A drought in Timberborn can last from 2 to over a dozen in-game days. When your main water source dries up, you can lose crops and trees. On this page of the guide, we explain how to prepare well for a drought and how to survive the dry season.
To ensure the survival of the colony during a drought, your main concern is the storage of any kind of food and water. However, other resources will come in handy to maintain production in workshops or bakeries.
Water can be collected using water pumps and then stored in water tanks. Set up a water pump and a few small warehouses to quickly build up the most important resource for surviving a drought.
You can get food in several ways:
- harvest wild blueberries that will grow back in 12 days;
- build a farm and plant carrots;
- build a water farmhouse and plant aquatic crops that must be partially submerged in water.
1 adult beaver consumes 2 units of food and 2 units of water per day. This makes it much easier to calculate how long the stock you keep will last.
The upcoming drought will be indicated in the upper right corner of the screen. When the drought starts, the length of its duration will be displayed. If you notice that you haven’t accumulated enough resources, it’s a good idea to extend your working hours before the drought hits to give the beavers more time to collect water and food.
If you haven’t had enough time to plant vegetables or build enough water pumps, there may not be enough time before the coming drought to catch up.
Before the drought sets in, it’s a good idea to harvest the entire crop as soon as possible because the vegetables can wilt as soon as your main water source dries up. Carrot and potato crops can last a few more days during a drought, but wheat and all aquatic crops will wither almost immediately.
On the farm, you can assign crop priority so your beavers know which vegetables to pick first. You also have the option to set the priority for planting or harvesting. In normal weather, always set it to planting, but as soon as drought approaches, switch to harvesting.
Moisturizing during a drought
A great way to preserve crops during a drought is to create closed lakes or a system of narrow rivers by shaping the land with explosives. Then build a sluice to cut off said river or lake from the main water source.
Set up a farm next to a man-made lake or river and close the sluice before the onset of drought so that water remains in the reservoir while the main river dries up. The deeper a lake or river bed, the longer it will hold water during a drought. When the drought has passed, reopen the floodgates and refill the reservoirs.
There are also a few buildings, such as an irrigation tower available in the People’s Tail faction, which can keep a large area hydrated. However, to make it work, you will need drinking water, which is stored in water tanks. As a result, if you want to keep your beavers alive and your irrigation tower running, you must store plenty of water in preparation for the dry season.
Rationing food and water
If your food and water supplies are about to run out and the drought continues for a few more days, you can start rationing those resources. Beavers need to eat and drink every day, but a strict one-day diet won’t do them any harm.
When you run out of resources, remove roads leading to warehouses or water tanks. Hold your beavers like this for 24 hours, then put the tracks back in place and let them eat.
NOTE! A beaver can die in as little as 2 days without food or water.
You can repeat the food rationing process until the drought is over. Remember, however, that it will take a few days for the vegetables to grow back after this, so you will need another 4 days before the carrots grow.