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Comfort in Rust
Comfort is a status effect granted by certain items in Rust that allows you to heal based on the level of comfort you reach. However, its exact function is a little nebulous, so reaching 100% and what it actually does can be unclear.
How it Works
When near an item that grants comfort, such as a lit furnace or campfire, you'll see the comfort status in the bottom right corner of your screen by your health. You'll also see a percentage indicating how much comfort you have. However, you'll only receive comfort if you match the right criteria including:
- Must not be starving or dehydrated, meaning hunger must be above 100 and hydration above 40.
- Must not be cold, and there is a slim margin where you can be too cold to receive comfort but not cold enough to see the cold status. If you meet all the other requirements but still aren't receiving comfort, I recommend putting on some warmer clothing. Be cautious of road sign kits and nighttime.
- Must not be taking damage, such as from a bleed.
Assuming this is true, you will gain the comfort status and begin healing. The more comfort you have, the higher your health can reach.
- 50% comfort will bring you to 80 health
- 75% comfort will bring you to 90 health
- 100% comfort will bring you to max health
Comfort will cause you to consume hunger and thirst more rapidly while healing, but it will cause reduced consumption when no longer healing. In this way, you are effectively trading food for health.
Comfort Status by the Health Bar
There are quite a few items in Rust that grant comfort, but some are much more useful than others. It's also important to note that items will grant additional comfort if there are nearby players. Comfort sources do not stack; the highest comfort item is taken. The list of comfort items are as follows:
- Campfires/Barbecues (Grants 50% comfort when lit)
- Furnaces (Grants 50% comfort when lit)
- Rugs (Grants 25% comfort when standing nearby)
- Table (Grants 10% comfort when standing nearby)
- Bear Skin Rugs (Grants 25%-100% comfort when standing nearby)
- Chair (Grants 100% comfort when sitting in)
- Sofa (Twitch drop, grants 100% comfort when sitting in)
- Hobo Barrel (Twitch drop, also in safe zones, grants 50% comfort when lit or 100% in safe zones)
- Pookie Bear (Holiday item, grants 100% comfort when standing nearby)
- Beach Chair (Grants 100% comfort when sitting in, from Sunburn DLC)
- Beach Table (Grants 10% comfort when standing nearby, from Sunburn DLC)
- Electric Heater (Requires 3 power, grants 50% comfort when nearby)
Most commonly, players use campfires, barbecues, and furnaces to get hunger as they are used in bases anyway. As players collect more loot, rugs and bear skin rugs can be great options as they can be placed on walls, ceilings, and floors. They don't take up valuable base room.
Key Uses of Comfort
Using comfort has a lot of meaningful advantages and is a great way to be efficient with your resources plus pull off a few neat tricks.
- Check for door campers by lighting a campfire near your front door and see if comfort is greater than 50% before leaving your base.
- Put a bear skin rug in your bedroom to heal off a fresh spawn. If you stand directly below the head of the bear skin rug while it's placed on a ceiling you will reach 100% comfort. A few pieces of food with a short wait, possibly with some extra bandages to speed it up, can minimize wasted syringes.
- Put a chair next to your workbench to heal and then minimize hunger and hydration waste while crafting.
Syringes are expensive to craft, and even bandages can be a waste of precious cloth at times. If you have spare food around, healing to full off comfort is a great way to conserve resources with just a small price of time spent waiting to heal.
Reaching 100% Comfort with a Bear Skin Rug
Every player should understand where and how to use comfort and when acceptable use comfort to heal instead of medical supplies, especially syringes. Ideally people should layer their base with comfort to increase healing and reduce food consumption after healing while using the base. Rugs and bear skin rugs make this a viable option, especially as they aren't very expensive to craft. In my opinion, every bedroom should have a bear skin rug in it.