Days Gone NERO Research Site Checkpoints and how to find the Injector to increase health (Pic: Bend Studio)
Throughout the six regions in Days Gone youll come across 12 NERO checkpoints; abandoned scientific stations filled with goodies and an injector; a special serum which improves Deacons health, stamina or focus. You just have to figure out how to get inside.
Every checkpoint requires the same legwork to get in. The generator must be refuelled, and the power must be restored to unlock the electronic doors. At each NERO checkpoint youll be able to find fuel cannisters which you can use to top up the generator. Sometimes youll have to find a fuse as well, either by searching the local area or by following tracks and clues.
Very occasionally, youll need to fix the fuse box which requires a handful of your scrap parts, but because NERO camps are normally surrounded by cars this isnt too much of an issue.
Finally, checkpoints will often be adorned with speakers on the side of their buildings and its worth cutting these down because, when power is restored, safety instructions will begin to blare, drawing the attention of any nearby Freakers.
With all of that in mind, here are the locations for all NERO checkpoints
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A NERO Checkpoint (Pic: Bend Studio)
NERO Checkpoints in the Cascade Wilderness
1 – Little Bear Lake
The first NERO Checkpoint you come across is Little Bear Lake. Youll find this one during the story mission Bugged The Hell Out. The generator in this camp is right by the NERO building, but if youre having trouble finding it, look for the electrical wires and pole that theyre connected to. At the end of the street youll see a repair truck with a fuel cannister sitting on the back of it.
Take this cannister back to the generator and fill up the tank. Climb onto the roof of the NERO building and cut down the speakers (youll also want to remove them from the small ticket booth as you enter the area). Return to the generator and push square on your controller to turn on the power. Inside the electronic doors youll find the NERO injector.
2 – Horse Lake
The second NERO checkpoint in Cascade Wilderness is Horse Lake which is near the top of the Cascade wilderness map, on the main road out of Cascade and into Belknap. Its best to target this NERO checkpoint in the day, when the horde that sleep in the train cart just by the checkpoint will be hibernating.
Firstly, youll notice a car parked on the hill by the locked gate. Youll want to push the car down the hill by holding square. Once the car is pushed against the fence, locate the nearby gas cannister and climb onto the car to reach the roof of the NERO building. The generator is inside the chained-off area, and youll need to land inside after you jump from the roof. Make sure you take down all the speakers here otherwise youll find yourself trapped with an angry swarm coming down on you. Once the lights turn green enter the building and collect your next NERO injector.
3 – Old Pioneer Cemetery
Head north to the Old Pioneer Cemetery (near The Caldera Reservoir) and follow the road until you come across the NERO camp. Theres a few Freakers located at the back of the camp feasting on the corpse of a deceased NERO officer. Youll see a cannister by them that youll need to fuel the generator. Kill the Freakers and collect the fuel can, then take this back to the generator by the fence and refuel it. Dont forget to kill the speakers before you turn on the generator. This will unlock the doors and allow you entrance into the checkpoint.