Hello starvers, this is a comprehensive guide to playing Starve.io. This is page is written so you can play in the stage order that it is structured in. So, don't skip to the bottom and learn how to beat dragons before you can mine wood.

This page also presumes you understand/have read the following posts:

Good luck, you'll need it.


Choosing a Server

So the first thing you'll want to consider is choosing a server you like. If you are a lone wolf, servers with 15-25 players are the best. With too many people, things can get quite chaotic and there are generally fewer resources for everyone as the map stays the same regardless of player count.

If you are a team player, you should choose a large server. The best size for this is 60-75 players. This way it is very easy to find a teammate. In small servers usually, you can only find 1 or 2 players to team with but in large servers, you can often find 5-6 players. Be warned though, there are normally savages (players that kill others for score and items) everywhere.

And lastly, try to find a server in your continent that suits your needs too, it is hard to do anything at 3 frames per second.

Part 1: Sticks, stones and survival

The best time to spawn is late at night, as you'll be able to get basic harvest tools before sunrise and not waste any daylight. Unfortunately, you can't really time your spawn, and you might spawn just before dark. If you do, don't panic, just head to the river. Walk down it, it is very likely there will be someone with a campfire on the edge.

If you don't and it's day, your priority should be getting a wooden pickaxe (10 wood) and about 25 berries. Just walk up to a tree or bush and start hitting it to harvest. If you started at night, do the same but come back to your campfire when you start noticing your cold bar going down. Avoid players with helmets, or powerful ones, they generally are just cautious hunters but some will be savages. You also might notice rabbits, wolves and spiders. Avoid only the wolves and spiders, they can harm you. Find some stone deposits and gather around 50 stone.

You'll need to pick a spot to be your temporary base, and it should be at the edge of the water so you don't die of thirst at night. Also, try to find a place near resource deposits. You should also have noticed a small map in the bottom right of your screen. When you're at your chosen location, rightclick the orange dot (you) to pin your location. Make a workbench, place it down. Try to put it against a resource deposit to make a wall parallel to the water's edge to keep mobs away. Also, craft a stone pickaxe. A point of conflict within the community is which weapon is better: swords or spears. For early game, swords are better for most because it saves a great deal of time when grinding. However, spears are better in teams, because the range is higher than swords. As such, you can get a first hit advantage, and also hit more players at once. Bows are not recommended, as they are very expensive. If you intend to make gold tools, now would be the time to do so. Gold Ore can be found on the map, marked by a picture of an ingot. You'll need 20 of it to make a pickaxe, 20 for a spear, and 40 for a sword.

Now, go out hunting! To get your first essential items (IKEA Manual and Bag) you're going to have to kill 9 wolves and 5 spiders. But first, just stick with 3 spiders and 5 wolves. Once you've finished crafting your wood weapon of choice, make its stone version. Wood weapons simply take too long to kill mobs. In addition, I would suggest crafting a Machete. This extremely useful item doubles all of the drops the mobs give you. Your inventory should now look like this: Stone pickaxe, stone weapon, berries as food, wood stack, stone stack, Machete or Cooked Meat, and extra fires (you should always have some on you!). You need the other three slots for raw meat, wolf fur and spider webs.

With only a spear or a sword, your only real option is to kite them. For wolves, lure them close and hit them on the nose for damage. They have a speed pretty much the same as you, so if you don't circle around him, you should be fine. In the contrary, stop attacking for a second and then keep going. If you feel up to it, aggro a couple of wolves and do the same because you can hit multiple mobs at once. Spiders are the weakest mob in the game, not including peaceful mobs. If you feel like it, you can take on multiple spiders at once, if you have at least stone weapons. However, if there are other mobs around, such as wolves or boars, never take on a full group, because then you're a box. You should kite spiders the same as wolves. You'll also need a machete if you want to make hunting easier. Hit the mob boxes with them to double your loot drops.

