Vehicles in Rust

Vehicles in Rust. Long have they been asked for. Long have we waited.

In April 2018, our prayers were answered: boats were added to Rust. A motorized rowboat to be specific. But, that’s not all the dev team had in store for us. It wasn’t long before the rowboat was given a bigger, military-style cousin. And finally, a huge cruise liner was added (albeit one that you can’t drive).

Being that vehicles are such a large change in terms of gameplay, you need to know where to find them and how to use them. That’s what this guide is for.

Let’s get started.

Vehicle #1: The Motor Rowboat

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The motorized rowboat

The motorized rowboat is a small, powered boat that allows you to quickly move about the map. It has four seats (including the driver’s seat). It also has a handy storage compartment in the front in case you run out of inventory.

Where to find it

The rowboat can be found by walking the shore. It spawns randomly so if you walk long enough, you’ll find one.

How to use it

To use the rowboat, you’ve first got to get it into the water. To do that, just walk up to the boat and press “E” to push it into the water. It may take a few tries to get it there, but patience is the trick.

Once you’ve got it in the water, you can hop in by pressing “E” to mount the boat. There are a few different seats, but if you want to drive you need to sit on the back row next to the motor.

Finally, add some low grade fuel and you’re off!

Vehicle #2: The RHIB (Ridig-Hulled Inflatable Boat)

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the mighty rhib

The RHIB is a larger, faster version of the rowboat. It has seven seats (including the driver’s seat). As with the motorized rowboat, it also has a handy storage compartment in the front in case you run out of inventory.

Where to find it

Like the motorized rowboat, the RHIB can be found by walking the shore. Unlike the rowboat though, the RHIB is much rarer, with only six existing on the map at the same time. Usually those are already owned by other players, so theft may be a better option here.

How to use it

Using the RHIB is identical to the rowboat. You’ve first got to get it into the water. To do that, just walk up to the boat and press “E” to push it into the water. It may take a few tries to get it there, but patience is the trick.

Once you’ve got it in the water, you can hop in by pressing “E” to mount the boat.

Finally, add some low grade fuel and you’re off!

How to get scrap in Rust

Scrap is everything in Rust. Without it, you’re stuck with a wooden spear for a weapon. With it, you can rule a server with an arsenal of modern guns and explosives.

Suffice to say, you need to know how to get it, and get it quick. And that’s just what this guide is for.

Enjoy.

Method 1: Breaking Barrels

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Hello, barrel

The poor man’s way of acquiring scrap is to run around breaking barrels, specifically blue and tan barrels (the red ones don’t give scrap). You can find barrels all over the map, but roads and monuments in particular are good places to find them.

To break them, just hit them with an item. Your handy rock will do the trick, but a weapon will break them much faster. A couple seconds later, you’ve got a bit of scrap. Rinse and repeat.

Pro tip – If you’re a solo player, a great way to do farm scrap from barrels is to get a rowboat and visit the little trash islands in the ocean. You can pick up a lot of scrap in short order doing this.

Method 2: Recycling Stuff

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The recycler at the lighthouse monument

A great way to get a lot of scrap quickly is to recycle stuff. By stuff I mean items that you pick up from breaking barrels and opening crates.

Here’s a list of items you can recycle for scrap (with the amount of scrap given to the right): Empty Propane Tank (1), Metal Blade (2), Road Signs (5), Metal Pipe (5), Sheet Metal (8), Metal Spring (10), Gears (10), Semi Automatic Body (15), SMG Body (15), Electric Fuse (20), Tech Trash (20), Rifle Body (25)

There are a couple downsides to recycling items for scrap. One, you have to find a recycler. You can’t craft them so you’ll have to find one at something called a “Monument”. This is a list of all the Monuments that are currently in the game. Not all Monuments have a recycler though so you’ll have to search around a bit.

Two, using the recycler attracts hostile enemies thanks to the noise it makes when you turn it on. Not to mention the fact that Monuments are just dangerous areas in general.

All that together means you should probably avoid using the recycler until you have a decent handle on the game and can defend yourself. Few things are worse than hauling all your loot to the recycler, only to have it stolen by another player.

Method 3: Trading with Other Players

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Trading for scrap

If you fancy yourself a modern day Sam Walton, you can trade your way to scrap riches by selling items to shops on the map.

To find a shop, just open up your map (“G”) and look for an icon with a green shopping cart inside. That means the shop has stock available. Then, trek to the shop and hope they are paying scrap for an item you have. If they are, and you think it’s a good deal, make the trade. Otherwise, you’re out of luck.

Method 4: Killing People and Stealing Their Scrap

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Cold blooded theft

This wouldn’t be Rust if you couldn’t kill another player and steal all of his or her’s hard work. So if you’re needing scrap and feeling salty, don’t be afraid to give this method a try.

