In a roundabout way, all life is an equation. Every decision, mistake, loss, and victory are all adding and subtracting from a grander numerical sum. RUST is no different, where knowing the math before rockets start flying can mean the difference between a jackpot, a breakeven, or a total loss. This is especially true when it comes to destroying walls in RUST.
In most cases, the math is straightforward, and contemplation isn’t required. Doors will be cheaper than blowing up walls, especially when the doors lack quality. On rare occasions, such as during online raids, lobbing rockets at the broadside of a structure isn’t just warranted; it might be necessary.
A brief disclaimer before we get started, it is a known fact that walls possess a HARD side and a SOFT side, as do all foundations have a soft spot in the center of their block. All melee weapon choices showcased will be done so from the perspective that the SOFT side is being struck, allowing for more consistent, higher damage.
Wooden spears are cheap, efficient at soft-siding a variety of materials, and, most importantly, disposable. Consider throwing them at the wall for the first few hits to make them go further. They will take less damage over time this way and can be easily pulled out and used again.
Upgraded wood walls or foundations require just shy of 50 explosive rounds to destroy but are still probably overkill for the medium you’re breaking. If you’re looking for shock and awe, 1 Rocket and 1 explosive round, fired quickly, will break a wood wall instantly.
The wonders of ‘Molly’ raiding, highlighted in our recent meta article, cannot be overstated. This near-silent, cost-efficient method of destroying Wood structures is second to none. Depending on accuracy and concentration on the foundation, it can take as few as 3 or as many as 5.
Economically, without exaggeration, it is almost always worth using 4 Rockets to enter a base through the roof, especially regarding the common 2×2. You get the biggest bang for your buck, circumvent multiple doors, and have the high ground.
While we could have gone with the lower-tier Pickaxe as an option here, 10 satchels might be more prudent. It is vital to embrace multiple entry methods and leave possibilities open to switching between as the situation demands it.
If we’re talking a single sheet wall and time is limited, a quick 4 C4 says Knock Knock with a vengeance. However, if the situation would benefit most from splash damage, don’t be afraid to use 7 Rockets and a few well-placed explosive rounds.
Maybe you’ve contested and won every Supply Drop since the wipe and just happen to have 46 of these lying around? Whatever the case, however you acquired them, it’s much less painful than the eco-raiding option.
It’s hard to keep ‘Favorite’ in this category name, as going through armored walls isn’t anyone’s chosen infiltration method – but occasionally, it is the cheapest way.
Final thoughts on destroying walls in RUST
It pays to familiarize yourself with your enemy’s tactics – chiefly his base design. It will always cost less if you know a base build’s math, method, or gimmick before you launch your first rocket. Check out some of our Base Build Designs to better understand what you could be up against during your next raid.
If you feel that there is a better way to scrape by, be sure to reach out through our official Discord and let us know.
About No Limit Llama
An aspiring woodworker and web designer. Father, husband, and Rust veteran. Llama has written op-eds and official game documents for over two decades. The earliest writings were on Asheron’s Call, followed by World of Warcraft and eventually Rust. The vast majority of his indoor time is spent running Rust servers or helping friends with their Rust-related projects. He enjoys working around the house, continuing his education when time permits, and creating new processes to simplify activities of daily living for his friends and family. He has an incredible wife, a dog, three children, and one granddaughter.