Mending

Mending is a survival skill that is used to repair equipment, such as clothing. There are many different types of clothing in The Long Dark, each providing a different warmth bonus. Mending also has a large variety of training options relative to most other skills due to the number of types of clothing that can be repaired.

How to repair clothing[edit | edit source]

Mending is known as one of the easiest skills to train in The Long Dark, as players can increase their skill by repairing any clothing item or bedroll.

Players can repair their clothing items with a sewing kit or fishing tackle during daylight hours or by firelight, if necessary (though this may be an unwise waste of fuel).

To actually repair something, players have to select the "Repair" menu option while viewing the clothing item to repair in the inventory menu. Repair amount and chance to succeed at the repair are listed on the right-hand side of the screen.

The chance of a repair attempt succeeding is calculated directly by adding the benefits of the character's skill and equipment and materials being used in the attempt. Any chance of 100% or greater will be rounded down to 100% and cannot fail. Activating the start button on the bottom right will launch an attempt. A progress bar/wheel will appear on screen while the repair attempt is performed.

Failure occurs by chance and will consume a random amount of time before canceling the progress bar and returning to the start page. "Failed" will appear at the top of the screen. Failing to repair an item consumes some condition on the sewing equipment, as well as the material(s), used to attempt the repair.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Players need one of the following items equipment before they can start repairing clothing.

Tool
Sewing kit icon.png Sewing kit
Fishing tackle icon.png Fishing tackle

Sewing kits can be found by the player while scavenging. Fishing tackle can be found by the player while scavenging or can be crafted from Hook and Line.

Repair materials[edit | edit source]

Image Item Method
Cloth icon.png Cloth Cloth can be acquired by finding it through scavenging, harvesting (clothing, bedrolls, pillows, curtains), or as a by-product of breaking down certain furniture, such as comfy chairs.
Cured leather icon.png Leather Cured leather can be acquired by finding it through scavenging or harvesting from some gloves, shoes, and boots. It is unrelated to the leather obtained from animal hides in the game.
Gut icon.png Gut Gut can be acquired by harvesting from animal carcasses.
Rabbit pelt icon.png Rabbit pelt Rabbit pelts can be acquired by harvesting from rabbit carcasses.
Deer hide icon.png Deer hide Deer hides can be acquired by harvesting from deer carcasses.
Wolf pelt icon.png Wolf pelt Wolf pelts can be acquired by harvesting from wolf carcasses.
Black bear hide icon.png Black bear hide Black bear hides can be acquired by harvesting from bear carcasses.
Moose hide icon.png Moose hide Moose hides can be acquired by harvesting from moose carcasses.

Skill levels[edit | edit source]

Players can increase their mending skill by repairing an article of clothing.

A limited increase can be obtained from the research book Sewing Primer, which allows players to increase their mending by 10 skill points with 5 hours of research.

Once players have reached a new skill level, they unlock the effects described in the table below.

Level Skill points Effects
1 0
  • Basic mending skill
  • 50% chance of successful repair
2 25
  • 65% chance of successful repair
  • Repair time decreased by 10%
3 75
  • 75% chance of successful repair
  • Repair time decreased by 15%
  • 10% greater item condition increase
4 150
  • 85% chance of successful repair
  • Repair time decreased by 25%
  • 15% greater item condition increase
  • 25% reduction of Sewing kit wear
5 350
  • 100% chance of successful repair
  • Repair time decreased by 40%
  • 25% greater item condition increase
  • 35% reduction of Sewing kit wear
Survival skills
Hunting ArcheryRifle FirearmRevolver Firearm
Gathering Carcass HarvestingIce Fishing
Crafting CookingFire StartingMendingGunsmithing
Other CleaningRepairSharpening
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