Once you've killed the minimum mobs (ignoring rabbits/crabs etc, though don't be shy to pick up some more kills before night) or dark has fallen, head back to your map marker and begin crafting a bag. While you're waiting, fill up on water and bait some mobs to your place. Strafe around your campfire, making sure you stay on the outer reaches of your heat so you don't get caught and don't hit your fire to make it go out. By the end of your first full day, you should have a bag and stone tools. If you have time left, the IKEA manual (aka the Book) requires 4 wolf fur, 4 paper and 4 cord, and will also be essential later. When the book is in your hand and you're crafting, it can speed up the process of crafting by 3x. So always remember to have it equipped! You can use it to cook all of your raw meat (Make sure you're near a fire source) and stop relying on berries too.

Part 2: Choosing your playstyle

If you're here, it means you can survive your first nights with little trouble. (Or you're here after getting destroyed by a crab, and wondering where it all went wrong.) Either way, now you have to choose what kind of Starver you want to be.

Name Outline What to do after
  • Getting gold tools, making earmuffs and chapka for winter
  • Going to Winter zone, crafting diamond tools, cap/scarf then Fur hat
  • Heading deeper into winter, crafting amethyst tools and stocking up on ice
  • Crossing over to the Lava biome, eat ice to stay cool until you craft heat protection. Farming for Reidite tools and armor/protection.


Hotel Owner


  • Making a farm to harvest for points
  • Killing leaderboard players for their spot and their score
  • Killing high level mobs for points
  • Completing Chrono Quests
Hotel Owner




Adventurer Any
  • Making a base for storage, rest or farming for just you or friends
Hotel Owner
  • An open farm for noobs and masters alike. Free food with mass plots with wheat, bread making structures, berries, pumpkins, tomatoes, garlic etc
  • Need a pitchfork, shovel and watering can
  • Having good protection, this playstyle will attract Player Killers and attention on you as you get points when others harvest your crops. Diamond, Amethyst, or Reidite walls will work.
  • Finding noobs and showing them how to play/ giving them items you don't need anymore
  • Hunting leaderboard players for points or just savaging. Specialized version of Ranker
  • Building large farms, maybe finishing Winter Peasant and Golden Pitchfork Chrono quests. Specialized version of Ranker and using the market to get all the ores including reidite
  • Fighting the Kraken and GMO Piranhas for materials to make Diving suit
  • Getting Scuba Gear and raiding the Ocean Islands for their loot
  • Buying Thief/ Warrior/ Builder Starter Kit and trolling players by driving them away from their fires, stealing their items, and destroying their bases.

Base Building and Farms

You may want to build a base in your play-through. Bases are useful to protect you from mobs, aggressive players, and anything that can really harm you in general. However, a good base requires a lot of resources and you shouldn't start building one until you're fully prepared.

If you decide to create a base, make sure you build it in a livable location. The ideal place would have:

  • Access to a water source (a well, lake, or the ocean).
  • Incorporate clusters of trees, and other important resources (such as stone and gold) for faster wood gathering/resource gathering.
  • Empty places that won't be bothered by anyone (Winter Biome, island, or even a base straight out of bridges on open water)

More tips

  • Natural resource nodes, like trees and rocks, are indestructible and make good walls.
  • Put walls more tightly around natural blocks like trees, so that people can't 'glitch' through.
  • Having your base incorporate the border of the map means fewer walls are needed (especially at corners) and gives easy access to huge amounts of wood.
  • Player made plants are a must need - a base without a good food source isn't a real base
  • Wooden walls aren't recommended as they get easily destroyed by hammers. Use gold walls, or higher.
  • A base that is too big will be very hard to manage and defend. It's recommended to build a base no bigger than 60 tiles.
  • Plants plots are recommended even if you're planting in the forest, double the food production means less space required but still the same efficiency
  • The wrench is cheap in costs and allows you to repair damaged walls. They're vital for defending against players with hammers, especially high tiers.
  • If you have enough wood, it's not a bad idea to cover your entire base with roofs. That way you'll stay warm even when collecting your food and repairing damaged walls, and aggressive players won't be able to see where you are but you can see them clearly. They won't be able to know what your base looks like, how it's designed, or what you have. This gives them a huge disadvantage when trying to raid or destroy your base.
  • Be careful when placing items. It's really frustrating when you misplace an object that's hard to obtain or you simply don't want to bother spending time to get it again, like the bed for an instance.
  • It's recommended to start building from the inside so you don't screw up your spacing unless you know exactly how you'll design it. Note that starting a farm before you finish your walls will likely attract noobs into your base and it can be frustrating.
  • If your base is near a water source but cannot be accessed inside your base (which in general is a bad place to build), stock up on water bottles so when you're under attack, you won't have to risk your life leaving the base to get water (this isn't needed if your base is built completely on top of a pond or in the ocean).
  • Spikes are very weak when compared to walls, even though they do damage when players get too close. It's recommended to either use them in conjunction with walls or use diamond spikes or higher. Golden spike isn't as strong as a wooden wall
  • If you're a sword user, you might want to consider crafting a spear. Hammers don't have a lot of range and people are forced to use them at close range, so you can hurt them with a spear while they do that. Note that it's recommended to fix your walls before doing so since you'll need to wait a few seconds before unequipping it.
  • Don't use your weapons to harvest your crops, it'll make the crops die faster. Use a pitchfork instead.


