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Inventory slot background Trap
Crafting Cut Grass ×6 Twigs ×2
Tab Icon Survival
Tier Always available
Durability 8 uses
Stacks up to Does not stack
DebugSpawn "trap"
Simple grass has become deadly.


A Trap is a survival item used to catch small animals such as Rabbits, Frogs and Spiders. It is the first available trap to players. Once set, traps can be baited with food items attractive to said animals. Baited or not, a trap will trigger once a small creature moving slowly enough gets close enough to it.


Icon Tools UsageEdit

For a detailed guide of trapping rabbits, please read here.

Traps are set by placing them on the ground and can be picked up again at any time. To bait a trap once set, simply place a food item in it. Bait will be consumed on successful catch. Traps do not need bait in order to catch creatures; if a creature touches the trap for any reason, it will fall and catch it. This means if a trap is placed directly on top of a Rabbit Hole, it will catch the Rabbit as it leaves home or comes back. When a trap is picked up from the ground still set to catch an animal, no durability is lost, allowing it to be moved around without losing durability. Sometimes, a trap may fall but not catch an animal that has moved out of the way too quickly. After a while, it'll appear to shake with a creature inside, but it'll lose durability if picked up in either state.

Once a trap is triggered, it will shake and "jump" around with the animal inside. 

Frogs and Spiders die when the traps that caught them are picked up, leaving their respective drops in the player's inventory. Rabbits (and Beardlings) are left alive.

Traps are also a popular way to mark notable areas on the map, as trap icons show up when they're left on the ground.

Spear Hunting Edit

When a Trap catches a Rabbit, it will be picked up as a live inventory item. Spiders and Frogs will be killed when the player picks up the shaking trap, and the item they drop (Frog Legs for example) will be picked up from the trap. A hostile creature can be lured into a Trap if it is chasing the player character; Spiders for example will always try to travel in a straight line and make no effort to avoid traps or other obstacles. Traps can be used in this way to form a barrier when destroying Spider Dens, or as a great method to farm Silk.

The trap is very useful during winter, as they can be spread around a large area and placed atop the rabbit holes for instant capture. This means the player will not need to move far from the base, thus making freezing less of a possibility. They also supply rabbits to make earmuffs or for stockpiling when food runs low.

Placeholder TriviaEdit

  • Gobblers and Pigs are able to eat food baited in a trap.
  • Birds will fly down to traps baited with seeds, but they will not be caught.
  • When the trap catches an animal and is picked up before it completely falls down, the prey will disappear and the trap will lose durability as normal.
  • Traps can be used to 'kill' spiders and frogs without attracting aggro from any others in close proximity, this can turn events such as frog rain into a way to easily obtain food without the risk of getting mobbed.

Mosquito BugsEdit

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  • Traps found near skeletons as part of Set Pieces have a random amount of durability. Sometimes a trap may be at 0%; these traps can be used to trap animals infinitely and will never break, presumably because their durability cannot go down.
  • While a rabbit is in the middle of springing a trap, it's possible to kill the rabbit, receiving a morsel and still obtaining a live rabbit although this is fairly hard to time correctly.

Gold Nugget GalleryEdit

Craftable Items
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Light CampfireFire PitTorchMiner HatPumpkin LanternLantern (Endothermic FireEndothermic Fire PitMoggles Reign of Giants icon)
Survival Bird TrapTrapCompassBackpackPiggybackThermal StoneHealing SalveHoney PoulticeStraw RollFur RollTentUmbrellaBug NetFishing Rod (Pretty ParasolLuxury Fan Insulated PackSiesta Lean-to Reign of Giants icon)
Food Basic FarmImproved FarmBee BoxDrying RackCrock PotIce Box (Bucket-o-poop Reign of Giants icon)
Science Science MachineAlchemy EngineDivining RodThermal MeasurerRainometerGunpowderLightning Rod (Ice FlingomaticElectrical Doodad Reign of Giants icon)
Fight SpearHam BatGrass SuitLog SuitMarble SuitFootball HelmetSleep DartFire DartBlow DartBoomerangBee MineTooth Trap (Battle HelmBattle SpearMorning StarWeather PainScalemail Reign of Giants icon)
Structures ChestSignHay WallWood WallStone WallPig HouseRabbit HutchBirdcageFlooring (CobblestonesWooden FlooringCheckerboard FlooringCarpeted Flooring) • Potted Fern (Scaled Chest Reign of Giants icon)
Refine RopeBoardsCut StonePapyrusNightmare FuelPurple Gem
Magic Meat EffigyPrestihatitatorShadow ManipulatorPan FluteOne-man BandNight LightNight ArmourDark SwordBat BatLife Giving AmuletChilled AmuletNightmare AmuletFire StaffIce StaffTelelocator StaffTelelocator FocusBelt of Hunger (Old Bell Reign of Giants icon)
Dress Sewing KitGarlandRabbit EarmuffStraw HatBeefalo HatBeekeeper HatFeather HatBush HatWinter HatTop HatWalking CaneDapper VestBreezy VestPuffy Vest (Fashion MelonIce CubeSummer FrestFloral ShirtCat CapRain CoatHibearnation VestRain HatEyebrella Reign of Giants icon)
Books Birds of the WorldApplied HorticultureSleepytime StoriesThe End is NighOn Tentacles
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