7 Days to Die – How to Find Traders on Random Gen Map

This guide walks you through using map save data generated by the game to locate traders on a random gen map. Because you need access to the map save data, you may not be able to use this technique if you’re playing on a server.

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Locate Map Save Files

The first thing you’ll need is to locate the map save files. To do that you will need to know the “Generated World Name” and also where Steam stores your installed games.

7 Days to Die - How to Find Traders on Random Gen Map

In the image above, you can se the generated world name is South Mufape County.

Now, with that info you can locate the map save files. By default, they will be in Steam/steamapps/common/7 Days To Die/Data/Worlds/[generated world name].

Open that folder and look for a file named prefabs.xml

Find Info in XML File

Open prefabs.xml in a text editor, I have used Notepad++ and search for the phrase “settlement_trader”.

7 Days to Die - How to Find Traders on Random Gen Map

In the image above one of the traders for the map is high lighted.

Next we need to take note of the position data.
The first number, is East/West. The second number is elevation and we can ignore that. The third number is North/South.

If the first value is negative, the coordinate is West. Positive is East.
For the third value, negative is South, positive is North.

So, for the example in the image above, there should be a trader at 584 East, 192 North.

Locate the Trader in Game

Now that we have the coordinates for a trader, start the game and open the map.

Use the cursor coordinates at the top of the map window to find the coordinates on the map and set a way point.

7 Days to Die - How to Find Traders on Random Gen Map

Now go to that location and, as expected, a trader is there at 192N, 584E!

7 Days to Die - How to Find Traders on Random Gen Map

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  1. Just drive/walk to hills and look around in the distance. You shouldn’t have to cheat to find traders, lol.

  2. when I clicked on the file, it opened in explorer. so for those who did the same as me and skiped the bit about opening it in notepad, in explorer hitting ctrl-f opens a page searchbox that will highlight what you put in, albiet not to the level as in the picture shown

  3. Servers also have prefabs.xml saved locally, path example:
    (folder “AppData” is hidden by default)

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