Are you new to the game Radiation Island? Are you having a hard time surviving and keep on dying due to hunger, cold, radiation, or other enemy attacks? If so, this beginner’s guide may be able to help you get the hang of the game without rage quitting.
We will not go into details about exactly where you should go in Radiation Islands. And it should be noted that this guide is for beginning survival only. This beginner’s walkthrough guide for Radiation Island will help to propel you into the game, since the current tutorial for the game is pretty weak.
Depending on the selection that you did, you will have to prepare your death a certain way:
Exploration: Just explore as normal, since you do not lose anything at death.
Adventure: Make sure you unequip your weapon when you know that you will die. Dying with weapons in your hand means that you will lose it.
Starting Your Craft
Weapons and Ammos
Waypoint and Save Points
Radiation Island is a survival open world game. In the beginning, you should pick up everything that you see including Flints, Twigs, any Fruits lying on the floor, and use bare hand to pick from the higher bushes.
You can equip the gears that you either find or crafted yourself.
The tools or weapons can be equipped by tapping once after they have been dragged into your active inventory. Or they can be equipped by tapping twice from your inventory selection. You can unequip the items by tapping them the same way either through inventory or active item slots.
You can equip gears by dragging them to the left slots of the inventory selection screen. The shield and green bar indicate how much defense that you have based on your equipped gears.
Ways to Die
You will die alot if you are not careful about your decisions or preparations. You can die by losing health due to any of the following factors except for broken bone due to falling.
Direct Damage: Attacked by zombies, animals, or fall.
Bleeding: Attacked by animals such as wolf, bear, and croc.
Infection / Poison: Attacked by Zombies
Radiation: Certain zones have “radiation” which can cause damage to your health.
Cold: Usually occur at night or high altitude.
Hunger: This is the main method of dying in the game, without food, you will die sooner or later.
Broken Bone: Broken bone slows down your movement, but you do not suffer damage over time.
Basic Item Material Collection
Below is a quick list of the basic materials that you can collect throughout the game.
Twigs: On the ground or by bare hand attacking trees.
Flint: On the ground.
Stones: Stone on the ground.
Iron Ore: Stones or Iron ores on the ground. It looks silverish compared to the regular rocks.
Titanium Ore: Titanium ore. It looks like weird rocks with holes.
Sulfur Ore: The yellow rocks on the ground.
Fiber, Leaves, Medical Plants: Bare hand picking the bushes. You typically can just live with bare hand picking to save durability on your Machete melee weapon.
Leather: Killing Wolves and crafting from croc and bear leather.
Fiber: Bushes or killing zombies. You can get them much easier through barehand picking through the bushes.
Starting Your Craft
For the purpose of this beginner’s guide, we will avoid mentioning the details on the crafting materials in this section. Please consult and use the complete Radiation Island crafting material list to help you keep track of your holdings.
When you first start the game. Follow the below methods and work your way towards better gears.
The single most important item to craft in the beginning is your inventory bag space. With so many items that you can pick up and collect, you need all the spaces that you can get. So hunt those wolves for their leather to increase your inventory.
After you have increased your inventory, the next set of items to craft and collect are defensive gears from the clothing section.
1. Make Stone Axe. Chop some wood with the stone axe.
2. Use the wood to create stone pickaxe.
3. Melt iron ores into Iron. Craft either arrows or a few melee weapon with it.
4. Pick Up Titanium from one of the houses.
5. Craft Titanium pickaxe and only use it to mine titanium ores.
6. After you have a healthy stash of Titanium pick-axe. Use it to mine sulfur.
7. With sulfur you can craft for bullets.
To use furnace, you first need to craft it and place on the ground. You can insert either twig or wood into one of the upper two boxes. The melting or cooking process will use up either 4 twigs or 1 piece of wood.
Place either the ore or the raw meat into the other box to process it.
Raw meat = 2 Patties
Fish = 3 Patties
Iron Ore = Iron
Titanium Ore = Titanium
Weapons and Ammos
In Radiation Island, ranged weapons is almost always better than melee weapons. You have way too low defenses against most of the enemies even if you are fully geared. Melee weapons should only be used as a last line of defense when your ranged weapons fail to kill the enemies in time.
So in general, you should forget about all the weak tools that also act as melee weapons.
You should avoid boomerang as it is a much more tedious weapon to craft and maintain.
Start by building out slingshot to help you hunt wolves. Slingshot requires 5 Wood
and 2 Fiber. Slingshot requires pebbles as ammos which can be crafted using stones mined through rocks.
Search for bow at a house near your hut on the beach. Start crafting some arrows and save them, you will need them for some of the beginning zombies or bears.
Next, build a Titanium Machete for your melee weapon. Finally, search and loot the chests that you see in military bases for stronger guns. At that point, all you need is to craft various ammos and blow the enemies away.
It should also be noted in adventure mode, make sure you unequip your advanced guns if you know that you are going to die! You do not want to lose them. In survivor mode, well…You should not die at all to avoid losing everything in your inventory.
There are two best ways to get food in Radiation Island. Fishing and setting up traps for rabbits. Make sure that you cook the fish and meat inside the furnace to get cooked meat patties.
Fishing is the easiest and best way to get food and fed in Radiation Island. Craft a fishing rod using 2 String, 3 Wood. Bring the rod to any place with the sea, the beginning beach is a great area to start your fishing process.
Craft the rabbit trap using 1 Banana, 1 Coconut, 1 Pineapple. Set it up near the beach area. Use slingshot to pick off any rabbits that you see before they get into the trap. You can also use barehand to kill them for meat after they fall into the trap. But you will have to reset it later. It should be noted that rabbit traps can also attract sheep which is a great way to gather wool.
You should grind your way to at least level 3 or even level 5 backpack before you leave the beach area. Get stocked up with a few stacks of meat patties so that you do not have to worry about food. Make sure you have mined yourself some titanium weapons before you go. We would really recommend a full set of leather clothing as well.
Below are some of the notes for the icons noted on the map:
You can use these as your respawn points, simply sleep in those beds through the night and you can spawn there after death.
Consider build storage cases at your spawn points to store things that you don’t have room to carry.
The “X” marks on the map contain buried chests. You can dig those places using a crafted shovel to find the hidden items.
Transit Stations are special houses you discover along the way that allow you to “fast travel” or “teleport” to them at any time. You can teleport anytime when you are free of immediate enemy threats or attacks. To use the transit stations, tap the map to zoom in and tap on the transit station icon.
Transit stations look like an ship steering wheel on the mini map.
The underlying goal of the game is to survive and escape from the island. You will need to collect various notes to unlock the codes to disable the Tesla towers. Check the complete Radiation Island Tesla Tower guide for the disable codes and locations.