Coal is an essential item in Len’s island, you need it to light up dungeons, in crafting recipes, and to fuel your smelters and more. But with Len’s Island currently having a very limited tutorial, some players are having a hard time finding coal in Len’s Island.
During the early stages of the game coal is especially hard to come across, but if you know where to look, you can get enough to get you started in your adventures.
Finding Coal in Caves
The first place you will want to look for coal is caves, thankfully the island you start on should have two caves, which makes getting coal at the start of the game a little easier.
When you find a cave, you want to look for rock nodes, once you find one, highlight it and look for black dots within the rock, these are the ones that give coal.
You will also likely come across some other rocks with silver nodes in them, these are iron veins, which at first are easy to mistake for coal.
While you are in a cave, you can also keep an eye out for barrels which also have a chance of giving you coal when you destroy them. There is also a chance of getting iron shards, salvaged metal and other resources from these barrels too.
In some cases, the barrels you come across in caves are open, and you can see which resources they hold, before you break them open with your axe.
Collect Coal From the Mining Outpost
Once you’ve upgraded your town to level three, it becomes a mining town, which unlocks a very useful new building, the mining outpost.
Once you have the mining outpost unlocked, you can visit it from time to time to collect resources which it generates over time, which includes coal, stone and iron shards.
Once you’ve started making oil, you can use that to boost the mining outpost’s production, giving you more resources from it and making it much easier to start stockpiling coal, as well as stone and iron shards.
Find Coal While Exploring
Len’s Island might centre around building up your island and creating a thriving town, but at the same time, it rewards players for exploring.
As you build your first raft and start exploring other islands, you will quickly start finding other caves where you can get coal, as well as abandoned buildings, which often have barrels in or around them.
Go from island to island looking for barrels and caves, and you will start stockpiling coal fairly quickly. Just be careful, the further you stray from your own island the harder enemies become, make sure you’ve upgraded your weapons before straying too far.
Certain biomes, like the desert one, also have a chance of having coal nodes in the wild. So make sure to explore as much of the map as possible to increase the chances that you will stumble across more coal.