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Helpful for finding precious metal. Bring a shovel!
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Metal Detector is a Tool in Raft.


Learned from the Blueprint: Metal Detector, which is found on Caravan Island.

With the Metal Detector, the player can search Islands for buried treasure. These yield a variety of materials like ores, Planks, Scrap, as well as rarer items like Tiki Pieces, Developer Paintings, Cassette Tapes and Titanium Ore. The Metal Detector is activated by holding left click, and indicates the distance to the dig site by turning on a series of colored lights ranging from red to green, as well as beeping faster the closer the player gets. The lights indicate distance to the target; red means the player is within range of a treasure, but far away, yellow is medium range, and green means close. When standing on the exact location, the final green light will be lit and the beeping will turn into a flat tone.

The actual treasure is spawned into the game when the Metal Detector indicates so, and not before. Therefore, a player cannot get lucky and randomly dig out treasure. Digging on the exact spot of a treasure before it has been located by the Metal Detector will not yield anything before the Metal Detector has been used on the spot.

The Metal Detector has a durability indicator just like other items in Raft. Its durability is only depleted while actively using the item and it is in detection range (i.e. at least one indicator light is lit). Once fully depleted, the Metal Detector breaks and a new Metal Detector must be crafted.


There are four types of treasure that can be dug out of the ground while Treasure Hunting (see page for drop chances). Three of them visually indicate the value of the found treasure, ranging from poor to high, and the last is a Tiki Piece. Apart from the loot shown on the tables below, there is also a 40% chance that a Decoration Package will drop upon looting the suitcase and safe.

Name Chance to Find Loot
Assorted Trash


  • Scrap
  • Planks
  • Rope
  • Plastic
  • Copper
  • Metal Ore


  • Scrap
  • Glass
  • Bolt
  • Hinge
  • Titanium Ore
  • Vine Goo
  • Metal Ore
  • Copper
  • Developer Paintings
Combination Safe


  • Glass
  • Bolt
  • Hinge
  • Leather
  • Biofuel
  • Explosive Powder
  • Titanium Ore
  • Cassette Tapes
  • Developer Paintings
  • Toy Robots (regular and golden)
Tiki Piece


  • Tiki Base
  • Tiki Headpiece
  • Tiki Middle Piece

Both the suitcase and the combination safe has a chance of dropping a rare item, which consists of a regular and golden Toy Robot, Developer Paintings, and Cassette Tapes.


  • Find spots where the player can dig with a Shovel.


Early Access
Update 12 Metal Detector added to the game.