SCUM Articles RSS Feed | SCUM RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Console and Admin Commands List for SCUM Mon, 14 Jan 2019 09:42:20 -0500 Serhii Patskan

Sometimes, cheating can be fun. While it might seem counterintuitive in a survival game like SCUM, using console commands can be a fun way to change things up, especially on a private server. And if you're an administrator on such a server, you can also kick and ban players using console commands. 

Whether you want to kick or ban, change the weather or teleport, below you will find a complete list of all console and admin commands in SCUM.

How to Activate Console Commands in SCUM

Before attempting to activate any of the commands below, you need to press the "T" key, which opens up the chat menu. Then, you need to enter the "#" command, which will activate and list all of the possible commands in the game.

Now you can use the following commands however you want. Just remember that all commands must be prefixed with "#".

All SCUM Console Commands
  • ListPlayers: See the full list of Steam players with ID, names, and character names
  • Kick: Make a player leave your server
  • Ban: Ban a player from your server
  • Location: Show the current position of a player
  • ListItems: Show a full list of items that can be generated
  • ListCharacters: Show a full list of characters that can be spawned
  • ListVehicles: Show a full list of vehicles that can be generated
  • SpawnItem: Spawn any item from the ListItems command
  • SpawnCharacter: Spawn any character from the ListCharacters command
  • SpawnVehicle: Spawn any character from the ListVehicles command
  • Teleport [x,y,z]: Teleport your character to specific coordinates (X, Y, Z)
  • TeleportTo: Teleport your character to the location of any player
  • SetFamePoints: Set fame points of any player to the specified value
  • SetFamePointsToAllOnline: Set fame points of all online players to the specified value
  • SetFamePointsToAll: Set fame points of all online and offline players to the specified value
  • SetTime: Set the time of day
  • SetWeather: Set weather conditions with a value from 0 to 1
  • VisualizeBulletTrajectories: Display bullet trajectory after each shot fired


And those are all of the console commands for SCUM. For other SCUM guides at GameSkinny, check out the related articles below:

Scum Wild Hunter Update Guide: How to Craft Bow and Arrows Wed, 07 Nov 2018 09:59:49 -0500 Serhii Patskan

The wait for the new SCUM content is over, as the developers released a new update -- Wild Hunter. The most significant feature of the new update is the ability to craft a bow and arrows. Now you can hunt animals or other players using this primitive but highly effective ranged weapon.

There are a few other items that have been added to the game with the Wild Hunter update, so if you want to know how to craft them, then follow our quick guide below.

How to Craft Bow and Arrows in SCUM

There are two types of bows in SCUM: Improvised bow, which can be crafted, and Recurve bow, which can only be found as an item on the map and cannot be crafted. The only difference is that the Recurve bow has a higher durability.

Here is the recipe for the Improvised bow:

  • 1x long wooden stick
  • 1x rope
  • 1x stone knife

Before crafting the Improvised bow you need to craft the rope. It requires 5x small wooden stick, which can be acquired by cutting down bushes and small trees. Long wooden stick can be acquired in the same way.

  1. Go to your Crafting menu
  2. Select and craft the rope in the Items tab
  3. Select Improvised bow from the Weapons tab
  4. Press the Craft button

Arrows are also available in the Weapons tab and require only small wooden sticks.

Primal Crafting Items and Other Changes

Besides the bow and arrows you can now craft new masks: Boar and Goat. These are very simple to craft: all you need is either a boar's head or that of a goat. You can also put these heads on a spike, but these items can be crafted only through the blueprint system.

And if you're not into all this scary stuff, then you can just take your guitar, banjo or harmonica, which were all added to your inventory.

The loot system has been revamped as well. Now players will find 50% less military loot and 25% less other loot. Also, all the food received from chopping animals, puppets or players is reduced by 50%, too.

Some of the disappearing bugs and glitches have been fixed in the Wild Hunter update, and a new server optimization fix has also been deployed.


These have been all the major changes and additions in the Wild Hunter update, and for other SCUM guides at GameSkinny, check out the related content below:

SCUM Adding Heart Attacks and Vehicles Fri, 26 Oct 2018 13:35:58 -0400 Zack Palm

What was missing from intense survival game, SCUM? Heart attacks. The developers behind the game recently sat down with PC Gamer during PAX Austraila to discuss how they're going to put an end to the sin of overeating, and a new community post on Steam describes two vehicles will release in their next patch.

For those who don't know, a player is sharing his gluttonous adventures on Reddit on how he's attempting to have the fattest character in SCUM. His most recent post weighed his character in at 400KG, which you can see here.

The developers have taken notice of his progress. To address the fact that a real person would have likely had a heart attack by this point, they're going to include it. Though, the developers did not note when this was going to occur. It won't be in the next patch.

What is coming to SCUM's next patch may bring several players who were previously frustrated by how long it took to travel around the entire map. A new community post on Steam shows the development team's progress on adding vehicles to the game. As of right now, they only have a simple SUV and a tractor. Once they get the physics down, they'll likely start to add more.

Closer to the bottom of the community post we can see they're almost ready to release bows and arrows, which should make the game vastly more interesting during the earlier stages.

Do not consider any of the material shown in the community post as upcoming patch notes. The developers want to stress they're hard at work getting these things in the game, but it's taking time. There won't be a new patch this week as they attempt to test out all of these new features.

Keep up with GameSkinny as we learn more.

SCUM: Everything You Need to Know About Zombies Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:24:05 -0400 Zack Palm

You don't only have to worry about the other human players in SCUM, as you'll deal with the zombies known as 'puppets' that mindlessly wander around the entire map. These puppets may prove annoying when you first start, but they quickly lose their bite once you've picked up a few melee weapons. Though, do they serve a greater purpose later on in the game?

