H1Z1 survival guide: tips and tutorials for surviving your first days

By Patrick Garratt
30 January 2015 09:36 GMT

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It’s a zombie-eat-man world out there, newbie. Follow this guide and you may survive to see the sun come up.


H1Z1 wants to be the new DayZ. Whether or not it has the depth to truly compete is yet to be seen, but first impressions are solid. You may be here for some time. That’s assuming you’re capable of surviving, obviously.

Anyone with any experience of this type of game will know how important it is to get beyond the stage of fumbling around trying to light fires with a tin can and drinking puddles as quickly as possible. H1Z1 lets you get relatively well-equipped reasonably quickly, but, as is the case with DayZ, there’s little in-game help. Here’s how to get to the intermediate stage of H1Z1 survival, beyond which you’ll be thinking about building a semi-permanent base.

What to do first

Immediately after spawning, you need to do the following. Opinions differ somewhat on how exactly to go about these first steps, but the outcome’s always the same.

Step 1: Shred your clothes.

Right click on your t-shirt and jeans. Shred them both (you’ll have to drag some stuff into your BELT POUCH to achieve this). You’ll get eight SCRAPS OF CLOTH as a result.


Step 2: Craft a SATCHEL.

Click on the Discovery tab at the top of the inventory pane. Click on the SCRAPS OF CLOTH. Learn the recipe. Now go to the Crafting tab. The SATCHEL should be coloured green. Select and craft it. It’ll appear on the right side of the window and give you a bunch of extra carrying space.



Step 3: Collect WOOD STICKS.

Now walk around in the woods and search for small trees of the type shown in the screen below. You can also collect them from low bushes with broad, green leaves. See the second shot. Simply walk up to them and press E. You’ll collect WOOD STICKS. Get plenty.




Go to the Discovery tab and add the WOOD STICKS and SCRAPS OF CLOTH to the boxes. Learn the recipe. Now just add the WOOD STICKS and, again, learn the recipe. When you go back to the Crafting tab, you’ll see MAKESHIFT BOW and WOODEN ARROW are both green. Make the bow and then craft a bunch of arrows. And lo: you’re armed.



Play during the day

Servers are quieter during the day. If you’re lucky enough to be able to work from home or you’re a student, then you’ll be able to put some of your game together when everyone else is at the office. By far the most dangerous enemies on an H1Z1 server are other players. Avoiding busy periods means you’re able to get your post-collapse life together in relative peace.

Blackberries are your friend

Blackberries are an essential item in H1Z1. They provide energy and hydration, and they’re found all over the map. Blackberries are your main form of sustenance in the early game. To harvest them, simply walk into a blackberry bush and press E. To eat them, press TAB to open the inventory, right click on the berries and select EAT. You’ll start finding more nutritious food as you play further, but you’ll always need to keep a stack of blackberries on your person.


Head over to the second page to learn how to find your location, build fires, purify water and loads more.

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