How to Use Timberborn Dams

Last Update: September 22, 2021 7:20 PM


How to Use Timberborn Dams - cover

If you want to know how to use Timberborn Dams, you're in the right place! This guide will tell you everything you need to know about manipulating water in this survival city-builder full of beavers.

Timberborn can be a challenging game, especially for new players that have just begun. (Check out our Beginner's Guide for help on getting started!) One key point to understand is the importance of water in this game -- and Timberborni Dams are key to controlling it and, more importantly, building up a reservoir to survive through a Drought.

How to Use Timberborn Dams - Dam Types
From left to right: Dam, Levee, Floodgate, Double Floodgate, Triple Floodgate.

How to Use Timberborn Dams

Using Timberborn Dams is pretty straightforward - simply build the dam and it will partially impede the flow of water. Build a complete dam across a river and you'll be able to save some water for a Drought.

Timberborn Dam Types

  • Dam (Solid) - Blocks water but allows some to pass through a spillway at the top.
  • Levee (Solid) - Blocks water completely.
  • Floodgate - Blocks water up to an adjustable height.
  • Double Floodgate - Blocks water up to an adjustable height.
  • Triple Floodgate - Blocks water up to an adjustable height.

What if you want to completely stop the flow of water, though? Your best bet would be to build a Levee -- this is essentially a solid block that halts the flow of water altogether. Levees are solid like Dams, too, so you can stack them on top of one another to build a large reservoir of water if you desire.

Dams provide you a non-mechanical option for controlling the flow of water as they allow a small amount to spill out over the top. If you're looking for a finer degree of control, however, you're going to want to build Floodgates -- these will allow you to manually empty out a reservoir if you feel so inclined.

Aside from moving water around, Dams and Levees can also be used to build up a reservoir and save water for later. Building dams and storing water is critical to survival as the game goes on, especially on the harder difficulties.

There's one final note to keep in mind: Dams are solid, so they can make for an easy way to cross over a gap or a river in the early game. Don't hesitate to build some Dams to expand your horizons!


Have a tip, or want to point out something we missed? e-mail us at [email protected] or join us on Discord!


More Info About This Game
Learn more about Timberborn
Game Page Timberborn
Release Date
September 15, 2021 (Calendar)
City Builder
Purchase (Some links may be affiliated)