7 Days to Die: How to Get and Use Animal Fat

Learn how to get Animal Fat and what it can be used for

7 Days to Die has many different crafting recipes for players, and it only makes sense that there would be just as many cooking recipes. Many of these recipes involve Animal Fat. This resource isn’t just for making tasty meals, though. Animal Fat is highly flammable and is useful for creating all kinds of fire-based tools and ammunition.

This guide will teach you everything you need to know about harvesting Animal Fat in 7 Days to Die and how it can be used to your advantage.

How to get Animal Fat in 7 Days to Die

You’ve probably already guessed that the easiest way to get Animal Fat is by harvesting it from, that’s right, animals. However, there are a couple of other ways to gather fat you might not have considered.

Here are 3 of the best ways to get Animal Fat in 7 Days to Die:

1. Hunting

Of course, hunting and skinning animals are the most efficient way to collect Animal Fat. Certain animals, such as bears, will have much more fat than leaner animals, like chickens. After killing an animal, harvesting its carcass with a Bone Knife, Hunting Knife, or set of Iron Knuckles is best. It is possible to harvest fat from corpses without these tools, though it is much less effective.

2. Zombie Animals

If you’re having trouble finding animals in the wild that the zombie plague hasn’t touched, fear not. Zombified animals like zombie dogs and bears can also be harvested for their fat. Though, it’s questionable if you would really want to cook with something you carved out of a zombified rottweiler.

3. Roadkill

If zombified animals weren’t gross enough, it’s also possible to harvest Animal Fat from rotting animal carcasses and other disgusting piles of meat lying on the road and around points of interest. Carving up these remains will give you Bones, Nitrate Powder, rotting flesh, and Animal Fat. However, ensure the corpse you are carving is an animal, as human corpses will not produce Animal Fat.

Tips and tricks for farming Animal Fat

Depending on where you’ve decided to build your base, you may find yourself constantly besieged by wolves, coyotes, or mountain lions. Other times though, it may seem quite difficult to track down a good source of fat. A few tips below can help speed up the process and offer some direction.

Here are tips and tricks for farming Animal Fat in 7 Days to Die:

1. Invest in Hunting Perks

If you’re having trouble locating animals and getting enough fat, there are a few perks that can help. The first is the Animal Tracker perk. This allows players to crouch down and highlight animals on the map. The size of tracked animals depends on the level of the perk. The second perk that can help with gathering fat is The Huntsman. This perk flatly increases the number of resources harvested from animal carcasses.

2. Look for Vets and Farms

As dark as it is, if you’re having trouble finding wild animals, look for domestic ones. Dog kennels, Veterinary Clinics, and Pig Farms are all full to bursting with angry boars and zombie dogs. Butchering these animals as you clear the area can net you a hefty sum of Animal Fat.

3. Keep an Eye on the Road

It’s pretty common to see an animal carcass lying by the roadside while driving around Navezgane. Taking a moment to stop and carve up these corpses not only helps keep the streets clean but can help keep your stock of fat high.

Tips and tricks for using Animal Fat

Food and fire are the two main purposes of Animal Fat. You’ll need plenty of Animal Fat if you want to cook high-quality meals, create non-electric lights, or craft incendiary ammunition.

Here are 3 tips and tricks for using Animal Fat in 7 Days to Die:

1. Cooking

If you’re tired of carrying around 3 stacks of grilled meat to keep your hunger meter full, take a look at some of the higher-tier meals you can cook at a Campfire. Pies, stews, bread, and other meals are much more efficient than simple foods and can even provide unique health and stamina bonuses, and most of these meals require Animal Fat to cook.

2. Torches and Candles

Until you’re able to get a generator up and running, torches and candles are going to be your main source of a stationary light. In 7 Days to Die, it gets really dark at night. Having a ready supply of torches or candles can make the difference between wandering into a horde and being able to see your targets.

3. Incendiary Ammo

If you make use of a bow or crossbow, you can craft flaming bolts or arrows by using Animal Fat! Flaming ammo sets enemies alight and deals damage over time. Not only that, but it turns them into a walking light source, illuminating other nearby targets and giving them the potential to set off inert explosives.


What is the fastest way to get Animal Fat?

The fastest way to farm Animal Fat will depend on which biome you are in, though hunting is typically the safest bet.

Can you eat Animal Fat raw?

Yes, but it will probably give you dysentery. Blech.

How much Animal Fat can be stacked together?

Animal Fat can be collected into stacks of up to 500 units.

Final thoughts on getting and using Animal Fat

The Fun Pimps thought the apocalypse was no excuse for eating gross food. Whether you’re planning to chef it up or need something potent to burn on your arrows or torches, Animal Fat can really come in handy when it comes to improving your quality of life.

If you’re looking for some more tips to help you get settled into your new apocalyptic home, check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started or our 7 Days to Die Beginner’s Guide.

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