Sons Of The Forest: How to Craft Time Bombs

What is a Time Bomb, and what’s it used for?

Explosives are rare and powerful tools in Sons Of The Forest. While grenades are limited and hard to come by, Time Bombs can be crafted from items you can find in the world.

Time Bombs are improvised explosives strong enough to destroy structures, knock down trees, and even blast apart mutants. Additionally, some passageways inside caves will be blocked by Sluggies, fleshy monsters that must be blown up with a Time Bomb to remove them.

How to craft Time Bombs in Sons Of The Forest

Sons Of The Forest — Crafting a Time Bomb

Time Bombs require numerous materials, most of which can be found inside loot crates near helicopter crash sites and other points of interest. To craft a Time Bomb, you will need the following:

  • 1 Brick of C4
  • 1 Circuit Board
  • 1 Wire
  • 1 Duct Tape
  • 5 Coins
  • 1 Watch

C4 can only be found inside military crates near crashed helicopters, inside caves, and around a few other points of interest. Circuit boards can be found inside loot boxes around campsites or salvaged from laptops by breaking them. Wires, duct tape, coins, and watches can all be found near campsites, on corpses, or inside skin pouches dropped by cannibals. Coins and watches can be dug up from the ground using a shovel.

Once you have the necessary components, you can craft a Time Bomb by:

  1. Open the inventory (default I key)
  2. Add the materials to the crafting mat by right-clicking on them (make sure to do this 5 times for the coins)
  3. Click on the gear icon to combine them

How to use Time Bombs

Sons Of The Forest — Using a Time Bomb

The Time Bomb can be used as a powerful explosive weapon. When equipped, a white arc will become visible to indicate the path the bomb will travel when thrown. Adjust your view until the arc ends where you want the bomb to land.

Pressing the attack button (default left mouse button) with the bomb equipped will cause the player to prime the bomb and throw it. Priming the bomb takes around one second, so be sure to think ahead when planning an attack.

The Time Bomb will detonate 5 seconds after being armed. The explosion that follows will deal devastating damage to creatures, structures, and foliage within a 2-meter radius.

How to equip the Time Bomb

Once you’ve crafted the Time Bomb, you can equip it as your active weapon by:

  1. Opening your inventory
  2. Panning the mouse above the crafting mat
  3. Select the Time Bomb by left-clicking on it
  4. The inventory will close, and you will have the bomb in hand

How to add the Time Bomb to the quick select menu

Sons Of The Forest — Adding to the Quick-Select Menu

Alternatively, if you’ve added the Time Bomb to your backpack, you can access it through the quick-select menu. Briefly hold down the inventory key to pull out the quick-select bag.

This is much faster than having to pan through the inventory screen each time you want to switch weapons. If you have the Time Bomb on your quick-select bag, you can find it in the auxiliary slot.

The Time Bomb is considered an auxiliary item and can only be added to the appropriate slots on the backpack. The auxiliary slots on the front and very top of the backpack hold items like rocks, masks, flasks, guns, and Time Bombs.

To add the Time Bomb to the quick-select bag:

  1. Open the inventory screen
  2. Add the backpack to the crafting mat by right-clicking on it
  3. If there is an item in both auxiliary slots, right-click on one of them to remove it
  4. Right-click on the Time Bomb to add it to the quick-select bag

How to assign the Time Bomb to a hotkey

If you prefer to have explosives at the ready with a single keystroke, you can assign the Time Bomb a hotkey in the inventory screen.

  1. Open the inventory
  2. Mouse over the Time Bomb above the crafting mat
  3. With your mouse over the Time Bomb, press one of the ten available hotkeys (1-0) to assign it to that key
  4. Now when you press the assigned key, the Time Bomb will automatically be equipped to your hands


Can you adjust the timer on the Time Bomb?

No. There is currently no way to change the duration between the arming and detonation of Time Bombs.

Are Time Bombs more powerful than grenades?

Time Bombs have a wider explosion radius than grenades but take longer to arm and require two hands.

Can you stick Time Bombs to surfaces like in The Forest?

No. Currently, players cannot attach Time Bombs to surfaces.

Final thoughts on crafting the Time Bomb

With the ever-present threat of hordes of cannibals and giant mutants, explosive weapons can be a real lifesaver in Sons Of The Forest. Whether you need to wipe out a crowd of enemies or just want a quicker way to knock down trees, the improvised explosive power of the Time Bomb is yours to wield. Just make sure you’re clear of the blast when it goes off.

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