Rust: Frequently Asked Questions


How do I buy Rust?

Rust can be purchased through the Steam store.

How do I kill myself?

  • Open console (F1)
  • Type: kill
  • This has a 1 minute cooldown, so no spamming!

How do I turn off grass?

You currently can’t turn off grass.

You can, however, tweak your settings to make it less obnoxious/improve your performance.

How do I use voice chat?

The default voice communication key is V.

Your character’s mouth will move.

There’s no indicator if someone is talking around you or who it is, so listen carefully.

How does building work?

Building is incredibly different from Legacy. Read more about it in our guide: How do I build walls?

Did the server wipe?

Rust is changing so rapidly and so often, many updates require the map to wipe. If you're wondering if the server wiped, browse to it on the server list and look at the description (most servers put last wipe / next wipe info in there).  Facepunch (the developer of Rust) generally releases weekly updates every Thursday.  Along with the update they will release a devblog explaining the current changes as well as plans for future updates.  The update on the first Thursday of each month is a forced wipe, meaning all servers are required to update/wipe.  Check out our update stream every Thursday starting at 2 PM EST!

What happened to blueprints/leveling system?

Blueprints and levels are a thing of the past!  For the first time in Rust, everyone can build everything from the start, as long as you have all the components!

How does the component system work?

Check out our guide on how the Component System works!

What's the deal with all those barrels around the map?

They are all lootable, and the easiest way to find components!

Can I swim?

Yes you can!

You will take damage as normal for falling into water from great heights.

Careful not to stay underwater too long, you can and will drown. An orange bar will appear over your health letting you know when you are drowning, and you will begin to rapidly lose health the longer you drown.
There is a wetness percentage, and the wetter you are the colder you can be. This changes between biomes.

You can dry off by either standing by a fire or going to a more friendly biome. 

Putting on clothes/wearing clothes will keep you warmer, but beware, some armor will make you more cold than without it.



Is fall damage on?

Yes, and it can be brutal.

If you take less than 20 fall damage, no one will know, but take over 20 fall damage, and anyone around will hear your legs break.

How do I build a wall?

Check out our guide on how to build in Rust Experimental

How do I go into 3rd person?

Users cannot go into third person right now.

Do sleeping bags work?

They are crafted with 30 cloth and 100 wood

When they are first placed they are assigned to you.

You can assign them to other players or pick them up by holding E on them and selecting the option.

You can place down multiple bags nearby, but all bags within 20 foundations of the last one used will share a cooldown.

They have a 4 minute cooldown.

Beds are now in the game. They cost a bit more, and metal, but only have a 120 second cooldown. Beds will also have a shared cooldown if they’re too close.


Do I really have to eat/drink?

Yes. Metabolism is currently playing a huge part in Rust. 

When you’re starving you wont be able to heal, and at 0 food you will lose 1 health every ~10 seconds.

When you’re dehydrated you wont be able to run.

Eat and drink any food you can find, but make sure your food isn’t raw (on a campfire, 3 wood will cook food and 6 more will burn it).


How do I view my FPS?

  • Open console (F1)
  • Type: perf 1 (perf 2 through perf 5 will show additional statistics)

Have shitty FPS? Check out our guide for improving FPS in Rust .

Is there a new map?

Yes, maps are generally procedurally generated based off of a seed number and world size. This means there is a number which generates the terrain when any given server is started. There are 10's of millions of possible seed's so, for all intents and purposes, the map is random for any given server you join. World size varies from 1000 to 8000 (default is 3000).

You can find maps for pretty much any server at

Can you teleport?

No. Although admins do have the ability to teleport, players on vanilla Rust servers do not have the ability to teleport. If you're trying to find a friend, please check out our guide on finding friends in Rust Experimental.

Can I destroy doors, walls and other building parts?

Yes, however, any building block above twig doesn’t take very much damage from stone hatchet or rock. See more info on our guide, Building upgrades: what you need to know.

Where are the animals?

Animals are all around, but if there are a lot of people on the server they may be scarce. Prey will turn tail and run at the sight of you, and the animals are currently able to run through rocks. Your best tools are your eyes and your ears.

Do animals hurt you?

Wolves and bears yes, they are fast and deadly, avoid them until you have the proper gear to take them on. Deer, boars, horses, and chickens will run from you

What's the best tool?

The hunting bow is best for hunting animals, stone spear is best for PvP early on.

Hatchets are best for harvesting wood and animals.

Salvaged Ice Pick is best for harvesting stone nodes, with the fastest gather time and good durability. 

For raiding, hatchets and pickaxes are best for backwards wood and stone walls, respectively.  Metal and above, C4 and rockets will be best.

Just getting started? Your rock will be your best friend for awhile.


How do you get metal frags?

Gather ore from nodes and on the ground

Kill some animals or other humans, and get animal fat. Craft it into low grade fuel.

You’ll need 50 low grade fuel, 200 wood, and 200 stone.

Throw in a stack of wood, a few stacks of ore, and turn it on.

You’ll get metal frags, sulfur, or high quality metal depending on what ore you cook.


Does clothing or armor provide protection?

We have a helpful guide over here.

How do I get guns?

You can either find them in airdrops or helicopter loot boxes, find the components to craft them around the map in crates and barrels, or kill someone and take theirs!  Check out: Guns in Rust

Is that a helicopter?

Yes, that is a patrol helicopter that spawns every couple hours and patrols the map for about 15 minutes.

It is extremely deadly and will attack if you have any guns or good armor equipped.

Yes, you can fight it. Make sure you have a helicopter base set up and enough supplies, it takes hundreds of shots directly on the rotors to take down, and will fire at you with a deadly M249.

If you have building authorization, it will shoot rockets at you multiple times, normal and incendiary. This beast can level your base if you’re not careful.