When starting a Rust server, there are countless settings that can be configured for a very different experience from server to server. Animals take up more server resources than most people think – after all, you have hundreds of animals, each with an independent AI, running at once. Today I’ll take you through 3 commands that let you configure your Rust.

You must be an admin for these commands to work. Check out our guide on Making Yourself an Admin if you don’t know how!

Stop Animals from Attacking

One thing you can do to make your server friendlier for noobs and improve performance a bit is to stop animals from attacking. They will still roam, but they wont jump on your nakeds each time you respawn.

  • To stop animals from attacking, go in your console with F1 and type ai.think false. If you’d like to re-enable this, use ai.think true. Once you’ve set it how you want, type in server.writecfg to save the changes.

Freeze Animals Entirely

If your server relies on high population PvP or you just want less lag, a good option can be to freeze all animals. They’ll still spawn, but they wont move, making them an easy target for noobs and veterans alike.

  • To freeze animals, go in your console with F1 and type ai.move false. If you’d like to re-enable this, use ai.move true. Once you’ve set it how you want, type in server.writecfg to save the changes.

Modify Animal Populations

Want a server with a only friendly deer? Or maybe you want to build a nightmarish hellscape of a million bears? You can use the population command to do this, and customize your server to the max!

  • To modify animal populations, go in your console with F1 and type {animal}.population {number}. Replace {animal} with the name of the animal, like bear, boar, chicken, deer, horse or wolf. Then replace {number} with the level of that animal. Then type in server.writecfg to save the changes.
  • NOTE: {number} does not correlate directly to the number of the animal on the map. The default value is 2, so 3 or 4 will mean higher animal values than a vanilla server. 0, of course, will stop that animal from spawning.

Congrats, you’ve customized the animals on your server! 🐻