. It can help you in the long run.