|“|| For advanced players. A remote, wind-blown valley known for its sheer cliffs, dense forests, and steep, winding paths. Although devoid of human settlements, it has long been a destination for the area's toughest mountaineers, and may still have a few secrets to reveal.|
- In game description
Hushed River Valley is the ninth region to be added to the game. The region connects to Mountain Town via a cave that runs from an area between the Trailer and Spruce Falls Bridge to a ridge top in the valley.
Geographically, the river valley is defined by steep cliffs and canyons; the lowest point lies in the middle of the region, with higher altitudes toward the edges of the map. The central valley features several waterfalls, and there are a few snow shelters that may spawn at higher elevation points (e.g., near the cave that connects to Mountain Town). This is also currently the only region to have hidden caches in Survival mode.
The lack of encroachment by civilization seems to have allowed local flora and fauna to flourish. Animal and plant life are abundant, so opportunities for hunting, scavenging, and foraging natural foods and supplies such as rose hips are relatively common. However, in that same vein, many predators also stalk the region.
There are a few high elevation points where a snow shelter (the only type of man-made shelter in the region) might spawn. If found before they decay, the snow shelters may serve as a base (note that they require maintenance and cloth to repair). There is also a chance food and tools may spawn near the snow shelters or inside/near natural shelters. A burned-out campfire may also be found near each of the snow shelters.
While these camps can serve as short-term bases, the lack of sturdy artificial structures means that natural formations such as rock overhangs, cliffside caves, and ice caves will generally serve as the best safe houses in the region.
Storage can also be a challenge, due to the lack of containers. However, one solution as of the Fearless Navigator update is to build a rock cache, which can store up to 30 kg of supplies. This will also make it easier for the player to find their base camp.
This region contains special caves called ice caves, which share similarities with other deep caves. Inside the ice caves almost constant cracking (likely from the ice shifting) can be heard echoing from within. Ice caves' walls are grey-blue and appear slightly transluscent; rockier walls may feature bioluminescent moss growing in some areas.
These caves form an extensive network around the region and are important for exploring safely, offering protection from the weather and predators (usually). The many twists and turns in the cave systems and the significant distances between bioluminescent moss patches can make navigation tricky, especially in the dark. Stones, spent torches, or other items can be used as markers to help the player retrace paths through the caves. Spray paint may also be used to make path markers.
There are two ice cave networks in total--one of which may be inhabited by a wolf. Each cave system has multiple entrances/exits, which often have icicles hanging on the rock face around their exteriors; rose hip bushes and other useful flora often grow directly around the entrances, as well. Reaching different parts of an ice cave may require climbing ropes to reach high ledges or passing through frigid waterfalls inside or at the entrances of a cave system.
The region contains at least 4 hidden caches of food or other supplies. Certain cache boxes will spawn in the same location in every game, while others can spawn in any of several specific locations. Generally, caches may be found tucked into corners and niches near landmarks (such as inside ice caves or beside waterfalls) or near landscape features such as fallen trees or at the top of cliffs.
Caches are small grey boxes with orange lids, and each may contain collections of somewhat related items such as rifle accessories. Most caches have the same level loot as supply caches in Wintermute, with up to 4 high-quality supplies (e.g., mid- to high-level clothing, medicine, and food). These caches can contain fairly rare items, particularly on Interloper difficulty.
In addition to the many caves, the region has a number of named locations:
- This region contains new waterfall effects and new cave systems; the region also features a new form of scrub brush that acts as a physical barrier, potentially blocking some direct paths completely. However, this form of brush can also be broken down with a hatchet, yielding 12 sticks. Some scrub barriers can be bypassed by careful navigation on nearby ledges.
- It has higher vertical cliffs and features a system of climbing that utilizes preexisting roots from rose hip bushes, with the addition of a few mountaineering ropes in ice caves and on high cliffs.
- There are no human-made shelters on the map besides three snow shelters, one of which will always spawn near the Signal Fire point.
- The region shares many defining features with Timberwolf Mountain, including extensive caves, rugged terrain, and a continuous lack of human habitation.
- It was released with the Vigilant Flame Update on June 14th, 2018 and was released on XBOX1/1S Friday, June 15th, 2018.
- The original name of the region was River Valley as placeholder name. The name was changed to Hushed River Valley when the update was released.
- Ice caves can be found in this region only.
- Moose can spawn near Monolith Lake and in the central valley.