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Action Default Key Steam/Xbox Controllers
Move around WASD Left Stick
Look around Move mouse Right Stick
Fire LMB Right Trigger
Block RMB Left Trigger
Jump Space B Button
Run Left shift Left Bumper
Barrel roll RMB + Space / WASD Left Trigger + B Button
Interact (use, pickup etc) E A Button
Use Hotbar Slot Item 1-8 Dpad Up (Dpad Left or right to switch)
Open inventory I / Tab Y Button
Move in Inventory Area Left/Right Bumper
Split Stack Left Trigger + A Button
Move/Drop Stack Right Trigger + A Button
Repair Tools Right Stick down in Crafting Area
Toggle minimap M Menu/Select Button
Zoom map . / , In mini map Left/Right Trigger
Move map Left Stick
Select map marker Dpad Up/Down
Place map markers A Button
Remove map markers B Button
Toggle map markers Dpad Right on marker you want to toggle
Zoom camera in Mouse scroll up
Zoom camera out Mouse scroll down
Toggle chat box Enter
Submit Enter
Cancel Escape
Screenshot F12
Hide interface Ctrl + F3
Auto Walk Q
Sit X X Button
Sneak Left crtl Left Stick Click
Secondary Attack Middle Mouse Button Right Bumper
Boss Power F Dpad Down
Settings/Exit Menu Esc Start/Menu Button
Toggle Hide/Show Weapon/Shield R Right Stick Click
Toggle Building Snap Placement Shift Left Bumper

How to make a weapon?

  1. Press [E] to pick up branches and stones that are on the ground.
  2. Press [I] to open inventory and crafting screen.
  3. Crafting a Club from wood or a Stone axe from wood and stone.

How to craft?

The player will need a Hammer. Place a workbench and create a Repair Shack to be able to craft more items. Press [E] when prompted when looking at the workbench to access. You can also craft in your inventory by pressing [E].

How to sleep?

Build a campfire, then create a simple shack. The campfire should be outside or have proper ventilation. Then place a bed inside.

How to unlock recipes?

For more details, check: Items List

New recipes will be unlocked once the player has discovered all the necessary types of ingredient to craft them. (That is, you may not have enough of one or more of the ingredients to use the recipe immediately on unlocking it.)

How to build?

For more details, check: Building

The player can build using a hammer within the working area of a workbench.

What to eat?

For more details, check: Food

The player can eat harvested or prepared foods to increase maximum health and stamina, and provide healing over time. The best source of healing in the early game is honey.

How to hunt deer?

Sneak until you get close and strike as fast as you can with the most damage. Alternatively the player can use a spear or a crude bow with wooden arrows.

How to tame boars?

For more details, check: Taming Boar

Build a pit or enclosure and lure/trap two boars inside; feed them until they become tame.

How to go back home?

For more details, check: Portal

The player can claim a bed to set their new spawn point.

What to do after dying?

For more details, check: Death

When you die, the player's possessions will stay in your grave. The player can return to their grave and retrieve their lost items. Move your cursor to the grave and press [E] to open the storage. Once the storage is completely empty, the player will receive the Corpse Run buff, which makes them very difficult to kill for a short period, allowing them to re-equip themselves.

How to stop freezing on the mountain?

You need to build a shelter with a heat source. The campfire is the only early alternative here. Frankly, you shouldn't be on the mountain in the early game unless it is absolutely unavoidable.

Later, players can craft Frost resistance mead or wear armor that grants resistance to Frost to remove the debuff.

Helpful Tips

  • DO NOT leave the meadows until you collect proper resources. Look at the top right of the minimap to determine what biome you are in. You will begin in the Meadows; Black Forest is challenging for an early stage player; Swamp, Mountain, and Plains are suicidal. Stay out of Burial Chambers until you have developed some skill in melee. Stay out of Troll Caves until you are confident you can take on a troll at close range.
  • Keep an eye on the progress of the sun and don't get caught out at night. The spawn rate of enemies increases considerably, and more powerful variants of common enemies appear. If you can't make it home, try to find an out of the way place to spend the night, such as a small island just off the coast.
  • Remember that being wet is a debuff and rain is your enemy. Fog and mist, too, though they won't wet you. The things hunting you probably have better sight than you do.
  • Collect and kill everything you can. If you gather a surplus of materials, store them for later use in wooden boxes -- these are weatherproof. Nearly everything has a use -- even Greydwarf Eyes are used to make portals later in the game. In particular, save any biologicals such as raspberries, blueberries, yellow mushrooms, and especially thistle -- they grow back in time, but you can't cultivate them and you'll need lots later on. Flint is a good resource to hoard as well; the flinthead arrow is the best in the early game and sovereign against trolls.
  • If you survive a troll attack, see if the troll did you any good without intending to. Occasionally, trolls will break down hardwood trees giving access to Fine Wood, or even smash up formations of copper ore, both of which require bronze tools to harvest otherwise. Fine Wood can also be harvested early by cutting down softwood trees to fall on the hardwood trees (birch and oak), and then rolling the trunks against boulders on the ground until they break up.

What to do next?

Check out the Progression guide for more information.