Making Your Raiding Kits in Rust

Prepare all weapons and supplies before deciding to go on a raid. Depending on how well the raiders prepare their gears, the outcome of the raid will be determined. Although also applied to low-scale raiding, these weapons are recommended for big raids.

A n M4 or MP5A4 is the primary weapon for most average players on Rust out of 9 available weapons. Since these have decent ammo capacity and automatic fire, they make for good choices. For indoor fights where you’ve already entered the base and only watching a door, shotguns can be used. If the person you are raiding already expects it and you will have to fight your way in, bring bolt action rifles. Not only is it suitable for that situation, it can also be used to pick people off looking through windows. Due to the low ammo capacity and the fire rate being dependent on how fast you can click, pistols are not the best weapon for a raid. But a pistol is fine if you do not have more advanced guns, but to be effective, you will have to carefully choose your shots.

Most often than not, the house you will be raiding doesn’t have a wooden door or is not a wooden shelter. Blocking intruders off are most often several metal doors or numerous rooms. Explosives come in handy in these situations. To enter a room, breach doors and walls by using explosive charges. To be used effectively, explosive charges should be placed in the center of the wall/door. F1 Grenades are another kind of explosive. However it is not recommended for newer players to use them due to their high cost and low damage, although these explosive items can be easily thrown. To kill a person with full health, it will take at least 2 grenades.

Health Regeneration
Food and medkits are included here. You will want your health to stay at or near 100 in a fight or raid. Be sure to bring along enough food to last through the raid as having 0 hunger will slowly kill you. Not only in raids, but Medkits, both small/large, are extremely useful for almost everything in Rust as seen in our raid guide. The probability of having people at the base you plan on raiding and defending it is just too high. You will want to make sure you can heal up and fight back, or survive to raid another day, when the shooting starts.

wooden barricade
Why you would bring barriers along on a raid or let alone craft them in the first place is something you must be wondering on. Although not a good building material, barriers are highly useful during raids and skirmishes. To provide quick cover, they can be placed on the ground. With enough shots, bullets can break wooden barricades, although not essentially go through them.

Wood / Planks
Why bring wooden planks on a raid, in the first place? You’re not building a house but will be blowing up houses to gather loot. Actually, rather than blowing up each and every metal door from bottom to top, building a staircase next to the building to get up to higher floors from the outside is way more efficient. This are the so-called “Trojan stairs”.

Pickaxe / Hatchet
To break down wooden doors and silently kill any sleepers you encounter, you will need these. Or you might also need to mine wood or ore during the raid.

sleeping bag
Sleeping Bag(s)
A spawn point after death is set by the sleeping bag. To respawn close by without having to travel all the way back, you can set 1 sleeping bag near the base you are raiding.

There’s also a good raid strategy in this Rust Starter guide. It’s worth a read.

Get Ready To Defend Your Base From Raiding

Food and shelter are basic needs of survival. But these two things are not sufficient for any rust survival. They do not sleep in a poor shelter for rest of their lives. Many survivors struggle for building their own home but face with one serious problem, BANDITS. As mentioned in a previous article, it’s important to trust no one and most of them could be cruel than expected. Some of them act like a bandit. They often raid people’s home, steal, and destroy everything in their way. There is no absolute way to prevent raiding but a good location and plan could come useful.

Hidden Location

Place is the first priority. Do not build a home on a place that could be spotted easily. Placing a building near a resource zone or a passing route could not even last for a single day. The ideal location is a place surrounded by mountain and covered with trees. Make sure to stay away from a normal route as far as possible. Scout the place carefully before making any further move. Some players built their house on the top of the mountain and it surprisingly worked.

building a base on a mountain

Top of a mountain is another good location for building. It’s hard to be spotted and could fightback bandits quite easy.

Defensive Base Design

The next step is to plan defensive tactics. First, do not decorate a base elegantly. Richness helps nothing but a charm to attract bandits. Normally, a poor-look base is not a target as it’s considered as not worth the raid. Second is structure. A well planed base structure can provide owner with more safety. It is not a good idea to build a big base without any defensive measures. The bigger house is, the more risk to get attack. A solo player should only build a small base that is enough for a single person in a hidden location. Upgrading door and setting code lock are a must. Setting up ladder protection could provide more security and prevent an intruder from getting up to the roof. Once the raider is blocked from many entering, it will force them to blow the wall only which cause a lot of resources. They may give up and look for other bases.

Weapon is a Must

There’s not a single person who would like to sit still and watch their base burn without not being able to do anything. They all want to fight back and defend the base themselves. Fine firearm is the best deal to prevent base from raiding in rust. Weapon like AK-47 is one of the most reliable weapon. Its damage and rapid fire rate can cope with hostile guest easier. The only disadvantage of AK is the rarity of its blueprint. Many players spend a days to search for a blue print. Somehow talking nicely to people and ask to trade the blueprint with lump of woods is an interesting choice. Maybe the trade partner might become your ally later.

raid in rust

Set your team in a position and ready to fight back!

9 Current Available Guns in Rust and Their Required Crafting Materials

Weapons are very important in Rust. It dramatically increase a chance to survive in this wasteland(If you are really new to a game, go and read this rust surviving guide first). It does not only give you a great protection against wildlife and player, it’s also an important tool to hunt an animal and make food out of it. Gun is the most dangerous so far. Currently there are 9 types of gun available in the game. Most of them could be obtained through crafting with a required blue print and materials.

Hand Canon

Required Materials: 20 Wood and 10 Metal Fragments

Hand Canon is very powerful. Its damage is even higher than an M4. Nevertheless, it has a very short range and only 1 round per magazine.


Required Materials : 60 Wood, 10 Cloth, and 80 Metal Fragments

A crude pistol is not as reliable as 9mm or P250. It has a slow fire rate and high recoil.

rust revolver

Revolver is quite hard to handle but its damage is very reliable.

9mm Pistol

Required Materials : 10 Low Quality Metal

Although the damage is not too high, 12 rounds in a clip is very useful and easy to handle.


Required Materials : 12 Low Quality Metal

P250 has the most accuracy and damage in pistol types. The only weakness is a low rate magazine size.

Pipe Shotgun

Required Materials: 50 Wood and 40 Metal Fragments

Because of its slow reloading time, Pipe Shotgun is not recommended to use against fierce enemies such as wolves or bears.


Required Materials : 12 Low Quality Metal

Powerful weapon in close range. It even can kill a man in one shot.

rust pump shotgun

Nothing could compare to a shotgun in a close range gunfire.

Bolt Action Rifle

Required Materials :: 50 Wood, 30 low Quality Metal, 20 Leather

The most deadliest rifle in the game. It also comes with a silencer.


Required Materials : 30 Low Quality Metal

The rapid fire rate and automatic mode makes M4 a popular choice.


Required Materials : 20 Low Quality Metal

A great sub machine gun which has the most magazine capacity in the game.