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Raiding: What you Should Know About Raiding Player Homes
Sometimes, the best things in life are stolen from others. This is certainly the case in Rust, at least. However, before you go running out and embarrassing yourself, there are a few things you should take into consideration before raiding another player’s home. Planning a raid takes time, and it’s important to plan things out properly, because making a wrong move and getting caught in the act can have catastrophic results.
If you really want to raid a player’s base, you are going to need explosives. These take a lot of materials, and you’ll also need to know how to actually make one. You’ll have two routes to go down - you can either use grenades, which bounce around and can get a bit messy, or you can go for C4, the clean, easy way to break down doors and walls.
C4 explosives are definitely the way to go, however, unlike grenades, they are pretty hard to come by. You’ll need to use a recipe on both the explosive charge, and explosives, and this can be quite difficult because of their rarity. Grenades on the other hand have recipes which can be found from mutated animals and in radiation zones. If you can get your hands on C4, definitely go down that route, but if not, you could always go for grenades. Below is a breakdown of the materials you’ll need to make each item.
To blow down a metal door, you will need 12 grenades. Each grenade takes 40 metal fragments, and 80 gunpowder. However, grenades can be hard to use, so you may end up using more than planned. Grenades bounce and roll around, and for this reason they can miss completely, and they may not do damage to the thing you’re aiming for.
To properly use a grenade, crouch right up next to the door or wall and throw the grenade at your feet. It will wedge in between the door and your body, which will stop it from bouncing away. As soon as you’ve done this, peg it for cover.
For each metal door, you will need 480 metal fragments and 960 gunpowder if you choose to use grenades.
C4 on the other hand is so much easier to use. You can plant them on walls or doors, and they stay there quietly until they explode. Metal doors only take two C4 to use. For each C4 you need 15 explosives, 1 flare and 5 leather. Explosives require 20 gunpowder, 2 low grade fuel, 5 sulfur and 10 metal fragments to craft.
For each metal door, you will need 600 gunpowder, 300 metal fragments, 60 low grade fuel, 150 sulfur, 2 flares, and 10 leather if you choose to use C4.
Choosing the Time to Strike
As you can tell, it’s not going to be easy to gather the supplies you’ll need to successfully raid a base. Because of this, it’s very important that you learn how to choose the right time to strike.
If you’ve found a target, you’ll want to go scout out their base, and work out a plan of action first. Try and peek through their wood walls to learn where the most amount of wooden boxes are, and use this as a good first point to break into. Make sure to check to see if there are any easy ways in, too. If they only have one metal door at the front entrance, you could break through right at the top, and save a lot of explosives.
If there are any open windows, you could build stairs up alongside the base walls and then jump through the window to once again save on explosives. Once you’ve worked out a good plan of action, you then want to figure out the best time to strike. Learn the hours the owners of this base are online, and then strike in their sleep. Or, if you’re up for the challenge, try breaking into their base whilst they are online and they are all out on a looting trip.
Sometimes, raiding isn’t just about the explosives. At times, you’ll have the opportunity to use stairs, pillars, and foundations to get yourself into their base without using brute force. It’s always best to come loaded with a decent supply of wood to create any items you may need. If you planned ahead, you should already know all of the supplies you’ll need.
If you really want to be sneaky, every time you blow out a metal door, replace it with one of your own. This way, you can come back at a later time and continue raiding. You’ll essentially be kicking players out of their own home, and without access to their gear, they won’t even be able to get their own explosives to get back in.
Don’t be too tight, though, if they plead for you to remove the doors, you should probably listen - take their gear, and then let them have their base back later. At the end of the day, Rust is a game and is meant to be enjoyed, and besides, you won’t want to have any problems with angry admins at any point.
Learn to Quit Whilst You're Still Ahead
If you’ve done a good raid and you’ve got a lot of gear, you should head back and store it all - don’t stick around too long because you may end up getting caught by the base owners. As soon as the owners see you, not only do you have a chance to lose all of the gear you just stole, but they will have your name, and their new mission will be to hunt you down and kill you in your sleep.
For this reason, make sure to not get too greedy, and learn to quit whilst you’re still ahead.
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