Much like any MMORPG, Rust requires a working knowledge of all the item builds, timing and map knowledge and awareness. Understanding what it takes to craft the necessary items to progress and knowing when and where to farm is essential to not only surviving but also thrive in Rust. In this review, we’ll discuss farming routes for resources, blue prints, weapons, and other miscellaneous items you'll need.
First off, it is a good rule of thumb to farm for materials necessary for building a secure base before stockpiling more valuable items such as metals and weapons. A secure base would be one that has roughly 3 or more layers of walls or doors that a raider must go through to reach your storage of more valuable items.
The routes for farming that I've found best begins at Resource Coast, then over Coast Mountain towards French Valley, then ends in Rad-Town Valley before doubling back home. Now depending on the server population, Rad-Town Valley tends to be heavily populated with big groups because it is such a resource rich area. Considering your own group size, you might want to follow this route when the server has died down to about 15-30 people online to avoid any major conflicts.
When the server population is extremely high like 65-110, I opt for a more subtle route that avoids highly populated areas and gives me a good amount of mountain and tree cover in the case that I get attacked. This route begins at Resource Coast and continues to Coast Valley, then I will hug the Metal Hill rocks and trees as cover to enter Spain Valley. Then I climb over Lone Tree Mountain staying safely far away enough from Big Rad Town, into Next Valley. Next Valley is heavily populated with animals so bring a bow and arrows at a minimum (a hatchet will not be enough to fend off the chance of animal attacks. Once this area is farmed I then go over Everust Mountain into Hacker Valley. Shortly after the sun passes the apex (directly above you) you should begin the trek back home following rough the same route or as an alternative you can follow the road from Next Valley to Spain Valley which will give you additional resources with less animals.
The Myth of Hacker Valley
People conjured up this myth that Hacker Valley has no resources but let me tell you its false its just a far walk to find the resources but its worth it. The combination of Hacker Valley North, Middle and South are extremely resource rich with high consistent node spawns however it can take an entire day cycle to cover all three areas. Note though that the area between Hacker Valley North and Middle is where a majority of the resources spawn.
Route Pros & Cons
Now each route from my own experience has its Pros and Cons. Again you'll want to explore the area lightly farming to get a good grasp of which areas you can expect action and at what times. Then you can adjust the route accordingly to avoid confrontation. This is important because the worst thing that can happen is dying with a bunch of resources and losing all that effort.
The areas you are trying to farm are heavily populated so it could be very dangerous.
If you survive the entire route and get back to base safely, you can expect to return with 4,000 wood and about 325 of each ore type. You also have to factor in how populated the server is so you might not get all the nodes so you might get half that.
The route is an extremely long walk to find all the resources and you may have to wait in hacker valley overnight if you miss the sunset deadline. A good option is the build a shelter with a campfire and workbench to wait in overnight and during this time you can craft wood planks and low grade fuel which should drastically reduce your on hand inventory space.
This is the most consistent route because most people believe there are no resources in Hacker Valley or at least not enough to make the long trek to. At the end of the route and if you farm on your way back in the dark you'll come back home with roughly 2250 wood and about 125-150 ore depending on whether veteran players or the admins of the server are farming out there.
Give these routes a try and see how it works out for you. You can also consider where you have setup your base and adjust this route around your own location but regardless of where you are I have found this route to be one of the safest routes with the highest returns. In our next article, we'll cover farming for items as opposed to resources.