Stranded Deep Articles RSS Feed | Stranded Deep RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Stranded Deep Lands on Nintendo Switch Shores Wed, 01 Sep 2021 14:11:01 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn't mean you can't still soak up the rays as a castaway on a beautiful, if dangerous, deserted isle. Stranded Deep lets you do just that while surviving the harsh weather and even harsher predators that lurk on land and in the ocean — and it's now on Nintendo Switch. 

Stranded Deep was released on PC years (and years) ago, before sailing to PS4 and Xbox One in 2020. Beam Team Games, though, definitely wanted players to take the survival game with them wherever they go, perhaps even a real desert isle. Hence the Switch port, obviously. 

This version is available digitally through the Nintendo eShop for $24.99, and it can be played in TV, Tabletop, and Handheld modes.

Though the PC version of Stranded Deep does offer multiplayer, the PS4 and Xbox One ports do not, and according to the product listing for the Switch version, that's still the case here. However, it does appear that Beam Team is looking to add multiplayer functionality to Xbox consoles, so perhaps something could be in the works for other platforms as well. 

If you're just getting started in Stranded Deep on Nintendo Switch, consider heading over to our guides hub for some quick tips and tricks. 

Stranded Deep Guide: How to Cure Diarrhea Thu, 06 May 2021 11:34:49 -0400 Sergey_3847

Diarrhea is a troublesome status effect in Stranded Deep that drains your fluids like it's nobody's business, and it can easily kill you if you're not careful about what you're eating and drinking. This guide will help you understand how to cure diarrhea in Stranded Deep and how to avoid it in the future.

While the answer to curing poison is more straightforward in Stranded Deep than dealing with diarrhea, there are a few essential tips you can use to completely avoid it and never suffer from it again.

How to Heal Diarrhea in Stranded Deep

First, you need to know what causes diarrhea in Stranded Deep. There are our types of foods that you need to avoid eating too much:

  • Coconut Milk
  • Coconut Husks
  • Eggs
  • Potatoes

Since coconuts are everywhere, making a mistake of eating too many husks or drinking too much milk will easily trigger the unwanted status effect.

That's why never drink more than one coconut at a time, and never eat more than two husks at once. 

The same goes for eggs and potatoes, although these can be harder to get in larger quantities. But if you eat more than two eggs or potatoes at once, then it's not good for you.

You can consume these products again safely after 10 hours. If you couldn't wait long enough, then expect a huge loss of body water and a possible death from thirst.

The only way to heal diarrhea is to stop consuming these foods and wait for at least one hour. If you've managed to wait this long, then the status effect will disappear automatically.

That's all you need to know on how to cute diarrhea status effect in Stranded Deep. Also, check out many other Stranded Deep tips and tricks articles on our dedicated hub page.

PlayStation Plus May Games Include Wreckfest, Battlefield 5, Stranded Deep Wed, 28 Apr 2021 17:47:50 -0400 Jonathan Moore

We're nearing the end of April, and it's gonna be ... well, you know, and Sony has shared the next games coming to PlayStation Plus. Unlike some previous months, May's lineup of complementary titles is as varied as it's been in some time, including a racing game, a first-person shooter, and a survival game. 

As has been the mode of operations since the PlayStation 5 launched back in November, May's games include one PS5 title in Wreckfest and two PS4 titles in Battlefield 5 and Stranded Deep. According to the PlayStation Blog, the new selection will be available for download on May 4 and remain so until May 31.

April's lineup, which includes Zombie Army 4: Dead War, Days Gone, and Oddworld: Soulstorm, is available for download until May 3. 

The inclusion of Wreckfest in May's selection of PS Plus games is a bit interesting, considering the next-gen version of the game is set to launch on June 1, but this gives PS Plus members a month's headstart in the race on PS5. Wreckfest originally released for PC in 2018, then PS4 and Xbox One in 2019. 

Battlefield 5 needs no introduction. Though it released in 2018, it is the latest entry in EA and DICE's long-running first-person shooter franchise. It takes the series back to World War 2, and while we called it a "solid" entry, we also said it "a certain flair present in previous titles." Regardless, including BF5 in PS Plus is a big win for shooter fans that have yet to check it out (this editor included). 

