Lara Croft’s latest adventure Shadow of the Tomb Raider is out now and our reviewer thought it was pretty great. While the game does a good job of reminding you about important controls at key moments, like using the rope-axe to swing across chasms, it occasionally forgets to remind you about important stuff, such as fast travel. How do you use Shadow of the Tomb Raider fast travel, and why would you want to? Let us help you with those questions.
How to use Shadow of the Tomb Raider fast travel
The fast travel option in Shadow of the Tomb Raider is only unlocked after a few hours’ of play, at a certain point in the story. You access fast travel via campfires, which are also where you upgrade Lara’s skills, improve her weapons, or even give her a PS1-era makeover. When the option is unlocked, it will be the third option on the main campfire menu, after Skills and Inventory.
After selecting it, the map of the game will pop up. You can then fast travel to any other campfires you’ve unlocked. Simply choose the one you want to travel to, select it, and after a short loading screen you’ll be at your destination. Easy.
Why do you need to use fast travel in Shadow of the Tomb Raider?
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is not an open-world game, but it has plenty of hidden secrets. In many ways it’s a Metroidvania-style game, so there will be places you won’t be able to access the first time around because you’re missing certain gear, like a shotgun or axe.
Alternatively there could be secrets hidden behind a monolith that needs translating, and Lara didn’t have the skill to do it when you passed it originally. Or even worse, you may have missed one of the game’s fantastic challenge tombs. The game will tell you on the fast travel map when you scroll over the campfires what you’ve missed, so it’s a handy tool for the obsessive raider.