Grenades are an area-effect weapon which have been featured in every Grand Theft Auto game since Grand Theft Auto 2.
Grenades are highly destructive to both people and objects, including vehicles — in most GTA games, conventional vehicles can be destroyed with a single grenade, and people will almost always be killed if within the blast radius. Grenades are ideal for taking out enemies hiding behind cover, and for scattering tight-knit groups of foes. In GTA III, GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas and GTA Liberty City Stories the grenades are based on an M67 grenade. In GTA IV they are based on the M26A1 frag grenade. The the GTA Vice City Stories and the GTA Chinatown Wars models remain unidentified.
Grenades can, of course, be just as dangerous to the player as to enemies, and must be deployed carefully to avoid the grenade bouncing back to the player. In Grand Theft Auto IV, the player can drop a live grenade to the ground, but must run for cover before it detonates. One can also 'cook' a grenade (hold onto it while it counts down) for a short time before throwing it. It begins beeping if it is held for too long, and if not thrown, will explode in the player's hands. In Grand Theft Auto IV, grenades are in fact much more lethal to the player than to enemies -- unless a grenade explodes very close to an enemy, they will likely survive, despite being thrown by the explosion.
In GTA IV, grenades can be dropped while driving, and are more effective for in-car use than Molotovs, due to their far superior radius of effect, however the player must take care to remain on the move while using grenades — the player's own car can easily be caught in the explosion if it does not move on immediately. In multiplayer, a popular tactic is to cook a grenade, then walk up to a group of unsuspecting players and let it detonate; this tactic, called Martyrdom, is useful for killing a large group at the expense of the perpetrator's own life. This is only advised in Free Mode.
In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the player can use the touch screen to throw Grenades at a distance in any direction.
GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas, and GTA Liberty City Stories.
GTA Liberty City Stories/GTA Vice City Stories.
Real life models
The M67 frag grenade in real life.
A thrown Grenade in GTA IV with it safety lever and its safety pin still on (enlarge to see more clearly).
- GTA 2
(To show your coordinates you have to enter a cheat code, use at your own risk)
- Go to the parking lot south of the shopping mall. Take the street south of it and take the first street on west direction. Stop before it rises over the next street (Largo) (127,5 216,5 2)
- Go to the Belmont car shop. Take the road on its east side towards east. Take the first street on south direction. Use the alley on the west side to get to a courtyard. (Belmont) (28,5 197,5 2)
- Go south as soon as you leave the church. You’ll see three alleys. Take the tiny one on the right (Wormley) (118,5 143,5 2)
- Awarded when a Panto is crushed
- Go to the block of houses west of the Russian Mafia headquarters, and enter it from its south side (Azeri Heights) (119 20 2)
- Go to the processing plant. Go to the north side and look between the two pairs of water tanks (Blind Eye processing plant) (222,5 7,5 2)
- Go to the north section of the road west of the Vedic Temple. You’ll see a passage south of the east tower near the street end. Follow it until its end (Narayana) (238,5 205 3)
- Go to the building east of Bayano hospital. Enter from the stairs on its east side, then use the ramp to go up. Use one of the side ramps and jump to the central platform. Jump from the central platform to the one on the east side (Bayano) (67 187,5 5)
- Go to the big road north of the construction site. Go to the zone where it turns north near the Vedic Temple. Check the building three squares north of the corner (Petula) (157,5 173,5 2)
- Awarded when a Panto is crushed
- GTA III
Grenades are available from the Newport Ammu-Nation on Staunton Island after the completion of Last Requests. They cost $2,000).
- Safehouses - Grenades spawn outside every safehouse once the player collects 30 hidden packages.
- GTA Vice City
Grenades can be purchased from the North Point Mall Ammu-Nation, for $300.
- GTA San Andreas
- GTA Liberty City Stories
Grenades can be purchased from Ammu-Nation after completion of Driving Mr. Leone, for $360.
- Newport, Staunton Island - In an alleyway behind Ammu-Nation. The player passes by the grenade during "Night of the Livid Dreads".
- Portland Docks, Portland- On the back of the black boat to the left of the blue freighter that you use on the mission "The Portland Chainsaw Masquerade" Opposite side of ramp. Hidden package near.
- GTA Vice City Stories
Grenades can be purchased from the Downtown Vice City Ammu-Nation, or the Vice Point Mall Ammu-Nation, for $360; the price is decreased to $240 once the player beats Phil's Shooting Range.
- Ocean Beach - Behind the hospital by a tree and some bushes, just by the helipad.
- Little Haiti - Next to one of the many shacks.
- GTA IV
Grenades can be purchased from the back-alley gun shops for $1,000. They can also be purchased from Little Jacob for $700.
- Steinway - Can be found in the fourth gated yard in an alley between Tinconderoga Ave and Trenton Ave.
- Meadows Park - Can be found underneath the large steel globe in the larger fountain.
- Francis International Airport - Can be found on the west end of the boat dock south of the aviation fuel storage facility to the southwest of the airport.
- Fortside - Can be found in an alley between Folsom Way and Rykers Ave.
- Happiness Island - Can be found in the entrance hall to the statue, on the right.
- In every GTA game with grenades the safety pin is never pulled and the safety lever is untouched in the GTA III Era, but in the GTA IV Era despite an animation showing the pin is pulled but the safety lever and pin are still on the grenade.
- In the GTA IV Era grenades beep when there about to explode in your hand which is not possible for any real life hand grenade.