Stranded Deep is like playing the 2000 Tom Hank survival vehicle Cast Away — in all the right ways. There are even a few references that survival fans will enjoy along the way. Stranded Deep released for PC in Steam Early Access in the bygone days of 2015 before finally finding dry land on PS4 and Xbox One in 2020. Though it's one of those games that's still in EA on Steam all these years later, it's a solid and worthwhile entry in the survival genre that all fans can enjoy. 

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Is Stranded Deep Co-Op, Multiplayer on PC, PS4, and Xbox One? Wed, 13 May 2020 18:53:40 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Is Stranded Deep co-op on PC, PS4, and Xbox One? Well, yes! As of September 28, 2021, co-op online multiplayer has been officially added to all versions of Stranded Deep except for Switch (update 1.08 for console; 0.90 for PC).

If you're wondering how to play co-op multiplayer with a friend on PC, PS4, and Xbox One then this guide will show you how to do that. It's super easy if a little bit unclear. Note that you can only play locally on PC. 

How to Play Split-Screen Multiplayer Co-Op in Stranded Deep on PC

Set up your controller in the Stranded Deep menu before starting co-op.

First, you'll need to connect a controller to your PC. You can do this before or after the game is running, it doesn't matter.

Now go to Options -> Input -> Controllers. You should see two options, as noted in the screenshot above: "Keyboard and Mouse" and "Xinput Gamepad 1."

Your keyboard and mouse should have "P1" on the far right side of the screen. Right now, the gamepad option underneath it will say "None." Click "None," and it will change to "P2."

Now you're ready to start. To access split-screen, multiplayer co-op on PC: 

  • Start a new game
  • Click "Singleplayer" to the right of "Mode"
    • This will change to "Cooperative"
    • Another avatar will appear on the screen

The image at the top of this guide is what your screen should look like once you've switched over to multiplayer. 

It's worth noting that you can also use Steam's Remote Play Together function to play with your friends. You can play on different devices, but it is still splits-screen. 

How to Play Online Co-Op Multiplayer in Stranded Deep on PC, PS4, and Xbox One

Unfortunately, there is no option to play split-screen co-op multiplayer in Stranded Deep on either PS4 or Xbox One. However, you can join a multiplayer session or create one. 

To do so, first make sure that you've downloaded and installed the 1.08 update before starting the game. Once you've done that, select "Play Online" from the start screen.

Choose "Host Game" if you want to create a world and invite your friends. Here, you can choose if the game is private or public and change your server region.

After selecting your privacy settings and server, you'll go to a new menu where you can set the difficulty and change your gender, among other options. Press Triangle (PS4), Y (Xbox) to invite players from your friends list; on PC, you can share the code at the bottom of this screen.

If you have your privacy set to Public, other random players can join you, either in the lobby or in-game, at any time.

Choose "Join Game" if you want to help others survive in their worlds. You can filter by several categories on the left side, though you can't search for a friend's server directly on console. Instead, have them invite you to their game. On PC, you can use the code generated for your friend's game to join.

That's all you need to know about Stranded Deep split-screen, multiplayer co-op. Though you can play the game remotely, it's currently built for local multiplayer with friends on PC through Steam and Epic. For more on the deep-sea survival game, be sure to check out our other Stranded Deep guides here or above. 

How to Get Leather in Stranded Deep Wed, 13 May 2020 16:04:51 -0400 Sergey_3847

Leather may only be used for seven items in Stranded Deep, but it is an important crafting item nonetheless. You'll certainly be in need of the Refined Axe the further you get into the survival game, and the Speargun is essential for deep-sea defense. Even the Waterskin is important for long adventures.

Leather can be crafted from two materials, which can be hard to get in the beginning. However, follow all the steps below, and we'll show you just how to get leather. 

How to Get Leather in Stranded Deep

Before crafting leather, you need to obtain rawhide, which can be skinned off of boars and sharks. You can find tips on how to kill sharks in this guide.

After you get a piece of rawhide, you need to craft a tanning rack. Here's the crafting recipe:

  • 4x Lashing
  • 4x Wood Stick

You can get Lashing by following this guide, and Wood Sticks can be picked up on the ground or from trees by cutting them down. And no, palm trees do not grow back, so harvest them wisely. 

