Sons of the Forest 06 Patch Notes – Brings New Features, Balances, and Fixes

The latest patch for Sons of the Forest introduces stone structures, a hard survival mode, cooking improvements, and a multitude of other enhancements and bug fixes.
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In a chilling open-world survival horror simulator, Sons of the Forest has players navigating a cannibal-ridden island in search of a missing billionaire. With Patch 06, the developers have incorporated a slew of new features and enhancements, aiming to improve gameplay while also squashing various bugs.

One of the standout features in this update is the addition of stone pickups, enabling players to construct stone structures such as fireplaces, walls, beams, and columns. The update also introduces a ‘hard survival’ difficulty mode, custom effigies, and an advanced log sled capable of holding logs, rocks, stones, sticks, and bones.

In terms of improvements, a variety of changes have been made, ranging from practical enhancements to sensory ones. Players can now use the right mouse button to dump out the contents of a cooking pot or flask, and a cooking pot will be placed on the fire immediately if a player is interacting with the fire while holding the pot. If a fire is extinguished while a pot is cooking on it, the pot’s contents will reset to water, although if the pot was done cooking when the fire was destroyed, the recipe will be retained. Other cooking improvements include additional UI for cooking bonuses and recipes, a simplified equip/unequip animation for shotguns, and fish caught in traps will no longer rot.

To add realism and enhance gameplay, several audio and visual enhancements have been made, including improving the sound and visuals of lava, adding the sound of thunder to lightning strikes, and introducing a steady water drip effect in caves. A new AI feature now has cannibals sometimes dragging their injured companions away from the player.

The update also delivers a fair share of balancing adjustments. For example, sleeping outdoors will now yield less rest than sleeping indoors, and the amount of rest a player gains is now influenced by their current comfort rating, which can be affected by certain soups and clothing. In the ‘hard survival’ mode, players will find fewer food spawns in crates, reduced fish and animal spawns, and slower health and stamina regeneration when cold.

Addressing various issues, this patch also comes with a list of bug fixes such as resolving issues with the player not receiving any effects from drinking the last bit of liquid from their pot or flask, fixing a bug where equipping the lighter with the rope gun held looked odd, and correcting the issue of players getting stuck when quickly closing the grab bag after opening it on things such as storage, fires, and Virginia, among others.

In terms of audio improvements, several new sounds have been added, including the sound of the pot lid bumping around when boiling, the sound of emptying the cooking pot and flask, and improved audio for the Demon Boss sequence.

If you want to see the full list of changes from the patch, here’s the list from the official post:


  • Hard survival difficulty mode added
  • Stone pickups added to world
  • Buildable stone fireplace, stone walls, stone beams, and stone columns
  • Custom effigies
  • Advanced log sled can now hold logs, rocks, stones, sticks and bones


  • Countdown clocks added to dining area of food and dining
  • Blown apart limbs added to exploded bathroom in bunker luxury
  • The cooking pot and flask can now be dumped out with right mouse button
  • Cooking pot will now be placed on the fire immediately if the player is holding the pot while interacting with the fire
  • If a fire is broken while the pot is cooking, the pots contents is reset back to water. The recipe is retained if the pot was done cooking when the fire is destroyed
  • Added some water movement to the pot when not boiling
  • Visual and audio improvements to steady water drip FX in caves
  • Improvements and fixes to Lava sound and visuals
  • Adding thunder sounds to lightning strikes in space city view of gold room cutscene
  • Rain catcher will no longer show the refill icon until there is at least enough water for one drink
  • The pot can now be re-added to the fire even if it has a completed recipe in it
  • The hotkey UI will no longer show up in quick select and grab bag menus and only be visible when in the inventory
  • Added loading hints for Comfort rating and Sleeping indoors vs outdoors
  • Added a loading hint for cooking bonuses
  • Fish traps now run in game time instead of real time to work better with pausing and sleeping
  • Fish caught in traps will no longer go rotten
  • Added UI for current cooking bonuses
  • Improved UI for cooking recipes
  • Added a new equip/unequip animation for shotgun that is simpler and matches the idle held pose, so blending feels smoother and less awkward
  • Cannibals will sometimes drag their dying friends away from the player
  • General optimizations to reduce AI update cost
  • Kelvin can now pickup stones
  • Kelvin can now fill the log sled with sticks, rocks, and stones
  • Reduced some oversaturated animal spawn areas and spread them out more
  • Fixed dead bodies in beach cave floating in multiplayer games when host player is not in the cave
  • Player effigies cause fear to cannibals based on number of body parts
  • Spearing multiple fish will visually stack on spear instead of all overlapping
  • AI are no longer blocked by defensive stick spikes, but still take damage


