Project Zomboid Foraging Guide

Foraging in Project Zomboid: what it is, how it works, and why it’s useful

Foraging in Project Zomboid is a skill that allows players to find and gather various items from the environment. It can be performed by right-clicking on a suitable area, such as a woodland or grassland. The results of foraging are now dependent on the player’s skill level, with higher-skilled players being more likely to find useful items. Some of the items that can be found include plantain, which aids in the recovery from wounds, and wild garlic, which helps to fight against infection. Overall, foraging is a useful skill to have in Project Zomboid as it can help players to find vital items for survival.

How to forage for food and resources


The process of foraging requires players to actively search an area and move around to find what they are looking for. To start foraging, players click on the magnifying glass on the left side of their screen. A small box labeled “investigate area” will appear. If players hover over this box, it will tell them which area type they are currently in. Players should keep track of this while foraging because it will tell them how common certain types of items are in the current zone. For example, foraging in an area of vegetation (which is pretty much any grassy area) has common loop rarity assigned to materials, animals, and food, but it’s important to know what you’re looking for. Abundance and search focus are two important factors to consider when foraging. Abundance is determined by your sandbox setting at game start.

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The impact of weather and darkness on foraging

Foraging is more difficult during darker conditions and when the weather is bad, but there are some items that are actually easier to find during these times. For example, insects and medicinal herbs can be more easily found in the dark or in the rain. However, keep in mind that darkness and bad weather both come with their own penalties, so it is not recommended to forage during these times unless you are specifically looking for these items.

Weather can have a big impact on foraging. However, rain also has its own penalties, so it is best to use an umbrella if you plan on foraging in the rain. Similarly, snow and fog can make it difficult to find food.

The impact of various moodles on foraging

Moodles can also impact foraging skill, Endurance, fatigue, fear, panic, and stress can all lead to decreased foraging skill.

The impact of Occupations and Traits on foraging

Foraging is the practice of searching for food in the wild. This can be done for sustenance, or for fun.

There are several Occupations that can help you find food more easily, such as farmers, chefs, and burger flippers.

The impact of clothing on foraging

The level of foraging skill can be increased by wearing glasses, which remove the Short Sighted malus.

Movement type can impact foraging skill. Sprinting/running after a certain amount of time will automatically disable Search Mode.

The impact of seasons on foraging

The seasons have a significant impact on foraging. Certain items are only available during certain seasons, so it is important to take the seasons into account when planning to forage. The availability of certain items can make a big difference in whether or not you are able to survive on foraging alone.

The impact of location on foraging

The impact of location on foraging can have a significant effect on the types of items available. Different areas offer different chances of finding different items. For example, deep forests will often have more berries and vegetables available, while grasslands will have more insects and wild plants. Farmland will have more crops and fruits, while trailer parks will have more trash and junk food. Town streets and parking areas will have more dead animals and stones.

If the area is rich in resources, it will be easier to find what you’re looking for. However, if the area is depleted of resources, it will be more difficult to find anything at all.

Weights for each item type by area

ResourceDeep ForestForestGrasslandsFarm LandFarmTrailer ParkTownStreets and Parking
Dead Animals33222111
Fish Bait1010152020551
Forest Rarities11000000
Medicinal Plants3030151515000
Wild Plants15151077220
Junk Items33333773
Junk Food11133551
Junk Weapons11111333
Medical Items00100331

The impact of focus on foraging

The focus of the search also plays a role in determining the success of foraging. If you’re searching for a specific type of item, it’s more likely that you’ll find it if you focus your search on an area where that item is commonly found

The old vs. new foraging system in Project Zomboid

In Project Zomboid, there is an old and new foraging system. The old system is much simpler and easier to use, while the new system is more complex and takes longer to find items. The new system is also less effective at finding items.

The foraging system in Project Zomboid has been changed to be more involved and have more of an impact on survival. Previously, foraging was simply a right-click activity that only required time to be spent in a certain area.

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