After crafting the tanning rack, follow these steps to craft leather:

  1. Open the Crafting menu
  2. Select the "Tools" tab
  3. Select the "Leather" option
Crafting Recipes Using Leather

Finally, after crafting your first piece of leather you can use it for crafting the following items:

Refined Axe
1x Leather
1x Stone Tool
1x Crude Axe
Refined Pick
2x Leather
2x Stone Tool
1x Stick
Refined Spear
1x Leather
1x Stone Tool
1x Crude Spear
Sleeping Bag
3x Stick
3x Leather
3x Cloth
Speargun 1x Leather
1x Duct Tape
2x Stick
1x Air Tank
Water Skin
1x Stick
2x Leather
1x Tanning Rack
Tool Belt Pouch 3
2x Leather


That's it on how to get leather in Stranded Deep. For more tips and tricks, be sure to check out some of our other guides for the game.

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Do Palm Trees Grow Back in Stranded Deep? Mon, 11 May 2020 13:34:11 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Do palm trees grow back in Stranded Deep? The short answer is: no. Palm trees do not grow back or respawn in Stranded Deep. It doesn't matter if you're playing the survival game on PC, PS4, or Xbox One. 

Though some plants in the deep-sea survival game do grow back, most don't, including palm trees. The list of plants that don't respawn also includes the ficus tree and pine tree saplings. Any tree that provides you with wood sticks does not grow back. 

However, it is worth pointing out that the palm tree sapling does respawn. How long does it take palm tree saplings to grow back? About two in-game days. Keep in mind, though, that a palm tree sapling will never grow into a palm tree

Why Don't Palm Trees Grow Back in Stranded Deep? 

Stranded Deep is a survival game about exploration. The point is to eventually leave your small starting island and explore the ocean. You're meant to find what's hidden on the game's many other islands, as well as what's in its deep, dark depths. 

Palm trees don't grow back because if they did, you might not investigate the areas far from your initial island. It is one of the several mechanisms that forces you into exploration.

Perhaps you'd never find the megalodon or giant eel if you didn't take to the sea, and you'd never come across all of the vehicle parts to build the gyrocopter or powered raft if you stayed in one place forever. 

It's possible the developers might patch in palm tree respawning at some point, but considering how long the game has been in Early Access (since 2015) and gone without it, such an addition is highly unlikely. 

Since palm trees are gone forever once they're harvested, it's possible you'll want to carry as much wood as possible when you go out on scavenging runs. 

How to Transport More Wood Sticks Between Islands

Put wood sticks in a crate after chopping down palm trees.

Since you'll have to island-hop to chop down palm trees, it's worth making sure you have the inventory space to carry the maximum number of wood sticks at a single time.

Though you could devote all of your inventory slots to carrying wood sticks, it's most likely you'll bring along other tools, like the axe for chopping, the stone cutting tool for cutting down smaller plants, and perhaps a spear or speargun for defense. 

All things being equal, your nine-slot inventory will hold 36 sticks, though you couldn't carry anything else. Practically, you could only carry 27 sticks. However, if you take eight crates with you, you can carry 96 wood sticks and an axe in your inventory. Each crate can hold 12 wood sticks. 

It's highly doubtful you'll ever need to carry that many wood sticks at a single time, but it's worth making the most efficient use of your inventory space when exploring new islands. 

Lastly, if you have a big enough raft and enough room, you can also haul the palm tree trunks onto your raft and transport them to another island, bringing even more wood back to your base. 


That's all you need to know to answer the question: Do palm trees grown back in Stranded Deep. For more on Stranded Deep, be sure to check out our other guides while you're here, and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on the survival game. You never know: maybe palm trees will respawn one day. 

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Stranded Deep: How to Refuel Your Campfire Wed, 06 May 2020 10:54:43 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Just like any other survival game, you'll need to know how to refuel your campfire in Stranded Deep. It's super simple, and in this quick tips guide, we'll tell you exactly how to do it once it becomes empty. 

Campfires in Stranded Deep are used for light and, more importantly, cooking fish, crab, and other delicious meat. If you mean to survive the desolate island life, you'll need to keep your campfire fueled, whether its lit or not. 

How to Refuel Your Campfire in Stranded Deep

To keep your fire going, you'll need wood sticks. Initially, you can find wood sticks lying on the ground. But after you've picked them all up on your first island, you'll need more. As far as I can tell, they don't respawn on the ground. 

