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Tinder are Materials used to help in starting a fire. One tinder is always used when starting a fire, and it will be consumed regardless of whether or not the player succeeds. Tinder cannot be used to increase the length of a fire already started.

When the Skill Level for Fire Starting reaches Level 3, the player no longer needs tinder to start a fire. The player may still use tinder if they like, but since it provides no benefit, the only purpose would be to get rid of the item.

Tinder Sources

The most commonly found material for tinder is a Tinder Plug. These can sometimes be found in buildings. They may also be obtained from harvesting a cardboard box, which will give a few tinder plugs based on the size of the box (a Hunting Knife can help break down cardboard boxes quicker). Harvesting a cedar limb will also give the player a Tinder Plug in addition to several pieces of Cedar Firewood, at the cost of at least 45 minutes to chop the wood, as well as requiring a Hatchet. Two tinder plugs may also be crafted in the radial menu by using a Stick.

Other sources of tinder include Newsprint and Newsprint Roll, also usually found in buildings or in the mines.

A Cat Tail Head will always be harvested when the player picks a cat tail. They can usually be found by frozen rivers or lakes, but not by saltwater sources like the bay at Coastal Highway

Birch bark can usually be found by birch trees (trees with a black and white striped trunk), and is abundant in the Ravine, Pleasant Valley, and high up on Timberwolf Mountain.