What's oval shaped, green, and goes boom? Yep, it's the grenade!


The grenade is one of the basic weapons in Hedgewars. It's a timed explosive
that is unaffected by wind. Its bounciness can also be set. The maximum damage it can deal is 50, but usually it deals 46 damage.

To set the timer, press a number key between 1 and 5 while wielding the grenade. There will be a message at the top of the screen that says “Grenade, x seconds” where “x” is the number you pressed.

To the bounciness, hold the Precise key (default: Left Shift) and press a number key between 1 and 5, where 1 is slight bounciness, 3 is normal bounciness, and 5 is extreme bounciness. There will be a message at the top of the screen that confirms the type of bounce.


  • Maximum damage: 50
  • Charge to shoot: Yes
  • Affected by wind: No
  • Timer: Adjustable (1s-5s)
  • Adjustable bounciness
  • Ends turn: Yes
  • Retreat time: 3s
  • Crate type: Weapon


Setting the timer to 4s allows the grenade to drop directly on a hog if the “Heavy Wind” mode is not set and the other hog is on the same level as you. This allows the grenade to be used in a similar fashion to the mortar.

The first strategy is to drop the grenade next to a hog and let it explode.
When using this strategy set the timer to no less than 3 seconds. Make sure to place the grenade on the uphill side of the hog.
Don't fire the grenade into the hog, it will bounce out. A simple tap of the space bar is sufficiant. Setting the bounciness to slight is not recommended, as a bit of bounce allows the grenade to settle under the hog more.

A second strategy is to drop the grenade into a hole with some hedgehogs at the bottom. Set the timer to 5 seconds. Then launch
it into a depression. Set the bounciness to something other than slight, or the grenade may “stick” to the side of the hole. Low or normal bounciness should be fine.

Another use is for drowning hedgehogs. This has many forms. One common one is to fire the grenade into a hog standing on a bridge. By adjusting the angle, it is possible to hurl them a a patch of water below it. Another is to drop the grenade straight down (this does not require adjusting bounce if you just tap the space bar) and just beside a hog. This can fling the hog into water even if there was land protecting him, so long as the grenade explosion destroys the land. You can also hurl the grenade into the hog by walking up to him and firing at his feet. The grenade ends up stuck just below the hog and will kick him up and away from you. This adds a bit more force to the explosion.

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