From creating your most essential tools first, to learning how to successfully distract Bruce the Shark, and to general daily survival tips such as Vine Goo breeding and the best places to look for supplies. .
Below are over 25 handy tips and tricks that will have you on your way to becoming an expert survivor in no time.
Quick tips and tricks
Collect and save every piece of wood you can find. Wood is essential to your survival as it is used to craft almost every item in the game.
While this is not essential from the start, eventually you will want to make a goal of saving enough resources to make a bed. Acting almost as a save place, the bed will serve as a spawn point if you die, and also allow you to skip nights.
It’s best to enjoy the raft slowly, so don’t feel like you have to rush through the early game experience as this is where you’ll have the most fun.
- Think twice before removing the flooring as all items in the square will instantly disappear when the floor piece is destroyed.
- When you drop items, make sure you collect them before the one-minute and thirty-second timer causes them to fade away and be gone forever.
- Have you taken your eyes off the path and lost your way? A Streamer is a must have tool if you are having trouble navigating the world as it will help you measure the direction the wind is blowing. To build a streamer, you will need 6 boards, 3 ropes and 3 nails.
- Don’t be fooled; one sail will produce all the speed you need.
- As tempting as it may be, don’t drink salt water as it will deplete your hydration bar.
- Have you just had the last of your cold water? Make sure to refill your cup, as you’ll want your water purifier to always run on a new batch of water.
- Vine Goo is a popular item that is often used in crafts; however, its rarity makes it difficult to find. Fortunately, you won’t have to rely on finding Vine Goo through abandoned rafts and barrels, as you’ll be happy to know that you can make Vine Goo using seaweed in an oven.
- Do you see a barrel coming towards your raft? Stop what you’re doing and make sure you grab it. As scrap metal and other resources are scarce during your early game experience, these barrels and their supplies can save your life.
- Don’t feel like you have to stop at every abandoned raft and island you find. While some often provide somewhat decent supplies, you will often find that many are drab and much more a waste of time if at all.
- As you move around your raft, especially when picking up debris and trash, it’s surprisingly easy to fall into the water. When you are just starting out, falling into water can be one of the worst possible situations because your risk of death is significantly higher. Not only will you miss out on many of the weapons and skills needed to survive a shark attack, there is a good chance that you will also be fatigued due to a lack of water and food intake. If so, you’ll want to get back on your raft as quickly as possible; otherwise, you will become shark food.
- The shark is set to attack the raft every 5 minutes, but if you enter the water, the five-minute timer will be interrupted until you exit.
- While it’s entirely up to you, having some space between your collection nets is perfectly fine. Not only does this save you resources, but objects are very unlikely to slip between the spaces.
- While you might want to explore the islands right away, we recommend that you wait until you’ve at least crafted an ax and have the ability and means to reach the highest points on the island. One of the only reasons you’ll want to visit an island early in the game is to search for resources in the shallows along the beach.
- When leaving your raft, always use an anchor, even if only for a short time. Not only is it easy to lose track of your raft if it gets blown away in the current, but by getting stuck with a shark circling around your tail, you will quickly learn how vital an anchor can be.
- As you progress through the game, your inventory will quickly start to fill up with items. Try to use the search table to unlock the storage boxes, as they will allow you to store 8-20 items.
The plastic hook is the real hero of the raft
While it might not sound like a lot, you would be surprised at how vital your one tool, the plastic hook, is to your raft survival, as the plastic hook is used to start digging through debris and the waste that can be seen floating in front of it. your raft.
This tool can be thrown into the ocean and used to hang multiple pieces of debris at once.
Prioritize these must-haves first
We know very well how overwhelming Raft can be when you are just starting out. Not only are you stuck in the middle, but you only have a small plastic hook.
With only small amounts of resources available to salvage incoming trash and debris, we’ve compiled a list that details five must-have items that are essential to your survival. Although it’s entirely up to you, it is recommended that you craft the following items in the order they are listed below.