There's several things you should keep in mind when dealing with these puppets. We've broken down the most important pieces of information you need to know to survive and thrive with these undead puppets!

Killing The Puppets

First things first: how do you kill one?

Before you go off attempting to pick a fight one, assess the weapons you have available to you. If you already have a gun with some ammunition, you're fine. Those things won't know what hit it. Though, you're likely not going to want to waste your precious ammo on these mindless NPCs and save it for players. Try to only use melee weapons against them, as they're not a big deal.

Of the melee weapons you can use against them, you may have more success with a two-handed staff weapon, like a spear, shovel, or a farmer's pitchfork. These weapons grant you the ability to hit the puppet well out of range of its own attack. This way you're less likely to hurt yourself in a fight with a puppet and you make short work of it.

If you do end up using a shorter, one-handed weapon, you need to remain weary of the puppet's overall movement. Though these zombies are a little clumsy, they certainly have stamina and will follow you throughout the entire engagement. You'll have to time your attacks to hit a little after they've attempted to hit you, this way you can safely damage them without getting hit. It should only take a few hits until they're dead. 

Always remember to watch your stamina when fighting a puppet. You can easily drain it during a fight and your undead foe will land a few hits on you, making matters worse.

Hungry? Grab A Leg!

When you've killed a puppet, always make sure you strip it of all its clothing and see if you can't put any of these items to use. A handful of times you'll find a large, heavy jacket on them, giving you additional access to several inventory slots. Because the clothing on the puppets are dirty and run down, you cannot cut any item it was wearing into useful rags for bandages. You'll have to stick to items found in buildings for those.

However, if you're running low on food, feel free to chop up a zombie after you've killed it and start using it to sustain your character. No, really. You can eat the zombie meat, and treat it as if it were an animal you hunted down and killed.

Much like the animals in the game, once you chop up the zombie you're going to cut it into various pieces. Chop these individual pieces down into chunks of meat, fat, and bone, and you'll be able to cook these pieces of meat to eat at your leisure. The bone and fat also serve as useful ingredients, especially if you're in a pinch. 

Great Early Game Item

The zombies make for great food if you can't find a wild animal anywhere close to you. What they're also great at is giving you access to a great early game item that will do wonders for your inventory management: a backpack!

With the most basic of gear, you're likely to have the ability to craft the earliest backpack, the improvised courier backpack. Getting additional inventory slots as quickly as possible during the early game can mean the difference between surviving and ending up dead -- you need every item you can carry with you.

The backpack only requires three items to craft:

  • Three rags (dirty or clean)
  • A piece of wire
  • A sharp item, like a knife or an axe

Because the zombies drop several articles of clothing, you can use these for the backpack. The wire may prove a little difficult as you're not as likely to find it on every kill, but it remains likely. If you killed a zombie you should have a sharp object on your to use to cut up the clothing items to craft your item.

When you equip your newly crafted backpack, feel free to pick up a few pieces of zombie meat to take with you on your long journey! You never know when your character is going to get hungry.

Avoid Getting Stunlocked

One technique these zombies have mastered is the ability to chase down their opponents and preventing them from reacting to any of their attacks. Many players refer to this as getting stunlocked, which means the player cannot preform an attack because their opponent continually prevents them from reacting. Zombies can do this in SCUM because they move and attack at the same time. You can avoid stunlocking with a little foresight.

The zombies attack in a certain pattern. They normally dash at you, throw one, or both, of their arms back and attempt to strike you. If you're continually moving backwards, you should avoid this attack. However, if you're using a one-handed melee weapon to do battle you may notice you have to step forward to land a hit. This is why I prefer to use a two-handed weapon, as I can move backwards and still strike at the puppets. The one-handed weapons have a clear disadvantage against the zombies, though if you work on your timing, you should find a brief opening to hit the zombies and avoid getting stunlocked.

If you're quick enough, you can stunlock the zombie and prevent them from continuing to be a threat. It's a great way to give the undead a little revenge if you've fallen victim to them.

Zombies Stay Outside!

One thing you'll notice while you're out exploring the island is you can never find the puppets inside of a building. For right now, the developers have not placed any spawns inside. This may be because they want players to get used to the game and understand their mechanics before introducing a challenge like that. 

This also means if you're running from a zombie and don't think you're going to survive, rush inside of a building! Though, you don't want to use the front door and then leave it open for the zombie to get inside. Yes, the zombies can still enter a building but they do not spawn inside of them.

To properly use a building as your safe haven, get inside by using an open window. The zombie won't be able to follow you inside, and you can safely scour the building for some bandages or get some rest before you do battle with the undead once again.


That's the breakdown of the some important information to keep in mind when dealing with the zombies in SCUM! The developers are constantly updating this game and some of this information may change over the next few months.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more SCUM guides.

SCUM Advanced Controls Guide Thu, 06 Sep 2018 11:41:39 -0400 Serhii Patskan

SCUM has become very popular very quickly due to its incredibly deep and advanced survival mechanics. Obviously, in order to succeed in such a complex game one must know the controls as well as possible.

If you're having questions regarding the controls in the game or can't figure out how to activate some of the hidden actions, then follow our quick guide on advanced controls in SCUM right below.

Advanced Mouse Controls

Left Mouse Button

LMB activates combat mode in the game and allows you to either shoot from an equipped firearm or use melee weapon.

But you could also throw a melee weapon if you press and hold LMB. This will allow you to effectively kill animals in the distance.

Right Mouse Button

RMB is mostly used to block attacks during combat, but it can also assist in better sniping.

