Rust: how to get metal fragments

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Metal Fragments are one of the most important materials in all of Rust, and they're used in several advanced crafting recipes that players will need to build if they want to obtain weapons, armor, and traps. These are some of the most powerful items in Rust, so it's understandable that players want to stock up on large amounts of Metal Shards. Luckily, it's pretty easy to get plenty of metal shards if you know the best farming strategies. Here's how to get metal shards in Rust.

How to Get Metal Fragments in Rust

The main method of obtaining metal fragments in rust is by smelting metal ore in a furnace. Metal ore can be harvested with a pickaxe from resource nodes all over the map, and a furnace can be crafted using 200 stone, 100 wood, and 50 low-grade fuel. Once you have a Furnace, simply place Metal Ore inside it along with some Wood to use as fuel and the device will automatically start producing Metal Fragments. However, it can take a lot of time and resources, but there are other ways to get metal fragments while waiting for the furnace to finish smelting the ore.

You can also get metal fragments by breaking down items in a recycler. Recyclers can be found in many in-game landmarks like the supermarket and gas station. They have bright yellow tops, so they're pretty hard to miss. Once you find one, just place a metal object inside it and you'll get metal shards in return. Sheet metal, metal blades, and propane tanks are just a few of the items you can put in the recycler, and the best part is that the machine doesn't even require fuel. The only thing you need to watch out for is other players, as people are usually drawn to monuments so they can pick up loot or kill other players.

Also, you can use a Campfire to get smaller amounts of Metal Fragments. If you have empty cans, you can place them in a campfire and you will get a small amount of metal fragments in return. Empty Tuna Cans will give you 10 Metal Shards, while Empty Bean Cans will give you 15. This process won't earn enough to replace your Furnace, but it's still a good way to convert junk into something useful.

Rust is available now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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