Sons of the Forest Duplication Bugs Abound in Early Access

Sons of the Forest duplication exploits are giving players interesting ways to get more items fast, at least for now.

Sons of the Forest duplication exploits are giving players interesting ways to get more items fast, at least for now.
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Sons of the Forest duplication bugs are already being found by players, even though the game just launched into Steam Early Access on February 23, 2023. It’s not uncommon for survival games of this ilk (and others like RPGs) to have these types of exploits; Endnight Games’ previous title in the series, The Forest, also had dupe glitches, after all. But the speed at which players have uncovered them speaks to the game’s popularity on streaming platforms like Twitch and reinforces the continually-growing player count on Steam

A quick search of YouTube, Reddit, and the game’s Steam forums reveals a number of item duplication glitches popping up for Sons of the Forest in Early Access. Some are relatively simple and include creating an infinite item loop with saving and crates, containers, and caches spread around the map, while others are slightly more involved.

One YouTuber discovered how to duplicate unlimited arrows with the 3D Printer, quite a few players have found how to duplicate logs, and some Steam users have found ways to duplicate meat or dupe fish.

Another commenter showed how even some quest-related items reappear after saving the game, exiting to the main menu, and loading back into the game, a process also found in several other Sons of the Forest item dupe methods. Though it’s hard to tell if it’s actually glitch, since it seems to work just by saving and reloading the game in general. 

While it’s possible some of these exploits will get removed in future updates and hotfixes from Endnight Games, it’s entirely feasible that some will remain and become part of the overall experience. For example, it’s still possible to duplicate items in The Forest, which was first released in 2014, with some players continuing to make content around the exploits, as evidenced by YouTube searches and player guides. 

Of course, it’s also plausible that updates, patches, and additions throughout the development process will lead to new item dupe exploits, as well. It’s not uncommon for fixes to introduce bugs that weren’t there previously.  

There are sure to be more Sons of the Forest duplication glitches found in the coming days and weeks, and of course, some could disappear forever throughout the game’s Early Access period or only be removed at some point after its 1.0 launch. In the meantime, it will certainly be interesting to see what the community uncovers on the cannibal-infested island.

Featured image via Endnight Games.

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Jonathan Moore is the Editor-in-Chief of GameSkinny and has been writing about games since 2010. With over 1,200 published articles, he's written about almost every genre, from city builders and ARPGs to third-person shooters and sports titles. While patiently awaiting anything Dino Crisis, he consumes all things Star Wars. He has a BFA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Creative Writing focused on games writing and narrative design. He's previously been a newspaper copy editor, ad writer, and book editor. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, watching football, and walking his three dogs. He lives on Earth and believes in aliens, thanks to Fox Mulder.