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How to find a Shovel in Sons of the Forest

It's a long journey from the crash site.

A shovel is a critical tool for you in Sons of the Forest. It’s an item you need to dig up multiple items scattered throughout the island. If you want to find the shovel, there are a handful of items you will need to collect first. They are close to the starting area, so tracking them down shouldn’t be too difficult, but we recommend going into these encounters well-equipped. Here’s what you need to know about how to find the shovel in Sons of the Forest.

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Where to find a shovel in Sons of the Forest

The two items you need to find before going after the shovel are the Rebreather and the Rope Gun. You can find the rebreather near your crash site, and the other item is closer to the south of the starting location, over by the 3D printer cave.

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How to find the rebreather

You can find the Rebreather in the first cave you appear at in Sons of the Forest, south of the crash site. Head inside, deal with the mutants and explore the cave. You’ll find it by exploring the cave to the left side. You should find the rebreather near the water, next to a handful of dead bodies. A shark will be in the water, so don’t jump into this area if you can help it.

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How to find the Rope Gun

The next step is to make your way to the 3D printer inside a hidden cave and head to a cave close to it. This will lead you to the Rope Gun, and you’ll need to battle through a horde of mutants to reach it.

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Before you can fight the mutants, a large blob will be blocking your path. However, we were able to destroy it by using a time bomb, which we made using a C4 Brick, five coins, duct tape, wire, a watch, and a circuit board. Once you have all of those, you can make the time bomb, throw it at the blob, and progress forward into the cave.

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The next problem is traversing this cave. It’s relatively dark and challenging to go due to the number of mutants you will fight. We recommend lining your path using flares, having a torch ready, and bringing plenty of medical supplies and food. Our best advice for finding the Rope Gun is to continue through the cave and advance, following the path. Although dark, it’s a clear path forward, with a handful of turns. When you reach the end of the cave, you’ll find the Rope Gun, and then you can exit it by jumping down from the Rope Gun location and leaving.

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Shovel cave location in Sons of the Forest

The next part will take you closer to the crash site. You want to find a cave close to the base of the snowy mountain, which will have the shovel inside. You’ll need to use the rebreather and the Rope Gun to reach it.

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When you enter the cave, hold the Rope Gun and interact with the rope that takes you to the other side.

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When you reach the other side, there will be a deep water area you can search through, and you’ll find the shovel on the other end of the cave, through multiple subterranean locations. You’ll have to go through several underwater areas, battling multiple enemies to finally reach it. The shovel will be next to a body, with a bright light against it, so you shouldn’t miss it.

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Zack Palm is the Senior Writer of Gamepur and has spent over five years covering video games, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Oregon State University. He spends his free time biking, running tabletop campaigns, and listening to heavy metal. His primary game beats are Pokémon Go, Destiny 2, Final Fantasy XIV, and any newly released title, and he finds it difficult to pull away from any Star Wars game.