You can use it to aim down the sight, and if you press and hold RMB, then you will enter the Focus mode, an advanced vision that allows you to track down animals and such.

Mouse Wheel

The wheel allows for some subtle adjustments as well. For example, you can use it to switch between fire modes, but you can also combine it with other keys for the following effects:

  • Shift + Wheel: Sets your scope range.
  • Shift + Alt + Wheel: Sets your scope windage.
  • Ctrl + Wheel: Changes the height of your stance.
  • Alt + Wheel: Activates Free Look mode.

Advanced Keyboard Controls


You can easily calculate the windage by simply pressing the Ctrl key once while aiming. Also, if you want to stabilize your scope, then press and hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard.


The number keys 1 and 2 activate right and left shoulder holsters respectively. Numbers from 3 to 0 activate quick access to your inventory.


Some of the alphabetic keys may completely elude you in SCUM, but they can activate some amazing features you shoud know about:

  • G: Toggles night vision.
  • Enter: Switches camera.
  • X: Lay down.
  • C: Crouch.
  • V: Activates combat stance.
  • W+S+LMB: Activates a combo.


That is all for advanced controls guide in SCUM. For even more SCUM guides at GameSkinny, please take a look at the list below:

SCUM Ultimate Crafting Guide Fri, 07 Sep 2018 11:47:41 -0400 Zack Palm

There's plenty going on in SCUM to hold your attention. You're fighting puppets attempting to kill you, trying to survive with all of your health meters constantly needing attention, and you're also competing against other players populated on your server trying to take you out. But when it comes to survival, what are the things you need to have ready in your inventory?

The crafting page in SCUM doesn't give you the best idea of what you should focus on next or what you need to start working towards. This guide will break down what items you should work towards crafting, along with advanced items you should collect to improve your chances of survival!

Starting Equipment

These are the three things you absolutely need to start out when you first jump into SCUM.

Your Knife

The first item you'll want to locate is a handful of rocks, this way you can craft your stone knife as quickly as possible. You won't get far without one, but luckily it only requires two small stones to get made. It's a basic knife and even if you do upgrade to the next one, the metal knife, keep your stone knife in your inventory. You're going to need a stone knife to craft the first, most basic spear available to you. When you can make a spear, you don't need to sacrifice your superior knife to make it. You'll use your stone one.

Your Spear

You won't have the best chance to kill zombies or track animals without a spear. That's where your stone knife comes in. This tool requires two different items:

  • A long branch
  • A stone knife

Both of these items shouldn't take you long to locate. You can likely find a long branch in a nearby bush to craft your spear within seconds of crafting your knife. You're going to rely on your spear as your main weapon for quite a bit of time, so swing it around a bit to get used to how it attacks.

Your Fire Drill

With your spear and knife in hand, you're ready to start working towards making a fire for your hungry prisoner. Before you can work towards a fire, you'll want to craft a fire drill so you can make a spark. Much like the spear you've already made, you're going to need the same items:

  • Two long branches
  • A stone knife

These shouldn't take you long to locate if you've already crafted your spear. Though the fire drill only comes with three uses, it's an ideal starting item so you're not relying on the chances of finding a box of matches or a lighter.

Surviving SCUM

With your basic tools in tow, you're ready to start working towards crafting some bigger items to make your life easier and survive the island.

Your First Animal Kill

As much as you may want to run through the cities scattered throughout SCUM, you won't be able to craft the really useful items until you take down your first animal. A beast carries extremely useful ingredients for you to use in crafting. When you do land your first animal kill, what should you focus on first?

After you've killed your prey, you're going to break it down into sizeable chunks to work with. Continue right-clicking on the animal parts until you have a number of large pieces to work with. For example, when you kill a boar you'll have the ability to cut up its carcass. After you chop it up, you'll have its head and various limbs at your disposal. You still can't cook or use anything in this state, you need to cut down the larger pieces even further. Eventually, you'll have sizable pieces of meat you can cook, along with the boar's bones.

Bone Needle

When you get the boar's bones, you've hit the jackpot. An animal's bones are incredibly useful for you to use, especially if you've been watching your character's hydration levels. You can craft a makeshift bone needle using the animal's bones you've acquired, along with any sharp object you have in your inventory. It's quick to make but exceptionally useful. Though, if you've run across an actual needle while you were searching buildings, you can use that instead.

Improvised Water Container

Other than the meat you've already acquired for your hungry prisoner, creating a water container is the next important item on your list. To craft an improvised water container, you're going to need:

  • An animal hide
  • Wire (or rope)
  • A bone needle
  • A sharp object

With this item you can now visit water streams you find in SCUM and gather water at your leisure. You won't have to rely on finding a water bottle in a small town or locating a soda container to later use. Its an extremely useful item and when you've killed an animal for food, you're now secure on liquids and food.

This covers the more vital parts of surviving the health stats of SCUM, but soon you're going to need to defend yourself against people.

Fighting Back

Players in SCUM won't fight the same way the puppets do. They're going to have just as many resources available as you do, though some may have gotten luckier. To ensure you win every human encounter you have in the game, here are several items you should focus on crafting.


As you'd imagine, having these sitting in your inventory will do a lot of good, especially if you know to make them. They don't take much effort, but you're likely going to want to visit one of the larger city areas on the map to have much success. Luckily, the various different bullet types in the game all come with the same four components:

  • Metal Scrap (or sheet)
  • Gunpowder
  • Lead sheet
  • Toolbox

You can swap out the first component for one of five different metal pieces you find on the map. Whichever one you choose does not reduce or improve the quality of your ammunition. However, you always need gunpowder, a leader sheet, and a toolbox to make it all work.

