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This page covers the Standalone version of DayZ. For information on the Mod see Mod:Loot

Loot refers to any item that can be found or crafted and then used by the player. Loot can be found in almost all enterable buildings (e.g. houses, hospitals, barns), inside and around many derelict vehicles, and in the vicinity of dynamic event spawns like helicopter crashes and police cars. It can also be picked up from other players and found on the corpses of the infected. In addition to items spawning individually, they can also be found inside of clothing and backpacks, and attachments can spawn at random on appropriate weapons.

Managing Space[edit | edit source]

Items can be managed and stored in a player's inventory (Tab by default) or held in their hands. An item's inventory size is represented in rows and columns (e.g. 1x1, 2x3, 4x4) in the inventory screen.

Loot can be picked up by pressing the action key (F by default) while looking at it, or from the "Vicinity" window on the left side of the player's inventory screen. From the vicinity window, items can either be dragged and dropped somewhere into the player's inventory, double-clicked to get automatically placed in the first available inventory slot(s) or right-clicked to pick only half of the amount (If it's a stack). An item double-clicked inside the inventory gets placed in the player's hand and with right-click, a stack can be split inside the inventory. It's also possible to open an item description with the middle mouse button.

An item that is not of a perfect square can also be rotated in the inventory, to fit where it normally wouldn't. (Space by default)

Item Condition[edit | edit source]

The condition of an item is a measure of its integrity. An item's condition is directly reflected in its appearance, but can also be determined by viewing it in your inventory. In order from best condition to worst condition, an item will have one of the following values:


Items in this condition will generally appear new or unused. This condition is largely only possible for items found in the world as loot, since repair kits are not able to repair most items beyond worn condition.


Items in this state are visually indistinguishable from items in pristine condition. There is generally little to no impact on the functionality or use of an item in this condition. This is the best condition an item that has been repaired to.


When an item is in this condition, it will appear heavily used: looking damaged, cracked and scratched. This condition may have some impact on the functionality or use of the item, causing unintended effects or, occasionally, no effect at all.

Badly Damaged

Well-used items will end up in this condition, which is visually similar to the damaged state. Items in this condition may not be fully functional and frequently fail to work properly. They are on the verge of becoming ruined and, if possible, should be repaired immediately.


Once an item has been used or damaged to the point of becoming ruined, it can no longer be repaired at all and is permanently reduced to near-uselessness. Items in this condition are visually similar to damaged and badly damaged, but will also appear to be discolored or darker than those states. They may no longer be usable, or will cease to function entirely.

Central Loot Economy[edit | edit source]

The Central Loot Economy (often abbreviated as "CLE") is DayZ's unique management system for loot spawning and clean-up. It is a complex system of tags, categories, zones, maximums, minimums, averages, and so on. The CLE dictates exactly how many of each item can be present on a single instance of the game at a time (one server), with important factors like randomization and rarity baked in. These values can be adjusted at any time, without requiring players or servers to install a game update.

In addition to controlling how much of each item is present, it also "cleans up" the map by removing items which have become ruined or which have gone untouched for a set amount of time. This function prevents the game from becoming cluttered with useless items, serves players with a continually refreshed pool of available gear, acts as one method of preventing individual players from having too much influence over the entire server's economy. For more information about how long items stay in place without activity, please see the table below for Persistence.

Persistence[edit | edit source]

In DayZ, all items will eventually despawn after a predetermined amount of time. That length of time varies depending upon the type of item but does not apply to anything carried within a player's inventory.

Item Time
Traps 1 Hour
Tents/Barrels 7 Days
Backpacks 4 Hours
Crafted Bags 1 Hour
Other Crafted Items 5 Minutes
All Other Items 30 Minutes

Buildings[edit | edit source]

Fixed structures are the easiest place to find loot, and what you find in each building will correspond to its assigned loot category. Below you will find a visual list of each building that belongs to a particular loot category; please note that many (if not most) buildings fall into multiple loot categories, and you will find them listed under each and every category that they belong to.

