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Make Things Go Boom - A Guide To Explosives

Grenade Launchers are powerful weapons that could deal a very high total of DPS against a cluster of enemies, but very little DPS to singular individuals.

The explosion they produce has an area of effect, damaging everything near the original target, as well as nearby players in PvP games. Grenades also have the ability to bypass common vehicles and objects that could block bullets, however, grenade launcher's shooting range is limited in your screen, meaning that you can't damage almost anything that you can't see on the screen.

They are the best grinding weapons due to their massive DPS couples with the fact they use very few ammo to deal their DPS.

Admin explained how their damage works: The first 5 zombies get the full damage from the grenade, the next 5 will get half, the next 5 will get 1/4, the rest will get none. Thus, the equation for determining the sum of of the damage inflicted to all 15 targets is:

(# x 5) + (0.5# x 5) + (0.25# x 5) = 8.75# ("#" represents base damage value)

That simply means you multiply the base damage value by 8.75 to determine the maximum damage value of 15 targets.

Accuracy affects grenade launchers uniquely as it centers your blast radius to your cursor.

Requirements

20 Explosive points are required to use the M79, the first grenade launcher. Generally speaking, while the first few launchers require a high Reload stat to counteract their small magazine size, grenades overall are not stat hungry weapons - they only require an investment in Accuracy and Reload, as opposed to other weapons which will require a combination of Strength, Accuracy, Critical and Reload.

As such, explosives are considered to be the go-to third slot weapons for higher leveled players. They go well with any other grinding weapons, including Shotguns, Submachine Guns, Assault Rifles and HMGs, which provide the knockback and single-target damage capability that Grenade Launchers lack.

Looting/Scouting

Despite its rather hefty chance to raise an aggro spike, Explosive can still stand out as one of the more effective room clearers in indoor looting scenarios, thanks to its indirect fire capability, speed and cost effectiveness.

  • Try to use walls to your advantage. Due to the zombies' basic pathfinding AI, most of the horde will not be able to reach you if even a modest length of wall stands between you and them, allowing you to rain down grenades with impunity.
  • Always have a secondary weapon ready to snipe stray zombies, such as a pistol or a SMG. While Explosives are excellent against larger horde, they are rather ineffective against single target and also lack the needed knockback to fend off threats in close combat situations.
  • One tactic to clearing an entire floor of zombie is to rush through the entire floor, attracting as many zombies as possible before going to an easily defendable location and killing all of them. Since new zombies do not spawn indoors except in aggro spike situations, the tactic should left the entire floor devoid of threats and let you loot freely.

Aggro Combat

Explosives are excellent grinding weapons, mostly used against clusters of infected.

Some basic tips to use:

  • Get away from any player crowd. You'll need the zombie horde's attention, which is something other players will take away from you, to maximize your launcher's DPS.
  • Watch your ammo count. Grenade launchers have some of the smallest magazine capacities in the game- the first two only hold 1 round at a time. Basically, you’ll be spending a lot of time reloading.
  • Have a backup weapon ready. A grenade launcher can't prevent a survivor from being lunch by itself.
  • Try to get behind something, such as a wall or a fence, so you can shoot zombies without giving them a chance to hit you.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages

  • Grenade Launchers deal a very high amount of DPS on large crowds, capable of rivaling the most expensive miniguns at a much lower price tag.
  • Grenade Launchers have the unique advantage of being able to shoot over objects and walls to hit the intended targets (the targets have to be onscreen).
  • Grenade Launchers have a certain blast radius, all the zeds inside the radius will be damaged (though the damage dealt will vary).

Disadvantages

  • Grenade Launcher offer next to zero knockback on zombies, instead only offering a short 0.25s hitstun period. This makes grinding in later areas extremely risky, with faster zombies such as Spiders and Flesh Hounds being able to rapidly overwhelm even survivors with 124 Agility points.
  • Grenade Launchers, especially the beginning ones, require very high reloading to work at their best. The accuracy that is needed depends on that person's playing style, and what their other weapons are.

List of Explosives

The damage values in brackets indicate the maximum damage that can be achieved when hitting all 15 targets. The Scrap values in brackets indicate the scrap price with Master Crafted (MC) items.

M79
M79
Grenade Ammo
1 Round Capacity
Very Slow Reload Speed
Very Slow Attack Speed
Average Accuracy
Zero Critical Chance
20 Explosive Skill Required


Avg. Damage per Second: 29 (253.75)
Damage per Hit: 29 (253.75)
Hit(s) per Second: 1

Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.20c (GM 15c)
Scrap Value: $850 (MC $1,700)
Enhance Price: $11,000
Developed and used widely during the Vietnam War, the M79 is still a reliable squad support weapon from the jungles of Asia to Middle Eastern deserts.


