Best Sons of the Forest Beginner Tips and Tricks

Get the most out of the game by following these beginner tips and tricks!

Umer Cheema
Umer Cheema
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Sons of the Forest is a long-awaited sequel to 2014’s The Forest. Like the previous game, it is quite difficult if you do not know what you are doing. So, this guide will show you the best Sons of the Forest beginner tips so that you can have a good experience.

Since it is a survival experience, I suggest that you play the game how you want. However, if you are having difficulties, following this guide will allow you to learn more about the game and have a different approach. With that said, let’s dive right in and get started.


Scavenge Everything

Best Sons of the Forest Beginner Tips and Tricks

Players of the previous game will know how important it is to scavenge everything you come across. Since you are abandoned on an island, you will want to collect as many resources as you can. They will assist you in building your shelter and keeping the cannibals away.

This is especially true for your starting area. The game offers you tons of useful materials that you can find if you look close enough. This will help you get started and make the essentials to survive for the next few days.

Also, be sure that you build your first base near a water source and away from areas that have snow. Otherwise, you will have a tough time since finding fresh water is a cumbersome undertaking. You can even chop down trees and send them downstream to your base for convenience.


Build a Shelter, FAST!

Building a Shelter

Building your first shelter is an extremely vital task. Ideally, you should try to make it on your first day. This will help you avoid cannibals and various natural effects like rain, snow, or anything that might ruin your day.

Most newer players might find it difficult to set up their base since it requires quite a bit of resources. However, make sure that you chop down tons of trees and build a small house. It doesn’t have to be anything special or massive at the start. You can always expand later on.

Plus, having a bed to sleep on at night makes a lot of difference. To make things safer, you can even build a small fence around the perimeter. This will help keep you safe from predators and other threats.

Due to the devs improving the building mechanic, you should try out what works and how you can construct a durable shelter.


Save Your Ammo

Save Your Ammo

This tip should go without saying. However, I have seen many new players wasting their ammo whenever they spot an enemy. You will come across tons of enemies from various tribes. However, do not attack all of them. You can either avoid confrontation – which is the best-case scenario – or use other types of ammo.

Using your bow and arrow is ideal since you can always craft more arrows easily. However, if you find a pistol or rifle, make sure that you conserve its ammo. Finding spare ammo in the forest is difficult – what a surprise!

One way to spare ammo is to rely on melee combat. However, that can leave you open to attacks and taking damage if you are not careful. With enough practice, you can master melee combat and save tons of ammo for when you really need it.


Watch Your Surroundings

Watch Your Surroundings

What makes Sons of the Forest so fun is the fact that you are almost always being watched. If you find a cannibal all by himself, do not attack him without scanning your area. Chances are that other enemies might be nearby as well.

So, always look at your surrounding to see if it is safe to move around and collect resources or attack an enemy. The game features a lot of potential threats that can finish your run in an instant. It is better to take a few seconds rather than dying to the enemy because you didn’t see what the area had to offer.

Try to keep your distance from other predators because not people are your enemies. While they might dislike you and look at your curiously, they won’t always attack you. Thanks to the new and improved AI in Sons of the Forest, you don’t always have to end up in a fight when you spot someone.


Help Kelvin / Other NPCs

Best Sons of the Forest Beginner Tips and Tricks

When you crash in the forest, you will have Kelvin with you. While you can ignore him and start your adventure, it is better to help him. This will give you an ally that you can use to make the early game easier. Having Kelvin assist you in combat, building, or other stuff is a great thing to have.

Over the course of the game, you will also come across other NPCs as well. Not all of them will be friendly but you might see a few familiar and friendly faces as well. So, make sure that you help them out and see what they are asking of you. This will help you in the long run and make the game more fun as well.


And there you have it; those are the best Sons of the Forest beginner tips and tricks that you can follow. Doing so will allow you to have an easier time and a better experience overall. However, I still suggest that you play the game how you want so that you can learn from your mistakes and improve.

What are your thoughts about the game so far? Do you find it to be more difficult than the previous game? Let us know in the comments below!

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By day, Umer loves writing about games and talking about them; by night, he is an avid gamer that loves playing League of Legends and RTS games. Being a massive fan of Metal Gear Solid, you'll find Umer always praising the legendary Hideo Kojima.
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