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Screenshot of various containers as they appear in-game - Version 39.56

Containers are pieces of furniture located throughout Project Zomboid's various locations, including Knox County and the unnamed suburb (Pre-0.2.0r). The key difference between a container and other furniture pieces like chairs, tables and so forth, is that they have their own dedicated inventory. Allowing the player to drop off and organise items, lightening the player's load and allowing them to scout and scavenge easier. Placing more than one of the same item inside a container will automatically stack them into the same slot, decluttering the inventory menu.

Container Window

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The container window as displayed in-game. Explanation of ńumbers are to the left.

To the right is an image displaying the container window. In order to show this window, the player can either left-click the container, or mouse hover over the proximity/container window, which is displayed at the top of the screen by default. Or if isn't showing pressing the I key will toggle it on or off.
Just like the player's inventory, the container window is separated into three categorical columns; the icon of the item, the type (name of the item), and category (e.g. literature or food).

Below is a description explaining each component of the container window; ńumbers are paired with those displayed on the image to the right.

  1. Containers can hold any type of item, however only up to their weight capacity. This functionality is similar to how bags can only hold a certain weight limit. The two ńumbers display the current (0.9) and the maximum (20) weight.
  2. The rightmost column displays all the lootable containers within the player's proximity. Left-clicking an icon in this column will display the container's inventory.
  3. By selecting Loot All, the player will begin to transfer all items from the container into their current inventory. Moving/turning away will cancel this action.
  4. Items are listed in a hierarchical manner, decluttering the player's inventory list by stacking similar items together. In order to view a particular stack of items, the player can left-click the small arrow, presenting them with a darkened overlay. This can be especially helpful when the player has items of different levels/durability, such as a half full water bottle and a full one. All item stacks can also be displayed or hidden by clicking one of the two boxes at the top of this category.

Container Icons

Cabinet = Cabinet

Counter = Counter
Crate = Crate
Drawer = Drawer
floor = Floor
Freezer = Freezer
Fridge = Fridge

Garbage = Garbage

Medicine = Medicine
Microwave = Microwave
Oven = Oven
Plant = Plant
Shelf = Shelf
Vending = Vending

Female Corpse = Female Corpse

Female Zombie Corpse = Female Zombie Corpse
Male Corpse = Male Corpse
Male Zombie Corpse = Male Zombie Corpse

Types Of Containers

Refrigerators

Refrigerators are a container that slows the rate in which perishable foods spoil, whilst they're stored inside. This functionality will work so long as there is a source of power connected.

Fridge

A fridge can come in many variants, including large, industrial, mini and standard. The standard fridge is the most common, being found in most houses and some restaurants, with a weight capacity of 40. The mini fridge will also be found in some houses, however mostly inside those in a trailer park, they'll also be found in hotel/motel rooms and staffroom kitchens, with a weight capacity of 20. Industrial fridges are the usual variant found in restaurants and bakeries, and have a weight capacity of unknown. The large fridge is a two tile wide container, appearing inside gas stations, general stores and grocery stores, each tile has a weight capacity of 50. A fridge will usually contain perishable foods like meat, fruits and vegetables, however it's also common to find non-perishables like mustard and water bottles. All fridges will also have a freezer, which is a separate container.

Freezer

Freezers are far superior to the standard fridge container, as they will slow the spoilage rate of perishable food to a near halt. The freezer attachment can be found in the container window below the fridge icon. Along with the fridge attachment, freezers can also be found as their own entity, commonly outside gas stations. Any freezer will frequently contain icecream and coldpacks, however, like the fridge; meat, fruits and vegetables can also be found. Food left in a freezer will eventually become frozen which cannot be added as an ingredient until thawed. The freezer of a standard fridge (including large and industrial) has a weight capacity of 20, however each tile of a free-standing popsicle fridge will have a capacity of 30.

Refrigerator Model Variants
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Large Fridge

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Industrial Fridge

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Steel Fridge

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Plain Fridge

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Popsicle Fridge

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Mini Fridge

Ovens

Ovens are a heat source that is typically used for cooking. The oven, microwave and antique oven can be found inside kitchens of houses, restaurants and staffrooms. The propane barbecue and charcoal barbecue can be outside certain houses or in picnic areas. The campfire cannot be found naturally, requiring the player to build one using a campfire kit, which can spawn inside certain containers. Each oven has a particular source of fuel that they require in order to function, this fuel may vary between ovens. The main fuel types are electricity, propane, petrol, charcoal and wood or other burnable material. For more info about each oven type, see the Heat Source article.