HK69
HK69
Grenade Ammo
1 Round Capacity
Slow Reload Speed
Very Slow Attack Speed
Average Accuracy
Zero Critical Chance
40 Explosive Skill Required


Avg. Damage per Second: 36 (315)
Damage per Hit: 36 (315)
Hit(s) per Second: 1

Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.30c (GM 25c)
Scrap Value: $3,250 (MC $6,500)
Enhance Price: $21,000
Real Name: Heckler & Koch HK69A1
The HK69A1 is a 40mm grenade launcher developed and produced by the German Heckler & Koch company. The weapon is designed to engage enemy troops and strong points from a distance of 350m. It was widely used to stop the initial outbreak's "riots" by deploying illumination flares, smoke grenades, tear gas grenades and even HE grenades, but in the end nothing could stop the masses of infected.


GM94
GM94
Grenade Ammo
3 Round Capacity
Slow Reload Speed
Very Slow Attack Speed
Average Accuracy
Zero Critical Chance
60 Explosive Skill Required


Avg. Damage per Second: 29 (253.75)
Damage per Hit: 29 (253.75)
Hit(s) per Second: 1

Scrap Value: $10,850 (MC $21,700)
Enhance Price: $31,000
Real Name: GM-94
The GM-94 grenade launcher is a relatively recent development of the famous Russian KBP design bureau, located in the city of Tula. It is intended mostly for various Spetsnaz elements of the Russian army, FSB (Federal Security Service) and MVD (Internal Affairs Ministry). It is a weapon for urban warfare - its main goal is to provide troops with a short and very short range weapon firing high explosive and non-lethal (tear gas) shells.


RG6
RG6
Grenade Ammo
6 Round Capacity
Slow Reload Speed
Very Slow Attack Speed
Average Accuracy
Zero Critical Chance
80 Explosive Skill Required


Avg. Damage per Second: 29 (253.75)
Damage per Hit: 29 (253.75)
Hit(s) per Second: 1

Scrap Value: $19,250 (MC $38,500)
Enhance Price: $41,000
Real Name: RG-6
A revolving type grenade launcher produced in eastern Europe and used by the Russian army and special forces. It fires 40mm grenades and can hold 6 rounds in the cylindrical system that revolves with each shot.


Falcon-MM1
Falcon-MM1
Grenade Ammo
12 Round Capacity
Slow Reload Speed
Very Slow Attack Speed
Average Accuracy
Zero Critical Chance
90 Explosive Skill Required


Avg. Damage per Second: 29 (253.75)
Damage per Hit: 29 (253.75)
Hit(s) per Second: 1

Scrap Value: $24,350 (MC $48,700)
Enhance Price: $46,000
Real Name: Hawk MM-1
An American made revolver type grenade launcher that was designed to provide plenty of firepower quickly in a close-quarters fight. Uses 40mm grenades and can hold 12 grenades in the cylinder.

Modified on October 11th, in 2008 to require 90 Explosives Skill instead of 100.


XM25
XM25
Grenade Ammo
6 Round Capacity
Slow Reload Speed
Slow Attack Speed
Average Accuracy
Zero Critical Chance
100 Explosive Skill Required


Avg. Damage per Second: 43.5 (380.62)
Damage per Hit: 29 (253.75)
Hit(s) per Second: 1.5

Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.250c (GM 200c)
Scrap Value: $40,050 (MC $80,100)
Enhance Price: $51,000
Real Name: Heckler & Koch XM25
The XM25, also known as the XM25 Individual Airburst Weapon Defense System, was developed by Heckler & Koch in partnership with Alliant Techsystems in 2005. It fires 25mm grenades that can be designated to burst in mid-air, thus giving the weapon its full name.

Added October 11th, 2008.


PAW-20
PAW-20
Grenade Ammo
7 Round Capacity
Slow Reload Speed
Average Attack Speed
Average Accuracy
Zero Critical Chance
110 Explosive Skill Required


Avg. Damage per Second: 52 (455)
Damage per Hit: 26 (227.5)
Hit(s) per Second: 2

Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.500c (GM 400c)
Scrap Value: $40,050 (MC $80,100)
Enhance Price: $56,000
Real Name: Neopup PAW-20
The Neopup PAW-20 (Personal Assault Weapon, 20 mm) is a grenade launcher designed by Tony Neophytou and is marketed by Denel. The PAW-20 is a hand-held, semi-automatic grenade launcher that fires a 20 mm point detonating round. It holds up to seven rounds in a conventional box magazine, with an effective range of 300–400 meters. It was designed mainly as an anti-personnel grenade launcher for use against opposition closely grouped together or behind light cover. However, it is also compatible with less-than-lethal ammunition. The PAW-20 is in direct competition with the more complicated and expensive joint American-German XM25.

