Rust – What Happens When You Die?

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Dying is one of the scariest things that can happen to you in Rust if you are a total beginner. You have absolutely no idea what will happen if you die and everyone around you is trying to send you to the afterlife.

Though you might be scared of it right now, you will surely understand after a few hours that dying is a normal part of Rust. Some players even use the dying mechanic to their advantage to quickly get back in a fight.

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Since dying is a normal part of the game, you will have to get used to it. However, it would surely help to know beforehand what will happen when you die in Rust.

When you die in Rust, you will see a death screen where you can see where on the map you died, how long you lived, who killed you, and a button that will allow you to respawn. Any player can come and loot your dead body as long as it isn’t inside a Safe Zone.

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What Happens When You Die in Rust?

When you die in Rust, all that happens is that you can either respawn or leave the server/exit the game. There are no real repercussions for dying in Rust besides having a chance to lose all the loot you had on you.

Any player can loot your body as long as it isn’t inside a Safe Zone.

The moment you die, your body falls to the ground and stays there for a while until it disappears.

You can either respawn on a random beach, with no chance to select exactly which beach you will appear, or at a sleeping bag/bed that you placed before.

If you want to get your loot back from your dead body, you will have from 5 to 60 minutes to get there before the loot disappears.

The amount of time it takes for loot to despawn depends solely on the level of the items you had in your inventory.

Players with incredible loot will take around 60 minutes to despawn, while newly spawned players with nothing but a rock and a torch will disappear in 5 minutes.

The death screen also shows you a lot of information that you could find useful, such as:

  • Time alive (Upper side of the screen)
  • Who killed you (Upper side of the screen)
  • What weapon they used (Upper side of the screen)
  • The distance at which they killed you (Upper side of the screen)
  • The location of your body (Center map)
  • All the possible respawn sleeping bags/beds (Lower side of the screen)
  • Button to Respawn (Lower side of the screen)

That’s everything you need to know about what happens when you die in Rust!

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Adrian Oprea

Based in London, United Kingdom, Adrian Oprea is a Guides Writer. As a professional single-player RPG player, Adrian has often been stigmatized. He has decided to pour his frustration into writing guides!

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