Oven Model Variants
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Chrome Microwave

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Modern Oven

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Industrial Oven

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Large Modern Oven

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Antique Oven

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Propane Barbecue

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Charcoal Barbecue

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Campfire

Counters

Counters are a flat-topped work surface (with the exception of floating counters) with cupboards. All counter variations have a weight capacity of 50.

Kitchen Counter

A kitchen counter can be found inside the kitchens of houses and restaurants. They will usually contain various types of cooking utensils and food. They may also contain seeds, dead mice or rats, dish towels or a mop. The item distribution will vary depending on the kitchen type, a few examples include: Burgers, Spiffo's, Pile-o-Crepe, Bakery, Pizza, Cafe and more. Survivor houses, or houses with barricades on the doors and windows, will contain much more non-perishable food, like canned foods, or a shotgun and ammo.

Shop Counter

A shop counter can be found inside various shops, often having a cash register on top of one. They will usually contain basic literature, stationery items and tote bags. Some stores these can be found in include: Furniture, Theatre, Clothing, Gift, along with more. There are also some stores that contain a set of items unique to their shop type, some include: Electronics, Bar, Pharmacy, Gun, Hair Salon or Tattoo Parlor, Laundromat, Convenience, Gas and more.

Bathroom Counter

Bathroom counters can contain a range of junk items along with sheets, bath towels, tissues, bleach, medical items and more.

Occupation Counter

Occupation counters can be found randomly inside a normal house. The kitchen counters will have a range of items belonging to a specific occupation. The occupations that are randomly chosen between are Carpenter, Electrician, Farmer or Nurse.

Steel Counter

A steel counter is an industrial variant of the standard counter, therefore will contain items typically found inside storage rooms and warehouses. Some items include carpentry tools, metalworking tools and various materials. An exception to this includes steel counters found inside a medical clinic, which can contain various kinds of medical items and walkie talkies. A steel counter can be crafted by the player at level 5 metalworking.

Counter Model Variants
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Cream Counter

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Metal/Steel Counter

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Bar Counter

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Floating Counter

Bedroom Storage

Bedroom storage includes wardrobes and drawers, which are usually, but not always, frequently found inside the bedrooms of houses and motels/hotels.

Wardrobe and Drawers

While wardrobes and drawers usually stay in the bedroom, wardrobes may also be found throughout the house, particularly in the living room. Wardrobes and drawers have identical item distribution, however will vary slightly between being in the bedroom and not. Both locations can have clothing, pillows, bags, baseball bat and more. Some examples of the distribution differences include: candles, sleeping tablets and walkie talkies are not in the bedroom, while CD players, alarm clock and HAM radios are.

Small Table

Small tables differ from wardrobes and drawers as they have a separate item distribution and can be found throughout the house differing depending on where they're found. All small tables can include any of the civilian radios and walkie talkies. Those found in bedrooms mostly contain household electrical appliances and magazines, whereas outside the bedroom, they can contain skill books, reading material, house keys, maps, TV remotes, home alarms and more.

Household Storage Model Variants
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Small Table

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Bedroom Drawers

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Dark Fancy Drawers

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Mirror and Drawers

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Fancy Wardrobe

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Large Wardrobe

Shelves

Shelves are the most common container as they can be found in almost every building type, with many different variants.

Wooden Shelves

Wooden shelves can be found in most types of buildings, a few examples include: gas stations, tool stores, bars, pharmacies/medical clinics, clothing stores, restaurants, kitchens, among many others. The contents of a wooden shelf can differ dramatically and will usually stick with the theme of the building or room type, for example, electronics store shelves can have batteries, headphones and electronic magazines; or a gas station may have chips, lighters and car batteries. Inside houses however, they are usually found inside the kitchen, containing bowls, radios, literature, salt and pepper.

