Top 10 Tools to Use in Rust

By Erika Lentz

Rust is a survival game that pits you against both the elements of nature and other players. Like in all games involving combat, armor and weapons are some of the keys to survival. However, another key to survival in this apocalyptic world in having the best tools you can find. Some of these are given to you from the start, some can be found, and others must be crafted. There are a ton of tools for you to choose from, and players in every game struggle with determining what they should and shouldn’t carry around in their inventory. So, we’ve gathered a list of the top 10 best tools so you know what you need to get your hands on.

10. Rock

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The most basic, yet most iconic weapon in Rust in the Rock. It isn’t the greatest tool compared to some of the fancier ones you’ll be able to craft later in the game, but it is an essential starter tool. It does have a slow speed and low gathering rates, but it’s easy to craft and a reliable resource if you’re ever in a bind.

You will get this tool each time you spawn but you can also craft it using 10 stones. It takes 5 seconds to craft. There are currently 38 skins that you can get for this game. You can get these skins at the Steam store as well as Rust Labs.

As a tool, the Rock is needed to gather resources for crafting from various in-game objects. These include plant life, animals, NPC’s, and vehicles. As a weapon, the Rock is a projectile. It deals 20 head damage points, 10 chest damage, 8 arms damage, and 8 legs damage.

9. Stone Hatchet

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Like the Rock, the Stone Hatchet functions as both a tool and a weapon. This is a basic melee weapon that’ll be good to get going once you really start diving into the game. It gathers twice as many craft materials as the Rock can. It doesn’t have quite the power of the Hatchet but it’s still a good one to have in your arsenal.

This tool can be crafted or looted, though the looting chances are relatively low. It has an 8% chance of spawning in a Minecart or Mine Crate. On the other hand, you can craft it with 100 stones and 200 pieces of wood. It takes 15 seconds to craft the Stone Hatchet. Currently, there are 37 skins to choose from for the Stone Hatchet.

The Stone Hatchet can be used to gather materials from various in-game objects, like we see with the Rock. As a weapon, it can be thrown or used as a regular melee weapon. Throwing will deal less damage. Using it as a melee weapon deals 27 head damage, 15 chest damage, 12 arms damage, and 12 legs damage.

8. Hatchet

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The Hatchet is a step up from the Stone Hatchet in terms of both its gathering ability and its damage when used as a weapon. In fact, it is the game’s most efficient tool to use in gathering from wood and animals. This tool is absolutely essential when you first get going in the game.

The Hatchet can be found in a Tool Box, Sunken Crate, Minecart, Mine Crate, Sunken Chest, Crate, and Oil Rig Scientist, though loot chances are even lower than they are for the Stone Hatchet. Your best bet is going to be crafting it. To do this, you’ll need 75 metal fragments, 100 pieces of wood, and Workbench Level 1. The Hatchet takes 30 seconds to craft. There are a little under 70 skins for this tool.

Like the Stone Hatchet, this can be thrown or used as a melee weapon. When thrown, it deals a damage of 10. When used as a melee weapon, it deals 30 head damage, 25 chest damage, 25 arms damage, and 13 legs damage.

7. Stone Pickaxe

Top 10 Tools to Use in Rust - Stone Pickaxe
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The Stone Pickaxe is essential for gathering more useful resources that our previous entries are unable to gather for you. It is mainly used for gathering stone material, but it can be used on a number of different game objects. This is a good one to keep around for a while until you can get access to higher level tools that we’ll talk about later on.

The Stone Pickaxe can be looted from either a Mine Crate or Minecart. However, like with the other tools we discussed, the chances of this are pretty low. You can craft this tool with 200 pieces of wood and 100 stones. It takes 15 seconds to craft the Stone Pickaxe. There are 24 skins available for it.

The Stone Pickaxe can gather from similar objects as the other tools we talked about. In addition, though, you can also use it to gather from Stone Ore, Metal Ore, and Sulfur Ore Nodes and a wider variety of vehicles, animals, NPC’s, and plants. This is very helpful for getting more valuable crafting ingredients.

6. Pickaxe

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Like the Stone Pickaxe, the Pickaxe is useful in gathering valuable materials that earlier tools are unable to gather. The one downfall of the Pickaxe is that it has a slower gathering rate. However, this tool can gather even more crafting ingredients than the Stone Pickaxe can.

The Pickaxe can be looted from the same locations as the Hatchet as well as Military Tunnel Scientists, Roaming Scientists, Bandit Camp Guards, and Outpost Scientists. You can also craft it with Workbench Level 1. You’ll need 100 pieces of wood and 125 metal fragments, and it takes 30 seconds to craft. There are just under 40 skins available for the Pickaxe.

Pickaxes can gather from the same items as Stone Pickaxes, but they yield more material. Because of this, they are more valuable for crafting higher quality tools later in the game. As a weapon, the Pickaxe deals a damage of 20 when thrown. When used in a traditional melee style, it deals 30 head damage, 25 chest damage, 25 arms damage, and 13 legs damage.

