How to hotkey items & weapons in Sons of the Forest

Hamza Khalid
Checking inventory in Sons of the ForestEndnight Games

Things can get quite intense in Sons of the Forest when facing swarms of enemies and hotkeys can help you get the desired items quickly. If you’re yet to customize your controls, here’s how to hotkey items and weapons in Sons of the Forest.

There are tons of items in Sons of the Forest that you’ll be using for survival, combat, exploration, and a lot more. While resources like water, meat, rocks, and wood are easily available in the open world, some items like armor, arrows, and traps can be obtained through crafting.

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Regardless of how you obtain weapons and items in the game, you’d always want to equip them with a single click or button press and hotkeys ensure this.

So, let’s take a look at how you can hotkey items and weapons in Sons of the Forest.

Can you hotkey weapons and items in Sons of the Forest?

Sons of the Forest doesn’t feature a traditional hotkey for weapons and items so you can’t assign each tool to a specific key. This may come as a disappointment to you if you were hoping for a quick select menu of some kind on their screen like in Fortnite.

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However, there is still a way for you to make your weapons and items more easily accessible but it’s different from the traditional system. It involves using the backpack that your character has in the game.

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How to hotkey items and weapons in Sons of the Forest

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The backpack carries your weapons and items in Sons of the Forest.

You can hotkey weapons and items in Endnight’s Sons of the Forest by pressing I to open the backpack and then using quick slots to select the weapon or item that you need.

Here’s what you need to do:

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  1. Press I to open your inventory in Sons of the Forest.
  2. Highlight and select the backpack.
  3. Choose the Add Items prompt.
  4. Select the weapons and items you want to add to your backpack.

You can hold the I key to bring your backpack up and select any item or weapon during your gameplay. These serve as quick slots that you can use to easily access whatever you need.

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Sons of the Forest has a detailed open world.

However, your character will need to sit down as they open the inventory, leaving them vulnerable to enemy attacks. So, we advise using caution when looking through your backpack.


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Hamza is a Content Creator & Publisher at Charlie INTEL, who graduated from Bahria University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. He's spent the past few years covering news and guides for various video games, including Call of Duty and Apex Legends. He loves digital art, movies, and comic books. You can contact Hamza at [email protected].