|This article is about quickly starting to do logistics. For the full guide to Logistics, see Community Guides/Logistics.|
Where to go
Logistics activity is centered around the towns that have the necessary logistics infrastructures to accomplish some if not all steps of the logistics system. It's recommended to head to Logistics towns that have all the requirements: a Refinery , a Factory , and a Garage (to acquire a truck easily). The towns that have that are located in the "back line" regions, away from the front line.
If you are in the Home Region, head to the War Tent and press
E to view the world map. If you are in the world, press
M to open the world map. Locate a town that has the three icons . Go back to the home region if you're not there (
escape then select "go to home region") then deploy to that town.
Acquiring a transport vehicle
Now that you are in the right place, you'll need a Truck to do logistics. Here are your possibilities in order of preference:
- Find an unused, empty, and unlocked truck, preferably parked in a parking area (zone with gravel ground), somewhere in the logistics town.
- Check the nearby Storage Depot or Seaport to see if there are Trucks stored in it. Select the Vehicle Category in the top right and click the Truck icon in the menu to retrieve one if there are some.
- Head to the Garage to build your own Truck, check if people have left enough Basic Materials to build a new truck, you need 100.
- If the Garage doesn't have enough Basic Materials, time to look for some. Check the Refinery's inventory and public stockpile for Basic Materials.
- If still lacking in Basic Materials, check for crates of Basic Materials in the Storage Depot or Seaport . If there are some, click the Basic Material icon in the menu to retrieve a crate, then right click it, and choose the "uncrate" option since you can't spend Basic Materials while in crate form. One crate is 100 Basic Materials so just one crate is enough for a Truck, head back to the Garage.
- Still no Basic Materials? Check the Town's Town Base to see if there aren't any Basic Materials in its inventory or stockpile.
- Still nothing? That's unlucky. Talk in Region chat, ask for help from other players. Or try to find a Bicycle around town, it has only one inventory slot but it's better than nothing.
If the Truck is low on Fuel, you must find some, either Diesel or Petrol, and refuel your truck first. If there aren't any fuel canisters in the Garage, check the Refinery or the Townhall. If all else fail, ask for help in region chat.
Now that you have a transport Vehicle you can do any step of the Logistics Cycle. This Guide will focus on the production steps first and foremost.
Harvesting Raw Resources
First make sure you have a Hammer on you (if you don't, check the Town Base inventory) and that your truck is empty. Then press
M to open your map and locate the nearest Salvage Field . Other types of Field are rarer, less essential than Salvage, and cannot be harvested with a hammer.
Hover your mouse over it to verify it isn't empty. Fields that have been emptied respawn after roughly 2 hours. Find the closest Field and drive there with your truck.
A Resource Field is composed of a large center piece and smaller nodes around it.
Take out your hammer and start hitting those nodes, an indicator in the bottom left shows you how much Salvage you're collecting each hit. Once your inventory is full, transfer it all into your truck and continue until your truck is full (1500 Salvage).
When a node is fully depleted, another one from the Field's hidden reserve will spawn after a few second. The center piece cannot be mined, you can press E on it to check how many nodes are left in the Field's reserve. When there are no nodes left and the Reserve is empty the Field is officially empty. Try not to leave a field with just a handful of nodes as the Field's reset mechanism only starts once the Field is truly empty.
Park in the front of the refinery and, without leaving your driver seat preferably, press
E to open the Refinery's Menu (pictured below).
With your truck full of Salvage, choose one of the three refinement options for Salvage (Basic Materials, Diesel, or Explosive Materials) by clicking on the corresponding Salvage icon. Select whether you want the refinement to be public or private at the top, choosing public will automatically dump the materials produced into the Refinery's public stockpile (right side of the menu). The refinement process takes more or less time depending on the Material produced. Basic Materials is quick, Explosive Materials is slow. The numbers in the arrows indicates the refinement ratio, 2:1 means it takes 2 raw resources to make 1 material. If you're not sure what to choose, make some Basic Materials (often called bmats). If you use
Shift + Left Click on one of the refining option it will put all your salvage into that option in one click.