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Hapis: map + points of interest (with notes)

Updated on February 13th, 2018 at 10:37 am

Hapis is a map a lot of Rust players spend a lot of time on – so you might as well have a map of it. The one that we’ve put together displays both the general geography as well as points of interest such as monuments, loot crate locations, and tunnels. Below the map, we’ve written a short summary of each (contains recycler, has radiation, etc).

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Lighthouse [recycler]

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Tall, red and white lighthouse. Contains barrels, loot crates, and a recycler (on the second floor, use the fallen wooden beams to hop up). Very top is a decent place to camp as people coming up the ladder are defenseless. No radiation.

Launch Site [recycler]

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Largest and most loot filled Monument in the game. Guarded by a tank. Has a recycler and research table. Contains radiation.

Refinery [recycler]

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Oil refinery on the west side of the map. Has plenty of barrels and loot crates. Also has a recycler and research table. Underground tunnels below the refinery are a great way for newer players to get good gear relatively safely. No radiation.

Loading Dock [recycler]

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Small dock on the west side of the map. Has barrels and a recycler. No radiation.

Abandoned Ship

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Half sunken ship off the north coast. Contains several loot crates. To access, you must first swim the extremely cold sea. Bring plenty of bandages and a campfire. No radiation.

Convoy

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String of several broken down military vehicles. Good amount of barrels and loot crates. No radiation.

Beached Tugboat

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A tugboat off the south coast. Contains several loot crates. No radiation.

Mining Quarry

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A device you can use to extract resources from the ground with. Must use low grade fuel to power. Surrounded by loot crates and barrels as well. No radiation.

Pumping Station

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An old oil rig in the desert. Has several red barrels, but no loot. No radiation.

Warehouse [recycler]

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Warehouse in the desert. Has a recycler and several loot crates inside, with barrels being scattered outside. No radiation.

Site A [recycler]

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Large satellite complex on the east side of the map with lots of barrels and loot crates. Also has a recycler (in one of the warehouses) and research bench (on the satellite). No radiation.

Site B [recycler]

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Large complex on the west side of the map with underground tunnels. Has a recycler and research bench. Lots of barrels and loot crates. No radiation.

Materials Extraction [recycler]

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Several large buildings on the west side of the map. Has a recycler plus barrels and loot crates. Contains radiation, but only in one small area. Contains radiation.

Venting Shaft

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Tunnel complex that leads from the ocean to above the cliffside. No barrels or loot crates. No radiation.

As always, Rust still being a game in development means things change all the time. If anything stated is incorrect, please let us know in the comments so we can get it fixed.

Note: Credit to Rust:IO for their excellent live map extension for servers

rust tips and tricks

Rust tips and tricks: a complete, up-to-date list

Updated on January 24th, 2018 at 08:38 pm

It’s safe to say that Rust is a tough, complicated game. It can take weeks for a new player to learn just the basics of it. Even players who have been playing for years still might be out of the loop on a few things. Because of that, we decided to put together a list of all the Rust tips and tricks we knew.

The idea is that every tip in this guide has the potential to surprise and enlighten a beginner Rust player. Some tips might even catch players with years of experience by surprise. We’ve done our very best to be as thorough as possible, but if you think we missed a no-brainer, please let us know in the comments and we’ll get it added.

Enjoy.

Raiding

  • Chart showing how many explosives it takes to destroy doors in Rust (grenades have been removed as they now do almost no damage) [credit to Biohazard72 for the chart]:
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  • Chart showing how many explosives it takes to destroy walls in Rust (grenades have been removed as they now do almost no damage) [credit to Biohazard72 for the chart]:
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  • Always aim rockets at the intersection of walls – you’ll destroy four rather than one
  • Commonly used explosives ordered by how much raw sulphur is required to make them: F1 grenade (60), beancan grenade (120), satchel charge (480), rocket (1,400), C4 (2,200)

Base building

  • Walls facing the wrong direction can be flipped by right clicking with the hammer (only shortly after placing them though)
  • Building near Monuments (large, man-made structures) makes it easier to get scrap, but you get raided more often
  • The safest places to build are in the snow or in caves
  • You can use a furnace as a makeshift “stairs” to reach the second floor of your base (especially useful if you don’t have ladders yet)
  • Building upkeep tax brackets: 1-65 blocks = 10%, 65-90 blocks = 15%, 90-125 blocks = 20%, 125+ blocks = 33%
  • Stone buildings will decay after 5 hours of upkeep not being met and Sheet Metal will decay after 8 hours
  • Keep raiders off your roof by building away from anything they could use to jump on it (rocks, cliffs, etc)
  • You can rotate placeable items by hitting “r”
  • Tool cupboards allow you to “claim” an area as yours by not allowing anyone else to build within roughly nine foundations from the cupboard

