Items in the Game
Whilst building your base requires you to gather wood and metal, there are many other items to collect in Rust, and there are various methods available for you to collect them. Nearly everything you can use in Rust is craft-able, but a lot of good gear must be found before you can learn how to craft it, and this includes better armor, improved weapons, and various types of ammo and explosives. Below we’ve listed the most important methods items can be found in-game.
In Rust, the main items you’ll be out farming for are metal and wood. We’ll be looking at the various ways both of these materials can be collected.
Wood can be collected by hitting trees with a rock, a stone hatchet, a regular hatchet and a pickaxe. The quality of these tools, as well as the quantity of resources they can collect from each hit is shown in order below.
● Stone Hatchet
Whilst wood can be collected from trees, there is a much more effective way to collect wood. Log piles are scattered around the world of Rust, and these allow you to collect wood much faster than you can from trees. For example, each time you hit a log pile with a pickaxe, you’ll gain 20 wood, as opposed to 1-2 wood.
Wood is needed for every wood building material, and this is what you’ll be building most of your base on, so you are going to be needing a lot of wood.
Just like with wood, there are various nodes spread around the world that players can collect stone-based resources from. There are two types of rock nodes in Rust; the large mineral rock, and the small mineral rock. Both rocks give players the same resources, however their quantity given before being depleted is slightly different.
Mineral rocks will give players stones, sulfur ore and metal ore - these materials are needed for making metal building materials, some equipment, weapons, ammo and explosives.
Simply hunting down log piles and mineral rocks would make Rust get boring quick. Luckily, there are other items out there that can be collected, and some of these can be found in loot crates. Loot crates spawn in various pre-generated structures around the world, and have a random chance to spawn certain gear.
You’ll need to collect the loot crates to stand a chance of finding various types of clothing, weapons, food, and ammunition. Loot crates also have a chance of containing research kits and blueprints - these can be used to teach your player how to craft new items.
Each spawn location for a loot crate will have a chance to spawn a different type of crate. Each crate has various qualities, and different gear inside. Below the loot crates are listed with the loot that can be found inside of them.
The following information may be outdated by the time you read this, as the loot tables are always changing, but it’s likely the majority of items inside loot crates will always be similar to what is shown below.
The least useful and most common loot crate is a wood box. Wood boxes have a chance to spawn with these items:
● 5.56 Ammo
● 9MM Ammo
● Anti-Radiation Pills
● Metal Fragments
● Shotgun Shells
Green crates are a step up from wood boxes, and they can contain a variety of different gear. Green crates have a chance to contain the following items.
● Research Kits
● Weapon Attachments
Yellow crates share the same value and rarity of a green crate. The gear found inside yellow crates can be seen below.
● Weapon Attachments
Finally, the rarest and most valuable crates are red crates. They can contain the following items.
● Anti-Radiation Pills
● Loot Stashes
● Medkits and other Medical Equipment
● Research Kits
The details on drop rates for all of these items have not yet been worked out, but it seems as if all types of crates have a shared pool of items. These items usually include random gear like animal fat, cloth, leather, metal fragments, gunpowder, storage boxes and loot stashes. Unless you’re particularly looking for one of these items, it’s best to not take these items with you, because your inventory will end up filling up very quickly, and you may have to head back to base earlier than expected.
Mutated animals are red variants of standard animals that can usually be found in packs alongside roads and pre-generated structures. They are aggressive and will attack players if a player steps too close. Despite being a pain in the ass to deal with at times, killing mutated animals is a great way to get gear and supplies.
Every time a mutated animal is killed, it drops a loot sack that looks like a briefcase. Inside the loot sack will be a randomly selected item, or group of items. Both mutated bears and mutated wolves drop loot crates, and they have a chance to drop very rare items, such as kevlar armor and metal building items.
Mutated animals can also drop food, medical supplies, research kits, blueprints, attachments and other types of armor.
The final, and probably most exciting part of this section is about airdrops. Airdrops occur randomly on most servers, and players will be able to see and hear a plane flying by if an airdrop happens within the area. Planes will drop a group of crates which can be opened and will contain various types of gear inside.
The gear inside the airdrops will depend on the server settings, however it is common to find weapons, ammo, and most importantly, explosives, grenades and C4 - these last three items are needed to raid enemy bases as they are the only items in the game that can break through wood walls and metal doors.
When an airdrop happens, expect a lot of other players to be at the drop location. Players will fight it out for the loot inside, and those you thought you could trust before, may shoot you in the back for the chance to get their hands on C4 and other equipment.
You can learn more about Rust, and how to use all of these items in the rest of our guide.