H1Z1 Starter Guide – Everything You Need to Know about Crafting
The most important objects related to crafting at the moment are Scrap Metal, Logs, and an Axe. Scrap metal is mostly found in cars, or is obtained by beating said car with a crowbar, and logs are found by beating down trees with your handy axe. The axe also doubles as the “sharp tool” needed to break down objects in most recipes in game. The two crafting objects however, are the basic part of almost every recipe in game found through the discovery menu. Logs can become planks and sticks, and scrap can become shards, nails, metal bars, metal sheets, metal brackets and pipe. The large list of metal objects the shards become is why it dominates the crafting menu, being a major part of all buildables in world.
Gathering is important, there is no need to set up in the boonies where you cannot get any sort of scrap metal into your storage containers, but you still need to be far enough away from civilization that you won't get mowed down by branch wielding new spawns.
Once you have decided on a location, go out and collect as much scrap metal as you can, preferably around 30 to get your started. One you return, take three logs, turn one into a plank, and ad the other into a stick.
At this point you want to begin discovering, by going to the discovery tab, you can drag in lit up objects to discover uses for them. Without discovering a recipe, you cannot craft it, however, each of the recipes required materials will always be its discovery components (If iy requires 4 planks and a stick, you need a plank and a stick to discover it), so if you're stuck, you can always look up guides. Make sure to fully discover the metal scrap, as this will be the majority of your buildables. Every time you discover a possible component (such as nails) you want to make at least one of them, this will allow you to also discover crafting recipes that use those items as well as they become more complex and require more unique parts.
The next pages contain all of the current crafting recipes for H1Z1, however they are subject to change. Red items must be prepared in a campfire or furnace.