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Gathering in rust is one of the main aspects of the game. You need resources for basically everything you do so learning as much about this topic can only help you. First thing you will need to know is the tool you use impacts the speed at which you gather resources and the amount gathered from each. The first tool you will start out with is a Rock. This is the most basic tool in the game and is needed to progress to better tools when you first start. The rest of the tools are listed below:

Starting Tool : Rock

Tier 1 Tools : Stone Hatchet + Stone Pick Axe

Tier 2 Tools : Metal Hatchet + Metal Pick Axe

Tier 3 Tools : Salvaged Axe + Salvaged Pick Axe


As of writing this guide ( December 2017 ), you now need Blueprints in order to craft tier 2 tools or higher. Read more about Blueprints in the Blueprints Section. You can also find tools in crates that spawn with barrels on roads and near the giant metal power lines. Square Box Crates or Purple Crates. Either of these crates can carry any tier tool, it is just more rare to get tier 3 then 2 and so on. See pictures below...



You can also find tools in the crates that spawn in caves.

Now that you are familiar with the tools lets take a look at the resources you can gather with these tools. There are 3 types of 'Nodes' you can mine with a pickaxe... Stone, Sulfur, and Metal. Each node gives you only the resource specific to that node. In other words stone nodes give stone only etc. Metal Nodes will however give you High Quality Metal as well as Metal Ore. Below are some images of nodes so you know what to look for...



There is a Mini Game when mining nodes. During the day you will see a glowing spot (shown in pictures above) on each node, hitting this location will make it so you can mine the node with less swings then normal. You will not be able to see this glowing spot at night unless you shine some kind of light on the node (Candle Hat or Mining Helmet etc.).

There are also resouces on the ground that you can pick up with no tools at all. Here are the pictures of what those will look like in game...


Now that you know about nodes you should know about gathering Wood. Gathering Wood is basically common sense but there are now multiple ways to get some. You can gather Wood by either cutting down trees, picking it up off the ground, or gathering it from downed logs or beachwood. As of writing this there is a Mini Game that comes with chopping trees... Soon as you hit a tree with a hatchet a red X will appear. Keep hitting this X and you will chop the tree down alot quicker than normal. This is somewhat hard to do at night but if you can see the smoke appear you can guess the location of the X. Here are some pictures of in game items you can gather Wood from with a hatchet...



Now you know how to gather the resources needed to build a basic base. Which should be your first priority if you want to be able to keep the items you find. However, There is one more resource you can gather with these tools and that is Cloth. You can gather cloth without needing a tool by simply gathering Hemp Plants, or you can whack a Cactus with some form of hatchet to recieve cloth as well (also a good way to get 'Cactus Flesh' which gives a decent amout of hydration). Below is a hemp plant and the types of cactus you can harvest cloth from...



You can also grow hemp in your base with a Small Planter or Large Planter. Will be more on that later.

As far as gathering goes. These are the basic resources to gather and you should be gathering them from the very start in order to maintain your base.

So the next step in this Guide will be about Building. If you want to keep all your loot safe you will need a secure structure to store it all in. I say safe but really I just mean "safer" then if it was all on you lol. You can be raided at anytime and the smaller your base is the easier it will be to get to your loot. I will try to help you avoid all of that and teach you how to build a proper base. You can decide the style.

The first thing you will need in order to build anything is a Building Plan, and if you plan on upgrading any of what you build to a stronger material you will need a building hammer.

Building Tools

In order to craft a building plan you will need just a little bit of wood to craft yourself a piece of paper.

Once you have that you can make yourself a building plan and start building... if you have the resources of course.

Once you are ready, you should start with a foundation. Insert the Building Plan into your hot bar and make sure it is selected. Hold down the Right Mouse Button to open up the building wheel. Select Foundation and get ready to start building. It always helps to have a general idea of what you would like to build before you start building, makes it alot easier, especially on a server that is populated and you dont want to lose everything you have on you. For this guide I will show you how to build a simple 2x2 (2 foundations by 2 foundations).

To start, build 2 foundations and then another 2 connected to those 2. So you end up with a square like in the image below.

This is a 2x2. Once you have the foundations built you can start to add walls. Select Building Plan, hold right mouse button down and select Walls. See below Image.

Once selected you can add a perimeter to your new foundations. Make sure to leave at least one wall section open so you can build a doorway for yourself. You can also build Half Walls but I will show you that later. For now just add a wall on the outside of all foundations excapt for one slot. See image below.

One VERY important thing you need to know is when it comes to Twig, Wood, and Stone... There is a SOFT side of a wall. This matters because when it comes to raiding, you can break These types of walls with melee weapons or tools only. For example, the soft side of a stone wall can be picked through with only 7 Metal Pickaxes. Which is a pain but it happens all the time. Strong side of a stone wall takes ALOT more pickaxes and rarely gets destroyed this way. In the image below you will see 2 walls, the one on the left is the proper way and the one on the right is soft side out and is incorrect. It is good to get everything built properly before upgrading.

You can rotate walls with the Wooden Hammer once you have a Tool Cupboard placed, more on that later. For now just try to make sure your walls are facing the right way before you place them by pressing R to rotate. Now that you have your walls up and facing the proper way you can select your building plan again and select a doorway. See image below.

Place the doorway in the one open section and make sure it is STRONG side out. Then go ahead and build it.

Now you have a place for a door. Now you need to add a roof or ceiling to keep people from climbing into your base while you are building. You can add a flat roof by using sections of floor. Or you can add an actual angled roof by selecting the roof icon on the building wheel. First I will show you what a flat roof looks like. For this you don't have to build. Open your building wheel and you will see the floor icon like so...

Dont worry about building this is just for you to see for now. Below is what it would look like if you used floors as your roof. This is a very common way to cap your base. I would actually say it is more common than the actual roof panels. However, you do have less space when using a flat roof. You will see what I mean in the next part. Either way works and it is all about personal preference.

Now that you have seen what a flat roof looks like, it is time to add an angled roof the way it is meant to be built. Open your building wheel and select the roof icon like so...

Now build 4 sections of roof on top of your walls like seen below. You can decide which sides to put them on (front to back or left to right). I am going to do left to right.

Once you connect the roofs on both sides, it will seal the top and sides of your partial second floor. Only way in and out now is the doorway. Now you are ready to start upgrading your base. For this guide I will be using wood at first just so its easier for you to start out in the case that you are short on resources. To upgrade sections of your base you will need to select the wooden hammer. Once selected, walk to the section you want to upgrade and you will see it highlight like so...

Next hold down your right mouse button to open up your upgrade menu. Here you will see Wood, Stone, Sheet Metal, and Armored.