Resource gathering

  • Always randomly move about while looting chests, bodies, etc so that it’s harder for other players to hit you
  • You can one shot barrels with a crossbow
  • The best animals to kill in order of animal fat are (# shown is if you use a bone knife or hatchet): Bear (100), Boar (39-41), Deer (10), Horse (10), Wolf (10), Human (1-2)
  • There are different levels of hemp plant clones, you can get clones from G-1 to G-10000, the bigger the number, the more cloth you get and the faster it grows
  • Empty tuna cans and empty bean cans can be smelted in a campfire to get 15 metal fragments
  • Hitting the glowing dot on ore and stone nodes quickens up the mining process, but doesn’t give you more resources
  • The best/quickest way to get scrap is to recycle items like empty propane tanks and gears
  • List of items you can recycle by # of metal fragments produced: Sheet Metal (100), Sheet Metal Door (75), Semi Automatic Body (75), Code Lock (50), Targeting Computer (50), Auto Turret (50), Empty Propane Tank (50), Snap Trap (25), Landmine (25), Metal Blade (15), Gear (13), Survey Charge (5)
  • Mining quarries always output stone, but the other resource depends on the biome it’s in; metal ore in temperate (grassy), sulphur ore in arid (desert), and high quality metal in snow
  • Mining quarries can no longer be crafted, instead they are found at Monuments

Crafting

  • If you shift-click the ‘+’ in the crafting menu then you will increase the number of items to be crafted by 10
  • If you ctrl-click the ‘+’ in the crafting menu then you will increase the number of items to be crafted to the max

Weapons and armor

  • Armor works by region, not “total” protection; ex. if you have a helmet that offers 10% protection, that only applies to your head (as common sense would dictate)

Misc

  • You can kill yourself by hitting F1 and typing “kill”
  • You can wound yourself by hitting F1 and typing “wound” – this is great for luring people into trap bases
  • If you are out and about and have to log off quickly, you can sleep underwater safely
  • Naked players running around with a “caveman sash” around their chest have touched a weapon and should be treated cautiously
  • You can zoom in and out while using binoculars by left clicking
  • Use the alt key (option on Mac) to look around while sprinting or harvesting resources
  • Place code locks on both your chests and cupboard to make life difficult for raiders
  • Keep a sleeping bag and stash filled with weapons hidden somewhere outside your base so you can flank raiders when they attack your base
  • You can gift sleeping bags to friends by holding interact (e) on a bag and selecting “Give to friend”
  • When you are picking someone up you can jump, crouch, shoot, and heal (pretty much anything but walk)
  • After you’ve been sprinting for a few seconds, you can let go of shift and you’ll continue sprinting
  • The attack helicopter shows up roughly every 2-3 hours; it will not attack you if you are wearing two or less pieces of clothing and don’t have a ranged weapon in your hotbar (other than hunting bow)
  • The tail rotor is much more vulnerable than the rest of the attack helicopter; if your aim is perfect you can take it down with one mag of an AK
  • To switch between ammo types, hold the reload key (“r” by default)
  • The air drop is the only way to get weapon blueprints without researching
  • A furnace will smelt all slots simultaneously, so it is more efficient to smelt multiple stacks of ore at one time
  • You can “bind” your keys to automate annoying actions like crouching and swinging an ax [credit to haduis]
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  • Standing near a campfire with over 100 hunger and 100 thirst will heal you

Conclusion

Any of those help? Let’s hope so because that’s all the Rust tips and tricks we’ve got. Spotted an error or have a tip you think we should have included? Let us know in the comments. If you enjoyed the tips and want a more in depth guide, check out our complete beginner’s guide to Rust.

As always, Rust still being a game in development means things change all the time. If anything stated is incorrect, please let us know in the comments so we can get it fixed.

beginner's guide to rust

The always up-to-date beginner’s guide to Rust

Updated on August 5th, 2018 at 09:02 pm

So after hearing your friend go on and on about Rust, you finally pulled the trigger. The good news is that your friend was absolutely right – Rust is a blast. The bad news? Rust can be a tough game to learn. Hostile players who kill everybody they see and a subpar in-game tutorial system can be a cruel combination. If you can make it past your first few hours though, you’ll find that Rust offers one of the most unique and exhilarating game experiences out there.

The goal of this guide is to help you get past that initial, tough learning curve as quick as possible so you can get to the good stuff.

Let’s jump in.

Hello world

beginner's guide to rust

waking up on the beach, naked



Every player starts their Rust journey the same way – face down on a beach, naked. You don’t want to stay there though so go ahead and left click to get up. Now that you’re right side up, you’ll notice that you’ve got a couple items in your inventory, a rock and a torch. We’ll dive more into those in a bit because right now you’ve got something more important to do…

Run!

