As you make your way through Days Gone and come across your first freaker enemies, you’ll notice you collect ears.
Swarmer ears, newt ears – each type of freaker in Days Gone will grant a body part when you kill it. But what are these used for?
Basically, swarmer ears and other types that you collect after killing freakers in Days Gone are bounties. These are items that Deacon can trade in at a friendly camp, getting credits and respect in return.
You’ll get one bounty for each ear you pick up. Its value depends on what type of freaker its from; swarmers are most common, so you’ll always have more of these. But as you progress through Days Gone you’ll meet more types of freakers. Some pose a much bigger threat to you, so will give you a greater bounty.
Deacon will automatically collect bounties from dead freakers – you just need to walk close to their bodies. The bounty icon is represented by a small playing card – if you can see that icon, you know you’ve not yet collected the bounty. There’ll also be an ‘X’ marked on your minimap of anything you’ve not yet picked up.
Where to sell bounties
Bounties can be traded in at any camp, but choose wisely. Camp credits are unique to each camp, as is the amount of trust it holds for you. It makes sense to build trust with a camp that’s most useful to you – one that has better bike parts, or better weapons to buy, for instance.
In order to trade in bounties, find the trader inside the camp labelled Bounties – it’ll be marked on your map with the same playing card icon as the bounties themselves. Interact with the trader and you can choose to trade in some of your bounties, or all of them at once by pressing triangle.
There seems to be no upper limit on the amount of bounties you can carry at any one time.