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C-4 Plastic Explosive

FO76 publicteam xpd.pngFor an overview of plastic explosives, see plastic explosives.

C-4 Plastic Explosive is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.


A powerful explosive weapon that can be placed on the ground like proximity mines, but will not detonate when enemies are near. A detonator must be used to set them off. If multiple C-4 charges are dropped, they will all go off simultaneously when the detonator is activated.

Reverse-pickpocketing plastic explosives will arm them prematurely. If detonated while hidden and staying hidden afterward, the Courier won't face consequences. Even if the target is dead, the C-4 will still be present on their corpse and can be detonated again. Non-player characters witnessing C-4 being placed may make remarks such as "I can see what you're doing!" but they will not take action. However, if the victim is hit when throwing down the charge or if the target wasn't successfully killed with the initial blast, they will turn hostile to the Courier.

It is possible to trigger a C-4 charge without a detonator by shooting it. As long as the Courier remains hidden, non-player characters will not turn hostile. As an improved holdout weapon, it can be brought into weapon-free areas such as casinos with a Sneak skill of 50.



  • C-4 can be placed near a Frag Mine (or other proximity mines). This combination will act as a magnified proximity-triggered explosive and a detonator will be unnecessary.
  • C-4 can detonate from long range. The max range is 14000 game units but actors won't render outside of this range.
  • C-4 should only be detonated when the target non-player character can be seen.
  • The game model used for C-4 is a re-textured Bottlecap Mine.
  • The text on the side of the box reads "charge demolition M112 with taggant 1-1/4 lbs comp C-4."
  • Placing too many blocks on top of each other may cause the C-4 to blow up without the use of a detonator. This is because each C-4 block has a health of 5, and the block does 1 point of damage to whatever it hits.


PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Some versions of the game have a freezing glitch when C-4 is equipped in Vault 22. This can make completing the quest There Stands the Grass a little harder.