The Rock is a tool in RUST that all players wake up holding. Few items in RUST are as iconic as the rock–a rudimentary means of harvesting and defending a newly-spawned survivor. The rock is a default blueprint known to all players and is crafted with only a bit of stone.
Rocks are the bottom-of-the-barrel option for gathering any resource and are promptly replaced by the Stone Hatchet and Stone Pickaxe. The tradeoff here is the need to carry one tool instead of two. It requires no fuel to operate but takes consistent durability loss while being used to hit trees, nodes, or any other entity.
While rocks aren’t found in any crate or barrel or looted from any vanilla NPC, they are typical mainstays and often very handy in a pinch. Raiders looking for materials to seal a base or gather wood will commonly attempt to find ground-spawn stone pickups to be able to craft a rock.
Using a rock as a melee weapon is quite normal, but due to its limited durability, they break very fast. Its unique blunt impact damage type also means it can damage metal doors, if only slightly. It is the perfect tool for finishing a Sheet Metal Door‘s last 1-2 health points. We wouldn’t recommend it for use with gathering teas due to its limited resource-gathering capacity.