The Forest

The Forest

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FAQ: Where should I build my base?
By spessman
Quick rundown of base location areas on the map. Intended for beginners.
Last updated: v0.66


Players who don't yet have a good grasp of the combat mechanics (or are afraid of the cannibals) should start here.
  1. "East Point": Very safe. No patrol routes, raids start very slowly. Lizards, rabbits, deer, raccoons, and squirrels, fish in the ponds downhill. There is a tiny village below to the southwest, which is good for gathering a few resources as it's rarely occupied. No cave entrances nearby. Highly recommended.
  2. "Snow East": Usually safe.
  3. "Snow Central": Usually safe. Recommended out of the snow areas (safest and best resources).
  4. "Snow West": Usually safe. Fewer resources than the ones above.

For players that want more challenge and reward. Includes the richest areas in The Forest.
  1. "River Island": Surrounded by a creek that connects two branches of the main river. Attacked very frequently, but fun to defend because of the terrain. Plenty of most resources nearby.
  2. South Lake: Rich in resources. The village on the east side is a good target for your first big "hostile takeover". Cave 2 entrance is right next to the village, and there are a couple others around the lake.
  3. Geese Lake: Rich, lush, and scenic. Not as dangerous as it should be. Multiple cave entrances close by.
  4. Crocodile Village: Another good place to try and take over from the cannibals. Plenty of resources, nice views, and surprisingly easy to defend.
  5. "Central Hill": Good central location overlooking the river and sinkhole. Plane often crashes around this area. Some resources, a 2-hut village, and plenty of enemies.
  6. "Yacht Peninsula": Many players like to build fortresses here. Has a big "weirwood tree" at the tip. No resources beyond a few herbs and leaves. Totally exposed, but enemies usually can't get up the sides so attacks will come from the north. And they will come often. You can also try a little further up (submerged cave south entrance) for more resources and slightly less combat.

Expert / Not Recommended
  • the west coast: Highly dangerous because of the constant patrols, day and night. Nothing will go unnoticed for more than a few (in-game) hours. Personally, the only thing i build here is an outpost at the cave 6 (lawyer's cave) entrance near the containers.
  1. Cave 7 Entrance: You have about 20 seconds to get ready for the fun.
  2. Northwest Village/Snow Lake: Often as bad as the big one. Enjoy the mutants and molotovs.
  3. Main Village: This is it, Crusoe. You're not a real conquistador until you kick them out of their own land.
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Noahboi12345 May 10 @ 12:13pm 
@juniortick71 I feel your pain
vladimir.nadzor May 10 @ 11:43am 
ashraio Apr 19 @ 7:53pm 
if anyone is playing and wants some help designing bases let me know
juniortick71 Apr 18 @ 8:01pm 
ahh, my first ever base is square in the red, no wonder im attacked every 5 minuets
PurpleShade Apr 17 @ 9:42pm 
after over 20 in game days lol
PurpleShade Apr 17 @ 9:41pm 
i built on the west coast right next to Lawyer's Cave right next to a little village lol, still havent died yet, tho thats on ps4 lol
Noahboi12345 Apr 17 @ 9:57am 
@Zologav dang you better hurry on day 10 the mutants spawn like how rabbits multiply irl
Zlogav Apr 17 @ 7:37am 
My plane crashed in Expert 3 and I'm living there right now. Oops.Does anyone think the move to Beginner 1 would be very hard?
Noahboi12345 Apr 16 @ 7:01am 
Don't worry it's a joke lol
Mr. No One Apr 16 @ 5:46am 
Imo #5 advanced is the ideal spot. You need to build a few walls to stop patrols from viewing you (or theyll break the walls down) but if you do so, you'll be in PRIME position to create a tall wizard tower and a bunch of ziplines to basically anywhere on the island. You'll only need to make a few chain ziplines to connect to places further out. There's also a fishing pond I protect with fortifications down below. If you have the plane crashland up there, you can use it as free wall. Or, like I did, eventually expand to wall off that entire hilltop and even the closeby village that contains some resources.

I tried building in other places, but that place feels like home to me. I know where everything is in relation to it.