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Rust Ultimate Guide to All Monuments

Rust Ultimate Guide to All Monuments

Rust is a survival game full of mystery and danger. You could easily get killed by a bear or get demolished by a clan of people that seem to never stop playing. From guns to swords, there are tons of things to defend yourself with, but how are you going to get the materials and special items to get these said items? Monuments will help you in every way possible to get you the best items.

Monuments are preset places randomly generated on the map you are playing on that have different loot items but at the same time, many dangers lurking in them. Some are not as easy as you think to get into because of all the preparation needed to get in and there are those monuments that you can just walk right in. It just depends on what you want to do and how much prep work you want to do before. Here are all 25 monuments in Rust:

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1. Abandoned Cabins

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These are small non-radiated areas where a player can travel to that consists of 2 old wooden cabins that you can go in. There are no environmental hazards in this area so you don’t have to worry about dying very easily here. Also, a few Loot Crates are scattered around the area that has some valuable loot in them. Make sure you go here as much as you can because of how easy it is to ambush other players.

2. Airfield

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This is found on every map that you play on and spans a relatively large, flat area, featuring two runways, three hangars, watchtowers, and an office building. There are also tunnels running underneath the Airfield that is accessible through concrete ladder holes. Every building in this monument can be explored freely and has tons of Loot Crates and Barrels lying basically everywhere.

This monument is said to be one of the most popular monuments in the game because it is not too hard to get into and the loot is really good. I would highly recommend going to this monument if you have some good melee weapons and armor to defend yourself against other players if need be. Also, the area is slightly irradiated so make sure you wear some clothes.

3. Bandit Camp

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The camp contains several huts inhabited with Merchant NPCs as well as heavily armed NPCs known as Bandit Town Guards. The Merchant NPCs will sell military-grade guns and grenades in exchange for Scrap, sell food, as well as buy your materials such has HQM for Scrap. The guards will attack any player who is hostile to another player inside the Bandit Town or any player who harms the guards themselves or destroys a barrel inside the Bandit Camp.

There is also a restored room which contains a Casino where players can gamble away there on a wheel similar to roulette. In the game room, players may not draw any dangerous weapons, or the guards will give the player four seconds to put away the gun before opening fire. This is a very good monument to get good items early on in the game.

4. Cargo Ship

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The Cargo Ship is known as the “CCSC Lazarus” and is a mobile monument that only spawns at certain times. When it does spawn, it will slowly circle the entire map a few times and then leaves the area. The ship leaves behind Radiation poisoning so don’t follow it if you can’t get on it in time. Keep in mind that there are a ton of Scientists that inhabit this large vessel.

On the ship, you will be able to defeat the Scientists and get keycards and guns, and there are also a ton of Loot Crates and Barrels for you to loot as well. If you can successfully get on the ship and kill all the Scientists, then you will reap some great rewards in the end. Good luck!

5. Cave

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A Cave is a monument that naturally occurs in basically any randomly generated world. These caves usually have some puzzles for you to figure out and have some good loot. There are also spots that allow you to build a base inside the Cave for really good protection. There are currently nine different Cave layouts in the game, three for each Cave type.

Small Caves – The small-sized caves come in three different layouts and they all include a single entrance and exit. The puzzles inside the caves are easy and non-deadly. They also include one or two build rooms.

Medium Caves – The three medium-sized cave layouts will have on average two or three points of entry. The network complexity is harder to memorize and they might also include a single deadly trap. The puzzles are a bit more difficult and they include two to four build rooms.

Large Caves – The three large-sized cave layouts may have as many as five points of entry and exit. The network complexity is the hardest of all caves and they include several deadly puzzles. The caves might also include up to eight different build rooms.

6. Crow’s Nest

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This is a small, rusted metal tower that has a spiral staircase from top to bottom. It is usually found by bigger monuments so you can use them to scout out a big monument for wandering players before traveling in. Loot Crates have a chance to spawn at these towers and you might find multiple towers in a single spot. Usually, these won’t spawn without another monument nearby.

