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Sons of the Forest: All weapons and where to find them

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It’s fair to say there are a lot of weapons available to add to your arsenal in Sons of the Forest, from crafted early-game stabbers to late-game guns that make easy work of the Cannibals and Mutants you’ll face. They’re not easy to find, though, as they’re hidden in various locations around the map. 

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If you’re hoping to go running blindly into danger in order to take down some Cannibal camps in Sons of the Forest, I’d strongly advise against it. By all means, if you have a penchant for masochism and don’t mind being tied up occasionally, give it a go, but if you want to survive and make it out in one piece, you’re going to need weapons and lots of them. 

No matter where you’re going on the island, you’re going to be hunted and attacked, so you need to be able to defend yourself. With that in mind, here’s a rundown of where to get every Sons of the Forest weapon, plus what you need beforehand.

How to get every weapon in Sons of the Forest

Crafted Weapons

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As soon as you’re dropped onto the island, you’ll be able to gather various useful items that can be used to craft the most basic weapons imaginable. However, while they may be basic, they’re better than nothing, and I’d strongly recommend them over trying to punch a Mutant to death. 

Crafted WeaponRecipe
Handcrafted Club1 Stick
1 Skull
1 Rope
Handcrafted Bow1 Rope
1 Duct Tape
2 Sticks
Handcrafted Spear2 Sticks
1 Duct Tape
Utility Knife
Torch1 Stick
1 Cloth

Melee Weapons

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If you enjoy close combat, you’ll want to get your hands on a good Melee weapon. These weapons allow you to defend yourself if the Mutants get a little too close for comfort, which, let’s face it, happens on an almost constant basis. 

Melee weaponHow to getRequired to get
Tactical AxeFrom landingNone
Modern AxeLocated in the abandoned camp, North of the river that divides the Western side of the map.None
Firefighter AxeLocated in Maintenance A Bunker, in an emergency box near the Generator.Shovel
Utility KnifeFrom landingNone
MacheteSkewered in the side of an inflatable boat on the Northern coastline of the island.None
KatanaInside the Residential Bunker, inside the third open door on Level 2 on a stand.Rope Gun
Rebreather
Shovel
Maintenance Keycard
Guest Keycard
PutterA few locations, the easiest being on the Golf Course to the Northeast of the island. None
GuitarInside the Entertainment Bunker, on top of the bar stand.Rope Gun
Rebreather
Shovel
Maintenance Keycard
Electric ChainsawInside the Entertainment Bunker, not far from the Guitar.Rope Gun
Rebreather
Shovel
Maintenance Keycard
Stun BatonOutside the Ropegun Cave (Cave B), stuck into some rocks in the water with a Skull on top. None

Ranged Weapons

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The best tactic, most of the time, for dealing with any enemy in Sons of the Forest is to stand as far away as possible and deal your damage. If you can’t use a melee weapon against an enemy, they can’t hit you – it just makes sense.

Ranged weaponHow to getRequired to get
ShotgunObtained by digging up the Operative’s Grave, naked on the map by a GPS Tracker. Rope Gun
Rebreather
Shovel
PistolMultiple locations, with the easiest being on the raft just off the Eastern coast of the map. None
Stun GunInside the Rebreather Cave, down the Right side passage where the path splits in two. Rope Gun
SlingshotOutside the Shovel Cave entrance, held by one of the corpses skewered there.None
RevolverInside Maintenance Bunker C, under the Golf Course dig site. Rope Gun
Rebreather
Shovel
CrossbowInside the Food and Dining Bunker, near the Crossbow Bolts in the wall. Rope Gun
Rebreather
Shovel
Maintenance Keycard
Compound BowMaintenance Bunker B, next to the corpse in the bathtub.Rope Gun
Rebreather
Shovel
RifleInside the Eastern entrance of the Cultist Cave, beside a dead operative.None
Holy CrossFairly close to the entrance of the Ropegun Cave (Cave B) on the right hand side of the cave.None

Weapon Attachments

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Weapon Attachments can be added to a variety of Ranged Weapons in order to aid in navigation and aiming. In order to use most attachments, you’ll need the right Rail for your weapon.

AttachmentWhich weaponsHow to getRequired to get
Pistol RailPistolOn an orange life raft on the Northwestern shore.None
Shotgun RailShotgunMultiple locations, the easiest being an abandoned camp in the Northeast corner of the map.None
SilencerPistolNear the overgrown Littlebird Helicopter, on the ground between some nearby trees.None
Flashlight AttachmentPistolShotgunInside the Shovel Cave, held by a dead soldier.None
Laser SightPistolShotgunOn the computer desk inside Maintenance Bunker A.Rope Gun
Rebreather
Shovel

Explosives

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If you want to cause a lot of damage while maintaining a distance, explosives are the way forward. Stand back, throw it in and watch the carnage before running in to pick off survivors. 

ExplosiveHow to getRecipe
GrenadeFound in Black Cases.N/A
MolotovCraftable1 Cloth
1 Vodka Bottle
Sticky BombCraftable, but can also sometimes be found in Cases.1 Circuit Board
5 Coins
1 Duct Tape
1 Watch
1 C4 Block

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