How to Get Stones in Dayz

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Surviving in a world full of zombies isn't easy, and you have to use what you can find. Stone is a tough material you can use in DayZ, and best of all, you can find it anywhere. However, they may not be apparent to the untrained eye, especially if you need more.

Picking up the small stones in the game world is one way to get this resource. Still, there are other ways to get stones in DayZ. Keep reading to learn more.



How to find stones in DayZ

Stones are pretty much strewn all over DayZ. From walking to quarrying rocks, you won't run out of stone gear anytime soon. Let's take a look at the main ways to gather this essential material.

Pick up small stones on the ground

Reflecting the nature of our natural world, the small stones are found in these places:

In the past, obtaining small stones required a different process. You had to locate a rocky part of the ground and initiate dialogue. Once you have done this you will get small stones.

Today, the game has simplified the process for players. It is no longer necessary to open the search dialog.

When exploring an area, you may encounter small stones on the ground. To collect them, do the following:

  1. Pick a place to explore, preferably the one listed above.
  2. Go around and look down.
  3. If you see a small stone, approach it.
  4. Your screen will ask you to press a key or button to pick up the small stone.
  5. Press the button or key.
  6. The small stone is now in your inventory.

Small stones are less valuable than large stones. However, if you don't have one, it's a good idea to keep some in your inventory. You never knew when they might come in handy.



Mining rocks

Boulders produce Stones, which are the resource you want to prioritize for collection. Stones are much more useful in DayZ, and they play a vital role in chimney upgrades. For now, let's focus on how to mine rocks.

If you want to mine a rock, you can use four tools, namely:

  • Pickaxe
  • Mass
  • Hammer
  • Ice ax

The two best of these tools are the pickaxe and the ice axe. You can also fix them with whetstones to get the most out of them. Conversely, sledgehammers and sledgehammers break after mining too many rocks.

While pickaxes, sledgehammers and sledgehammers are common, ice axes are rare. You are more likely to find the first three tools in areas such as villages and industrial sites. However, ice axes are only found in campsites.

Considering everything, you should try using pickaxes for Boulder mining instead. They are a fair compromise between a coveted ice ax and a flimsy hammer or mace.

To mine a rock, follow these instructions:

  1. Find a rock when exploring the area.
  2. Approach the rock.
  3. Equip one of four tools for mining.
  4. Hold down the left mouse button or controller button to mine the stone.
  5. After a few mines, a large stone will appear near your feet.
  6. Pick it up and keep it in your inventory.

Stones are much heavier than small stones and you may need to make more trips to carry them all back to your camp. Try to bring as many as possible to reduce the number of trips required.



Splitting large stones

You can split the stones into smaller stones using a tool. Splitting rocks is an emergency tactic you can use if you need small rocks urgently. All you need is a tool and a big stone.

Here is how to split the stones into small stones:

  1. Drop a stone on the ground.
  2. The game will prompt you to break the stone.
  3. Hold the button down until the progress wheel makes a full circle.
  4. Collect the small stones around you.

It may not be as efficient or safe to use resources this way, but consider this option if you need to craft a Stone Knife quickly.

crafting with stones

With your knowledge of rock collecting in mind, here's how to put rocks to good use. The main purpose of this resource is to upgrade fireplaces. Serious survivors will have one in their camp for food and warmth.

Chimneys have a despawn timer, especially if the server restarts. Everything on the chimney will disappear with it. If you have frying pans, pots and more on the fireplace, you may need to say goodbye to them.

Upgrading your chimney increases the duration before it disappears. There are two upgrades available, Stone Rings and Stone Ovens.

To craft a stone ring, you will need to gather eight stones in your chimney. Here are the instructions:


  1. Gather eight stones and bring them to your fireplace.
  2. Add the stones to the fireplace.
  3. Now your fireplace has a stone ring.
  4. You can add a kitchen tripod and more fuel if you want.

After crafting a stone ring for your fireplace, you can add eight more stones to create a stone oven. Stone ovens are even more durable than stone rings. You can expect your gear to stay where you left it for longer.


Making a stone oven goes like this:

  1. Approach your fireplace.
  2. Press and hold the button to start crafting once you see the option to build a furnace.
  3. Release the button when the process is complete.
  4. You now have a stone oven.
  5. Add any cooking equipment to the stone oven if you have it.

If you want to change campsites, you cannot collect the entire Stone Ring or Stone Oven and place it in your inventory. The only way to take either item with you is to dismantle it. These instructions can help you:

  1. Walk to your fireplace without getting burned.
  2. Hold down the correct button to unmount it.
  3. Once you dismantle your stone oven or stone ring, only a chimney will remain.

You will need to build another Stone Ring or Stone Oven when you change locations. The stones are reusable, saving you the effort of mining further. If they disappear, you may need to find more stones to replace the missing ones.

Make a stone knife

If you don't have a suitable tool, you can make a stone knife. This comes in handy in the early stages of the game, as you no longer spawn with tools. This change was implemented to prevent suicide.

The steps for making a stone knife are as follows:

  1. Gather two small stones.
  2. Put them on the ground.
  3. Combine the two to make a stone knife.
  4. Equip the stone knife.

Although you need two small stones, you will get one after the crafting process is complete. Stone knives work well for cutting objects and skinning animals.

Additional FAQs

Can you destroy rocks in DayZ?

Yes, you can destroy rocks in DayZ, especially rocks and stones. Rocks give stones and stones split into small stones. However, you need a tool for extraction and splitting.

How to upgrade a fireplace in DayZ?

You have to mine rocks for stones. Once you have at least eight, combine them with your fireplace. Sixteen are needed to craft a Stone Oven and eight for Stone Rings.

hard as rocks

Getting stones for your fireplace will make it less likely to disappear. Since resources and items are scarce, it's best to have everything on hand. Also, the Stone Knives are your best tools at the start of DayZ. Whether you need a stone knife or a fireplace upgrade, the necessary resources are all around you if you know how to look.

What is your favorite tool for mining? Do you take stones with you when you move? Tell us in the comments section below.

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