Grenade Launcher

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Grenade Launcher in Tomb Raider III

The Grenade Launcher (also Grenade Gun) is a weapon available in Tomb Raider II, The Golden Mask, Tomb Raider III, The Lost Artefact, Tomb Raider IV The Last Revelation, Tomb Raider Legend and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

It is a very effective weapon, you could bring down most opponents with one shot. It was also effective against the Dragon or the Stone Warriors (in the PlayStation version you could destroy them with it, before they came to life).

The Grenade Launcher is an extremely powerful weapon and is capable of killing most enemies with a single round, however this weapon varies greatly from one game to the next.


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Different Games, Different Names


Grenades (TR3)
Grenades (TR2)

Ammunition for the Grenade Launcher is Grenades in Tomb Raider II, The Golden Mask, Tomb Raider III and The Lost Artefact.

In Tomb Raider IV The Last Revelation in addition for being re-named to Grenade Gun, there are also three new types of ammunition: Grenadegun Normal Ammo, Grenadegun Super Ammo and Grenadegun Flash Ammo.

In Tomb Raider Legend the ammunition for Grenade Launcher (or for any other gun) does not feature as a separate pickup.

In Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light the amount of ammunition for a secondary weapon is depicted by the Ammo Bar, which can be refilled with Ammo Boxes and Ammo Caches.

Use in the Classic Games

In Tomb Raider II, the Grenades, loaded one by one, travel up to about 25 meters and explode on impact with anything. The (apparently) drum-fed version in Tomb Raider III must still be single-loaded, and the grenades bounce around at very close range before detonating after a few seconds, or immediately upon contact with an enemy. As such, rounds can be shot into tight spaces and downhill, damaging enemies not directly in Lara's line of fire.

The launcher in Tomb Raider IV The Last Revelation is similar but has three different ammo types. Normal ammo is akin to the rounds from Tomb Raider III; Super ammo creates an initial explosion plus several secondary explosions and can clear a small room with a single round. Flash ammo is non-lethal and only blinds any nearby human enemies while you escape or kill them with another weapon. It will not harm friendlies.

Note that in the Playstation version of The Last Revelation, Lara's body can detonate and take damage from her own grenades, though it will be significantly less damage than any enemies that happen to be near. PC gamers do not have this problem.

Use in Tomb Raider Legend

Grenade Launcher in Tomb Raider Legend has a three rounds clip and fires 40mm frag grenades in rapid succession.

In Tomb Raider Legend, the Grenade Launcher has fallen from being a favor weapon among fans due to the fact that there is almost no ammo available, grenade does not explode soon enough and regular frag grenade does the same job with less hassle.

In addition to the grenades inside the launcher, Lara can also carry 4 spare clips - a maximum of 15 grenade rounds for Lara to carry.

But in the hand of the mercenary, the grenade launcher is a manace to players due to the fact it can dump a large number of frag grenade at a player within a short amount of time.

This particular Grenade Launcher appears to be an RG-6 40mm Grenade Launcher of Russian manufacture.

Multi shot military grade grenade launcher. Fires 40mm fragmentation grenades with pinpoint accuracy.
In-game information[1]

Use in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

In Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light the Grenade Launcher can be used in addition for defeating enemies to destroy some critical spots on the environment in order to proceed. It can also be used to knock off shields from enemies.

There's also a more powerful Grenade Launcher available in the game, the Heavy Grenade Launcher.


See Also

More powerful Grenade Launcher available in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light


  1. Description in the in-game PDA in Tomb Raider Legend