Sons Of The Forest: Bonemaker Trap Guide

Learn how to build and use the Bonemaker Trap

While sharp stakes and reinforced walls might be good for keeping pesky cannibals at bay, they aren’t very effective at killing trespassers. Flyswatter Traps will do the trick, but they scatter their victim’s limbs everywhere, leaving you to clean up the mess.

That is where Bonemaker Traps come into play. These devious machines will string up anyone foolish enough to walk into them and set them (and the ground around them) on fire, leaving behind a neat pile of bones for you to scoop up at your leisure.

This guide will walk you through building and setting up Bonemaker Traps in Sons Of The Forest and offer advice on the best locations to place them.

How to build the Bonemaker Trap in Sons Of The Forest

Sons Of The Forest — Building a Bonemaker Trap

Before you pick out a location to set up your trap, make sure you have the necessary materials to build it. Each Bonemaker Trap will require the following:

  • 2 Sticks
  • 3 Rocks
  • 1 Rope
  • 3 Leaves
  • 1 Vodka Bottle

Sticks and leaves can be collected by slashing through bushes and small trees. Rocks can be found on the ground throughout the forest, in caves, and just about anywhere else. Ropes can be looted from cannibal camps, sealed crates, or boulders near the shoreline. Vodka Bottles can be found at abandoned campsites or inside sealed bunkers around the map.

Once you have your materials, open your survival book by pressing the B key. Flip the book to the structure section by holding down the X button and clicking on the red trap tab at the bottom right of the book. Click on the Bonemaker Trap, set down the building outline in your desired location, and add the components.

The best locations for Bonemaker Trap placement

Sons Of The Forest — Placing a Bonemaker Trap

Bonemaker Traps have a rather small trigger area but will spread fire on the ground after being tripped. Here are some ideal locations to help maximize the effectiveness and bone production rates of your traps:


Primitive dirt roads crisscross the island and are visible on the player’s GPS map. Cannibals will frequently patrol these roads, so placing one or more Bonemaker Traps on these routes is a good way to keep nosy enemies out of the way or thin out groups.


Bonemaker Traps hold up the corpse of their victim for several seconds as it burns. During this time, the corpse acts similarly to staked heads or skulls and can scare away weaker enemies like cannibal scouts. Placing Bonemaker Traps in front of your walls can reduce the frequency of irritating scouts throwing rocks at you.

Areas you frequent

Remember that enemies won’t spawn in an area unless you are nearby. Choose a location where you will be spending a lot of time, as it will greatly increase the likelihood of your traps being triggered and makes it easier to scoop up the bones left behind.

Boulders and  large rocks

Cannibals will frequently hop onto large rocks to better view their surroundings. Placing one of these traps on top of those rocks almost guarantees something will leap into it

Pros and cons of the Bonemaker Trap

Sons Of The Forest — Pros and Cons


  • This trap requires flat ground and must be built away from other structures.
  • This trap will not capture mutants or cannibal giants, though they can still trigger the trap and take small amounts of damage from the flames.
  • Players can trigger and be set on fire by Bonemaker Traps if they accidentally walk into them.
  • Each trap will only capture a single cannibal before needing to be reset.


  • This trap ignores armor and will kill even late-game cannibals in a single hit, except for giants.
  • These traps can be constructed very quickly and cheaply.
  • Enemies cannot destroy this trap.
  • Enemies killed by this trap will be reduced to bones, so their bodies do not need to be burned and will not alert scouts.

Tips and tricks for using Bonemaker Traps.

  • The trigger area of this trap is the raised point between the rocks. Place this point where you believe enemies will walk.
  • Traps must be reset after being triggered before they can deal damage again. Listen for the distinct clicking sound they make after being tripped. This sound can also alert you to an imminent attack.
  • The pool of fire left by a triggered Bonemaker Trap will continue to damage enemies for several seconds and can sometimes set additional enemies on fire.

Final thoughts on the Bonemaker Trap

True to its name, the Bonemaker Trap is the ideal tool for farming bones and skulls for furniture and armor. While it may only target a single enemy, the pool of fire it leaves behind makes it useful for handling groups as well. Keep an eye out for game updates released by Endnight Games, as there’s a good chance more traps are on the way!

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