So: Your friends are telling you that you should play Starve.io, but you have no idea how to do so? This wiki and this page are here to help. Starve.io is a hard and very complicated game already (and will get more and more complicated over time), so you'll need to refresh your strategies every once in a while. That's why this page exists.
The most important thing in this game is to survive the cold, hunger, thirst and aggressive players which attack you for no reason. Many possible strategies are listed below...
Choosing a Server
The first thing you should do is find a server that suits you. To do this, you have to take into account the lag/latency and player count. Under normal circumstances you would want a server with little to no lag. The further the server is from your device, the more lag. For example: I (PHOENIX147) live in British Columbia (west Canada) so I would play on a server in Seattle (Even though I normally play on LA #1) and not Roubaix (Europe). However, if you live in, let’s say, Moscow, you would want to play on a St. Petersburg server and not a LA server.
Another factor to consider that contributes to lag is player count, as the more players there are on a server, the more data the server has to compile and the lower the tick rate (No, not frame rate: that is only client-side) goes. Speaking of player count, there are some advantages and disadvantages for high and low player counts: With a high player count, It’s easier to make teammates so you can kill hostile mobs faster (Okay fine. You can kill players faster too, but I honestly think that takes a lot of preparation and don’t recommend it from the time it will take to do it), however progression rate is much lower while starvation rate is much higher because more people need resources, and there are only so many to go around. As for lower player counts, it is much easier to progress and survive (not mentioning the lag we were talking about earlier) but it might be harder to find a teammate that you can progress with. Another thing is that it’s easier to join servers with low player counts because of the servers’ player limits: 33, 67 and 100.
Spawn and First Day
Your first day (and night) are probably the most difficult in the game - Even though your status bars are full, they will quickly decrease and you might die. I guess the first thing we should cover is spawning in the nighttime: You have 2 choices: either die, wait until day and respawn, or try to survive the night and start during the day. If you went with the second choice, and see no campfire anywhere, here is what to do: first find two trees that you can hit at the same time and get at least 10 wood, with which you can craft a wooden pickaxe. Then, hit some more trees and rocks until you have 25 wood and 5 stone, with which you must make a campfire. Quickly place it down near a bush/trees, and after it dies out, make a new one and wait till day. Keep in mind usually by the time you have a fire down, that the fire can expire by the end of night if you spawned in at the beginning of the night and that you might take some damage from the cold.
Now that it’s day, you should gather resources. Gather as many as you can, and make sure you have a tier 2 campfire or 2 normal fires for the night. Try to make a workbench (40 wood and 20 stone) ASAP, so you can start making stone tools. You can also try to find one, which is probably easier to do. One thing you should also do is: If you have 5 or more berries, use three of them (also 20 wood) and craft a seed near a campfire, so you can start farming food if you ever run out.
Make sure your auto-feed (R key) is on so you don't accidentally starve!
Now that you have a workbench, a slowly growing plant and a wooden pickaxe, you should start going for stone tools. But before you start going on adventures, make a tier 2 campfire for the night so you won’t get caught without a fire and freeze. Get 50 wood + 15 stone to make a stone pickaxe and 50 wood + 25 stone for a stone sword.
A stone sword is the better choice because you can go and hunt 5 wolves and 5 spiders for a backpack, which will be extremely helpful in the long run.
Q: Aren’t spears better?
A: Spears have longer range but less damage. They’re only really effective for hunting rabbits, but that can easily be overcome by trapping them against a tree or something and smiting them with a sword.
The first mid-game item you (or at least I normally) should go for is the backpack: it costs 10 thread and 5 wolf fur, which equates to hunting 5 wolves, and 5 spiders. The bag takes a while to craft, so make sure your hunger and cold bar are full and no mobs or players are trying to attack you.
A: The bag adds 3 more slots to the player's inventory, 11 in total. Inventory management is easily one of the biggest hassles in early-game, and having the extra space allows you to easily carry around useful later-game gear (such as IKEA book, golden tools, chapkas, helmets, bandages ect.) as well as being able to store the many materials needed to craft aforementioned gear.
