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In-game description

Nomad is one of eight challenges in The Long Dark.


Survive for 3 days each in 15 specific locations across the game world.
In-game instructions

The Nomad challenge is one of eight challenges in the Long Dark. It requires the player to spend three entire days in each location listed in their journal. The locations are not located in any one region, but are scattered between the many different regions, spanning the world. The game difficulty is Voyageur.


The journal automatically tracks how long the player has been at each location in increments of a tenth of a day. Once the player has been at any location for three days, a notification will appear at the top right of the screen stating that the location is complete, and a green checkmark will appear next to the location in the journal. When the final location is complete, the challenge immediately ends, and the player cannot go back and look at the journal.

Other information[]

  • The locations can be visited in any order.
  • There is no time limit to complete the challenge.
  • To complete the challenge in a timely way requires to plan ahead, so that the player does not have to double back to regions, to stay at locations they missed.
  • It is not necessary to prepare for three complete consecutive days inside a location in one sitting - the timer does not reset if the player leaves. But it only advances during time spent inside the required location.
  • The Stone Church provides very little protection from the elements and is by far the hardest location to survive.
  • There are more than one "Barn", so be wary of which you sleep in.
  • There is no danger of Cabin Fever, as the overall difficulty of the challenge uses Voyageur settings.
  • In early 2021 it took six days instead of the intended three, due to a bug. Since 2021-04-29 this should be fixed.



Current (Crossroads Elegy) journal entry

The locations you need to spend 3 days in are listed in your journal. They are:

Region Location Mission Title
Mystery Lake Camp Office Camp Office
Mystery Lake Trapper's Homestead Trapper's Cabin
Mystery Lake Forestry Lookout Forestry Lookout
Mystery Lake Carter Hydro Dam Upper Dam/Lower Dam
Pleasant Valley Pleasant Valley Outbuildings Barn
Pleasant Valley Signal Hill Radio Control Hut
Pleasant Valley Skeeter's Ridge Skeeter's Ridge (Basement)
Pleasant Valley Rural Crossroads Rural Store
Coastal Highway Quonset Gas Station Quonset Garage
Coastal Highway Abandoned Lookout Abandoned Lookout
Timberwolf Mountain Mountaineer's Hut Mountaineer's Hut
Desolation Point Lonely Lighthouse Lonely Lighthouse
Desolation Point Stone Church Stone Church
Cinder Hills Coal Mine Abandoned Mine Cinder Hills Coal Mine
Old Island Connector Abandoned Harris Home Crumbling Highway (Basement)