Blocking

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Blocking is a gameplay aspect that is used to prevent damage. To block, hold down the right mouse button while holding an axe, stick, or other acceptable item. Blocking will negate an amount of damage dependent on the weapon used. In earlier versions of the game, blocking protected against all forms of damage, such as burning, poisoning, and falling. Blocking no longer protects from the back or sides and also no longer negates all damage.

An extended blocking method is the perfect block. If an attack is blocked at the right time (short time before the attack hits), with just one press of the defend button, the enemy will be pushed away and is more vulnerable to incoming attacks for a few seconds (about x2 the damage; exact data of the multiplier needs further testing). This is most likely used to fight one or maybe two Cannibals at once since you don't block the entire time, just when the opponent hits. In a crowd battle you will be very vulnerable to attacks from multiple Cannibals.

(A perfect block does not work on Mutants in that form that they won't be pushed away!)

Blocking is not possible yet in VR.

Weapon Block

These tests were conducted by Farket using a Painted Mutant equipped with a Tennis Racket while caught in a Noose Trap on Hard Mode.

Key Notes:

  • Without blocking, the damage was 63, which means the health was taken down to 37.
  • Even though the Katana and Machete state they have no block, they are still worth blocking with as negate the damage from 63 to 10.
  • Between 100 and 60 health, block appears to be the weakest. This also happens when health is between 10 and 0.
  • Between 60 health and 10 health, block progressively becomes more effective.
  • Pictures of the weapons/tools have been used in the table as the names make the table look like garbage due to inconsistent sizing of names.
Block Tier 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Stated Block 0% ? 20% 30% ? 60% ? 90% 100%
Hits IconKatana.png
IconMachete.png
IconBone.png IconPlaneAxe.png
IconRepairTool.png
IconClimbingAxe.png IconLeg.png IconTennisRacket.png
IconStick.png
IconArm.png IconModernAxe.png
IconCraftedClub.png
IconCraftedAxe.png
IconUpgradedStick.png
IconTurtleShell.png
IconClub.png
IconRustyAxe.png
Null 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
1st 90 91 92 93 95 96 98 99 100
2nd 80 82 84 86 90 92 96 98 100
3rd 70 73 76 79 85 88 94 97 100
4th 60 64 68 72 80 84 92 96 100
5th 51 55 60 65 75 80 90 95 100
6th 43 47 53 58 70 76 88 94 100
7th 36 41 47 51 65 72 86 93 100
8th 31 35 41 45 60 68 84 92 100
9th 26 30 36 40 56 64 82 91 100
10th 22 26 32 36 52 60 80 90 100
11th 19 23 28 32 48 56 78 89 100
12th 16 20 25 29 45 52 76 88 100
13th 14 18 22 26 42 49 74 87 100
14th 12 16 20 23 39 46 72 86 100
15th 11 14 18 21 36 43 70 85 100
16th 10 13 16 19 34 40 68 84 100
17th 0 12 14 17 32 38 66 83 100
18th 0 11 13 15 30 36 64 82 100
19th 0 10 12 14 28 34 62 81 100
20th 0 0 11 13 26 32 60 80 100
21th 0 0 10 12 24 30 58 79 100
22nd 0 0 2 11 23 28 56 78 100
23rd 0 0 0 10 22 26 54 77 100
24th 0 0 0 3 21 25 52 76 100
25th 0 0 0 0 20 24 50 75 100
26th 0 0 0 0 19 23 48 74 100
27th 0 0 0 0 18 22 47 73 100
28th 0 0 0 0 17 21 46 72 100
29th 0 0 0 0 16 20 45 71 100
30th 0 0 0 0 15 19 44 70 100
31st 0 0 0 0 14 18 43 69 100
32nd 0 0 0 0 13 17 42 68 100
33rd 0 0 0 0 12 16 41 67 100
34th 0 0 0 0 11 15 40 66 100
35th 0 0 0 0 10 14 39 65 100
36th 0 0 0 0 0 14 38 64 100
37th 0 0 0 0 0 14 37 63 100
38th 0 0 0 0 0 14 36 62 100
39th 0 0 0 0 0 14 35 61 100
40th 0 0 0 0 0 14 34 60 100
41st 0 0 0 0 0 14 33 60 100
42nd 0 0 0 0 0 14 32 60 100
43rd 0 0 0 0 0 14 31 60 100
44th 0 0 0 0 0 14 30 60 100
45th 0 0 0 0 0 14 29 60 100
46th 0 0 0 0 0 14 28 60 100
47th 0 0 0 0 0 14 27 60 100
48th 0 0 0 0 0 14 26 60 100
49th 0 0 0 0 0 14 25 60 100
50th 0 0 0 0 0 14 24 60 100
51st 0 0 0 0 0 14 24 60 100
52nd 0 0 0 0 0 14 24 60 100