Yes, run. Rust is filled with people who get a small rush of joy from killing new people on the beach. Not to mention your fellow “nakeds” that are filled with blood lust and want to take it out on you with their rock.

So as soon as humanly possible, start sprinting away from the beach (hold shift to sprint), preferably toward trees. Once you get there and feel decently safe, it’s time to start gathering resources.

Sprinting tip – After holding down sprint for a few seconds you can release and your character will keep running.

Getting wood in Rust

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getting wood the hard way

A huge part of Rust is building and to build, you need resources. One of the most important resources, throughout the game, is wood. Lucky for you, Rust has kindly provided you a rock to cut trees down with.

Cutting down trees is pretty simple. Just walk up to one and left click with your rock selected (you can select items by using your number keys). As soon as you hit the tree, you’ll notice a red X pop up. You’ll want to keep hitting that X as it lets you gather both more resources as well as get them quicker.

Wood gathering tip – You can also gather wood by picking up stumps that you see. Each stump gives you 50 wood. Just hit the interact key (e by default) to pick it up. This method has the advantage of being quiet.

Our goal is to get enough wood to make a stone hatchet. Creating one of those takes 200 wood and 100 stone so as soon as you get 200 wood or so, stop chopping down trees and start looking for stone.

Finding stone in Rust

beginner's guide to rust

Hitting a rock… with a rock

Finding stone when you are just getting started in Rust can be tough. To the untrained eye, all rock looks the same. But, as you play more you’ll start to learn to tell the difference.

For now, we’ll concentrate on two methods of getting stone – loose stone on the ground and stone “nodes”. Other methods are described in our full guide on how to get stone in Rust.

Loose stone is kind of like the tree stumps that give you 50 wood. Instead of wood though, you get 50 stone. Here’s what they look like:

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loose stone in rust

These can be particularly tricky to spot. Just keep an eye out for rocks on the ground that are both lighter colored and the same shape as the one pictured above. You’ll get the hang of it.

The other method is searching out stone nodes of the shape and color below:

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picturesque stone

As with loose stone, stone nodes have a defining shape and color. You can tell them by their round shape and light, almost whitish color.

Once you do find a stone node, you can harvest it by hitting it with your rock. Be sure to aim for the glowing dots – they speed up the time it takes to harvest the stone.

Regardless of the method you choose, make sure to get at least 100 stone so you can make a stone hatchet.

Crafting a stone hatchet

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a stone hatchet in the wild

Now that you’ve got 200 wood and 100 stone, it’s time to make a stone hatchet so you can both get more wood and get it faster when you chop down trees.

To craft a hatchet, just hit your inventory key (tab by default) and select the stone hatchet from the quick craft menu in the bottom right.

Wait 30 seconds for it to craft and then head for the nearest trees.

Building a starter base

beginner's guide to rust

humble beginnings

Ok, hopefully you’ve made it unscathed thus far and have a stone hatchet at your disposal. If not, don’t be discouraged. Even the best players have a tough time starting out so just keep at it and eventually you’ll get there.

Now that you have a stone hatchet, your goal is to gather enough wood to build a small starter base. The magic number of wood is 2,000. So go and cut down a few trees.

Once you’ve got 2,000 wood, pull up your quick craft menu (tab) and craft both a building plan and a hammer.

30 seconds later, you’re ready to build. First, you need to find a decent place to settle down. Preferably as far away from other players as possible while still being decently close to a Monument (large, man-made structures like lighthouses or gas stations). Here is a short list of places not to build: on the beach, next to a Monument, and next to other players.

Once you have that perfect spot picked out, pull out your building plans and left click to place your foundation. The foundation is the floor of your base so make sure it is enough above ground that you are able to place other foundation blocks around it later on. Mountains can make this particularly tough.

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placing a foundation

Next, right click and hold to select walls. Then stand on your foundation and place three walls, leaving one side open for a doorway. After you’ve got those placed, put a doorway down and add a floor as a roof (just trust us on this one).

Building tip #1 – Walls can be placed facing the wrong direction so make sure you are standing on the inside of your base when placing them. Incorrectly facing walls are much easier to destroy.

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outside view of the different wall types

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inside view of the different wall types

Unfortunately, wood that hasn’t been upgraded makes a pretty pathetic defense so you’ll want to pull your hammer out immediately and start upgrading the foundation, walls, doorway, and roof by right clicking and selecting “upgrade” from the menu.

Building tip #2 – If you mess up, you can use the hammer to demolish or flip walls. Be careful though, you’re only able to do that within a few minutes of placing the object. After that, you have to tear them down manually (it’s not fun).

Once everything is upgraded, pull up your inventory and quick craft a door and lock. When they finish crafting, place the door in the doorway and then the lock on the door. After placing the lock, point directly at it, hold interact (e), and select “lock”.