Added May 15th, 2011.


Corpse Erruptor (LE)This item could only be purchased for a limited amount of time from the Credit Shop.
Corpse Erruptor
Grenade Ammo
20 Round Capacity
Fast Reload Speed
Average Attack Speed
Average Accuracy
Zero Critical Chance
110 Explosive Skill Required


Avg. Damage per Second: 56 (490)
Damage per Hit: 28 (245)
Hit(s) per Second: 2

Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.1,250c (GM 1,000c)
Scrap Value: $48,450 (MC $96,900)
Enhance Price: $56,000
An excruciatingly powerful grenade launcher, crafted from the remains of the infected. Its barrel, as best as demolition experts can tell, is crafted from the spine of a mutated survivor, the stock made from the shoulder, and the curled hand still gripping the dead heart. Grenades shot from this launcher are unlike any other in that, upon landing, they explode into fragments of bone and blood, rather than flame and shrapnel. These gory fragments easily dig into the flesh of any person nearby, whether survivors or infected. Some say that each explosion frees a lost soul from its eternal torment as an infected.

This weapon could only be bought from the Credit Shop for 1,250 credits (1,000 for Gold Members). It was on sale from March 31st, 2012 until April 30th, 2012.
This weapon is skinned after the M79.


Dusk Launcher (Unique)This item is unique and as such it can only be obtained in special ways and/or is non-transferable. For a full list of one-of-a-kind items, visit the Special Gear page.
Dusk Launcher
Grenade Ammo
30 Round Capacity
Fast Reload Speed
Slow Attack Speed
Average Accuracy
Zero Critical Chance
110 Explosive Skill Required
Non-transferable

Avg. Damage per Second: 61.5 (538.13)
Damage per Hit: 41 (385.75)
Hit(s) per Second: 1.5

Scrap Value: $40,050 (MC $80,100)
Enhance Price: $56,000
Outfitted with a huge, 30-round revolving drum system, the Dusk Launcher rains fire upon the city. Its ability to pump out so many 40mm grenades at such a rate and power assures its status as one of the best grenade launchers available.

This weapon cannot be found in the city but is available in the Dusk Shop for $1,000,000.
Added May 15th, 2011.


Immolator AD
Immolator AD
Heavy Grenade Ammo
10 Round Capacity
Very Slow Reload Speed
Very Slow Attack Speed
Average Accuracy
Zero Critical Chance
120 Explosive Skill Required


Avg. Damage per Second: 59 (516.25)
Damage per Hit: 59 (516.25)
Hit(s) per Second: 1

Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.1,500c (GM 1,250c)
Scrap Value: $57,650 (MC $115,300)
Enhance Price: $61,000
In the new surge of weapons invented by Fairview's demolition experts, the Immolator AD is a curious, yet intimidating sight to behold. Built on the basic design of the M79, the Immolator possesses a unique tube-feed system that allows it to carry and fire up to 10 grenades before being reloaded. While the tube feed also eliminates the need for rotating barrels and the like for carrying more than one round, it also relies on a highly complex feeding and reloading mechanism, and only survivors with extensive ability in handling grenade launchers can hope to wield it.

Added February 18th, 2013.


Bishop CE9 (LE)This item could only be purchased for a limited amount of time from the Credit Shop.
Bishop CE9
Heavy Grenade Ammo
16 Round Capacity
Fast Reload Speed
Slow Attack Speed
Average Accuracy
Zero Critical Chance
120 Explosive Skill Required


Avg. Damage per Second: 66 (577.5)
Damage per Hit: 44 (385)
Hit(s) per Second: 1.5

Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.2,500c (GM 2,000c)
Scrap Value: $57,650 (MC $115,300)
Enhance Price: $61,000
This fire-spitting beast is the pride and joy of our demolition experts. The sheer power it packs is expressed both in the raw damage it deals as well as in its very appearance. The Bishop also stands apart as being the first mobile grenade launcher to utilize a clip-based feed system, allowing survivors to reload the weapon faster than any other grenade launcher.

This weapon could only be bought from the Credit Shop for 2,500 credits (2,000 for Gold Members). It was on sale from March 10th, 2014 until April 10th, 2014.


