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Rear side of lighter
Added in
Item type
Light Source
Obtained through
N/A, Provided
Effect on Temperature
No Effect
Other Effects
light source
Max. Stack

The lighter is a tool and light source. Players are automatically provided with this at the beginning of the game and therefore cannot be looted or removed from the inventory. It was added in update v0.01 of The Forest.


The lighter emits a small amount of light and is used to start fires and ignite effigies, molotovs or weapons that have been crafted with cloth. The player starts with the lighter, and it will never run out of uses. By default, the lighter can be equipped by pressing L. When held, the lighter may flicker on and off, showing the player to switch it back on (which is done automatically when it goes off). This can lead to some unpleasant situations, especially when the player is really in need of a light source. Using a more durable light source is therefore advised. The lighter (as well as the flashlight) is held in the player's left hand, and it is one of the few items that is. As such it can be used with most other items. The lighter cannot run out of fuel.
The lighter can be used to ignite the following:


  • The logo on the lighter reveals that it's made by a company called CIL (formerly CIB). The naming and logo shows that its a parody of popular lighter manufacturing company, BIC.
  • When the Lighter was first released, it was yellow, then changed to light blue and now back to yellow.


Update History

Version Changes
v1.0 Color has been changed from light blue to yellow

Player no longer gets stuck igniting lighter when attempting to light fires and structures

Fixed stash lighter routine playing sfx even when lighter isn't equipped, was triggering for example when bending the bow

L to light now has the circle around it before pressed to indicate you need to hold.

v0.73 Fixed lighter not behaving properly (getting stashed) when relighting a burning weapon that was put out

Fixed not able to equip lighter or light fires while holding a dead body

It is now possible to light burning weapons, molotov and dynamites while having the plastic torch equipped, it will now switch to lighter automatically

v0.69 (Performance) Setting shadow quality to low or lower now disables shadow casting from the lighter
v0.62 Fixed lighter in inventory using old version of lighter art compared to held version
v0.56 Flashlight will no longer be replaced with lighter when loading a save whilst holding flashlight

Added a fail safe to prevent the lighter system to never reset if a race condition causes it to be in a wrong state

Fixed stashing lighter while holding a lightable item in right hand causing circle filling icon to remain visible

v0.55c Fixed saving game with flashlight equipped and ignitable item in hotkey breaking lighter on load

Fixed saving with flashlight equipped whilst also holding an ignitable item breaking lighter on load

v0.55 Fixed jumping into water while lighting a cloth wrapped weapon causing lighter interactions to break
v0.52 Lighter can no longer be equipped during a particular cutscene
v0.51 Lighter now stays equipped when entering and exiting caves
v0.39 Fixed incompatibility between stashing lighter while holding burning weapon and put out burning weapon features from last patch
v0.38 A simple press on the “Lighter” button now stashes it when holding a lightable item (holding the button still lights the item)

Fixed lighter sometimes being equipped while survival book is open

v0.37 (Multiplayer) Fixed missing lighter texture on other players lighters

Rephrased lighter tutorial to be more generic and work with flash light as default light

(particles) Improved look of lighter flame

Added dynamic movement to new lighter and molotov flames

v0.34 Fixed lighter flame breaking when camera moved due to motion blur!
v0.33 Fixed lighter clipping through various weapons when blocking
v0.28 Fixed missing “Lighter” action icon during cave hanging scene
v0.27 (Art) New lighter model and textures added!
v0.26 Fixed bug where hanging scene could break if player had torch equipped instead of lighter

Made it easier to light campfires with lighter (lighter does not have to be exactly over the fire any more)

v0.25 Lighting weapons and projectiles now requires to hold the “Lighter” button for half a second

Lowered brightness of player_net lighter

Added lighter action icons to all effigies

Fixed spamming the “Lighter” action with a fire arrow equipped creating several fires over time (could eventually cause fire to stay on forever and enemies to get caught on fire when poked with the fire arrow)

Lighting arrows now requires to hold the “Lighter” button for half a second

v0.24b (multiplayer) Fixed issue with lighter behaving strangely if other players had molotovs out
v0.24 Fixed lighter tut coming up in caves while underwater
v0.22 (multiplayer) Fixed clients having lighter stuck after loading a saved game with lighter equipped

Tweaked weapon upgrade stats – making a weapon lighter will now also lower its damage slightly. Lowered all upgrade amounts.

Equipping plastic torch now properly hides lighter tutorial

Fixes issue with lighter not working properly when having a bow on a weapon rack

v0.21 When already equipped, lighter no longer needs to be stashed first to light a weapon or arrow

Fixed lighter toggling

Fixed torch getting stashed when equipped from inventory while having lighter equipped

v0.20b Fixed bug where it wasn’t possible to pull out lighter (or other left hand item) when carrying a log
v0.20 Fixed lighter getting stashed after lighting a fire even if it was previously equipped

Fixed bird landing on hand if lighter was out

Fixed lighter staying on in water until you dive a certain depth

Held map is now more readable under lighter

Getting hit while holding lighter now has a 1 on 4 chance to stash it instead of always

v0.19 Lighting camp fires now requires player to hold the lighter over the fire until it is lit

Added a 60s delay in between displays of lighter tutorial

v0.18 Removed speed penalty when swinging weapon while holding lighter (for now, may change with further game balance)
v0.17 lighter stays out now when floating in water, player holds lighter slightly higher when in this mode

(multiplayer) Fixed bug where other players couldn’t see light from other players lighter or flashlight.

v0.16 Lighter now stays equipped when exiting/entering ropes
v0.10 Tweaks to world lighting and fog/ambient colors. Lighter and plastic torch now cast shadows.

Lighter will always light after a limited amount of attempts (was previously possible to attempt to light 20 plus times if unlucky)

Fixed lighter animation playing continuously when stashing lighter quickly after getting it out

Fixed lighter flame being too small visually

v0.08d Fixed some bugs with using lighter and it vanishes/equipping at wrong times and fixed bug where pressing the ‘O’ Key would attempt to bring up lighter
v0.08b Fixed timing issues with lighter and walkman stash anims (items would disappear before the hand was off screen)
v0.08 Player now less visible to enemies at night – unless lighter is out, making him more visible.
v0.07 Weapon balancing, all weapons will be slower when holding an item in left hand (Lighter, walkman etc) faster when held with both hands. New slower axe anim in combat.
v0.06 Lighting effigies uses the lighter correctly now
v0.03 Fixed left hand held conflicts between lighter, torch walkman etc
v0.02 Increased range of lighter
v0.01 Lighter added to the game

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