As a fresh spawn in rust you will notice in your hot bar that you have a rock, torch, and x2 bandages. The rock you will use to gather resources such as, wood, stone, metal ore, and sulfur. The torch will be your source of light in rust, but the source of light is limited to 250 seconds while you are holding the item. The bandages you will use to patch yourself up when you begin bleeding.
When you spawn equip your rock, and look around at your atmosphere. If you spot a wood pile, run over and collect its resources. If you cannot find a wood pile near by look for the closest tree and hit it. Every swing towards a wood pile gives you x7 wood, and every swing at a tree gives you x1 wood. Once you have collected x20 wood, look for a rock. You can collect resources from a rock which are usually located in the middle of a field. Make sure you have collected at least x15 stones, so you can make a stone hatchet. Hit tab, then click crafting an option at the top of the screen. scroll through the items you can craft and creat a hatchet with the resources you have collected. Now that you have a hatchet you can collect resources quicker and defend yourself.
You now have a hatchet, but you begin to feel hungry. Now that you have a hatchet you can hunt animals. Only hunt deer, pigs, chickens, and rabbits. Other animals such as bears and wolves are to powerful. If you happen to find the supplies for a bow craft one, for they can help you hunt other wise just use your hatchet. After killing an animal hatchet it until you have collected all its resources. From animals you can collect, animal fat, chicken breasts, and cloth. Now make yourself a camp fire, and place the meats you have collected inside. after doing so eat your meat. To make sure your not hungry look at the bottom left of your screen to see your hunger, the closer you are to zero, the closer you are to starvation. You also notice that you have radiation. The way to check how high it is, is by looking in the bottom left corner. The higher your radiation is, the higher you are to death. When your radiation reaches 500+ you will begin to die. Radiation will go up when your inside towns or certain forest areas.
You now have meat, and a hatchet. Its getting dark out and you need a shelter. Craft a shelter and a wooden door. inside place a work bench and a camp fire. Use the cloth and animal fat you collected to make x10 low grade fuel. use that and some rock and wood to make a furnace to smelt your ores in. After placing your metal ore and sulfur in, you wait for it to be completed. While waiting use x15 cloth to make a sleeping bag, place it down and now your home is set there.
After your ores are done smelting you now have sulfur and metal fragments. Use your metal frags and wood to make a pipe shotgun. To make ammo craft your sulfur into gun powder. Then craft that into hand made shells, and luckily every time you craft a shell you get x4. You know have a fire arms weapon, and a melee weapon. Now use the rest of your cloth to craft a full set of cloth armor, equip it, and now you have the basic gear to survive rust.
At some point in Rust you will find other players. Most players just want to kill you, so its best to avoid them till you have advaned loot. Once you have advanced gear, make a base out of metal, so more C4 will be needed to get into your base. When building a base make sure to use a metal door, so that fresh spawns don’t break down the door.
Thanks for reading my Rust guide, and I hope I helped you get the basic gear you need to survive rust. Please let me know if you liked it by +rating it and or commenting.