RUST Halloween Command, Hints and Tips

RUST Halloween Command

RUST Halloween command & server variables

Last Updated 10/18/2019

The RUST Halloween command is a RUST server setting that can be configured and modified by server owners and admins. Its primary purpose is to for enabling or disabling the RUST Halloween Event, which received an update with the RUST Halloween Update 2018. In 2019, there was an additional update that added the Halloween Hunt Command and Event to the game.

When enabled, special Halloween ground collectibles will begin to spawn in place of the standard collectibles. In addition to this, horrifying background sounds, shrieks, cackles, and growls will also be heard as nighttime sets in. Each day/night cycle, the Halloween Hunt event will also trigger, allowing players to collect candies off the ground that can be upgraded into Halloween goodie bags filled with supplies and weapons.

Separate of the Halloween RUST admin command itself, but designed and intended to be enabled with the Halloween event, admins can also control the population density of murderer and scarecrow NPCs.

Note, this does not remove or disable Halloween themed skins and items that can be purchased by players from the Steam RUST Item Store.

A few practical reasons for using the RUST Halloween command:

  • The Halloween command adds some holiday spirit to the game server
  • Increases the risk for all players with additional NPCs roaming the map (i.e. murderers, scarecrows)
  • Allows admins to advertise a unique aspect of their RUST server
  • Great for setting up spooky custom events

Who can enter the RUST Halloween command

The RUST Halloween command can be issued on vanilla RUST servers by RUST admins and moderators only.  Non-admin players on vanilla RUST servers cannot use the Halloween commands.

How to use the RUST Halloween command

Before initiating the Halloween command, ensure the players involved are aware:

  • Let the server’s players know the changes are coming. It can be quite the shock to hear the sounds and see the murderers or scarecrows without advance knowledge.
  • The RUST Halloween command will take effect immediately but requires the configuration to be written into the configuration in order to be permanent.
  • Once this setting is enabled, all players on the server will experience the event and cannot opt-out.
  • Nav_Mesh setting must be enabled if you want the murderers and scarecrows to roam around the map.
  • This event can severely impact the server’s overall performance with too many NPCs roaming.

All of the RUST Halloween commands can be issued from RCON platforms, the in-game console, or changed in the server’s configuration files. Press the F1 key to open the in-game console and type in the specific Halloween command syntax listed below, then press enter.

RUST halloween.enabled command (1 of 3)

This command is used to report the current Halloween event setting as well as enabling or disabling the Halloween event on the server.

  • Used to control the horror sounds from playing during the night.
  • Used to control the collectible ground spawns from appearing as Halloween themed items.
  • Note that this command does work from RCON platforms and doesn’t require being logged into the game server.

Get the current Halloween event setting

Use the command below to report the status:

halloween.enabled

On success of this command being entered, the console will display:

halloween.enabled "true"

Enable the RUST Halloween event

Use the command below to enable the Halloween event:

halloween.enabled true

On success of this command being entered, the console will display:

halloween.enabled "true"

Disable the RUST Halloween event

Use the command below to disable the Halloween event:

halloween.enabled false

On success of this command being entered, the console will display:

halloween.enabled "false"

RUST halloween.murdererpopulation command (2 of 3 )

This command is used to modify the population density of murderers, per square km.

  • Used to control the number of murderers that appear across the map
  • By default, this variable is set to “5” and accepts numerical values as parameters.
  • Note that this command does work from RCON platforms and doesn’t require being logged into the game server.

Get the current murderer population value

Use the command below to report the current value:

halloween.murdererpopulation

On success of this command being entered, the console will display:

halloween.murdererpopulation: "5"

Enabling the murderer population

Use the command below to set and enable the murderer population:

halloween.murdererpopulation 7

On success of this command being entered, the console will display:

halloween.murdererpopulation: "7"

Disabling the murderer population

Use the command below to set and disable the murderer population:

halloween.murdererpopulation 0

On success of this command being entered, the console will display:

halloween.murdererpopulation: "0"

RUST halloween.scarecrowpopulation command (3 of 3)

This command is used to modify the population density of scarecrows, per square km.

  • Used to control the number of scarecrows that appear across the map
  • By default, this variable is set to “3” and accepts numerical values as parameters.
  • Note that this command does work from RCON platforms and doesn’t require being logged into the game server.

Get the current scarecrow population value

Use the command below to report the current value:

halloween.scarecrowpopulation

On success of this command being entered, the console will display:

halloween.scarecrowpopulation: "3"

Enabling the scarecrow population

Use the command below to set and enable the scarecrow population:

halloween.scarecrowpopulation 5

On success of this command being entered, the console will display:

halloween.scarecrowpopulation: "5"

Disabling the scarecrow population

Use the command below to set and disable the scarecrow population:

halloween.scarecrowpopulation 0

On success of this command being entered, the console will display:

halloween.scarecrowpopulation: "0"

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