Important – You don’t need to create a key if it’s just you playing. The lock will magically open and close, even if you’ve never created a key. Your friends WILL need one though, so if you are playing with others, they’ll need to craft some.

Now, take a deep breath and pat yourself on the back.

You’ve officially built your first base!

Completing your base

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a small, but cozy home

You don’t want to stop here though. No base is complete without a tool cupboard (1,000 wood) and a sleeping bag (100 wood and 30 cloth). So that’s next on your agenda.

Before you leave though, make sure you craft a small wooden chest and put a spare key in there. That way you can’t get locked in. Once you’ve done that, head back out for more resource gathering.

Finding cloth in Rust

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Hello, 10 cloth

You already know how to get wood. But cloth has yet to be covered.

There are a few different ways to get cloth (covered in more detail in our guide on how to get cloth in Rust), but early on the main method is simply going up to hemp plants and hitting interact (e) to gather them.

Cloth gathering tip – You can actually grow your own hemp plants so make sure you hang on to those hemp seeds you gather when picking up cloth. You can plant them around your base by selecting them and hitting interact (e) when looking at the ground.

A fully grown plant nets you 10 cloth so run around a bit until you get 30 cloth. As soon as you get it, head back to your base, craft a sleeping bag, and place it on the ground. This is a big deal – now when you die, you’ll spawn back in your base rather than on a random beach.

A note on cupboards

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a placed cupboard

A common point of confusion for new Rust players are cupboards. They serve two very important roles in the game. One, they prevent other players from building within roughly six foundations of your base. So essentially they mark the area around your base as “yours”. The other, newer, function of cupboards is to prevent base decay by allowing you to place resources in them.

Base decay isn’t a new feature, but the ability to prevent it by “feeding” your cupboard is. Basically the idea is to make the game easier on the servers that host it by slowly removing bases that no one is up keeping. It also serves to make it expensive to build massive, clan bases which helps solo or duo players (perhaps like you).

Upgrading your base to stone

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a stone base in the wild

Next up is upgrading your base to stone. It’s important to do this as soon as possible as stone is about three times more resistant to explosives than upgraded wood (it takes 10 satchel charges to destroy vs 3 for upgraded wood). Wooden walls might as well be paper mâché to a determined raider.

To fully upgrade your current base, you’ll need ~1,600 stone. So get on out there and hunt for stone. Once you have it, upgrade the foundation, three walls, and ceiling (don’t forget the doorway).

Building an airlock room

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top down view of an airlock


Your next base improvement is a big one – building an airlock to protect it from “door campers”. What are door campers, you ask? Well they are evil humans who sit outside your door with a shotgun and wait for you to come out so they can blow your head off and raid your base. It’s not fun when it happens to you. It is quite fun to do it to others though.

The best defense against door campers is to build an “airlock” room. That way if you get killed outside your exterior door, they still can’t get in your innermost door.

Building an airlock room is pretty simple – build another room outside your current door. You’ll need around the same amount of stone and wood as it took to build your current one room base to do it, so go ahead and gather what you need.

Base defense tip – Adding an extra door also makes it twice as expensive to raid you. Instead of just two satchels, raiders now need four to get through both wooden doors.

Once you have the resources, put down a foundation, two walls, a floor ceiling, and a doorway. Then upgrade everything to stone and slap down another wooden door and key lock.

You’ve got yourself an airlock!

Upgrading your wooden doors to sheet metal

We’re almost there. The last thing you need to do to get your base up to an acceptable safety level is replace those wooden doors with sheet metal doors. Don’t worry, it’s pretty easy.

The key is you’re going to need metal fragments to craft those doors. That means you are going to need a furnace. Since we’ve already covered furnaces and smelting in detail (How to get metal fragments in Rust), we’ll just hit the high points here.

Crafting a furnace requires 200 stone, 200 wood, and 50 low grade fuel. Crafting 50 low grade fuel requires 13 cloth and 39 animal fat. Getting animal fat requires killing an animals or humans (preferably with a bow). Here’s a list of how much animal fat you get from each animal (if you use a bone knife or hatchet): Bear (100), Boar (39-41), Deer (10), Horse (10), Wolf (10), Human (1-2). If given the choice, the boar is the best animal to hunt due to it being full of resources and relatively harmless.

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a furnace hard at work

Once you’ve got a furnace, toss in some metal ore and wood and turn it on. Wait a few minutes and as soon as you have 300 metal fragments, craft two sheet metal doors and swap them for your wooden ones.

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What metal ore looks like

Base defense tip – Sheet metal doors are much more resistant to explosives than wooden doors (4 satchels to destroy vs 2 for wooden door). Note: To switch doors, hold interact on the door while it’s open(hammer must be selected).