Alternatively, you can Right click one of your stacks of Salvage and Click "Submit all to Stockpile" to dump all your truck's content into the Refinery Stockpile for others to take and refine.
If you've found Iron or Aluminum, it's suggested to just dump them in the stockpile.
While your salvage is being refined, don't just idle in front of the refinery but go collect more salvage or do other activities.
Collect your Basic Materials (and Explosive Materials if you have some) once they've finished refining. Use
left click to retrieve them in stack form or
right click > "Retrieve as Crates" if you want to retrieve them in crate form (to store them in a Storage Depot or Seaport). For now retrieve them as stacks and let's head to the nearest Factory.
Open the Factory's menu by pressing
E, just like with the Refinery.
The factories produces Crates of items, not single items. Press one of the icons in the center window to prepare your production order. Up to 4 crates can be placed in one order. Your order appears on the right window and you can see there are multiple categories. The cost and the production time appear right under your order. You can set your order to "Personal" (only you can retrieve it once finished), "Squad", or "Public". Press the "play" button to confirm and start the production of your order.
With your bmats, create multiple different personal orders and start manufacturing, what you make does not matter since this is just a tutorial guide although Soldier Supplies, Rifles, and Rifle Ammo are always in demand and are a good choice if you do not want to "waste" supplies.
Note that one person can only queue one order per category and the Factory can only queue 6 total orders per Category. So if you come to the factory and the Category you want already has 6 orders queued you'll have to wait for the first one to finish before you can queue your own order in that category. The orders in the queue of a given category are processed one after the other and not all at the same time. If there are 3 orders in front of yours in a given Category you'll have to wait for those 3 to finish before yours starts getting processed. You can check from far away how many orders in each category a particular factory has by opening your map and putting your cursor on that factory.
As with most of logistics, it is time-gated and each order will take some time to produce, longer if the Factory is already in use so now is a good time to familiarize yourself with the Storage Depot or Seaport as this will be where we deposit our manufactured crates when complete.
The Storage Depot stores item crates and vehicles, it is the only building capable of storing both. It is a good staging area between the back line manufacturers (what we're doing now) and the front line truck drivers who will take supplies from here and ship them to the front line.
Crates can be assembled by clicking on them, this takes a long time however and it's best done whilst in a truck to benefit from the 2x faster assemble time. This building is where you should submit all crates made in the factory unless you plan on delivering them yourself. If you've decided to do the job of keeping the factories pumping out supplies, it's best to keep an eye on this Storage Depot and the Refinery, you do not want to empty out the refinery of its resources nor fill up this depot to its maximum of 100 crates per item.
Note that materials like bmats can be switched from stack form to crate form and vice versa using the right click menu when you are in the Storage Depot menu. This cannot be done with any other type of crates however.
For now, just wait until your factory order is done and submit the crates into the storage depot.
Supplying the front
What the front ALWAYS needs: Basic Materials, Soldier Supplies, Rifles and SMGs, and their respective ammo. A front cannot be sustained if one of these is missing.
You can check what's in each Base's stockpile by hovering your mouse over their icon on the map.
To supply a front you need a fueled Truck full of crates of goods. It is highly recommended to take a Radio with you and to only drive on roads covered by Watchtowers as it allows you to see on the map whether there are enemies on your road ready to ambush you and steal your shipment.
Retrieve your own crates at the Factory or Take the ones in the public Storage Depot.
Head to the FOB or Town Base close to the front line that you want to supply, park in front of the building, press
E to open the base's menu, right click any of the crates in your truck inventory and choose
Submit all to stockpile. Then head back home. If your delivery worth more than 600 Basic Materials, players who have set spawn at that base will get a pop up of you delivery for commending you. Do not oversupply a frontline base just to get more commends, because if the base is destroyed and rebuilt by the enemy, they will receive 25% of the items inside.
So to conclude, with this 'getting started' section we have learnt how to operate the major logistics buildings of the Refinery , Garage , Factory and Storage Depot by learning how to mine, refine, produce, store and deliver goods.
That is the basics of logistics covered, to learn about Logistics in more details read Community Guides/Logistics.