The island of Rust Console Edition – today on Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S available – is a rough place. Literally everything here wants to kill you; The local wildlife, other players, and even the island itself will do their best to eliminate you and take your belongings with you. So what can you do to get a head start? Hopefully these tips will help you gain a foothold in that unforgiving survival sandbox.
Make a sleeping bag – This should be one of the first things you do – collect 30 fabrics from the green plants that grow on the island and make a sleeping bag. Put it somewhere near where you want to build and you can reappear there – this makes it easier not to lose sight of a good place when you die. And you will die … a lot!
Explore the island before building – It may be tempting to start building right away, but it’s always worth exploring the island before you decide to put down roots. to look around and find out where other monuments and bases are. You don’t want to build up near a huge clan as a solo player!
The location of the base is important – Even if you are part of a huge Zerg clan, building a massive base in the middle of an open field will attract the wrong attention. Have a look around and choose a decent location for your base. If you build on the top of a hill you get a high ground advantage, or if you build a small stone base on a cliff side that blends in nicely, or if you even have a wall of your base built against a ledge, it is impossible to get away from it Deviating direction is a great way to protect your possessions early on.
Lock your tool cabinet – When you’ve built some kind of pedestal and placed your tool cabinet in such a way that nobody can build around you and your pedestal won’t deteriorate, make a simple lock and place it on top of your tool cabinet. Even if someone breaks into your base, they will have to waste additional resources breaking into the tool cabinet. This also applies to small and large storage boxes; lock them up to frustrate your attackers!
Build an airlock – Even if you can only afford to build a small 1 × 1 wooden base, it is extremely important to glue an additional triangular foundation, walls, roof and door onto it. This means that even if someone kills you and your front door is open, the airlock and second door will keep them from getting into your base. Placed this way, you can also use the doors in the open position to prevent intruders or base campers from entering, while still allowing you to shoot. Don’t forget to close the outer door!
“Honeycomb” your base! – Once you are established and start expanding your base, you should add retaining walls to the central area. This is known as “honeycomb”. This is where you place walls to create a solid perimeter around the main part of your base. These rooms are often inaccessible, but this makes it much more difficult for anyone trying to ambush you, who will have to waste more time and resources blowing through the protective walls.
Just get low quality fuel! – Low grade fuel is a very sought after resource at the beginning of the game as it is needed to build a stove. It’s mostly made by making it from animal fat, but animals can be hard to come by and most will either attack by sight or run away, making it a challenge to get to.
Make life easier for yourself by keeping an eye out for the red barrels that can appear on the trash heap on the map or, most often, on the dome monument. These barrels give you a small amount of low quality fuel as well as crude oil that can be refined in a small oil refinery, one of which is also in the dome.
For a super safe time growing low quality fuel, watch out for the floating platforms at sea, which are also used to make red barrels. These platforms are not explored often, which makes them a less dangerous option to loot.
If you find a useful item, keep it and do some research! – It might be tempting to use that brand new MP5 that you just looted, but wouldn’t it be better if you could make more of these for you and your friends? You can research how to craft many items in the game. So, if you find something that you think will be useful but you only have a small amount of it, you can make a research table and pay a ton of junk to learn how to make the item. Good examples of this are higher tier healing items or ammunition, which are hard to come by in the early game.
This is by no means an exhaustive list or the only way to play – explore, build, fight, or survive! Hopefully these tips and tricks will improve your early game and at least extend your survival in the harsh world of Rust Console Edition a little bit longer!