Of the components, the toolbox may prove the most troublesome to locate. It's a large container that you're going to have to carry around with you -- unless you have enough storage space. You can normally find these in one of the big garages, typically with a run-down car that you can loot. Stick around these garages long enough and you'll have a small armory in your backpack ready to unload on any unsuspecting player you run into.

Medical Supplies

When you're fighting for survival, you're just as likely to get damaged as you are to dish it out. Knowing how to handle any wounds you have will make the difference in numerous encounters you run into. Unfortunately, a lot of the items you're going to need to treat your more serious injuries you're going to have to find, such as the antibiotics and the emergency bandages. These items are for phase 2 and 3 injuries. 

Your prisoner comes with the understanding of basic medical training, and all you need is a few rag scraps to help you out. You can't use rags from clothing that puppets were wearing, you have to find them in houses. To get the most of your inventory space, you're going to want to create a small bundle of rags. Compared to the bullets, this is easy crafting. You only need two components:

  • Five rags or rag scraps
  • A wire or rope

This bundle of rags will take up less inventory space than all five rags or rag scraps would. These are great to have around if you need basic supplies for a wide assortment of items.

If your prisoner is still sick after you've applied the bandages, there's probably more going on to them. To assess the damage, hold the 'tab' button and you'll see a radial menu pop up. At the top, you should see a medical icon and when you click on that your character will diagnosis themselves. This tells you what's going on with your character, and it likely means they need antibiotics to properly recover. As of right now, you cannot craft these more advanced items in SCUM, but these features are going to release in the future.

Crafting Recipe Color Backgrounds

During your time playing SCUM, you may have noticed the crafting recipes have different colored backgrounds. What do they mean? Here's a break down of all three colors:

  • Grey: You do not have the proper skill for crafting this item.
  • Yellow: You possess some of the crafting materials required to build this item.
  • Red: You do not have any of the crafting materials required to build this item.

By understanding these colors, you should be able to quickly glance at your crafting menu to know what you can and cannot make. Unfortunately, if you want to know which of your skills you need to increase in order to craft an item, you cannot do so at this time. This will likely change in a further patch from the developers.


These helpful items should prove extremely useful to you during any stage of your survival while in SCUM. 

For more information about SCUM, check out the numerous useful guides we've compiled here at Gameskinny:

Advanced Controls guide

Lethal & Edible Mushroom guide

How To Turn On and Fix Voice Chat

General Guide to Survival

SCUM: Lethal & Edible Mushroom Guide Thu, 06 Sep 2018 11:40:06 -0400 Victoria B.

SCUM is a hyper-realistic survival game where everything you do affects your character's health and abilities. Because of this, you cannot simply go around eating whatever you please and expect the same generic result.

Unlike other games where food consumption typically has a positive outcome, SCUM provides realistic reactions to dangerous foods. Some can lead to sickness, vomiting, and diarrhea.  

One consumable that can be tricky to trust are mushrooms. Some can give you the energy you need to continue forwards, while others will lead to sickness. Follow this guide to ensure your safety around these foods.

Lethal Mushrooms

These mushrooms might look similar to any other, but they are actually poisonous. You should avoid consuming these, as it will lead to sickness.

  • Amanita Virosa - Poisonous fungus nicknamed, Destroying Angel. One mushroom cap is enough to kill an adult.

  • Amantia Phalloides - Commonly known as the Death Cap. These contain amatonxins which can't be removed through cooking.

  • Amanita Pantheria -  The Panther Cap. These psychoactive caps are poisonous and can lead to death.

Edible Mushrooms

These mushrooms can be safely eaten only in small amounts. Eating too many at once can induce vomiting and sickness. However, mushrooms will provide some essential vitamin D, fiber, and other minerals for your character.

  • Agaricus Augustus - Edible brown mushroom with a convex cap

  • Boletus Edulis - Pore covered, brown caps

  • Cantharellus Cibarius - Orange, yellow, and white with gills and ridges. 

  • Psilocybe Cyanescens - Dark brown with flat cap

  • Lepiota Procera - Brown and white with rough cap. Not to be confused with the Death Cap.

  • Lycoperdon Gigantea - Large white mushroom that can cause upset stomach when overeaten. 

Scavenging for mushrooms will be necessary for your survival because most will provide you with loads of vitamins, fiber, minerals, and a full stomach. You also don't need any equipment to collect mushrooms, so they are an easy source of nutrition if you can find the right ones.

Eat them with caution though because one false judgement could lead to serious illness. Use this guide before playing SCUM, and if you forget the list of dangerous mushrooms, be sure to check back before consuming any weird fungi along your journey.


If you're trying up to your survival rate in the wilds, check out our other SCUM guides here on GameSkinny!

SCUM Game Guide: How to Refill Your Water Bottle Wed, 05 Sep 2018 11:53:05 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Surviving in SCUM isn't always easy. While that's true for other games in the genre, SCUM ramps things up with dozens of statistics and meters for everything from caloric and mineral intake to bladder and bowel levels. With so many things to keep an eye on, it's easy to overlook some of the simpler survival mechanics, like refilling your water bottle. 

It seems easy, but in true SCUM form, refilling your water bottle isn't as simple as finding fresh water and dipping the bottle in. If you're stuck on figuring it out, read on. 

As you explore the map, look for areas of fresh water both in the countryside and in towns. Keep an eye out for ponds, lakes, rivers, wells, water pumps, fountains, and more. Of course, be careful drinking out of stagnant water sources in the wild since doing so could lead to sickness. 

Once you've found a water source, here are the steps for filling your water bottle, including the PET

  • Open your inventory
  • Left-click the water bottle
  • Hover over the water source 
    • Stay in your inventory while doing this
  • Right-click the water source
  • Select the "Fill" option

You'll know you've properly selected your water bottle in your inventory because the box around it will turn red.