Luckily, there are other immediate sources of fuel on your island: ficus trees and palm trees

Ficus Trees

These trees have three thin trunks coming up out of the ground. You can chop them down with the stone cutting tool, the knife, or the axe. You'll get 3 wood sticks for your efforts.  

Palm Trees

Palm trees must be cut down with the axe. First, chop down the tree. Once it's on the ground, chop the trunk with the axe. It will eventually break into two separate pieces. Now, chop each piece until it breaks apart into 4 wood sticks

Refuel the Campfire

You'll need 4 wood sticks to refill a completely empty campfire. You must equip the sticks from your inventory; they won't automatically come out of your inventory. You will know that your campfire is completely empty because it will say "Empty Fire" when you look at it. 

Simply walk up to the campfire with the wood sticks equipped and press and hold

  • "E" on PC
  • "Square" on PS4
  • "X" on Xbox One

The campfire will refill in 1/4 increments, with a white circle filling in around the flame icon on the fire. Once the white circle is completely filled, use kindling (2x wood stick) to light it. 

You can refill your campfire by adding wood sticks before it runs out of propellant. Simply walk up to it with the wood sticks in hand and press "E"/"Square"/"X". You don't need to hold it. 


And that's it on how to refuel your empty campfire in Stranded Deep. For more on the deep-sea survival game, be sure to check out our other content on the game, including how to craft a speargun and how to find clay, among many others! 

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Stranded Deep Speargun: How to Craft and Use It Tue, 05 May 2020 12:01:20 -0400 Sergey_3847

Getting the Stranded Deep speargun is essential if you want to hunt and catch some of the game's larger fish and prey, including the great white shark, the moray eel, and other large animals and bosses. This tips guide will show you how to craft and use speargun, helping you get off the hook in sticky situations. 

Below, we'll go over the crafting recipes for both the speargun and speargun arrows. We'll also show you how to use the speargun while hunting and fishing. 

Stranded Deep Speargun Guide

Speargun Crafting Recipe

Here are components necessary for crafting the speargun:

  • 1x leather
  • 1x duct tape
  • 2x stick
  • 1x air tank

Air tanks can only be found inside hard cases and lockers in shipwrecks. Duct tape can be found in crates; sticks can be found lying on the ground or by chopping wooden logs, driftwood piles, and Ficus trees; and leather can be crafted at the tanning rack and can be found by skinning boars and sharks. 

Crafting Recipe for Speargun Arrows

The speargun cannot shoot ordinary arrows. Instead, it uses special speargun arrows. Here is the crafting recipe for one speargun arrow:

  • 1x stick
  • 1x lashing

We've outlined how to find sticks above, but you can find lashing by cutting down small palm saplings and yucca trees, or by picking up four leaves from the ground. You can craft lashings in your crafting menu. 

Using a Speargun in Hunting and Fishing

To use the speargun, all you need to do is aim by pressing the "L2/LT" buttons on PS4 and Xbox One or "RMB" on PC.

When you're ready to shoot, press "LMB" on PC or "Square" on PS4/"X" on Xbox One.


That's it on how to craft and use the speargun in Stranded Deep. Whether you're diving in the battleship or traversing your island, the speargun is a powerful weapon to have in your inventory.

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Stranded Deep: Fish Trap Crafting Guide Mon, 04 May 2020 13:06:36 -0400 Sergey_3847

Fish are a great source of meat in Stranded Deep. A big fish such as cod can be especially valuable, if you can catch it using a fish trap. If you want to know how to craft a fish trap in Stranded Deep, then follow our guide below.

The crafting recipe for fish trap is quite simple, but there are a few important details when it comes to placing and setting up the fish trap.

Fish Trap Crafting and Bait Guide

Step 1: Craft a Fish Trap

Before crafting a fish trap you will need to collect the following materials:

  • 2x Lashing
  • 2x Rock
  • 6x Stick

Then, follow these steps to craft a fish trap:

  1. Open the game's menu
  2. Select "Crafting" tab
  3. Select "Hunting" option
  4. Choose "Fish Trap"

If you have all the required materials, the fish trap will spawn right in front of you.

