7 Days to Die: How to Get and Use Acid

Learn how to get Acid and what it can be used for

Finding a bottle of Acid in 7 Days to Die can be challenging. As difficult as it can be to obtain this resource, it is still vital for a few key constructions like the Chemistry Station. Being unable to acquire this resource can seriously hinder your advancement, so knowing the best ways to get your hands on it is important.

This guide will teach you everything you need to know about finding Acid in 7 Days to Die and how it can be used in crafting.

How to get Acid in 7 Days to Die

Acid is an exceptionally rare resource. Finding a bottle will take persistence, planning, and luck. We recommend you are well equipped before venturing into the areas you are most likely to come across this resource, as they are extremely dangerous.

1. Scavenging

Acid will only ever spawn inside a couple of specific container types. Finding a Pop-n-Pills crate inside a house or pharmacy is the safest way to source it, though it spawns in these containers less frequently than more dangerous ones.

Chemical barrels, lab equipment, and destroyed chemistry sets are much more likely to contain Acid. Unfortunately, these loot containers are often situated in points of interest swarming with high-level undead, such as the hospital and secret labs.

2. Salvaging

It’s sometimes possible, though very rare, to salvage a bottle of Acid using a Wrench, Ratchet, or Impact Driver. You can sometimes salvage Acid from broken-down vehicles with the right perks and a fair bit of luck. More likely, however, your best bet is to try and salvage lab equipment and destroyed Chemistry Stations. Look for hidden basements and medical facilities to find these devices.

Tips and tricks for using Acid

Acid is only used in a few specific recipes, but these recipes are particularly useful and can greatly speed up the production of advanced equipment or even increase the rate at which you gain experience.

1. Chemistry Station

Crafting a Chemistry Station at a Workbench
Crafting a Chemistry Station

The Chemistry Station is one of the five available crafting stations in the game. Without it, you can’t produce your own Gun Powder and will be significantly limited on what chemicals and meds you can create. To craft a Chemistry Station, you’ll need the schematic and a bottle of Acid, among other components.

2. Car Parts

Crafting a Car Battery with Acid & Scrap Polymers at a Chemistry Station
Crafting a Car Battery with Acid & Scrap Polymers

If you’re struggling with finding a decent car battery and want to craft your own, you’ll need two things. The first is, of course, a bottle of Acid. The second is a sufficient level in the Electrician crafting skill. Batteries also require a couple of other components, but those are much easier to come by. You can even create your own tires with Acid if you find it necessary.

3. Military Fiber

Using Acid to Make Military Fiber at a Chemistry Station
Using Acid to Make Military Fiber

High-level players will probably need Acid if they are planning to make the Military or Swat Armor. These armor sets and several armor mods require military fiber to produce. This rare material can also be scavenged or scrapped, but producing your own will require a fair amount of Acid.

4. Drugs

Crafting Grandpas Learnin' Elixir at a Campfire
Crafting Grandpas Learnin’ Elixir at a Campfire

Want to get a better deal from traders, deal more damage with ranged weapons, or even get more experience? Grandpa’s Awesome Sauce, Recog, and Grandpa’s Learnin’ Elixir all require a bottle of Acid to produce. These powerful drinks can all be crafted at a Campfire with the proper recipe and can greatly improve the speed at which your character advances.


Is it possible to craft Acid?

No, Acid can only be scavenged or salvaged.

Is there a way to improve my chances of finding Acid?

Yes. If you are scavenging, wearing Lucky Goggles and investing in the Lucky Looter perk will help. For salvaging, put some points in the Salvage Operations perk.

How many Acids can be stacked together?

Acid can be collected into stacks of up to 100 units.

Final thoughts on getting Acid

Acid is one of those rare materials that you should never throw out and prioritize bringing home whenever possible. Fortunately, you probably won’t need a ton of it, likely because The Fun Pimps didn’t want us spending hours at a time scrounging for it.

If you’re looking for more tips to make your life in Navezgane easier, check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started or our 7 Days to Die Beginner’s Guide.

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