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Crafting is the process of making an item from its constituent parts. It is an integral aspect of 7 Days to Die that is accomplished via the Crafting Menu. Almost all items and blocks found in-game can be crafted with a few exceptions. By utilizing crafting, the player can obtain access to items to aid in their survival without requiring the luck of finding the item through looting.
Components used for crafting are obtained via looting, farming, mining, or harvesting. Some components need to be crafted from other base components. Once the player has obtained all the necessary components and has found an appropriate crafting station and/or learned the required skill or recipe if needed, they can proceed to craft the item.
To craft an item, the player must select the specific item in their crafting menu and already have the needed resources used to craft the specific item in the inventory to finally click the button "craft". Optionally, the player can select how many items should be crafted by clicking the "left arrow" and "right arrow" located at the top left in the right panel. This amount can also be changed simply by entering it in the input panel located between the two arrows. Clicking on the item from the crafting menu while holding 'Shift' will automatically set the crafting amount to the max that can be made from the resources in the player's inventory.
If an item cannot be crafted (colored in light grey or craft button missing completely) it's because of one or more of the following reasons: the player has insufficient resources in their inventory, does not know the crafting recipe or is using the wrong workstation (if any at all). The reason can be identified from the interface. If the selected item and the craft button is only grayed out, the player does not have the necessary resources with them. If there is a padlock icon next to the item's name, the player does not know the recipe. If the icon is something other than a padlock and there is no craft button, the player is not using the appropriate workstation. The said icon indicates the correct one: a hammer and an anvil means the forge, a table means the workbench, a campfire means a campfire and a cement mixer means a cement mixer. A forge and a campfire also require fuel and possibly tools (Crucible for forge and Cooking Pot, Cooking Grill or Beaker for campfire). Pressing the grayed craft button tells the player what they still need to be able to craft the item.
Certain skills/perks allow more efficient and/or faster crafting for certain items. In the Vitality skill tree the perk Living Off The Land unlocks and can reduce the crafting cost of Farm Plots, while also increasing the yield of harvested crops and unlocking recipes for crafting different seeds. In the Strength skill tree the perk Master Chef unlocks a variety of cooking recipes and can reduce the cost of meat used in recipes. The Intelligence skill tree has three such perks, Advanced Engineering unlocks Workstation crafting and reduces resource costs and/or speeds up crafting within those stations, Grease Monkey unlocks various vehicle parts and reduces the cost of crafting those parts, and Yeah, Science unlocks the chemistry station and recipes related to it. The exact percentages of the effects are mentioned in the description of the perk level that grants it. By finding and reading all 7 of the books of the Pistol Pete, Magnum Enforcer, Shotgun Messiah, Sniper, and Automatic Weapons Handbook series the player will unlock collection perks that allow bulk crafting ammunition in bundles of 100 bullets with a 20% reduced crafting cost (i.e. the cost of 80 bullets).
Due to the number of craftable items and server limitations, the comprehensive table had to be split:
Note: These lists are currently incomplete as we transition pages from the old format of using the crafting grid to the new format of displaying required items. For more information or to help get pages updated, see the wikiproject cleanup page.