Green Hell: How to Survive Your First Day

Your first day in Hell

Green Hell is a hardcore survival game that throws you headfirst into the Amazon Jungle and expects you to adapt or die. The game becomes more manageable as players learn to craft new equipment and which plants won’t make them violently ill. That also means that starting out can be rough, especially on the first day.

But that is why we’re here to help. This guide will walk you through your first day in the world of Green Hell and help you prepare yourself to survive, at least in the short term.

Step 1: Collect materials

Picking up a Stick in Green Hell
Collect Sticks and Rocks as You Walk Around

Even on day 1, you’ll need numerous resources to set yourself up to survive. Start picking up sticks and rocks as you walk around. Pull liana vines off trees for rope and gather bones from rotting carcasses. Since you won’t be carrying anything heavy yet, filling your bag with these base materials has no downside and helps expedite the construction of your tools and campsite.

Step 2: Start crafting

Like many other survival games, you’ll need to craft if you want to make it to day 2 in Green Hell. Start with basic equipment; don’t worry about durability or quality.

Craft a Weapon

Crafting a Weak Spear in Green Hell
Craft a Weapon Such as a Spear Sooner Than Later

Even though most game modes start you in the safest region of the map, you will still find that you may need a weapon sooner than you’d like. The worst thing that can happen to a new player is to get cornered by a jaguar without a means to defend themselves.

A spear is usually a solid choice for starting, as it is easy to craft and can be used well as a melee or ranged weapon. A Weak Spear can be crafted with nothing more than a long stick.

Craft an Axe or Blade

Crafting a Stone Axe
Craft a Stone Axe to Harvest Materials

Now that you can defend yourself, it’s time to worry about harvesting materials. You won’t be able to harvest medicinal plants like molineria or chop down trees without a Stone Blade or Axe. Either type of tool will work, and both can be crafted with little more than some sticks and rocks. Make use of whatever you find to craft a Stone Axe or knife out of bone, stone, or obsidian.

Step 3: Find shelter

Moving Under a Shelter in Green Hell
Locate Shelter to Make Camp Before Nightfall

With tools in hand, it’s time to make camp. The night will fall fast, and you won’t want to get caught out in the middle of nowhere when it does. Look for a nearby source of shelter. Your first camp doesn’t need to become your main base, so don’t be picky.

Finding a pre-existing source of shelter, such as a cave or man-made structure, is a big bonus and will save you time. Most points of interest also have the benefit of containing a pre-made bed, so you don’t have to risk sleeping on the ground.

Step 4: Build a fire

Starting a Campfire in Green Hell
Fire is Critical for Survival in Green Hell

This step comes before collecting food and water because it can help you acquire both. Fires have many additional benefits beyond just cooking, though, as they can keep predators at bay, restore your sanity, and even reduce the risk of getting parasites from sleeping on the ground.

To start a fire, first construct a small fire from the notebook and craft or locate a fire starter. A simple fire-starting tool can be crafted using just a stick and a small stick. Make sure to cut down some leaves early in the day so they can be dry enough to burn by sunset, just in case you can’t find another source of tinder.

If your chosen shelter does not have a natural roof, you’ll need to construct one over your fire. If you don’t, it’ll be quenched and go out every time it rains.

Step 5: Find water

Staring at a Small Creek in Green Hell
Locating a Water Source Can Help with Food, Hydration, and Finding Shelter

You don’t always need to live near water, but finding a natural water source such as a river, lagoon, or pond can be a serious boon early on. In addition to food and hydration, natural water sources can assist in navigation and almost always lead to some shelter.

Once you’ve found a water source, you’ll need a way to purify and collect it. Coconuts are excellent for both of these uses, as coconut bowls can catch rainwater or boil impure water at a campfire. An unharvested coconut can also be crafted into a bidon to carry water by combining it with a rope.

Step 6: Gather food

There are many edible plants and animals to be found in the jungle, but there are also tons of poisonous and even deadly plants. The game won’t tell you if something is poisonous or not until you’ve eaten it, and today isn’t the day to experiment. Focus on simple and basic sources of macronutrients for now.

1. Protein

Stabbing a Brazilian Wnadering Spider with a Spear
Fish Can Be Caught with a Spear

If you are near a water source, try using a spear to catch a fish or two. Otherwise, you should be able to find the corpses of birds, toads, and mice randomly lying around in the rainforest. You can also eat all sorts of bugs if you have to; just be sure to cook them first.

2. Carbohydrates

Picking Bananas from a Tree in Green Hell
Bananas Are a Wonderful Source for Carbohydrates

Bananas are your friend. Bananas are safe to eat, easy to identify, and a great source of carbs. Bananas grow in bunches too, so finding one tree will likely score enough carbs to survive your first day.

3. Fats

Picking Up a Pine Nut from the Forest Ground
Collect Pine Nuts from the Ground

Realistically you can survive your first day without fats, but don’t wait long after that, or you’ll run out of energy. Fats can be obtained early from Brazil nuts and coconuts as well as the pine cone-looking nuts that drop from squat palms.

Step 7: Plan ahead

Looking into a more Advanced Base
Experimenting is Important for Advancing in Green Hell

Once you have the bare necessities taken care of, start planning ahead to make survival easier in the future. Gather medicinal herbs like molineria and lilies, build water purifiers, set traps, and otherwise use your ingenuity to construct a proper base. Experimenting will become a regular part of the game if you want to advance, so be sure you have somewhere safe to do it.

Final thoughts on surviving your first day

Creepy Jar has created a truly immersive survival experience with Green Hell. It takes time to learn and adapt to your environment in a survival scenario, and every second counts when you don’t have an established strategy. Now that you know how to survive day 1, it’s time to start exploring and experimenting so you can make it easier to make it through each day after.

Looking for some more pointers to help you get settled into Green Hell? Check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started.

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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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