Influence & Prestige: Post-Apocalyptic Currencies
Cold, hard cash doesn’t have much use after the fall of the government and the banking system. Instead, people in State of Decay 2 rely on two currencies to handle bartering items and paying for favors: influence and prestige.
Influence is the most common currency used in State of Decay 2. You earn influence by completing goals, by selling items to your neighbors, and by killing zombies. You can use your earned influence to “buy” items from your neighbors, to activate various radio commands, and to claim outposts and new home bases. Each community has its own supply of influence. When scavenging, keep an eye out for items that note their high trade value. These “luxury items” aren’t useful except to trade away for influence. Take them to your neighbors or to a wandering trader and cash them in for influence to help your community thrive.
Prestige is the second, rarer type of currency used in the game. It’s only earned by playing the Daybreak game mode (see below for details), but it can be spent in Campaign mode by your regular community. This currency allows you access to several special benefits, such as the ability to purchase weapons otherwise only available in Daybreak, or to recruit elite operatives to your community. Your prestige is shared across all the communities attached to your account.