Whether you are a newbie or a rough captain of your own Raft, our tips and tricks can help everyone become better at sea survival, shark defense, and more. Guided.news author Merrit has rounded up the top 10 tips for you.
Raft Tip 1: Place Items Over Two Floor Plates
Normally, items are destroyed as soon as the baseplate they stand on is broken. If you have placed your item over two-floor plates and only one of the two is destroyed, the item remains and does not break.
For this reason, you should get used to always placing items over two-floor tiles, especially at the beginning of the game. It’s a simple trick that saves you from having to create all items from scratch and thus saves resources.
Raft Tip 2: Make your Raft Shark-Proof
It’s super annoying when you have to constantly repair your raft. You can easily prevent them because you don’t need much to make your Raft Shark safe.
Every four floors you build another floor on the outside, also on the corners, you then improve the floors built on the outside with Foundation Armor.
You can visualize the principle like this, the attached and improved raft floors are shown in blue:
Raft Tip 3: A Floor Without Supports
This tip is especially valuable if your raft isn’t massive yet, but you need more space! Because you save the space that supports would take up, and you can continue building without any restrictions.
To do this, set up the support, then take the half triangular plates instead of the normal square plates and build them around the support. If you remove the prop now, your newly built floor will remain.
Raft Tip 4: Maximum Honeycomb Production
Honeycombs in Raft are a valuable commodity and can be used in many ways. To get these, you need beehives and flowers. 12 flowers provide the maximum number of three honeycombs to harvest. Achieving this is easier than you think.
Place four flower beds, each with three flowers, as close together as possible (see picture)
now place the hives as tight as possible around the flower beds (see picture)
For a beehive, like in the picture, you need:
- 20x boards
- 8x plastic
- 4x tone
- 2x hinge
- 15x bee jar
For the small flower bed you need:
- 6x boards
- 4x ropes
Raft Tip 5: Defeat Bruce The Shark
You don’t need to be afraid of Bruce, because you can defeat him quite easily:
Just before he attacks you, jump out of the water. This way he won’t catch you but will turn his back on you. You can easily attack from this position. You may have to jump out of the water several times, but once you take him down, you’ll have some peace of mind.
If you’re playing multiplayer, another player can distract Bruce and use this technique to dodge while you’re attacking Bruce.
Raft Tip 6: Harvest Underwater Resources Without the Shark-Attacks
There are some resources underwater that you need but can’t calmly mine when Bruce is around?
If you can’t do it yet, or if it’s too time-consuming for you, you can still farm underwater in peace. To do this, keep your raft away from where you want to farm, as Bruce usually only hangs out on and around the raft.
For this reason, while exploring an island, you should also park your raft at a certain distance from it. Don’t forget to drop the anchor, or your raft will be gone before you can yell “Wilson!”
Raft Tip 7: Continue to Use Empty Batteries
If you do not yet have access to the charging stations, you can process used batteries into other useful items:
1. Metal detector: With the metal detector you can find buried treasures with sometimes very valuable contents. To make this, you will need:
- 1x used battery
- 12x plastic
- 6x scrap
Tip: save before digging up the treasure as there are different types of treasure. This way you can dig up something else in the same spot if you don’t like what you got. To do this, exit the game after digging without saving.
2. Headlamp: a headlamp gives you the ability to see in the dark while keeping your hands free. This is helpful in caves or dark corners. For a headlamp, you need:
- 1x used battery
- 2x rope
- 2x scrap
The headlamp is also available as an improved variant, for which you need the following:
- 1x used battery
- 2x rope
- 2x Titanium bars
Raft Tip 8: Get Lots of Resources From the Bear
Killing a bear gives you leather, meat, and a bear’s head that you can use to make fuel. I explain the simplest method to farm a lot of it at once here:
- Go to the navigator on your raft and enter the coordinates of Balboa Island.
- Now you will see one blue dot (Balboa Island) and two green dots (smaller islands) on your navigator.
- Head for the green dots until you find the small version of Balboa Island.
- Park your raft, pack enough weapons, and look for a bear.
- Eliminate the bear and collect its loot.
- After three minutes of real-time, go back to where you found the bear, and it will spawn there again.
- Repeat the process as often as you like.
Raft Tip 9: Goat’s Milk as Fuel
Once you’ve caught goats and got them on your raft, you can milk them with buckets every five minutes. For maximum efficiency, craft as many buckets as you have goats.
For a bucket, you need:
- 3x boards
- 1x scrap
- 1x rope
You can milk your goats with the buckets as often as you like, the buckets don’t break! In order to make fuel from the goat’s milk, you still need honey. The equation for this is the following:
1x fuel = 2x buckets of goat milk + 1x honey
So this is a pretty cheap way to make fuel.
Raft Tip 10: Bottled Water
So that you can also explore the largest island without dying of thirst or having to go back to the raft, you should make enough water bottles and fill them up.
For an empty water bottle, you will need:
- 6x plastic
- 4x Vine goo
In order to have enough water in stock, you should also create a water tank. This consists of:
- 30x plastic
- 10x boards
- 5x ropes
- 3x titanium bars
Once you have made both, you can fill the bottles with water and go exploring. Just make sure to always produce enough drinking water.
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