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Rust: Complete Beginner’s Guide

We have prepared for you a complete beginner's guide to Rust that contains very good tips and tricks that even pro players use daily, since surviving as a beginner in Rust is not easy at all. In this guide, you will learn not only the basics, but also the slightly more advanced things that every Rust player should know.

Rust Complete Beginner's Guide

Rust, one of the most brutal PVP survival games out there. Anyone who plays or has just started playing Rust knows that this is a game with many ups and downs. At the beginning you are an ordinary “naked” who spawned with a rock and a torch by the beach, and in the next moment you already have your base and weapons. It depends on you and your skill, whether you will become an unstoppable force on the server, or you will just return naked to the beach. In this Rust beginner’s guide, we will ease you into this game and prepare you for what you can expect.

Prepare Yourself

The first and foremost thing you must know about this game is that it is very hardcore. It requires a lot of time, energy and concentration. Unlike other competitive games, here there is no end and beginning of a new round. In order to mentally prepare for Rust, you have to accept the fact that at some point you can lose everything.

Everything you have gained through short or long playing on one server can be taken away from you in a few seconds, so it is important to prepare for that, especially if you are a beginner. Every true Rust player must not let failure force him to quit the game, but start all over again every time. That’s how you become a good player.

Play With a Friend

There is one rule in Rust, if you killed one, there is a high probability that he wasn’t wandering alone. One of the most important things about this game is that you play it with one or more friends. I cannot stress enough how vital this is. When you play with someone, you will progress faster, watch each other’s backs, and generally enjoy the gameplay of this game more. So recommend your friends to buy Rust, if they haven’t already! 

Play with a friend!

Play with a friend!

Choosing a Server

Rust primarily relies on online servers to function. Therefore, selecting a server will likely be one of the first tasks you complete when opening Rust for the first time. In Rust, there are three types of servers: Official, Community, and Modded. New players will probably begin their search on the Official list, but this can be a mistake. These servers have been around for a while, so many of them are packed with good players who might not be the friendliest to new players.

You may want to check the Community tab instead. Here, community members have built servers for a variety of purposes. Any tag can be searched for, and a list of servers will appear in response. So, to find the best starting servers, type in tags like “beginner.” Make sure the server has fewer players (up to 30 or less) so you meet fewer people, lose less stuff, and have more time to explore the map. There are also dedicated training servers where you can practice with various weapons ranging from bows and arrows to AK-47s.

Finding a Beginner Server

Finding a Beginner Server

How to Start

You are spawned on the ocean’s shore, what happens now? Press TAB to open the crafting inventory, there you can see all of the items you can make. Of course, that’s not all; there are some items that are locked and can only be unlocked later in the game. Open the map by pressing the “G” key to see where everything is, then proceed to the Outpost (Or Bandit Camp). Simply go look around and then head towards that monument, collecting cloth, mushrooms, and whatever else you can find along the way. Before you leave, make sure to cut down any trees and make a spear or possibly a bow and arrows.

Also, making a sleeping bag and stashing it somewhere along the path is another crucial step. In case you die, the sleeping bag is your respawn point. Open the map and look for the roads or small paths, they are all connected. The good thing about paths is that they have loot all around, most of which is recyclable. You will find loot in barrels, crates, and various loot boxes.

Barrels & Crates everywhere along the path.

Barrels & Crates everywhere along the path.

Safe Zones

Outpost, Bandit Camp, Fishing Village’s and Stables are the locations where you cannot fight with other players. But let’s just focus on Outpost and Bandit Camp. The reason why you should go there is simple, there is everything a newbie needs; Recyclers, Workbenches, Vending Machines and some barrels that contain loot.

  • Recyclers are one of the most used tools and you can recycle various components on them. You can recycle everything you have collected on the way and get the basic things you need, such as metal fragments, high-quality metal, cloth or scrap.
  • Workbenches are there to increase your crafting capabilities. Some more advanced items require a workbench for them to be crafted. Crossbow, Nailgun and Revolver are some examples.
  • Vending Machines are your best friends. You can buy anything from them, from wood to rocket launchers. Inside the Outpost, there are numerous vending machines, and most of the items you can buy with Scrap. There are also drone marketplaces where you can order anything from any vending machine on the map.

I recommend anyone who is new to Rust, to understand how these basic tools work as soon as possible in order to make future progress easier. The primary resources here are easily obtained; for example, exchanging 20 scraps for 1000 wood is much easier and more efficient than spending time and collecting wood with a rock.

Safe zone, Outpost.

Safe zone, Outpost.

First Base

Most beginners do not know how and where to build a base, so they are getting quickly raided by experienced players. You want your base to be in a good location, and above all to be as resilient as possible so that it is not easily taken over by other people. To make a base you will need a building plan, wood hammer, tool cupboard (TC), at least one door with a keylock (or codelock if you play with teammates) and of course the building material (wood, stone, metal, high quality metal).