7. Harbor

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These monuments are located in close proximity to shores and coastlines. It has warehouses, cargo ships, shipwrecks, cranes, forklifts, and military trucks. All of these places within the Harbor houses Loot Crates and Barrels and there is absolutely no Radiation in this area so it is great for new players. There are 2 types of Harbors and those are the Large Harbor and the Small Harbor. It is pretty much self-explanatory what the difference between the two Harbors is.

8. HQM Quarry

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The HQM Quarry or High-Quality Metal Quarry is a Mining Quarry that gives you 3x the amount of High-Quality Metal that any other Quarry will give you. There are a few barricades and stone slab piles around the area. Two structures exist on quarry Monuments and they are the guard tower and a small shack near that. The Mining Quarry monument has a small no-build zone allowing players to build around it and potentially wall it off. It does not have any Radiation in it. This is a really good way to get High-Quality Metal Ore.

9. Industrial Train Yard

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The Train Yard is another one of the most famous monuments in Rust because of all the good stuff waiting for you. It comprises of several tall buildings that you can explore, a bunch of sheds, a huge scalable tower, a couple of cranes, and railroad tracks going through the middle. There are high levels of Radiation here so a Hazmat Suit is the best option for you. There is also a sewer system under the area that has some good loot so make sure you bring a flashlight.

10. Junkyard

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The Junkyard is a special monument that is only found in hot desert biomes and is surrounded by barbed wire. It is a great place for starter players because there is no Radiation poisoning and it is really easy to go through. It has many Loot Crates and Barrels lying around for you to loot and is actually pretty big. There are places to camp so watch out for people trying to ambush you for your loot. Be very careful because you can die really easily.

11. Large Excavator Pit

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The Giant Excavator Pit is the latest point of interest added to the landscape of Rust. Unique from other monuments, the Excavator Pit actually allows groups to mine resources. Think of it like a bigger, more complicated Quarry. The first thing you need to do is add Diesel Fuel to the tank in the engine room. You then start the engine and select a resource to mine. Wait a little bit and you can then pick up your material from the dispenser.

This is no easy task because of all the Scientists that are wandering around the area. There is also a huge amount of Radiation in the area so you do need some good protection before going in. Similar to the Oil Rig, there is a broadcast signal you can set your pagers in order to know when the Giant Excavator is running. This should provide a bit of balance by allowing groups to be notified when there’s someone excavating.

12. Launch Site

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The Launch Site is the largest monument in the game and has the most loot out of all the other monuments. Not only is more loot generated here than at any other monument, but this is also the area where the new El4 spawn points for them. Launch sites have a high amount of Radiation in the main area and an extreme amount in the factory building, requiring a Hazmat Suit to enter it safely. However, even players with Hazmat Suits will still gain gradually increasing levels of Radiation Poisoning from being inside or even too close to the factory building.

The Launch area contains a rocket that can not be interacted with, a multi-leveled crane on rails that has two lifts going to the top of it, and 4 spotlight towers. The lifts were functional but buggy, but are now fixed and working properly.  They will also automatically move back down once you are at the top. There is also an APC named Bradley that roams the area and attacks anyone within its vicinity.

On a full military-run you can expect to collect a total of about 12 military crates and 4 elite crates: 1 Military Crate at launch crane, 2 Military Crates and 1 Elite Crate in the jump puzzle under the crane, 2 Military Crates in the industrial area, 1 Military Crate and 1 Elite Crate in the office area, 3 Military Crates inside the factory, 3 Military and 2 Elite Crates on the factory roof. The amount is very likely to give you one or multiple supply drop grenades. It is worth collecting everything inside the factory as there is a recycler on the way out.