Once you have the backpack I personally go for the IKEA manual (and I recommend it to you as well) which takes 4 thread, 4 wolf fur and 4 paper, equating to 4 wolves and 4 spiders to kill as well as 120 wood. This item allows you to craft anything 3x faster when equipped. This substantially speeds up the game, being especially useful when crafting large amounts of items such as walls, cooked meat and campfires. Having a book is also essential for the crafting of amethyst tools, because without the book, it would take so long to craft the tools that you'd die of hunger before the crafting is done.
Enhancing Survival Chances
After you got a Stone Weapon and some food, you usually don't die anymore from Cold and Hunger, except you forget to refill your Food Supply or to have the materials for a campfire. If you continue to gather Wood, Stone and Food by wandering around, you will never die from those 2 things, but you may be attacked by players attacking you for no reason, so try to avoid other people, especially their bases.
Another Possibility is to start building a base only for you/your Team. To make your base more useful than protecting you from Wolves and Spiders, you need to place some crafted Berry Bushes and later also a few Chests inside. See "Your Own Base" for more information. This Style has also a "good karma" version, which is achieved by teaming with everybody you see and letting the Base open for Players.
It is also possible to start killing everybody you see, but unless you have good weapons/armor, you will get yourself killed by someone. It's very easy to make enemies in starve.io if you go around attacking/killing people, and I personally have killed many PKers who made an enemy out of me by attacking me or my teammates. Only kill people who are aggressive to you.
Possible Playing Styles:
- Neutral-Collecting aka. Nomadic Style (quicker progress, and fun too. This means you just go around getting resources, and don't build a base until you have diamond/amethyst stuff)
- Neutral-Building aka. Noble Style (slower progress, and a waste of resources if you don't have diamond/amethyst stuff. This style is when you build a base too early and waste resources on it)
- Good-Building aka. Hotel Style (helps others, but you obtain much less food. It is fun though. This is when you mass produce berry farms or wheat, to feed people)
- Unskilled Pking aka. Suicidal Noob Style (absolutely not recommended, this is when you have bad weapons/armor but still try to attack people)
- Skilled Pking aka. Soldier Style (once you get good weapons/armor, you kill only a few people, such as people who have murdered innocent people, people in clans, or competitors to you)
No matter when you build it, it will help you on your way. However, corners are better for many reasons:
- There aren't as many people because there are not many Berry Bushes nearby.
- You don't need to build as many Walls.
- Enemy Players can attack from one side only.
- At corners and edges, you have a lot of wood. At the top of forest next to the winter, this is where the most wood is.
There are also some advantages to watch out for which are not fulfilled in the upper right corner, e.g.:
- Many Stone Rocks around.
- Many Gold Ores around.
- Many Berry Bushes around.
- You might want to have a more central Base for shorter running distances.
- There might be an aggressive Player nearby. (but that´s possible everywhere)
- You might be lonely.
Whatever you do, here are some general tips:
- When you need a lot of wood, find a spot with two trees and hit the two at the same time.
- Make sure nobody can "glitch" in your base by putting walls more tightly around natural walls like trees.
- People CAN spawn in your Base.
- Wood walls aren't recommended as they get easily destroyed.
- Opening doors with even just your fists will slowly destroy them.
- Food bushes die after being hurt by tools (use your hand for harvesting!) AND after about 5 days.
Since the VAMOS A LA PLAYA update came out it added the water bar. This means you will need to make sure your base is relatively close to a lake unless you have plenty of water bottles so you don't dehydrate.
Now you set your sights on the unforgiving Arctic wasteland to the North and in particular, its treasure trove of precious diamonds, ripe for the taking (unless gangbangers are camping the diamond nodes).
In order to survive the increased loss of heat and harsher conditions your next priority should be to have acquired: the backpack, IKEA manual, chapka and coat.
