RUST Research Table Guide

RUST Research Table Guide

The RUST Research Table Guide

The RUST research table was originally introduced into RUST in Devblog 158. Shortly after, it was subsequently removed and then re-introduced again in Devblog 180 along with an improved Blueprint 3.0, scrap, and three-tiered workbench system. In the simplest terms, it allows players to create item blueprints from the items they have. Once an item blueprint is created, it can then be memorized by the player, if they choose to, which will allow them to permanently craft that memorized item.RUST Research Table

However, apart from its primary use, there are other interesting usages and things to note about research tables, such as crafting a research table on an official server is also one of the many RUST achievements to accomplish.

This guide covers these topics and more:

What is a RUST Research Table?

The RUST research table is a core piece of the game’s crafting and blueprint systems. It enables players to research items they acquire across the game world and create tradeable blueprints of these items.

Once a blueprint is created, it can then be traded, stored, or memorized. When memorized, these blueprints permanently allow a player to craft the newly learned item using the appropriate crafting tables and necessary ingredients. All memorized items are permanently bound to the player for the server in which they were memorized. This fact is why many players prefer to stay with a RUST server during wipe cycles, as many players do not like losing their blueprints.

Secondary uses for the Research Table

Players can choose to craft tables and place them both in or outside of their base designs, as they can also be placed outside on the ground. Notably, research tables can also be picked up and stored away in a player’s inventory or other containers, without the table taking damage. This flexibility allows tables to be utilized when necessary and stowed away when they’re not in use.

Many base designers enjoy taking advantage of this detail in their base designs since it adds a great utility for jump-ups and can be removed when it is not needed in order to save space. For base designs that feature the research table as more of a permanent feature, the entity itself has space below it for the placement of a small box, which helps to increase the storage capacity of the space.

The RUST research table has a few secondary uses, such as:

  • Identifying the workbench level needed to craft a given item
  • Use it to view a given item’s required research cost
  • An additional place to store a stack of scrap
  • Use as a removable staircase alternative to access upper floors
  • Memorizing rare items on-the-go to reduce risk of loss

How to create a Research Table

On vanilla servers, research tables are a default item available in player crafting menus when spawning into the game world. In order to craft a research table, players must be standing near a work bench level 1, or greater. Crafting a single table with a work bench level 1 takes approximately 60 seconds to complete and requires the following ingredients in a players inventory:

  • 200 Metal Fragments
  • 75 Scrap

How to use a RUST Research Table

Using a research table is quite simple, but you will need to ensure you have the materials necessary to complete the research, which includes the item to blueprint and the required scrap for research. Use the RUST Research Costs table lower in this post to identify the exact amounts needed.

Follow these steps to use the RUST research table:

  1. Move near the table and press the E button
  2. The table’s & inventory screen will open
  3. Move the item to research into the top slot
  4. Add the required amount of scrap to the bottom slot
  5. Press the Begin Research button

Creating a Blueprint – Screen States

RUST Research Table ScreenRUST Research Table Screen State 2
RUST Research Table Screen State 3

After the Begin Research button is clicked, a 10-second timer will begin to count down inside of the screen and an audible sound can be heard by all players in the vicinity. Players can walk away from the table if they choose and the research will continue, but be warned, other players can walk up and loot the resulting blueprint or resources, so take care. If you add more scrap than necessary, be sure to remove it when done, otherwise, other players can take it.

When the blueprint research is complete, the blueprint will appear in the top slot as an item blueprint icon. Players can choose to move this new blueprint into their inventory, put it in a storage container, trade it to another player, sell it in a vending machine, or they can use the Right Click mouse button on the blueprint icon to permanently memorize it to their crafting list.

Once a blueprint is memorized, with the required resources, the items can now be crafted on the same game server that the blueprint was memorized on.

Where to find RUST Research Tables

There are many RUST research tables spread across the game world inside of various monuments. Players will also find them while roaming the map inside decaying bases, or while actively raiding, and while looting containers on roadsides or in monuments. Sometimes, players will run into a miscellaneous table out in the wilderness. This is often attributed to players who ventured into monuments and brought a table with them. Thanks to this tactic, these players are able to quickly memorize the rare items that they’ve collected and reduce the risk of losing their precious items if met with opposition when returning to their bases.

