bandit camp
Game: Rust
Content Type: Gaming Guides


In this guide, we will be exploring the Bandit Camp monument. This guide contains the general strategy and meta for the monument, a helicopter purchasing guide, information about the gambling odds and rules, an outline for the lumberjack quest found here, and a map with vendor locations and prices.

For info on how to read the map and some more general information about the guide, please refer to the Map Key in the Main Guide.


Bandit Camp is the play to be if you want to gamble or fly, using a helicopter purchased from Air Wolf. It has a Recycler, a drone shop, and many other amenities that can make it a reprieve from the harsh world of Rust. It is located in a swamp and made up of several cabin-like buildings and a downed barge, all enshrouded in a thin layer of fog that gives it an eerie and sinister feeling.


This monument has a lot in common with other safe zones in that it is protected by NPCs who will shoot troublemakers on sight. Because of that, and in order to take advantage of the shops and resources available in the settlement, you should stow away your weapons when entering (you will be given a 5-second warning to do so after entering). You are allowed to keep rocks, torches, and paddles out, but if you attack anyone while inside of the settlement, it will become hostile to you for five minutes. There is nothing to gain by doing this.

Like other safe zones, the best way to utilize Bandit Camp is as a place to buy and sell goods, rendevous with a group, or simply rest somewhere where you won’t be disturbed or attacked. Naturally, it works well as a staging ground for an assault or raid.

bandit camp monument map
Bandit Camp Monument Map
  1. Air Wolf
  2. Farming Store / Tier One / Repair Bench
  3. Black Market / Produce Exchange / Research Bench
  4. Drone Shop
  5. Casino
  6. Shopfront

Of all the available shops in Bandit Camp, the helicopter shop run by Air Wolf is the most useful. Below is a breakdown of stats for each chopper, and how much it’ll cost you to buy from this from the pilot:

  • Cost: 1250 Scrap
  • HP: 1000
  • Fuel: Spawns with 100 Lowgrade, out of 500 maximum, and consumes 30 per minute.
    • A full tank will get you 16 minutes of flight time.
  • Storage: Requires a 2×4 space.
  • Decay: 8 hours outside, 48 hours inside.
  • Passengers: 2 seats in the front, and an empty back that can hold many players.
  • Tips:
    • You can transport a small boat in this helicopter: simply drive the boat into the back when it is partially underwater.
    • If the pilot is killed, the passenger can switch into their seat and restart it.
    • Holding Crouch will enable “ground mode,” allowing you to drive the vehicle like a car.
    • After it explodes, it can be mined for 3122 Cooked Metal Fragments and 2485 Charcoal using a Salvaged Icepick.
  • Cost: 750 Scrap
  • HP: 750
  • Fuel: Spawns with 100 Lowgrade, out of 500 maximum, and consumes 30 per minute.
    • A full tank will get you 16 minutes of flight time.
  • Storage: Requires a 2×1 space.
  • Decay: 8 hours outside, 48 hours inside.
  • Passengers: 2 seats.
  • Tips:
    • This helicopter is much faster than the Scrap Transport Helicopter, making it better suited for quick strikes.
    • If the pilot is killed, the passenger can switch into their seat and restart it.
    • Holding Crouch will enable “ground mode,” allowing you to drive the vehicle like a car.

air wolf
Air wolf

If you feel like gambling, Bandit Camp casino is the place to be. There are several classic casino games you can play here, and you will heal using the 100% comfort seats while you do so. The games you can play are as follows:

  • Cost to Buy In: 1 Scrap
  • Odds and Payouts:
Scrap
Odds
Payout
1
48%
2x
3
24%
4x
5
16%
6x
10
8%
12x
20
4%
25x
Mathematically, the 20-Scrap bet gives you the best odds.
  • More Info:
    • There are 6 seats, each providing 100% comfort.
    • The wheel spins once every 45 seconds.
  • Buy in: 100 scrap
  • Odds and Payout:
    • Since the tables play “Texas Hold ‘Em”, your odds will depend on how wisely you and the others at the table play bet.
  • More Info:
    • To learn how to play “Texas Hold’em” please refer to this article: How to Play Texas Hold’em Poker in RUST
    • There are 5 poker tables: Two 2-player tables, One 3-player Table, One 4-player table, and One 6-player table.
  • Buy in: 2 Scrap
  • Odds and Payout: Match any 3 symbols to get the prize shown. The following numbers assume you are betting at x1:
    • Charcoal: 15 Scrap
    • Wood: 25 Scrap
    • Rope: 40 Scrap
    • Bandage: 45 Scrap
    • Lowgrade: 80 Scrap
    • Sulfur: 100 Scrap
    • Scrap: 400 Scrap
    • 777: 1000 Scrap
    • Any Lowgrade: 5 Scrap
poker tables
Casino

There are also multiple shops in Bandit Camp, as pictured on the Vendor Map above. These include shops for Drones, Vehicle Parts, Building Supplies, and Food; an Exchange for Produce; and a Black Market for weapons. All shops have limited stock but will restock every 30 seconds.


By talking to the Lumberjack next to the Building Supplies and completing his quest, you can easily acquire a crossbow and hatchet, which can be very useful in the early game. To complete the quest, follow the steps below.

  1. Talk to the Lumberjack and answer “Yes” to his questions until you are given the prompt to find his “very dear object.”
  2. His lost bottle will be marked on your map. Head to it and collect it.
  3. Return the lost bottle to receive a Hatchet.
  4. Talk to the Lumberjack again to begin the “Collect Wood” mission.
  5. Using your new hatchet, harvest 2000 Wood.
  6. Return to the Lumberjack and give him the wood. For this, you will receive a Crossbow with 25 arrows.
    • This is the most useful thing you will receive from the Lumberjack, and some players may want to stop here instead of finishing the quest line.
  7. Talk to the Lumberjack once more to start the “Wildlife Cull” mission.
  8. Hunt 3 Animals from the choices presented.
  9. Return to the Lumberjack one last time to receive the Lumberjack Hoodie, a pair of pants, and a Bucket Helmet.
lumberjack missions
Lumberjack

Make sure to spend some time in Bandit Camp to gamble your life savings (and buy a helicopter with your winnings) in your next wipe! Afterward, make sure to check out our other Monument Guides for information on the other monuments.

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