A consideration may be to have a base for the storage of additional items in chests, as inventories tend to become crowded by this point. However, crafting the backpack should have created enough space (so long as you are removing unnecessary items as you go along), such that base building is not required and may even wisely be postponed till enough gear has been gathered to appropriately defend a base against raiding.
The chapka/coat (the coat being a direct upgrade) will liberate you from the constant need to be around a camp fire, allowing productive use of the nighttime. This makes for a good time to gather resources since many players will huddled around fires instead of competing for use of mobs and nodes. The coat will allow you enough time to make adequate headway into the winter biome, before needing to place another fire.
Having made the coat, you won't need any more mob drops (unless you still need the IKEA manual). Its advisable to discard any remainder unless you want the explorer hat. The explorer hat reduces mob hostility when worn, which might come in handy when moving past arctic mobs, which are very dangerous (and can move faster than the player). However, for more experienced players, this would be considered a waste of time acquiring. If this is your first foray into the icy lands, then consider getting it though.
The winter biome has no food source besides scary monsters so take with you approximately 50+ cooked meat. This will give you long enough to reach the diamonds, mine enough for all diamond gear and return home. You should be able to have enough food, simply from all the foxes and rabbits you have already had to kill.
Another possibility is starting a berry farm and gathering 200+ berries.
You will also need 30+ fires for a successful expedition, though this may need to be supplemented by mining wood and stone while travelling. You will find yourself placing fires fairly often during the day and every 10 steps at night, so stock up, or you will have a miserable trip and exposure to too much risk of death.
Finally, a water bottle and a shovel is needed to satisfy thirst as there are no ponds. Only shoveling 20 ice and compacting it in the bottle will produce viable hydration. This can be done whenever you stop by a fire to regain heat.
- Get hold of 60-300 diamond depending on what gear you want. If you just want the diamond pickaxe(20)+sword(40), get 60, if you want the diamond helmet(100) as well and maybe even the diamond shovel(20), get 160 total. If you are going for full amethyst everything, get 420 diamonds. That's how many diamonds it costs to make all your gear amethyst. Be warned that it takes a lot of time to get 420 diamonds and that you'll need to kill arctic animals to provide food.
- Move as far around the arctic mobs as possible (they are lethal).
- If they aggro on you, put a tree between them and you.
- If they still follow you around the tree, just keep moving around it and place fires so that you regain heat all the way around.
- Don't panic and don't fight it unless you know how. Spot your opportunity and break away.
- If you must fight, place a fire in the open and circle it while occasionally stabbing the predator. Takes a while to kill..... and be careful
- Constantly monitor the cold bar.
- Place fires by nodes and mine while warming up. Craft while moving.
- Harvest ice while heating up. Make sure to always have a full bottle
- Press R to use auto-feed for efficient use of food (it will only feed when none is wasted)
- Be very wary of players. Combat will revolve around heat management. Having to run away at night is almost death sentence.
- Stay away from players with diamond swords unless they speak cordially. Trust is up to you.
Sometimes, players may wish to craft diamond gear while out in the field. As long as there are no players nearby, make sure to craft it quickly and always use an IKEA manual to craft diamond or amethyst gear. You can also just return to the forest, but that increases your risk if you need to engage in PvP before you're able to craft your diamond stuff
New Playing Styles:
- Neutral-Collecting aka. Greedy Style (more like Nomadic Style, some also call it "bandit" since you may steal berries)
- Neutral-Building aka. King Style (more like Noble Style)
- Evil-Serial Killing aka. Genghis Khan style (ambush players when you get their trust, or kill them outright)
So now that you possess those sick diamond items, the world is your oyster. (Still avoid high aggro, leader-board players)
- Go for amethyst! (Dragons need to be wall blocked)
- Become king of the seas and slayer of krakens (and treasure chests).
- Acquire high level loot. (Hat & scarf, Super hammer etc)
- Start a hotel. (Pick a nice location, build some furnaces, a bunch of berry bushes and all the facilities a player could need. Trust me, if you build it, they will come. There's nothing more joyful than having 20+ players flocking to your paradise and loving you for it.
