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Game-specific articles
FalloutFrag grenade
Pulse grenade
Plasma grenade
Fallout 2Frag grenade
Pulse grenade
Plasma grenade
Holy Hand Grenade
Fallout 3Frag grenade
Pulse grenade
Plasma grenade
Nuka-grenade
Bio-gas canister Point LookoutGametitle-FO3 PL.png
Cryo grenade Mothership ZetaGametitle-FO3 MZ.png
Smoke grenade Operation: AnchorageGametitle-FO3 OA.png Cut contentIcon cut.png
Mirelurk bait grenade Cut contentIcon cut.png
FO: New VegasFrag grenade
Holy Frag Grenade
Incendiary grenade
Plasma grenade
Pulse grenade
Stun grenade Cut contentIcon cut.png
Gas grenade Cut contentIcon cut.png
Flash bang Lonesome RoadGametitle-FNV LR.png
Microfusion cell grenadeGun Runners' ArsenalGametitle-FNV GRA.png
Nuka grenade Gun Runners' ArsenalGametitle-FNV GRA.png
Tin grenade Gun Runners' ArsenalGametitle-FNV GRA.png
Fallout 4Artillery smoke grenade
Baseball grenade
Cryogenic grenade
Fragmentation grenade
HalluciGen gas grenade
Institute EM Pulse grenade
Nuka grenade
Plasma grenade
Pulse grenade
Synth relay grenade
Vertibird signal grenade
FO TacticsAcid grenade
Flash grenade
Frag grenade
Incendiary grenade
Plasma grenade
Pulse grenade
Chemical grenade Cut contentIcon cut.png
Tangle grenade Cut contentIcon cut.png
Smoke grenade Cut contentIcon cut.png
Fallout: BoSHome-made bomb
Frag grenade
Incendiary grenade
Mini nuke grenade
Plasma grenade
Toxic grenade
Van BurenBio grenade
Flash grenade
EMP grenade
Frag grenade
Plasma grenade
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A grenade is a thrown weapon that appears in all of the Fallout games. Most contain an explosive payload designed to inflict damage in a wide blast radius. Certain grenade models are more effective against some targets, and less effective against others.

Variants[edit | edit source]

Frag grenade[edit | edit source]

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A generic fragmentation grenade. Contains a small amount of high explosives, the container itself forming most of the damaging fragments. Explodes on contact.[1]

Pulse grenade[edit | edit source]

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An electromagnetic pulse grenade, generating an intense magnetic field on detonation. Doesn't affect biological creatures, but is highly effective against robots and power armored foes. Contact fuze.

Plasma grenade[edit | edit source]

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Plasma grenades, as their name suggests, emit a powerful burst of plasma energy when detonated, as opposed to using chemical explosives like those in a frag grenade.

Nuka-grenade[edit | edit source]

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A Nuka-grenade is a craftable custom weapon in Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, which exploits the explosive properties of Nuka-Cola Quantum when mixed with some common household chemicals. It does more damage than a standard frag grenade, and explodes in a colorful periwinkle fireball.

Bio-gas canister[edit | edit source]

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This grenade does not explode by itself, but instead releases highly-flammable bio-gas vapors upon hitting the ground. The vapors can then be ignited from a distance with an energy or incendiary weapon, causing the leaking gas to erupt in a spectacular fireball. In this way, they function as portable gas-leaks.

Cryo grenade[edit | edit source]

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Whether these devices are the brainchild of Elliot Tercorien or cryoscientists of the Commonwealth is debatable, but the concept is the same.

Cryo grenades do only one point of damage, but release frigid liquid nitrogen upon detonating, freezing any opponents caught in the blast, and rooting them in place for several seconds.

AN-205 incendiary grenade[edit | edit source]

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The incendiary grenades that appears in the Mojave Wastelandrelease a blast of burning material on detonation, making it especially effective against fleshy foes. Super mutants and robots are significantly less affected by the blast.

Flash bang[edit | edit source]

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A less-lethal alternative to a traditional grenade. Flash bangs deal very little physical damage, but the blinding light and deafening bang it creates deal significant Fatigue damage.

Microfusion cell grenade[edit | edit source]

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MFC grenades are easily-constructed, less-powerful facsimiles of plasma grenades, created by intentionally short-circuiting microfusion cell ammunition.

Tin grenade[edit | edit source]

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Tin grenades are homemade explosives made out of tin cans packed with pistol gunpowder. Roughly the hand-grenade equivalent to Powder charge mines.

Acid grenade[edit | edit source]

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Acid grenades spray a sticky, corrosive substance upon detonation, dissolving anything caught in its blast. They appear to have increased effectiveness against the metal shells of robotic opponents.

Flash grenade[edit | edit source]

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Flash grenades, by themselves, do very little harm. They instead use a magnesium core to release a blinding flash upon detonation, stunning opponents caught in its blast radius.

Incendiary grenade[edit | edit source]

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Incendiary grenades release a blast of burning material on detonation, making it especially effective against fleshy foes. Super-Mutants and Robots are significantly less affected by the blast.

Home-made bomb[edit | edit source]

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A home-made bomb is a crude grenade made out of household chemicals and old pipe-fittings, and typically filled with nails and other scrap for shrapnel. A relatively weak explosive.

Toxic grenade[edit | edit source]

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This grenade does very little damage initially, but releases a cloud of poisonous vapours upon detonation, inflicting Poison Damage over time to anyone caught in its blast.

Mini-nuke grenade[edit | edit source]

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As its name would imply, the mini-nuke grenade is all the power of a mini nuke, packed into a hand-held explosive device. Only one exists in the entirety of the game.

Bio grenade[edit | edit source]

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Mirelurk bait grenade[edit | edit source]

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Mirelurk bait grenades were to be in Fallout 3, but have since been cut from the game. They would've been used to draw mirelurks to the point where they detonated. This allowed you to either distract them, or to lure them into a trap.

Smoke grenade[edit | edit source]

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The smoke grenade was planned to be used in Operation: Anchorage, but was cut. Smoke grenades were also planned for Fallout Tactics, but didn't make the cut either.

Stun grenade[edit | edit source]

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The stun grenade deals fatigue damage to the target, potentially knocking them to the ground, paralyzed.

Gas grenade[edit | edit source]

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A non-lethal grenade that lets out a cloud of gas/smoke upon detonation. Whether it was to be used as smokescreen cover or flammable gas is unknown.

Chemical grenade[edit | edit source]

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The chemical grenade was a combination of the acid grenade and the cut smoke grenade. The gas released was designed to be horribly toxic against organic targets.

Tangle grenade[edit | edit source]

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The tangle grenade was designed to be able to ensnare personnel with a tangler polymoid. It was planned to be in Fallout Tactics, but was never added.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Concept art by Adam Adamowicz

See also[edit | edit source]

References

  1. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p.5-16: "The fragmentation grenade is extremely useful as a defensive weapon. A small, but concentrated, explosive charge connected to a contact fuze will spread over 1,000 metal fragments over a 2.5 meter radius area. The small explosion area means that these grenades can be used at a closer range than ever before, without possible harm to the user."