All you need to know to get Metal, and turn it into tools and weapons.
Requirements/OutlineWhat you need:
Plenty of the basic resources (thatch, berries, meat, water, spears, tools etc)
Decent stamina is a plus (had 150%)
Same comment for Movement speed.
Someone (tribal or you) must be character level 25 at least (most likely 26 for engrams). This is so you can craft metal tools and weapons, which also gives you access to serious metal chunk farming.
The guides objective is to help you get the basic 12 metal chunks you need to get going. This will make your first Smithy workshop and your first metal pick.
If you are considering getting the metal hatchet/axe engram, HOLD off or at least get the smithy/metal pick/refining station engrams first, metal hatchets require 8 times as much metal to make.
Getting MetalMost players are have seen the incredibly rare drop of Metal from bashing rocks near the beach with either a Pickaxe or Axe, but do not know how to get a more reliable supply.
It now appears with more testing there are essentially two types of boulder-rocks present in the game. Keep in mind im not talking about either the individual rocks on the ground you pick up, nor the small groupings of rocks on the ground you can mine. Anyways, there are boulders that give flint and boulders that give metal chunks.
Rocks located near to, or at the very top of mountains have a significantly increased chance of being metal class. While this will still require some hard work, it does not remain hard for long with the correct approach. In addition to this, it appears that rocks located underwater (even down at the beach level) also have an increased chance of being metal class. This is something I have not tested too extensively, but can say it definitely is true.
Depending on how easy it is for players to farm underwater rocks, It may not be required for players to go atop the mountains anymore, however it should be noted that in the long term, the mountains probably still have a larger number of metal class rocks, and most items using metal are very costly to use (see bullet specs).
Getting to the top of a mountain, and staying alive long enough to bring down some hard earned metal is also a challenge in of itself. In order to get there, you must traverse the lush rainforest biome areas of the map. This is where the vast majority of carnivore dinosaurs are spawned, hence your best chance to become dead. In order to get through, prepare stimberries or stimulants on your hotbar for running, take water to drink to counter your thirst, and take at least 5 spears per day cycle you plan on remaining on the mountain top (minimum 10 to be safe).
The rainforest biome is usually not particularly long in some areas between the beach and rocky biomes. This can allow some players to simply sprint right through to avoid fighting any predators. Avoid sprinting at all costs while traveling unless something is chasing you, this will prevent the loss of stamina you might need later.
Once you are getting closer to the right area, the ground will change colour from green to grey, the trees will decrease significantly in density, and you will have a sharp incline to climb up. The mountains I have climbed thus far all have pathways leading to their summit. They are quite distinctive as they have no significant obstacles preventing travel in a straight line, and they have less steep inclines, allowing your player to more easily traverse.
On your way you will see several possible dinosuars, the regular raptors you have probably seen before, which are probably the least dangerous. In addition, you will possibly see three other species, the mammoth, the sabre tooth cat, and a griffin like creature called Argentavis. The mammoth is harmless, and will not attack you unless provoked like many species. The Argentavis is hostile to players and is roughly as dangerous as a raptor, but usually works in packs. It has a wide field of vision, moves quite quickly through the air and can be in a pack of up to four (that I have seen). The sabre tooth cat is faster moving than a raptor, but is roughly as easy to kill. Spears are more than capable of handling all three (hence take spares).
At the summit you will need your bed (for obvious reasons), a chest to store your metal safely between sessions looking for rocks (again for safety), water in the form of berries (your skins will run dry quite easily unless you stay only a short time), a campfire (it is VERY cold, at temperatures as low as -12 while I was wearing full hide). In addition to this you will need to take spare food, thatch (for picks), wood (for fire, tools).
Your chances with each individual metal class rock is still quite low to find metal with a stone pick, but after just a little bit of success, you can speed things up amazingly. I found the pick gave better drops for metal than the axe, but this could purely be luck or my perception, as the chance is still quite low.
I reccommend getting 12 (14 to be safe) pieces of metal before climbing very carefully down the mountain to your base. 12 is the magic number of metal chunks needed in the refining stage of this guide
Refining your MetalOnce you have your 12 lovely chunks of metal we get to the far easier task of refining it. In order to do this you must either be level 20, and have unlocked the refining workshop engram, or have someone in your tribe who has.
Once you have built or found your refining workshop, one need simply access its inventory and add your metal chunks plus fuel to the refinary. I used spark powder because I do not like wasting wood, but any fuel will do at all.
Metal chunks are refined at a ratio of 2:1. This means you will get 1 Metal ingot for every 2 Metal chunks that are added to your refinary. Adding only 1 chunk of metal to a refinary will do nothing.
