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You've stumbled up this game and wants to progressively become better at it. Experience is easily the best way to do so. However, this page will teach you the basics at the game and tips to improve.

If you want to see how to complete the Chrono quests, click here.

Overall

The most important thing in this game is to survive the cold, hunger, thirst, harmful mobs and aggressive players which attack you for no reason. Many possible strategies are listed below... Oh yes, and not being toxic, please no.

Choosing a Server

So the first thing you'll want to consider is choosing a server you like. If you are a lone wolf, server's with 15-25 players are the best. With too many people, things can get quite chaotic and there's generally less resources for everyone as the map stays the same regardless of player count. Just make sure you don't choose one that's too empty, servers with less than 10 people aren't that fun as it's hard to find a teammate you can progress with, but can usually be the best when starting so that you can experience the mobs and not the players.

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.

Spawn and First Day

Your first day and night are probably one of the hardest. Although you spawn with all Player Status Bars full, you're very vulnerable and easy to get killed. After you spawn, get enough wood to a Wooden Pickaxe and start gathering more resources. If you see nearby Mobs, quickly craft a Wooden Sword or Wooden Spear and kill them before someone else takes them. Wolves are very easy to kill, but Spiders might be tricky, and you would be better if you got a stone variant of the weapon you choosed. If you don't see any nearby animals, then try finding a Workbench and craft a Stone Pickaxe to mine resources faster. Your Map shows you where resource nodes are. Trees are an ambiguous green, but Stone, Gold and other resources are highlighted in what is normally associated with it (ie, grey for rocks, purple for amethyst) and the rivers are also shown. After you obtain stone tools, things get a lot easier.

If you are suddenly faced by the night, the best you should do right now is to get your Campfire and go to a water source (Lakes, rivers or ocean). On your way there, try to collect some Berries, as your primary source of food in the Forest. Once you put down the campfire, check your inventory by any Raw Meat. If you have some, cook it into Cooked Meat. Don't be afraid of the mobs, you can fight back if you have a good chunk of temperature.

Early Game

Once that it's day, you should get as many Resources as possible, time is precious so don't waste your 4 minutes of the day. Fill your water and cold bars completely before leaving your fire, they both take about 4 minutes to fully drain so fill them now and you won't have to worry about drinking or losing heat until night.

If you have stone tools already, then it's time to get a Bag. This adds 6 additional slots to your player, giving you a total of 16. It's very hard to manage your inventory without it and it'll be very useful as you go on since as players progress, they generally need more stuff to advance. You need 5 wolf fur and 6 thread (kill 5 wolves and 3 spiders to get them) to make a bag as well as a crafting table, so it's wise to remember where you last saw a crafting table so you can come back to it later.

After the backpack, you'll want a book, aka the Book(you can also get 9 fur and 10 string beforehand and craft the book first, then the bag). This will allow you to craft anything 3 times as fast, which speeds up the game exponentially. It's especially useful for cooking lots of meat because if you have a good weapon you can hunt for food fast. The book is vital for crafting powerful weapons and helmets that are amethyst helmet crafting time or higher as they take so long to craft that if you don't do it with a book, you'll die from one of your status bars drained before you even finish crafting. The book requires 4 wolf fur, 4 thread and 4 paper to craft, and by now it should be night time so craft some wood near a campfire to make paper. Again, a crafting table is required in order to craft the book.

Once you have the 2 most important early game items in the game, you can start making golden weapons and tools. Gold is the best resource you'll find in the forest, you'll need to go to the winter for diamond and amethyst. To craft a Golden Pickaxe you will need 20 gold. Golden Sword don't really pay off by now, and you should only craft it to kill more advanced mobs.

If you decided to go to the winter, you'll probably want a Chapka. These are basically hats that make you less vulnerable to the cold and that make you resistant to blizzard, since daytime in the winter is even colder than night time in the forest. Earmuffs will require you to kill Rabbits, and with a Golden Sword, you can kill them with only 3 hits and a Golden Spear in 4. You'll need to drive them into natural resources to catch them, blindly trying to run after them isn't going to work. Earmuffs can be upgraded into a Coat, the Cap & Scarf and then the Fur Hat. The higher tier the chapka is, the more cold and blizzard resistance it has.

Mid Game

You dare to go to the north, the Winter's wasteland. There you find powerful resources not found anywhere else, but is subject to Blizzards and extreme cold. Make sure to bring atleast one Bottle and a Shovel of any sort, to make sure you don't dehydrate.

The best way to get gold is to get it directly from the Winter. In the right side of it you will find a lot of gold.

But at any moment... Blizzard!!! Put a roof over you and you should be fine. Be careful when finding a spot, because winter mobs will kill you in a small space.

Once it goes bye bye you are good to go. In the cave, get 110 Gold, 60 Diamonds and 30 Amethyst which is enough to make a Amethyst Pickaxe. Make sure that you have a Book or you may die.

Get a bunch of ice, about some 100 if you want to just get a quick trip. Be careful because the last step to a complete playthrough is to go to the Lava Biome.

End Game

You've came this far and is not going to go back, because there is no going back now. The Lava Biome is a hot, dead wasteland with nothing but Fire and Lava. Keep your eye on the trip, what you are here for is the Reidite, this red, stange resource in the right up corner of the map.

