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.

Voice is range/location based, the closer you are the louder the voice will be, so listen carefully!

How does building work?

Building is incredibly different from Legacy. Read more about it in our guide: Building: What you need to know

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) has now changed updates to a monthly schedule..  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 3 PM EST!  For Rustafied server wipe information check out our Discord and the #wipe-schedule room, or on our Server Info page.

What are blueprints?

Learning blueprints gives you the knowledge to craft learned items in the future. Check out our blueprint guide!

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

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

Can I swim?

Yes you can!

You will not take damage falling into deep water.

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, and/or day or night time.

You can dry off by either standing by a fire or going to a more warmer 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 a loud crunch sound.

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

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 300 second cooldown.

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

Beds can be picked up with a hammer and building privilege, bags can be picked up anywhere.

Do I really have to eat/drink?

Yes. Metabolism is an important factor in Rust. 

When you’re starving you won’t be able to heal, and at 0 food you will lose 1 health every ~10 seconds.

When you’re dehydrated you won’t be able to run.

You can eat and drink almost any food you can find, make sure your food isn’t raw (on a campfire, 3 wood will cook food and 6 more will burn it), cooked human meat will dehydrate you, and pickles can sometimes make you sick causing severe dehydration and health loss.

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 6000 (default is 4000). Pressing the letter “G” in game will display the current server map with handy coordinates.

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.

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 may turn tail and run at the sight of you. 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 may also attack but in a less deadly manner.

What's the best tool?

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

Metal hatchets are best for harvesting animals. Salvaged axe is best for harvesting wood.

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 and cloth. Craft it into low grade fuel.

You’ll need 50 low grade fuel, 100 wood, and 200 stone to create a furnace where you will cook the ore.

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

Alternatively, you could use one of the many recyclers located throughout the map. Cans can also be melted in campfires for small amounts of metal fragments.


Does clothing or armor provide protection?

We have a helpful guide over here.

How do I get guns?

You can either find them in loot crates, airdrops or helicopter loot boxes, find the components to craft them around the map in crates and barrels after learning them via the blueprint system, 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.