Sons of the Forest: How to Use Quick Slots (Hot Keys)

Published: Mar. 14, 2023
Updated: May. 14, 2024

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The controls in Sons of the Forest are slightly different from what you are used to in the predecessor. It is not immediately obvious how to select items in the quick slots to equip them quickly. We'll tell you how to do it!

How to use Quickslot in SOTF (short):

  • You can add up to 5 items to your quick slot bar.
  • You can then select these using the top number keys 1 to 5.
  • It's best to add 1x firearm, 2x melee weapons, medicine, & explosives!
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How to Equip Items via Quick Slots (Hot Keys) in Sons of the Forest

To access your items more quickly, for example, to equip weapons quickly in battle without having to go to the menu, there are quick slots. They work a little differently in Sons of the Forest. But here is how you can equip the items:

  1. Open your inventory with the "I" key.
  2. You have your backpack at the top right of the inventory, which you can drag into the middle by right-clicking.
  3. Here you can now equip or dispose of items. This is your quick slot, so to speak.
  4. Once you attach your desired items to the backpack, leave the inventory again.
  5. Now you can hold down I so that your character takes the backpack to the front. Here you can quickly access your selected items.

This gives you faster access to your items. Even if it can't replace the helpful quick slots from the first part, this option is better than having none.


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Sascha Asendorf is the co-founder of and has been running online magazines in the gaming sector since 2013. Starting with a strong focus on survival games, Sascha now deals a lot with role-playing games and is an expert on survival and RPG titles like Conan Exiles, Baldurs Gate 3 & Cyberpunk 2077.
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