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Added in
Item type
Cave 5 - Submerged Cave
The Forest Map
Obtained through
Other Effects
Allows the player to breath under water and provides a source of light
Max. Stack
Air Cannisters
Max. Capacity
300 seconds per Air Canister

The rebreather is a unique tool that allows underwater breathing, it was added in update v0.14 of The Forest.


The rebreather allows the player to dive underwater for extended periods of time by providing the ability use air canisters for breathing. There is currently only one hidden on the peninsula. When equipped, the player's HUD changes and the field of vision is slightly impaired. The rebreather uses air canisters for refilling (by pressing Left Mouse Button on the canister), which can be collected near many dive spots, for instance in the cave IconTheForestCaveMap.png system and on the yacht IconTheForestMap.png. There are also two canisters directly next to the rebreather when you first find it.

Once collected, the rebreather can be found in the upper left corner of the inventory, directly behind the backpack. Note that the rebreather can only be equipped while on solid ground as the inventory cannot be opened otherwise.

When the rebreather is equipped and the player is submerged in water, the mask will provide light much like the flashlight, further aiding underwater navigation.

Whilst having the rebreather equipped underwater, you do not gain athleticism.


The rebreather currently can only be found in Cave 5 - Submerged Cave, near the southern entrance. It is found right before a water hole inside the cave. It is to the left as you approach the water hole. It is attached to a skeleton, and it is surrounded by some air canisters.


  • The rebreather appears to be based off an Dräger FGT 5400 rebreather.
  • The patchnotes for v0.14 suggest that more spawn locations for the rebreather will be added later.
  • The rebreather is one of the few items required to finish the game.

Known Bugs[]

  • The light appears not to be working at some graphics settings while underwater at night. There simply is no light showing up.
  • The Rebreather cannot be obtained or picked up


Update History[]

Version Changes
v1.0 Rebreather is auto equipped now when diving underwater in caves

You can now use the rebreather light in the ocean at night

v0.72 Fixed player rebreather not visible in shadow
v0.68 Improved model/textures for the first person rebreather geometry
v0.60 Improved look of underwater bubbles from rebreather
v0.53 Rebreather air capacity now reduced to 300 seconds.
v0.37 Audio – Player now gasps for air when surfacing with the rebreather equipped
v0.34 Fixed arms clipping through rebreather when swimming underwater
v0.32 Removed broken rebreather from cave 2. Is now only findable in cave 5
v0.31 New todo task: Condition: have less than 40% air underwater, Completion: Find rebreather

Fixed rebreather not getting picked up when inventory already full of air canisters

v0.26 Fixed an edge case of rebreather light not turning on underwater
v0.23 Doubled rebreather air capacity.

Rebreather bubbles activate only past 80% screen water coverage

v0.21 (multiplayer) Fixed rebreather not showing up on remote players
v0.20 Player can now equip rebreather underwater without dying instantly

Out of water with rebreather, light stays on for 2 seconds and then dims over 5 seconds

Using air canister while underwater and rebreather isn’t in use (if it was out of air) now actually reloads it

v0.19 Balance – removed rebreather pickups from overworld, can now only be found in cave location. Modern axe removed from yacht. Air canister added to yacht location. Removed old axe in wooden door at cave entrance. Changed cave dead to always be in cave 2 location. Removed lights from cave hats. Re-worked pickups in cave 1 dead room.

Added “Equiped” status display to rebreather inventory tooltip

v0.18b Rebreather light now only comes on when underwater.
v0.18 Rebreather no longer auto equips (open inventory to equip) and light now only comes on when underwater
v0.17 Doubled bare air breathing capacity (without rebreather)
v0.16 Fixed rebreather’s air resetting to 0 after loading a saved game
v0.14 Rebreather added to the game

Player can now swim underwater for a brief period of time (look for rebreather to swim underwater longer)

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