13. Lighthouse

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The Lighthouse is a tower-like structure, usually located in coastal areas and along shorelines. It has a single unlocked entrance at the bottom. There is a spiral staircase leading all the way up to the top, but it is broken about halfway up so you must search for a way around it. It is one of the only monuments that doesn’t have Radiation so it is very easy for starter players. It has many Loot Crates and Barrels to loot and you can find a Supply Crate at the top of the Lighthouse.

It provides access to a Recycler so you can easily break down the stuff you don’t want for materials. The monument is generally not that populated because no Elite Crates spawn here. This is more of a starter monument for beginning players. If you want some easy material, then go here.

14. Military Tunnels

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These monuments are one of the most sought after in the game because of all the precious loot you can get here. This monument is insanely Radioactive so make sure you have the right amount of protection and Meds. Also, Scientists roam this entire area. These Scientists aren’t just any normal Scientist, they have more armor and carry High-End weaponry. They also shoot the player on sight. There are no public utilities in this monument, so it is just for the loot alone.

The main loot crates are located inside the tunnels. The first military crate and normal crate spawn can be found inside the main entrance and to the right. There is an armored door and a short hallway with a room on the right-hand side. This room spawns the military crate, a normal crate, food, and medical crates. Further inside the tunnels, there are 2 Elite Crates that spawn on a cart.

15. Power Plant

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This monument is considered one of the more popular monuments because of its good design and easy access. It also offers a bunch of loot spawns and public utilities. It has a large, concrete structure located roughly in the middle of the plant’s area. There is a coal chute tower with a conveyor belt connected to both a processing facility and a train car loading bay with silos. On the outskirts, one can find a small sheet metal shed and an entrance to the pipe system. The pipe system is also connected to two empty coalpits.

The monument gives access to several Repair Benches, two Oil Refineries, and a Pump Jack. There are also Oil Barrels, Food Crates, Loot Crates, Military Crates, and Barrels scattered all over the area, perfect for a day of looting. Also, the area does have high levels of Radiation so make sure you are suited up for it. Make sure you explore the pipe system because that is where all the good loot is.

16. Radtown

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These are monuments that are very easy to find because they are found near roads and telephone poles. The farther you go into Radtown, the more Radiation poisoning you will receive, so make sure you either have a Hazmat Suit or a lot of healing items. This area is pretty easy to explore because it is made up of small buildings and Loot Crates and Barrels. There is also a Recycler and Oil Refinery there.

The same chances of getting gear from an airdrop go with the barrels and military crates of a rad town. There are wooden crates that are more likely to drop clothing and other items. The chances of finding higher quality loot are better with the wooden crates than farming barrels. However, even better than wooden crates or barrels are military crates: Rectangular, lower to the ground and a darker metallic tint than barrels, the military crates drop more weapon and tool oriented loot.

17. Road

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These are not really counted as a monument but it is soo big and has soo much loot along the way, I think it should be counted as one. Roads serve as a way to navigate around the world because it basically goes through an entire area. As you are walking down the road, there are tons of little looting areas along the way perfect for farming Scrap. Scrap is basically the currency of the game so I would highly recommend using a road to travel because of all the good loot you get.

Roads do not provide any access to public utilities. However, Monuments connected to the roads may have certain utilities available. Player built utilities can also be present, but do not rely on finding these. They are also perfect for traveling because of the easy access to everything along the way. You can also try to connect your base to one so you can easily find it when lost.

18. Satellite Dish Array

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This monument is usually set up in a hilly area and has two giant Satellite Dishes built in the area. There are also other components scattered around the area because it looks as if it is still under construction. The two Dishes are scaleable and do have loot on them so make sure you try to check the entire area whenever you go here. There is a Repair Bench and a Recycler here so it does have some Public Utilities for use.

The area is filled with Barrels, Loot Crates, and Food Crates so search every nook and cranny for everything you can find. There are also low levels of Radiation so all you really have to do is walk in with some clothing on and you are all set. Always keep an eye out for other players because it is really easy to be seen in this area.

