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DayZ basic building – recipes, tips and more

DayZ basic building – recipes, tips and more

DayZ base build is a core mechanics to master if you want to survive longer and keep your loot safe. There is only one rule in the popular post-apocalyptic zombie game: survive. But the longer you survive, the more dangers you are likely to encounter. Like most survival games with a large online component, you’re going to meet other players, and they’re more likely to want to take all your stuff.

That’s true DayZ Base Building comes in. One key feature that sets the standalone version apart from the original ARMA 2 mod of yore is that you can now build your own complex bases, rather than just hiding a tent somewhere.

Whether you take over an existing structure and knock on a door, or build your own watchtower from scratch, you can now create safe areas to rest and defend yourself. It’s not as difficult as it sounds to create a basic stronghold – whether from scratch or using existing buildings – but the more complex how, complex you want to assemble is, the more materials you need to collect. Here’s everything you need to know about building a base in DayZ.

DayZ Basic Building Recipes

There are several crucial recipes that you will need to build a foundation in DayZ. In general, everything you need to make will include one or more of the following:

  • shovel – are needed to put wooden logs on fence sets to start the fence frame. Can be looted on farms and industrial areas
  • Wooden logs – you need two per single fence section. You can use an ax or ax to cut down trees, and you will get one wooden block per tree
  • Wood boards – you’ll need a lot of it for almost every aspect of the base build. Can only be extracted from piles of wood or wooden logs, and you need a hacksaw or handsaw to obtain them
  • nails – You need a lot of it for almost every aspect of the base build. Can be found in boxes of 70, but one of the best ways to get nails is to dismantle another player’s base
  • Hammer – Used for most of the final steps in creating a fence section. Can be looted in farm, industrial and village areas
  • Axe – Used to chop wood, make rags and other uses. Can also be used in fence construction. Can be looted from farm and village areas
  • metal wire – A rare item needed to make a gate. Can be looted in farm, work, ranger and hunting areas
  • pliers – used to, among other things, transform a fence part into a gate. Can be looted in farm, industrial and village areas
  • Combination lock – a rare item that can be looted from construction zones, this is needed to lock gates

The most important piece of equipment you will need to build a base is the fence kit† This is used to mark a straight line on the ground that will allow you to build a fence frame and then the fence itself. Once you have the frame in place, the kit will fall to the floor so you can pick it up and use it again.

Here are some key Dayz recipes for building a foundation:

  • fence kit – two sticks (easy to find) and a piece of rope (can be made from rags)
  • watchtower kit – four sticks and a piece of rope
  • Frame section – four wooden planks, eight nails and a hammer or axe
  • Frame Cover – five wooden planks, ten nails and a hammer or axe
  • Gate – a finished fence, pliers and a piece of metal wire
  • Roof – ten wooden planks, 20 nails and an ax or hammer
  • stairs – ten wooden planks, 18 nails and an ax or hammer

DayZ basic building tips for solo players and beginners

You can make DayZ bases from existing structures, which saves a lot of work, but you don’t have much choice in placement and they are hard to hide. Still, these types of bases are especially useful for solo players, as the material costs are relatively low and you don’t need much help setting it up before someone finds you.

Some basic tips for choosing existing structures for bases:

  • Avoid structures with many windows, especially on the ground floor. More fences are needed to close this one
  • Beware of structures with large windows that you cannot secure as it gives enemy players a way to throw explosives into your base
  • Avoid structures that could leave the soft part of fence panels exposed – this essentially makes it very easy for robbers to break down and break into the fence

In general, the correct location would only require one or two fence panels, only one of which is used as a gate. Depending on the building, you may need to angle the fence panel so it all fits within the boundaries of the building, but once it’s down it blocks access further inside. Don’t worry about the room you build the gate in – fence gates cut through walls with no problem and still function when needed. Bonus points for staining a building with its own exterior doors that you can close to hide the fact that there is a secure area inside.

DayZ Youtuber Nitno has an excellent video that goes through some of the top picks of buildings to barricade for solo players and beginners:

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To build a gate in DayZ you need to do the following:

  • Make a fence set and place it on the ground where you want your gate in closed position
  • Use the shovel to place two wooden logs on either side of the fence set, this should make the set fall back to the ground so you can reuse it later
  • You will need a hammer or an ax to then build the top and bottom frame parts
  • You then have to close the top and bottom parts
  • Use the pliers and metal wire of the fence part to make a fence gate
  • Attach the combination lock

Repeat for any additional gates you want to put in your base structure, assuming there is room.

Dayz Base Building: A survivor stands in front of a small modified watchtower

DayZ base building observation tower

If you want to build your own base from scratch then you need very much of the above materials. There are plenty of theories about what the best basic design is, but you’ll find a lot of love for simple watchtowers.

To build a watchtower, instead of a fence set, you need a watchtower kit† It works exactly like a fence set, except it sets up three sides at once.

You then need four wooden logs, instead of two, to place the pillars in front of the frames, after which you get the watchtower set back. Then the process is as above, using nails and wood planks to make the rest of the frame, and to plank each section.

You must then do the following:

  • Build a roof
  • Build a staircase

To place additional levels, you need to put down at least four wooden posts. You can then create and tape the frames if desired, or just leave them as they are. You still need to make a roof and another staircase to build additional levels. Adding attachments such as camouflage netting works even if there is no frame for a section, provided there is a roof.

DayZ Tips for Building a Base

  • Understand that even the Fort Knox of bases will likely be raided by a group of players who really, real wants to get in – nowhere is 100% safe
  • The general consensus is that bases are best used for defense, not stashing your most valuable loot – consider stashing your gear in other places
  • Dull-looking bases may be better for safety than a complexly designed base
    Make sure to use camouflage when hiding a base in the forest
  • Reddit user Asmondian has: a great visual guide for building bases
  • You could always consider building no base at all and just hiding a tent or some buried stash somewhere in the woods

A top down shot of a custom base built using the DayZ basebuildingplus mod

DayZ basic building plus

If you’re looking for DayZ base build plus, head over to the Steam Workshop. BaseBuildingPlus is a DayZ mod that adds “much-needed life, shine, and love” to DayZ’s basic building mechanics.

This mod adds new build parts, more advanced rotational mechanics, new UI elements and new models for existing parts. Visit the mod’s Steam Workshop page for more details, but remember to use this mod, you have to play on a server that supports it.

That’s all you need to know about DayZ base build. Sadly, DayZ crossplay still doesn’t exist, but there are plenty of other survival multiplayer games that you can check out if you want to play with your friends.