Raiding in Rust

Coming soon…

Conclusion

If you managed to make it through all that, you should be ready to do some damage. If you have any feedback (like things that we didn’t explain well or left out), please let us know in the comments. We truly want this to be the best beginner’s guide to Rust on the internet and your feedback is a huge part of that.

Thanks for reading – and good luck out there.

As always, Rust still being a game in development means things change all the time. If anything stated is incorrect, please let us know in the comments so we can get it fixed.

how to get metal fragments in rust

How to get metal fragments in Rust

Updated on January 20th, 2018 at 08:35 pm

Metal fragments play a huge role in Rust, so it’s important to know how to get them. One thing that can be frustrating about metal fragments is that to get them in any sort of decent quantity, you have to do a few other things first. But if you follow this guide, you should be swimming in metal fragments within the hour.

Method 1: Smelt empty cans in a camp fire (quickest)

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Smelting an empty can of beans

This is the poor man’s way of getting metal fragments. It’s good for getting started, but you won’t get rich doing it.

To do it, simply put either an empty can of beans or an empty tuna can into a camp fire, along with wood. Wait a few minutes and voilà, you’ve got 15 metal fragments.

Method 2: Smelt metal ore in a furnace (most reliable)

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A furnace hard at work

This is the big boy way of smelting. As mentioned earlier though, you can’t just start smelting right away. You have to build a furnace first.

Before you build a furnace, you really need to have a small 2×1 shelter already built. That way you can protect both yourself and your loot. For now though, we’ll assume you already have that built.

The ingredients to make a furnace are 200 stone, 200 wood, and 50 low grade fuel. Most likely, the stone and wood are not going to be your problem. The 50 low grade fuel however, may be an issue.

To make 50 low grade fuel, you’re going to need a large quantity of animal fat. 39 to be exact. You’ll also need 13 cloth, but that shouldn’t be a problem. If you are struggling with finding cloth, read our guide on how to get cloth in Rust then come back and finish this guide.

There is only way way to get animal fat – kill something. That can be other players or better yet, animals. To hunt animals you’ll need a weapon, preferably a bow so you are out of range of their attacks. Crafting a bow takes 200 wood and 50 cloth, plus 25 wood and 10 stone per arrow. You’ll probably want at least 10 arrows so it’s not going to be cheap.

Once you have a bow, you’ll want to start looking for animals to kill. There isn’t really a rhyme or reason to it, so you just need to wander around a bit. Once you find one, try to sneak up as close as possible and then kill it. Once you kill it, hit it with an object like a rock or hatchet to harvest it’s resources.

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Harvesting a boar

Depending on the animal you killed, you may have to continue hunting to get the 39 animal fat. To help you out, here’s a list of how much animal fat you get from each animal (if you use a bone knife or hatchet): Bear (100), Boar (39-41), Deer (10), Horse (10), Wolf (10). If given the choice, the boar is the best animal to hunt due to it being full of resources and relatively harmless.

Once you finally have that golden amount of 39 animal fat and 13 cloth, it’s time to craft a furnace. Go to your base, open up the crafting screen (q by default), search “furnace”, and hit craft. 60 seconds later you have your first furnace!

Now, you have to smelt something. If you want metal fragments, that means you are going to need metal ore. To get metal ore, you need to find nodes that look like this:

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What metal ore looks like

Once you find one, harvest it by hitting it with a tool, whether that be your rock or a pickaxe. Then hurry that precious stuff back to your base, throw it in the furnace along with wood, and boom, you’re smelting.

Mining tip – When hitting nodes, always aim for the glowing dot. Hitting the dot speeds up mining so you can get back to a defensive state quicker. Also, if you are mining at night, you’ll need a flashlight to see the dot.

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The fruits of your labor

Method 3: Recycle items

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The recycler at the lighthouse monument

Wondering what you do with all that random junk you get from smashing barrels? Well one use is to recycle them to get resources like metal fragments. Not all items recycle into metal fragments though so here is a list, ordered by the number metal fragments you get: Sheet Metal (100), Sheet Metal Door (75), Semi Automatic Body (75), Code Lock (50), Targeting Computer (50), Auto Turret (50), Empty Propane Tank (50), Snap Trap (25), Landmine (25), Metal Blade (15), Gear (13), Survey Charge (5).

There are two important things to note about this method of getting metal fragments. One, you have to find a recycler. You can’t craft them so you’ll have to find one at something called a “Monument”. This is a list of all the Monuments that are currently in the game. Not all Monuments have a recycler though so you’ll have to search around a bit.

Two, using the recycler attracts hostile enemies thanks to the noise it makes when you turn it on. Not to mention the fact that Monuments are just dangerous areas in general.