Step 2: Place a Fish Trap

When you have the fish trap ready, use the L2/LT buttons on consoles or right mouse button on PC to drag the trap into the water.

If you want to catch a bigger fish, which is recommended, then you need to place the trap under the water as far away from the shore as possible. Just don't forget where you left it.

The deeper the water, the bigger your catches. Keep that in mind when placing your traps.

Step 3: Set Up a Trap

Previously, players needed to put bait inside the fish trap to catch fish. However, the developer has removed this necessity in the latest build of the game, and all you need to do is simply set up the trap once you've placed it in the desired location.

When you're ready to set up a trap, approach it and press the "E" key on PC, the square button on PS4, or the X on Xbox One.

You can use the same keys/buttons to dismantle the trap in case you want to change its location.


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Stranded Deep: How to Get Clay Mon, 04 May 2020 13:11:55 -0400 Sergey_3847

Clay is undoubtedly one of the most essential materials in Stranded Deep. It is used in crafting such important items like bricks and water bottles, two staples of survival.

Before mining for clay you will need to craft a pickaxe, which then can be used for getting clay off of clay rocks. Keep on reading below for more info.

How to Get Clay in Stranded Deep

Clay rocks almost always spawn under the water, but fortunately for all of us, usually in the shallow waters close to the shore.

So dive into the water and search for clay stones that are hard to miss. These are huge boulders that are highlighted when approached.

In order to get clay, just hit the rocks a few times with a pickaxe and collect all the clay that has been scattered from the rock.

Don't attempt looking for clay on the surface, as this material doesn't spawn in dry areas.

How to craft a Refined Pick

If you don't have a pickaxe to mine for clay, then here is the crafting recipe for a Refined Pick, the best mining tool in Stranded Deep:

  • 2x Leather
  • 2x Stone Tool
  • 1x Stick
Crafting Recipes Using Clay

Clay is used in a variety of items and buildings. Below you will find a list of all possible crafting recipes that use clay:

Brick 2x Clay
1x Brick Station
1x Furnace
Fuel Still
1x Jerrycan
2x Lashing
4x Stick
2x Planks
2x Clay
1x Fire Pit
Furnace 2x Lashing
3x Stick
6x Clay
Brick Station
3x Clay
3x Planks
Water Bottle
1x Lashing
2x Clay
1x Furnace


That's it on how to get clay in Stranded Deep. Check out the list below for more helpful content on the game:

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Stranded Deep: How to Build a Raft Fri, 01 May 2020 14:21:15 -0400 Sergey_3847

The open world of Stranded Deep is vast, and one of the best ways to traverse the game's enormous world is by using a raft. This quick raft building guide will show you how to build raft in Stranded Deep.

To start the process, you need to open the game's menu, select "Vehicles," and choose "Raft." Then, follow the steps below to craft all the necessary parts.

Stranded Deep: How to Build a Raft

Step 1: Craft a Raft Base

The raft base is the first thing you need to build for your raft. There are four types of bases in the game as of now: 

Wood Raft Base
14x Stick
1x Lashing
Buoy Raft Base 5x Buoy Ball
1x Lashing
Tyre Raft Base 2x Tyre
1x Lashing
Barrel Raft Base
3x Barrel
1x Lashing


You can build each raft base depending on the resources that you have (you'll need buoys for the buoy base, etc.). However, out of four raft choices in the game right now, the barrel raft base is the most durable.

Barrels can be found tied to the shipwrecks. Use an axe to cut them down.

Step 2: Craft a Raft Floor

When you have your base ready, you need to craft a raft floor, which you can mount on the base:

Driftwood Raft Floor 4x Stick
Plank Raft Floor 2x Plank
Corrugated Raft Base 2x Corrugated Steel
Clay Raft Base
2x Clay Brick


The steel and brick floors are the best, especially if you're about to undertake a long journey out to sea. Both of these materials will last you the longest.

Corrugated steel or scrap can be found in crates and on islands. Bricks are much harder to get because you need to build a Brick Station and a furnace, which lets you make bricks out of clay.

