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How to Survive Your First Night in 7 Days to Die

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Beginners guide on how to survive early in the game in 7 Days to Die

Are you new to this game? Don?t know how to survive that first night in 7 Days to Die? Here in this guide I will give you some tips on how to get passed that first day when playing Single player (or SP) mode. Just keep in mind that the main focus of 7 Days to Die is how good you are when it comes to searching for resources and such. Fast fingers and a Good aim is just a plus.

Here is the first thing you have to do if you are playing 7 Days to Die for the first time.

SP setup1 SP setup2

You must adjust your settings first, just like what I did on this photo or you can add a few options here and there for your own preference.

Once you are in game you must gather these 3 important items.

For sharp stones

Pick up this stone and craft it to make sharp stones

Tall grass to fibers

Attack this grass and grab the loot to make plant fibers

Attack this until you destroy it to get stick or sticks, depends on how large the branch is.

Destroy this branch to get sticks

(NOTE: for sticks, you can also use aged wood > plank > sticks. The idea here is to put the item in the middle if you are only going to craft a single piece with any combinations. See picture.)

When you are done grab the plank and put it in the middle just like what you did here.

When you are done grab the plank and put it in the middle just like what you did here. Please see Note.

That is your other method when you want to create sticks.

Now once you?ve gathered all of it put the stone in the middle of your crafting window and craft it to become a sharp stone. Same goes for the tall grass to plant fiber.

When everything is complete it is now time for your first tool/weapon in the game. See picture below for the recipe.

1st tool.wepon


See? Now that wasn?t so hard was it? Once you?re done, gather all the supplies you can get and I mean EVERYTHING that you can get. If you manage to find cans and car parts, craft them so that you?ll have scrap iron for your first melee weapon. Here is the recipe for that.

1st melee weapon


Use it when there are 2-3 zombies around and are not close together, but be very careful when approaching them, always use crouch for stealth. When there are 3 or more I suggest you switch to a range weapon, don?t use a gun though if you manage to find one. Conserve every bullet you can get.

I will show you here how to make your first range weapon and actually my ONLY preferred range weapon in game, the silent crossbow just like Daryl Dixon. Yep he is my favorite character lol.

1st range weapon


Never use your tools for killing zombies. I know you can craft more of them but if you really want to make this game more realistic, I suggest you stick with weapons for killings and ?tools for buildings. There is also a durability indicator for every weapon/tools/armor you got. You can see it at the top of your mini map right beside the damage % . (NOTE: about the damage %, full stamina = 100%, just so you know)

Got your tool? Check! Melee weapon? Check! Range weapon? Check! Alright now we must find a safe place to camp for the night. Be extra careful when approaching a camp or town. Just like this one.

too many zombies


There are actually 5 of them on that picture and 3 more showed up when I was luring them out of that camp. Once you have successfully lured them out, go and search inside and grab everything you can. (NOTE: Important things that you MUST find here in 7 Days to Die are rocks, sticks, feathers, as they are the recipe for your crossbow bolts, see picture below)

ammo for crossbow


When you see a town nearby don?t just rush in, try to find a high place to scout the area and see if you can manage to wipe all zombies there.

your decision


In this case, don?t even try to attempt going inside that town. Just go and look for other ones that don?t have that many walkers. Can?t find one? Okay let?s just make a trench with spikes in it and hope for the best.

spikes for defense


Now set everything up just like this or your preferred style for defense.



Don?t forget to put an exit in case things go south. Just use your melee weapon if there are zombies that get through your spike walls.

The reason why I made it small is because it?s hard to defend a large area when you are alone and besides, this is just temporary. Playing smart is the key, here in 7 Days to Die.

There you have it! You just have to wait for the sun to rise and find a much better place for you to stay.

I hope you enjoyed reading this guide for 7 Days to Die thank you and leave a comment.


Photos taken by me

Credits to the creators of 7 Days to Die

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