- Simple purifier
- x6 board
- x6 palm leaf
- x4 plastic
- Simple grill
- x6 board
- x1 scrap
- Rope x3
Avoid building on the edge of your raft
While you may be tempted to place items on the edge of your raft, we strongly recommend that you build all of your items as close to the middle of the raft as possible. The reason for this is that the traveling shark will often try to attack your raft when it clings to a piece of edge.If you are quick enough, you will be able to use your spear to attack the shark. Once you deal the shark at least three damage, it lets go of the raft and walks away. While the raft can remain damaged, you can use your hammer to repair the damaged part for just two boards – which is much better than having to replace an entire part which requires full resources.
Fishing, water purification and cooking are among your top priorities
Fishing and cooking are arguably the most critical aspects of Raft as they play a crucial role in ensuring your survival as you will need to eat and drink regularly.
As we mentioned above, to stay alive, you’ll want to make sure that a Simple Purifier and Simple Grill are among the first items you craft when you start the game.While the Simple Grill cannot cook recipes and other larger foods, here is all it will be able to cook:
As you start to find and unlock more advanced recipes, you may want to upgrade to the more advanced cooking station, a Pot.
When it comes to staying hydrated, it’s essential that you also make an empty cup to hold and transport your water. Unfortunately, you will have to make sure that you constantly refill the cup, as it only has the capacity to hold one unit of water.
Use shark bait to distract Bruce
Need to get in the water but scared to run into Bruce the shark? Well look no further than Shark Bait as the meaty distraction will allow you to explore underwater without any distractions for a short time.
With up to 1000 health points, you can expect the shark bait to last for the following duration.
- Time: 1 minute and 5 seconds
- Time: 1 minute and 20 seconds
So if you are looking to create a Shark Bait distraction, you will need 2 strings, 2 raw herrings, and 1 raw pomfret.
It’s important to remember to time your dives because you, the baits are only a temporary distraction and you don’t want to be caught off guard.
Alternatively, if you are playing with friends, you can always ask them to put their items away and distract the shark for you while you try to gather the resources from the undergrowth.
When it comes to diving, it’s important to remember that shallow waters near the shore of islands are always the most prepared dives in shallow waters near shore, instead of the deep, dark depths of the ocean.
Search the seas for abandoned rafts and debris
As you explore the vast ocean, you will often come across abandoned rafts. If you come across any debris / trash streams while sailing, try throwing in your plastic hook to collect it. This will be one of your primary methods of gathering resources when you first start.Additionally, if you stumble upon an abandoned raft, you might be lucky enough to find a loot box. Loot boxes often contain high-value items that are sometimes hard to find, such as scrap metal, grapevine paste, glass, and metal ore.
You are probably wondering what are the chances of falling when you open the loot boxes you find from abandoned rafts? Well, here’s a full breakdown of each item and the percentage chance of receiving each potential reward.
|Raft Plunder Box rewards and drop chance|
Underwater exploration is home to tons of resources
As scary as it can be, underwater exploration is a must as it offers some of the best resources you can find in the game. You will have the chance to collect resources such as clay, sand, scrap metal. and algae.
Old boots are more useful than you might think
Before you throw away the old boots you found while fishing or collecting loot, you’ll be surprised to know that the old boot has one purpose: you can plant potatoes inside!
That’s right, you can plant raw potatoes inside old boots, and with the help of the plastic water bottle you can water the plant. Best of all, every time you harvest the potato you yield a total of two.
Alternatively, if you have the supplies to spare, creating grow plots will be a great way to create a stable and consistent food source.
What happens when you die in a raft
Let’s be honest; death happens to even the best of us, because sometimes it is impossible to avoid. So if you die while playing solo, you will respawn, but all your items on your character will be lost forever.
If you died while playing multiplayer with friends, they could carry your body on a bed or hammock. It would wake you up, but your health, water, and food stats will be very low.