The Best Way to Destroy Walls in RUST

The Best Way to Destroy Walls in RUST

It’s time to break down the walls in RUST.

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.

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The best ways to destroy Twig Walls or Foundations

The Best Ways to Destroy Twig Walls in RUST

Tier 3 Option

WeaponExplanation
RUST Explosive Rifle 556 Ammo

Explosive 5.56 Rifle Ammo

Horrendously overkill but the cheapest of all choices at this tier. Go with one of the lower-tier options.

Tier 2 Option

WeaponExplanation
 

RUST F1 Grenade

F1 Grenade

F1 Grenades are a solid choice for quickly demolishing many twig walls or foundations. They are cost-efficient, lethal, and quick.

Tier 1 Option

WeaponExplanation
RUST Hatchet

Hatchet

While you could go with something a little more retro, like the Beancan Grenade, a simple melee tool is often more than enough. No sense in wasting precious resources.

Eco Raid Option

WeaponExplanation
RUST Wooden Spear

Wooden Spear

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.

Current Community Favorite

WeaponExplanation
RUST Molotov Cocktail

Molotov Cocktail

There is absolutely nothing more fun than burning down a Twig hut, even if it isn’t the most economical option. What’s a bit of excessive Low Grade between friends?

The best way to destroy Wood Walls or Foundations

The Best Ways to Destroy Wood Walls in RUST

Tier 3 Option

WeaponExplanation
RUST Explosive Rifle 556 Ammo

Explosive 5.56 Rifle Ammo

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.

Tier 2 Option

WeaponExplanation
 

RUST Molotov Cocktail

Molotov Cocktail

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.

Tier 1 Option

WeaponExplanation
RUST Explosive Satchel Charge

Satchel Charge

3 Satchel Charges will get the job done, but always ensure that the base doesn’t have Wood doors first. They’re cheaper and easier to break.

Eco Raid Option

WeaponExplanation
RUST Salvaged Sword

Salvaged Sword

If you see a soft-side opportunity and have one of these babies in your inventory, 30 seconds of property destruction would net you a base full of goodies.

Community Favorite Option

WeaponExplanation
 

RUST Molotov Cocktail

Molotov Cocktail

Time, utility, and cost are the primary reasons the community is currently Molly-crazy… The flames and silence are great, but these are the total package.

The best way to destroy Stone Walls or Foundations

The Best Ways to Destroy Stone Walls in RUST

Tier 3 Option

WeaponExplanation
RUST Rocket 

Rocket

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.

Tier 2 Option

WeaponExplanation
RUST Salvaged Icepick

Salvaged Icepick

Sometimes, the cheaper but slower way is the better way. When time isn’t an issue and soft-side walls are exposed, 7 picks and 7 minutes can garner massive gains.

Tier 1 Option

WeaponExplanation

RUST Explosive Satchel Charge

Satchel Charge

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.

Eco Raid Option

WeaponExplanation
RUST Jackhammer

Jackhammer

Tried and true, and a mainstay in the streamer arsenal; when it comes to eco-raiding, nothing beats a Jackhammer and a nearby workbench for refills.

Community Favorite Option

WeaponExplanation
RUST MLRS Rocket

MLRS Rocket

Full disclosure, any building made of any material without SAM Sites could have this as the preferred community method. MLRS strikes are a very satisfying way to absolutely level a base.

The best way to destroy Metal Walls or Foundations

The Best Ways to Destroy Metal Walls in RUST

Tier 3 Option

WeaponExplanation
RUST Timed Explosive Charge

C4

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.

Tier 2 Option

WeaponExplanation
RUST F1 Grenade

F1 Grenade

Don’t! Maybe for 1 or 2 health, but not much more. Beancan Grenades DO inflict more damage but are being excluded due to the sheer temperament of the explosive.

Tier 1 Option

WeaponExplanation

RUST Explosive Satchel Charge

Satchel Charge

Yes, 23 satchels is a lot. And while you can softside metal walls and foundations, it might just take less time to farm the sulfur than use a Pickaxe (35, actually).

Eco Raid Option

WeaponExplanation
RUST Jackhammer

Jackhammer

It is absolutely painful, but it can be done. Recommend bringing multiple jackhammers to make the runs to the workbench for refills less frequently.

Community Favorite Option

WeaponExplanation
RUST Timed Explosive Charge

C4

If you must go through a metal wall, this costly method is the least likely to kill you from counters or premature detonation. 

The best way to destroy Armored Walls or Foundations

Best ways to destroy armored walls

Tier 3 Option

WeaponExplanation
RUST Timed Explosive Charge

C4

No matter the route, this is going to be expensive. If you must do it, you might as well choose the quickest method. This venture will set you back a whopping 8 C4.

Tier 2 Option

WeaponExplanation
RUST F1 Grenade

F1 Grenade

For the last 1 or 2 health, maybe, anything more would be for crazy people. Beancan Grenades DO inflict more damage but are being excluded due to the sheer temperament of the explosive.

Tier 1 Option

WeaponExplanation

RUST Explosive Satchel Charge

Satchel Charge

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.

Eco Raid Option

WeaponExplanation
RUST Jackhammer

Jackhammer

Legend speaks of a solo player that eco-raided an HQM bunker by himself. They say the experience shaved 8 years from his life. Definitely not recommended, but doable.

Community Favorite Option

WeaponExplanation
RUST Timed Explosive Charge

C4

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. 

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