Also, keep in mind that it appears you can't fill the water bottle if it is already full. To check the water level, open your inventory and look at the bottle. It will show the current water level -- although you'll have to check it manually by actually looking at the level. There's no "meter" that tells you the current level. Checking level is important for the PET, as it currently seems to only refill when it is completely empty. 

Some players have said that highlighting the water source and simply holding the "F" key will bring up the "Fill" option, but as of right now, that process seems hit or miss. Opening your inventory and following the steps above is the sure-fire way to take fresh water on the go.  

Where Can I Find Water Bottles?

The best places to find them are in towns. Look specifically in gas stations, convenience stores, and supermarkets as they're most likely to spawn there. You can also look in residential areas and military compounds. You can also find them on other players, but they'll have to be carrying it, and you'll have to kill them first. 

Since water bottles are pretty important to your survival, you might want to consider stashing some at your base in a wooden box -- or some other type of container. 


That's all you need to know about refilling your water bottle in SCUM, as well as where to find them in the first place. Check out our other SCUM guides here. 

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SCUM Game Guide: How to Reshade Wed, 05 Sep 2018 10:54:24 -0400 Serhii Patskan

SCUM is now one of the most popular games on Steam, and it's one of the most in-depth survival games in the genre. However, it's not without its problems. If you want to tweak the game's graphics with reshade to make it look the best it can, you might run into a few roadblocks along the way.

Fortunately, there is a software that can help you change the game graphics settings to whatever you want. It's called ReShade, and it is completely free. 

If you want to know how to use ReShade in SCUM, then follow our step-by-step guide below.

Step 1: Install ReShade

ReShade is an advanced video software that can provide you with a huge number of settings that can be applied to SCUM. But first, you need to install the software. Here's how:

  1. Go to
  2. Download the latest version of ReShade 3.4.1
  3. Install and start ReShade

When the software is installed on your PC, you can start using its features. Here's what to do next.

Step 2: Select SCUM Game Folder

After installing ReShade, you need to let it know which game's graphics settings you want to change. That's why you need to show ReShade the path to your SCUM game folder. Follow these steps:

  1. In ReShade's main menu, choose "Select Game"
  2. Go to "/Steam/steamapps/common/SCUM/SCUM/binaries/Win64/" folder
  3. Open "SCUM.exe" file
  4. Select Direct3D 10+ rendering API

Confirm your choice, and ReShade will install all the necessary libraries on your PC.

Step 3: Choose ReShade Effects

Finally, you can choose which ReShade effects you want to use in SCUM. Here are a few recommended effects:

  • Ambient Light
  • Clarity
  • Fake HDR
  • Vibrance

This simple combination will instantly make your game look brighter and richer in terms of color and light. You can activate the ReShade effects in the game by pressing Shift+F2.


Now, SCUM will look even better, letting you get the most out of the game. For more SCUM guides at GameSkinny, be sure to check out the list below:

SCUM Guide: How To Turn On and Fix Voice Chat Fri, 31 Aug 2018 13:46:23 -0400 Zack Palm

Every online multiplayer game needs a workable voice chat system so you can communicate with people you meet in the game or talk with friends -- especially a survival battle royale style game. Because SCUM is in early access though, some of these voice features don't immediately work and may require a few extra steps to get them going.

The first thing you need to do is double check you have push-to-talk enabled in your settings. You can find this under the 'sound' menu, and it should be the last option. If this setting is not set to 'on', you need to switch it. After you've turned your push to talk icon 'on', make sure to restart your game to ensure the change goes into effect.

Once you have that setting turned on, you can use your microphone in game. The default button for push to talk is 'B'. For anyone who wishes to change it, go to the 'controls' menu and switch to 'modes'. You should find the key bindings for push-to-talk at the bottom and you can switch it to whatever you prefer to use.

A quick update released earlier today includes a small icon located on the bottom left of your screen where you can see if your voice is getting picked up by other players. When you click your microphone and speak you should see this icon light up. This means any players who can hear other microphones can hear you now.

Some players have reported that when they continued to have problems with voice chat they were able to get theirs working by setting their push to talk to 'off', instead of 'on'. This may work for some, but not everyone. 

Still looking for more SCUM guides? Check out the ones we have here at GameSkinny!

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SCUM General Guide To Survival Sat, 01 Sep 2018 15:54:37 -0400 Zack Palm

Like any good hardcore survival simulation game, SCUM doesn’t hand you the instruction manual -- let alone does it even remotely hint at what you should try to focus on or detail the best route to survival. You’re expected to figure it all out on your own with the constant pressure of death awaiting you around every corner.

To ensure you get as much as you can out of each run as you attempt to survive the puppets, robots, and other players roaming around in SCUM, we crafted this guide to break down some important aspects to keep in mind if you want to succeed. Take a look!

Avoid Sugary Foods and Beverages

The developers behind SCUM were listening to their doctors when they heard how badly these high sugar snacks were. This is reflected in the game as they give your prisoner negative health effects if you have too many at one time. You need to save these specific foods for when you’re absolutely desperate and your prisoner is nearly starving.

The more you consume, the less energy you’re going to have over time which means you’re going to have less stamina. It’s important to consume these items in moderation.

As of right now, you’re unable to view the nutritional stats of any food or beverage you pick up. However, if you take the time to read the item’s brief description and name you should determine what food items are high in sugars and fat.

Loading Your Gun

When you discover a gun, a magazine, and some bullets in SCUM, you've hit the jackpot! You're ready to take on more zombies than you could with a melee weapon and even go after players if you spot any in the distance. Though, these items do not magically go together. You need to handle them accordingly and get them set up so you seamlessly load them into your new weapon and fire at whatever you want to take down.

