Icarus 'Searchlight: Scan' Prospect Mission Walkthrough & Guide

Last Update: December 8, 2021


Icarus 'Searchlight: Scan' Prospect Mission Walkthrough & Guide - cover

This Icarus Searchlight: Scan Prospect Mission Walkthrough & Guide will tell you how to make the trek across the Arctic and scan three key locations while staying alive.

What You Need For the Icarus Searchlight: Scan Prospect Mission

The Icarus Searchlight: Scan Prospect mission is going to take you even deeper into the Arctic biome.

  • Stone Pickaxe
  • Stone Axe
  • Campfire
  • Bedroll
  • Stone Knife
  • Wood Bow
  • Stone Arrows
  • Bone Arrows
  • Wood Spear
  • Bone Spear
  • All Wood building pieces
  • Wood Ladder
  • All Cloth armor pieces
  • Bandages
  • Wood Repair Hammer
  • Crafting Bench
  • Waterskin

Additionally, it is strongly recommended (but not required) to have the following:

  • Rain Reservoir
  • Oxidizer
  • Skinning Bench
  • Textiles Bench
  • All Fur armor pieces

How to Unlock the Icarus Searchlight: Scan Prospect Mission

You can unlock the Icarus Searchlight: Scan Prospect mission by completing the Icarus Icestorm: Expedition Prospect mission.

Icarus 'Searchlight: Scan' Prospect Mission Walkthrough & Guide - map

Icarus Searchlight: Scan Prospect Mission Walkthrough & Guide

There's a lot of prep to do this time!

Setting Up

You'll land in a familiar area from an earlier Prospect. Craft the following tools:

  • Stone Pickaxe
  • Stone Axe
  • Wood Spear
  • Bow
  • 30 Stone Arrows
  • Stone Knife

Unfortunately, this area also has no water whatsoever -- a Rain Reservoir is strongly recommended for collecting rain or melting Ice. Build a small cabin with a Crafting Bench, Skinning Bench, Textiles Bench, Campfire, and Bedroll at the point indicated on the map. Place a Rain Reservoir outside, ideally on a raised platform.

Next, start hunting like mad. You're going to need enough Fur to build at least 3 additional Bedrolls total (and ideally, a full set of Fur Armor). Make an Oxidizer and a couple of Waterskins if you have it, too.

After you've done a fair amount of hunting, craft the following items:

  • 4 Wood Roof/Ramps
  • 14 Wood Walls
  • 4 Wood Floors
  • 16 Wood Beams
  • 8 Wood Wall Angled
  • 4 Wood Ladders
  • 3 Bedrolls
  • 3 Campfires
  • 3 Wood Repair Hammers

Additionally, gather the following materials:

  • 20 Cooked Meat
  • 2 Filled Waterskins
  • 100 Stick
  • 200 Fiber
  • 100 Wood
  • 30 Stone
  • 50 Oxite

Now you're ready to get moving. Make sure to set your spawn point to the Bedroll in your first cabin -- you won't be back for a while.

Collect Radar from Supply Pod

Head into the Arctic Biome and collect the Radar from the Supply Pod. If you encounter a Polar Bear, stay far away from it and sneak if it gets closer to you.

If a storm happens, use your building materials to quickly build a small shelter on stilts. If the weather is clear, proceed to Scan Location 1.

Icarus 'Searchlight: Scan' Prospect Mission Walkthrough & Guide - Stilt House
You're going to build several of these "stilt houses." They'll serve as shelter from storms, a spawn point, and a last-ditch defense against Polar Bears.

Scan Location 1

When you have Scan Location 1 in sight, walk at least 30-40 meters away and build a stilt house near a cliff wall, ideally on higher ground if possible. You'll use the following pieces to build it:

  • 4 Wood Beam
  • 1 Wood Floor (with a hole in the bottom)
  • 1 Wood Ladder
  • 4 Wood Wall
  • 2 Wood Wall Angled
  • 1 Wood Roof/Ramp
  • 1 Campfire
  • 1 Bedroll

Set your spawn point to this new Bedroll. If it's after 18:00, sleep until it is morning.

Move to Scan Location 1. Place the Scanner, activate it, and run back towards your stilt house. A single Polar Bear will attack the Radar, but it will eventually give up; wait for it to move away, sneak back to the Radar, and reactivate it. Pick up the Radar and move to Scan Location 2.

Scan Location 2

Repeat the same process at Scan Location 2 -- build a Stilt House 30-40 meters away, set your spawn point inside, and activate the radar. I didn't see what animal spawned due to a bug. Avoid or kill the animal if possible, finish the scan, and head to Scan Location 3.

Scan Location 3

Scan Location 3 is a little more challenging -- this location is on top of a large rock. Fortunately, you also are on the other border of the Arctic biome.

Build your stilt house in the Forest biome; this will reduce concerns about Polar Bears and nasty weather. Then, start chopping down trees -- you're going to need to build quite the contraption to get up to Scan Location 3:

Icarus 'Searchlight: Scan' Prospect Mission Walkthrough & Guide - platforms
You're going to need to build some scaffolding similar to the image on the right to reach Scan Location 3. Don't attempt to parkour your way up this mountain -- there are virtually no footholds and you're likely to fall to your death.

Don't dally about Scanning - an Arctic Storm will quickly trash the structure and you'll have to repair or rebuild it.

Start the Scan and retreat if you like. This time, the enemy is a Snow Leopard; it seems no different than a Cougar except for its color and you should be able to fight it one-on-one.

Once the scan is done, start heading back. Make sure to stop at each of your stile houses and update your spawn point -- you don't want to have to walk through the Arctic Biome more than you need to. Launch the Dropship and you're done!

More Info About This Game

In This Article

Release Date
December 03,2021
Purchase (Some links may be affiliated)