All that together means you should probably avoid using the recycler until you have a decent handle on the game and can defend yourself. Few things are worse than hauling all your loot to the recycler, only to have it stolen by another player.

Method 4: Use a mining quarry to extract metal fragments

If you’re reading this guide, you are most likely a long ways from being able to use a mining quarry to get metal fragments. But in the interest of completeness, I’ll give you a short summary of how to do it.

Mining quarries are essentially big machines in Rust that gather resources from the ground for you. They are no longer craftable, so you have to use the ones already placed on the map (near “Tier 2” Monuments). The resources that you can mine change depending on what biome the mining quarry is in. To mine metal fragments, the quarry needs to be in the “temperate biome” (grassy). One thing that stays the same though is stone – every mining quarry mines stone along with the other resource.

Once you find a mining quarry, load the mining quarry up with fuel, log off for a bit, and when you come back you’ll have lots of resources in the rusty hopper next the to the machine. That is, if someone hasn’t taken over while you were gone.

Method 5: Kill people and take their metal fragments

The quickest, yet also probably the hardest way to get metal fragments is to take them off another Rust player’s dead body (or if you are lucky, sleeping body). If you are just starting out, this is going to be a tall task. But it’s definitely possible if you can get the jump on someone.

One good way to increase your chances of scoring an easy kill is to listen for people harvesting resources and then creep up and attack (hold control to crouch/sneak). You are typically at your most vulnerable in Rust while getting resources so you might as well take advantage of it when you can.

One significant downside to this approach (other than it being highly risky) is that the average Rust player is not going to be walking around with metal fragments on them, unlike a basic resource like stone or cloth. Most players keep their supply protected at their base. Who knows though, you may get lucky.

Bonus: How to make high quality metal in Rust

Another common question new Rust players have is how to make high quality metal. Spoiler alert – it’s exactly the same as how you make metal fragments in Rust. Just toss some high quality metal ore in a furnace, add wood, and call it a day. A seconds later, you’ve got some of that much coveted high quality metal.

Conclusion

And that is our end all be all guide on how to get metal fragments in Rust. Liked the guide? Let us know in the comments. Have an idea for improvement? Comments work for that as well.

If you enjoyed this guide, be sure to check our others in the series (“How to get cloth in Rust”, “How to get stone in Rust”) as well as our beginner’s guide to Rust.

As always, Rust still being a game in development means things change all the time. If anything stated is incorrect, please let us know in the comments so we can get it fixed.

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How to get cloth in Rust

Updated on January 20th, 2018 at 08:35 pm

The ability to quickly get cloth in Rust is incredibly important. Since cloth is used for so many important early game items, like clothing and bows, it’s a much desired resource. The good news is that you don’t have to make cloth in Rust – you harvest it. And harvesting it is actually quite easy, once you know how.

So without further ado, here are all the ways to get cloth in Rust:

Method 1: Harvest hemp plants (quickest)

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Hello, 10 cloth

At your stage in the game, this is going to be your best bet for getting cloth. To get it, wander around a bit till you come across a plant that looks like the one pictured above. Then, just hit the “interact” key (e by default) on the plant to harvest cloth. Wondering where to find cloth in Rust? The key is to make sure you are in the right climate. Really all this means is don’t look for hemp in a snowy climate. Everywhere else you are good to go.

Pro tip – You can save yourself a lot of trouble by farming hemp plants. You can do that by placing hemp seeds directly on the ground or if you are smart, in a planter box on your roof. Plant them, give them a bit of water and voila, easy cloth.

One thing you have to pay attention to though, as you harvest planted hemp plants, is the size of the plant you are harvesting. For example – if you harvest a small hemp plant, it only gives you a small amount of cloth, say around ~2. But if you harvest a fully grown one, you get the full amount of 10 cloth. So that’s something to be aware of as you hunt for cloth. To help you out, here’s a few pictures of hemp plants ranging from tiny to fully grown:

Method 2: Kill an animal

Yes, killing animals gives you cloth. Don’t ask me how, it just does. Here is a list of animals you can kill in order of amount of cloth received: Bear (50), Wolf (35), Deer (25), Horse (25), Boar (10), Chicken (5-6). Fair warning – don’t try to kill a bear with anything less than a bow.

Fun fact – You can actually turn cloth into leather by putting it into a furnace (plus some fuel like wood).

Ok, so you’ve managed to kill an animal, but you’re not sure how to harvest cloth from it’s body? Don’t worry, it’s easy. Just hit the body with a tool. It can be anything from the rock you start out with to a hatchet. You’ll know you’re doing it right when you see items being added to your inventory in the bottom right of your screen.

Method 3: Recycle items

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The recycler at the lighthouse monument

Recycling items is a great, albeit dangerous, way of getting cloth. Pretty much all you have to do is run up to a recycler, put your items in there and turn it on. It will then spit out cloth (along with other resources).

