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"Rust" Eco Raiding Guide

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Eco Raiding in Rust

While the most exciting raids in Rust come from explosives like rockets being thrown aggressively at a base, this is the only way to raid. Eco raiding is a method of raiding that typically avoids sulfur and aims to be as cheap and quiet as possible. It's often not going to lead you to a box of assault rifles, but it can occasionally lead to unexpected swings in wealth. There are a lot of different ways of eco raiding that are useful in different situations. This guide will break down the most popular ways to raid and in what circumstances it makes sense to do so.

Soft Siding With Tools

An incredibly common type of eco raiding, the goal is to use tools to melee down a soft sided wall to find loot. If you aren't aware, walls have a hard side and a soft side. This does not affect how many explosives it takes to destroy the wall, but soft sided walls can be wacked out with melee tools quite cheaply. Not many people accidentally put the soft side facing outside their base, but there are many situations in which soft siding can lead to loot.

  1. A player accidentally places the soft side of their base walls facing outward, allowing you soft side into it.
  2. You have raided into the base already and want to soft side floors or walls to get into additional loot rooms.
  3. You are blocked by a 2 single door airlock but can soft side a doorway to get full deep into a starter base.
  4. A shooting floor allows you to spear a ceiling tile or wall tile through the window in order to gain access to the shooting floor or ideally an open door on the shooting floor.
  5. A bunker blocks main loot and you have to soft side the foundations next to the bunker to get in.

The quickest method for soft siding is to use jackhammers. They go incredibly quickly and can be refilled at a workbench for free with minimal damage to the jackhammer durability. Another common option is spears as wood is fairly accessible. It's common to craft and use spears, then craft the broken spears into stone spears to cheaply continue your soft siding. Also, pick axes for stone walls and axes for wood walls can be comparatively quick and cheap, especially if you are able to repair them.

Another option would be using bone knives as bones tend to not have a lot of use and can easily stack up in your base. They can also be used to hard side metal, including doors, if you simply need to do a few points of damage to finish something off.

Soft siding chart.

Soft siding chart.

Handmade Shells

An iconic way to raid, handmade shells can be crafted without a workbench and uses stone instead of metal, making them an easy way to raid without having blueprints or progressed much in the wipe. However, there are other reasons why someone would raid with handmade shells. Situations in which it makes sense to raid with handmade shells include:

  1. Raiding with an eoka or double barrel shotgun, most commonly against a wooden door early in the wipe. It takes 225 sulfur to craft the 45 handmade shells necessary to destroy a wooden door.
  2. Saving sulfur raiding a stone wall as using handmade shells costs roughly half the sulfur as using rockets and also avoids using metal fragments and low grade. Particularly if the raid is sealed and you are unable to soft side into loot rooms.
  3. Raiding out a tool cupboard, especially in a decayed base.
  4. Raiding silently using a spas 12 or pump shotgun with silencers against wood or stone walls. This is quieter and cheaper than silenced explosive ammo, though more time consuming and doesn't offer splash damage.

This method of raiding is more practical than soft siding as you aren't necessarily exploiting a weakness in a base. It's particularly good for smaller bases or early in the wipe. However, it is time consuming and while not as loud as other methods, you can easily attract attention if eoka raiding.

Handmades vs. Explosive Ammo

Handmade shells are surprisingly efficient, but they take more time, do not have splash damage, and do not affect metal or high quality metal.

Handmade shells are surprisingly efficient, but they take more time, do not have splash damage, and do not affect metal or high quality metal.

Raiding With Fire

The cheapest and easiest way to raid wood walls, using fire can be very effective in the right circumstances, but it's worthless in many others. Situations for fire raiding include:

  1. Very cheaply raiding wooden bases with Flamethrowers. Fire arrows can work as well though they require quite a bit more low grade. This can include high external wood walls as well. Note that incendiary shells do not work well in this case as their burning does not affect walls.
  2. Raiding out a tool cupboard quickly and easily as the fire does burn a tool cupboard and can be destroy in just a handful of shots.

The main drawback to raiding with fire is that the best return on your investment would come from cheaply raiding wooden bases but normally by the time you reach flamethrower in tier 2 the loot in wooden starter bases isn't very compelling. However, it's quiet and cheap and can be a good way to scoop up loot if you wish to avoid drawing attention.

Using a Flamethrower to Raid a Wooden Door

A wooden door can be destroyed for less than 100 low grade from a flamethrower, but it will vary a bit based on how well the residual fire can burn the door.

A wooden door can be destroyed for less than 100 low grade from a flamethrower, but it will vary a bit based on how well the residual fire can burn the door.

Final Thoughts

Eco raiding isn't the most glorious, but it can still be quite profitable in the right circumstances. Being mindful of what you can do in what situation can also save you a lot of sulfur when raiding by allowing you to exploit weaknesses in bases. Similarly, you can choose a raid path that allows you to eco raid when complete such as going straight for the enemy tool cupboard, sealing the raid, and soft siding through the base. In any situation, even the most experienced players end up eco raiding at some point.