That said, finding a research table can be tricky, as it is difficult to identify which monuments have research tables as they’re not specified on the map. Also, consider that RUST is still under development, and monuments, along with the rest of the game, are subject to change. We’ve put together a list of all of RUST’s research table locations, with an overhead view and description of how to access them.

Monument Research Table Locations

MonumentResearch Table
Abandoned CabinsNo
Abandoned SupermarketNo
AirfieldYes
Bandit CampYes
Giant ExcavatorNo
Large HarborNo
Small HarborNo
JunkyardNo
Large Fishing VillageNo
Large Oil RigYes
Launch SiteYes
Light HouseNo
Military TunnelsNo
Oil DomeNo
OutpostYes
Oxum’s Gas StationNo
Power PlantYes
Satellite DishYes
Sewer BranchNo
Small Fishing Village 1No
Small Fishing Village 2No
Small Oil RigNo
Train YardNo
Water Treatment PlantNo

RUST Airfield Research Table Location

RUST Airfield Monument
RUST Airfield Monument

The research table at the airfield monument is located in the office building opposite the hangars. Head into the building either via the front-side door or through the garage entry. Staying on the ground floor, follow the hallway and keep an eye out for a room with no door. The research table is easily seen through this doorway.

RUST Bandit Camp Research Table Location

RUST Bandit Camp Monument
RUST Bandit Camp Monument

The research table at the Bandit Camp is located on the second floor of the “Stuff” vendor. This vendor resides in the hut adjacent to the “weapons” vendor, which is also attached to the windmill. Follow the stairs that lead to the second floor and there will be a door entrance that leads to the research table.

RUST Large Oil Rig Research Table Location

RUST Large Oil Rig Monument
RUST Large Oil Rig

The research table at the Large Oil Rig monument is located on the 6th floor, inside of the administration room, located directly under the helipad. In the back of the room, behind a wall of recording tapes, the research table is tucked into the corner of the room. There are no keycards required to get into this room, but it is heavily guarded by scientists.

RUST Launch Site Research Table Location

RUST Launch Site Monument
RUST Launch Site

The research table at the Launch Site monument is located on the ground level of a Cobalt Space Center administration building, which is the closest admin building to the launch pad itself. Enter the side door, surrounded by a barrel, and two pallet stacks and move straight in. The first office you come across will have a door on the right side of the hall and the research table will be tucked into a cubicle.

RUST Power Plant Research Table Location

RUST Power Plant Monument
RUST Power Plant

The research table at the Power Plant monument is located in the central puzzle building in the middle of the monument. Once inside the building, follow the stairs up to the “Control Room” level. The table is inside the control room.

RUST Outpost Research Table Location

RUST Outpost Monument
RUST Outpost

The research table at the Outpost monument is located in the central area, which is accessible by both main entrances and is in a small area with a rusted barbed wire fence. Above the table, on the building side, is a large wooden sign that reads “Research”, with an arrow pointing at the table itself.

RUST Satellite Dish Research Table Location

RUST Satellite Dish Monument
RUST Satellite Dish Research Table

The research table at the Satellite Dish monument is located directly under the largest satellite dish, in a small room. There is a doorway with no door and the table is readily accessible.

RUST Research Costs List

This data table displays the full list of RUST research costs and details all items that can be researched, along with the corresponding work bench level required to craft the item.