You want to build a farm, but you don't know what to plant and where? Well just chose a nice place with a lot of space.

  • First make a wall around your farm so other players can't steal food resources from you (Unless you want it to be public and free)
  • Then get some seeds and plant them
  • It is recommended to use plots and peasants because they are very cheap and easy to make.
  • The best choice for a small and simple farm are berry bushes, because it's easy to get.
  • For a bigger farm it is your choice to plant anything, but here is something that might help you:


Normal Plots Plot+Peasant Plots+Winter Peasant
Wheat 16  0.93f/s 8  1.9f/s 6.4  1.9f/s 4.8  3.1f/s
Berry 55  0.19f/s 27.5 0.3f/s 22  0.45f/s 16.5  0.6f/s
Garlic 70  0.2f/s 35  0.4f/s 28  0.5f/s 21  0.66f/s

120 0.25f/s

60  0.5f/s 48  0.62f/s 36  0.84f/s
  • Each player has 100 units of food.
  • You lose 0.56 food in 1 second. You need to have production of food higher than 0.56 or you will die.
  • f/s means how much food you get from it in 1 second
  • Numbers that are bold tell us how much time a plant needs to grow a new crop.
  • The results show us that the most efficient to grow are pumpkins, but garlic is also recommended because it also protects you from cold.
  • That is all you need to know about farming and don't forget to water the plants. Good luck!



The main mobs you'll be fighting early game are spiders and wolves. Every mob can do big jump and kill you easy if you run. Wolves are relatively easy to kill, just hit the tip of its nose. It is a little faster than you when using a weapon, so if you feel it is too close, dont stop hitting him or you lose time. But if you fight with him in water, lava better choose to run before you step on earth. They are good to hunt at night if you have nothing to do, go resource hunting and get some wolves to chase you back to your campfire. By circling your campfire and hitting it you can regain cold and use your time efficiently at night. Spiders are different, it is not advised you engage with them at all if you are doing the life Chrono quest without a decent spear (stone), they can only web you if you get too close. However they can generally only web you once if you use swords and land every hit, and if you keep your distance you can still kill spiders without losing life with swords. Just be careful. Crabs are best enraged at length, they hit fast and hard if they get close (and why would you attack them anyways?) GMO piranhas are used for scuba gear and are not essential. If you want to hunt them, you can lure them to the beach edge and kill them on land so they can't get you. You may have to bait them yourself from time to time to keep their aggro. Trap rabbits against a resource node to kill them easily. Swords are still better, 3 hits from a gold sword will kill a rabbit.

Mid game you'll be fighting the polar bear, winter wolves, penguins, and maybe mammoths and dragons. The polar bear is slow, but you can circle a fire to keep warm and hunt at the same time. This is the same for winter foxes, though you may want to give yourself some space as they can do big jump and damage you. If you dont need campfire you can kill they like wolves. Penguins can be indirectly dangerous by leading you away from your fire, but they are very similar to rabbits. Refer to Dragon, Kraken, Lava Dragon for more information about fighting them.


So, you are attacked by a player? Do you see a savage attacking an innocent player? Or are you wanting to be a ruthless player killer but don't know the best tips? Do you have the courage? If yes, then it's time for PVP!

I generally don't recommend player vs player, but when it can't be avoided, here are some general tips.

