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Deadfall Trap
Deadfall Trap
Also known as
Dead Fall Trap
Added in
Building Type
Rope Swing Trap
Happy Birthday Trap
Noose Trap
Killing Cannibals & Mutants
Requires 1 Stick to reset
Cannot be climbed
Can miss Cannibals running through it
Other Effects
For killing enemies
Buildable on
Most surfaces
Very Strong

The deadfall trap is an advanced trap building which was added update v0.01 of The Forest.


The Deadfall Trap is designed to kill cannibals and mutants by dropping a falling log on them when triggered. Like all advanced traps, it will not trigger when animals run through it. In previous updates, it was less effective against cannibals as they would often run through the trap without being killed, but this was greatly improved in v0.67 - it is now much more effective, though it can no longer be climbed upon. Its low material cost also makes it relatively easy to make in a hurry.

Deadfall traps instantly kill cannibals on all difficulties. On Normal difficulty, mutants also die in one hit; however, on Hard and Hard Survival, the first hit will severely weaken them instead of killing them, and another trap is required to kill them completely.

As of v0.68, resetting traps now requires to hold the “Take” action 3 seconds.

Deadfall traps do the exact same amount of damage as Happy birthday traps.

Strengths & Weaknesses[]

+ Very cheap to make.
+ Can't be destroyed by cannibals.
+ Much larger area of effect than the Happy birthday trap.

- Cannibals running perpendicular to the trap can trigger it without dying.
- One enemy can set off several traps at once.
- Easy to set off accidentally.


Stick Log



  • In very early versions of the game, the deadfall trap had downward spikes attached. They can be still seen in the Survival Guide image.
  • In update v0.67, the deadfall trap was revamped to have a much large area of effect when the trap is triggered. It also had sticks added to the sides of the falling log to reflect the area of effect.

Update History[]

Version Changes
v0.71 Fixed trap icons visible with the ShowHud option off
v0.70 (performance) Dead enemies are no longer saved in traps on loading

Fixed missing collision from the deadfall trap large log

v0.69 (Audio) Adding a stick to a trap in order to reset it now plays an audio event.
v0.68c Fixed reset trap filling icon still not showing up sometimes
v0.68b Fixed reset trap missing filling icon fail safe not working until player gets close to the trigger
v0.68 (Balance) Resetting traps now requires to hold the “Take” action 3 seconds
v0.67 Happy birthday and dead fall traps can now damage players

Happy Birthday and dead fall traps have been tweaked to increase chance of enemies dying reliably when trap is triggered Fixed creepy mutant ragdolls able to trigger traps, causing them to trigger indefinitely Creepy mutants will now stagger backwards when hit by traps Creepy mutants can now damage traps with their attacks Improved log mesh/textures in HB and deadfall traps

v0.65 Fixed enemy textures sometimes turning black when killed in traps
v0.64 Fix dead fall trap visibility in some angles.
v0.63 Added collision to trapped enemies in saved games

Trapped enemies now load with correct props Fixed issue where trapped enemies props could vanish

v0.61 Updated structure anchor icon, repair icons and re-arm trap icon to new design

Fixed trapped enemies not dropping to ground if trap is destroyed

v0.57c Fixed distorted enemies continuously duplicating in traps

Large traps now all damage creepies

v0.57 Optimized animal and enemy traps to only spawn in nearby caught animals and enemies instead of loading in all of them to improve memory use in large saves
v0.56 Trapped enemies in happy birthday, Noose and Dead Fall traps, are saved and loaded. (loaded enemies in noose trap will always load in dead)

It is no longer possible to build structures attached to traps

v0.55 Traps will now correctly load to the correct state

Traps will now restore to correct state after being repaired

v0.42 Deadfall, HB, swinging rock, noose, rabbit and fish traps now cost one stick to reset
v0.37 Increased hit trigger range of deadfall and swinging rock traps
v0.35 (Multiplayer) Fixed delayed action icon (the white circle filling in black) sometimes staying up when action was first completed by another player (ie: resetting traps)

Traps reset trigger now uses a 3D sheen billboard icon instead of the 2D icon

v0.27 (Audio) Fixed deadfall trap not playing sound event issue

(Audio) Deadfall Trap Sound Redesigned and added to game

v0.26 Resetting traps now require to hold the “Take” button for half a second
v0.22 Fixed animals not triggering big traps
v0.21 (multiplayer) Fixed an issue where large traps would de-sync if host triggered them
v0.20b (multiplayer) fixed two smaller issues with large traps and standing fire pits on client/server
v0.18 Fixed various issues with all built traps
v0.11c Fixed issues with traps (noose, spiked wall, happy birthday) not being buildable in multiplayer games.
v0.09b (multiplayer) Fixed bug where traps wouldn’t reset correctly (rabbit trap, 3 enemy trap types)
v0.06 Creepy mutants and animals no longer get stuck in noose trap spinning forever

All traps can be reset Player will set off traps if he touches trigger

v0.01 Deadfall Trap added to the game
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