ItemScrapWorkbench Tier
12 Gauge Buckshot752
12 Gauge Incendiary Shell752
12 Gauge Slug752
5.56 Rifle Ammo1252
8x Zoom Scope1253
Acoustic Guitar200
AND Switch202
Armored Cockpit Vehicle Module1253
Armored Door5003
Armored Double Door5003
Armored Passenger Vehicle Module1253
Assault Rifle5003
Audio Alarm201
Auto Turret5002
Bandage200
Bandana Mask200
Barbed Wooden Barricade751
Barbeque200
Baseball Cap1250
Basic Horse Shoes5001
Beancan Grenade751
Bed751
Beenie Hat200
Binoculars751
Blocker201
Blue Boomer5000
Blue Roman Candle5000
Bolt Action Rifle5003
Bone Armor5000
Bone Arrow5000
Bone Club5000
Bone Helmet5000
Bone Knife5000
Boonie Hat200
Boots752
Bota Bag5000
Bucket Helmet751
Building Plan5000
Burlap Gloves200
Burlap Headwrap5000
Burlap Shirt5000
Burlap Shoes5000
Burlap Trousers5000
Button201
Camp Fire5000
Candle Hat200
Ceiling Light201
Chainlink Fence201
Chainlink Fence Gate201
Chainsaw1252
Chair201
Champagne Boomer5000
Chinese Lantern200
Chippy Arcade Game5001
Christmas Door Wreath5000
Christmas Lights5000
Clatter Helmet5000
Cockpit Vehicle Module1252
Cockpit With Engine Vehicle Module1252
Code Lock5000
Coffee Can Helmet752
Combat Knife751
Composter5000
Compound Bow5001
Computer Station752
Concrete Barricade202
Counter752
Crossbow751
Cursed Cauldron5000
Custom SMG1252
Deluxe Christmas Lights5000
Door Controller751
Double Barrel Shotgun1251
Double Sign Post750
Dragon Door Knocker5000
Dragon Mask5000
Drop Box751
Easter Door Wreath5000
Electric Heater751
Electrical Branch201
Empty Propane Tank752
Engine Vehicle Module1252
Eoka Pistol200
Explosive 5.56 Rifle Ammo1253
Explosives5003
F1 Grenade752
Festive Doorway Garland5000
Festive Window Garland5000
Fire Arrow201
Flame Thrower1252
Flame Turret751
Flare201
Flasher Light201
Flashlight201
Flatbed Vehicle Module1252
Floor grill751
Floor triangle grill751
Fluid Combiner201
Fluid Splitter201
Fluid Switch & Pump201
Fogger-30005000
Fridge201
Frog Boots5000
Fuel Tank Vehicle Module1252
Furnace5000
Garage Door751
Garry's Mod Tool Gun5000
Gears1253
Giant Candy Decor5000
Giant Lollipop Decor5000
Graveyard Fence5000
Green Boomer5000
Green Roman Candle5000
Gun Powder5001
Hammer5000
Handmade Shell5000
Hatchet751
Hazmat Suit1252
HBHF Sensor752
Heavy Plate Helmet1252
Heavy Plate Jacket1252
Heavy Plate Pants1252
Hide Boots5000
Hide Halterneck5000
Hide Pants5000
Hide Poncho5000
Hide Skirt5000
Hide Vest5000
High External Stone Gate5003
High External Stone Wall5002
High External Wooden Gate1251
High External Wooden Wall1251
High Quality Horse Shoes751
High Velocity Arrow201
High Velocity Rocket1252
Hitch & Trough5000
Holosight1253
Hoodie752
Hose Tool201
Huge Wooden Sign750
Hunting Bow5000
HV 5.56 Rifle Ammo1253
HV Pistol Ammo1252
Igniter200
Improvised Balaclava200
Incendiary 5.56 Rifle Ammo1253
Incendiary Pistol Bullet1252
Incendiary Rocket1252
Jack O Lantern Angry5000
Jack O Lantern Happy5000
Jacket201
Key Lock5000
Ladder Hatch1252
Land Mine1252
Landscape Picture Frame750
Lantern200
Large Banner Hanging1250
Large Banner on pole1250
Large Candle Set5000
Large Flatbed Vehicle Module1252
Large Furnace1252
Large Medkit752
Large Planter Box200
Large Rechargable Battery752
Large Solar Panel751
Large Water Catcher752
Large Wood Box5000
Large Wooden Sign750
Laser Detector751
Leather Gloves200
Locker752
Longsleeve T-Shirt201
Longsword752
Low Grade Fuel5000
Low Quality Carburetor751
Low Quality Crankshaft751
Low Quality Pistons751
Low Quality Spark Plugs751
Low Quality Valves751
Mace751
Machete200
Mail Box200
Medical Syringe752
Medium Quality Carburetor1252
Medium Quality Crankshaft1252
Medium Quality Pistons1252
