Recipe Book

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Recipe Book
example of a Hardbound recipe book
Item Group Books
Categories Recipe Book


Hit Points
Durability (Min Level)
Durability (Max Level)
Durability Loss per Use
Vehicle Base Speed
Vehicle Sprint Speed
Horizontal Support
Light Value
Noise Volume
Noise Range
Activity Level Strength
Activity Level Time
Activity Level Frequency
Activity Level Strength
Activity Level Time
Activity Level Frequency
Gear Slots
Inventory Slots
Max Stack
Storage Slots
Mobility Decrease %
Stamina Decrease /sec
Mod Type
Mod Compatibility
Base Price
Attack stats
Max Range
Effective Range
Entity Damage
Entity Power Attack Damage
Power Attack Multiplier
Explosive Radius (Entity)
Body-part disable chance (base)
Body-part disable chance (max)
Critical Chance
Attacks per minute
Rounds per minute
Attacks per minute
Attacks per minute / 60
Muzzle Flash
Shot Volume
Hip Accuracy
Aim Accuracy
Unholster time
Reload Time (seconds)
Stamina per Use
Block Range
Block Damage
Power Attack Multiplier
Explosive Radius (Block)
Multiplier: cloth
Multiplier: earth
Multiplier: metal
Multiplier: organic
Multiplier: stone
Multiplier: water
Multiplier: wood
Multiplier: glass
Additional effects
Initial Experience
Subsequent Experience
Armor stats
Armor Rating
Effect Resists
Hypo-thermal (Cold Resist) °F, 0°C
Hyper-thermal (Heat Resist) °F, 0°C
Effect on Health
Effect on Stamina
Effect on Food
Effect on Water
Effect on Max Health
Food Poisoning prob. %
Other Effects
Effect on Health
Effect on Stamina
Effect on Food
Effect on Water
Effect on Max Health
Food Poisoning prob. %
Other Effects
Butcher Tool
Butcher Resource Multiplier
Disassemble Tool
Hoe Tool
Hoe Multiplier
Hoe Damage Multiplier
Repairs per minute
Block Repair Range
Ammo Type
Requires Electrical Power
Smelted Into
Smelted Amount
Burn Time as Fuel
Provides Electrical Power
Other uses
Unlocks Crafting recipes
Used by
Upgrades into
Used to craft
Crafting Ingredient Time
Unlocked with
Ingredients Used
Repaired using
Scraps into
Scraps into ScrapBrass.png
Scraps into Cloth.png
Scraps into ElectricParts.png
Scraps into Glass.png
Scraps into ScrapIron.png
Scraps into ScrapLead.png
Scraps into MechanicalParts.png
Scraps into MilitaryFiber.png
Scraps into Paper.png
Scraps into YuccaFibers.png
Scraps into ScrapPlastics.png
Scraps into RockSmall.png
Scraps into ScrapTungsten.png
Scraps into Woodresource.png
Breaks into
Seed used
Light Opacity
Growth stages
Time to grow
Used to grow
Crop produced
Looting Yes
Loot Containers

Description[edit | edit source]

Recipe Books are lootable items found inside bookcases as well as many containers at random locations throughout the map. Using a recipe book will teach the player ("unlock") new recipes used to craft various weapons and tools. The new recipe or recipes the player learns will be added to the recipe list found to the left of the crafting grid.

  • A recipe is displayed in grey if the player has not crafted the item previously and does not have the correct materials.
  • A recipe is displayed in white if the player has the correct materials but has not crafted the item previously.
  • A recipe is displayed in green if the player has the correct materials in their inventory and they have crafted the item previously.

To read a book, it has to be in a tool belt slot and needs to be activated by mouse clicking.

Unlocking recipes is extremely useful for improving your defenses against zombies, not to mention your chances of survival and your post-apocalyptic quality of life. Recipes are permanently unlocked, whereas recipe books can be lost or destroyed. So it is advised to read them as soon as possible.

Recipe books disappear when read. Since the release of Alpha 16, you can no longer read the same book or schematic for experience. If you try, the message "All recipes already known" will appear at the bottom of the screen. Additional copies of recipe books can be given or traded to other survivors or a trader, as well as burned for fuel in a Campfire or Forge or crafted to paper.

Titles[edit | edit source]

Each Recipe Book has a unique title and a description which has a reference to the weapon or tool recipes it contains. The list below shows the titles currently available and which recipes they contain. To view more information for any given title click on it to access its specific article.

Types[edit | edit source]

There are two different types of Recipe Book. They all work the same way, and differ only by appearance:

AmmunitionNationBook.png Books
Schematic.png Schematic

Books[edit | edit source]

TheEnforcerMagazine.png Enforcer Magazine
HuntingKnifeBook.png Hunting Knife Book
MinibikesForDumbshits.png Minibikes For Dumbshits
PistolBook.png Pistol Book
BeerBook.png Tasting and Brewing
PaintingDecorations.png Painting Decorations
PaintingFaux.png Painting Faux
PaintingMasonry.png Painting Masonry
PaintingMetal.png Painting Metal
PaintingWallCoverings.png Painting Wall Coverings
PaintingWoodAndRoofing.png Painting Wood And Roofing

Schematics[edit | edit source]

Armor[edit | edit source]

IronBootsSchematic.png Iron Boots Schematic
IronChestArmorSchematic.png Iron Chest Armor Schematic
IronGlovesSchematic.png Iron Gloves Schematic
IronHelmetSchematic.png Iron Helmet Schematic
IronLegArmorSchematic.png Iron Leg Armor Schematic
LeatherBootsSchematic.png Leather Boots Schematic
LeatherGlovesSchematic.png Leather Gloves Schematic
LeatherHatSchematic.png Leather Hood Schematic
LeatherJacketSchematic.png Leather Jacket Schematic
LeatherPantsSchematic.png Leather Pants Schematic

Weapons/Tools[edit | edit source]

Ak47Schematic.png Ak 47 Schematic
CrossbowSchematic.png Crossbow Schematic
CompoundSchematic.png Compound Schematic
HuntingRifleSchematic.png Hunting Rifle Schematic
PumpShotgunSchematic.png Shotgun Schematic
SledgehammerSchematic.png Sledgehammer Schematic
SmgSchematics.png SMG Schematic
SniperRifleSchematic.png Sniper Rifle Schematic
ClubSpikedSchematic.png Spiked Club Schematic

Ammo[edit | edit source]

ExplodingCrossbowBoltSchematic.png Exploding Crossbow Bolt Schematic
FlamingArrowSchematic.png Flaming Arrow Schematic
ShotgunSlugSchematic.png Shotgun Slug Schematic

Other[edit | edit source]

AugerSchematic.png Auger Schematic
BatteryBankSchematic.png Battery Bank Schematic
ChainsawSchematic.pngChainsaw Schematic
FirstAidKitSchematic.png First Aid Kit Schematic
GasCanSchematic.png Gas Can Schematic

Notes[edit | edit source]

As of Alpha 14, most Schematics have been removed from the game and have been replaced by Perks instead (for example, the ability to make steel and concrete are both locked behind Perks instead of schematics). To get these Perks, you must have a high enough level in a certain skill (for example, to get the Steel Perk you need to be level 40 in the Construction Skill to get the Concrete Perk you need to be level 20 in the Construction Skill) and you need to spend skill points on these Perks to make them more efficient, similar to how Quality Joe works.

However, some schematics are still in the game. For example, to be able to craft beer you would need to read Tasting and Brewing.