Step 3: Craft Accessories

Now you need to craft the rest of your raft accessories to make your raft move, stop, and steer: 

Boat Motor 1x Duct Tape
1x Engine Part
1x Fuel Part
1x Filter Part
1x Electrical Part
Sail 1x Lashing
1x Cloth
2x Stick
Rudder 1x Lashing
1x Cloth
2x Stick
6x Rock
1x Stick
4x Lashing


You can find all the necessary parts for the boat motor inside loot crates, which can be found inside shipwrecks and underwater bases.

But if you can't find the parts for the motor, then you can simply use the sail, though you'll move slower.

Once you have the raft base, floor, and accessories, you can press "L2"/"LT" on consoles or "RMB" on PC to drag the raft into the water.


That's it for our raft building guide, and all you need to know about how to build raft in Stranded Deep. Check out the list below for more helpful topics:

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Stranded Deep: How to Cure Poison Thu, 23 Apr 2020 12:55:26 -0400 Sergey_3847

Figuring out how to cure poison in Stranded Deep can be difficult, especially in the early game. If you don't know how to make the antidote, getting bitten by snakes and sea snakes or stepping on a sea urchin, for example, can quickly kill you. That's why we're here to tell you how to get "unpoisoned." 

First, we'll cover the sources of poison in the game, and then the steps you need to follow in order to craft an antidote. 

How to Cure Poison in Stranded Deep

Animals that Will Poison You

Luckily, there are no plants that will poison you in Stranded Deep. However, there are five animals that will. These include: 

  • Snake
  • Lionfish
  • Sea Snake
  • Sea Urchin
  • Crown of Thorns Starfish

Of the five animals, only the snake and the lionfish can be killed. The sea snake, the sea urchin, and the crown of thorns starfish cannot be killed. 

How to Craft a Poison Cure (Antidote)

1. Level Up Your Crafting

Before you can craft an antidote, you need to level up your crafting skill to Level 3. That is why it's so important not to get poisoned early; if you don't reach Level 3 in crafting, you will never be able to get rid of poison.

You can level up your crafting by making simple tools, such as the crude ax or crude hoe. Even crafting the stone tool and lashings will work. You can learn how to craft both in this guide.

2. Craft a Coconut Flask

Once your crafting skill has reached Level 3, you can start searching for coconuts to craft a coconut flask. Coconuts are easy to find lying under mature coconut trees, or you can knock them down if you have a crude bow, for example. 

To craft a Coconut Flask you need:

  • 1x coconut (fresh, not used)
  • 1x lashing

Use your crafting menu to combine these materials. 

3. Find a Pipi Plant

Now that you have a coconut flask, it's time to harvest some Pipi plants. Pipi plants are very rare but they are the only plant in the game that can cure poison.

You can find Pipi plants on islands with giant rocks. Unfortunately, these islands are also inhabited by poisonous snakes, so be careful while searching for the plants. You can find them growing in small patches along the shorelines

Eventually, you can farm Pipi plants so that you have a steady supply of antidote. To farm, you must first craft a crude hoe, then use 4 wood sticks and 1 lashing to create a farm plot. 

4. Craft the Poison Antidote

Once you have all the necessary materials, you can craft an Antidote using this recipe:

  • 2x Pipi plant
  • 1x Coconut Flask

Consume the antidote as soon as you get poisoned, and it will be gone for good. Or until you get poisoned again. 


That is all you need to know on how to cure poison in Stranded Deep. There's plenty else to know, though:

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Stranded Deep Guide: How to Get Lashing Thu, 23 Apr 2020 15:45:45 -0400 Sergey_3847

Stranded Deep lashing is used in almost every one of the game's recipes, whether it's a building or a tool. Consequently, you will need to craft as many lashings as possible during your playthrough (even if you're trying to cure poison).

This Stranded Deep guide will show you where to find lashing materials and how to craft lashings.

How to Get Lashing in Stranded Deep

1. Craft a Stone Tool

Before attempting to craft lashings, you will need a cutting tool. Something as simple as a stone tool or a stone knife will work.

To craft a stone tool, you must find a simple stone lying anywhere on the ground, pick it up, and use it in your crafting menu to create a stone tool.

2. Cut a Small Palm Tree

Small palm sapling and yucca trees can be found almost anywhere in the wild of Stranded Deep. Palm saplings look like very small spikey bushes (about a foot or two tall), while yucca trees look like tall spears with palm fronds sticking out (about six feet tall).

