7 Days to Die: How to Get and Use Paper

Learn how to obtain Paper and what it can be used for

Everything is online nowadays, so what use is there for Paper? According to The Fun Pimps, the answer is high-yield explosives and shotgun shells. In 7 Days to Die, Paper is a surprisingly valuable resource for crafting a few choice items, all of which are on the more…combustible side.

This guide will teach you everything you need to know about scavenging and crafting Paper in 7D2D and how it can be used best.

How to get Paper in 7 Days to Die

Paper isn’t a commonly used resource, but if you need a lot of it, it’s best to know how to get your hands on it. Here are 3 of the best ways to get Paper in 7 Days to Die:

1. Scavenging

Looting Paper From a Trash Pile in 7 Days to Die
Looting Paper From a Trash Pile

The easiest way to collect Paper is to scavenge for it. Trash piles, bookcases, filing cabinets, and desks all have a high chance of containing several scraps of Paper. Remember that you are much more likely to come across this resource in specialized containers like filing cabinets than in random trash piles.

2. Scrapping

Scrapping a Calendar for Paper in 7 Days to Die
Scrapping a Calendar for Paper

Objects like old-world cash, skill magazines, and perk books can be scrapped in the inventory to create Paper. This isn’t the most cost-efficient use of those items, but do what you have to do. Additionally, some trash piles and decorations, such as posters and calendars, can be harvested for this resource.

3. Crafting

Paper Crafting Recipe
Paper Crafting Recipe

If you really must, it is also possible to mill your Paper from Glue and Wood pulp using a Chemistry Station. Using precious glue like this is a pretty drastic measure, so make sure you REALLY need that Paper before you commit resources to crafting it.

Tips for Farming Paper in 7 Days to Die

For how rarely it’s used, Paper is a surprisingly easy resource to come by. But, if you use a lot of shotgun shells or dynamite, it might benefit you to know the most efficient ways of gathering this material.

1. Cash Registers

Looting a Store's Cash Register for Paper in 7 Days to Die
Looting a Store’s Cash Register

Cash registers are a fairly common sight inside stores of every kind. This makes shops a great way to gather up old-world cash to break down into valuable Paper.

2. Offices

Searching an Office Building for Paper in 7 Days to Die
Searching an Office Building for Paper

Office buildings are chock full of filing cabinets, desks, and bookshelves brimming with stationary begging to be turned into wadding for zombie-killing explosives. Additionally, these sites often contain large quantities of scrapable wall decorations to increase your overall yield.

3. Bookstores

Searching a Bookstore for Paper in 7 Days to Die
Searching a Bookstore for Paper

This one should be pretty self-explanatory. Not only are these shops full of bookshelves stacked with books, magazines, and looseleaf, but often contain overturned shelves that leave mounds of Papers and books on the floor that can be looted or scrapped for additional materials.

Using Paper in 7 Days to Die

There are only 3 recipes in the entire game which require Paper. Each of these recipes favors a different stat and can be used in very different ways.

1. Shotgun Shells

Shotgun Shell (Ammo) Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
Shotgun Shell (Ammo) Crafting Recipe

Perfect for blowing apart zombies at close range, shotgun shells require a soft, pliable wadding between the powder and shot to function properly. If you’re planning on using a shotgun as your main weapon, this is a recipe you’ll be making quite often.

2. Dynamite

Stick of Dynamite (Ammo) Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
Stick of Dynamite (Ammo) Crafting Recipe

Pack some Gunpowder into a tube, and you’ve got yourself a makeshift bomb. Dynamite utilizes a Paper casing rather than a solid one, increasing its blast radius for destroying structural objects while making it less effective against fleshy targets.

3. Cigars

Cigar Crafting Recipe in 7 Days to Die
Cigar Crafting Recipe

A must-have for that old-fashioned action-hero look. Cigars are a face-slot clothing item that increases the player’s bartering ability and overall Strength attribute. Perfect for intimidating everyone into thinking you’re much tougher than you really are.

Final thoughts on Paper

You probably won’t be using tons of this material regularly. Then again, shotguns are some of the most effective and fun close-range weapons in the game, and loading up your Shotgun Auto Turrets will take a fair bit of Paper if you have to craft the ammo yourself.

If you’re looking for more tips to help you get started in Navezgane, check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started or our 7 Days to Die Beginner’s Guide.

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Aaron Van Dyck is a thriller novelist with a passion for survival games and exploration. He started writing at the age of 13 and has always been drawn to the sense of self-reliance and freedom found in open worlds. An avid urban explorer and RPG enthusiast, he enjoys dungeon crawling and has a particular love for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Far Cry 5, and Cataclysm: DDA. He's also a fan of shooters and action games with immersive stories and unique monsters to encounter.

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