  • If you are new to PVP, try not to attack players with higher level gear than you.
  • Always stock up on bandages. They help to regain HP faster. Garlic no longer has any healing factor.
  • A spear gives advantage. You can gain some extra hits with the long-range, although it becomes obsolete when in range of a sword of equal tier or higher tier. If you are devoted to a PVP, have both sword and spear (and maybe a bow?)
  • If you have a sword, close in and continue to attack; do not let him run away.
  • Always move while attacking. Try to stay at the back of your opponent so that he cannot hit you.
  • Switch between helmet and chapkas in time. The cold bar is important. If you are cold in a fight, run through fires,i.e., place fires in front of you and run over them when the cold bar updates. The cold bar updates approximately every five seconds.
  • Use spikes/walls to your advantage. If you are running away from your opponent, turn towards him and place a spike, or even a workbench may slow him down. You can sandwich him in spikes in between trees or other mines with the help of a team-mate.
  • If you have a diving mask or suit, and are low on health, escape to the ocean.
  • If you have better chapka than him, run on winter biome, always make sure you have enough water bottles or a shovel.
    • This does not always work, as they may time their placement of campfires. However, if you have a mammoth fur hat, and there is a blizzard, you can easily outlive them.
  • Do not let him know you are at low health, especially if he/she has a spear. Only retreat if you know his/her health is lower than you.
  • If high gear players are chasing you, and are catching up, try skirting around resource nodes or going into them. Most players do not react fast enough to draw their weapon if you double back, however only do this if they are almost next to you. If you are ahead, try to find a thin river and go through, this will slow them down after you and you can split into a different direction.
  • Fighting people may not be the best choice as, but you will gain materials and score. You will get revenged, keep that in mind. Only try savaging with reidite or lava gear.
  • As a savage, try to pretend to be a nice guy, to lure the new nooby players. Drop an item near the 'noob' and soon after that, kill him. If you don't manage to kill the player, either waste 95% of your time chasing that player or maybe find another person to kill/troll.
  • You should make a good tier hammer to break the structures that the player places down. The most common structures might be a workbench or a wooden wall.
  • A hood may be a good idea, if the player seems salty and angry, as he may want revenge, or join a clan and ask to kill (Your Player Name). And people can not revenge you if they don't know your name.



How to do auto-clicking without downloading any kind of apps or hacks to help(Only works on a computer or any keyboarded device.) Step by step:

  1. Make sure you have another window open. (Chrome book short cut: Ctrl + T)
  2. Go to your Starve.io window.
  3. Hold down your mouse button.
  4. Switch windows when still holding. (Keyboard short cut: Ctrl+Tab)
  5. Release after you switched to the new window.
  6. Now you can go back to the game and find out that you are still hitting. (Also works with walking, follow the same instructions and hold down W, A, S, D Instead)
  7. Have fun :)

Good luck!


Q: Swords or Spears?

This is a personal choice up to the user to decide which fits up more. If you are not sure, then take into consideration this:

Swords deals more damage than Spears (Better for skilled PvP and PvE)
Spears can reach further than Swords (Better for ranged PvP and PvE)

Q: Bows are better than melee Weapons?

It's up to the player if they are skilled enough with the bow. The bow is strong but expensive. To make a Dragon Bow is easily the hardest recipe in the game. I mean, you have to kill a bunch of mobs, get a lot of resources (200+ each one), and to use Dragon Arrow you have to kill one of the hardest mobs: the Sandworm.

Q: To savage or to not?

Savaging is easily the most controversial play style ever. People will hate you, yes. People will focus on you, yes. You will get tons of points, also yes. It's totally up to you if you want to get points above having a good relationship with a good chunk of the community.

External links

Category Inv book.png Guides
Database Inv workbench.png Recipes - Inv key.png Key Binds
Tutorials Inv wood.png The Road to Amethyst - Part One - Inv amethyst.png The Road to Amethyst - Part Two
Inv blue orb.png Blue Orb & Cube - Strategies - Inv paper.png Crafting - Halloween6.png Zombie Guide
Knowledge-base Inv book.png Strategy - Inv wall wood.png Base - Inv wrench.png Guide - Base Building
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.