Kenshi has a ton of different systems within. The game is a post-apocalyptic hellscape, but also tons of fun. There’s a bunch of crafting and base-building, but that’s basic. If you’re looking for an immersive and incredibly rich storytelling experience, this game might be for you. If you’ve ever wanted Dwarf Fortress as a survival game, here it is. There are stats and levels to improve, which can allow you to become a god of the wasteland.
But before you get to the heights of power, you will have to struggle. Even the most basic resources are hard to find. Getting food in Kenshi isn’t easy. You have a lot of danger to fight through just to get that one slice of grilled meat. Adding pack animals and pets to that equation makes it that much harder. You will need to feed them too, and it isn’t always intuitive. If you are wondering how to keep your bonedog fed in Kenshi, then keep reading.
How to Feed Your Bonedog in Kenshi
Bonedogs can eat any meat or cooked item that a normal follower can eat, but they also eat pretty much anything else. There are a few things to remember about trying to feed these hungry boys. Bonedogs and other animals in a squad will always take food from the backpacks of nearby allies when able. if no allies with food are nearby, they will run to the nearest food storage they can take from and consume that instead.
You don’t even have to carry it around. You can just drop meat on the ground nearby and they will eat it when hungry. Another strange thing is that they will often eat corpses. These critters will grab the limbs of downed enemies and run off with them to snack. When they’re hungry, they don’t really care what kind of food it is. I even managed to get a shot of a wild Bonedog eating some downed bandits outside my base.
Leaving the game open and letting your bonedogs run out and snack on corpses is one way to handle the process of feeding them. it does pose a big risk. You will need to watch out for wild Bonedogs, Beakthings and other enemies from attacking your animals and faction members. You’re also leaving your gate open, and anyone can wander in and attack you if you’re not careful. This is only really advisable in the early game when you don’t have ready food supplies set up.
But if you do plan to leave the gates open, there are some precautions to take. Depending on where your base is, you will see packs of beasts roaming around in addition to bandits and other enemies. You will want to have wall guards installed on your gunner positions nearby to keep the enemies from killing your allies.
Skeleton recruits make the best permanent gunners. You don’t need to feed them or anything, just assign them to your gun. It’s also a good idea to build your base entrance in such a way that funnels enemies toward turrets. Having gunners on both sides of the gate is a sure-fire way to take down all but the largest invading armies before they even get to your gate. Building a strong defensive base is a lot of work, but well worth it. You can get all the resources you need to feed your allies, as well as crafting top-tier weapons. If you’re having trouble with your base, be sure to check your outpost radius as well.
Other animals like Bulls can be fed much more simply. You will want to build an Animal Feeder within your base and place food within it. Just keep it topped up and your animals will wander over and chow down when they want. It’s also a good idea to build a centralized location outdoors where you can store your animals, to better keep track of them.
There are many other things to learn about this game. You could help yourself get started in base-building by buying a house. There are also lots of factions to interact with. Players could join up with the Holy Nation or the Shek Kingdom. And there are so many more branching stories in the game as well. If you’re a brand new player, maybe learning the basics of Kenshi can help you out a bit.