It will take a single chop to harvest a small palm sapling, while it will take about 10 chops with a stone tool to get the fibrous leaves from a yucca tree. 

Pick up at four leaves to craft one lashing.

3. Craft Lashing

After you've picked up four fibrous leaves, use them in your crafting menu to create one lashing. If you need more lashings, then cut more palm trees and collect more leaves. Rinse and repeat.


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5 of the Best Survival RPGs You Probably Missed Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:19:43 -0400 Daniel Lopez

The objective of the survival genre is quite simple. Survive. Though, this is much easier said than done. Survival games plop players right into the direst of situations with very little instruction and absolutely no resources. More often than not your enemies aren't bloodthirsty demons or gun-toting commando agents. Instead, players fight against their natural environment, where hunger, thirst, and the cold are your adversaries. And trust me, mother nature is a tough lady who pulls no punches.

Unfortunately, fantastically inventive games are often passed by as they do not receive the same amount of funding or notoriety as AAA console games. Sure, Day Z and ARK: Survival Evolved have a huge fan base, but there are tons of other games who reinvent the experience of traditional survival games. Below, we've put together a list of the most underrated survival games you may have missed while mesmerized by flashy AAA titles. Have fun dodging gentlemanly murder-machines and celebrating the discovery of half-eaten granola bars.

5. Project Zomboid

Project Zomboid originally released on Steam as an Early Access title way back in 2013. While still receiving steady improvements in its Early Access phase today, the zombie-survival game provides one of the most realistic and addictive post-apocalyptic zombie games to date. Fans of Day Z will feel right at home while still discovering plenty of elements completely unique to Project Zomboid. Simply scavenging your environment for supplies brings with it tons of moments filled with gut-wrenching anticipation. Best of all, the sandbox world can be shared with friends who can either help you survive, or bring about your early demise. Whether you want to lead a quiet life from a fortified country-side home or stay on the move as a zombie-hunting squatter, how you survive is entirely up to you.

4. Shelter 2

Do you have a burning desire to take to the wilderness on all fours while providing sustenance and shelter for your adorable cubs? If so, you may need a psychiatrist. In the meantime, the developers at Might and Delight have just the game to satisfy your extremely strange fantasy. Shelter 2 has players assuming the role of a mother lynx who just gave birth to a litter of cubs. As the momma lynx, it is your job to nurture your cubs by hunting prey, finding water sources, and keeping the defenseless little guys out of harm's way. The family of lynxes will experience spring blooms and harsh winters as the dynamic environment changes with the seasons.

The art direction reminds me of Ico's simplistic, yet beautiful environment that creates a mysteriously solemn atmosphere around the player. I realize comparing Shelter 2 to a masterpiece like Ico is saying a lot, but the game's presentation truly speaks for itself. Unfortunately, I'll never be able to play this because the mere thought of losing one of the adorable cubs already fills me with tear-jerking anxiety.

3. Sir, You Are Being Hunted

Sir, You Are Being Hunted delivers one of the most bizarre combinations of humor and horror I've ever seen in a survival game. And it's done with dignified style and class. Players spawn on a procedurally-generated British island where the protagonist must find Mysterious Artifacts in order to escape the blood-thirsty gentleman-robot infested archipelago. Sir, You Are Being Hunted is just as silly as it is brutally difficult. Flee, fight, and sneak your way past countless aristocratic robots who have as much of an affinity for killing humans as they do for villainous mustaches.

2. The Long Dark

The Long Dark delivers survival in its purest form. The game's protagonist becomes stranded in the expansive North Canadian wilderness following a plane crash. The game pins you versus mother nature, as The Long Dark is not a post-apocalyptic setting filled with zombies and mutants. Instead, you will be tasked with finding warmth, staying fed, and overcoming the wildlife lurking in the frozen tundra. These are no easy tasks, considering there are many factors that go into successfully creating fires and fishing the frozen lakes. Something as simple as failing to start a fire has serious repercussions and could even mean death. As lootable supplies dwindle, players are forced to eventually take to the forests and become the predator to face-off with wolves and bears alike. Never has stumbling across a wood stove been so satisfying. Plus, the game is still in Early Access on Steam, meaning improvements and updates that foster an even better experience are still on the way.

