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A cave in the desert.

The Cave is a naturally occurring Monument in Experimental Rust, typically found on most larger procedurally generated maps. Unlike other monuments, caves do not incur a "Building Blocked" penalty in certain areas, effectively allowing for setting up inside them.


Cave jumping puzzle

A jumping puzzle inside a cave.

There are currently nine different types of cave layouts that exist in Rust:

Small sized caves[]

The small sized caves comes in three different layouts and they all include a single entrance and exit. The puzzles inside the caves are easy and non-deadly. They also include one or two build rooms.

Medium sized caves[]

The three medium sized cave layouts will have on average two or three points of entry. The network complexity is harder to memorise and they might also include a single deadly trap. The puzzles are a bit more difficult and they include two to four build rooms.

Large sized caves[]

The three large sized cave layouts may have as many as five points of entry and exit. The network complexity is the hardest of all caves and they include several deadly puzzles. The caves might also include up to eight different build rooms


Certain areas inside the caves allows for player made structures. These buildable areas are marked with small tree stumps at the entrance of a cave room.


Cave node

A minable rock node.

Small minable rock nodes may spawn inside the cave tunnels.