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Metalworking
Metalworking
General
Type
Crafting
Modifies
Build speed
Build health
Spiffo ready to safely dismantle some car wrecks

Metalworking is a skill which allows a player to barricade windows and doors, craft metal structures and containers, repair car parts, and disassemble metal objects in the world.

Metalworking

Metalworking is a rarely sought after skill within Project Zomboid. Unfortunately, due to the lack of content related to the metalworking skill, many players do not see the time investment in higher levels as a good use of their survival time. In comparison to the carpentry skill, there is little to construct, fewer ways to gain XP, and it's also harder to acquire the required tools in the early game.

Character creation

The process of character creation can be a daunting one. You are required to dedicate yourself to particular traits and skills, before you can even begin playing.

Players should experiment with what they are comfortable with, or what skills they want to build into, while being aware that some traits have major bugs, that in some cases can make them worthless.

The skill levels you start with will also contribute an XP gain boost to those skills, based on the level, as seen below.

Starting skill level and experience boost

Level 0 – 25%
Level 1 – 75%
Level 2 – 100%
Level 3+ – 125%

Occupations

Name Starting points Major skills Description Notes
Metalworker Metalworker -6 +3 Metalworking Can weld foraged metal to create items and barricades. Ideal for any player looking to start with metalworking recipes known.

The metalwork menu

The metalwork menu can be accessed by right-clicking while carrying a propane torch and a welding mask. By hovering over the metalwork option in the context menu, a sub-menu will open showing each category of buildable. Items will show in red if you do not have the ability or materials to construct an item.

Types of buildables

Multi-stage building

Some buildables require multiple stages of building to complete. The most common of these is the metal wall and window.

First, you must build the wall frame, in the location you want to build the wall (a metal wall can be built on a wooden or metal frame). Note that zombies can climb through wall frames. Once completed, you can right-click the built wall frame, and then choose the level of wall or window you want to, and are able to build.

Note, doors cannot be built this way, and must be built using a wooden door frame.

Wall/Window Level Metalworking Level
1 2
2 8

Walls/windows of level 1 can be upgraded to the next higher level after building.

The health of a wall is directly affected by your metalworking level.

Crafting

Main article: Metalworking (crafting)

The most notable items that can be crafted with metalworking are below:

Product Ingredients Tools Requirements Workstation XP
MetalWall1 Metalwork.png
Metal Wall Lvl 1
One of:
WoodenWallFrame Carpentry.png Wooden Wall Frame ×1
MetalWallFrame Metalwork.png Metal Wall Frame ×1
Each of:
SheetMetal.png Metal Sheet ×3
BlowTorch.png
Propane Torch
10 unit(s)
  
(and)
WeldingMask.png
Welder Mask
Metalworking 2
(and)
MagazineWelding1.png
The Metalwork Magazine Vol.1
none 3.75 Metalworking
MetalCrate.png
Metal Crate
MetalTube.png Metal Pipe ×2
SheetMetal.png Metal Sheet ×1
MetalSheetSmall.png Small Metal Sheet ×1
ScrapMetal.png Scrap Metal ×1
BlowTorch.png
Propane Torch
2 unit(s)
  
(and)
WeldingMask.png
Welder Mask
(and)
WeldingRods.png
Welding Rods
1 unit(s)
  
Metalworking 4
(and)
MagazineWelding2.png
The Metalwork Magazine Vol.2
none 5 Metalworking
BigWiredFence Metalwork.png
Big Wired Fence
MetalTube.png Metal Pipe ×3
ScrapMetal.png Scrap Metal ×4
Wire.png Wire ×3 unit(s)
BlowTorch.png
Propane Torch
2 unit(s)
  
(and)
WeldingMask.png
Welder Mask
Metalworking 5
(and)
MagazineWelding3.png
The Metalwork Magazine Vol.3
none 5 Metalworking
BigPoleFence Metalwork.png
Big Pole Fence
MetalTube.png Metal Pipe ×5
ScrapMetal.png Scrap Metal ×2
BlowTorch.png
Propane Torch
2 unit(s)
  
(and)
WeldingMask.png
Welder Mask
(and)
WeldingRods.png
Welding Rods
1 unit(s)
  
Metalworking 7
(and)
MagazineWelding3.png
The Metalwork Magazine Vol.3
none 6.25 Metalworking
BigPoleFenceGate Metalwork.png
Big Pole Fence Gate
MetalTube.png Metal Pipe ×5
ScrapMetal.png Scrap Metal ×4
Doorhinge.png Door Hinge ×2
BlowTorch.png
Propane Torch
2 unit(s)
  
