Companions can die in Outer Worlds. Not on the lower difficulty settings – there, they just get knocked out, and after the battle is over, they’re as good as new. However, if they’re downed on Supernova difficulty, they die for real. You cannot bring them back, and you miss out on their entire quest lines, along with the warmth that emanates from their very presence in your crew. If you don’t want that to happen, keep reading this guide, and we’ll show you how to keep companions alive on Supernova in Outer Worlds.
How to keep companions alive on Supernova difficulty?
The best way to keep companions alive is to leave them behind on the Unreliable. Nothing bad can happen to them while they’re there. However, depending on your build, you might need their help in the field of battle, which would make this option pretty unatractive.
First of all, make sure you change their behavior so that they use a defensive stance and a ranged weapon. This’ll keep them out of reach of melee attacks, but also force them to rate their own welfare higher than the deaths of their enemies. Try to increase their armor ratings as much as possible, and look for any perks that will decrease their threat generation and increase their health.
Put as many points as you can in the determination skill. Each point will increase the health of your companions, and at 20, you’ll unlock a bonus that allows them to benefit from your inhaler use. You could also put more effort into drawing fire towards yourself – the more damage your put out, the higher the chance the enemies will focus on you instead of your buddies. Finally, make sure you save often and in different slots. That way, you can reload when a companion dies without losing too much progress.