Naked Brutality Guide

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In the Naked Brutality scenario, you start with absolutely nothing, not even clothes.

Because of this, it is possibly the hardest scenario of all.

Scenario Parameter

Summary: Naked, alone and utterly unprepared. Can you survive?
Description: You went under anaesthetic for a minor surgery. Now you've awoken in a drop pod crashing into a distant planet. You're naked, alone and utterly unprepared. Can you survive?

  • Start with one person, chosen from eight
    • They will be 'New Arrivals'
  • Start with no items
  • Colonist arrives naked

Starting colonist

Skills

You must choose a colonist that is capable of survival skills. They don't need to be good at them, but they must be able to do so at the very least. This includes:

  • Dumb labor: Hauling and cutting plants. Cleaning is optional.
  • Construction: Building shelter to live in.
  • Medicine: Treating oneself when injured or sick. High skill is more important as you have to rely on herbal medicine scavenged from your surroundings.
  • Violence: Defending oneself from mad animals or raiders, as well as hunt for food.
  • Crafting: Making equipment and misc crafting. You need to craft your own starting equipment as you don't start with any.

If the colonist doesn't have these skills then it's best that you reroll until you have one that does. You don't need them to be interested or skilled in any of them, but if you do then it's a plus.

Some skills will make survival easier, but are not essential:

  • Cooking: Making meals out of raw food and butchering creatures. You can eat raw food in a pinch but it's not a good idea to do so.
  • Growing: Growing crops. While you can subsist on hunting and gathering alone very early on, you will eventually need to start planting crops to feed your colonists.
  • Social: Recruiting new colonists and trading. If you are lucky enough to capture a raider then you can use your Social skills to turn them to your side.
  • Mining: Extracting mineral resources. More useful after settling down to begin expansion.

Some other skills are better left for future colonists:

  • Animals: Training animals isn't quite a necessity early-game, but will greatly compliment you in combat, provided you have sufficient food to train animals.
  • Intellectual: Unless you started off in an extreme environment and need essential research (such as Hydroponics) then it's better that you focus on building up a working shelter for survival first, as research merely assists survival.
  • Artistic: Early on you should not be making sculptures yet.

Traits

Besides this, you should also have a colonist with a decent trait selection.

These traits are especially harmful:

  • Gourmand: This trait will certainly make starting off harder- you will need to rush food production in order to keep this one colonist fed, which isn't good.
  • Pyromaniac: This universally hated trait is even more dangerous in a naked brutality start because if your lone colonist breaks, nothing but the rain can extinguish the fires started.
  • Volatile: Having your lone colonist break down is not a good thing to happen, as this will put them right out of action, stagnating progress.

Some traits are more helpful:

  • Industrious: Finishing your work faster means you can get more done. This is especially useful if only 1 colonist's doing everything.
  • Fast learner: Improving your skills faster is very handy, as 1 colonist doing everything gives ample opportunity to train up skills.

At the beginning

It is essential that you solve the basic needs for survival first- in RimWorld, that is food and shelter.

Shelter

Your shelter should be built out of wood. Any wood structure is better than nothing.

A dedicated storage/warehouse is not strictly necessary at this point, however it is better that you build one- that is, once you take care of other things.

Equipment

At the beginning, you will need some form of weapon. In order to hunt effectively, a short bow is best. You will need to go hunting to gather meat and fabrics.

After you gather enough leather from hunting, you can make tribalwear to cover yourself up.

Food

Food can be gathered from plants around you, such as berries or agave. If you have a good grower you should also start growing crops now. Grow rice first, followed by corn. Do potatoes if the only soil around you is poor.

Rice is a good choice to provide constant food fast, but don't rely on rice extensively especially when you lack manpower. Planting slower growing plants with high yield is a good solution after you have secured enough food to wait for longer-growing plants to grow.

Hunting / Scavenging

An effective hunting method is to draft your colonist and manually shoot all animals in a herd until they are bleeding, then let blood loss do its work. In the meantime, you can do other things.

Search the map often, there will be a couple of dead animals which were attacked by predators. You can unforbid and butcher them for free food and leather for your first Tribalwear.

Next step

Defense

Lack of equipment and manpower makes it harder to fight against raiders. Traps will help you a lot in the early stage; placing traps at chokepoints, and luring raiders to trigger them, make it much easier to win.

New colonists

New colonists can either join by chance, or you can encounter someone who can be saved and potentially join your colony.

If it's a wounded person dropping in, you should always try to rescue them first. They can choose to join your colony right away. If they don't, arrest them later.

After you get your second colonist, things will start to be much smooth and easier.

Extreme Biomes Survival

The above will work fine in normal biomes, but if you start in extreme biomes, you will need a different set of survival tactics.

Generally, wood and Healroot is scarce or even nonexistent in Extreme Desert and Tundra, so you are unable to make bows for hunting. If you choose these biomes, it's better to choose a colonist with high melee skill instead of shooting.

Extreme Heat Biomes

The most dangerous threat in hot biomes is the temperature, rather than the lack of food. Heat waves will kill you for sure if you are unprepared.

You need to build a temperature controlled room as soon as possible. Simply a wind turbine and cooler already help.

If you start as a tribe (through changing the scenario), stock enough wood for the passive cooler. Planting saguaro cactus will provide a fast and reliable source of wood, helping you to build up your base and fuel for passive coolers, especially for extreme desert runs.

Food is actually not a big problem here. There's gravel everywhere that you can grow potato and other plants. You will have a hard time at the start but after the first harvest, things will go much better. Heat waves will slow down the growth rate of the plant but won't kill them, so the food supply is steady.

Keep an eye on wild animals. In deserts, there's only a few naturally grown plant for the animals to eat, so a group of camels will be a big threat to your farmland. Better hunt them down soonest or enclose the farmland with walls.

Extreme Cold Biomes

See also

  • Basics - for survival with an industrial start in general, especially 'Crashlanded'