5. Salvaged Icepick

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The Salvaged Icepick is a seriously vicious-looking tool and weapon. Though it takes a lot to craft it, the Salvaged Icepick is both fast and efficient when it comes to gathering. This makes it a prime tool to have in your arsenal as soon as you can.

You can loot the Salvaged Icepick from Tool Boxes, Oil Rig Locked Crates, Locked Crates, Sunken Crates, Elite Tier Crates, Military Crates, Oil Rig Scientists, and Heavy Scientists. To craft this tool, you need a metal pipe and 5 metal blades. The tool uses Workbench Level 2, but Workbench Level 3 is required to make the metal pipe. The Salvaged Icepick takes 30 seconds to craft. There are only 8 skins available for the Salvaged Icepick, but they’re all pretty fierce.

This tool can gather an insane amount of materials compared to some of our other choices. Use it to gather from various NPC’s, animals, vehicles, and ore nodes. When throwing this weapon, it deals a damage of 15. As a melee weapon, it deals a whopping 80 head damage, 40 chest damage, 25 arms damage, and 20 legs damage.

4. Salvaged Hammer

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The Salvaged Hammer is similar to a Hammer. Unlike the Hammer, though, it can be used as a weapon as well as a tool. It is quick to gather as well, only requiring a few hits. It is a little expensive to craft, but the output is well worth the effort. To craft a Salvaged Hammer, you need a metal pipe and 50 metal fragments. It takes 30 seconds to craft and Workbench Level 1. The Salvaged Hammer doesn’t have any custom skins. On the other hand, you can try to loot it from a Sunken Chest, Crate, or Oil Rig Scientist. That said, it is extremely rare, even compared to the other tools we talked about. In Sunken Chests and Crates, it has a 1% chance of spawning. On Oil Rig Scientists, it has a 0.2% chance of spawning. The Salvaged Hammer can gather from a wider variety of resources than the tools mentioned previously. When thrown, it can deal a damage of 20. When used as a melee weapon, it can deal a head damage of 25, chest damage of 45, and arms damage of 6. Exact legs damage is unknown, but likely very small. So, aim for the head in chest like you would in any other fight.

3. Hammer

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The Hammer is technically a melee weapon, but it functions very differently than the tools we’ve talked about so far. It doesn’t gather materials and it can’t be used to inflict damage. However, it is needed to build and repair structures, as well as pick up various deployable items. It can also be used to destroy items in exchange for some crafting materials from them.

So, if you want a shelter, you’ll need a Hammer. And you’ll definitely want a shelter. Rust throws a lot of dangerous animals and other players at you, but you’ll also need to consider the forces of nature, itself. Having a shelter protects you from being too hot or too cold and, depending on the items you make available to yourself in your home, it can also provide the comfort effect. Everyone likes a nice home and having shelter is survival 101.

You cannot loot the Hammer: it must be crafted. In order to craft it, you’ll need 100 pieces of wood. The Hammer takes 15 seconds to craft. You can also select from 18 custom skins for this tool.

2. Jackhammer

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Getting a bit more sophisticated than a wood Hammer, the Jackhammer is crucial for later game survival. It can be used as a weapon as well as a tool. As a tool, it is the fastest and most efficient option for mining.

The Jackhammer has a relatively decent chance of spawning in a Supply Drop (14%). It can also be looted from Tool Boxes and Sunken Crates. You can also get it from the Outpost Vending Machine in exchange for 150 pieces of scrap. This tool cannot be crafted otherwise. As such, you don’t have any custom skins available for the Jackhammer.

The Jackhammer can be used to gather from many different objects, and it can also yield a larger amount of craft materials. Although it may seem an odd choice of weapon, the Jackhammer can be used in a pinch. It deals a damage of 15. This does not change based on where the hit takes place.

1. Chainsaw

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Unlike the Jackhammer, the Chainsaw requires fuel to use. However, there are more ways to obtain it, and it yields more materials from plant sources. Unfortunately, it can’t be used on quite as many items as the Jackhammer. At the same time, you probably wouldn’t want to use a Chainsaw to mine an ore node anyway.

To get the Chainsaw, you can find it in Supply Drops, Locked Crates, Oil Rig Locked Crates, Elite Tier Crates, Tool Boxes, Military Crates, Sunken Crates, Oil Rig Scientists, and Heavy Scientists. You can also craft it with 5 pieces of high-quality metal, 2 gears, and 6 metal blades. You need Workbench Level 2 and 30 seconds to craft a Chainsaw. There are no custom skins available for the Chainsaw. Lastly, you can get a Chainsaw from the Outpost Vending Machine in exchange for 125 pieces of scrap.

It should go without saying, but the Chainsaw cannot be thrown to use as a weapon. It has a basic damage output of 12. You’ll be using this mainly to harvest materials from plants, some animals, and NPC’s.


The tools in Rust are needed to gather materials to build various resources. They’re also helpful in ensuring survival by getting you a proper shelter, food, and defense from other players. Be sure to check out the various tools that the game provides you, but don’t forget about the recommendations we talked about here.