Weapons Guide

Weapon IconDamageSmall.png IconSpeedSmall.png IconBlockSmall.png IconRangeSmall.png IconStaminaSmall.png IconFeather.png IconTooth.png IconBooze.png IconFireUpgrade.png IconPoison.png IconTheForestMap.png
IconArm.png Arm 2 5 8.5 9.5 7.9 IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png /
IconBone.png Bone 2 8 2 6.7 3 IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png /
IconChainsaw.png Chainsaw 11 10 N/A 8.1 0 IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconTheForestMap.png
IconClimbingAxe.png Climbing Axe 17 6.5 2.5 6.4 8 IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconTheForestMap.png
IconClub.png Club 38 1 10 7.4 11 IconFeather.png IconTooth.png IconBooze.png IconFireUpgrade.png IconCrossSmall.png /
IconCraftedAxe.png Crafted Axe 27 1 9 7.6 10.9 IconFeather.png IconTooth.png IconBooze.png IconFireUpgrade.png IconPoison.png MPIconCraft.png
IconCraftedClub.png Crafted Club 34 2 9 7.2 10 IconFeather.png IconTooth.png IconBooze.png IconFireUpgrade.png IconCrossSmall.png MPIconCraft.png
IconCrossbow.png Crossbow 82 N/A N/A 0 IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconTheForestMap.png
IconFlareGun.png Flare Gun N/A 0 0 IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconTheForestMap.png
IconFlintlockPistol.png Flintlock Pistol 75 N/A 0 0 IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png /
IconIncendiarySpear.png Incendiary Spear 29 8 N/A 10 10 IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png MPIconCraft.png
IconKatana.png Katana 25 7 1 9.4 7 IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconPoison.png IconTheForestMap.png
IconLeg.png Leg 2 6 4.5 8.8 2.9 IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png /
IconMachete.png Machete 21 7.5 1 6.1 7 IconFeather.png IconTooth.png IconBooze.png IconCrossSmall.png IconPoison.png IconTheForestMap.png
IconModernAxe.png Modern Axe 34 5 9 8.5 7.9 IconFeather.png IconTooth.png IconBooze.png IconFireUpgrade.png IconPoison.png IconTheForestMap.png
IconPlaneAxe.png Plane Axe 21 5.5 2.5 7.8 8 IconFeather.png IconTooth.png IconBooze.png IconFireUpgrade.png IconPoison.png /
IconRepairTool.png Repair Tool 0 10 2.5 6.0 0 IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png MPIconCraft.png
IconRustyAxe.png Rusty Axe 29 4 10 8.4 9.9 IconFeather.png IconTooth.png IconBooze.png IconFireUpgrade.png IconPoison.png IconTheForestMap.png
IconSlingshot.png Slingshot 5 N/A N/A / 0 IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png MPIconCraft.png
IconStick.png Stick 8 7 5.5 9.2 5 IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png /
IconTennisRacket.png Tennis Racket 8 5 5.5 9.1 4 IconFeather.png IconTooth.png IconBooze.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconTheForestMap.png
IconTurtleShell.png Turtle Shell 12 1 10 6.6 9.9 IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png /
IconUpgradedSpear.png Upgraded Spear 29 8 N/A 10 10 IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconPoison.png MPIconCraft.png
IconUpgradedSpear.png Upgrade Spear - Thrown 60 N/A N/A / 28 IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconPoison.png MPIconCraft.png
IconUpgradedStick.png Upgraded Stick 8 7 9 9.2 5 IconFeather.png IconTooth.png IconBooze.png IconFireUpgrade.png IconCrossSmall.png MPIconCraft.png
IconUpgradedRock.png Upgraded Rock 34 5 N/A 5.5 11.9 IconCrossSmall.png IconCrossSmall.png IconBooze.png IconFireUpgrade.png IconCrossSmall.png MPIconCraft.png
IconSpear.png Weak Spear 12 6.5 N/A 9.8 10 IconFeather.png IconTooth.png IconBooze.png IconCrossSmall.png IconPoison.png MPIconCraft.png
IconSpear.png Weak Spear - Thrown 60 N/A N/A - 28 IconFeather.png IconTooth.png IconBooze.png IconCrossSmall.png IconPoison.png MPIconCraft.png
Bows IconDamageSmall.png IconSpeedSmall.png IconBlockSmall.png IconRangeSmall.png IconStaminaSmall.png IconArrow.png IconBoneArrow.png IconPoisonArrow.png IconFireArrow.png IconModernArrow.png IconTheForestMap.png
IconModernBow.png Modern Bow N/A 0 0 33 37 33 52 IconTheForestMap.png
IconCraftedBow.png Crafted Bow N/A N/A 0 21 24 21 33 MPIconCraft.png