Metal Shelves

Metal shelves are an industrial variant, usually coming in one of three content categories: construction, firearms and mechanical. The construction shelves are the most common, containing tools, like hammers and screwdrivers; materials, like nails and glue; or electricals such as, radios and walkie talkies. This type of metal shelf can be found inside tool sheds, garages and warehouses. Firearm shelves can contain all kinds of firearms, ammo and tactical radios, depending on the building type they're found in. These shelves are found in police stations and gun stores, however police stations will not have varmint rifles or hunting rifles. Mechanical shelves can contain all vehicle parts, tools, mechanic magazines and skill books, these will be found in mechanic shops and gas stations.

Bookshelf

Bookshelves are commonly found inside houses or in abundance within libraries and bookstores. They are the best source of skill books, or much more commonly, books. It is also possible to find other literature items, such as newspapers, magazines, journals, empty notebooks, sheets of paper, recipe magazines and even radios. With a high enough carpentry skill and the correct equipment, it is possible for the player to construct a small and a large bookcase.

Magazine Shelf

Magazine shelves are usually the best place to find recipe magazines, however this isn't always the case. For example, corner stores will only have books, normal magazines and newspapers, while a grocery store will have normal magazines, newspapers and maps. Recipe magazines will also not appear inside gas station magazine shelves, however they are a very good place to find maps.

Shop Shelves

Shop shelves come in many variations in both the model and contents, which depend on the shop type. The item distribution will correspond to the store they're found in, however the distribution can vary substantially between similar store types, for example a zippee store and the average convenience store has similar but different items that can spawn on the shelves. A few examples include: tool stores which can have various carpentry, metalworking, fishing, farming and mechanics items; bar shelves often have alcohol and cigarettes; Pharmacies will have all types of medical supplies, gift stores will have various kinds of junk items, candles and stationery.

Shelf Model Variants
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Small Bookshelf

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Bookshelf

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Metal Wall Shelves

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Large Metal Shelves

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Wooden Wall Shelves

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Wooden Wall Shelf

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Bar Shelf

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Magazine Shelf

Desks

Desks are fairly abundant throughout Knox County, appearing in houses, offices and schools.

Office Desk

Office desks are a two tile wide object with only one container, which is always on the tile with the drawers, therefore desks without a drawer will not have a container. Office desks can be found in the office of a house, bank, factory, school and many other building types. A large variety of items can be found inside an office desk, such as stationery items, confectionary food, pills, cigarettes, along with many more. The office desk only has a weight capacity of 20, being a fairly poor 2 tile wide storage container.

School Desk

School Desks are found exclusively inside schools, with many lined up in rows inside a classroom. They take up a single tile and have a weight capacity of 50, being far superior to the standard office desk. The school desk has a shorter, yet differing list of spawnable items than the office desk, including CD players, walkie talkies, basic literature and more.

Desk Model Variants
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Office Desk

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School Desk

Cabinets

Filing Cabinet

Filing cabinets can be found inside the office of many different building types. The item distribution is limited, having more than a 50% chance of spawning a sheet of paper, with other possible items including a magazine, newspaper, book, comic book and notebook. Having such a low item distribution, along with a weight capacity of 15, the filing cabinet is one of the more useless containers.

Medicine Cabinet

The medicine cabinet will typically contain various medical items, however the distribution can vary somewhat between buildings. A medicine cabinet inside a bathroom has a fairly small chance of having medical items and is more likely to contain items like sheets, bleach, bath towels and hairspray. However, a medicine cabinet found inside a survivor house or nurse's bathroom will not contain these same items and is much more likely to contain medical items, and at a much higher quantity.

Cabinet Model Variants
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Medicine Cabinet

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White File Cabinet

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Grey File Cabinet

Lockers

Large Locker

The large locker can come in two variants, yellow and blue, and is found inside schools and the changing rooms of police stations. Lockers inside changing rooms will often contain clothing and bags, however they may also contain a baseball bat, electricals and 9mm rounds. Similarly, lockers inside schools can contain clothing and schoolbags, along with other items like stationery, basic literature and sports equipment. A Large locker is craftable through metalworking and will be unlocked at skill level 9.

Small Chest

The small chest has the same item distribution as the large locker found in schools. Small chests can be found in military bases and some tiny houses. It has a considerably lower storage space than the large locker, with a weight capacity of just 10.

