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7 Days to Die: How to Get Clay

Before you get Clay, you need Clay Soil and a few tools in 7 Days to Die.

You won’t find Clay naturally in the map, but you can find everything you need to craft it and the tools needed to do so. Here’s how to get Clay in 7 Days to Die for your forge recipes.

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How to Get Clay in 7 Days to Die

As a crafted item, Clay requires you to have a forge and Clay Soil if you want to create it. Then, you can use it to create more items.

Gather Clay Soil

You come across Clay Soil frequently in the world. Since it only requires a Stone Axe at minimum to harvest, stocking up on it can be done early in the game. The soil looks like a rocky patch in the middle of grassy areas with cracks in it. As an example, I put an image below that shows a Clay Soil deposit. Generally, you can find more deposits next to or under the first one.

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Build a Forge

Next, you need a Forge. To build a Forge, you need to be Level 5 in Workstations crafting. Level up by reading Forge Ahead skill books scattered around the map and getting the Advanced Engineering Perk. Once you meet those requirements, you can build it from the crafting menu using:

  • 50 Cobblestone Rocks
  • 1 Wood Log
  • 10 Leather
  • 3 Duct Tape
  • 3 Short Iron Pipe

Craft Clay

From here, add Fuel to the Forge such as wood or coal. Then, add Clay Soil to smelt it into Clay. Some Forge recipes use Clay, and others use Clay Soil. So, make sure you know which one you need before you accidentally turn all your soil into Clay when the soil is what you need.

And that’s how to get Clay in 7 Days to Die. Using the Forge can be a bit confusing compared to other crafting systems like Cooking, but as a reward, you get powerful tools and weapons. From here, check our 7DTD guides hub for more topics like how to make Forged Iron or how to sleep.

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Melissa Sarnowski has been working as a gaming writer professionally for two years, having been at GameSkinny for over a year now as a horror beat writer. She has an English degree from University of Wisconsin - Madison. While she focuses on all things horror, she also enjoys cozy games, MMOs like FFXIV and WoW, and any and everything in between.