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Loot Rooms in Rust
Storing your loot in Rust is a basic staple of the experience, but storing it efficiently and effectively can take a little time and effort to do well. There are many things to consider, such as which storage items to use, how to place them efficiently, and how convenient they are to live with day over day.
This guide will cover a collection of possible loot rooms that represents a balance of everything that makes a loot room good. They'll aim to strike efficient trade-offs of storage space, ease of placement, the convenience of use, and cost to build.
The rooms will not include drop boxes, though they could improve some of these rooms due to the possibility of their placement being limited by what's on the other side of the wall. They also require a blueprint and are quite expensive to craft. However, they can be useful late-wipe additions to some rooms.
Standard 1x1 Rooms
Most builds feature loot rooms made out of a single square with a full wall of height. There are a lot of different ways to arrange loot rooms within this space. I'll list out a few that check a lot of boxes so you can decide which fits your needs given your priorities.
The Balanced Loot Room
This loot room is my personal preferred way to arrange a 1x1. With four large boxes and a total of 45 rows of loot (plus a campfire!), it's a nice balance of efficiency and convenience. It's possible to pack more storage in a 1x1 with other layouts of small boxes, barbecues, and campfires. However, that violates a balance of efficiency and convenience as those rooms pack a lot of storage but are quite annoying to use. However, there are two important notes for this room.
- The center barbecue must be placed after one large box has been placed, with the lid opening facing the placed box. This can be tricky to do right and if done incorrectly you may not be able to get the second large box placed. If this bothers you too much, skip it and just use the small box which is much easier to place.
- The left and right placements of barbecues and small boxes will block a garage door from being placed, so you'll need to do these after placing a garage door or accept that you'll have to pick them up later.
The Easy Loot Room
Many people, especially in medium to large groups, prefer large boxes for loot storage. This keeps loot rooms easier to manage and makes loot much easier to find. However, inexperienced or lazy players may simply drop four boxes into a 1x1 and call it done. This layout offers six large boxes and a total of 34 rows of storage and you still get a barbecue to cook some meat! As with the above room, the large box will block placing a garage door so plan accordingly.
Repair Table Room
Repair tables may not have a convenient home in some base builds, but you can solve that with a minor sacrifice of storage using this pattern. You still are able to get two large boxes and a total of 18 rows of storage, only really sacrificing four rows compared to the balanced loot room above. It is slightly more annoying to access some of the boxes.
Generally, I would say it's wise to place small furnaces in usable honeycomb or along the walls of your base rather than use loot room space. However, in some circumstances, a few extra furnaces in a loot room can be quite convenient. Packing 26 rows plus two small furnaces (which I guess are two more rows of storage) this room is useful in certain 2x2 or utility bases just to cover small amounts of upkeep or bullet crafting.
This room sacrifices storage for protection. With four large boxes and 34 rows of storage, this design is used for something else. The ramps the boxes are placed on make raiding these loot rooms much more challenging. Raiders have to destroy a ramp to get through which can be great if they are raiding from behind the loot room. This may make the raid more expensive, or even give you an extra peek in the event of an online raid.
The Standard TC Room
Every base has a TC, and if you're placing it in a 1x1 you can sacrifice a lot of storage if you don't place it well. A triangle half shelf with a well-placed TC in the back corner leaves you with 30 rows of storage not counting what's in the TC! This is simply a must-do with your TC room if it's going to be placed in a square. Do take note that in order to access the TC you will have to jump on the small boxes. You can also use four small boxes in the bottom section instead of three small boxes with a barbecue but it's more challenging to place.
Two Triangle Rooms
Triangle rooms tend to be quite a bit less efficient than a 1x1, but will often fit in various builds conveniently, especially for those willing to have usable honeycomb.
Standard Two Triangle Room
The typical two triangle loot room boasts four large boxes similar to its 1x1 equivalent, however only 28 rows of storage plus a campfire due to no space for small boxes and barbecues. If not placed well the small boxes and barbecues may also stick out of the garage door so be mindful of that. However, it is easy to access all the boxes so it's at least convenient if not as spatially efficient.
Dense Two Triangle Loot Room
Following this pattern can make way more dense two triangle loot rooms, but for the sake of your sanity let's stick to something with large boxes. The dense version features three large boxes, sacrificing a large box to bring total storage from 28 rows up to 31 rows of storage plus a campfire without making any boxes too annoying to access.
A well designed loot room can do wonders to you or your team's efficiency. It allows for smaller bases with lower upkeep, or just more space for other purposes. It can be more convenient than multiple rooms if you set them up well. Ultimately makes your overall base more efficient which is the goal of well designed bases. Adapt your loot rooms to your needs or the needs of your group well and you'll find it's a meaningful improvement to your effectiveness.