RUST Small Harbor Monument Guide

An in-depth guide and walkthrough of the RUST Small Harbor Monument

The first glimpse of concept art for this smaller-style harbor monument dates back to Devblog 111 in May 2016. Originally designed to give fresh spawns taller crane towers to navigate from, Small Harbor is at the lowest end of difficulty concerning RUST monuments

This guide provides detailed information about the Small Harbor monument, enabling you to identify basic facts quickly and helping you to prepare, access, and successfully run the monument while providing insight into the different types of loot, NPCs, and environmental variables you may encounter.

For information related to player-operated Tugboats, please refer to our RUST Tugboat Guide.

Monument Features Checklist

Barrels ~50
Crates ~12
Drone Market
Hackable Crate
Keycard Lootable✅ 1 Blue Keycard
Keycard Puzzle Green Keycard Puzzle
Mission NPCs
Recycler 1
Repair Bench
Research Table
Site Specific FeaturesPublic Small Oil Refinery, High Fuel Barrel Count, Underground Train Tunnel Entrance, Public Telephone, Tugboat Spawns

Monument Overview

An overhead view of the Small Harbor monument in RUST

The game visual translation of this monument is much like one would expect, taking the shape of a 4-pier port, complete with large cranes, ample buildings and structures for all your storage needs, large hangers, and flatbed trucks. Slightly offshore, players will find eight permanently placed watercraft that can also spawn goodies on their own tucked neatly into the confines and direct surround of the piers.

The Small Harbor monument, much like the Junkyard, is populated with loot in a less-than-consistent manner. Barrels, in particular, can spawn in numerous places and, at times, be quite difficult to track down. Boxes and crates, on the other hand, are more consistent in their placement yet sporadic in their spawn rate.

Depending on the population of the server being played, a Small Harbor can appear to the untrained eye to be quite sparse in resources or an absolute treasure trove to those who are persistent in searching or know where to look.

Preparing for the Small Harbor Monument

The Small Harbor monument is viewed mostly as a secondary option amongst veteran RUST players regarding a location to recycle after running off-shore monuments and events like the Cargoship or the Large and Small Oil Rigs, mostly due to this location’s recycler placement. Seeing an RHIB docked near the end of the recycler pier is almost always a sure sign that it is unsafe to venture towards. 

That being said, the Small Harbor is completely void of hazards such as radiation or scientists and has an assortment of light switches that pulse for easier visibility that can be turned on at night for limited lighting. Regardless of gear level or experience, any RUST player can enter the Small Harbor completely naked and loot its vast treasures. 

It is an excellent monument for acquiring a bit of early game scrap and provisions but is typically heavily frequented, especially early in a wipe, due to its easy-to-acquire Blue Keycard that larger groups and clans need to complete harder puzzles.

Because this isn’t a safe zone monument, players should be aware that open-world PVP does take place, and they are just as likely to find a bullet to the back as they are a crate with resources. As with any non-safe venture, check out our Best RUST Armor Combinations Guide to maximize your chances of survival. As demonstrated in countless streamer clips, even the most geared player will likely die here to a well-placed double-barrel grub.

Running the Small Harbor Monument

Non-Pier Areas

Underground Train Tunnel Entrance

The entrance to the Underground Train Tunnels

The Small Harbor monument has an underground train tunnel terminal located inland between a large inaccessible tower and the Blue Keycard puzzle. You can check out more information about this from our January 8th update back in 2021.

Blue Keycard

The Blue Keycard building in the Small Harbor monument

Just across from the underground train entrance is the Blue Keycard puzzle. This two-story structure emblazoned with D11 on the bottom level and H2 on the top is one of the simpler keycard monument puzzles, requiring only a Green Keycard and Electric Fuse to access. This is a highly contested, heavily farmed item early in the wipe.

Players with these two items need only go to the first floor, find the sparking electrical box on the wall, input the fuse, and flip the switch. From there, a simple jaunt back outside and up the stairs brings you to the Keypad access point. Simply equip said Green Keycard and swipe for temporary access to this loot room. 

A Blue Keycard inside the puzzle building

On the desk, you will (other players willing) have a Blue Keycard, flanked immediately by a few loot boxes.

Small Center Shack

A small shack in the center of the monument

Almost in the center of the monument, near some junk piles full of used tires, is a small, unassuming double-entrance shack. This area is known to house a crate or two, as well as a few barrels. This is an ideal area for grubs to camp with a double barrel, so mind yourself wandering through this area.

Loading Hanger

The loading hangar with a train

Opposite the underground rail entrance, a large red loading hanger occupies much of the monument’s real estate. This area has assorted barrels and boxes scattered about, with some on the back of the flatbed truck and a few occupying space on the tail end of train cars.

This area is partially partitioned from the rest of the monument by concrete walls with tire jump-ups for PVP purposes.

Pier Areas

Pier 1

Small Harbor Monument - Pier 1

Working from the underground train entrance onward, we start with what we will call Pier 1. This pier forks out, first with a concrete protrusion, then with a barge float, and finally with a crashed tugboat. The concrete portion can house a loot box and several barrels. Jumping over to the barge, a loot box may be in the top red shipping container, and barrels scattered around. The tugboat is void of loot and non-functioning.

Pier 2 (Recycler, Tugboat)

Small Harbor Monument - Pier 2

You will find the sole recycler at this monument on the centermost, largest visible pier hosting two rather large blue cranes. A bit past it, you will also find a broken-down area of the concrete pier that allows direct boat access to said recycler, making this quite a popular location for groups returning from either Oil Rig or Cargo Ship to clear up some inventory space.

Strategically, this recycler would be quite hard to escape if other players noticed you grinding resources, so just a word of caution. Having a spotter when using this monument’s recycler is incredibly helpful. This pier is potentially dangerous for a solo player recycling for Scrap, particularly on higher-population servers. 

Lastly, a Tugboat can spawn on this pier if it can.

Pier 3 (Small Oil Refinery)

Small Harbor Monument - Pier 3

One pier over, players will find access to a public Small Oil Refinery. On fresh wipe, this refinery will come pre-loaded with 100 pieces of Wood until someone uses it or removes it. With the abundance of red fuel barrels, it’s common practice for players to load up this refinery and cool Crude Oil into Low Grade Fuel as they go. 

Because of the nature of RUST, any player can access this refinery, meaning that using it does not guarantee that someone won’t steal it. This could be viewed in PVP terms as a good place to camp. Caution is advised.

Further down the pier is a small container building with a door, where you can find loot crates inside.

Pier 4 (Tugboat)

Small Harbor Monument - Pier 4

Finally, we reach the last pier, probably the most barren lootwise, but you can find up to 9 barrels that spawn on this pier. There may be a loot crate in the red shipping container at the end of this pier, but it is a rarer spawn. 

Barrels can cluster at the edges of the concrete along the waterline, and a sinking barge just off the edge of the pier can house a single crate outside, sometimes a military crate, or another within a blue trailer on its top. A Tugboat can also spawn if able on this pier. 


While being a staple in the realm of RUST for many years, developers have promised to do fresh updates of all existing monuments in the coming years. Regardless, this low-tier monument provides RUST players with new and exciting places to explore and engage in PVP combat and ample opportunities to gather loot. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the Large Harbor monument as well.

We will do our best to keep the information within this guide updated and accurate. Don’t hesitate to contact us in Discord if there are any details you’re looking for or any unanswered questions; we’re happy to get the answers you need.

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