First things first though – you have to locate a recycler. Unfortunately, they can’t be crafted so you have to find them at places called “Monuments”. Typically these are special buildings or areas on the map like lighthouses, shipwrecks, etc. This is a good list of them. Be careful when you use them though as they make a lot of noise and will attract hostile players looking to steal your loot.

If you are wondering what items to bring to recycle, here are all the items that produce cloth (in order of amount of cloth produced): Tarp (50), Rope (15), Sewing Kit (10), Survey Charge (3), Timed Explosive Charge (3).

Method 4: Kill people and take their cloth

If you had trouble with any of the previous three methods, you might want to skip this one. If you’re the salty type though, taking resources from others is always a pretty decent option. Just be careful and only strike when you have the element of surprise. Overall though, being aggressive when you are just starting out is not a winning strategy.

Conclusion

And that is our end all be all guide on how to get cloth in Rust. Liked the guide? Let us know in the comments. Have an idea for improvement? Comments work for that as well.

If you enjoyed this guide, be sure to check our others in the series (“How to get stone in Rust”, “How to get metal fragments in Rust”) as well as our beginner’s guide to Rust.

As always, Rust still being a game in development means things change all the time. If anything stated is incorrect, please let us know in the comments so we can get it fixed.

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How to get stone in Rust

Updated on January 20th, 2018 at 08:37 pm

If you’re wondering how to get stone in Rust, you’re not alone. Stone is a resource that you’re going to be using a lot of in Rust, so you need to know how to get it. The good news is that it’s not hard to find. That bad news is that along with just about every other activity in Rust, getting it attracts people who want to kill you. That’s a story for another day though – first lets get you on your way to finding that precious stone.

Method 1: Pick up loose stone on the ground (quickest)

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What a stone on the ground looks like if you have a crappy computer

The absolute quickest, easiest way to get stone is by picking up loose stone on the ground. You can pick it up by simply running up to one and hitting your “interact” key (e by default). Granted, you only get 50 stone each time, but it can add up if you are out running around for a bit.

The problem with gathering stone this way is that it can be a bit difficult to spot. But you can definitely do it. Just keep an eye out for rocks of the same color and size as the one pictured above. And if you aren’t quite sure, just run up and try to pick it up. It takes 2 seconds and you have a good chance of walking away with 50 stone.

Method 2: Hit stone nodes

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The old-fashioned way of getting stone

Your bread and butter method for getting stone is going to be searching for stone “nodes” of the size and color pictured above and then hitting them with an object. When you’re starting out they can be pretty tough to tell from regular boulders. But as you play the game you’ll begin to learn to tell the difference.

Tip for spotting them – They are quite a bit lighter than normal boulders. So keep an eye out for bright, almost whitish rocks when you are out and about.

As for actually harvesting the stone, it’s pretty easy. You hit the shiny dot on the node (it quickens up the mining process). With what, you ask? Well you can use anything from the rock you start out with to stone pickaxes to metal hammers. All of those will get the job done. The main difference is in how fast and how efficient the tools are. For instance, the stone pickaxe gets roughly 200 stone less from each node than the metal pickaxe. That said, the stone pickaxe is actually a bit faster at harvesting nodes so there is a bit of a trade off.

Method 3: Use a mining quarry to extract stone

If you are reading this article, you are quite a ways from being able to use a mining quarry to extract stone. So I won’t go super in detail here. But the basics of it are you use something called a mining quarry to mine resources for you. You can’t craft them so you’ll have to find one first (near “Tier 2” Monuments). Once you find one, load it up with low grade fuel and turn her on. Log off Rust for a few hours and when you come back, you’ll have a nice pile of resources in the hopper attached to the mining quarry. That is, if someone hasn’t taken over while you were gone.

Method 4: Kill people and take their stone

This is for the cold blooded killers out there. If mining stone or picking it up doesn’t get your blood pumping, you can always take it from fellow Rust players’ bodies. To be fair it does require you to kill someone, which at this stage of your Rust game may be asking too much (as you most likely just have a stone and a torch). But, here and again you may be able to jump an unsuspecting player as they innocently harvest resources. Looting sleeping bodies on the beach works as well. Your call.

Conclusion

Hopefully this was a decent answer to your question of how to get stone in Rust and with a few hours work, your chest will look like this:

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Stone on stone on stone

If you enjoyed the guide, let us know in the comments. Have an idea for improvement? Comments work for that as well.

If you enjoyed this guide, be sure to check our others in the series (“How to get cloth in Rust”, “How to get metal fragments in Rust”) as well as our beginner’s guide to Rust.

As always, Rust still being a game in development means things change all the time. If anything stated is incorrect, please let us know in the comments so we can get it fixed.