(and)
WeldingMask.png
Welder Mask
(and)
WeldingRods.png
Welding Rods
1 unit(s)
  
Metalworking 7
(and)
MagazineWelding3.png
The Metalwork Magazine Vol.3
none 6.25 Metalworking
BigDoublePoleGate Metalwork.png
Big Double Pole Gate
MetalTube.png Metal Pipe ×10
ScrapMetal.png Scrap Metal ×4
Doorhinge.png Door Hinge ×2
BlowTorch.png
Propane Torch
2 unit(s)
  
(and)
WeldingMask.png
Welder Mask
(and)
WeldingRods.png
Welding Rods
1 unit(s)
  
Metalworking 8
(and)
MagazineWelding3.png
The Metalwork Magazine Vol.3
none 6.25 Metalworking

Getting started

Tools

Gathering materials

Materials used in metalworking can be found in containers throughout the world, or obtained by disassembling objects. These materials include:

Other requirements

Unless a character has started with the Metalworker occupation, they will also need to read the relevant metalworking magazines before items can be constructed.

Item Description

MagazineWelding1.png
The Metalwork Magazine Vol.1

Teaches Recipes: Make Metal Walls, Make Metal Roof

MagazineWelding2.png
The Metalwork Magazine Vol.2

Teaches Recipes: Make Metal Containers

MagazineWelding3.png
The Metalwork Magazine Vol.3

Teaches Recipes: Make Metal Fences

MagazineWelding3.png
The Metalwork Magazine Vol.4

Teaches Recipes: Make Metal Sheet,

Levelling

Metal barricades can be constructed at Level 0, without reading any recipe magazines or using welding rods. These barricades have much more HP than planks, making them an excellent choice for fortifying windows and doors. Metal bars barricades have 3 times more HP than wooden barricades, while metal sheets have 5 times more (considering the same level between skills).

Product Ingredients Tools Requirements Workstation XP
MetalSheetBarricade Metalwork.png
Barricade (Metal Sheet)
One of:
WoodenDoor Carpentry.gif Door ×1
Window Carpentry.gif Window ×1
SheetMetal.png Metal Sheet ×1
BlowTorch.png
Propane Torch
1 unit(s)
  
(and)
WeldingMask.png
Welder Mask
none none 1.5 Metalworking
MetalBarBarricade Metalwork.png
Barricade (Metal Bars)
One of:
WoodenDoor Carpentry.gif Door ×1
Window Carpentry.gif Window ×1
MetalBar.png Metal Bar ×3
BlowTorch.png
Propane Torch
1 unit(s)
  
(and)
WeldingMask.png
Welder Mask
none none 1.5 Metalworking

Media

Skill books

Due to the scarcity of material, if a higher level is desired, it's important to maximize XP gain by reading the Metalworking skill books.

Actions

The following actions all provide metalworking XP;

  • Dismantling car wrecks.
  • Dismantling other metal objects and furniture
  • Barricading windows and doors with metal barricades.

Other actions may also provide metalworking XP, but these are the most common.

Dismantling

With the propane torch and welding mask equipped, objects in the world can be disassembled by right-clicking. Depending on the skill level, one of three things can happen:

  1. Regular materials + scrap metal will be awarded
  2. Only scrap metal will be awarded (partial failure)
  3. No items will be awarded (total failure)

The full experience amount will be given in all cases.

Below is a list of some of the objects that can be taken apart;

  • Car Wreck
  • Playground Slide
  • Dumpster
  • Large Metal Shelf
  • Bath
  • Fridge
  • Vending Machine
  • Big Locker
  • Bin
  • File Cabinet
  • Metal Door
  • Large Locker
  • Oven
  • Steel Counter
  • Road Sign
  • Clothing Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Chest Freezer
  • Charcoal BBQ
  • Small Locker
  • Microwave
  • Shower
  • Sink
  • Toilet
  • Metal Chair

Trivia

  • Metal constructions can be destroyed by fire.
  • It was originally planned to have blacksmithRemoved skill in addition to metalworking for build 34[1][2]. They were briefly implemented in the internal build of the game, with some items such as Smithing MagazinesRemoved! and tiles still being in game, however it was toned down and postponed with including the smelting part[3]. Blacksmithing is expected to return as part of build 42.

References