Gallery

Update history

Version Changes
v0.72 Fixed player held clubs using wrong block animation

Fixed upgraded rock showing a block value in the inventory tooltip

v0.68 Fixed a case of player able to attack indefinitely while blocking after doing a heavy attack
v0.67 Tennis racquet now uses single arm block animation
v0.65 Fixed block animation getting stuck while interacting with crane and other triggers
v0.63 Fixed player blocks also blocking hits from behind
v0.57 Fixed survival book sometimes not opening properly while blocking and fixed book sometimes opening at wrong screen position when cold
v0.55 Fixed player incorrectly blocking if block is pressed immediately after picking up a spear
v0.41 Fixed being unable to block while jumping
v0.40 Fixed weapon block sometimes getting stuck when using a gamepad
v0.37 Fixed animation issues when picking up small rocks/tennis balls while blocking

Fixed block animation not showing correctly for remote players in MP

(Multiplayer) Fixed blocking animation cutting off for remote players

v0.36 Fixed player grabbing end of burning stick while blocking

Better single armed block pose on player

Fixed anim glitch when transitioning into single arm block

Fixed player block reaction animation sometimes not playing correctly

v0.35 (Audio) Added new sound effect for when player blocks

Fixed blocking animation breaking sitting on bench action

v0.34 Fixed entering cave sometimes breaking if player was blocking while entering

(Audio) Added hit from behind while blocking sfx

v0.33 Fixed lighter clipping through various weapons when blocking

Fixed turtle shell shield not correctly blocking attacks

v0.26d Fixed player sometimes losing armor even when blocking

Reduced overall block damage amount slightly

v0.25 (balance) Rebalanced all weapon speed/damage/block strength

(balance) Blocking with weapons no longer drains stamina

(UI) Added weapon block strength display to inventory item tooltip

v0.14 New item added: Turtle shell! Can be taken from killed beach turtles. May be used in crafting structures or as a makeshift shield to block attacks! (or even as a weapon)
v0.13 Getting hit while blocking now drains more stamina

Block will fail now when hit if you have very low stamina

v0.08b Left hand does not play block animation if using non-stick weapon
v0.02 You can now block attacks with the red plane axe by holding down right mouse button