Death Stranding Episode 10: Die-Hardman - How to make your way back east

What you need to know to make your way back across the US.

Death Stranding Episode 10: Die-Hardman comes after what you might think to be the end of the game - Episode 9 and the defeat of Higgs.

You are told you have to make your way all the back east to Lake Knot City - and, we hate to break to it to you, but there are no shortcuts to make this quicker.

If you're looking for more from the critical path, our Death Stranding walkthrough can help.

Death Stranding Episode 10 explained

Episode 10 gives you a pretty simple but ultimately lengthy objective - Head for Lake Knot City.

Starting from the recently unlocked Chiral Relay, you have to make your way all the way back east to Lake Knot City.


As mentioned in the cutscenes, there is no way to use fast travel with Fragile to make this journey quicker. There's no cargo to take either - you just have to get Sam to the destination.

Hopefully, you've constructed some ziplines along the way, allowing you to speed up your journey back, especially in the snow-covered mountainous region.


Even with this, or the use of a vehicle, expect this to take between one or two hours - the journey is further than you think.

It's also worth keeping in mind you are likely to encounter more BBs than usual - especially the boss kind - but remember you can simply flee from the radius to save you the hassle of fighting them.


It might be worth making Standard Orders along your route, too, since you are likely to be crossing through UCA facilities to recharge or fabricate equipment.


As you go, expect regular calls from Deadman on the codec, filling you in with regular story details. Then, as you get close to Lake Knot City, you'll notice a raging storm above - another super cell.

We know what that means - another encounter with Cliff is coming, which is exactly what we'll do in Episode 11.

Tomorrow is finally in our hands! Our Death Stranding walkthrough outlines how to play through the main story, including Episode 3 missions, the Small Thermonuclear Device and how to find a way to change Lockne's mind, find a way to cross the tar belt and make a decision, and bring this to an end. As you play, you can find Memory Chip locations, unlock pre-order bonuses and have to learn how to fight BTs and Mules, how Death Stranding multiplayer works, and to help you get around easier, how to get a bike and how to unlock fast travel in Death Stranding.

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