State of Decay: Beginner’s Survival Guide

Table of Contents

  • Your Survivor – Getting Started
  • Zombies – Freaks & Hordes
  • Base Management – How to Keep it Safe & Morale High
  • Upgrading Skills – Becoming a True Survivor
  • Scavenging Materials – Where to Look & How to Keep it Coming
  • Side-Quest Tips – Managing Infestations, Hordes & Freaks

  • Scavenging Materials – Where to Look & How to Keep it Coming

    Scavenging is a time-consuming and dangerous proposition. To keep your base happy, you’ll need food, fuel, construction materials, ammo, and medicine.

    In general, there are specific buildings you’ll want to look out for and specific containers you’ll want to loot to find these items.

    Materials spawn randomly, but only in logical locations where they would be found in reality. Don’t bother looking for fuel in the fridge, and don’t check out the medicine cabinet looking for ammo.

    In general though, these are loose recommendations. Snacks can be found almost anywhere, and you’ll be surprised to see where middle-class families are keeping their guns. Search every nook and cranny of a house before giving up.


    • Buildings to Search: Homes, General Stores, Restaurants
    • Containers to Loot: Counters, refrigerators, almost anywhere


    • Buildings to Search: Gas Stations, Construction Sites, Barns, Auto-Repair, Warehouses, Fields
    • Containers to Loot: Barrels, jerry cans


    • Buildings to Search: Warehouses, Storage Sheds, Construction Sites, Hardware Stores, Fields
    • Containers to Loot: Pallets of boxes, large wooden crates, toolboxes


    • Buildings to Search: Homes, Barns, Gun Stores, Army Tents, the Police Station
    • Containers to Loot: Metal lockers, shelves, cabinets, black boxes


    • Buildings to Search: Pharmacies, Gas Stations, Homes, Veterinary Clinics
    • Containers to Loot: Cabinets, thin white shelves, store counters

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    3 Comments on State of Decay: Beginner’s Survival Guide


    On June 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Juggernaut zombie is cake. Hit it with a bomb and it’s down and out.


    On November 12, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    What about the trade missions?


    On December 10, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Reflexes > Powerhouse

    Some people prefer powerhouse and the 4 snacks in one slot is useful, but he reflex kick that downs any z for an easy kill is insanely useful.