Rust Map Guide: Types and Traits of all the Different Types

Anyone who has played Rust, or perhaps some other game, like Heroes of Might and Magic 3, knows that the characteristics of the Rust map are of great importance. Since the gameplay revolves around gathering resources, how those resources are positioned on the map and in what quantities determines your optimal strategy.

You can’t expect to reach a high level of development in the first few hours of play on a map that doesn’t allow you to do that. Of course, there’s no way of knowing what you’re going to find ahead of time. Especially if you’re a new player. Map related lessons come with experience.

But knowing about the different map characteristics can help you spot patterns much faster.

Rust map guide
Rust map guide

Characteristics of Rust Maps  

A Rust map can be of different types. There are procedural, custom, barren, and premade maps for you to choose from. Each of them has different characteristics. Some maps involve intense resource gathering, while other maps involve intense fighting.

You will need to formulate a personalized strategy based on the map category and the Rust server you choose. Always ask yourself: what does this Rust map allow me to do? And what type of map is it? Is it a barren map, a custom map, or something else?

On an intense pvp map, you shouldn’t bother with highly sophisticated materials because you will be forced to fight for your life early on. Creating the necessary structures that will enhance your survival under those conditions is crucial. And you cannot think in idealistic terms: “Oh, I’ll just gather resources today.”

Rust’s Map Characteristics

Here are the basic characteristics of the different types of Rust maps:

Procedural Maps

Many will agree that procedural Rust maps are the best because of the novelty element. You don’t know where to find everything in advance, so you get to explore your surroundings and enjoy a higher level of protection from other players.

Procedural maps are utilized to generate resources, recipes, and loot boxes. All of these are placed at random locations.

Custom Maps

Custom Rust maps are maps created by people according to their preferences. They can be great if the map creator is highly skilled and knows how to place each ingredient in an interesting way.

Some map creators aim to generate as much chaos as possible, while others want to give players easy access to certain resources in order to guarantee their fast progression.

Barren Maps

Barren maps are called this way because they’re desert-like areas. They are completely devoid of water and green land. 

If you want a hardcore survival experience that forces you to manage your resources very carefully, barren maps are perfect. The lack of food, metal and even stone makes such maps a pure challenge even for the Rust veterans.

Premade Maps

Rust offers 2 premade maps: Hapis Island and Savas Island. The layouts of these maps are fixed, which means that you’ll be playing Rust the same way you’re playing a game like CS:GO or Valorant. The more experience you have on these maps, the more efficient you will be at every game aspect.