The first thing you need to do is load your bullets into the magazine. Do this by going into your inventory, dragging them into the magazine, and load them in. A magazine can only hold so many bullets, so not all of them will go in. After you've done this, you can then reload your weapon and your character should slap the loaded magazine into it. You're ready to start shooting!

It's important for you to know you do not need the magazine to start firing your weapon. You only need the bullets. However, if you only have the bullets on your person your character will load them one at a time, between each shot. This is a great thing to do if you're in trouble, but again, you only have one shot before you have to reload again. Make them count.

Hunting Made Easy

Because you’re meant to survive during your time on this island, you’re going to need to learn how to catch your own food. There are several different animals wandering the forests you can hunt and loot to provide for your character. For those without the best weapons, you’re going to have to improvise such as throwing a shovel or an axe at a deer to try and kill it.

Unfortunately, it may not down the creature immediately, but that’s okay! If you’ve hit a creature with a sharp object, look around the area of where it ran off to. Chances are you’ll find a blood trail and be able to follow it to its next location. For those with great aim, the animal should die shortly after getting hit by your weapon, even when it runs off after you hit it. This doesn’t happen every time, so prepare to run after it if it bolts!

Hold Items You Want To Use

Because SCUM is in early access, you’re going to run into a number of different bugs. These all differ from graphical issues, not being able to craft items in your inventory, or being able to perform certain gameplay functions with a new item. You can’t expect everything to work.

However, a number of players are running into the problem of not knowing how to have two items interact with one another. For example, some players may not know how to start a fire when they’re carrying pieces of wood and have matches or a lighter on them.

How do you get this to work? Your character has to hold the matches or lighter in their hands in order to light the bundle of sticks in their inventory.

You have to think like a computer programmer for this thought process to make sense! It works this way because you want the matches and lighter to perform an action to something your character is holding in their inventory. Think like this whenever you want to have your character to use an item to do something, and it should work. If this advice doesn’t work, try switching what your character is holding or log back in to find out if it’s a server issue.

Treating Injuries

Escaping a foe in SCUM is the first step to winning a fight. The second step is surviving any injuries you might have.

These injuries are based on how badly your character was wounded and the type of injury they suffered. The first you’ll want to do is go to your character’s health management page and see what afflictions you’re dealing with. No matter what you’re dealing with, whenever you’re using a specific medical item to treat something you need to right-click it and then ingest it or apply the first aid.

Some of the injuries you’ll deal with vary in severity. It should tell you your injuries level and inform you of what healing item you’ll need to deal with it. In worst cases, these injuries become infected or require you to take antibiotics before they’re fully healed. You can use any of these items if you’re dealing with a physical injury:

  • Rags or cloth (level 1)
  • Clean bandages (level 2)
  • First aid kit (level 3)

When you’re dealing with level 1 injuries you need to disinfect the rags before you apply them. This way the wounds heal far faster than if you only placed the material on top of it.

Need Vitamins? Devour Fruits and Vegetables!

While in the health effects screen in SCUM, you’ll notice a breakdown of what’s happening inside your character’s body. A small section of this area details what kind of vitamins your character needs to consume in order to remain healthy.

If you’re on the search on how to boost your vitamin D and E charts, you’re going to want to consume vegetables to provide the largest boost. Where do you find them? The best places for you to go are sections C2 and C3. There you’ll find a small cluster of farms where you should have a higher chance of finding vegetables. Not only will this assist in boosting your character’s vitamin intake, but it will also lower your character’s overall hunger.

For those in a mad dash to keep their vitamin D levels in check, take off any large upper garment you have on and stand outside! Your character can acquire a small amount by having their skin exposed to sunlight. As you may imagine, you can use this to your advantage when the sun is out.

Fighting Other Players

When you're playing multiplayer, you're never alone in SCUM. There's probably a few players wandering the wilderness with you, attempting to survive as much as you are. You must remain weary about them, and if you encounter them, you have to decide what's the best decision for you make: fight or flight?

For those who truly aspire to gain anything in this game, they will almost always choose fight.

The most important thing to watch while you're fighting another player is your stamina meter. This determines how many hits you're going to get in and how strong of a blow you can inflict on them. The more stamina you have, the longer you can fight and outlast your opponent.

If they only have a melee weapon, a good strategy is to let them throw the first handful of attacks at you and then proceed to attack. You want to do this because they have just as much stamina as you, and you know how precious it is. By forcing them to throw as much of themselves at you as they can, you'll catch them off guard when they low stamina and you can freely attack them. This means you're going to have to learn how to properly dodge and evade their blows. You'll have time to practice against the puppets on the island, but that's it.

When your opponents have a gun, running and evading will prove even more critical. Having them waste their ammo is as important as getting close them, especially if you do not have a ranged weapon. Don't focus on rushing an opponent with a gun, instead focus on weaving and dodging around whatever environment you're surrounded in. In a small field? Try to use the thick foliage to your advantage. Use whatever you have around you, get close, and take them out quickly!

Avoiding/Combating The Robots in SCUM

For those who have ventured to the riskier parts of the game, you've likely run into the small floating robots who shine a bright light on you and ask you to leave. These robots do not harm you, but they give away your position and ask you to leave the area. What you need to look out for is the larger robots roaming the game. These ones can, and will, take you out with one shot. You can destroy them, but it takes a large group of prisoners to work together to do so. Do not attack them when you're alone.

The best thing for you to do when you see one of the smaller robots is jump inside of a building as quickly as possible. When you're inside the building, they will eventually leave you alone and fly away. They can't see you inside of a building and they'll wander off eventually. The larger robots are completely different beast.

