As you progress through Grounded, you’ll start to understand that most parts of the yard serve a function. For example, every now and then you’ll come across a Pinecone. You can hit these with a hammer to receive Pinecone Pieces, which are useful in a number of recipes. However, you may have forgotten where to find Pinecones in the time since you last saw them. Here’s where you need to head and what gear you need to bring with you.
Where to Find Pinecone Pieces in Grounded
Pinecones are found throughout the Upper Grasslands in Grounded. Generally speaking, this area is around the top right of the in-game map. It’s a dangerous place full of enemies, including the likes of Wolf Spiders, Ticks, Fire Ants, and even Tiger Mosquitos.
To harvest Pinecone Pieces, you need to hit a Pinecone with the Black Ox Hammer. If you don’t have one, you won’t be able to start crafting late-game recipes yet. Fortunately, you won’t have to look far to find the required components. Black Ox Beetles are among the many creatures walking around the Upper Grasslands. Aside from Pupa Leather, you need five Black Ox Parts and one Black Ox horn to make the tier-3 hammer.
Given the danger of exploring the upper yard, you’d be wise to come equipped for a fight. The Roly Poly Armor is a good idea if you’re looking for some formidable damage resistance. As luck would have it, you can find Roly Polys around the upper yard, as well as around the shed.
Once you get some Pinecone Pieces in your inventory, find a lab and analyze one. Once you do, you’ll be able to make multiple new weapons to use in the game. Some of the recipes that require the Pinecone Piece notably include the Sour, Mint, and Spicy Staff. These can be combined with the Whittle Wizard mutation to apply elemental damage to your attacks.