Release date: April 24, 2018
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Frostpunk Food and Resources Guide

An overview of the in-game resources, ways to acquire them and what they are needed for together with the tips to keep your colony alive

Frostpunk is a game where everything matters, and that’s especially true when it comes to the resources you have on hand. If you want to be certain that your city will survive, then you need to acquire food and resources as quickly as possible. But gathering all the resources you need in this barren world is not as simple as you would imagine.

You will only find resources in piles, and at the beginning of the game, you can access only smaller piles. That means you will be limited to a small number of resources, which can end up being a bit problematic if you want to grow your colony.

How can you acquire Frostpunk resources?

You just need to click on them, and then you have to assign workers. The way the system works here is simple. You don’t have to build anything on them as you would in strategy games. Assigning workers on any resource pile will be the right way to start this process. However, the piles get depleted in a few days, which means you will constantly have to find new resources all the time.

What can you do to ensure colony survival?

The focus here has to be on creating a workshop at first. Once you have the workshop running, you need to unlock buildings that give you immediate access to resources. You need to be very careful where you place these buildings because each one of them will give a certain amount of resources. Some of them will share more than others, so you do need to take that into account if you can. There’s no need to find new piles, as you can get plenty of resources after you create multiple buildings.


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Coal is a crucial resource here because you will use it as the means to power your reactor. You will notice that the reactor has a certain coal requirement per hour. The thing to keep in mind is that you are unable to gather coal nonstop, and as a result, you need a higher coal intake per day to run the reactor day and night if you want to. So you shouldn’t expand too much unless you can acquire enough coal per each day.


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You will need wood if you want to create buildings. Wood can also be used for research too. But you will need to gather as much wood as possible in the beginning, as you are unable to expand if you don’t do that. Then you have to unlock a sawmill as it will make wood production a lot better. You can always store the excess wood in the gathering post or resource depot. Thankfully, you can always destroy a building to gain the necessary wood from it. That can be one incredible experience when you lack wood, and you can’t find the right amount you need for expanding. But you have to be very careful, as you need to avoid destroying buildings that you may end up needing shortly.


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You can’t keep your citizens alive if you don’t have food. You can get food from hunters, as they go outside the city to hunt. But they can deliver only 15 units of food per day. Also, each hunter needs to rest before he goes hunting again. You may find a single hunter hut okay in the beginning, but as you expand that will not be enough. That’s why you have to adapt this the best way that you can, with more hunter huts being necessary as you grow your city. Remember that you also need a kitchen to prepare your food, as you can’t share raw food to your citizens. You can also gather food via the Soup or Care House law.


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You may not feel that metal is needed in the beginning, but it’s still important to extract some if you can. However, the more you grow your city and research, you will notice that this is a vital resource that you have to use often. Make sure that you mine some constantly, and the more you expand, the more you will need.

Gathering the right amount of food and resources in Frostpunk is tricky. That’s why you always have to follow the needs of your citizens. You also need to be forward thinking, as you will have to research new stuff and place buildings often. Once you do that, you will get to have a thriving city in Frostpunk!

John Davis