H1Z1 Starter Guide: Vehicles
Welcome to Darrus’s(Maljas) H1Z1 Beginner’s Survival Guide. This particular portion of the guide will talk about where to find vehicles, how to get them up and running, and what exactly you can do with them. As always, please remember that H1Z1 is currently in its Alpha stage of development. This means that everything you see in-game is subject to change. Now then, let’s get started.
One thing to note, right off the bat, is that vehicles are more common than guns, but less common than just about everything else. In reality, finding a vehicle isn’t too terribly hard as long as you know where to look. Take a moment and think about it. Where would you normally find vehicles in real life? In garages, in parking decks, outside buildings, parked on the sides of streets; these are just a few locations. However, these same locations remain true for H1Z1. So, if you really want to find a vehicle, think to yourself on where you might find one normally. Sure it’s the apocalypse, and sure you’re bound to find plenty of wrecked ones, but at some point one will turn up. Of course, you will need more than just the vehicle itself to use it.
Vehicles: Missing Components
Most un-wrecked vehicles in H1Z1 are probably missing critical parts in order to make them go. If you find a vehicle and enter it, you can press “I” to open up the vehicles Inventory window. Here you will see several smaller windows that dictate the parts the vehicle has, and what it is missing. What you will likely see is that the vehicle is missing either a battery or spark plug. If you know anything at all about cars, most of them require these two components in order for them start. This remains true for H1Z1. Just as win finding vehicles themselves, finding spark plugs and batteries can be located if you take a moment to think about where they might be. However, in the case of these two components, due to their ability to make vehicles run, other players can often be found holding them. It is up to you if you want to take the risk of stealing from them. Once you find the parts and have looted them. Bring it back to a vehicle and simply drag them into their respective slots on the vehicle Inventory window to make it run. Just be careful, because vehicles will draw a lot of attention to you. They are not common, as stated earlier, so both zombies and players will likely be gunning for you.
So, you’ve gotten your hands on a vehicle. You returned with either a battery or spark plug and have installed them so that it runs. At some point you’ll probably ask yourself why you went through all the trouble to get a machine that will attract the attention of basically everyone and everything around you. Well, the answer is pretty simple: Utility.
You see, vehicles in H1Z1 can do much more than simply grant you ease of travel. All vehicles currently have very large storage capacities. This means it is easy to transport large amounts of items in relative safety. They can carry significantly more than what you can ever carry on your person, so having a vehicle is extremely useful in that regard. Also, vehicles, while not extremely durable, are safer than simply running about in regards to taking hits. Vehicles also can carry a passage or two, depending on the type. This means that if you are playing with teammates, you can all easily get from one location to another. No one gets left behind. Finally, and probably most importantly, vehicles move significantly faster than you would on foot. Traveling around the map becomes very easy when you can move at high speeds. Although the many enemies in the world of H1Z1 will be drawn to you, that simply won’t matter if they cannot catch you. Being able to move from one location to another quickly is how you truly stay alive, in H1Z1.
The Epilogue: Vehicles
Hopefully this guide has helped you understand the use of vehicles in H1Z1. Remind yourself that they can be found in obvious locations, and while they may not be every single place, they are around, and they can be used to aid you. Also remember that other players will also want vehicles for all of the reasons listed above, so when you go looking for one, stay cautious. Vehicles are great to have, but they are not worth dying and losing all of your loot over.
More H1Z1 starter guides:
Observations of Mechanics | First Steps into the Hot zone | Crafting | The Art of Combat
Vehicles | Into the Fire | Everything You Need to Know about Crafting | The Battle Royale