I’m getting close to 100 hours on Rust. During that time, I spent the first 50 hours getting endlessly spawn killed and trying in vain to get a base going.
Now though, I’m chilling in my base full of guns, turrets and strong walls. I’ve had my current base for nearly an entire month and have only been raided twice, only one raid managed to get a bit of loot.
So what changed? The server (UK2) still had a 100+ population, people constantly run close to my base and there’s usually some kind of firefight nearby.
I’ve found success by following a code, a set of rules that allow me to survive in such an unforgiving world. I’ll provide these rules to you in the hope that you use them to survive, I have no doubt if you utilise these tips, you’ll survive for longer than a week!
10. The effectiveness of water
Try to build your base close to water and on at least 2 sides. This will force other players to swim through water to get to the base, immediately reducing the probability you’ll get raided. Of course, this won’t completely conceal you but it’s a small detail that does contribute well to your survival aspirations.
My base is shown in the above image, I constantly see players on the other side of the water but they rarely go near the actual base. Being near the coast does not count, you need to make it so there’s only a few directions people can reach you from. It’ll also help you escape back to base with good loot, I’ve survived many an encounter by hiding in the water.
9. Correct equipment choices
It’s far too common for players to go out with too much stuff in their inventory, if they die they lose much more progress than they would if they placed their stuff in boxes. Before you can get guns to defend yourself, you’ll need to go out with as little amount of items as possible. As an example; take only a bone knife, a torch and an axe when you’re going out for wood (yep, no clothes).
This will give you the advantage of looking like a naked, considerably reducing how much care nearby players give about you (although most players still KOS if you get too close). You will be vulnerable to the likes of wolves so for this reason, I suggest adding a bow and some bandages once you’ve established a base and obtained some resources.
8. Be fast and efficient
This will sound weird but don’t pick up anything off the floor unless you desperately need it. If someone sees your base and notices a ton of untouched resources outside, they’ll think the base is abandoned. Most geared players won’t bother to run through water (as discussed in entry number 10) to pick up a few resources off the floor. Because of this, they’ll take no notice of your base and keeping everyone else unaware is crucial!
However, you should take any wood or barrels close to your base. Barrels can attract players rarely but more than any other resource and trees are just too good not to take.
Also, kill any naked you see. You might be tempted to let that naked run past you but he may build nearby and come back with some weapons. Clearing potential enemy neighbors out before they can build is important!
7. The best starter base
I apologise for my extremely bad MS Paint abilities ^
Believe it or not, I survived for weeks with this base. Not because it’s hard to raid (4 C4 or 30 minutes of pickaxing will get through it) but because it looks extremely nooby. No player will bother to raid a base like this, it simply won’t be worth it to them. Combine this with the fact that your base will be largely unnoticed (using tips from other entries) and it’s gg wp survival.
First build a normal 2×2 out of stone, then make it your life’s work to expand it to a 4×4, using the outerwalls as defenses rather than a part of your base. This shouldn’t take long at all to set-up and you’ll be safe from there!
This is by no means a long-term base on its own, once you start getting resources you’ll run out of storage space. I suggest covering it with High External Stone Walls and adding a second floor when it gets to that point. Alternatively, if you’re feeling particularly savvy, you could move out and build a bigger base nearby. This base is designed to keep you safe during your early adventures.
Make sure to place a sleeping bag in your desired location before you do anything else!