You can find these monstrous robots in the middle of fields, where you won't have access to a safe building to get away or elude them. Have your character sprint as hard as they can in the direction of a building, and try to shake the robot. This may still get you killed, but it's the best chance you have of surviving the encounter. The worst for you to do is engage them with a melee weapon or gun. Do not provoke the robots. 

If you do get a group together to try and take them out, and you do take them out, is it worth it? The answer is, no. You won't get any insane loot from the robot, nor will you receive a large chunk of fame points for doing so. This will likely change in the future.


These helpful pieces of information and tips should assist you in staying alive long enough to figure out something new every time you play SCUM. Try experimenting along the way and make sure you’re staying informed on the developer’s progress as they continue to release new updates on their game.

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SCUM Game Guide: How to Change Screen Resolution Fri, 31 Aug 2018 11:33:37 -0400 Serhii Patskan

Have you tried changing SCUM's resolution to no avail? Well, you're not alone, as it seems like many other players can't understand how to set resolution for their displays as well. But don't worry, the developers have responded with a solution

This method requires you to edit a specific system file of the game, which will stabilize your resolution in 1920x1080, 2560x1440, or 4K. Just follow our step-by-step guide below for all the info you need.

Step 1: Open AppData Folder

In order to change the resolution in SCUM, you need to edit a system file that can be found in the AppData folder. Follow these steps to locate the file:

  1. Open the Start menu
  2. In the search field type %appdata%
  3. Open the "AppData" folder
  4. Go to "/AppData/Local/SCUM/Saved/Config/WindowsNoEditor/"

In the final WindowsNoEditor folder, you will find a number of .ini files that can be edited, but you only need one.

Step 2: Edit System File

Now you need to edit a few lines in one of the system files provided below. For example, if you need your game to be set at 1920x1080 resolution. Here is how you can do it:

  1. Right-click on the "GameUserSettings.ini" file
  2. Open the file with Notepad
  3. Search and edit the text with the following lines:
    • "ResolutionSizeX=1920"
    • "ResolutionSizeY=1080"
    • "LastUserConfirmedResolutionSizeX=1920"
    • "LastUserConfirmedResolutionSizeY=1080"
    • "DesiredScreenWidth=1920"
    • "bUseDesiredScreenHeight=True"
    • "DesiredScreenHeight=1080"
    • "FullscreenMode=1"
    • "PreferredFullscreenMode=1"
  4. Save and close the file

Now your game should be running at 1920x1080 resolution, or any other resolution you've set, and in full-screen mode.

Can I Run SCUM in 4K? 

Since launch, some players have been trying to get the game to run in 4K. Although the results have been a mixed bag, you can get your game to run in it by following the steps above or by: 

  • Set SCUM to windowed mode
  • Then set it back to full-screen mode 
  • Close the game
  • Relaunch

It may not work for everyone, but trying this method could be easier than altering the game's data. 


Hopefully, this quick guide helped you set the right resolution for your game, and for other SCUM guides at GameSkinny, check out the links below:

SCUM Game Guide: How to Pee, Poo, and Vomit Thu, 30 Aug 2018 14:59:33 -0400 Jonathan Moore

When it comes to managing resources for your character, SCUM is one of the most intense survival games in the genre. If you've played any of it, you already know that your character's vital signs can be found in an expansive menu that covers everything from protein intake to vitamin C levels and much more. You've also probably noticed you have meters for bodily functions such as peeing, pooing, and vomiting. 

Unlike other survival games such as DayZ, The Forest, and even Ark: Survival Evolved, SCUM has a digestion meter that monitors your bladder and bowel levels. As you eat food and drink water to survive, these meters will increase; eventually, you'll need to relieve yourself by urinating, defecating, or throwing up. If these meters get to high, you won't be able to function at all, making you easy pickings for other survivors and robots. 

Unfortunately, the game is covered in menus and has options it doesn't tell you much about. With everything going on, it's easy to overlook the exact option you need. 

To pee, poo, or vomit, hit "Tab". This brings up a radial menu with several options. On the right-hand side of the radial menu, you'll see a toilet symbol. Click that and three options will appear, letting you pee, poop, or puke. 

Here's a video from Youtuber Vegas og Baba Gaming showing you what the radial menu looks like, as well as which options perform what action.   

SCUM provides an interesting take on the survival experience by forcing players to monitor their bodily fluids and then relieve themselves at strategic times. You can also, you know, use the function in other ways ... 

That's all you need to know about relieving your bladder and bowels in this grossly in-depth survival game. Check out our other SCUM guides here

SCUM Game Guide: How To Open Cat Food, Other Canned Goods Thu, 30 Aug 2018 12:58:16 -0400 Zack Palm

When you first drop into SCUM's survival island, you're not told too many details on how to survive, craft items, change your display settings, or myriad other things. You're going to have to figure a lot of this out on your own -- unless you have a SCUM game guide just like this one. 

Because it's a hardcore survival simulator, you have to ensure your character eats food to get the proper nutrition to stay alive. If you're wondering how to open a can of cat food or how to use the can opener and stone knife for other canned foods like peaches, read on. 

First, we'll cover where to find and how to craft the two items you'll need, then we'll cover how to actually open the can with the tools you've found. 

How Do I Find the Can Opener? 

One of the best tools to open a food canister with is the can opener.

You'll have to do some searching for it, but it's a worthwhile prize because it's more efficient than the Stone Knife. If you're on a multiplayer server, other prisoners may already have grabbed as many can openers as they could find and have one or two on them

You can also find can openers on dead bodies and in houses and buildings. 

How Do I Craft the Stone Knife?