Once you have refined your 12 chunks and gotten your 6 Metal Ingots, you are ready for the crafting stage of the guide.
Crafting with MetalNow that you have your Ingots, it is time to do something usefull with them. In order to craft any tools or weapons out of metal ingots, you will need a smithy workshop.
In order to do this, you must either be level 25 and have learnt the smithy engram, or know someone in your tribe who has/is.
The smithy workshop requires 5 metal ingots to make, leaving 1 single ingot left over to craft with.
Once placed, the smithy workshop works exactly like the mortar and pestle workshop. The recipes of what can be made will be shown to you inside it. Only recipies you have learnt via the engram system will show up. Adding the correct ingredients inside the smithy will allow you to craft them.
The tool we need to make now is the metal pick. This luckily for us requires just 1 metal ingot. Now you are ready to go and get your massive scale metal chunk farming going.
手槍(要求30級) 技能要求:信號槍(非常不值得) 需要花費60金屬錠,彈匣6發.子彈需學習技能製作
槍用瞄準部件 消耗40金屬錠(我艸) 20水晶
長筒來福槍 95金屬錠 單發
簡易來福子彈 4鐵錠(又TM是每發!) 火藥粉12
End-game Metal TipsI have had some time to see how some of the later game metal weapons are, how much metal is needed and which engrams do what. On that basis I can make some reccommendations.
Ultimately it would be a very good idea to establish a large presence on the mountain top, or near that location. The requirements in terms of metal go up, and any group or individual that wishes to have serious quantities of lets say guns, and bullets, is going to need a LOT of work done on mining, even with metal tools.
Below are listings of specs for various weapons or attachments or ammo, reading this is HIGHLY reccommended to save you precious engram points. Only important mats are mentioned in cost, because honestly if it costs 10 wood to make a pistol who cares.
Specs on the Metal Spear:
Metal cost: 10 Ingots
Has ability to be repaired at smithy for 5 Ingots (value there)
Note this is currently the only thing I like in the metal weapons range. It is true my character is specced into a lot of extra melee damage (180% at time of writing). However the value in terms of metal usage cannot be beat. It does a lot of damage, and does not break for a lot of kills (im getting 2-3 levels per spear on dino kills at the lv30+ range).
Pistol Specs(level 30 req):
Engram requirements: flare gun (dead engram points, lack of value)
Metal cost: 60 Ingots
Mag Size: 6
Ammo: Bullet Engram
Note damage terrible, takes way too many shots to kill anything and cannot scale upwards unlike melee weapons, sight without attachment scope is fine yet makes for a short range weapon, honestly if your close enough to use this thing, you should have your spear out. Bullet cost is way too high (see below).
Simple Bullet Specs (per single bullet):
Metal cost: 2 Ingots
Gunpowder: 6 (requires 1 sparkpowder, 1 charcoal each)
Makes: 1 single bullet
Right now this is ridiculously expensive for bullets considering that 1 Ingot makes a metal pick, yet 2 can only make ONE single bullet. Stick with spear.
Attachment scope specs:
Metal Cost: 40 Ingots (holy crap)
-vR.Toast was kind enough to give me his information on these Crystals, what a great bloke.
Crystals are found inside caves. When you find a cave, you’ll generally see white and greenish/yellow crystals around the cave (some are simply on the ground, some are on the water.) The white ones can be mined, just like stone, and have a chance to yield a crystal. This seems extremely rare just like metal however. Also, caves are generally littered with snakes, scorpions, and spiders (I turned one corner and immediately started getting chased by 3 snakes, a scorpion, and 4 spiders.) Also, don’t jump off a cliff into water, you’ll die as the game seems to treat water surface just like regular ground.
Metal Cost: 95 Ingots (ouch)
Mag Size: 1
Ok so I tested this puppy out. It does much better damage than the pistol does. Having to reload after every single shot also limits it in this way. However it still did not impress me a huge amount compared to simply stabbing dino’s like usual. Then I stuck the attachment scope onto it and tried to see how well I could snipe targets from fairly far away. The scope gives very nice magnification, with somewhat significant sway, particularly noticeable at longer ranges. However, the gun is accurate, and more than capable of taking targets down from a LONG way away.
This gun seems to be designed for tribe base protection over long distances where a tactical advantage is required. The Bullets are expensive (see below) making it hard to really see wide spread use of this as a weapon.
Simple Rifle Bullet
Metal Cost: 4 Ingots (per bullet again)
Again we have an extremely costly bullet here. Although it is more than fair to say the damage increase makes up for the cost versus the pistol. Still, quite expensive.