SNOWCRASH: Recovery Mission Walkthrough – ICARUS

In SNOWCRASH, you’ll be recovering supply-dropped equipment for the ACS faction, since the people they sent disappeared — but I’m sure that won’t happen to you. In this guide, we’ll list the relevant details of the mission, followed by a step-by-step walkthrough.

Prospect Details

  • Approximate time to complete: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy (icon skullicon skull darkicon skull darkicon skull dark)
  • Recommended Level: 10
  • Location(s): Forest Biome, Arctic Biome
  • Objectives:
    • Find the supply pod at location gamma
      • Locate the supply pod
      • Retrieve component
    • Find the supply pod at location bravo
      • Locate the supply pod
      • Retrieve component
    • Find the supply pod at location tango
      • Locate the supply pod
      • Retrieve component
    • Assemble the Device


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  • Creature melee damage: -50%
  • Creature health: -50%
  • Creature movement speed: -10%
  • Bear spawn rate: -50%
  • Lion spawn rate: -10%
  • Polar bear spawn rate: -50%
  • Wolf spawn rate: -10%
  • Aggressive creatures perception: -50%
  • Neutral creatures perception: -50%
  • Passive creatures perception: -50%
  • Experience gain: -25%
  • Creature melee damage: +20%
  • Creature health: +30%
  • Creature movement speed: +10%
  • Aggressive creatures perception: +30%
  • Neutral creatures perception: +30%
  • Passive creatures perception: +30%
  • Scorpion spawn rate: +30%
  • Lion spawn rate: +30%
  • Wolf spawn rate: +30%
  • Experience gain: +25%
  • Player respawn count: 3

Prospect Notes

This is one of the easier prospects in the game. All you have to do is make your way to each supply pod and retrieve the component within. Once you have all three, you’ll be able to craft an “Unknown Device”, and then your mission will be complete. If you run into a large wolfpack in the Arctic you might struggle to stay alive, but otherwise this one’s a breeze.

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You’ll need to locate three supply pods, grab what’s inside, then put it all together
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The three supply pod sites are circled in red.

The search zones (yellow circles) are fairly large, so we’ve indicated exactly where each supply pod is with red circles. The route above saves you from ending up on top of the cliff in G-11, but the Arctic passes are narrow and you’ll probably be fine even if you ignore the suggested route.

Preparing for SNOWCRASH

To survive in the Arctic, you’ll need the following:

Because this mission mostly just involves running, the Mass Dampener Module can be used to speed up your hiking significantly. Bringing a Canteen is also a good idea, since it will save you from having to collect Berries before entering the Arctic.

Mission Walkthrough

Step 1: Preparing for the Arctic

You’ll land in the forest, south of the Arctic biome you’ll need to head into. Prepare for the Arctic: Craft a bow and arrows, a knife, and Cloth Armor once you have the materials. Hunt until you have at least 5 Cooked Meat, and try to find some Watermelon, Squash, or other stamina increasing food as well. Craft a Campfire and get some food cookin’, and also start crafting Bone Arrows as you kill animals. Once you’ve got a decent supply of food, a portable shelter + campfire + repair hammer, and at least a couple dozen Bone Arrows, you’re ready to head into the Arctic.

It’s also not a bad idea to bring extra fuel for your fire with you — there’s plenty of wood in the Arctic, but you don’t want to have to gather it during a snowstorm. If you didn’t bring a Canteen with you, you’ll either need to craft a Waterskin, or else collect at least 1 full stack of Berries before you enter the Arctic.

Optionally, craft a Bedroll — you can set up your portable shelter and Bedroll, then set it as a respawn point, if you run into more wolves than you think you had handle (you’ll be able to respawn if you mess up).

Step 2: The Three Supply Pods

Set a waypoint in the upper-right corner of I-11, then head north into the Arctic via the pass I-13/J-13 border. There are frequently packs of wolves in this transition zone, so try to sneak past them — if you don’t feel that you’ll be able to, position yourself near a rock or rise if possible, then start picking them off from stealth. Often, shooting one will aggro the rest, so be ready to defend yourself from the whole pack (this is why sneaking past is usually the better choice).

Every 5 minutes or so, you can stop to warm up — set up your campfire, cook some meat, and melt some Ice for your canteen. If a storm comes, set up your shelter and wait it out. Don’t forget to keep an eye on your roof; if it starts cracking, remove the roof and replace it before the snow breaks it.

After a few minutes of hiking, you’ll reach the first supply pod. Interact with it by pressing [F], and place the component in your inventory.

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Set a new waypoint on the eastern edge of F-11, then continue west. There’s a narrow section in H-11 that can sometimes allow wolves to surprise you, but as long as you sneak around corners you shouldn’t have too much trouble. Cheat a bit north as you approach the waypoint in F-11, as you’ll want to make your way around the hill and to the frozen lake (see mission map above). Interact with the second supply pod and grab the component.

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Next, set another waypoint on the eastern edge of F-8 and start heading north. Once you enter G-8, head northwest to the pass in F-8, where you’ll find the third and final supply pod. Removing the component will — after a brief delay — allow you to craft the “Unknown Device”, which should be the last item in your Character Crafting menu. Once it’s crafted, all your objectives should now be completed, and you can head back to your dropship.

If you don’t want to hike all the way back, there’s a trick you can use to teleport back to the dropship. First, deconstruct your portable shelter pieces for wood, or head into the nearby Riverlands and cut a few trees down. Then build ramps up the side of the mountain, picking up the ones below you as you climb (so you can reuse them).

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Climb up the cliff using ramps, and use [Y] to grab the one below you once you’re safely on the next one

Once you’re about 10-15 pieces high, stand right next to the mountain and open the [Esc] menu and use the “Unstuck” option. If you’re high enough up, you’ll get a “No Unstuck Location found” message — select “Yes”, and you’ll be teleported directly into the drop pod! If you get sent back to the ground, just climb up again, and this time go a bit higher.

building into wall teleport trick icarus

If you find your ramps keep breaking, make sure you’re building the ramps so that they’re in the cliff at least a little bit — this supports them and prevents them from collapsing.

We hope this guide for SNOWCRASH was helpful! If you have any questions or suggestions, drop ’em in the comments below.

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