- Become a tribal chieftain.
- Build the biggest base, the world has ever seen.
- Be a PKer. This gets boring after a while though, and it's better to help some noobs and to pass on your stuff once you get bored with the game.
When you have to disconnect soon, it would be very nice to give somebody everything you possess. Remember, what goes around, comes around.
Be a good dude and don´t waste your items by dying without sharing them!
How to get wolf chapka easily and go to the winter
- Get the stone pick/sword first.
- Kill wolves and spiders, and try to get the backpack. During nights, cook your meat and keep track of your water/cold levels.
- Getting gold pick/sword after you get your backpack.
- Make the rabbit chapka which costs 6 rabbit fur and 4 string
- Make the wolf chapka which costs 10 wolf fur and 6 string + a rabbit chapka
- Make the IKEA manual to craft everything faster; it costs 4 string, 4 wolf fur, and 4 paper
- Accumulate at least a 1000 wood by mining trees, and accumulate at least 300 stone by mining stone. At the same time, try to get at least 200 gold if you plan to only get diamond stuff, and get at least 500 gold if you plan to get amethyst stuff too. You don't need to get all 200/500 gold right now, but it's good to get a strong start on it.
- Once you get all your stuff, wait until a night is over and run in the winter area until you get cold. Craft a fire ahead of time and place it down to get warm. Then, when you are warm, craft another one and run forwards until you are cold again, then warm up. Repeat this process until you have ran to the diamonds. Mine 60-420 diamonds, 60 if you only plan to get diamond pickaxe/sword, 160 if you plan to get full diamond stuff, and 420 if you plan to get full amethyst stuff.
- When you are crafting your diamond/amethyst stuff, REMEMBER to use your IKEA manual whenever crafting. If you don't use your IKEA manual while crafting them, you have a high chance of dying from hunger when crafting diamond stuff, and a 100% chance of dying from hunger when crafting amethyst stuff.
- Once you have gotten everything you want, come back to the forest/islands, and either make a base/help new players, or go on a killing spree. Most people choose the first option, but you can go on a killing spree if you want.
The winter biome
The winter biome is a very hostile place. You rarely see any players in the winter biome. You will find stronger enemys such as the Polar bear and the Arctic Fox. If you decide to go in to the winter biome I recommend you to have at least the rabbit chapka and a gold pickaxe. Earmuffs are made using 6 rabbit fur and 4 thread which means you need to kill 6 rabbits and 2 spiders and you will have 6 meat left over. You need to bring some campfires (recommended 30-50 depending on how long you'll stay), don't bring ANY tier 2 camp fires because you will just waste resources. If you did not bring enough campfires you can gather resources while you are in the winter biome to make another campfire or more. The best part of the winter biome is that it has all the resources from the game (wood, stone, gold, diamonds, amethyst) and the enemies can also drop items for the cap & scarf (winter chapka).
How to get amethyst easy
When you finally reach the cave you will encounter the strongest enemy in the game; the dragon. It is very hard to kill a dragon with even an amethyst sword/spear. It takes 144 hits with a diamond sword to kill 1. The easiest way to get the amethyst is to trap the dragons 1 by 1 with walls. It is recommended to use explorer's hat. If you want to kill the dragons you can use spike walls but it's a waste of resources and time. Make sure you have a DIAMOND pickaxe when you get to the amethysts. Speaking of which there are only 3 amethysts in the game and amethyst tools/weapons are the most powerful in the game and when you have amethyst helmet you are immune to stone weapon damage(needs verification).
How to Get into amethysts Cave Without Getting by the Dragon(OUTDATED).
To get into the cave without blocking the dragon is an easy task . This are the following structures ~2 Doors~ ~3-4 Wooden blocks~(optional wooden blocks for safety). Now once you got the structures, place a door at the corner of the cave near at the ending of the cave. Go inside the door and close it. Now if you move Your W ,A ,S ,D and move up and you should glitch through the tree and get into the cave. There are numerous youtube videos on this subject, look them up if you want to guide to how to do it.