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The Nobelisk Detonator is a piece of handheld equipment used to detonate Nobelisks. They create explosions, which can be used to remove cracked boulders, Flora and Fauna.



 Nobelisk Detonator is unlocked via the Sulfur Research chain in the MAM.png MAM using:
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Nobelisk is unlocked via the Sulfur Research chain in the MAM.png MAM using:
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Nobelisk Detonator
5 × Object Scanner.png
Object Scanner
5 × Encased Industrial Beam.png
Encased Industrial Beam
Equipment Workshop
Manual crafting.png × 20
1 × Nobelisk Detonator.png
Nobelisk Detonator
Sulfur Research - Nobelisk Detonator
50 × Cable.png
5 × Black Powder.png
Black Powder
15 / min
10 × Steel Pipe.png
Steel Pipe
30 / min
20 sec
Manual crafting.png × 5
1 × Nobelisk.png
3 / min
300 MJ/item
Sulfur Research - Nobelisk Explosives
Seismic Nobelisk
8 × Black Powder.png
Black Powder
12 / min
8 × Steel Pipe.png
Steel Pipe
12 / min
40 sec
4 × Nobelisk.png
6 / min
550 MJ/item
Sulfur Research - Nobelisk Explosives
Quartz Research - Quartz Crystals
Tier 5 - Industrial Manufacturing
1 × Crystal Oscillator.png
Crystal Oscillator
1.5 / min

Alternate recipes analysis[]

The following shows different ways to produce 1 Nobelisk / second, or 60 / min:
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Recipe Iron Ore
/min (WP)
Copper Ore
/min (WP)
/min (WP)
Caterium Ore
/min (WP)
Raw Quartz
/min (WP)
/min (WP)
Crude Oil
m3/min (WP)
Total WP Total Energy
/item (MJ)
Default 323.08
- 675
- - 225
- 593.30 1532.20 12046 97.23
Seismic 64.62
475.90 2716.63 13568 63.78



As with other equipment, Nobelisk Detonators have to be equipped to be used. Nobelisks serve as 'ammo' for the Detonator and have to be reloaded with R for arming.

Nobelisks can be thrown with Left, holding down allows throwing farther. Running forward while throwing will increase the throw range. Multiple Nobelisks can be deployed before exploding them, by reloading instead of detonating. Nobelisks will stick to any surface it touches when thrown, including creatures and other Nobelisks. A thrown Nobelisk cannot be retrieved in any way.

After at least one Nobelisks has been thrown, Right is used to detonate. They will be detonated to create chains of explosions. Alternatively, striking the Nobelisk with any weapon (or having it hit by a Spitter spit) will detonate it, but no other Nobelisks.

Nobelisk behavior[]

When detonated, each Nobelisk blows up in a 7.5 meters radius, dealing up to 50 damage at the center. Damage quickly falls off farther from the center of the explosion, making it almost impossible to deal full 50 points of damage due to the collision box between it and the target. Therefore, at least 3 Nobelisk explosions are required to kill a fully-healed pioneer.

Sticking a Nobelisk on a valid target will cause minor damage of 1 (1/100 of pioneer HP). If the creature or object the Nobelisk is stuck to dies or is destroyed, the Nobelisk will disappear. This makes it impossible to detonate the Nobelisks thrown at Flying Crab Hatchers, as it has only 1 HP and bursts instantly, removing the Nobelisk. Sticking a Nobelisk to a building then dismantling the building will cause the Nobelisk to stay in mid-air. Sticking it to a moving vehicle, including the HUB's FICSIT Freighter, will follow the vehicle.

Nobelisk can't deal damage to targets that don't have HP, such as buildings, Poison Pillars, and vehicles.

Explosion cover[]

The damage of a Nobelisk can be blocked by any physical cover such as Walls, Conveyor Lift and Tree. The knock-back effect, however, can still pass through.


 Nobelisk Detonator can be sunk into the AWESOME Sink.png AWESOME Sink to yield 39 520 points.
 Nobelisk can be sunk into the AWESOME Sink.png AWESOME Sink to yield 980 points.


  • Standing on high ground and aiming at 30 to 45 degrees upward can result in a very long throw.
  • Be careful around Spitters and Alpha Spitters as their spits will detonate thrown Nobelisks, as mentioned above.
  • When descending midair, it can be very hard to aim the throw as the pioneer's velocity is added to the Nobelisk.
  • When multiple Nobelisks are placed they will explode in a rapid series instead of all at once which allows you to create a very rudimentary form of propulsion by attaching a large number of Nobelisks to the back of a vehicle. It is possible to attach them directly to a person but that will kill you mid-flight so its best to attach them to a vehicle. When using this method of transportation make sure that all your Nobelisks are connected to the vehicle itself and not other Nobelisks or else it will cut the "engine" and stop working.
  • Another "and arguably more amusing" form is to place a large number of Nobelisks at your feet and hit them with a xeno-zapper this will detonate all the Nobelisks at once and cause you to rocket into the sky.


  • Nobelisk thrown to the face of a charging Hog or Alpha Hog will stagger them and stop the charge, just like Xeno-Zapper or Xeno-Basher do. This will also scare off the Land Whale.
  • It seems that aliens take the most damage from the explosion at the center of their body. The Land Whale takes ~20 damage if Nobelisk is attached to its leg, ~27 to its head or tail, and ~34 damage to its chest.
    • Despite this, pioneers will take the more damage from the explosion the closer the feet are to the Nobelisk. Standing right on top of one at the time of the explosion deals 47 damage.
  • A single, well placed Nobelisk can one-shot a Hog or a Spitter.
  • The name 'Nobelisk' may refer to Alfred Nobel, the inventor of Dynamite.
  • When detonating a Nobelisk, it makes red spheres that disappear very quickly and a cloud of dust from the explosion.