Small Locker

A small locker can be crafted with metalworking at level 6, however it appears naturally inside gun stores, hunting stores and the armoury of police stations and the jail. Small lockers in gun stores can contain every possible firearm, ammo and weapon modifications, along with the hunting knife, axe, gunpowder and military grade comms. Hunting stores will stock exclusively the hunting rifle, varmint rifle and shotgun, along with the relevant ammo. Whereas armouries will never contain rifles or weapon modifications. Small lockers will also be found throughout Knox County inside various garages and tool sheds. However, these will only contain tools and crafting materials.

Metal Locker

Metal lockers will regularly be found inside tool mechanic shops, tool sheds, garages, warehouses and storerooms. Most metal lockers will contain various tools and materials for metalworking, carpentry, electrical, farming and fishing. Mechanic shops will differ in distribution, containing electronics, mechanic, engineering and metalworking recipe magazines, mechanic tools and radios. The metal locker takes up just a single tile and has a weight capacity of 50.

Locker Model Variants
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Small Chest

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Small Locker

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Blue Locker

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Yellow Locker

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Metal Locker

Crates

Crates are box type containers that can contain a large variety of items. They're usually found in storage spaces, making the contents vary depending on the building type. For example, a convenience store will have literature, chips and lighters, while a grocer will have varying types of food. Most crates can be found inside warehouses which will have many useful tools and materials, like sacks, charcoal, metal sheets, seeds, wire and many more. Storage units contain much of the same as warehouses, however more household and less construction focused.

Wooden Crate

Wooden crates have a weight capacity of 50 and can be stacked up to 3 high, or more with a high roof or outside, making them the most storage space possible on a single tile. They can be built once reaching level 3 carpentry and will vary in design depending on the carpentry level. They will frequently be found inside warehouses, while also appearing in storage rooms, tool sheds and storage cupboards.

Cardboard Box

Cardboard boxes can be found in both large and small variants. The large has a weight capacity of 25, while the small only has 10. The cardboard box can be picked up without requiring any skill level, therefore has a 0% chance of breaking, making it a useful transportable storage item for early on.

Metal Crate

A metal crate will not appear in the game world naturally, requiring it to be built by the player. Building a metal crate requires a metalworking level of 4 and will have a weight capacity of 80. Unlike the wooden crate, the metal crate cannot be stacked on top of other items of furniture, including other metal crates.

Basket

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Crate Model Variants
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Vegetable Basket

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Cardboard Box

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Cardboard Box

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Wooden Crate

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Metal Crate

Displays

Displays are very similar to shelves and counters, in that the contents vary depending on the store they're located in. The key difference is the container name they're recognised as in the code. For example, a clothing store has both a shelves container and a clothingrack container, each with a differing item distribution. Furthermore, a cafe has both a counter and a displaycase. These displays can come in the form of a glass cabinet/counter, rack, stand or shelf. The contents of the containers will be relevant to the type of store they're found in.

The following is a list of stores that they can be found in.

  • Grocer
  • Gun Store
  • Bakery
  • Cafe
  • Pizza Restaurant
  • Gift Store
  • Candy Store
  • Department Store
  • Ice Cream Store
  • Butcher
  • Clothes Store
  • Sports Store
Display Container Model Variants
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Gun Display Case

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Grocery Display Counter

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Trapezoid Shop Shelves

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Rounded Glass Display Counter

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Large Clothes Rack

Bins

Bins can be found both indoors and outdoors, containing various kinds of garbage. The most notable item is the garbage bag, which are frequently found inside bins. Other garbage items can include empty bottles, stationery items, tissues, cigarettes and more. Bins that are found inside bathrooms will often contain items that will usually be found inside a counter or medicine cabinet, however this may be a bug.

Bin Model Variants
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Round Bin

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Recycle Bin

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Green Bin

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Wheelie Bin

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Grey Garbage Bin

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Garbage Bin

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Blue Dumpster

Mail Boxes

Mail boxes can be found in 2 variants, either the public or private mail box. The private mail box is the most common, and can be found at the end of most household driveways, while the public is much less common, usually being found in commercial areas. The weight capacity for mail boxes is limited, with a capacity of 5 for private mail boxes and unknown for public. Mail boxes are recognised as one of the best places to search for recipe magazines as they are incredibly common within residential areas. Furthermore, the contents have a %30 chance of being a recipe magazine, and a 70% chance of being either a newspaper or magazine. A post office can be found to have lock boxes inside, however these do not have an inventory.

