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.
- First found: The Great Wall
- First found: Fool's Gold
- First found: Caves of Kaliya
- First found: Sleeping with the Fishes
- First found: Desert Railroad
- First found: Ghana - Pursuing James Rutland
- Found in: Toxic Swamp
- Found in: Tomb of the Lamplighter
Different Games, Different Names
- Grenade Launcher (Tomb Raider II, The Golden Mask, Tomb Raider III, The Lost Artefact, Tomb Raider Legend, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light)
- Grenade Gun (Tomb Raider IV The Last Revelation)
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.
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
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.
This particular Grenade Launcher appears to be an RG-6 40mm Grenade Launcher of Russian manufacture.
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.
Grenade Launcher in Tomb Raider II
Grenade Launcher in Tomb Raider III
Grenade Gun in The Last Revelation
Close-up on the Grenade Gun in The Last Revelation
Grenade Launcher in Tomb Raider Legend
Grenade Launcher in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
Grenade Launcher in Lara Croft: Relic Run
- More powerful Grenade Launcher available in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
- Description in the in-game PDA in Tomb Raider Legend