You can also use the stone knife to open cans if you haven't found a can opener or are tired of looking. Crafting a stone knife is pretty easy: all you'll need to do is look around for two stones. Combine them and you've got your knife. 

Inventory screen for SCUM survival

How Do I Get the Food? 

After you've acquired your can opener or stone knife, there are two different ways to go about getting the food from the canister and into your belly.

The easiest way is to just open it in your inventory. Here's how: 

  1. Select the can opener
  2. Select the can 
  3. Right click the can
  4. Select open

If you want to do it the harder way, you can also have your prisoner equip the can opener by right-clicking it, or dragging it into your open hand slots located in the lower-right part of your inventory screen.

With it equipped, right-click the can and hit "open". From there, you should have access to the cat food or contents inside! 


And that's all you need to know. Be on the look out for more SCUM guides hitting GameSkinny as we continue to explore the uncharted island with our convicts!

SCUM Game Guide: How to Activate Vsync Thu, 30 Aug 2018 12:29:49 -0400 Serhii Patskan

A new prison riot survival game, SCUM, is now available on Steam. It offers an incredible level of graphics, but with a slight downside. Currently, the game's display settings don't have the Vsync function -- which matches your graphics card processing power to your monitors refresh rate. This can eliminate screen tearing and allows the game to run smoother.

If you have a bit of time and patience, you could actually turn on the Vsync function in SCUM on your own using a simple method described in our step-by-step guide below.

Step 1: Open AppData

In order to activate Vsync in SCUM, you need to edit a system file that can be found in the AppData folder. Follow these steps to locate the file:

  1. Open the Start menu
  2. In the search field type %appdata%
  3. Open the "AppData" folder
  4. Go to "/AppData/Local/SCUM/Saved/Config/WindowsNoEditor/"

In the final WindowsNoEditor folder, you should be seeing a number of .ini files.

Step 2: Edit Game Settings

Now you need to edit the game settings file and add a new line to the configuration. Follow these steps to edit the file:

  1. Right-click on the "GameUserSettings.ini" file
  2. Open the file with Notepad
  3. Search the text for the following line "bUseVSync"
  4. Change "bUseVSync=False" to "bUseVSync=True"
  5. Save and close the file

Sometimes there is a chance that you will not be able to find the "bUseVSync" in your configuration file. In this case, simply add the "bUseVSync=True" line at the bottom.

In these few simple steps, you'll be able to activate the Vsync function in SCUM which should display much smoother than before.


That is all on how to turn on the Vsync by changing the configuration file in SCUM, but be sure to come back soon for more related guides here at GameSkinny!

SCUM Preview: The Most Realistic Open-World Survival Yet Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:57:31 -0400 Felicia Miranda

At a passing glance, SCUM might appear to be just another gritty open-world survival game in the same vein as DayZ and H1Z1, but if you take a deeper look, you’re sure to find that its most striking feature also happens to be what sets it apart from the competition. When the developers, Gamepires and Croteam, talk about “unprecedented levels of character customization, control, and progression,” they are only preparing you for what most definitely will be the most realistic open-world survival game I’ve seen.

The basic premise of SCUM is that you’re a prisoner on a reality show about survival, and each participant has a device located on the back of their head called the Body Control Unit, or the BCU. This tracks practically every bodily function that you can think of, including things like heart rate, metabolism, vitamin and nutrient intake, and even seemingly trivial things like the number of teeth your character has (lose too many and you won’t be able to chew solid food). Although the option to disregard all that stuff is there, SCUM opens the door for some very thorough and, dare I say, fascinating survival micromanagement.

Each player must create a character before starting a campaign. Unlike traditional survival games, this process isn’t purely superficial. Some people may prefer to randomize their character, but if you enjoy spending a good hour or two on building the perfect avatar for your game experience, then you’ll enjoy all that SCUM has to offer.

Things like fat and muscle mass determine how many calories and how much exercise you’ll need to keep your character at their current size, and with proper (or improper) maintenance, it can eventually impact your character's body and stats. Age can influence skills such as endurance and intelligence, while flaws like alcoholism can give your character skill bonuses but at the expense of suffering from withdrawals if you drink too little and liver failure if you drink too much.

Skills also play an important part in staying alive in SCUM and have the propensity to impact each other. For example, using rifles in the game will naturally level up your Rifle skill, but sniper mastery requires some points in intelligence. It’s important to note that this game isn’t all about shooting guns. While skills like cooking might seem pointless to have, talented chefs can conjure up stat-boosting entrees that can give players the upper hand in combat.

The ultimate goal of survival mode in SCUM is to last long enough to remove your BCU and escape, which I’ve been told by the developers is much easier said than done. This mode is playable solo or in online multiplayer with up to 64 players.

The above video from lemmingzappa on YouTube shows off a new mode that was revealed at PAX East 2018 called Cargo Capture. This mode is geared more toward players looking for that quick-paced multiplayer shooter experience many have come to expect. It spawns you and a group of teammates in a pre-game lobby where you can run around and get familiar with the surroundings, similar in style to the starting areas of Fortnite and PUBG. A countdown takes place before moving you and all of the other players onto a map where you’ll find a group of tables loaded up with weapons, clothing, handheld explosives, and other combat accessories. Once players are armed and ready, they head to a part of the map with a crate that they must capture before the opposing team does.

As someone who’s a big fan of the survival genre, I found the survival aspect of SCUM far more appealing than Cargo Capture mode, but it was still enjoyable nonetheless. There’s still a lot about SCUM that is yet to be determined, but I do believe the potential for something incredibly fun and unique is there. Players interested in SCUM will be able to get it on Steam as part of the Early Access program in the second quarter of 2018.