C4 Charge

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C4 Charge
C4 Charge.png
This advanced explosive can annihilate structures.
Type Explosive
Ammo for C4 Remote Detonator.png C4 Remote Detonator
Explosive damage 6899 (2 meter radius)
Weight 0.1
Stack size 100
Stack size (Mobile) 50
Durability 100
Single use Yes
Item ID 43
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 43 1 0 0
cheat GFI C4 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Test/PrimalItemC4Ammo.PrimalItemC4Ammo'" 1 0 0
Found in Beacon Red
Required level Level 65
Engram Points 12 EP
Crafting XP 72.5 XP
Crafting Time 5s
Crafted in Fabricator.png Fabricator
Tek Replicator.png Tek Replicator
Required Stations Fabricator.png Fabricator
Refining Forge.png Refining Forge
Mortar And Pestle.png Mortar And Pestle
Campfire.png Campfire
Ingredients (Mobile)
Resources breakdown [Expand]
75 × Gunpowder.png Gunpowder
75 × Sparkpowder.png Sparkpowder
38 × Stone.png Stone
75 × Flint.png Flint
25 × Crystal.png Crystal
20 × Polymer.png Polymer
40 × Obsidian.png Obsidian
Purchase (Mobile)
Purchased in Factory (Mobile).png Factory Logo Mobile.svg
Cost 200 × Charges (Mobile).png Charges Logo Mobile.svg

Overview[edit | edit source]

The C4 Charge is one of the explosives in ARK: Survival Evolved. It sticks to whatever it is thrown at, including creatures and players, and can only be thrown/used with the C4 Remote Detonator.png C4 Remote Detonator. It cannot stick to platforms or anything built on platforms (this includes the raft as it is considered a platform) but you can place the c4 near the raft (floor or other structure) and the explosive radius can damage the structures.

Damage[edit | edit source]

The charge deals 1500 damage to a creature without a saddle.

List of explosive damage versus various materials as of Patch 257:

Weapon/Structure Thatch Wood Stone Metal Tek
C4 Charge.png C4 Charge * 11813 * 3544 788
Grenade.png Grenade 788 788 1838 237 53
Improvised Explosive Device.png Improvised Explosive Device (pair) * 7875 ** ** **
Rocket Propelled Grenade.png Rocket Propelled Grenade * 7350 * 2205 596
Tek Rifle.png Tek Rifle 1260 536 294 29 185
Tek Grenade.png Tek Grenade 2625 1115 612 59 385
Primitive Cannon.png Cannon * * 3446 355 40

* The damage is greater than the health-points of structures of that material
** IEDs are currently just about impossible to place on stone, metal, or Tek structures.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • A maximum of 50 C4 Charges can be placed at any given time. When more than 50 charges are placed, any additional charges will cause the oldest to disappear.
  • Metal doors can be destroyed with exactly 2 C4 Charges. Maximum damage is achieved by placing and detonating one charge at a time.
  • It is possible to attach C4s to Dinos. (You can make dive bombers by attaching C4 to Dimorphs and whistle "Attack This Target" to destroy everything with ease). This was nerfed in recent patches; any flyers with C4 attached will move extremely slowly.
  • C4 Can be activated with the remote in a Distance of 50 Foundations Long.
  • It is most efficient to craft 60 C4 charges in a fabricator at one time, using one gasoline and consuming 3600 gunpowder, 600 crystal, 300 cementing paste, 3000 fiber, 300 hide, 300 polymer and 300 electronics. This will fill 68 of the fabricator's 70 inventory slots.
  • Take note that punching a placed C4 charge is a way to detonate it for that off chance someone manages to get the remote out of your hands. However, on ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile, it cannot be detonated by punching it.
  • C4 is the most efficient way to destroy structures in pvp considering its high damage and explosion radius. However this also makes it quite dangerous to detonate while in confined spaces.