Sulfur Efficiency in Raiding
In Rust, sulfur is one of the most valuable resources. It allows you to fight and raid your way to massive amounts of loot or simply defend and control your territory. Using it efficiently is a key to your survival, especially after you've spent tons of time farming nodes to get that sulfur. It may also be the difference in sulfur profit raids that you keep raiding and having to go back to farming.
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Knowing when to leverage the splash damage of rockets and explosive ammo or the sulfur efficiency of C4 against different types of materials is critical in saving sulfur. This guide covers the efficient ways to raid different doors and materials so that you can keep the violence coming.
Sulfur Raid Cost by Door Type
Before digging into more complexities of all resources involved, let's break down the sulfur cost to destroy different types of doors as well as the most sulfur efficient way to do it.
Sheet Metal Door63 Explosive Ammo: 1,575 Sulfur1 Rocket + 8 Explosive Ammo: 1,600 Sulfur4 Satchel Charges: 1,920 Sulfur1 C4: 2,200 Sulfur
Garage Door1 C4 + 40 Explosive Ammo: 3,200 Sulfur1 C4 + 1 Rocket: 3,600 Sulfur150 Explosive Ammo: 3,750 Sulfur2 Rockets + 40 Explosive Ammo: 3,800 Sulfur3 Rockets: 4,200 Sulfur9 Satchel Charges: 4,320 Sulfur2 C4: 4,400 Sulfur
Armored Door2 C4: 4,400 Sulfur1 C4 + 1 Rocket + 35 Explosive Ammo: 4,475 Sulfur200 Explosive Ammo: 5,000 Sulfur3 Rockets + 35 Explosive Ammo: 5,075 Sulfur4 Rockets: 5,600 Sulfur12 Satchel Charges: 5,760 Sulfur
Door Health after 1 Rocket
Just 8 Explosive Ammo is needed to finish, be careful taking only Rockets to a raid because Sheet Metal Doors will be very inefficient!
Sulfur Raid Cost by Wall Type
Similar to above, let's break down the cost of breaking each wall type.
Wood Wall49 Explosive Ammo: 1,225 Sulfur3 Satchel Charges: 1,440 Sulfur1 C4: 2,200 Sulfur
Stone Wall2 C4: 4,400 Sulfur185 Explosive Ammo: 4,625 Sulfur10 Satchels: 4,800 Sulfur3 Rockets + 30 Explosive Ammo: 4,950 Sulfur4 Rockets: 5,600 Sulfur
Metal Wall4 C4: 8,800 Sulfur400 Explosive Ammo: 10,000 Sulfur7 Rockets + 15 Explosive Ammo: 10,175 Sulfur23 Satchel Charges: 11,040 Sulfur8 Rockets: 11,200 Sulfur
Armored Wall8 C4: 17,600 Sulfur799 Explosive Ammo: 19,975 Sulfur14 Rockets + 30 Explosive Ammo: 20,350 Sulfur15 Rockets: 21,000 Sulfur46 Satchel Charges: 22,080 Sulfur
It's important to note that while Rocket sulfur costs are often on the more expensive end, they can splash 4 walls for full damage if hit directly at the center point between them. They can even do partial damage to walls beyond those 4. Similarly, Explosive Ammo can also splash 4 walls if shot directly into the center point, but the radius is small and it's easy to not splash all 4 on every bullet. Regardless, saving 1 Rocket and finishing a set of 4 walls with Explosive Ammo is a great way to still deal splash damage but also save on sulfur.
Rocket Splash on 4x4
All 4 walls in the center take full damage, while the adjacent 2 walls on each side take partial damage.
Deeper on Explosive Ammo
Explosive ammo is incredibly useful as a raiding tool for 2 primary reasons:It is much quieter than rockets and c4, and can be silenced to make it even quieter. This significantly reduces the risk of counters.It can be very sulfur efficient by itself or in combination with other explosives.
However, it often goes unconsidered that it creates an incredible drain on a gun's durability. A full durability semi-automatic rifle can only fire 134 explosive ammo before it breaks. In fact, when you normalize the the cost of durability use and repairs to metal fragments, it costs about 4-8 metal fragments to fire a single bullet. This roughly doubles the total metal fragment cost of raiding with explosive ammo. It then gets more expensive if you choose to silence the guns. To minimize this cost, repair your semi-automatic rifle at least 2 times but not more than 5-6. At that point it starts getting slightly more expensive per bullet fired and can fire very few bullets before it breaks so they're no longer useful for raiding.
Let's evaluate a single sheet metal door and include all resources used by the top 2 ways of raiding it.63 Explosive Ammo: 1,575 Sulfur but also roughly 500 metal fragments1 Rocket + 8 Explosive Ammo: 1,600 Sulfur with about 180 metal fragments, 30 low grade fuel, and 2 pipes.
Considering the cost of the other items, the option with a single rocket and a small amount of explosive ammo is the more resource efficient despite it being slightly more expensive in sulfur and louder. However, it is important to note that you'll also need the 2 pipes and 30 low grade fuel, so there is another type of cost that may be more important to you depending on what your resource constraints are.
Raiding a Honeycombed 2x2
Let's consider a practical example of raiding a fully completed U-shaped honeycombed 2x2 with an extended airlock, garage doors, stone honeycomb, metal core, armored tool cupboard room. In order to get all the loot in the core 2x2, you'd need to raid through one of the following paths:1 stone wall, 1 metal wall, 3 garage doors2 sheet metal doors, 6 garage doors
Consider the different efficiency levels of raiding each of these ways, starting with the wall path:
12 C4:26,400 Sulfur2,400 Metal Fragments720 Low Grade Fuel24 Tech Trash
18 Rockets:25,200 Sulfur1,800 Metal Fragments540 Low Grade Fuel36 Pipes
6 C4 + 6 Rockets:21,600 Sulfur1,800 Metal Fragments540 Low Grade Fuel12 Tech Trash12 Pipes
6 C4 + 4 Rockets + 80 Explosive Ammo:20,800 Sulfur2,320 Metal Fragments480 Low Grade Fuel12 Tech Trash8 Pipes
Let's now consider options for raiding through doors.
14 C4:30,800 Sulfur2,800 Metal Fragments840 Low Grade Fuel28 Tech Trash
22 Rockets:30,800 Sulfur2,200 Metal Fragments660 Low Grade Fuel44 Pipes
14 Rockets + 256 Explosive Ammo:26,000 Sulfur3,704 Metal Fragments420 Low Grade Fuel28 Pipes
6 C4 + 2 Rockets + 256 Explosive Ammo:22,400 Sulfur3,704 Metal Fragments420 Low Grade Fuel12 Tech Trash4 Pipes
Raiding this 2x2 in the correct way, properly utilizing the splash damage available in rockets and explosive ammo as well as efficiencies in completing difference door/wall types offers significant sulfur savings. A 25k to 30k sulfur cost raid comes down to 20k to 22k sulfur with just a little extra preparedness.
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Raiding efficiently is essential and can easily save you hours of time farming sulfur nodes. Having a plan, preparing the right materials, and leveraging splash with cost efficiency will let you keep snowballing. Rockets are great for spreading splash damage, and can be further improved by using Explosive Ammo to finish things off. C4 is great for blowing single wall panels where splash isn't needed or armored/garage doors. Use them all to your advantage and you can minimize your time with a pickaxe in your hand.