Temporary Shelter

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Temporary Shelter
Temporary Shelter
Also known as
Small shelter
Leaf shelter
Leaf hut
Added in
Building Type
No protection from cold or rain
Destroyed after slept in
Other Effects
Has house icon & color is changeable
Buildable on
Land mostly

The temporary shelter is a leaf based Shelter that destroys after sleeping in it, it was added in update v0.01 to The Forest.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The Temporary Shelter is a structure that the player builds to sleep in, to regain energy and to get through the dangerous night hours, when cannibals and mutants are most aggressive.

As it is advised to build this in the first step of the tutorial, it is usually the player's first shelter.

You can't enter inside of this shelter.

Due to the nature of this shelter, it will not protect you from getting cold at night, as well as it will not protect against the rain. To stay warm and dry during the night, you need to build a fire close to this shelter, which will most likely attract unwanted attention of cannibals and mutants.

Also it can only be used once so do save before you sleep because when you wake up it will break apart.


  • To have a place to sleep (pressing and holding Z if available)
  • To regain energy and restore fatigue by sleep
  • To save your progress (pressing and holding C)
  • All shelters come with a house overlay icon which marks its location, it can be seen anywhere in the game world. This is advantageous to the player when adventuring, so they can always find their way home. The player can press R on this icon to change its color, or change it to ‘grey’ to switch the icon off.

Building[edit | edit source]

Leaf Stick

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

Version Changes
v0.68 (Performance) Overlay icons logic is now batched to reduce the CPU overhead cost (should help on games with lots of shelters, cabins, tree houses, beds, stick marker, sleds with the overlay icon turned on)
v0.65 Fixed ghost leaf shelter rendering over book
v0.64 Fixed Temporary shelter, Log Cabin, and Skull lamp ghosts appearing as white outlines regardless of color setting in options
v0.62 Switched stick marker and sled flag icons to new system (same has house icon on shelters). On the first time loading an old save it tries to match the former color to the closest available color
v0.57 New “home” icon UI on shelters, cabins and bed. Select a tinted icon to have the icon visible in world or the faded icon to hide the icon
v0.54 New temporary (leaf) shelter leaf texture/model
v0.53 (Multiplayer) Fixed burning a shelter causing client to get kicked
v0.43 Moved shelter’s icon a little bit more outside structure
v0.33 Fixed Shelter, Log Cabin & Gazebo destruction looking weird with LODs wrongly taking part in the distortion/collapsing sequences of the destruction system

(Multiplayer) Fixed sleeping in temporary shelter not collapsing them for clients

v0.32 Overlay icons (ie. shelter house icon) now check if they are above or below terrain and only show up when appropriate
v0.32 Added leaf shelter destruction sound
v0.30 Fixed missing home icon on leaf shelter

Leaf shelter now collapses after sleeping in it, making it a one time use only

v0.25 Shelter now shows remaining time until next sleep instead of action icon while the feature is locked (display is relative to 1 in game day, ie if the bar is 50% filled it means half a day remains before sleeping again)
v0.18 Sleeping at night in a shelter will keep you asleep now until the sun is up (unless woken by enemies)
v0.13b Fix for broken saved games (dark shadows, no time passing, sleeping at shelters broken and lots of other bugs in corrupt save games, along with low performance due to error spam)
v0.06 You can now save your game at a shelter without sleeping
v0.03 Inventory can now carry 1 additional stick (to make shelter construction easier)
v0.01b Saving at small shelter now works
v0.01b Temporary Shelter added to the game
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