19. Scientist Compound

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It is currently one of the two safe zones for all players in the game and is actually a small town surrounded by walls. It is guarded by Outpost Scientists and Turrets are scattered all around. It has all the basic Public Utilities that you should be able to use and has many shops for you to trade with for special items. You don’t have to worry about getting killed by enemy players inside because if anyone pulls out a weapon, you have 5 seconds to put it away before the Scientists and Turrets start firing on you.

Try not to make the area hostile because it is very hard to get your stuff back if you die. There is no looting allowed in the area so you won’t be able to pick your items up unless you have a plan of escape, but that is not so easy. Also, going offline in this area will cause you to die so don’t try to play it safe and go to sleep in a safe zone.

20. Sewer Branch

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The Sewer Branch is a very basic monument because it only consists of a few shacks on a cliff edge and a small cave underneath. There is a small amount of Radiation but some burlap clothes will keep the poisoning away so it is a perfect place for new players to go. Barrels and food crates spawn on the perimeter of the area. Inside of the cliff edge shacks, players can typically find barrels and basic crates. In the tower and cave beneath the cliff edges, you can expect to find basic crates as well as food/medical crates. If you can get a Green Card, you can get into a loot room with 3-4 Loot Chests.

21. Sphere Tank (The Dome)

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The Dome is my favorite monument in the game because of all the stuff you can do in it. It consists of a giant hollow Dome that allows you to parkour all the way to the top. Along the way, there are many Barrels and Loot Crates for you to find and getting to the top is really fun. It has low levels of Radiation so simple clothes will work to keep poisoning away from you. Once you get to the top, 4 Military Crates are just waiting for you to loot them.

There are 2 Oil Refineries in the sheds on the ground and Crude Oil can be easily found in Red Barrels around the area. This monument is really fun to explore but you have to watch out because one wrong move can bring about your death.

22. Stone Quarry

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The Stone Quarry is just like the HQM Quarry except that it 2,500 Stone per 100 Low-Grade Fuel that you use. It also gives you 375 metal per 100 Low-Grade as well. This is a really good way to get Stone.

23. Sulfur Quarry

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The Sulfur Quarry is just like the other 2 Quarrys except that it produces 360 Sulfer per 100 Low-Grade Fuel. This is a really good way to get Sulfur Ore.

24. Warehouse

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The Warehouse is a simple one-story building with a slanted roof and open entrances on either side. On the inside, one would find a forklift, a small office and wooden cargo crates stacked on both metal shelves and the floor. In the building, you get access to a Repair Bench and a Recycler to help you get extra materials from the items you don’t want. Food Crates and Barrels can be found outside and it is possible for Medical Crates and Military Crates to spawn inside the Warehouse.

The area does not have any Radiation so it is perfect for new players that don’t have anything. You can sometimes find weapons and armor here so make sure you check every corner for an item that you can loot. It is important to have the right gear for the later game because it does get harder.

25. Water Treatment Plant

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This is one of the biggest monuments in the game because of the sheer amount of buildings in this area. There are many corridors and drained water vats that dominate the area, as well as a notable large tower, smaller towers and sniper positions on a hill north of the plant. Many blocked lines of sight, sharp corners and obstructing objects provide a potential for combat within the plant. There are some small roads in between the vats, and some of the vats are partially or fully covered by the uneven ground. The concrete sewers can also be explored.

There is low levels of Radiation in certain areas so make sure you wear clothing to not get poisoned. Also, it is a good place to battle other players because of all the different hiding spots. If you do get into a war with other people, this is the best place to do it.


In conclusion, Rust has a lot of different places for you to explore. The monuments are the places that allow you to get the loot that will help you overcome all the other people that want to kill you and take your stuff. You have to be really careful about what you are going to do because one wrong move can make you lose everything and that can ruin your entire day. Make sure you are thinking before you do anything and have fun exploring the monuments.