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Rust Vending Machines Guide: How To Build, Defend & Placement Locations

Learn how to build, place, and defend vending machines in Rust for maximum profit with our guide. Start your own shop and dominate the market.
Rust Vending Machines Guide: How To Build, Defend & Placement Locations

Setting up a vending machine shop in Rust can be an excellent way to turn a profit. It's also a great way for players to obtain tools, resources, and weapons. Although there might be an assortment of vending machines across the map, this guide will teach you how to build your own vending machine in Rust, including the best placement location and how to defend it against competitors. By following these instructions, you'll be able to maximize your profits and provide players with a convenient way to get what they need while dominating the market.

How To Build A Vending Machine In Rust


The vending machine in Rust is a craftable item that requires 20x high-quality metal and 3x gears at a level 1 workbench. Once crafted, you can place it wherever you like. It's recommended to place the vending machine in an empty door frame. However, you can set the vending machine without a door frame if you want a custom shop front like a guarded window.

To configure the vending machine, select the item you want to sell, input the quantity you will sell per order, and choose the items you want to receive for the trade. Then, to rotate the vending machine, players can press R. Once configured, players can open their map to see the vending machine icon and its sellable contents.

Best Vending Machine Locations In Rust

When deciding on the optimal location for your vending machine in Rust, it's important to consider supply and demand for the items you plan to sell. For example, if you're selling lower-tier items, it's best to position your shop close to the spawn coast. However, if you're selling high-tier items, it's better to position the shop near the snow or larger monuments.

Another key factor to consider is safety. Excellent locations include those near safe zones, where you can access your shop without risking your safety. By keeping these factors in mind, you can ensure your vending machine shop is a profitable and secure venture in Rust.

How To Defend Vending Machines In Rust


When defending the vending machines in Rust, several strategies exist. For instance, garage doors are a great way to protect them since they require three rockets to destroy, making them harder to raid. You can also advertise using signs, decorations, and messaging in chat. By keeping the designs compact, you can create a design that is both secure and visually appealing. To further enhance security, you can add turrets to your shop or consider drone access, although it's not essential.

And that concludes our guide on vending machines in Rust. We would like to give a special thanks to YouTuber Jfarr for all the featured images. If you found this guide useful, check out our other helpful guides, such as how to survive the Arctic biome or our best armor and fishing guides. With these resources at your disposal, you'll be well on your way to success in Rust.

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