While maintaining the condition of your cargo is paramount in Death Stranding, there will be times when you’ll need to use it as an impromptu weapon or get it away from you ASAP. That’s why we’re here with a guide on how to throw your cargo in Death Stranding.
How to Throw Cargo in Death Stranding
Early on in Death Stranding, you’ll likely notice that you can carry cargo in either of your hands by holding down the L2 button (for your left hand) or the R2 button (for your right hand).
While useful for balancing out your cargo load and taking weight off of Sam’s back, this also plays into some less obvious mechanics; namely, being able to swing and throw cargo that you’re holding.
Doing this is a simple enough feat as well. While holding cargo in either hand, press square the same way you would if you had your hands free and were going to throw a punch. This will see Sam swing the cargo in his hand, which can act as a stronger melee attack in exchange for a longer windup.
If you release L2 or R2 at the apex of his swing, however, this will see you release the cargo, throwing it in whatever direction you’re facing.
So, to recap how to throw cargo in Death Stranding:
- Hold L2 or R2 to pick up cargo
You’ll need to continue holding either button to keep the cargo in your hand.
- Press the Square button to activate an attack
This will make Sam swing the cargo he’s carrying, though it will have a longer wind-up than standard melee attacks.
- Release L2 or R2 at the apex of the swing
This will release the cargo from Sam’s hand, sending it flying in the direction you’re facing.
When You Should Throw Cargo
As for why you would want to throw your cargo in Death Stranding, there are a few scenarios where it would serve as the best tactical choice.
If you’re out of ammunition for your guns and need to hit an enemy from afar, tossing your cargo at them can deal a decent amount of damage. This is especially useful if said enemy could deal heavy damage to you by getting up close, making distance paramount to your survival.
Likewise, if your cargo is contaminated or dangerous to you for whatever reason, it would behoove you to get it away from you as quickly as possible. To that end, tossing it can be the fastest way to ensure your safety and continue on toward a new, less dangerous delivery.
However, it should be noted that throwing your cargo can have an adverse effect on the container or the item its carrying. As such, you should keep this in mind if you’re hoping to salvage the cargo later on and continue toward its delivery point.
That’s all there is to knowing how to throw cargo in Death Stranding. For more on the game, check out our guide wiki as well as guides on some hot topics like how to use decoy cargo and how to get Sam’s sunglasses.