Villagers preparing for winter in Manor Lords
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How to prepare for and survive winter in Manor Lords

Winter is coming.

No season is as important for your success in Manor Lords as winter. You must have a plan in advance so that when the snow comes, you don't have to deal with hungry and freezing villagers. As the old saying goes: fail to prepare, prepare to fail. Here's how to prepare and survive winter in Manor Lords.

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How to prepare for winter and survive cold in Manor Lords

The key to surviving harsh winters in Manor Lords is to ensure you have enough resources in time for the start of the season. Your goal is to have enough rations to survive at least four months (the number next to the barrel icon at the top of the screen).

Manor Lords village with Charcoal kiln and Woodcutter's Lodge
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How much food and fuel you need depends on the number of families you have. Keep in mind that each house needs twice as many rations in the winter as they do during warmer seasons.

Maximize food and fuel production in autumn

Autumn is a period when you must focus on preparing enough food and gathering enough firewood and charcoal. Build extra foraging and hunter buildings so you can relocate extra workers during autumn. Make sure to build hunter's camps across the map so you leave enough animals to repopulate. To improve their numbers, issue the Hunting Grounds policy that improves breeding by 50% but lowers the crops by 50% (which is fine as you can hunt throughout the year, and it's easier than farming).

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You can never have too much food, as you can easily sell all surplus items via your Trade post. If you get in trouble with food and fuel reserves, don't hesitate to import them. Don't worry if your other industries are suffering; your main focus is to have enough food and fuel to simply survive.

Relocate workers to hunting grounds during winter

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If you've got any villagers normally assigned to picking berries during the other seasons of the year, you'll want to assign them to another task during winter. Berries don't grow in the cold and snow of the winter season, so if you have them assigned to this task, they'll basically be doing nothing. Instead, assign them to any surplus hunter's camps you have. This will ensure you've got enough food to keep you going throughout the cold and your villagers are being put to good use.

Related: How to get Charcoal in Manor Lords

Make sure all your villagers live in houses

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Besides hunger, cold is the other big threat to villagers during winter in Manor Lords. Build enough houses before winter comes to ensure your people have warm and safe shelter from the elements. This is very important at the start as villagers initially live in tents, and you can easily overlook a family as they can technically live there. But as soon as winter comes, they'll be cold, which will negatively affect overall happiness.

For more information on Manor Lords, check out Best Buildings & Developments to Unlock First in Manor Lords on Pro Game Guides.

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Nebojša Prijić is a senior staff writer at Pro Game Guides with over 25 years of experience in journalism, screenwriting, and copywriting. He previously worked as Editor-in-Chief of Maxim Serbia magazine and the IGN Adria website. Nebojša is an old-school gamer who loves real-time strategies, shooters, and RPGs, but most of all, he plays Roblox and mobile games with his son. He remembers the first Diablo, PC games on a single floppy disk, and playing Mortal Kombat on the keyboard.

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