C4 Charge

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C4 Charge
C4 Charge.png

This advanced explosive can annihilate structures.

Ammo for
Explosive damage
6899 (2 meter radius)
Stack size
Single use
Found in Supply Crate
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 43 1 0 0
cheat gfi C4 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/Test/PrimalItemC4Ammo.PrimalItemC4Ammo'" 1 0 0
Required level
Engram points
12 EP
Crafting XP
145 XP
Crafting time


The C4 Charge is one of the explosives in ARK: Survival Evolved. It sticks to whatever it is thrown at, including creatures and players, and can only be thrown/used with the  C4 Remote Detonator. It cannot stick to platforms or anything built on platforms (this includes the raft as it is considered a platform) but you can place the c4 near the raft (floor or other structure) and the explosive radius can damage the structures.


The charge deals 1500 damage to a creature without a saddle.

List of explosive damage versus various materials as of Patch 257:

Weapon/Structure Thatch Wood Stone Metal Tek
 C4 Charge * 11813 * 3544 788
 Grenade 788 788 1838 237 53
 Improvised Explosive Device (pair) * 7875 ** ** **
 Rocket Propelled Grenade * 7350 * 2205 596
 Tek Rifle 1260 536 294 29 185
 Tek Grenade 2625 1115 612 59 385
 Cannon * * 3446 355 40

* The damage is greater than the health-points of structures of that material
** IEDs are currently just about impossible to place on stone, metal, or Tek structures.


  • A maximum of 50 C4 Charges can be placed at any given time. When more than 50 charges are placed, any additional charges will cause the oldest to disappear.
  • Metal doors can be destroyed with exactly 2 C4 Charges. Maximum damage is achieved by placing and detonating one charge at a time.
  • C4 Can be activated with the remote in a Distance of 50 Foundations Long.
  • It is most efficient to craft 60 C4 charges in a fabricator at one time, using one gasoline and consuming 3600 gunpowder, 600 crystal, 300 cementing paste, 3000 fiber, 300 hide, 300 polymer and 300 electronics. This will fill 68 of the fabricator's 70 inventory slots.
  • Take note that punching a placed C4 charge is a way to detonate it for that off chance someone manages to get the remote out of your hands.
  • C4 is the most efficient way to destroy structures in pvp considering its high damage and explosion radius. However this also makes it quite dangerous to detonate while in confined spaces.
  • C4 does not damage beehives.


Patch  ARK: Survival Evolved Changes
178.0 C4's now attach properly to structures in some cases where they couldn't.
180.2 You can now properly attach C4 to enemy structures again.
181.0 C4 can now be placed & detonated underwater.
185.1 Fixed C4 ammo problem.
201.5 Fixed inability to place C4's after placing rotational actors, or to place them on certain walls.
213.0 C4 now attach properly to Platform Saddled Dinos & Rafts.
220.4 C4 can now be placed on areas that already have max structures.
242.4 Fixed issue where turrets wouldn't target someone who had C4's stuck all over their body.
242.5 Can no longer Detonate creature-attached C4 through structure walls.
  • Attached C4 is now always targeted by Turrets where possible
  • Fixed C4 on groundable Flyers taking effect when they're not over-water.
252.83 Made all Flyers except for Quetz and Wyvern become 'grounded' if you put a C4 on them.
253.95 Non-Quetz flyers can no longer carry characters that have C4 on them.
253.98 Fixed bug where Flyer-Carried C4's would disappear on Clients after a distance.
254.94 C4 attached to Dinos or Platform Saddles can no longer be remote detonates through world geometry.
  • C4 now does approximately 70% more damage to Structures than Rockets.
  • C4-carrying Flyers now move at a fixed slow speed.
256.0 Limited one C4 attached per dino.
276.5 Fixed Dino-attached C4 to not apply damage if it explodes through a mesh.
278.0 Fixed a case which would allow players mounted on certain creatures to throw/place C4 a lot further.
278.73 Separated C4 into their own structure limit category with a limit of 150 per 50m.
279.252 Quetz c4 bomber exploit fixed.
289.100 Can no longer place C4 on platform saddles.
295.102 Can now place C4 near ORP protected structures, except near foundations.
315.2 C4 will no longer float when attached to dinos that have been cryo'd.
316.18 Fixed a bug which allowed you to blow up 2 pieces of C4 without consuming them.
321.1 Managarmr can no longer dash when C4 is attached.
329.21 Fixed a bug which prevented being able to place C4 with Gamepad.
329.27 Prevented C4 from being attached to the  Canoe.
332.1 Fixed a bug which prevented players from being able to place C4 properly.
332.1  Shadowmane can no longer jump/blink when it has C4 attached to it.