One of my buildings caused a resource node to despawn. When I realised it, I dismantled my building, but one piece of foundation was somehow built underground. Because the building was an extension of my main base, that foundation will never decay, unless i demolish my entire base (which is, of course, out of the question). Unfortunately, that one foundation still prevents the resource from respawning.
This happened on an official PvE server.
So, this is the task: An underground foundation needs to be demolished, but it has to be done manually, not by natural decay.
The piece is entirely inside the ground; no parts of it are protruding.
What I tried so far:
- Explosive jars. No effect, because explosions do not damage player structures on PvE servers (not even your own).
- Fire orbs. Same as above. Fire only damages the player who threw it, but not his structures.
- World bosses. I hoped their stomping attacks would cause some structural damage, but no.
- Getting knocked down. When you get knocked down, you can see through the ground for a fraction of a second. I pressed E during my fall, hoping to get a lock on the foundation, but it wouldn’t work. Either the time was too short, or the mesh prevents you from targeting the building.
- Upgrading from sandstone to black ice. This actually caused a spike to protrude through the side of the ground, but the spike cannot be targeted.
- Building a fence foundation right through it, before the patch that supposedly would cause overlapping elements to collapse. The patch came and went, but neither the foundation nor the fence foundation collapsed.
- Logging out and in at the location. Sometimes when you login, parts of the world are invisible. I was hoping that the foundation would become visible before the terrain, but that didn’t happen.
- Building another foundation on top of it and trying to demolish it at the same time with a clan mate. I was hoping that, if two people hit demolish on one block, the supernumerary command would jump to the next element. No luck.
- Building a tight corner around myself to push my field of vision through the rock. That used to work a long time ago, but not anymore.
I’m out of ideas now…