Sons of the Forest Hot Bar [Step By Step Quick Slots Guide]

Readily access items and weapons in Sons of the Forest!

In critical situations, the players will be able to swap and quickly switch between weapons by using the hot bar available in Sons of the Forest. The new hotkey option will allow players to conveniently swap and exchange between different items mid-combat, which makes things a lot easier. For that, the players will have to add the items to their backpacks. Any items that you place in your backpack will be available for a quick swap and quick selection in Sons of the Forest. 

Key Takeaways
  • Players can utilize their backpacks instead of the traditional hot bar to switch between essential items for exploration or combat.
  • To assign items to hotkeys, players must open their backpacks and select the desired items.
  • Left-clicking on the items in the backpack enables their use.
  • Players can equip up to two weapons and some healing items simultaneously.
  • To customize and organize their backpacks, players can open their inventory and right-click on items to add them.
Important: Keep in mind that there is no hot bar available as of now in Sons of the Forest. However there is a similar system that requires the players to access their backpack to swap between different items as well as put important items on hot keys.

How Does Hot Bar Work 

Unfortunately, for now, there is no such option as the hot bar in Sons of the Forest. Instead, the players have access to Quick Slots in the game. It works essentially like the hot bar, and the players will be able to assign items on some hotkeys to access them quickly. Follow this:

  1. Accessing Quick Slots:
    • Press and hold the “I” button to open the Quick Slot or Hot Bar Menu.
    • This allows you to access your backpack and assign items to quick slots for easy access.
      Sons Of The Forest Hot Bar
      Opening the Backpack (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)
  2. Assigning Items:
    • Open your inventory by pressing “I” and selecting the backpack icon.
    • View all items in your backpack and select the ones you want to assign to quick slots.
    • Some items can be placed on hotkeys for quick access, but not all items are eligible.
  3. Using Hotkeys:
    • Once items are assigned to quick slots, you can access them quickly during gameplay.
    • Press the corresponding hotkey to equip or use the item assigned to that slot.
    • Keep in mind that only one weapon can be assigned to a hotkey at a time.
  4. Managing Inventory:
    • You can remove items from quick slots by accessing your unfolded backpack and selecting alternative items.
    • Be cautious when accessing hotkeys and quick slots repeatedly, as excessive use may lead to game glitches or crashes.

Customizing The Hot Keys 

The backpack in Sons of the Forest works just like how an actual hot bar system will. Instead of holding all your inventory, it will allow you access to certain items that you select.

Equipping items on hotkeys
Equipping items on hotkeys (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)

We recommend putting them into weapons as well as some healing items, as they will help you the most during combat. It is important to prepare your backpack or quick slots before you enter a fight. To do that, you need to follow the steps below. 

  • Open your inventory and select your backpack. 
  • Select the desired item you want to add to your bag and right-click on it. 
  • Doing so will allow you to equip the item in your quick slot. 

In order to remove an item, you need to right-click on it again, and in this way, you can customize your whole backpack. 

Sons Of The Forest How to use Hot Bar
Customizing the backpack (Image Credit Copyright: eXputer)

This is definitely not a conventional version of the hot bar that we see in survival games. Although there, it is definitely a convenient way to swap between different items during combat without wasting much time.

In case it gets too dark, make sure to use your lighter by Pressing L to see what items your backpack currently has. Make sure you have healing items as well as rebreathers and grenades in the hotkeys, as you will need them the most. 

Summing It Up 

With this, we conclude our detailed guide on Hot Bar and Hot Keys as well as how the Quick Swap and Quick Slots system works in the Sons of the Forest. Keep in mind that while there is no actual hot bar option, however, your backpack works essentially like one, and you will be able to quickly swap between items by simply customizing your backpack.

While you are at it, don’t forget to check out our detailed guide on how to make a rope in the Sons of the Forest to help you survive in the game. We have also mentioned a detailed process on how to get the water collector and all other methods of getting water in the game.

Don’t forget to check out our guide on the shovel and how to obtain it, as you will be required to use it from time to time. We have also formulated a detailed guide on how to make a fish trap in the Sons of the Forest so you can catch some fish and cook them for maximum protein intake.

If you are looking for key cards, then do check out our guide on them. Before leaving our page, make sure to check out our crafting guide as well to see all the items that you can craft in the game. 

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