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Clothing and gear do more than just make a fashion statement in 7 Days to Die, it protects the player from damage and can even have other functions. Some clothing can be crafted, while other items can only be found while looting. The level of protection often depends on the material that the clothing consists of.
In This Article:
- Categories of Clothing
- Clothing Attributes
- Crafting Clothing
- Looting Clothing
- Repairing Clothing
Note: This article includes information from version 9.3. If there are changes in future versions, the article will be updated to reflect those changes.
Categories of Clothing
Categories of clothing are grouped based on the area of the body that they protect. They can be seen on the character tab on your in-game menu. This tab lists seven categories, but there is not currently any gear available to protect two of these areas.
Each area of the body has several clothing options that add a level of protection to that specific part of the body. You are most likely to be struck in the head or chest, which makes adding strong protective gear to these areas essential. It is also important to have protection on your legs, which can help prevent a sprained or broken leg.
Areas for Protective Clothing:
- Eyes (Not Added)
- Face (Not Added)
In 7 Days to Die, zombies are only one of lurking dangers that can cause damage, injury and even death.
- Other players can cause damage using guns and melee attacks.
- A fall can result in leg injury or instant death.
- Dynamite, Mines, Cars, Oil Barrels, and Fuel Pumps explode.
- Wood Spikes, Barbed Wire, and Wood Log Spikes can be laying in wait.
Protective gear reduces the damage that can be inflicted by five possible hazards. This protection is listed as a percentage of the damage that is prevented by wearing the gear. The stats for each clothing item can be seen in-game by hovering over the item with your mouse or by equipping the item in the Character Tab.
There are more options to protect your head than any other part of your body.
Other Protective Gear
There are three types of clothing that can be equipped to the other four areas. The protection given is based on the material used to craft the clothing. Clothing crafted with cloth offers the least amount of protection, but can be crafted early in the game. Leather clothing gives more protection than the cloth gear, but requires finding the Leather Tanning book. The best clothing is made using iron, but sometimes also includes leather. Each item requires finding schematics and the ability to forge iron.
At times, you can loot for days and not find the clothing that you want. Crafting clothing can save some time, but requires having the correct materials and recipes.
You start the game with the needed recipes to craft clothing, and the only resource needed is Cloth Fragments. There are several ways to acquire Cloth Fragments:
- Looted from zombies, trash, and other containers
- Mined from curtains, awnings, or tents
- Crafted using cotton
Cloth Fragments Needed to Craft Gear:
- Gloves - 2
- Shoes - 3
- Hat - 4
- Jacket - 8
- Pants - 12
Before you can craft leather clothing, you first must find the Leather Tanning book in order to learn the recipe. You can then craft leather from an Animal Hide, which can be obtained by hunting deer, pigs, rabbits, and Zombie Dogs.
Leather Needed For Crafting Gear:
- Gloves - 2
- Boots - 3
- Hat - 4
- Jacket - 8
- Pants - 12
Iron clothing offers the most protection, but is more difficult to make. It is crafted from Forged Iron and sometimes Leather. Before it can be crafted, you must find the schematic for the item you are going to craft. For example, to craft the Iron Chest Armor, you will first need to find the Iron Chest Armor Schematic. You will also need to forge iron to make Iron Ingot, which is used to craft Forged Iron.
Materials Needed For Crafting Iron Gear:
- Iron Gloves - 1 Forged Iron and 1 Leather
- Iron Boots - 2 Forged Iron and 1 Leather
- Iron Helmet - 5 Forged Iron
- Iron Leg Armor - 7 Forged Iron and 5 Leather
- Iron Chest Armor - 8 Forged Iron and 6 Leather
Looting is another option for acquiring protective gear. All items that can be crafted can also be found inside chests, night stands, lockers, zombies, and other containers. Some gear that can be found, can not be crafted. This includes:
- Mining Helmet
- Cowboy Hat
- Baseball Cap
The Mining Helmet is currently the only protective gear that has a special ability. It is equipped with a light, which allows the player to see in dark areas without the need to occupy their hands with a flashlight or torch. This is ideal for mining and looting at night.
Protective gear can often be repaired using a material that has similar qualities to the material used to craft the item. Currently, clothing made of cloth or leather can be repaired, an option not available for clothing that is made of Iron or some clothing that can be looted by not crafted. The Mining Helmet does not receive damage, and will never need to be repaired.
Hovering your pointer over a clothing item will allow the description of that item to pop-up on the screen. The description will list the resource needed to repair the gear in green text.
Steps For Repairing Clothing:
- Place the item to be repaired and the repair material in your Backpack or Utility Belt.
- Opening the crafting in-game menu
- Drag the item to be repaired into the center of crafting area
- Drag the repair material into the crafting area
- Select the Craft button, found on the right hand side of the crafting area
Repairing Cloth Clothing
Cloth Clothing is repaired using Cloth Fragments. Each cloth fragment will restore five durability points. All clothing that can be crafted can also be repaired. The Baseball Cap and Skull Cap are unable to be repaired.
Repairing Leather Clothing
Leather clothing can be repaired using Leather Strips, which can be crafted from Leather. Each Leather Strip restores 10 durability points. All crafted leather gear and the Cowboy Hat can be crafted using Leather Strips.
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