How to build and strengthen a base in Project Zomboid

Want to know how to consolidate a base with Project Zomboid? If you want to survive days, weeks, or even months in Project Zomboid, you will need a base. More than just a place to call, the bases provide storage space for your accumulated goods and safety from bad weather and passing hordes. Unfortunately, sometimes the undead will follow you into the house and start knocking on windows and doors. This can be dangerous very quickly and can lead to your base overrun. In a worst case scenario, the unprepared can get infected and become a zombie itself.

In this guide, we’ve broken down everything you need to find and strengthen a base in Project Zomboid and also explain how you can build your own base from scratch. As we guide you through the tools and materials you may need, we recommend using the Project Zomboid map to locate your character and help track possible spawn locations nearby.

How to Find a Base in Project Zomboid |

When looking for a base, there are a few handy tips to keep in mind. Below, you’ll find a handy list of our tips before we review the detail and explain why they’re so important:

  • Find a source of water
  • Find storage space
  • Have multiple entry points
  • Have multiple floors

First, you should try to find a base near a water source, such as a lake or river. Although you can take endless water from any sink in the early days of the apocalypse, the water in Project Zomboid will eventually close. You will need to find a water source within travel distance if you want to survive, so we recommend making this a priority when deciding where to live. The water closes on a random date, but this is usually within the first few weeks or months.

Once you have found the base, you should check if there is a lot of storage space. Cabinets, cupboards, cupboards, and wardrobes serve as suitable storage that you should look for when setting up a home in Project Zomboid. If there isn’t enough storage space, you don’t have anywhere to store your stockpiles of food, water, and medicine that can be valuable during the Winter months.

You should also make sure that your base has multiple entry points. If you only have one accessible door or window, a few zombies may be enough to trap you inside and lead to a very early death. If you have more than one exit, you will be prepared for several different escape routes in case there is an attack.

Finally, the number of floors is also important when looking for a base. One of the most common safety tactics in Project Zomboid is to take your base to the rooms above a two -story house and destroy the stairs. You can safely run out of the rooms above, as the zombies cannot climb if there is space on the stairs. This does not apply in the early stages of the game, because you will need a sledgehammer before you break the stairs. We recommend finding a two -story house near the water with lots of doors and some storage space as soon as possible, and then you can move your belongings upstairs when you see a sledgehammer later in the game. Sledgehammers are commonly found in wooden crates and on shelves in warehouses.

If you want to go out for scavenging runs and other expeditions, you can make a sheet of rope and use it to climb out the window. You will need several pieces of sheet rope to tie if you want to land safely. You can also use these sheets to climb back to your base, but be careful if zombies are roaming nearby. They can knock down the lowest section of the rope sheet, meaning you can’t climb back inside without groping to tie with another piece of rope. If a lot is chasing you and you need to get in quickly, this could be the end. Consider regularly exterminating any zombies that roam near your base, or build some fences around your rope to protect it from the undead.

How to Barricade Windows in Project Zomboid |

No matter how you set up your base, you need to know how to block windows and doors. Barricading is really important in Project Zomboid, as it allows you to fend off interested zombies longer than usual, making sure they can’t get into your base and pin you in a corner.

To barricade, you will need a few items. First, you will need material to use as a barricade. Wood is the easiest to find, but you can also use metal sheets and metal bars for more solid defense. If you are using wood, you will need to get your hands on the wooden planks before you start barricading. To get wooden planks, you can:

  • Cut a tree with an ax and then use a jigsaw to turn the logs into planks
  • Disassemble the tools with a hammer and saw
  • Find them in warehouses and sheds

Metal sheets and bars are also found in warehouses and sheds, as well as in garages and other storage units. Once you have the materials, you will need some tools to actually make the barricade. If you are using wood, you will need a hammer and two nails for each plank. Since you will need four planks to cover an entire window, you will need 8 nails in total. Fortunately, sometimes you’ll find nails in a box of 100, which is more than enough for blocking any windows and doors at most bases. If you decide to use metal bars or sheets to cover the windows, you will need a welder mask and propane torch. Like planks, you’ll find nails, hammers, saws, welding masks, and propane torches in warehouses, sheds, and other construction buildings around the world of Project Zomboid.

Regardless of the materials you use, the process of barricading a window is the same. When you have the necessary materials and tools, right click on a window and select the barricade.

Project Zomboid players work together to build the base and paint the walls.  They were all wearing construction clothes

Can you build your own base with Project Zomboid?

So far, we have focused on barricading an existing building. This is almost always the best approach because it requires a bit of work and they usually have all the amenities you might need in the apocalypse. However, building your own base is part of the fun of any survival game and it’s certainly possible with Project Zomboid. It is very difficult and time consuming, but it is possible nonetheless.

Before you start building, you need to find an ax, saw, and hammer. You can use the ax and jigsaw to cut down trees and turn the logs into planks, as mentioned above in the barricade section. You will then use the hammer to make various walls, doors, pieces of furniture, and other essentials in the construction of the base. Like all the other tools mentioned above, you’ll find Ax in wooden crates in warehouses. It is also possible to find an ax in fire zombies.

When building walls, you should start by building a wall frame using two planks and nails. Instead of using the crafting menu, you create wall frames and other base-building items by right-clicking on the ground and using the carpentry menu. After making a wall frame, you can upgrade it to a neat wall using two more planks and four nails. You can upgrade walls 3 times in total, strengthening them.

Although it is easier to pick up and use wood for construction, you can also use metal sheets, metal bars, and welding rods. Like barricading, it requires a welder mask and propane torch. Metal walls are more durable than wooden walls, but metal does not grow on trees. If you plan to use metal, you will need to conduct several scavenging runs to find warehouses and sheds throughout the map that may contain the materials you need. Once you have the necessary tools and materials, you can build metal frames and walls using the carpenter’s menu.

It covers everything you need to know to find, consolidate, and build your own Project Zomboid base. If you want to know what’s next, check out our beginner’s guide to Project Zomboid for some more tips and tricks for the early stages of the apocalypse. Be sure to also check out our list of the best PC survival games in 2022 if you want to get another crafting and base-building fix.

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