Junker 6
Junker 6
Heavy Grenade Ammo
24 Round Capacity
Fast Reload Speed
Slow Attack Speed
Average Accuracy
Zero Critical Chance
120 Explosive Skill Required


Avg. Damage per Second: 72 (630)
Damage per Hit: 48 (420)
Hit(s) per Second: 1.5

Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.3,000c (GM 2,500c)
Scrap Value: $57,650 (MC $115,300)
Enhance Price: $61,000
The 'Junker 6' is yet another innovative addition to the 'Junkyard' set of weapons created by the coven of demolition experts under the direct command of Neil Yates himself. By taking the drum magazine of a Falcon-MM1 and expanding its capacity, it allowed for a longer volley of sustained and overwhelming firepower, while keeping the light weight and balance of an Immolator. With several other slight modifications and parts taken from similar weaponry, it is a perfect choice for those who wish to destroy their surroundings with efficiency and power.

Added November 6th, 2014.


Eggsploder-MM1
Eggsploder-MM1
Grenade Ammo
50 Round Capacity
Slow Reload Speed
Very Fast Attack Speed
Average Accuracy
Zero Critical Chance
120 Explosive Skill Required


Avg. Damage per Second: 84 (735)
Damage per Hit: 14 (122.5)
Hit(s) per Second: 6

Scrap Value: $57,650 (MC $115,300)
Enhance Price: $61,000
A modified Falcon-MM1 to shoot festive golden Easter eggs. It may look and hit like a toy, but it makes up for it in fire rate. This is one thing you want to see in your basket in the morning.

This weapon was added to crafting on March 8th, 2019.
This weapon cannot be found in the city but its materials can be obtained by opening Easter Eggs.

Requirements to craft:
1x Falcon-MM1
1x Eggsploder Blueprint
3x Eggsploder Parts

Crafting Cost: $1,000,000


X-Dusk Launcher (Unique)This item is unique and as such it can only be obtained in special ways and/or is non-transferable. For a full list of one-of-a-kind items, visit the Special Gear page.
X-Dusk Launcher
Heavy Grenade Ammo
30 Round Capacity
Fast Reload Speed
Slow Attack Speed
Average Accuracy
Zero Critical Chance
120 Explosive Skill Required
Non-transferable

Avg. Damage per Second: 91.5 (800.6)
Damage per Hit: 61 (533.73)
Hit(s) per Second: 1.5

Scrap Value: $57,650 (MC $115,300)
Enhance Price: $61,000
You can blow holes through walls, destroy vehicles, and explode bosses with this dangerous weapon. Prepare for the most carnage you've experienced with a grenade launcher, with a huge thirty round capacity, speed loader, and massive explosions, you've got everything you need in this weapon. Go crush those hordes.

This weapon cannot be found in the city but is available in the X-Dusk Shop for $5,000,000.
Added October 8th, 2015.
This weapon is skinned after the Falcon-MM1.


Boomer PX (LE)This item could only be purchased for a limited amount of time from the Credit Shop.
Boomer PX
Heavy Grenade Ammo
20 Round Capacity
Slow Reload Speed
Very Slow Attack Speed
Average Accuracy
Zero Critical Chance
120 Skill Required


Avg. Damage per Second: 95 (831.25)
Damage per Hit: 95 (831.25)
Hit(s) per Second: 1

Credit Price: The amount of credits required to purchase the item in the Credit Shop, if available. The value in brackets, if added, is the discounted price for Gold Members.3,000c (GM 2,500c)
Scrap Value: $57,650 (MC $115,300)
Enhance Price: $61,000
While searching for a way to clear the debris littering the streets, Fairview's demolition experts have rigged a Mortar to have a high capacity chamber system similar to an Immolator. In doing so, they have created a hand held grenade launcher that is capable of putting pre-outbreak demolition teams to shame. One thing is for sure, you do NOT want to be on the receiving end of this monstrosity, as there won't be anything left but a bloodstain to clean up.

This weapon could only be bought from the Credit Shop for 3,000 credits (2,500 for Gold Members). It was on sale from August 16th, 2015 until September 10th, 2015.


X-M79
X-M79
Grenade Ammo
20 Round Capacity
Very Slow Reload Speed
Very Slow Attack Speed
Average Accuracy
Zero Critical Chance
120 Skill Required


Avg. Damage per Second: 95 (831.25)
Damage per Hit: 95 (831.25)
Hit(s) per Second: 1

Scrap Value: $57,650 (MC $115,300)
Enhance Price: $61,000

This weapon was added to crafting on March 8th, 2019.
This weapon cannot be found in the city but its materials can be obtained in the city through looting and killing special inner city Devil Hounds that spawn once every few days. (Wastelands Devil Hounds will not drop a Devils Heart.)

Requirements to craft:
1x M79
1x X-M79 Blueprint
5x X-M79 Parts
5x Devils Heart

Crafting Cost: $3,000,000
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