Compact Duo Starter Base Design (2019)

The Compact Duo Starter Base Design

This RUST base design video, the Compact Duo Starter Base Design, is brought to you today by our partner xRaw.

This base was intended and designed for vanilla-based servers and supports up to a duo group of players.

Base Features

  • Door Block Air Lock
  • Compact Item Placements
  • Roof Slits (Splash Damage Dividers)
  • Lowered Foundation Sections
  • Intelligent loot spreading

Door Block Air Lock

Door block airlocks allow players to open their doors without risking enemy players going deep in the event the base owner dies. These types of entryways are very strategic and should become second nature to all RUST players.

One additional advantage is that base defenders can open these doors to gain quick and sometimes unexpected peeks at enemy players.

Compact Item Placements

RUST base designs that feature compact item placement will always “do more with less.” This concept allows players to fit more storage and functional items into a confined space, allowing for maximum usage of the space, while potentially keeping a lower profile base footprint.

This concept also allows players to spend more resources on honeycombing and increasing their bases overall defensibility.

Roof Slits (Splash Damage Dividers)

Roof slits are a low cost, but high yield return to base defense. Roof slits help divide the potential splash damage that rockets and other explosive weapons will cause, forcing the raiders to spend more of their explosives to open up larger areas of a base.

Lowered Foundation Sections

Lowered foundations sections can be used to reduce the cost of a base design while providing additional storage at no extra cost to the overall base build. When using objects such as furnaces to fill in the negative space, the furnaces will act as an uninterrupted floor that allows players to walk over them as if there were a floor placed there.

In addition, objects placed in lowered foundation sections can still serve as a blockade mechanism should the base be raided. Players can also use these sections to plant crops and hemp.

Intelligent Loot Spreading

Many RUST base designs focus on a centralized loot room, while this can seem advantageous, it’s important to spread loot out across your base design. Raiders can enter your base design from any angle. Consider things like rocket splash, which can destroy 4 different walls, reducing the raider’s overall raiding cost to access segmented areas of a base.

With intelligent loot spreading, you increase the odds of having the loot to come back to in the event of an off or online raid. This can also enable you to put up a proper defense in the event your base is being raided but you cannot access a segment due to it having been compromised.

Inside the Compact Duo Starter Base Design

Inside this base design, you will find the following items.

  • 2 Campfire
  • 3 Barbeques
  • 7 Large Boxes
  • 8 Small Boxes
  • 2 Sleeping Bags
  • 6 Furnaces
  • 1 Tier Two Work Bench
  • 1 Tool Cupboard

Raid Cost

This RUST base design will cost 20 satchel charges to raid directly to the tool cupboard and 24 satchel charges to access the entirety of loot spread throughout the base.

Building Cost

  • Metal Fragments: 0
  • Stone: 5,370
  • Wood: 922

Upkeep Cost

  • Metal Fragments: 185
  • Stone: 681
  • Wood: 0

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Video Transcript

Hey guys and welcome back to another video. In today’s video, we’re looking at a starter RUST base design. This base can be used as a solo or duo and is intended for a compact farming base until you can get to your main.


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To start off, these are all the items in the base. We have three barbeques, one sleeping bag, with a room for another at the cost of a large box, eight small boxes, six small furnaces, seven large boxes, one workbench, and a tool cupboard.


All of the barbeques, small boxes, and large boxes give or take a total storage value of eleven large storage boxes.


Heading over to the base here, we have stairs to get up, but these are optional. While no one’s likely to have rockets before you build your main, these slits are intended to prevent rocket splash which could open the entire roof.


Going through the single sheet door, we meet another sheet single door. Two of these work together to create a door block airlock, which will allow you to look outside and check for door campers without letting them go deep if you die.


We then have this lowered foundation to allow for three small furnaces at no extra cost to the base. This can be walked over as if it were a normal foundation.


Into the first loot room, we have four large boxes, six small boxes, and two barbeques, giving it total storage of seven point 2 large boxes.


Continue around here we have a large box. Swap this out for another sleeping bag if there’s two of you.


The next loot room here holds two furnaces, two large boxes, two small boxes, a barbeque, a sleeping bag, and your workbench. And just through this door is your tool cupboard.


There’s also another furnace around here which can only be accessed if you spawn in the back with the door closed.


The footprint to the base is simple. One square and two triangles before expanding to add another loot room once you have more materials. ‘

Raid Cost

To break down the raid cost, this is the cost to raid directly down to the tool cupboard (twenty satchel charges) and this is the raid cost for all the loot (twenty-four satchel charges).

Base Build & Upkeep Cost

This base is going to cost you 0 metal, 922 wood, 5,370 stone with an upkeep cost of 185 metal, 0 wood, and 681 stone.

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Dg is the founder and co-owner of Corrosion Hour, a niche gaming community established in 2016 focusing on the survival game RUST. He is an active and contributing member of numerous other RUST communities. As a community leader and server owner for over 15 years, he spends much of his time researching and writing guides about survival games, covering topics such as server administration, game mechanics, and community growth.

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