Grounded: How To Reach Upper Yard

In this guide we will discuss the methods that can be used to reach the Upper Yard in Grounded.

As you make your way toward the northern region of Grounded’s Backyard, your progression will come to a halt as giant walls block your way. There are two ways you can use to get to the upper yard, depending on what materials you have in your inventory. Additionally, the items required for both routes can be a bit of a hassle to find. In this guide, we will explain how to get into the Upper Yard, along with the items required for each route.

Key Takeaways
  • In order to progress further and explore the North, getting to the Upper Yard is necessary.
  • Two methods can be used to reach the Upper Yard. Either through Upper Yard Ascent or by getting creative.
  • Using the Upper Yard Ascent route requires explosives. Otherwise, trampolines, ladders, and stairs can be used to reach the Upper Yard as well.

Ways To Reach Upper Yard In Grounded 

The first way is probably the easiest and requires the least amount of effort. It’s through Upper Yard Ascent, located in the western part of the wall. The other way, however, is much more complex and needs way more effort but requires a little progression into the game. It is through building your own path, or in other words, stairs, to access the yard.

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So without further ado, let’s start on how to access the Upper Yard using these ways:

Upper Yard Ascent

The Upper Yard Ascent is located to the west of the giant wall. The location of Upper Yard Ascent is marked below:

West route location
Location of Upper Yard Ascent (Image captured by eXputer)
West Route
Entry to the Upper Yard Ascent route (Image captured by eXputer)
West Route
Cracked Boulder (Image captured by eXputer)

After arriving at the mentioned location, you’ll see a cracked boulder blocking your path. If you have an explosive such as Bratburst or Splatburst, destroying the boulder will be easy. However, if you don’t, you’ll have to craft one since there is no other way of removing the boulder.

Crafting Bratburst

Bratburst can be used to destroy the Boulder, blocking the way to Upper Yard (Image captured by eXputer)

Bratburst is a Tier I explosive and is relatively easier to craft if you are early in the game. To craft a Bratburst you’ll need x2 Fungal Growth, x1 Red Ant Egg, and x4 Dry Grass Chunk.

Fungal Growth can be obtained by killing infected insects in the Haze region. However, to go into the Haze you’ll need a gas mask, and crafting one will further take you away from the main goal. Luckily, there is a way to get some fungal growth without going into the Haze, since infected insects can be found at the boundary of the Haze region as well. The location of the infected insects in question is marked below:

Location of Fungal growth
The location of Infected Insects (Image captured by eXputer)
Fungal growth
Infected Insects drop Fungal Growth (Image captured by eXputer)

After you have the required Fungal Growth, it’s time to get a Red Ant Egg. This is one of those items that require some preparation. So in order to get yourself geared up, consider reading our best armor and best weapons guides for Grounded.

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Red Ant Egg is located inside the Red Ant Hill, which is overflowing with Ant Guards who won’t let you reach this item that easily. So make sure you gear up before you decide to head inside the anthill. The location of Red Anthill is marked below.

Location of Red Anthill
Red Anthill’s Location marked on the map (Image captured by eXputer)
Hill of Ants
Entrance of Red Anthill (Image captured by eXputer)

Once inside the hill, head straight, and just on the right of the first greenish lamp, you can find some Red Ant Eggs.

Egg in Red Anthill
Red Ant Egg found inside the Red Anthill (Image captured by eXputer)

Getting Dry Grass Chunks shouldn’t be very complicated, and you can find plenty of them in the overworld. Once you have all the necessary items, craft the bomb at the Crafting Bench and head to Upper Yard Ascent.

Now throw the Bratburst at the cracked boulder to clear the path, climb up, and you will find yourself on the Upper Yard.

Building Custom Stairs 

This method requires less amount of items and exploration and time, depending on how creative you can get. But first of all, you will need the blueprints of the stairs. And if you don’t have one, we will show you where you can get one. 

Additionally, you can use ladders or trampolines as well, but for this guide, we will be covering how to get to Upper Yard through the stairs.

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Stairs Recipe 

The blueprints of the stairs can be bought from Burg. L, who can be found in Oak Lab. Oak Lab is located to the east of the Upper Yard area.

Location of Oak Lab
The location of Oak Lab is marked on the map (Image captured by eXputer)
Burg.L Lab
Oak Lab is hidden under the Oak Tree (Image captured by eXputer)

Once you are inside the Oak Lab, interact with Burg.L and buy the Multi-Story Bases blueprints from him. Buying these will allow you to build various Multi Story structures, which can also be later used to reach other high areas of the game.

Science Shop
Multi-Story Bases (Image captured by eXputer)

Stem Scaffold Recipe

Additionally, there is another item required to support your structures, which is Stem Scaffolds. The recipe for building Stem Scaffolds can be unlocked by analyzing Weed Stems, You can find plenty of Weed Stems by chopping dandelions, husky weeds, and bur weeds.

Once you have the recipe, simply grind the required items in the overworld and build your own structure. 

The Structure

The location of the structure may vary, depending on what type of stairs you are choosing to reach the Upper Yard, but we chose the location near Frankeline toy to build our structure. Below, you can see the structure we have built to reach the Upper Yard.

Custom Stairs structure
A structure built using Grass Stairs & Stem Scaffold (Image captured by eXputer)

After you have used any of the two ways, you will find be able to access the Upper Yard and explore beyond.

Upper Yard in Grounded
Scenery after reaching the Upper Yard (Image captured by eXputer)


This concludes our guide on how to reach Upper Yard in Grounded. Grounded is a survival-adventure game akin to Minecraft and The Forest. After a couple of hours in the game, you are bound to realize the importance of its various structure and its multiplayer component, and if you are new to these types of games, you might find yourself confused.

So we highly recommend going through our Shared World and repairing tools and structure guide for Grounded. Additionally, traversal is a big part of Grounded, and learning how to use and build zip lines can be very useful.

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Irfan Ansari is a Senior Editor and Guides Writer on eXputer. He has seven years of Video Game Journalism experience and has been gaming for more than 22 years. Over his editorial career, he has gained experience at multiple sites, including TheGamer and VeryAli Gaming. Irfan has also earned a degree in Writing and Editing from the University of Michigan. Learn some more about Irfan's gaming journey on his Steam, PSN, and Xbox profiles.

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