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The old bear is after you. Nothing can kill him but the Trapper's old Bearkiller Rifle. Get to Trapper's Cabin before the Bear gets you.
In-game description

The Hunted, Part One is one of eight challenges in The Long Dark. Completing this Challenge unlocks The Hunted, Part Two.


Avoid the Bear. Get to Trapper's Cabin in Mystery Lake.
In-game instructions

The Hunted, Part One challenge requires the player to avoid the Old Bear that follows the player as they try to hike from Skeeter's Ridge in Pleasant Valley to Trapper's Homestead in Mystery Lake.


Skeeter's Ridge, with the bulkhead door leading to the basement visible

The Old Bear mauls the player, leaving you with 10% condition, as well as bleeding and exhausted. The player's inventory contains a bandage and an Old man's beard wound dressing, and there is a cellar door close-by for immediate shelter.

  • Except for a few additions (The Old Bear, additional Distress Pistol case, the special spawn point), the game is a normal Sandbox and weather and loot distribution will be randomized as usual. Difficulty is set to Stalker.
  • Other than the Distress Pistol, no ranged weapons exist in this challenge, nor will you find materials to craft any. A Hunting rifle may be found; however, there is no ammunition.

The Old Bear[]

The Old Bear is a special bear and cannot be killed. He is, however, scared off by fires and by rounds shot from the Distress pistol. This is critical to your survival, as the bear will continue to hunt you for the entire challenge and can suddenly appear nearby, regardless of his last known location.


After mauling you the first time, he wanders away a short distance where he waits. After a little while, he will move towards you again. Scaring him off is the best way to get him off your trail long enough to make forward progress on your journey. But he always comes back, often running to catch up to your location, but walking once in detection range. The bear will appear in new regions if the player enters them. Upon entering Mystery Lake the bear may be in front of the player (in which case, the player will need to use the distress pistol, flares, or fire to ward it off).

Safety zones[]

The Old Bear will not enter buildings, vehicles, or mines. He will enter non-explorable caves. He also has not yet been seen on the Winding River or Ravine maps. Just like most wildlife, it is possible to (temporarily) escape the Old Bear by entering locations only accessible by squatting, climbing up or down a rope, or by jumping down an embankment.


The Challenge is complete when the player enters the Trapper's Homestead.


Game history[]

The Hunted, Part One and Hopeless Rescue were introduced on 21 April 2016 in version 0.321, also known as the Tireless Menace update.