How to Get More Circuit Boards in Far Cry New Dawn
Update 2/21/19: This article has been updated to provide a quicker, more efficient way to farm monstrous bison. It can be found at the end of the first section below.
Circuit boards are some of the rarest crafting components in Far Cry New Dawn. They aren't impossible to find; rather, they just aren't as plentiful as other components such as duct tape, copper, and gears.
In fact, circuit boards are rarer than titanium and carbon fiber, some of the more laborious components to collect.
Nevertheless, there are two dependable ways to get more circuit boards faster: hunting "monstrous" animals and completing Expeditions. This guide will quickly go over those two methods so that you can craft more powerful elite weapons and vehicles as quickly as possible.
Hunt Monstrous Animals For More Circuit Boards
Although animal skins and pelts aren't directly used to craft most weapons and vehicles in Far Cry New Dawn, and the halcyon days of Far Cry 3's deep crafting system are long gone, pelts and skins are still important because they are a tradable commodity.
As is the case with titanium and carbon fiber, circuit boards are one of the items you can trade for using pelts and skins. In this case, you'll need to hunt two specific "monstrous" animals: the monstrous cougar and the monstrous bison.
- Monstrous cougar: 10 circuit boards each
- Monstrous bison: 10 circuit boards each
The biggest issue here is that both of these animals are difficult to hunt for different reasons.
If you've played any recent version of Far Cry, you know that cougars are cunning, quick, and elusive. Hunting them in New Dawn's mountains isn't a walk in the park. Monstrous cougars are even more powerful than their Level 3 counterparts.
Monstrous bison, on the other hand, are almost nothing but sheer power. They will quickly charge to protect their weak underbellies. Quickly dodging their charges and keeping them on the high ground are keys to a quick kill.
However, be wary: Level 3 bison almost always come to their aid. It's easy to get quickly overrun by two or three angry, high-level bison.
Note: The best place to farm monstrous bison is right outside Prosperity. Equip the elite bow and go out the front gates. Go to the right and toward the sunken area with the water and tree just outside the camp.
A monstrous bison will spawn there. Shoot it in its weak underbelly to get a one-shot kill. Go back through the front gates at Prosperity and then return. The bison will respawn. Thanks to Reddit user THE_HERO_000 for the tip.
Complete Expeditions For More Circuit Boards
Expeditions provide some of New Dawn's most compelling content. They also provide some of the more interesting and fun ways to get crafting components. Aside from substantial bits of titanium, Expeditions are also good ways to get circuit boards.
Like outposts, Expeditions gradually become more difficult the more you complete. Starting out, you only have access to the base-rank Expeditions. However, keep playing and completed Expeditions will automatically rank up, eventually reaching Rank 3.
Here's what you get from each successful Expedition completion:
- Rank 1 Expeditions: 15 circuit boards
- Rank 2 Expeditions: 20 circuit boards
- Rank 3 Expeditions: 25 circuit boards
Keep in mind that while there are seven separate Expeditions, each with three ranks, anything past a Rank 1 Expedition almost makes co-op mandatory. That's because Rank 2 and Rank 3 Expeditions drastically increases the difficulty found in Rank 1.
Get Circuit Boards by Exploring the World
Just like titanium and carbon fiber, circuit boards can also be found simply by exploring the world. By following our treasure hunt guide, you'll stumble across a few circuit boards in and around prepper stashes.
It's also possible to find circuit boards in heavily-defended complexes and around some outposts. However, it appears that circuit boards don't spawn in these locations as much as other crafting materials. Consequently, hunting and completing Expeditions are two of the fastest ways to acquire the crafting item.
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