How to build a Shelter in Icarus


Icarus is a new survival game that occupies a similar genre space to the likes of ARK: Survival Evolved. You get plopped onto a remote location and have to survive. You need to build shelter, find food and more. In fact, being able to build a shelter in Icarus is one of the first things you should try to do. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it does need to shield you from the elements. Here’s what to do when you need a basic place to sleep in this new game.

How to build a shelter in Icarus

A shelter is little more than four walls and a roof. To be able to place furniture and certain items, you need to have a floor as well. So that means you need to gather enough resources to build four wall pieces and some flooring. The floor, walls and roofs of any building are built in pieces. Each piece of the structure of a basic building must be unlocked in the research tree.

Press P to open the research tree, make sure you have unlocked the basic Floor Pieces and Wall pieces before you begin. To build each piece you need 20x Fiber and 3x Sticks. So a basic 5-piece structure with three walls and two flooring pieces will use 100x Fiber and 15x Sticks. Sticks are harvested from the small trees seen around the map. Fiber comes from the bushes you see around. The number of resources you need will depend on the size of your shelter. You can leave on side open to act as a crude door to save on items and gathering.

Also, bigger shelters that a simple bedroll will only be placable inside a larger structure. A simple 1×2 room isn’t big enough.

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After you’ve researched the pieces you need, you need to build them. Press O to bring up the crafting menu, and assemble the items you want to build with. Whenever you make a crafting item, it should be placed in your hotbar. If your hotbar is full, move stuff around and get the building materials on there to make things easier. Once you’re ready, place down your walls and floors.

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