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Item type
Light Source
Obtained through
Cannot be stored
Other Effects
Distracts cannibals and mutants
Max. Stack
Used to make
Flare Gun Ammo

Flares are throwable light sources that have to be lit first and glow reddish for about 60 seconds. They can also be used as ammunition for the flare gun.
A maximum of 10 flares can be held in the inventory.


Flares are a very useful in the caves, as they emit more light than the lighter and can be thrown away to distract and scare cannibals. They don't work underwater and thrown flares can't be picked up again.
As a light source they're somewhat inferior compared to the lighter and flashlight, which are held in the left hand and can be used while climbing and fighting.

Flares, up to 10 at once, can be combined with the flare gun to be stocked as ammunition. When shot with the flare gun, they can burn creatures, flora and bodies. To tell how much ammo you have, place your cursor over the flare gun, it will reveal your ammo amount. As you can stack 10,000 flare gun ammo, surplus flares should be used for ammo if found.

When thrown, a lit flare has a burn time of 60 seconds, during which time it will emit light. When held in the player's hand, a lit flare will burn indefinitely.


  • As of v0.62, loose flares have been removed from the game. They can now only be found in or openable yellow crates or destructible crates.
  • Before v0.65 flares had no animation and were lit directly, which made them easier to use in emergencies.
  • A bug allows lit flare that has not been thrown to be placed back into your inventory and it can be reused, as if it had not been lit.


Flare Flare


Update History[]

Version Changes
v1.0 Fixed placing a flare on mat showing prompt for crafting a "Flare Gun" instead of "Flare Gun Ammo"

Held flares now require right click to light

v0.69 (Audio) Polished audio events for flare when holding and then throwing.

Flares also now emit a burning sfx after thrown.

v0.65 (Audio) Added sound to new held flare ignite animation

Held flares now have a ‘light flare’ animation as they are equipped

v0.63 Fixed flare on crafting mat appearing lit when it wasn’t
v0.62 Removed loose flares in the world, replaced with more openable flare boxes
v0.58 (Multiplayer) Fixed other players flares visible over survival book
v0.57 (Multiplayer)Fixed player net holding old flare particle
v0.56 Flares now turn off when entering water and switch to dead flare material

Added new incandescent texture to lit flare and new lit dynamite wick
Added sound effect to flare lit held
Flare and dynamite textures improved
New particles for: flare, dynamite and held fire stick

v0.48 Fixed flares and tennis balls not having splash effect when hitting water
v0.39b Fixed reticle for dynamite and flares shaking in distance
v0.39 (Multiplayer) Fixed picking up flares in crates not removing the correct object

(Multiplayer) Cleared out metal tray black list ! Flare/Skull/Cloth/Bomb can now be shared with it

v0.38 Increased quality of collision detection of flare gun flares so they work better in caves
v0.37 Fixed upgrades not properly applying bonus + also fixes reloading flare gun with flares
v0.31 Fixed breakable flare crate containing soda’s instead of flares
v0.30 Metal Tin Tray Added though Flares were blacklisted from sharing
v0.28 Caves - yellow flare crate should be synced in MP in cave 10
v0.26 New item type: Yellow cave crate containing flares
v0.24 Thrown flares should emit more light and be more useful for finding way in dark
v0.21 (multiplayer) Fixed dropped sticks/rocks/flares/dynamite/skulls not showing for remote players

Dropped flares when you have too many now properly drop an unlit flare

New item: Breakable flare box!

Flare gun can now be reloaded using flares on the crafting mat

v0.20 Massively increased brightness and range of throw flares when held or thrown
v0.18 (multiplayer) Added support for throwing flares, bombs and molotovs
v0.17 Fixed missing light and particles on held flare
v0.08d Improved performance of held flare
v0.08b Thrown flares will now attract enemies to them, and improved feel of throw
v0.07 Fixed bug where you could get infinite flares by dropping flare gun and picking it up again
v0.03 Removed gleam on inventory coins and flares
v0.01 Flares added to the game.

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