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.



  • 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


  • 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)


  • 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


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.