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Things must have gotten pretty bad if the African Assembly decided to reach out for help. Members of the faction have been getting themselves killed at the hands of a particularly vicious beast, and you will need to investigate the matter and exterminate the perpetrator.
In KILL LIST you will be fighting the forest’s Wolf Boss — the Alpha Wolf, which will come with its unique medal achievement. This guide will first list the relevant details of the mission, and then provide a step-by-step walkthrough.
- Difficulty: Normal
- Recommended Level: 13
- Location(s): Forest Biome
- Search the attack zone 1: Investigate markings
- Search the attack zone 2: Investigate tracks
- Search the attack zone 3: Investigate corpse
- Locate den on map at nightfall
- Exterminate the predator
To complete the objectives, you’ll need to search three different attack zones in the forest, with a unique bit of evidence within each of them. After you complete the investigation, location for the wolf den will appear on the map where the Alpha Wolf will spawn once you enter the area during night hours.
Preparing for KILL LIST
If you are going to follow the easiest strategy for defeating the Alpha Wolf, you won’t need anything special:
- Wood Bow or better
- Stone Arrows or better
- Stone Knife or better
- Stone Axe
- Stone Pickaxe
- Wood Railings x3-9 — to build a barricade at the den
- Portable Shelter and Bedroll — to rest during travel
However, if you are looking for a challenge and want to fight the boss on equal ground, we recommend some better tools:
- Longbow or better
- Bone Arrows or better
- Bone Knife or better (you will need an Iron Knife for skinning)
- Important: we recommend Stone Buildables for constructing a shelter for the battle. You will need Wood Buildables and a Repair Hammer at the minimum
Step 1: Searching Three Attack Zones
As soon as we land, Sol will have the first attack zone for us to locate and investigate. There will be a total of three areas. We will need to locate a small item serving as evidence inside of each: as soon as we complete the task inside one area, the next one will be revealed.
This part of the mission will only involve travel. Forest animals you will be fighting will get progressively more dangerous as we head deeper into the forest, but they will not be anything unusual (still, prepare a plan for dealing with Bears). Get some basic supplies to maintain your survival needs, put together some weapons, a basic portable shelter, bed (or you can hunt on the go), and campfire, and let’s get started.
Click on the tabs below to get exact locations and step-by-step instructions. First one is already open for you, so beware of the spoilers. You can try finding locations yourself first if you don’t want to spoil the experience. Scroll down to the next step when you are done.
Step 2: Locating the Den
Your next steps depend precisely on what you would like to do. Like Sol tells you, the location of the wolf den will appear on your map at nightfall (at 18:00), and you can head over to that area right away if you want to face the Alpha Wolf in the most natural and challenging way possible.
However, we would like to suggest an alternative course of action. The wolf will not spawn at the location during the day, so head to the location while the sun is still out and prepare your defenses. We will suggest a quick method to trap the Alpha Wolf in the section below for the easiest way to complete the mission.
If you currently see the red circle on your map inside the J15 square, double-click the west side inside the circle as you see on the left, and sleep until it’s daytime. If you don’t have it showing yet, try to estimate the location based on the image, and double-click it to set a custom waypoint.
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The red circle on your map will not be visible during the day, even after it’s revealed to you the first time (you will hear a multitude of wolf howls when it happens). We recommend you give yourself ample time to set defenses at the location before nightfall. Bring a Waterskin if you plan to spend some time at the location.
Start earlier during the day and find the southernmost ridge towards the bottom of the map, halfway through the J15 square on its eastern edge. Investigate slightly northward from the ridge’s foot. Look for blood-covered rock formations: three small caves with bones scattered by the entrance.
Step 3: Preparations and the Boss Fight
Path of Least Resistance: Easiest Method
Credit for this nifty idea goes to our reader, Ian Amburn. Thank you!
Note: we have been notified by some of our readers that this method may not be 100% reliable. We will be doing some testing. Meanwhile, you can try building a 3×3 fencing around the cave, just in case. Alternatively, (and please let us know in the comments if it works) try encasing the cave in a box with window holes.
Now that you have full control over the future battlefield and know that the Alpha Wolf will emerge from one of the little dens, you have the upper hand. We will set up a base of operations (we don’t want to be taking damage from a lightning storm while we are working) and then block the den entrances with some Wood Railings.
Construct either 3 or 9 Wood Railings. 3 should be enough to trap the Alpha Wolf, but 9 will add resilience to the barricade should the wolf decide to attack it (it’s likely that it will just get stuck inside the cave, however). Place them to cover each of the three entrances. Place the first fence as close to the cave as you can.
Hang out until nighttime. The Alpha Wolf will spawn exactly at 18:00, and it should be stuck inside its cave (it will spawn with one of its name variations written out on a yellow tag). Pick a location that doesn’t damage your fence — don’t be afraid to come up very close if the boss is stuck. Hold [LMB] to repeatedly stab whichever part you can reach from where you are.
Quick Mention: Pathing Glitch
Here is a brief mention of another easy way to fight the wolf boss that we discovered in our team, but the developers might have addressed this one by the time you are playing. All you need to do for this one is just stand on top of one of the dens (saw the picture of three caves earlier in this guide?). The Alpha will fail to figure out how to get to you and will hang out confused, even if it summons its wolf comrades. Shoot him with your bow.
Preparing for a Full Battle (Not Using the Easiest Method)
You don’t need to disable the Alpha Wolf in order to defeat him, of course. If you want a full experience fighting the boss and his wolf helpers, you can head to the den during the day and prepare a hunting pen like you would with any other large animal that outmatches you on health points.
You could do this when the wolf boss spawns at night, but you will have a much more relaxing time setting things up during the day. We would highly recommend you bring stone constructables for this fight, since the Alpha Wolf will have a massive pool of health and summon minions to helps him out, potentially more than one time. (If you would rather not do this, at least bring a Repair Hammer and add some extra barricade parts to your wooden setup.)
Put together a box made out 4x Stone Wall and 2x Stone Floor, facing the den or right in the middle of it. Have 3 of the walls set up as window variants (hold [R]), or trap yourself with all 4 of them being window holes. Having Windows can provide extra protection, but is not necessary. We highly suggest you use the best weapons available to you: try to use a Longbow with Bone Arrows and a Bone Knife, or even go for iron variants just to be safe.
Completing the Mission
Once you defeat the wolf, the final objective will be completed. You will not be able to skin the Alpha Wolf without an Iron Knife or better, but you do not need to do so to complete the mission or earn the achievement for killing the boss.
Skinning the Alpha Wolf gives about 750 XP and 20-25 Raw Prime Meat in addition to other animal byproducts, but at this point there is not much point in cooking and eating it.
At this point, you don’t have to get anything back to the drop pod. If you aren’t worried about losing some XP or very recently gained a level, you can let your character die with minimum penalty and get back to the Drop Pod much quicker. (Do not do this if you brought Orbital items you would like to keep.)
Otherwise, head back to your Dropship, extract, and enjoy your mission rewards and the achievement medal.
We hope this KILL LIST walkthrough was helpful! Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions via the comments box below.