The C4 is Snake's Down Special Move. Snake places a C4 on a surface, and may detonate it at any distance by using it again, meaning that only one C4 can be used at once. However, after 27 seconds, it detonates automatically, without help from Snake. The explosion can KO opponents at medium-high percentages.
When Snake detonates it, he flourishes the remote detonator, and exclaims "Now!" as he presses the button. The detonation can be prevented by hitting Snake.
The C4 has about a 2-character explosion radius, and requires the target to be standing very close to it for the attack to be effective. It's rather easy to escape, and can also be guarded against.
The C4 can be placed directly on opponents, as long as they are within Snake's reach. It acts similar to a Gooey Bomb, in that it can be passed from person to person when they get near each other, but after some time it may fall off. If standing next to one, Snake can place C4 on an adjacent wall in a similar fashion to that of the Metal Gear Solid series. C4 can also be placed on teammates for a "suicide bomber" effect.
While in midair, C4 can be dropped and will land on the ground directly below Snake, regardless of Snake's horizontal momentum. This makes for a more tactical, subtle placement of the explosive, and can be used to place C4 without drawing attention onto oneself. By doing this, then detonating it, Snake can recover his Cypher if he catches himself in the explosion of his own C4, giving him an almost infinite recovery. However, it can KO him on high damages.
There is approximately a 1 in 6 chance that the C4 pack Snake uses will be a C3 explosive, which is butterfly-shaped, but the attack remains unchanged.
|Snake's Special Moves|
|Standard Special||Hand Grenade|
|Side Special||Remote Controlled Missile|
|Final Smash||Grenade Launcher|
Composition C-4 is one of the most common forms of plastic explosive (aka plastique) in the world. Like all plastic explosives, the C4 has the consistency of clay, allowing it to be molded into any shape and is incapable of being detonated by anything other than the detonator itself, making it safer. Unlike other plastic explosives, such as the C3, a C4 retains its clay-like consistency in all conditions. These properties have led to it being used worldwide, particularly in the US Army. The C4 is a recurring item in the Metal Gear series, and it is always required to progress through the game.
The C3 butterfly bomb is from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Naked Snake (Big Boss) models a C3 pack into a butterfly, throws it into in the air, catches it, and says "Gotcha this time!" before slamming it onto one of the Shagohod's liquid fuel tanks. This scene is a reference to an earlier event, in which Snake is unable to grab a real butterfly out of the air, due to a lack of depth perception after losing his right eye.