State of Decay 2 Guide: Best Locations for Base Building
State of Decay 2 offers three different maps with various home base locations, which you can move into and upgrade as you wish. Every base has its own advantages and disadvantages, so be sure to find the one that works best for you, as moving into a new base is not cheap.
If you want to know what locations are the best for building your home base on each of the three maps in State of Decay 2, then follow our guide below for all the information you need.
Best Providence Ridge Bases
Fortified Truck Stop
This base has the best position on the new map; it is located almost in its central part, which provides an excellent overview and equal access to all other areas of the Providence Ridge.
This would be a great base for the mid-game after you've used all the resources of your starting base.
There are three facilities in the Fortified Truck Stop that have huge advantages over other bases:
- Kitchen is equipped with a distillery
- Auto Shop provides access to the Mechanics skill
- Fuel storage
You can also use the storage as the watchtower since there is a pretty good view from the top.
Prescott Fire Station
In the late game, when you're ready to settle inside larger spaces, you can opt for either Prescott Fire Station or Lundegaard Lumber Mill.
The fire station has a huge number of facilities, which you can't find anywhere else on the map:
- Workshop with full upgrades and reduced cost for all repair works
- Gym that gives access to a highly valuable Medicine skill
- Scout tower that gives you three scouts for free, although unarmed
- Kitchen with food storage
- Utility room that provides electricity and water to an entire base
That's a very impressive list, which is nothing you'll ever find in Providence Ridge or anywhere else.
While Fire Station is packed with useful structures, the Lumber Mill is the only base in the game that offers five large facility slots. That's a lot and provides players with an opportunity for massive creative endeavors.
As for built-in facilities, the Lumber Mill offers the following:
- Command center that helps search for new territories and hack maps for info
- Storage facility for all types of materials
Lumber Mill will fit players that look for flexibility in their gameplan rather than safe space for resting and healing. So keep this in mind when setting up your next base in State of Decay 2.
Best Cascade Hills Bases
If you go west from your starting base, you will come to a bridge with another potential home base. This one has three parking sites located on both sides of the bridge.
Bridge Fort has four open slots for building in total:
- 1x Large Slot
- 1x Small Indoor Slot
- 2x Small Outdoor Slot
There is also a watchtower on the upper floor that overlooks the eastern side of the bridge. If you want to claim this base, you need to have 500 influence and 4 people -- a perfect location for a small community.
If you're looking for a huge storage room, then this is the base you need. It is located in the northwestern part of Cascade Hills.
There are several clearable lockers, which can be used for building or storing things. You also have one Secret Distillery -- a great source of Fuel, if you care about driving vehicles.
This base will cost you 1,500 influence and 6 people in total.
This is probably the best location in Cascade Hills. It is located in the southwestern part of the map. It has seven building slots, two of which are large slots.
The best feature of this base is that it already has a ready-to-use level 3 Workshop, which is a great thing to have. Of course, such luxury isn't cheap and will require you to have 3,500 influence and 8 people.
So, if you have a large community, this is the base for you.
Best Meagher Valley Bases
This base is located in the southern part of the map. There are two large Fortified Bleachers that serve as the watchtowers on the opposite sides of the base.
There are five building slots in total. The large ones are located on the outer edges of the base, and the small ones are set closer to the middle.
This is a huge open area that requires a large community of at least 8 people and 3,500 influence.
Squelones Brewing Company
The best part about this base, which is located in the central part of the Valley, is the on-site water tank. This means that you will have a constant supply of water without having to build anything.
There is a lot of free space outdoors for building farms and other types of buildings that require a water supply. Inside the large warehouse, you will find a room where you can recycle food and make alcohol.
In order to claim this base, you will need 1,500 influence and 6 people.
On the western side of Meagher Valley, you will find a truly great base that looks like a campsite. The fencing may require some repair, but there is a lot of free space inside.
This base also has an on-site source of water, so you can start your farms from the get-go. There are lots of buildings around for chilling out and hiding from those pesky zombies.
Although the area of the base is huge, it will only take you 1,000 influence and 5 people to claim it.
Best Drucker County Bases
Barricaded Strip Mall
If you go to the north of the map, you will stumble upon an abandoned mall. However, it's not as useless as it seems. This base has an in-built Urgent Care facility, which is like your own personal infirmary.
On the other side of the base, you will find a High-End Kitchen, where your people can eat well, and which will grant them a nice morale boost. Overall, this is a really great place to have.
In order to claim the Strip Mall, you will need 3,500 influence and 8 people.
This base is located in the middle of the map, which is perfect for those who want to drive vehicles and quickly get to any part of Drucker County. It is supported by a Huge Fuel Storage that will provide you with enough fuel for all your cars.
It is very similar in design to Wheelhouse Truckstop, but that base is located in a far less convenient place, on the outskirts of the map. So if you enjoy driving a lot, then be sure to choose Mike's Concrete instead.
This base requires only 1,500 influence and 6 people.
Knight's Family Drive-In
This is probably the best-designed base on the map. It looks like a castle with a tall fence surrounding it. The front part is protected by a gatewatch, which is great for general area surveillance.
The base covers a rather large territory, and in the back, you will see a Drive-In Theater, where you can repair and store your vehicles.
Claim this base for 1,500 influence and 6 people.
That is all for the best base locations in State of Decay 2; be sure to check out our other State of Decay 2 guides.