Sons Of The Forest: How to Get and Use the Rope Gun

Looking to get your hands on the Rope Gun?

The Rope Gun in Sons Of The Forest allows players to traverse ziplines found throughout the game and enables them to create their own to enable travel in otherwise difficult areas. Unlike the first game, ziplines in Sons Of The Forest can be ridden in either direction with the help of this motorized utility.

Requiring no pre-built structure, the Rope Gun is portable, easy to use, and invaluable for traversing the mountains and cliffs of the island. You and your friends will be zipping between the trees in no time.

How to get the Rope Gun in Sons Of The Forest

Players can find the Rope Gun at the end of the Crash Site Cave System. The cave’s entrance is located on the island’s west side, near the Nightclub Bunker point of interest and the default crash site for the player’s helicopter.

The Rope Gun will be in a side tunnel towards the end of the cave, inside an open military case next to the corpse of one of your compatriots. Do not jump into the chasm if you see a zipline and cannot use it. Turn back and look for a side tunnel off of the adjacent chamber.

The Rope Gun requires no other items to acquire, but it is required to traverse the River Cave system and progress through the story.

What type of ammo can it use?

Deploying a zipline with the Rope Gun will expend the zipline rope loaded into it. To load a new zipline rope into the gun, press the reload button (default R key.)

Zipline ropes can be either found or crafted. Loot containers near campsites and points of interest may contain zipline ropes. Zipline ropes can be crafted by combining 1 Grappling Hook and 1 Rope.

Grappling hooks can only be obtained through the use of a 3D printer, requiring 100ml of 3D Printer Resin to produce each one. Rope can be found in cannibal camps, sealed wooden crates, or caves.

Tips and tricks for using the Rope Gun

When the Rope Gun is equipped and has a zipline loaded, a white spot will appear where the player is aiming to indicate where a fired hook will anchor itself. Two such anchor points must be placed within a suitable distance, and no obstructions for a zipline to be created.

After placing the first anchor point, the rope running from the gun to the anchor point will turn red if an obstruction prevents the player from placing the second anchor. During this period, the first hook can be retracted by pressing the block button (default Mouse 2 button.)

The acceptable distance for ziplines is measured from the player’s position, not the position of the anchor points. This means that longer ziplines can be created by standing between the two locations you have chosen for anchor points.

In addition to the zipline’s ability to transport players, logs can also be transported via the zipline. With a log in hand, approach a zipline and press the interact button (default E key) to attach the log. Logs attached in this way can ride ziplines in either direction and will drop off after reaching the end. If you’ve based near a river and large boulders or drop-off points, don’t block that section; you can zipline logs into the river to be carried further down.

How to equip the Rope Gun

Once you have acquired the Rope Gun, you can equip it by:

  1. Opening your inventory
  2. Panning the mouse above the crafting mat to the gun case on the left side
  3. Selecting the Rope Gun by left-clicking on it
  4. The inventory will close, and you will have the Rope Gun in hand

How to add the Rope Gun to the quick select bag

Alternatively, if you’ve added the Rope Gun to your backpack, you can access it through the quick-select bag. Briefly hold down the inventory key to pull out the quick-select bag.

This is much faster than panning the inventory screen whenever you want to switch weapons. If you have the Rope Gun in your quick-select bag, you can find it in the long weapon slot.

The Rope Gun is considered a long weapon and can only be added to the appropriate slot on the backpack. Located on the rear left side of the backpack, the long weapon slot holds weapons such as the Crafted Spear, Crafted Bow, Katana, Firefighter Axe, and more.

To add the Rope Gun to the quick-select bag:

  1. Open the inventory screen
  2. Add the backpack to the crafting mat by right-clicking on it
  3. If there is an item in the long weapon slot, right-click on it to remove it
  4. Right Click on the Rope Gun to add it to the quick-select bag

How to assign the Rope Gun to a hotkey

If you’d like to have your trusty grappling hook handy with a single keystroke, you can assign the Rope Gun to a hotkey by:

  1. Open the inventory
  2. Mouse over the Rope Gun in the left gun case above the crafting mat
  3. With your mouse over the weapon, press one of the ten available hotkeys (1-0) to assign it to that key
  4. Now when you press the assigned key, the Rope Gun will automatically be equipped to your hands


Can ziplines be recovered?

Yes. After being anchored, ziplines can be recovered by approaching one of the two anchors and holding down the interact button when the trashcan icon appears.

Can the Rope Gun be fired at enemies?

No. The Rope Gun will not fire at enemies or non-stationary objects like sticks or corpses.

Can enemies destroy ziplines?

Only if the zipline is anchored to a structure that can be destroyed, for example, a zipline attached to a cabin will be destroyed if the cabin collapses, and a zipline attached to a tree will be destroyed if the tree is felled.

Can the Rope Gun be dropped or traded?

No. The Rope Gun cannot be dropped or traded with other players.

Is the Rope Gun required for achievements?

By extension, yes. Since the Rope Gun is required to complete the game, it is technically needed for the Fight Demons, Fought Demons, and Keep Your Friends Close achievements. Printing a grappling hook is also necessary to achieve the Maker achievement.

Final thoughts on the Rope Gun

Not only is the Rope Gun necessary to complete the story, but you haven’t really played Endnight Games’ Sons Of The Forest until you’ve zipped your way between the mountains and trees.

The ability to quickly deploy portable ziplines makes traversing the harsh terrain of the island much easier. What’s more, ziplines make the hassle of carrying a ton of logs from downriver up to your base a breeze.

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