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At the very beginning of the game Survival: Fountain of Youth, it can be challenging for a newcomer to find food and water. In this short guide, I will teach you how to easily obtain plenty of food and drink at the very start of the game, using only a wooden spear and a stone cutter.
So, in the bottom left corner, you can see the hunger and thirst indicators of the character. When they reach zero, you will slowly lose health and eventually die. In terms of game mechanics, time is spent on any action. Even when you simply try to collect a few leaves from a palm tree, it takes 20 minutes of game time. For you as a player, this time flies by instantly, but your character loses a certain amount of points on the hunger, thirst, and energy scales.
Food and Drink without Tools
The simplest sources of water and food, which do not require any tools, are coconuts and shells. Both can be found in large quantities on the island’s seashores, including where the character is washed ashore. To create food, you need to open the crafting panel (Q) and make it from these resources (under the “Food” section).
Shells can be found lying on the sand on the seashore in a random order. You can extract a mollusk from them and eat it. The mollusk restores 8 food points and 4 water points for the character.
Coconuts are usually scattered under palm trees where they grow. There are two types of coconuts in the game: green and ripe. From a green coconut, you can get Coconut Water, which restores 30 units of water for the character. From a ripe coconut, you can get an edible coconut, which restores 10 food points and 3 water points for the character.
Also, on the shore where the character is washed ashore after the shipwreck, you can find crates from that ship. Some crates contain ready-to-eat food, such as Red Apple. It is worth it for a beginner to run along the coast and collect this food.
Gathering Coconuts from Coconut Palms
Coconuts grow not on all palm trees, but only on Coconut Palms. Such palms are easy to distinguish visually, as they have coconuts hanging on them.
From each of these palms, you can collect at least 2 green coconuts and at least 1 ripe one in ~30 game days. To do this, you will need the most basic tool, the Stone Cutter, which is created from 1 Stone.
Stones can be collected from Stone Piles (4-5 units), which can be found in the savanna at small stone “deposits”. Usually, next to a Stone Pile lies 1 Massive Stone, which will also be needed for crafting in the future.
However, through the crafting panel (Q → Resources), you can create 4 Stones from 1 Massive Stone without any tools.
After creating the Stone Cutter from a piece of stone, approach the coconut palm and press “E” to interact. Select the number of coconuts you want to collect and press “Harvest” (hotkey “Space“).
Please note that the Stone Cutter has a durability reserve, which is displayed in the window below. Harvesting 1 coconut takes 3 units of the tool’s durability. When the durability runs out, you won’t be able to use the Stone Cutter. It cannot be repaired, so you will have to discard the broken one and create a new one.
Hunting Crabs, Short-eared Dogs, and Chickens with a Spear
The game has an introductory tutorial, so you will be taught how to create a wooden spear. Just in case, I will explain how to do it. To create a Wooden Spear, you will need 1 Long Stick, which can be collected from Jurema Preta Trees using a Stone Axe. To create a Stone Axe (Q → Tools), you will need 1 Stone and 1 Small Stick. Both can be found on the ground and gathered without tools.
Jurema Preta Trees themselves grow near the shore where the main character is washed ashore according to the storyline. Press “E” to interact and collect long sticks using the “Harvest” button. After that, the Wooden Spear recipe will be unlocked, and you can create it from 1 Long Stick (Q → Melee Weapons).
The spear is an excellent melee weapon, but it can also be thrown. To do this, you must hold down the right mouse button, wait for crosshair shrinking, and press the left mouse button to throw.
The simplest creatures to hunt are crabs, which live on the seashore. Sneak up closer to the crab (Ctrl) and throw the spear at it. One throw is enough for your character to have a delicious dinner.
A little further from the shore, you will find chickens. Don’t get too close to them, or they will run away. From a killed chicken, you can get meat and feathers using a Stone Cutter.
Also, not far from the shore, closer to the jungles, you will find short-eared dogs that literally swarm the island. Short-eared dogs will attack you if you get too close or start aiming at them. However, one accurate spear throw (on “normal” difficulty) will be enough to defeat them.
Any meat in the game is cooked on a campfire. To cook, you first need to create and place a campfire (Q → Machines), then create a Spindle Firestarter (Q → Firestarters), and then light the fire.
On the campfire, you can cook crabs, chicken meat steaks, and short-eared dogs.
I think now, as a beginner, you definitely should not have any problems with hunger or thirst in Survival: Fountain of Youth. On the seashore a little further, you can occasionally encounter turtles, but I didn’t dare hunt them. They just look too cute 🤭.