  • Sleeping outdoors will now give less rest than sleeping indoors
  • The amount of rest gained by the player is now modified by their current comfort rating (certain soups and clothing can affect comfort rating)
  • Lowered chance of meds in crates
  • Large Demons can now sometimes appear above ground after end game
  • Lumberjack juice recipe has been reworked so that it’s easier to make in peaceful games
  • Added hard survival to start difficulty settings
  • Cooking buff durations changed from 8 hours to 4 hours in game time.
  • Hard survival; Reduced food spawns in crates. No Item storage crate respawn on load in this game mode. Lowered fish and animal spawns. Decreased target health and stamina regen speeds while cold. Increased penalty for raw/rotten meats


  • Added some missing translations for cooking
  • Fix for player not getting any effects from drinking the last bit of liquid from their pot or flask
  • GPS locators placed on standing sticks now show the selected icon and retain it after saving and loading and improved positioning of 3d model on stick
  • Fix for being able to interact with the cooking pot when refilling a container from the pot
  • Fix for the grab bag opening rather than the player eating from the pot if the player was looking at the pot the entire time it was cooking
  • Fixed utility page button color
  • Changed the stick amounts needed in book from 48 to 60 for advanced log sled
  • Fixed skinning on gold armor pickup
  • Fix for some lake volumes poking out through terrain
  • Fixed spelling of Protein Shake recipe
  • Fixed lens flare occlusion not working if blood or cold post processing was active
  • Fixed player getting stuck when quickly closing the grab bag after opening it on things such as storage, fires, and Virginia
  • Fix for perishables getting desynced on shelves when a multiplayer client removes and fake drops them
  • Fix for player getting into an unrecoverable state if they eat something in the inventory immediately after loading a save game
  • Fixed issue with screen space reflection not always disabling correctly
  • Various memory improvements
  • Fixed issues with doors and hatches getting into a desynced state for multiplayer clients in some cases
  • Fixed stumps not appearing outside after loading a save game inside a bunker or cave
  • Fixed female cannibal broken neck and head gimbal flipping in hit with Molotov cocktail reaction animation
  • Fixed a bug where equipping the lighter with the rope gun held looked odd
  • Fixed some popping on crossbow animations
  • Fixed Kelvin unable to pickup and drop arrows
  • Fix for Muddy Cannibals stay near trees action only staying near the trees by player, and sometimes triggering too often
  • Fixed case where audio on knight V could get stuck on
  • Fixed audio when cutting tree with chainsaw
  • Fixed navigation cutting when placing walls in ground that slopes up
  • The players grab bag is now closed when interacting with a fire that has gone out
  • After loading a save game, when drinking from a pot on a fire, the player will now receive the correct recipe stats instead of water


  • Added audio for the pot lid bumping around when boiling
  • Tuned some high max instances on ambient events and mutant footsteps
  • Made water splatters max distance a lot shorter and edited volume curve
  • New audio for Demon Boss sequence; more synced impacts and grappling sounds, and Demon Boss jump and vocals
  • Better pot fill with water audio
  • Added sound for hug in chopper leave sequence
  • Made Knight V on mud and water not play water splash when stopped
  • Added sounds of emptying cooking pot and flask
  • Altered gold room vista lightning audio
  • Fixed guitar playing audio stuck on when interrupted by crash or knockdown
Shaun Savage

Shaun Savage

Shaun Savage is the founder and editor-in-chief of Try Hard Guides. He has been building websites for over 20 years and has been gaming for even longer. He is a 2013 graduate of the Academy of Art University with an A.A. in Web Design and New Media. In his off-time, he enjoys playing video games, watching bad movies, and spending time with his family.

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