1. Stranded Deep

Start thinking of a good name for your red-faced volleyball companion, because you'll find more things that want to eat you rather than discuss the weather in the Stranded Deep. The game drops you right into the middle of the Pacific Ocean with nothing but a raft and an endless tropical world to explore, both inside and outside the water. Procedurally-generated islands appear in the distance, offering chances to discover more resources that improve your chance of survival. It is up to you whether to pillage islands for resources or manage an island's growth to make it your home. Risk an attack from the ocean's bite-friendly inhabitants each time you dive into the ocean to hunt fish and scavenge the reefs. The ocean begs to be explored, but each trip is filled with an atmosphere of horrifying uneasiness as predators could be lurking all around you.

The dynamic weather and day-night cycles create unique situations. For instance, a storm might call for a day to hang close to the shelter rather than risk taking your raft to the seas. While a sunny afternoon might offer the perfect day of hunting you've been waiting for. Developer Beam Team Games has created an experience deeply rooted in the survival genre that  not only tests your inventiveness but your ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment.

A Tale of Two Devs: Stranded 2 Responds Kindly to Stranded Deep Tue, 03 Feb 2015 07:51:22 -0500 GLSupportTech

Stranded Deep went into early access on Steam on January 23rd. My first reaction to it wasn't "this looks great," though, but rather "this looks familiar..." The game does look great (especially for Early Access) but the images on the Steam Store immediately brought to mind a game I played in college: Stranded 2.

In Stranded 2, you play as the survivor of a shipwreck who washes up on a desert island. You have to gather food and fresh water, can make tools to chop down trees, mine stone and build shelters, and even build rafts to avoid the sharks and piranhas in the waters around you. The islands have crabs and turtles, which are good starting food sources, but later you can start planting grain and building fish traps to have a more renewable source.

This Looks Familiar...

So when I saw Stranded Deep, where you play the survivor of a plane crash struggling to survive on a desert island (by spearing crabs, building fish traps, and taking your raft out to avoid sharks), I had an immediate sense of déjà vu.

It turns out I wasn't the only one! There has been at least one discussion on Stranded Deep's Steam forums about it, and users link out to a response on the Stranded 2 developer's forums where he addresses some of the similarities and his opinion on the new contender.

The basic gist of his post is as follows:

  1. Stranded Deep looks amazing
  2. The name might cause some confusion
  3. Deep will not kill his game because it is different and doesn't support multiplayer or mods, like Stranded 3 (in development) will

While there are similarities between the two games, the Stranded 2 developer has highlighted in an update to that post that he doesn't intend to take any legal action:

"I clearly don't want to take any legal steps! I'm not against Stranded Deep! Everyone should be allowed to develop whatever they like. I fully support this idea of total freedom in game development. Only the result counts: Good games. Taking existing ideas and improving them is crucial and should be supported by everyone. I'm doing exactly this myself a lot."

It looks like Stranded Deep is here to stay without any challenge from the developer of the original Stranded series. That being said, he does want people to know that Stranded Deep isn't the only survival sim out there. It is nice to see more man vs nature survival sims like Stranded Deep and The Long Dark releasing after gamers' weathered love affair with zombie survival horror.

New Procedurally-Generated Survival Simulator Stranded Deep Announced Sun, 14 Dec 2014 17:44:11 -0500 Mary-Kate Wagamon

You're stranded on a deserted island...

Indie developer Beam Team Games what you would do to survive if you were stranded on a deserted island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, in their procedurally generated survival game Stranded Deep

The point of the game is to simply survive by crafting items using resources you find exploring the island and the ocean surrounding it. Surviving might prove a little challenging due to the constantly changing weather and other unexpected dangers. 

And the unexpected dangers are probably one of the most intriguing things about this survival game. According to the game's official website, there are "infinite procedurally generated terrain and biomes--no two games are the same!" I am always a fan of games that have a lot of potential for replayability, so this game is definitely on my must-play list. 

Also, for any fans of survival horror games, Stranded Deep involves horror, but in a more realistic scenario of surviving in harsh conditions with no one around to help: "Supernatural horrors are a thing of the past, experience what a true horror is like." 

Early Access for Stranded Deep starts in January 2015 on Steam for PC, Mac, Linux, and Oculus Rift.