Grounded Insect Axe: How to quickly upgrade your ax

The Ground Bug Ax is one of the most important early tools you’ll need to craft in order to further open up the crafting menu and give you access to a whole new range of recipes and tools. Better than the starter item, the Pebble Axe, the Bug Ax lets you chop down things like husky weeds, apples, mushrooms, and more. The Pebble Ax can only get you so far, so read on to find out how to quickly gather the crafting ingredients you need and make the Bug Ax yourself.

Ground Bug Ax Crafting Recipe

The Bug Ax requires eight total items divided into three categories. This includes:

  • 1 ladybug head
  • 3 Piece Bomber
  • 4 Silk Cord

Each of these items can, in theory, be collected very soon after starting the game, but they will each require skilled combat abilities and/or expert stealth. Silk rope is made from spider webs, which you can find wherever the spiders dwell, such as along the wooden stumps just south of Koi Pond. You can split these webs using a melee item and you’ll instantly regather the web, but be sure to do this while the local spiders have left the area, even if they only tend to do so briefly.

Ladybugs are found all over the map, including right where you start, but they’re pretty hard to take down solo. You should either pick one up in co-op with friends or at the very least have a melee weapon and armor equipped. The easiest armor set to craft is the Clover set, which takes 13 clovers, six raw cords (made from plant fibers found throughout The Backyard), and 2 strands.

Once you’ve taken down a ladybug, you’ll only need a few bomber parts. You can find these green and black dot bugs in the southeast part of the map.

The Insect Ax gives you access to otherwise untouchable crafting ingredients due to its superior chopping ability.

Bombers have a unique ability in that they can fire acid drops at you, so while they won’t test your parry ability as much as, say, spiders, you’ll want to dodge their acid projectiles and be sure not to. not interfere with the puddles they form when they hit the ground.

Remember that due to the way they can roam, you are likely to find these and other insects in places far from their egg-laying grounds, so these are just some of the more reliable ways locate them quickly.

Once you have all the parts you need, head to your workbench and craft the Bug Axe. You are now ready to take on a large, and perhaps newly intimidating, part of Grounded. For more on Obsidian’s children’s survival game, check out our Grounded review shining like a firefly.

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