Once you get there, get 70 reidite for a Reidite Pickaxe (But you most likely don't need it, since it won't mine any new resources) and the Reidite Sword.

Go back to the Winter and you can now make reidite items.

What Now

You've reached the End-Game and... It just feels plane. Try some Play Styles, making some good gear like the Reidite Protection or the Fur Hat, killing some players or helping some players. Starve.io, like many other games is a game all about progress. However, unlike many others, you can choose how you want to make progress.

Play Styles

  • Intelligent-Collecting aka. Nomadic Style (This is the best strategy; after you get good gear feel free to switch to others though. This means you just go around getting resources, and don't build a base until you have diamond/amethyst/dragon stuff. Bases are a waste of resources until lategame)
  • Neutral-Building aka. Castle Style (slower progress, and a waste of resources if you don't have diamond/amethyst/dragon/super(super hammer) 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)
  • Skilled PvPing 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)
  • Farmer Style (Similar to Good-Building style, but instead of making any structures, you simply create massive farms for food and resources).
  • Pirate Style: Go in the sea and destroy treasure chests. Make sure you have bridges and an explorer's hat so you can escape piranhas and breath in the sea.
  • Savage Style: It means that you just kill people for no particular reason at all.

Base Building

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) for faster wood gathering/resource gathering.
  • Empty places that won't be bothered by anyone (Winter Biome, island, or even a base strait out of bridges on open water)

Some other general tips for base builders:

  • 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 lfewerwalls 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
  • Wood walls aren't recommended as they get easily destroyed by tools. Use stone 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.
  • 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), stalk 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 unequippting it.
  • Don't use your weapons to harvest your crops, it'll make them die faster. Use a pitchfork instead.

Farm

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.
  • 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:

Plants

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
Pumpkin

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!

Fighting Mobs

The main mobs you'll be fighting early game are spiders and wolves. 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, stop hitting it and wait for it to distance itself. 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. 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 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 are faster than you. 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.

(See- bag, books chapka (early game) + gold tools, cap and scarf (winter mobs) perhaps a sled and diamond, amethyst and dragon tools (mid-game) then reidite items, heat protection, bosses (Kraken, lava dragon) which is late game.

P.V.P

So, you are attacked by a player? Or you see a savage attacking an innocent player? 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 help faster. Garlic no longer has any healing factor.
  • A spear gives advantage. You can gain some extra hits with the long-range, although becomes obsolete when in range of a sword of equal tier. If you are devoted to a PVP, have both sword and spear.
  • 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.
  • 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 they are chasing you, and are a 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.

Points

  • If you want to get points fast, first find a point where you can hit multiple resource nodes at the same time, then swing with your best pickaxe. You should be getting a fair amount of points.
  • Killing mobs is also a good idea. You can also kill players, especially players on the leaderboard (make sure your weapons are better than them) to get 1/3 of their points, although it is harder and they may revenge you.
  • Crafting items also grants points
  • You can also make some seeds in a public place and AFK in your base this can generate a lot of points

AFK

After a long period of playing you might get tired and go to sleep (in real life), but you don't want to lose your progress. You can give your items to a friend or build an AFK base. For that you need powerful walls (Reidite and/or Amethyst.) and a good location to build, it is usually in the ocean biome. Each hour of AFK-ing will use up 720 wood. First ,get the following:

Ss
  • 25 Bridges
  • Furnace
  • 1 Bed
  • A Heat Protection of any kind.
  • 12 Reidite/Amethyst Walls and 1 Door.
Time Berries Garlic Bread Pumpkins Cooked Meat Cookies Cake
1h 50 36 34 17 15 10 5
4h 200 144 136 68 60 40 20
12h 600 430 400 200 172 120 60

Then place everything as shown in the picture. Put the wood in the furnace and you are ready to go. DO NOT forget to put auto feed on!

*Note that fires can overheat you. Make sure to have a Reidite Protection when AFK-ing.

Good luck!

General Tips

  • If you quickly need a lot of wood or stone, find two trees or stones next to each other and start mining them.
  • Some mobs are faster than you. Be very careful with who you attack.
  • When making a farm, you should use plots to make plants grow faster. If you have time, make a peasant tunic as well. Pitchforks double the harvest when using it to harvest plants, so it doubles your food and your points.
  • Try to avoid some players, since they can kill random peoples without a reason. (Random Killing, savaging or PK'ing)

Questions

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 to 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 it 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 good relationship with a good chunk of the community.

Auto-Clicking strategies

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 + N)
  2. Go to your Starve.io window.
  3. Hold down your mouse button.
  4. Switch windows when still holding. (Keyboard short cut: Alt+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 :)

External links

Category Inv book Guides
Database Inv workbench Recipes - Inv key Key Binds
Tutorials Inv wood The Road to Amethyst - Part One - Inv amethyst The Road to Amethyst - Part Two
Inv blue orb Blue Orb & Cube - Strategies - Inv paper Crafting - Halloween6 Zombie Guide
Knowledge-base Inv book Strategy - Inv wall wood Base - Inv wrench Guide - Base Building
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