The Forest Traps Guide

Here’s a run-down of the 8 traps available in The Forest

The Forest drops players into an innately hostile and extremely violent environment with little more than an ax and their wits to protect themselves. Fortunately, where there is wit, there is a way.

The survival guide offers an assortment of 8 different traps for the player to build. The effects of The Forest’s traps can vary widely, from dropping giant rocks, setting enemies alight, or even catching dinner for you. To help you decide which traps are best for your situation, we have listed each of the game’s traps below, along with their own unique requirements, strengths, and weaknesses.

1. Happy Birthday Trap

The Forest — A Deployed Happy Birthday Trap

  • Category: Advanced
  • Role: Defensive
  • Damage: Very High
  • Area of Effect: Large
  • Required Components: 20 Sticks, 2 Rocks, 2 Ropes, 4 Logs

The happy birthday trap is a broad, hard-hitting advanced trap capable of stopping a charging mutant in its tracks. In addition to its killing power, the happy birthday trap functions as a defensive barrier after being triggered, blocking passage and preventing pursuit. Its large hitbox and tremendous stopping power make the happy birthday trap one of the best defensive traps available to the player.

Read on for more insights on how to build and use the happy birthday trap.

2. Deadfall Trap

The Forest — A Deployed Deadfall Trap

  • Category: Advanced
  • Role: Ambush
  • Damage: Very High
  • Area of Effect: Medium
  • Required Components: 3 Sticks, 3 Logs

The deadfall trap is powerful for killing cannibals in a single hit or dealing heavy damage to mutants. While lacking in defensive capability, deadfall traps can easily flatten entire patrols of unaware enemies.

Read on for more insights on how to build and use the deadfall trap.

3. Noose Trap

The Forest — A Deployed Noose Trap

  • Category: Advanced
  • Role: Ambush
  • Damage: N/A
  • Area of Effect: Single Target
  • Required Components: 2 Sticks, 1 Rope, 5 Logs

The noose trap is unique in that it captures its victim alive. While this trap does not kill its target, it makes for an excellent diversion and offers numerous creative uses for the player to explore.

Read on for more insights on how to build and use the noose trap.

4. Rope Swing Trap

The Forest — A Deployed Rope Swing Trap

  • Category: Advanced
  • Role: Ambush, Offensive
  • Damage: High
  • Area of Effect: Medium
  • Required Components: 10 Rocks, 1 Rope, 6 Logs

When triggered, the rope swing trap is a fixed structure that strikes enemies with a spiked bundle of rocks. The arc of this trap’s swing allows it to strike multiple times and knock enemies down with each blow. Side effects may include severe head trauma.

Read on for more insights on how to build and use the rope swing trap.

5. Molotov Wire Trap

The Forest — A Deployed Molotov Wire Trap

  • Category: Simple
  • Role: Defensive, Ambush, Offensive
  • Damage: Low
  • Area of Effect: Small
  • Required Components: 1 Stick, 3 Cloth, 1 Molotov

The Molotov wire trap is an incendiary device hooked up to a tripwire. These portable and versatile traps allow the player to build them quickly and easily. When triggered, this trap creates a small fire that burns enemies and ignites flammable materials such as leaves or mutant skin.

Read on for more insights on how to build and use the Molotov wire trap.

6. Explosive Wire Trap

The Forest — A Deployed Explosive Wire Trap

  • Category: Simple
  • Role: Ambush, Offensive
  • Damage: Moderate
  • Area of Effect: Large
  • Required Components: 1 Stick, 3 Cloth, 1 Bomb

Essentially a landmine, the explosive wire trap detonates when triggered. This explosion is powerful enough to send enemies flying and even knock mutants off their feet. Just mind where you choose to place them.

Read on for more insights on how to build and use the explosive wire trap.

7. Leaf Pile Trap

The Forest — A Deployed Leaf Pile Trap

  • Category: Simple
  • Role: Defensive, Offensive, Ambush
  • Damage: Low
  • Area of Effect: Variable
  • Required Components: 50 Leaves

The leaf pile trap may not seem like much, but their flammable nature makes them second to none when toasting mutants. Leaf pile traps work well in various situations and serve as anything from temporary defensive barriers to augments for flaming weaponry.

Read on for more insights on how to build and use the leaf pile trap.

8. Rabbit Trap

The Forest — A Deployed Rabbit Trap

  • Category: Simple
  • Role: Small Animal Capture
  • Damage: N/A
  • Area of Effect: Single Target
  • Required Components:
    • Land Variant: 31 Sticks
    • Water Variant: 28 Sticks, 2 Rope

The rabbit trap won’t help with your mutant problem but will make getting food much easier daily. Rabbit traps can capture small animals when placed on land or fish when placed in water. Additionally, rabbit traps are required for the Rabbit Cage to become functional.

Read on for more insights on how to build and use the rabbit trap.

Final thoughts on The Forest’s traps

Learning how each of The Forest’s traps works can initially seem daunting. Once you understand each trap’s basic function, experimenting is half the fun. Try combining various traps or using them in combat scenarios. Ultimately, how you choose to utilize any or all of these traps is up to you. All we can say is get creative, and thanks to Endnight Games for bringing these lovely traps to us!

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Aaron Van Dyck is a thriller novelist with a passion for survival games and exploration. He started writing at the age of 13 and has always been drawn to the sense of self-reliance and freedom found in open worlds. An avid urban explorer and RPG enthusiast, he enjoys dungeon crawling and has a particular love for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Far Cry 5, and Cataclysm: DDA. He's also a fan of shooters and action games with immersive stories and unique monsters to encounter.

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