Mail Box Model Variants
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Mail Box

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Public Mail Box

Vending Machines

Vending machines come in 2 variants, chips and pop, with each having a weight capacity of 20. They are usually found in commercial areas, outside some restaurants and hotels/motels. Each variant will only contain its dedicated item type, either chips, or pop cans and orange soda. It should be noted that vending machines differ from the fridge, as they do not reduce the rate of spoilage, nor require electricity, and are just a simple container.

Display Container Model Variants
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Pop Vending Machine

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Chips Vending Machine

Composter

The composter does not spawn naturally, requiring the player to craft it through carpentry. Rotten food can be placed into the composter which will generate compost over time. Once the level of compost reaches 10% full or more, a sack can be used to remove it, producing a compost bag. Compost is used as a fertilizer in farming, to increase the growth rate of crops. A composter has a weight capacity of 50, and although its primary use is for rotten food, it can be used to store any type of item.

Composter Model
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Composter

Stashes

Stashes are hidden containers left by other survivors in order to keep their valuable items safe. The player may stumble upon a stash by chance, or be lead to one by following an annotated map. A stash can be hidden under the floorboards inside a house, which can be discovered by hearing a creaking sound when walking over a particular floorboards tile. To access the stash, simply stand on or near the creaky floorboards, the stash will then appear in the container window as a shelf icon. There are 3 different stash types that can be found: shotgun, pistol and tool. The shotgun stash can contain a shotgun, shotgun shells and a box of shotgun shells. Similarly, the pistol stash can contain a pistol, 9mm rounds and a box of 9mm bullets. The tool stash can contain a hammer, axe, saw, tarp, plank, rope, nails, box of nails, duct tape, glue, adhesive tape or wood glue. It is uncomfirmed at this time whether a stash is limited exclusively to floorboards, or if a stash may also be found in a duffelbag, as the game code and texture files suggest.

Stash Model Variants
Note that these models are not accurate representations of their appearance in-game
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Dufflebag Stash

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Floorboards Stash

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Floorboards Stash

Plants

There are various naturally spawning plant containers that can be found.

Log Stack

A log stack will only ever contain logs, with a different container for each tile the stack covers. The size of the log stack can vary between a large multiple tiles long and the smaller 2 tiles wide variant. The smaller log stack can be found beside some shacks and hunting cabins, while they can both be found in lumber yards. As a log stack has an inventory, this saves the player from having to chop down trees, therefore saving tool durability.

Berry Bush

Berry bushes can randomly grow along with other plants caused by the game erosion. It is unknown whether these bushes have a dedicated sprite or not and there have been reports of these bushes being invisible, however this may have been patched. There are 5 variants of berry bushes that can be found; blackberry bushes, blueberry bushes, fruitbushc, containing generic berry 1, fruitbushd, containing generic berry 2 and 5, and fruitbushe, which has generic berry 3 and 4. Contents of berry bushes do not age, causing the player to never find rotten berries on a bush. Once berries have been removed from the bush, the berry bush will then despawn.

Corn Plant

Wild corn plants can be found on some abandoned farm fields. Unlike the berry bushes, the contents will spoil at the usual rate. It is unknown whether these plants spawn randomly like berry bushes, or once the contents are removed, if the plant despawns or not.

Plant Container Model Variants
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Log Stack

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Wild Corn

Corpses

Corpses can spawn naturally during world generation as killed survivors, or be the result of the player killing a zombie. Dead survivors can be found in a random location, houses (both boarded up and not) and in the trunk of vehicles. A dead survivor may be found with both empty and full bleach bottles, weapons and ammo. All corpses can be found with maps, certain medical supplies, a pistol, walkie talkie and bags, among other items. Male corpses can also be found with items that would typically fit into a male role, such as a wallet, baseball bat and man wedding ring, while a female may be found with a purse, doll and woman wedding ring.

Corpse Variants
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Male Corpse

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Male Zombie Corpse

See Also