No shooter game would be complete without grenades and some other stuff to throw.Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is no exception; grenades are scattered all over the map and fall into four categories. They also provide more tactical possibilities – you can use them to intimidate enemies, smoke them out or clear a building.

An enemy hit with a flash bang, completely exposed. - Grenades | Weapons - Weapons - PUBG Game Guide

An enemy hit with a flash bang, completely exposed.

There are four types of grenades in the game – Frag Grenades, Molotov Cocktails, Smoke Grenades and Stun Grenades. Below, you can look up the effects caused by all of the above:

Name Damage Effect

Frag Grenade

Direct damage: if it doesn’t kill, it leaves the victim severely wounded.

Molotov Cocktail

Sets enemies on fire, dealing DPS (Damage Per Second).

Smoke Grenade

Generates thick smoke screen, which can obstruct the vision of your enemies or conceal your own movement.

Stun Grenade

A player that’s been hit won’t see and hear anything for a few seconds.

The effects of this grenade are not mitigated with environmental obstacles.

Note – the table doesn’t contain info on damage, because there is none available – not in the game, not in the dankest corners of the Internet. The frag grenade deals more damage if it explodes closer to the player; the Molotov cocktail sets enemies on fire and deals some damage over the few seconds that follow. The two remaining grenades do not inflict any damage at all.

When toying with grenades, you should remember about a few things:

  1. Considering the peculiarities of gameplay in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (which is mostly about exchanging fire over long distance and generally depending on guns), the grenades should be saved for later on in the game.
  2. The grenades are very effective if you need to smoke someone out from their cover. Even if you throw a smoke grenade and it lands near a player, the will – most of the time – take to their heels because you can never be sure what kind of grenade landed at your feet.
  3. They’re also great for clearing buildings, especially single-floor houses. A well-placed grenade can cover most of such a house with it’s power, so if the enemy doesn’t die, they will be severely wounded and forced to retreat, which gives you the initiative.
  4. You can either toss the grenade right away and they will explode after around 5 seconds, or “cook” them a bit by holding the throw button – the longer you hold it, the shorter it will take from throwing it to explosion. Don’t overdo it, though, or it will explode in your hand.
  5. Press 5 on your keyboard to select a grenade. You can also switch grenades by tapping the same key.

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