Sons of the Forest weapons are your first defence against Fingers, John 2.0, Sluggy, and the other mutants and cannibals in the sandbox sequel. There’s more technology at our disposal than in the first game, with the brand-new shotgun being possibly our most offensive weapon. However, good old severed limbs will still come in handy when you run out of ammo, and you could always just grab that guitar.
Sons of the Forest broke Steam on it’s release date, and is set to be one of the best PC games of 2023. It’s also following in the footsteps of its predecessor with the same familiar enemies and a lot of features we know and love from the first game. However, Sons of the Forest also contains more modern gameplay mechanics, with the likes of a 3D printer completely changing the way you craft. You won’t always have access to ammo though, so you’ll need to make the most of what you’ve got around you. We’re still working our way through the horror game, but here’s all the Sons of the Forest weapons and tools you can hope to find.
These are all the Sons of the Forest weapons that are either confirmed, or that we expect to appear in early access:
- Cattle prod
- Climbing Axe
- Crafted axe (from The Forest)
- Crafted bomb
- Crafted club
- Fireman’s axe
- Severed arm
- Severed leg
Best Sons of the Forest weapons
Given that the story of your arrival in Sons of the Forest’s cannibal-infested hellscape is different from The Forest – you’re part of an elite team sent to rescue and retrieve a missing billionaire – you have some considerably more advanced weapons at your disposal. Presumably, you and your team were well-equipped before your helicopter crashed, but retrieving those weapons won’t be easy.
The classic and handy axe was always going to make a return as a Sons of the Forest weapon and tool, and you obtain the Tactical Axe as soon as the game begins. However, you want to look for the Sons of the Forest Modern Axe as early as possible, as it’s far better for knocking down large trees and building your base.
Seen in the third trailer, the cattle prod is a taser-like baton, which seems to have the ability to knock cannibals prone. This could be a very handy weapon for defence, but you’ll still probably want to do some more severe damage to prevent them coming back for more.
At the very end of the second trailer, the player can be seen holding a rather sturdy looking crossbow. In The Forest, a crossbow and bolts could be found in the caves, so perhaps obtaining the Sons of the Forest crossbow will work in the same way, again making crossbow bolts a limited resource.
For the first time in the series, you will have access to a selection of guns, with the pistol one of the first you can locate, alongside one of the GPS locators. You don’t need to put the pistol together like you did in The Forest, and instead find it off the north west coast – but prepare to fight off a shark in your bid to collect the gun.
Joining the pistol, the shotgun is making its first appearance in Sons of the Forest. While the shotgun packs a punch, we know that ammo is limited, so you’ll need to save it for when you really need it – a skill honed in many a survival horror before this one. Instead, always make sure you’ve got your favourite melee weapon to hand as a primary weapon, or even just the trusty shovel which you’ll need to have found before you can find the Sons of the Forest shotgun.
Turns out the guitar that can be seen outside the snowy log cabin in the second trailer can not only be played, but can also be used as a melee weapon. What we don’t know yet, though, is how much of a beating it can take – so only wield it as a weapon if you have to.
If you’ve played the original The Forest, you’ll know that there’s nothing quite as horrifyingly satisfying as using a severed leg or arm to scare off cannibals. They’re more useful in other ways, like burning effigies, but swing them around and you might do some damage. There’s always skulls, heads, and other body parts that can be used as weapons if you’re feeling particularly gross, or are just caught short.
That’s all of the Sons of the Forest weapons that we know of so far, but there are surely plenty more to uncover as we keep playing in the coming days. If you’ve not yet crash-landed into the survival game yet, make sure you can run it by checking out the Sons of the Forest system requirements. You might also want to familiarise yourself with the Sons of the Forest map, which is based on a location you might already recognise, and see if one of the most-loved modes from the first game, Sons of the Forest multiplayer, is available in early access.