BTs in Death Stranding are by far the most terrifying thing about the game, more so than Norman Reedus’ bloody feet or never being able to drink anything but Monster Energy… alas, if you want to progress the story you’re going to have to go to town on a few of them, especially if you want plenty of precious chiral crystals to upgrade structures and purchase equipment with. In this guide we’re going to show you how to kill, avoid, or escape BTs in Death Stranding, from how to approach the monsters, to what equipment you need to gain the upper hand.
What are BTs in Death Stranding? In Death Stranding, BTs or Beached Things is kind of a blanket term for all of the afterlife monsters in the game. It’s best to know what you’re dealing with and the different phases of a BT combat sequence. You’ll know you’re in BT territory when you see Timefall, which is the rain that makes Sam’s hood go up involuntarily. The game will play an animation where you’ll hear your Odradek (the scanner on your shoulder) chirping and pointing at something as time slows down. You’ll know it when you see it. This is the cue to say that BTs are lurking. If you don’t hold your breath or use your Odradek (more on that later) you’ll encounter see-through floating humanoid beasts around you attached to umbilical cords. If they spot you, gooey hands will rush towards you on the ground, and humanoids will rise from the ectoplasm and try to ruin your stamina and pull you under.
If you get caught in this phase, the ground around you will turn into black goo and a proper BT Boss will be summoned. These are the flailing whales or lion-esque creatures seen in trailers. That’s when the real battle begins.