7 Days to Die: How to Craft and Use the Pipe Baton

Learn how to craft and use the Pipe Baton

A crafty, improvised weapon that mimics the design of the Tonfa, a martial arts weapon famed for its rapid, unpredictable attacks. In 7 Days to Die, the Pipe Baton is a low-tier weapon sporting impressively high attack speed and hefty damage output.

This guide will walk you through crafting a Pipe Baton in 7 Days to Die and offer advice on utilizing it best.

How to craft a Pipe Baton in 7 Days to Die

Pipe Baton Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
Pipe Baton Crafting Recipe

Using this weapon might take some skill, but you’ll only need your hands and a couple of basic resources to craft it:

MaterialQuality 1Quality 2Quality 3Quality 4Quality 5
Short Iron Pipe4681012
Robotics Crafting Skill135710
  • Short Iron Pipes can be crafted from Forged Iron, salvaged from pipe fixtures and appliances, or looted from parts containers.
  • Leather can be obtained by skinning animal carcasses, scrapping leather clothing and armor, or reclaimed from leather furniture and car seats.
  • The Robotics crafting skill can only be improved by finding and reading issues of the Tech Planet skill magazine.

Pipe Baton Overview

Inspecting a Pipe Baton (Quality 6)
Inspecting a Pipe Baton (Quality 6)

Base Stats

PropertyQuality 1Quality 2Quality 3Quality 4Quality 5Quality 6
Melee Damage1213.214.415.616.818
Power Attack Damage2425.126.427.628.830
Block Damage1213.214.415.616.818
Stamina Cost14.814.814.814.814.814.8
Attacks / Minute606060606060
Max Durability100140180220260300
Mod Slots111223


Wielding a Modded Pipe Baton in 7 Days to Die
Wielding a Modded Pipe Baton

The Pipe Baton accepts the following mods. Note that only one mod of any category may be attached at a time except accessory mods.

  • Accessory: Structural Brace, Wood Splitter, Bunker Buster, Grave Digger, Iron Breaker, Weighted Head
  • Tech: The Hunter, Rad Remover
  • Grip: Fortifying Grip, Ergonomic Grip

Tips and tricks for using the Pipe Baton

Clobbering a Zombie with the Pipe Baton in 7 Days to Die
Clobbering a Zombie with the Pipe Baton

As a member of the Batons weapon class, the Pipe Baton scales in power with the player’s Intellect attribute and the Electrocutioner perk. The attack speed of this weapon can also be increased by investing in the Calculated Attack perk.

Among first-tier weapons, the Pipe Baton is one of the most powerful, boasting the same high attack power as the Wooden Club while exceeding its durability and attack speed.

It should be noted that despite its enviable damage output, the Pipe Baton is also one of the only melee weapons incapable of inflicting status effects on enemies. That means this weapon won’t knock down, stun, or cause harmful effects such as bleeding to enemies. While this may not bother players, it should be kept in mind as the only way to put an opponent out of commission with this weapon is to kill them.

Knocking an Enemy Off the Scaffolding in 7 Days to Die
Knocking an Enemy Off the Scaffolding

The Pipe Baton lacks the potent shocking abilities of the high-tier Stun Baton and so cannot make full use of the benefits gained from the Electrocutioner perk.

Players utilizing this weapon should focus on boosting their attack speed and reducing stamina consumption. This will help you put enemies down faster while leaving you with enough stamina to retreat or maneuver. Standing toe-to-toe with enemies while wielding this weapon is not recommended.

Final thoughts on the Pipe Baton

The Fun Pimps designed intellect builds in 7D2D to focus on the concept of fighting smarter rather than harder. While the Pipe Baton still requires clever maneuvering, it does deviate from that original concept quite a bit. When wielding a Pipe Baton: strike hard, strike fast, and always aim for the head.

Looking for some more pointers to help you survive 7D2D? Check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started or our in-depth Beginner’s Guide.

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