Rust: Solo Player Base Design Guide

If you’ve been playing Rust for a while, you may have reached a point where you want to know how to improve your success rate. And one way to do that is to get better at building a base. Here we gonna take you for Rust solo player base design guide.

Resources Needed to Build a Base in Rust

Building a base for Rust solo player costs resources that need to be gathered. The more sophisticated the design and the bigger the base, the more resources you will need to create it.

At first, you will need to gather as much stone and wood as possible without getting killed. That’s not very hard, as there are plenty of rocks and trees around and you have some essential tools to do it. Initially, you’ll only be able to use a rock, but as you gather resources and blueprints, you’ll start to build tools like a hatchet.

Tools are essential because they significantly increase your resource-gathering speed. By comparison, imagine getting twice as much gold in a game like LoL or Dota 2 in the same amount of time. Naturally, that will give you a significant advantage over everyone who doesn’t have the same tools.

Other resources that you will need are metal fragments and high-quality metal. Rust bases require both of these resources but in much smaller amounts than wood and stone.

Metal fragments can be obtained from metal ore, which in turn is obtained from rocks. The metal ore can be smelt by utilizing a furnace.

High-quality metal can be obtained from high-quality metal ore. Just smelt the ore in a furnace, and you’ll get the material in quantities proportional to the amount of ore you smelt. Remember that for Rust solo player you’ll need to spend 10 wood when you smelt it.

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The Importance of Building a Base in Rust

In Rust solo player, the base is where you’ll keep most of your loot. Because of that, you want it to be well-designed and as strong as possible, but don’t fall into the trap of delaying its construction until you have all the materials to build something spectacular. You may not live long enough if you use that approach.

On a Rust server, a session lasts for one week. After that, your real progress will be wiped, except for your blueprints. But even those will get erased after a one-month cycle. 

If you join early and the server is not highly populated, you’ll be able to gather resources without taking too many risks. But if there are many people around, the safe approach is to avoid them initially and build your base as soon as you have the necessary resources. 

Don’t aim for something complex. Just build a place where you can hide at night and feel safer. The right mindset here is that of the primitive people from the ancient world. 

When you’re out in nature, and everything’s trying to eat you, you can’t afford to wait until you’ve learned how to build a palace and gathered the necessary resources. You must act quickly, or it may be too late. You can lose hours of progress in Rust by committing just one mistake. In some cases, that mistake is not building a base ASAP.

Where to Build a Solo Base in Rust

Before you build your base in Rust, search for a good location. Don’t just build it anywhere. Think strategically. People built cities near water sources and castles high up in the mountains in the middle ages. In both cases, the location was chosen with certain goals in mind. In Rust, it’s the same.

The goal of a Rust solo base is to protect your loot and increase your survivability. But to fully maximize its effectiveness, you must take into account not just the design but also the location. And the basic principle is this: don’t build near highly populated areas. Such areas tend to be those that surround resource centers.

Always ask yourself: are there many highly desirable resources where I’m planning to build my base? Because if there are, those resources will act like a magnet for other players. And since your base is nearby, they’ll start thinking: why not loot his base while he is sleeping?

Types of Solo Bases in Rust

Here are two of the most frequent types of solo bases in Rust.

Suicide Bunker

This is a base that you build to store your loot. You also do it to respawn here in case you get killed. People generally leave their sleeping bag, a tool cupboard (TC), and loot. The only bad thing about this Rust bunker is that you cannot enter it unless you get killed. So it’s a sort of safety net.

Starter-to-Main Base

The starter-to-main base design in Rust allows you to build your initial base quickly and then complete it later using a few thousand wood, around 11K stone, a few thousand metal fragments, and a few hundred high-quality metal. 

A big advantage of this type of solo Rust base is that it’s cheap and hard to break into, requiring 20 rockets to TC. 

Another big advantage is that it can be built in multiple stages while being functional after the completion of stage 1. In other words, the basic version can be extended or made whole later, after you’ve gathered more resources. 

The third advantage is that its building method is easy to memorize, and you can find YouTube Rust guides on how to create it from scratch.

The starter-to-main base in Rust is the perfect counter example to the proverb: “if you build it they will come.” They won’t, and that’s exactly the goal – to keep looters away from your stuff.