First we need to talk about the location of the base. People usually build in all sorts of places on the map, but which one is the best? The best place, in my opinion, is near some monument. For the simple reason that near the monument you will have constant loot, recyclers, and often people who come there. Of course, it also depends on the monument and how useful it is. Best monuments to build close to are: 

  • Gas Station
  • Mining Outpost
  • Supermarket
  • Sewer Branch
  • The Dome
  • Water Treatment (My Favorite)

As for the base itself, there are countless tutorials on the internet that you can find. From small, medium to a large compound. To begin with, of course, make a small base. I generally like to start with the popular 2×1 base that can fit all the basics tools I need. Also, it is very important to make a stone base in the beginning, or to upgrade your wooden one to stone as soon as possible. Wooden bases are cheap, and that’s why they are easily raided.

First base.

First base.

Gathering Nodes

While you were moving around the world, you probably saw these things all around, with a little bit of shine that they have. These are known as nodes, and they provide very important materials that are used for a variety of purposes. The best way to mine nodes are by hitting them where they shine, and it would be best to use a tool like a pickaxe or a jackhammer. They can also be mined with a rock, but a much smaller amount is obtained. There are three types; stone, metal and sulfur nodes.

Stone is mainly used as the main material for building a base, and is also useful for crafting some things like; furnaces, large furnaces, arrows, stone hatchets or stone pickaxes.

In addition to being an excellent material for base reinforcement, to craft a tools, armors, traps, weapons, ammo and bombs, you will need metal fragments. To get metal fragments, you will need a furnace in order to smelt a metal ore.

Sulfur is the most expensive ore of all the others because it is an integral component for making explosives and explosive bullets. Without it, you cannot raid someone’s base. In addition, to make bullets you will need a sulfur to make a gunpowder first. Many people think that you don’t need sulfur in the beginning, but they are wrong. With sulfur ores, you could buy your first rifle or pistol in the Drone Marketplace. Most players who have reached the stage of the game where they need explosives offer very useful items for beginners in exchange for a certain amount of sulfur.

Nodes in Rust

Nodes in Rust


Rust Monuments are vital to every player and their progress in the game. They contain loot, recyclers and some have a solvable puzzle. This Rust Beginner’s Guide doesn’t cover every single monument, but we’ll highlight some that are important. The important monuments for the beginners are:

  • Harbor
  • Abandoned cabins
  • Gas Station
  • Supermarket
  • Junkyard
  • Lighthouse
  • Mining Outpost
  • Sewer Branch (Low levels of radiation)
  • Satellite Dish (Low levels of radiation)
  • The Dome (Low levels of radiation)
  • Train Tunnels
  • Water Treatment (Low levels of radiation in some areas)

Some of these monuments have a green card (mostly found on tables) that you can use to complete a loot puzzle. You will see that some monuments, such as the Harbor, have locked doors that require some keycard to be unlocked. You can find solutions and locations for the green puzzle on the Internet. In addition to green, there are red and blue keycards for more advanced puzzles and for more advanced loots.

Abandoned Cabins

Abandoned Cabins

How to Get Guns

One of the most frequent questions of every beginner; how do you get a pistol or a rifle? Believe it or not, there are many ways to find the gun.

  1. Loot a lot of crates. In small monuments like Gas Station or Supermarket you can find Revolver, Waterpipe, Double Barrel Shotguns or maybe even Semi-Automatic Rifles. When you find it, your best option is to run to the nearest research table (or create one), and simply make a blueprint of it so that you can always make that weapon afterwards. 
  2. If you haven’t joined a fresh wiped server, there will almost certainly be at least one shop that will offer some weapons for a scrap or sulfur in return. There is also a shop in the Bandit Camp that sells weapons like the L3-300 or M92 that aren’t researchable.
  3. Airdrops occur once in an hour, when a plane flies over the map and drops a crate containing various supplies. These supplies are dropped into a large green container, which slowly falls to the ground.
  4. Doing an Oil Rigs or other slightly more advanced monument. With more advanced monuments comes more advanced loot. Solving the red and blue puzzles could easily get you a gun.
  5. If you hear some shooting nearby, why not visit it yourself. You can outwit an enemy who gives away his position in various ways. With weapons like the Eoka or Compound Bow you can kill another player with a single headshot. 
250 Sulfurs for a Revolver

250 Sulfurs for a Revolver

We hope this complete Rust Beginner’s Guide has helped you start your Rust journey more easily. This is one of the things I wish someone had told me when I started playing this game. Also, if you want to see a pro in action, be sure to check out Spoonkid’s YouTube channel. He makes, along with other Rust YouTubers, quality and fun videos from which you could learn a lot about this game.

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