The Base Camps (also Fast Travel Camps, as they allow fast travel as opposed to the Day Camps) are a new feature introduced in the Reboot Tomb Raider (2013), and have since returned in Rise of the Tomb Raider and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
Base Camps allow Lara to rest during her adventure, to heal, upgrade her Skills, Weapons and Gear, to fast-travel to other Base Camps throughout the various Tomb Raider (2013), Rise of the Tomb Raider and Shadow of the Tomb Raider Locations.
Tomb Raider (2013)
There are numerous Base Camps on the mysterious island of Yamatai. They consist of a small camp-fire where Lara can sit down to warm up and rest. There are several other camps that do not allow fast travel; these are called Day Camps.
Features Available at Base Camps
List of Base Camps
There are 24 Locations and 16 Base Camps in Tomb Raider (2013). There are 23(?) Levels in the game. The table below shows where each level begins (but not necessarily where it ends).
|Scavenger's Den||Force of Will||(none)|
|Coastal Bluffs||Signs of Life||(none)|
|Coastal Forest||Woman versus Wild, Just Keep Moving, At an Impasse||Sheltered Ridge, Forest Ruins|
|Mountain Temple||Mountain Rendezvous||Mountain Temple|
|Mountain Village|| 1st visit: Cry for Help
2nd visit: Guilty Conscience
|Village Plateau, Village Overlook|
|Base Approach||Cry for Help||Broken Tunnel|
|Mountain Base||Cry for Help||Map Room|
|Base Exterior||Cry for Help, A Road Less Traveled||Radio Tower|
|Cliffside Village||A Road Less Traveled||(none)|
|Mountain Pass||Another Fine Mess||(none)|
|Shantytown||Highway to Hell||Helicopter Hill, Windmill|
|Summit Forest||Hunting Lodge|
|Shipwreck Beach||Survivors' Camp|
|Research Base||Research Lab|
|Chasm Shrine||Sacred Hall, Sacred Passage|
There are no base camps at the following locations since they are either to small or no longer accessible after Lara went there for the first time. Some of these may have Day Camps that act as a place where Lara can upgrade her weaponry and tools, but can not fast travel from or to.
Karl Stewart promised close to a hundred Base Camps in on of his interviews:  The final number of Base Camps accessible by fast travel are 16; additionally there are 26 (???) Day Camps, bringing the total number of camps to 42 (???).
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Base Camps are again a central game element in Rise of the Tomb Raider. Day Camps on the other hand have been dropped; all camps are fully functional and all options are available here - both upgrades as well as fast travel.
List of Base Camps
There are 15 Locations and 43 Base Camps in Rise of the Tomb Raider; seven of these Base Camps are located in Challenge Tombs. There is one additional Location and two more Base Camps in the Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch DLC, bringing the total up to 16 Locations and 45 Base Camps.
There are 43 Levels spread across Syria and Siberia, the table below shows where each level begins (but not necessarily where it ends). The Baba Yaga DLC is not divided into levels, as it is independent of the normal game's progress, but rather into separate missions, which are listed below instead of levels. Note that these missions do not necessarily start in the Wicked Vale but may start in the Soviet Installation.
There is only one location where Lara can not return to as the avalanche has probably destroyed the place: Mountain Peak.
Similarly the three Base Camps in Syria - Syrian Cliffs, Syrian Catacomb, Syrian Tomb - are only available for fast travel after the player has finished the game and chooses to continue afterwards in order to collect more goodies.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
There are three locations that Lara Croft can not return to: The Cozumel Caves that were blown up by a Trinity trap set for curious adventurers, the flashback scene in her youth in Croft Manor, as well as the final location, the City of the Serpent under the vulcano. These regions are therefore not accessible by Fast Travel.
List of Base Camps
The following reason for adding it to the list has been given: Work in progress. Further reasons might be found on the "discussion page".
The table below shows where each level begins (but not necessarily where it ends); some levels span over entire locations.
- Similar to Base Camps, but without the possibility to Fast Travel
- http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/203160/manuals/TRpcMANOLeUS.pdf?t=1410900699 TOMB RAIDER Instructions Booklet via Steam, PC version, page 4. Retrieved on Jan 1st 2015.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ0qro-5JW0 Around 11:20