Raft Survival Ocean Nomad Guide: Tips & Cheats To Surviving At Sea

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A mysterious cataclysm has left the world completely flooded, and when your flight across world gets shot down by an unknown assailant, you are forced to fight for survival! Raft Survival Ocean Nomad is a open ocean survival game where you will live off the land as you built a raft to call your own and explore nearby deserted islands.

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In our Raft Survival Ocean Nomad, we will show you the basics of surviving out in the open sea and how to get more gear. It is a harsh world out there, but with a little bit of practice, you too can become a master survivalist. Let’s get started with our Raft Survival Ocean Nomad cheats, tips and tricks strategy guide to surviving at sea!

Fishing Materials Out of the Sea

You start the game out only with a hook. You can toss this hook out into the ocean to reel in materials that drift by, like logs, thatch, and more. Whenever you have an idle moment, you should always take the hook out and start fishing for more supplies. You never know what you will find!

In addition to raw materials and junk, you can also find storage containers like crates, chests, and barrels. These containers will contain a random assortment of items, so you should always grab them if you see them.

The one caveat is that while crates and barrels are opened immediately, chests contain rarer items and can only be opened by watching an advertisement. If you do not want to waste your time with ads, then go ahead and skip the chests. Everything else is fair game though!

Managing Bodily Needs

Your three main stats are health, hunger, and thirst. As the tutorial explained, you will gradually get hungrier and thirstier as time goes on, and weather conditions can also affect you as well.

Sometimes you may get lucky by finding bottles of water and canned food in crates and barrels, but for the most part you are going to have to rely on nature to keep your health up. Your fishing net will catch fish for you over time, and then you can cook them with the campfire. The rain catcher will take care of water for you.

Both of these processes take time, so make sure that you have them queued up if you are getting hungry or thirsty. You do not want to be caught below 30 hunger or thirst waiting for an item to finish!

If you are planning to go out on an expedition for an extended amount of time, be sure to bring some food and water with you. You do not want to be caught on an unknown island with no supplies!

Understanding Processes

In Raft Survival Ocean Nomad, you have up to three “processes”. Processes are basically any crafting task that your workbenches perform. Campfire cooking a fish? That is a process. Rain catcher catching water? That is also a process!

When a process is active and the timer is counting down, you lose one of your three processes. You gain the process back after the crafting is finish, but if you use all three at once you cannot start any other processes until one of the current ones finishes.

You can use doubloons to temporarily increase the maximum amount of processes you can work with, but in our opinion we do not think it is worth it, considering how hard it is to get doubloons.

What to Spend Doubloons on

Doubloons are precious golden coins, and they serve as the game’s premium currency. There are a lot of restrictions when you play Raft Survival Ocean Nomad, from inventory limits to crafting limits – there is seemingly no end to them.

To help alleviate some of the frustration, doubloons can be spent on improving certain things. The first and foremost thing you can upgrade is to expand your inventory, and we recommend this being your first action. Being able to carry more stuff is always helpful, no matter the situation.

You can also spend doubloons on expanding crafting station’s crafting slots. While this sounds like a good idea as you can queue up multiple things, bear in mind that you still only have three processes to divvy out, so you can easily just blow all of your processes in one station and not be able to crafting anything else.

Finally, as mentioned previously, you can temporarily increase the max amount of processes you have by paying doubloons. The more you pay, the longer the bonus processes last. Of course, we also do not really think this is a good use of your doubloons. In the end, we highly recommend just using them to improve your inventory space by unlocking new cells and tabs.

To get more doubloons as a free player, you need to complete the quests. The main quests will always reward you with at least one doubloon, and you get two if you watch an advertisement. You will also receive a set of three daily quests every day that reward a double each, so make sure you complete those before the day is over.

Follow the Quests for Crafting Station Progression

The main quests will lead you down the general progression route, and it will teach you about the advanced crafting stations. You will be mainly creating the refinery stations, and these are the crafting stations that let you turn raw materials into more advanced stuff.

The Furnace can turn clay into bricks, the sawmill can turn logs into wooden boards, and so forth. If you want to create the better gear and structures, you will need to start to making the advanced materials.

Salvaging Islands

At any point you can use your smaller sailboat to sail to a nearby island. These islands are randomly generated and they can contain a variety of fauna and flora, so be sure to take the time to check them out. The perfect time to do so is after you load up all of your processes.

Islands can contain wild animals which can be hunted for meat and materials, and they also contains ore veins that can be mined with a pickaxe for precious minerals. There are also trees, but you do not really need to worry about logs as long as you consistently using your hook to fish out the logs that drift by your raft.

There are even hidden bunkers on some islands, but you need a lot of rare and hard to get materials to open them. It is worth it though, as these bunkers often contain all sorts of super rare equipment and treasure. They also start the story line of the game, and you can see how the world came to be.

Here is a tip: make sure to bring some lockpicks with you when you head out to an island. Islands are full of locked crates and cargo, and these things have a random chance to give you rare loot. To open them, you have to either use a lockpick or watch an ad, and we know how tiresome the ads can get. You can craft lockpicks at the raft.

Attacking other Rafts

In addition to the islands, you can also see other players’ rafts. You can attack their rafts and try to steal their items and equipment, but be warned – the game keeps a log of all players who attack, so it is very likely the player you attack will seek revenge.

You can get some good loot this way obviously, but be prepared for the consequences. Try to put your chests and other precious facilities inside a locked room on your raft, as players will attempt to break down your raft to try to steal your stuff.

If you are going to be actively participating in PvP, make sure you start using the better raft materials. The regular raft platforms that you craft with just logs will not cut it against armed players – you will need the reinforced pieces that use the wooden boards at the very minimum.

One Final Mystery

One of the islands you can go to has another bunker. Once you open it, you will need to build the Radio Outlet on your raft, but in order to get further into the bunker you need a special keycard to access it.

We have searched high and low for this mysterious key card, but we came up with nothing. If you know the secret to this special bunker or where this key card is, leave us a comment below!

And that wraps up our guide on Raft Survival Ocean Nomad. With these tips, you should be able to hold your own in the game while advancing the story. If you have any other tips or tricks to share, let us know in the comments below!

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Jeremy Kanjanapangka
Jeremy is a Content Writer for Touch, Tap, Play, and has been writing in the games journalism industry for almost a decade now. With a degree in English and a passion for games, he loves to talk and write about all kinds of games. While you can find him covering the latest and greatest games, there is a special place in his heart for RPGs, action-adventure games, fighting games, and anything Nintendo related.


Raft Survival Ocean Nomad Guide: Tips & Cheats To Surviving At Sea

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