Medium Quality Spark Plugs1252
Medium Quality Valves1252
Medium Rechargable Battery752
Medium Wooden Sign200
Memory Cell751
Metal Barricade1252
Metal Blade752
Metal Chest Plate5003
Metal Facemask5003
Metal horizontal embrasure201
Metal Pipe1253
Metal Shop Front1251
Metal Spring1253
Metal Vertical embrasure201
Metal Window Bars751
Miners Hat201
Mixing Table751
Modular Car Lift1252
MP5A41253
Muzzle Boost1252
Muzzle Brake1252
Nailgun751
Nailgun Nails5000
Nest Hat5000
Netting200
New Year Gong5000
Night Vision Goggles1252
Note5000
One Sided Town Sign Post750
OR Switch201
Orange Boomer5000
Pants751
Passenger Vehicle Module1252
Pickaxe751
Pistol Bullet751
Portrait Picture Frame750
Powered Water Purifier752
Pressure Pad201
Prison Cell Gate752
Prison Cell Wall752
Pump Shotgun1252
Python Revolver1252
RAND Switch201
Rat Mask5000
Reactive Target201
Rear Seats Vehicle Module1252
Red Boomer5000
Red Roman Candle5000
Red Volcano Firework5000
Reinforced Glass Window751
Reinforced Window Bars1253
Repair Bench5001
Research Table1251
Revolver751
RF Broadcaster202
RF Pager202
RF Receiver202
RF Transmitter201
Riot Helmet751
Road Sign Jacket752
Road Sign Kilt752
Road Signs753
Roadsign Gloves202
Roadsign Horse Armor1251
Rock5000
Rocket1253
Rocket Launcher5002
Root Combiner751
Rug200
Rug Bear Skin200
Rustigé Egg - Blue5000
Rustigé Egg - Ivory5000
Rustigé Egg - Purple5000
Rustigé Egg - Red5000
Saddle bag5001
Salvaged Axe1252
Salvaged Cleaver751
Salvaged Hammer751
Salvaged Icepick1252
Salvaged Shelves750
Salvaged Sword201
SAM Ammo752
Sandbag Barricade201
Santa Beard5000
Satchel Charge1251
Scarecrow5000
Search Light752
Semi-Automatic Pistol1252
Semi-Automatic Rifle1252
Sewing Kit753
Sheet Metal Door1250
Sheet Metal Double Door5000
Shirt751
Shop Front1250
Shorts200
Shotgun Trap1251
Silencer751
Simple Handmade Sight751
Single Sign Post200
Siren Light201
Skull Door Knocker5000
Skull Fire Pit5000
Sleeping Bag750
Small Candle Set5000
Small Generator752
Small Oil Refinery752
Small Planter Box200
Small Rechargable Battery201
Small Stash5000
Small Water Catcher201
Small Wooden Sign200
Smart Alarm751
Smart Switch201
Snap Trap751
Snow Jacket201
Snow Machine5001
Snowman5000
Spinning wheel200
Splitter201
Spooky Speaker5000
Sprinkler201
Stone Barricade200
Stone Fireplace200
Stone Hatchet5000
Stone Pickaxe5000
Stone Spear750
Storage Vehicle Module1252
Strobe Light5000
Surgeon Scrubs1251
Survey Charge5002
Survival Fish Trap5000
Switch201
T-Shirt201
Table200
Tall Picture Frame750
Tank Top201
Tesla Coil201
Thompson1252
Timed Explosive Charge5003
Timer201
Tool Cupboard5000
Torch5000
Triangle Ladder Hatch1252
Tuna Can Lamp200
Two Sided Hanging Sign750
Two Sided Ornate Hanging Sign1250
Two Sided Town Sign Post1250
Vending Machine751
Violet Boomer5000
Violet Roman Candle5000
Violet Volcano Firework5000
Watch Tower751
Water Barrel200
Water Bucket200
Water Pump752
Water Purifier5000
Waterpipe Shotgun751
Weapon flashlight751
Weapon Lasersight1253
White Volcano Firework5000
Wind Turbine1252
Wire Tool5001
Wolf Headdress1250
Wood Armor Helmet750
Wood Armor Pants750
Wood Chestplate750
Wood Double Door1250
Wood Shutters200
Wood Storage Box5000
Wooden Arrow5000
Wooden Barricade200
Wooden Barricade Cover201
Wooden Door5000
Wooden Floor Spikes200
Wooden Horse Armor5001
Wooden Ladder1251
Wooden Spear5000
Wooden Window Bars200
Work Bench Level 11250
Work Bench Level 21251
Work Bench Level 31252
XL Picture Frame1250
XOR Switch201
XXL Picture Frame1250

About dg

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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