How To Get Water In Sons of the Forest?

Don't forget to stay hydrated in Sons of the Forest!

Besides the ruthless cannibals running around the forest, you also need to be wary of your Thirst and Hunger levels. Like most survival games, Sons of the Forest has you constantly focusing on your resource management like water, food, and sleep, making sure that you’re rested, fed up, and most importantly, hydrated.

Key Takeaways
  • There are 4 main methods of getting water in Sons of the Forest.
  • Most of these methods are centered around the Forest biome, so it’s better to set up your base in that location for convenience’s sake.
  • The most common and efficient way of getting water is by drinking it straight out of rivers and lakes.
  • You can also try certain consumables that rejuvenate your Thirst meter to a certain extent, such as eating Yarrow Flowers and Salmonella berries.
  • Additionally, you can find Energy Drinks from briefcases and abandoned camps that replenish a large chunk of your Thirst and Rest meter.
  • Lastly, you can craft a few personal water-carrying pouches like a Flask or Water Collector to store water as well.
  • Getting and Drinking water replenishes your Thirst meter, which is one of the three resource meters tied to your stamina.
  • The more your Thirst meter depletes, the lesser overall stamina you have and the quicker you run out of breath when running.

Sources For Getting Water In Sons Of The Forest

Your Thirst meter drains much faster than your Hunger meter in Sons of the Forest. This means you’ll often find yourself ditching your ongoing expedition to instead quench your thirst first. As such, it’s more important to have a steady supply of water than a source of food to maintain your stamina. 

Lakes And Rivers

This is probably the easiest and most abundant way to get water in Sons of the Forest. Lakes and rivers are usually found in the forest biomes towards the edges of the map. Since most of them usually converge to the ocean at the map’s far edge, you’ll find most of them near that area.

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River Stream in the forest (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)

Once you spot a lake or river, simply crouch down while in the stream and you’ll see a prompt of a droplet that’ll let you drink the clean water. Make sure that you don’t have anything equipped on-hand or otherwise the prompt won’t appear. Taking one sip from the stream restores half of your Thirst meter and a decent chunk of your stamina bar.

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Use the ‘E’ key to drink water from lakes and rivers (Screenshot by eXputer)

You can find these narrow bodies of water by opening up your GPS and looking for blue lines on the map which indicate the streams. If you can’t immediately find a stream by opening your GPS, you can zoom it out by pressing the middle click on your mouse for a broader field of view.

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River locations on a GPS (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)

However, it’s worth mentioning that you might come across frozen lakes and streams if you’re near the mountainous biome at the center of the map or during the winter season when it’s freezing cold. In that case, you need to move down to warmer areas if you want to stay hydrated.

Important: It’s worth noting that you can’t drink saltwater/seawater found on the shorelines.

Plants And Herbs

If you don’t find any streams nearby and want a quick boost in stamina and hydration, you could use Yarrows as a source too. They’re usually found in groups in dense parts of the forest near river streams, and eating 1 of these white flowers restores 5% of your Thirst and Hunger meter.

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Yarrow Flowers (Image Source: eXputer)

Since you can find them in groups, find and store as many as you can to completely brim your inventory for future-proofing. Additionally, you can also find Yarrow seeds in these groups which you can use to make more Yarrow Plants with farming tools.

As an alternative, you can also eat Salmonella berries as a source of food and water. You can abundantly find them in the forest and lakeside. However, these berries are much less effective than yarrow flowers and only add a smidgen of nutrition. Therefore, only use them as a last resort for hydration and try to reserve them for crafting purposes.

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Salmonella Berries (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)

Energy Drinks

Energy Drinks are another type of consumable focused on replenishing thirst in Sons of the Forest. These purple-packaged drinks give you a tremendous boost in both your Rest and Thirst meter, even more than both a Yarrow flower and Salmonella berry combined! So if you have one and are on the edge of your last meters, don’t hesitate to pop open a can.

Energy Drink Sons of the Forest
Drinking an Energy Drink (Image Credits: eXputer)

Unfortunately, these are a lot rarer and more difficult to come by. You can usually hog one or two from either an abandoned camp or tent or from briefcases found next to a corpse. Other than that, there’s also a good chance that you’ll find a few cans in one of the caves highlighted on your GPS.

Collecting Water From Rain

This is a much better long-term method to make sure you have a constant source of water. You can collect water from rain in a Water Collector or from a stream in a Flask and use it right away. You can also store it for later use. This is an extremely convenient approach since you’ll have water in your back pocket rather than going to search for it every now and then.

