Foraging for tool making materials, foods, and other resources is important in the early stages of the game. Most gathering does not require any specialized tools, or can be accomplished using stone tools included in the starter guide: axe, knife and spear. The uses for items provided in this guide are not "all encompassing" but are targeted towards "early game" necessities and can be used in conjunction with the Starter Guide.
Loose stones are used to knap stone tools. For instructions on creating stone and flint tools, see the knapping page. Look around on the ground for loose stones of a type that can be used when knapping. To collect, break using the left mouse button.
- Types of stones that are useful for tool making include: Andesite, Basalt, Flint, Granite, Obsidian and Peridotite.
Sticks are used to create torches and tools by adding handles to stone tool heads. Players can find sticks on the ground (left mouse button to break). If there are no sticks on the ground, look around for "leaves". There are two type of leaves in the game, regular and branchy. Regular leaves have an extremely low chance of dropping sticks and saplings. Branchy leaves can be broken without tools and are guaranteed to yield sticks.
Essential crafting materials
To collect logs, fell a tree using an axe, chop the base log. Logs can be converted to firewood and used for other early crafting needs including a pan used in panning and the primitive weapon, club. A few sticks might be dropped, but not many. Firewood is an important resource to make a firepit for cooking foraged foods, and creating torches.
With a flint knife, harvest cattail tops from Cooper's Reed (Cattail) using left mouse button. Breaking the block using left mouse button with an empty hand allows players to collect the cattail tops, but the destroys the plant. Reeds are used to craft the simplest portable containers, the handbasket to expand the player's inventory.
Gathering foraged food
Different plants are generated in different climatic regions including wild crops, berry bushes, cactus, and mushrooms.
Wild crops can be harvested using left mouse button and an empty hand for both the seeds used in farming and edibles including beans, grains and root vegetables. A crop that is not mature won't provide as many edibles, but any of these foods can be eaten raw.
Berry bushes grow in temperate and colder climates. Ripe berry bushes can be harvested using right mouse button to collect berries. Using the left mouse button allows players to collect the bushes. Berries can also be eaten raw.
Mushrooms are naturally generated in colder, wetter climatic regions. Breaking the block using left mouse button with an empty hand allows players to collect the mushrooms, but the tops will not regrow. Mushrooms can be selectively harvested using left mouse button and a knife to collect only the tops. Over time, the tops will regenerate. (Don't eat the red ones)
Saguaro or cactus fruit are naturally generated in arid or desert climatic regions. Breaking the cactus block using left mouse button with an empty hand allows players to collect the fruits, but the tops will not regrow. Fruits can be selectively harvested using left mouse button and a knife. Over time, the fruit will regenerate.
Hunting wild animals
Any animal can be killed and butchered for meat using a knife. Sneak and hold right mouse button with a knife in the active hand to harvest animal products. When the butchering process is complete, a small window will open that contains all the animal products for collection.
There are three types of meat: Red meat from Sheep, Pigs and Hares; poultry from chickens; and Bush Meat, from Wolves, Hyenas and Foxes. All meat must be cooked before eating, but can be roasted using a firepit.
Raw Hides can be oiled with fat to create pelts and with reeds, to create a hunter's backpack and expand the player's inventory.
Tutorial Video: How to make basic tools and fell trees
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