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

Looking to locate the Stun Gun in Sons Of The Forest?

The Sons Of The Forest Stun Gun is a unique ranged weapon found in Sons Of The Forest that fires a pair of electrified barbs at a target, delivering a powerful electrical charge to an enemy, causing them to seize up and fall to the ground.

While not nearly as deadly as the Pistol or Revolver, the Stun Gun excels at putting targets out of commission and setting the player up for finishing blows. As dangerous as close-quarters combat is in Sons Of The Forest, its ability to stop an enemy in their tracks can save your skin.

How to get the Stun Gun in Sons Of The Forest

Players can find the Stun Gun at the Shoreline Cave on the island’s north-western side.

The entrance to the cave is located at the southern edge of one of the beaches on the island’s western side. It’s the same cave network that the Rebreather is found in.

Once inside the Shoreline Cave, the Stun Gun can be looted near the end of the cave, hanging from a stalactite made of mucus along the cavern’s ceiling.

Nearby, you can also find a Leather Jacket and a radio trapped similarly. When the main cave system splits, take the smaller passage away from the river. If you are moving toward the sound of a radio, you are going the right way.

What type of ammo does it use?

Sons Of The Forest — Reloading the Stun Gun

The Stun Gun expends one round of ammo each time it is fired and must be reloaded before firing again. To load a new round into the gun, press the reload button (default R key.)

Ammo for this weapon is rare and found only in gun cases near campsites, points of interest, and military corpses. It cannot be crafted.

Tips and tricks for using the Stun Gun

While it is a ranged weapon, the Stun Gun has a very limited effective range. For this reason, it is best used to escape dangerous situations or just before entering melee combat when targets are close.

Striking a target in the head with it will not deal additional damage or stun the target for longer, so it is usually best to aim for the center of mass to ensure you don’t miss.

It is significantly more effective against human targets than mutants. A cannibal hit by it will fall to the ground and remain stunned for around 15-20 seconds. Mutants hit by it (except for the humanoid Pale Mutants) will only remain stunned for around 5 seconds and typically remain on their feet (if they have any.)

The Stun Gun’s ability to knock targets to the ground makes it excellent for quickly finishing off dangerous targets like cannibal giants. In tight quarters, a stunned enemy can prevent the enemies behind it from advancing, giving you time to retreat or reload.

How to equip the Stun Gun

Sons Of The Forest — Equipping the Stun Gun

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

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

How to add the Stun Gun to the quick-select bag

Alternatively, if you’ve added the Stun 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 Stun Gun on your quick-select bag, you can find it in one of the auxiliary slots.

The stun baton is considered an auxiliary item and can only be added to the appropriate slots on the backpack. The auxiliary slots on the front and top of the backpack hold items such as the Pistol, Time Bomb, Slingshot, Water Flask, and more.

To add the Stun 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 both axillary slots, right-click on one to remove it
  4. Right-click on the Stun Gun to add it to the quick-select bag

How to assign the Stun Gun to a hotkey

If you’d like to have your taser in hand with a single keystroke, you can assign it to a hotkey by:

  1. Open the inventory
  2. Mouse over the Stun Gun in the right 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 Stun Gun will automatically be equipped to your hands


How many rounds can the Stun Gun hold?

One. The Stun Gun must be reloaded with a new round each time it is fired.

Can the Stun Gun use attachments?

No. It has no weapon rail and cannot be fitted with any attachments.

Is the Stun Gun or stun baton better?

The Stun Baton is more useful as a weapon since it doubles as a club and can shock more than once before needing to be reloaded. However, the Stun Gun’s electric shock is much more powerful and lasts twice as long as the stun baton.

Can the Stun Gun be dropped or traded?

No. It cannot be dropped or traded with other players.

Final thoughts on the Stun Gun

Use a Stun Gun if a fight is going poorly and you need to create a small window to flee. Also, use it if an enemy looks tough, and you want to knock them out first. Fighting two enemies at once and want to even the odds? You know the answer.

It is the portable, all-purpose knock-you-on-your-butt get-out-of-jail-free card. Remember to whip it out whenever you find yourself in a sticky situation.

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