Camping[edit | edit source]

This tag is for items one would expect to use while on an outdoor adventure trip in real life. Examples: Heatpack, Ice Axe

Civilian[edit | edit source]

More of a catch-all classification than anything specific, items tagged as civilian can be found practically everywhere. Examples: Sewing Kit, T-Shirt

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Farm[edit | edit source]

Items that fall into the farm category are mostly tools related to the process of farming. Examples: Hay Hook, Farming Hoe

Firefighters[edit | edit source]

This tag is specific to items which a firefighter would use in real life and only applies to that specific building as well. Examples: Firefighter Axe, Firefighter Jacket

Fishing[edit | edit source]

Anything that a fisherman would wear or use can be found within this category. Examples: Raincoat, Netting

See: Small Boat

Forester[edit | edit source]

Similar to the camping classification, forester is best seen as anything a lumberjack might use in their trade. Examples: Hacksaw, Nails

Historical[edit | edit source]

This oddball category is only for items which can be found at historic locations (castles). Examples: Sword, Flanged Mace

Hunting[edit | edit source]

As its name implies, items in this category would be used by hunters in real life, and correspond to locations hunters would be. Examples: Walkie-Talkie, Bear Trap

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Hygiene[edit | edit source]

Not quite as obvious as other categories, items tagged for hygiene are related to the process of keeping things clean and sanitary and could be seen as an extension of the medic tag. Examples: Disinfectant Spray, Water Purification Tablets

Kitchen[edit | edit source]

True to where items spawn with this tag, kitchen loot is just about anything you might ordinarily find in the drawers and cupboards of a kitchen. Examples: Matchbox, Cooking Pot

Medic[edit | edit source]

Items which would be found in a hospital or other medical facility are tagged as medic in the game. Examples: First Aid Kit, Saline Bag

Military East[edit | edit source]

The "East" in this tag refers to a particular part of the world, and corresponds to military items left behind by Russian Armed Forces and Chernarussian Defence Forces. Examples: TTsKO Jacket, AK74

Note: this tag also has a sub-category specific to dynamic events; see: Helicopter Crash Sites (Mi-8)

Military West[edit | edit source]

Just like the other military tag, "West" here refers to something specific, in this case, items left behind by NATO forces. Examples: USMC Jacket, UK Assault Vest

Note: this tag also has a sub-category specific to dynamic events; see: Helicopter Crash Sites (UH-1Y)

Office[edit | edit source]

As its name implies, items tagged as office would be used in everyday situations by people working in an office. Examples: Pen, Duct Tape

Police[edit | edit source]

Equipment and clothing related to the work of a police officer would be tagged for this category. Examples: Stun Baton, Handcuffs

Note: this tag also applies to a dynamic event; see: Police Car

Prison[edit | edit source]

Specific to the place it's named after, the prison tag is used for items which would be found in a modern prison complex and used by guards or inmates. Examples: Prison Jacket, Flashlight

Religious[edit | edit source]

Only used in churches, this tag is for items specifically used by someone practicing religion. Example: The Bible

School[edit | edit source]

Items tagged as school will be found in the namesake building. Examples: Child Briefcase, Tracksuit Jacket

Wheels[edit | edit source]

As its name implies, wheels for vehicles can be found in buildings with this tag. Examples: Sedan Wheel, Offroad Wheel

Work[edit | edit source]

Much like the civilian tag, this catch-all category refers to items which would be considered industrial or related to doing manual labor primarily. Examples: Lug Wrench, Sledgehammer

Abandoned[edit | edit source]

Buildings and other structures within this category do not currently spawn loot at all and are either categorized by the tag "abandoned" or simply are not configured in the first place.

* = Applies to this specific variant only. Does not apply to similar structures.

Static Vehicles[edit | edit source]

Vehicle wrecks that do not move around the map fall into this category. They can be found practically everywhere you go, but particularly within and around towns. Some vehicle wrecks do not spawn loot, primarily burned-out military vehicles, and those are listed separately from vehicles which do spawn loot.

Lootable[edit | edit source]

Lootable wrecks primarily spawn Civilian-tagged loot as of 0.61, but some also include Office, Camping, and Tools tags as well. In addition, they will sometimes spawn with appropriately-matched spare wheels (such as a Sedan Wheel) that can be used on your own working vehicles.

Not Lootable[edit | edit source]

Non-lootable wrecks are purely decoration for the map at the moment, and as of 0.61 do not spawn any loot for players to find.

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Dynamic Events[edit | edit source]

Vehicle wrecks that do move around the map belong in this category. They have pre-determined spots around the map where they can be found, but only a small number of spots for that event type will have a vehicle wreck present at any given time, making their discovery primarily a luck-based opportunity. These wrecks spawn desirable loot, including some that is unique to dynamic events.

See Also[edit | edit source]