Water Collector

A Water Collector is an excellent source for water reservation as it directly stores water during rainy occasions. To make one, you first need to collect turtle shells from large Sea Turtles. These Sea Turtles are exclusive to the game’s beaches at the edge of the map.

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Beaches in Sons Of The Forest (Image from eXputer)
Important: Sea Turtles are not the same as regular turtles which are smaller, found on the mainland, and only give you meat with no turtle shell.

Once you’ve found your turtle shell as your Water Collector, simply place it wherever you like and watch it fill up when you experience even a mild amount of rain.


A flask is another similar item that you can use to carry water around. To make this, you first need to find a 3D printer in Sons of the Forest, which you’ll find in a room inside one of the game’s caves. You can find this specific cave’s entrance next to an abandoned vehicle by the river stream. It’s also highlighted with a green pulsing bullseye on the map, so you can find it via GPS.

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Cave Entrance location on the GPS (Image Credits: eXputer)

Once you’ve entered the cave, go down the hallway and enter a room where you’ll find the printer next to a monitor. Now, use the monitor to cycle through different craftables until you find and select the Flask by pressing the ‘E’ key. After you’ve selected the Flask, wait for some time, and it’ll be ready to collect from the printer once it’s fully made.

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Making a Flask with the 3D Printer for 100 Resin Ink (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)
Important: You can make several 3D-modeled items from the 3D printer; however, printing them out requires Resin Ink which is extremely rare. Fortunately, the printer will already have enough Resin Ink already for your first few prints.

You can fill up the Flask from the river right outside the cave as your initial test. You can access and drink from it anytime via the inventory using the ‘I’ key. The amount of water left in the Flask is indicated by the blue bar beneath it, so you’re always aware of how much supply is left. You can take up to 5 sips from the Flask.

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Flask’s blue bar for remaining water (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)

Tips To Always Stay Hydrated

Now that we’ve covered all the possible ways to get water in Sons of the Forest let’s look at some strategies to keep a consistent supply. Getting food and water will always be an annoyance whenever you’re out exploring, so it’s better to prep yourself to save most of the hassle.

Build Your Hub Next To A Stream

Like most survival games, you’ll often find yourself returning to your hub after a full day of exploration. Similarly, when you’re coming back to your hub in Sons of the Forest, your Thirst, Hunger, and Sleep meter will likely be almost empty at that time. So if your house is next to a small lake or river, you can quench your thirst first and sleep right after to fully restore two of your meters.

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A cabin built next to a large river (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)

This tactic not only saves you the hassle and instantly preps you for your next expedition, but it also comes in handy when you’re upgrading the hub itself. If you’re working on building something massive like a Tree House, your Thirst meter will deplete much faster. In that case, just go nearby for a quick sip and instantly rejuvenate a decent chunk of your stamina.

Stay In The Forest

Staying in the forests not only gives you higher opportunities to get water but other animals for food as well. There are several water bodies and wild animals like rabbits, deer, and moose easily traceable in these greener biomes.

Additionally, you can also find hydration-based plants like the aforementioned Yarrows and Salmonberries here. All of these factors save you a ton of hassle compared to other biomes like beaches, where you’re often struggling to find consumable food or water. 

Always Carry A Flask Or Water Collector

If you’re on an expedition and find yourself completely separated from any source of water, a Flask or Water Collector feels like a blessing in such a situation. All you have to do is fill it up before you go on an adventure. They’re also easily replenishable, and you can refill them on any rainy occasion.

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Filling up your Flask with water (Image Captured by eXputer)

How Do I Know When I’m Thirsty?

Your Thirst level depletes the most when you’re taking a nap or running. This effectively lowers your overall stamina, causing you to run out of breath much faster. When this level becomes alarmingly low, a notification will pop up telling you you’re thirsty, which is when you should begin searching for water.


That wraps up our guide on getting and storing water in Sons of the Forest. As mentioned, water is a crucial resource in the game that you need always to have. Therefore, use our steps to ensure you have a generous supply to use anytime. You can also check out the entire Sons of the Forest map to easily track where you are and where you want to be.

To further help with in-game progression, here’s our Sons of the Forest Keycard locations guide for getting crucial key items. If you instead want to know more about making the game more convenient, consider reading our guide on How To Quick Select in Sons of the Forest. Besides that, check out our Sons of the Forest review for a detailed insight into the game’s pros and cons.

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