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This article is about the fire source. You may be looking for the flashlight (torch in British English), a portable electric source of light.
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An unlit torch.

A torch is a fire source, usually a rod-shaped piece of wood with a rag soaked in pitch or some other flammable material. It is used for lighting large flammable objects such as beacons or bonfires, or as a light source.

Usage

GRU soldiers in Tselinoyarsk, should they be stationed in or find themselves in Chyornaya Peschera's cave system, had stockpiled the caves with torches made from a branch of white birch and soaked with turputine so they wouldn't end up lost. Naked Snake, during Operation Snake Eater in 1964, managed to procure one of the torches when he was forced to fall into the cave system due to The Pain's hornet swarm in the crevace area of Bolshaya Past, and made use of it to navigate his way through the cave. Sigint also noted that it was an effective, though primitive, light source.

During the 1980s, various PF holdouts in Africa made use of torches for visibility at night, such as Kiziba Camp.

Behind the scenes

"A torch made from white birch soaked in turpentine."
―Torch description in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
"Resin-soaked white birch torch. Wave w/ Attack Button (R), press repeadedly to swing around. Touch Fire Icon (ON/OFF) to light/extinguish."
―Torch menu description in Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D

The Torch is a procurable weapon in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. When lit, it provides extra light to see. Waving a lit torch can frighten away hornets and dogs. It can also be used as a makeshift club to bludgeon the enemy, or set the enemy aflame if it is lit. It can be procured in Chyornaya Peschera. If the player equips the torch before fighting The Fury, an extra scene is included in The Fury's introduction where Snake drops the torch. It weighs 0.5kg.

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