Grenadier armor

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Grenadier armor

Grenadier armor

A variant of marine armor with an integrated frag launcher on the shoulder. The armor is slightly less protective than standard marine armor. The launcher can only hold a limited amount of ammo and must be reloaded after use.
Grenadiers usually specialize in breaching buildings or internal ship bulkheads. While not effective at very long range, grenadiers can be surprisingly deadly in confined quarters.

Base Stats

Tech Level
Weapon Class
Market Value
2305 Silver
15 kg


Insulation - Cold
32 °C (57.6 °F)
Insulation - Heat
°C (16.2 °F)
Armor - Sharp
Armor - Blunt
Armor - Heat
Clothing For Nudity
Torso, Neck, Left Shoulder, Left Arm, Right Shoulder, Right Arm, Left Leg, Right Leg
Middle, Outer

Ranged Combat

50 dmg (Bomb)
Armor penetration
90 ticks (1.5 secs)
60 ticks (1 sec)
12.9 tile(s)
16 (m/s)
Burst Count
1 (per burst)
Miss Radius
1.9 tile(s)
Blast Radius
Stopping power


Crafted At
Fabrication bench
Required Research
Marine armor
Skill Required
Crafting 7
Work To Make
60,000 ticks (16.67 mins)
Work Speed Stat
General Labor Speed
Resources to make
Plasteel 100 + Uranium 20 + Advanced component 4 + Steel 75 + Component 4
Has Quality

Grenadier armor is a set of power armor added by the Royalty DLC. It can effectively block gunshots, cuts, blunt trauma, or burns while allowing the user to launch frag grenades at the expense of inflicting a move speed penalty. It is a variant of marine armor and forms a full set along with the marine helmet


Grenadier armor can be crafted at a fabrication bench once the marine armor research project has been completed. Each requires Plasteel 100 Plasteel, Uranium 20 Uranium, Advanced component 4 Advanced components, Steel 75 Steel, Component 4 Components, 60,000 ticks (16.67 mins) of work modified by the general labor speed of the crafter, and a crafting skill of 7.

Alternatively, the armor can be received as a quest reward, purchased from traders, or found on raiders.


While less protective against all damage types compared to the base marine armor, the grenadier armor incorporates an integrated frag launcher.

When equipped, a grenadier armor reduces the pawn's base move speed by −0.40 c/s. As offsets such as these apply before multiplicative effects such as from Moving capacity, the actual impact on move speed can be larger or smaller than this value. For example, a pawn with 125% Moving would have their speed decreased by −0.5 c/s, while a pawn with only 50% Moving would only have their speed decreased by −0.2 c/s. See Move Speed for details.

When worn by a slaveContent added by the Ideology DLC, grenadier armor increases the rate that suppression is lost by 30% per day. This stacks additively with all other forms of suppression loss rate offsets.

Frag launcher[edit]

Launch grenade gizmo

Grenadier armor contains an integrated grenade launcher with similar stats to frag grenades but which does not prevent the wearer from using another weapon nor a utility item. Up to two grenades can be launched before the launcher must be reloaded at a cost of Steel 25 steel per grenade. The process takes 60 ticks (1 sec). The grenades can be reloaded individually or all at once. The pawn will never automatically use the launcher - instead it must be manually activated by the player similar to Utility items. It is unclear if this restriction also applies to NPCs.[Fact Check]

Unlike frag grenades, grenadier armor has a quality – an awful grenadier armor will deal less damage (90%, 45) than frag grenades (50), while masterwork (125%, 62) and legendary (150%, 75) quality armor has increased damage.

The warmup time before firing the launcher is affected by the Aiming Time stat of the wearer.

Wearing a shield belt prevents firing the grenade launcher.


While less protective than Marine Armor, it gives the user the ability to launch up to two frag grenades at will before requiring a reload. These weapons are equivalent to the regular thrown variant but do not take up a weapon slot. This can be useful to give the user flexibility in combat, such as giving snipers a crowd control option.

Compared to flak vests[edit]

Compared to a flak vest and duster, the grenadier armor offers strictly superior protection to the arms and legs when all items are the same quality, regardless of duster material. The interactions of two layers are dictated by the games Armor Rating calculations, and the result is that grenadier armor provides torso, neck and shoulders protection approximately equivalent to the combination of a devilstrand duster and flak vest, assuming all items are the same quality. However, replacing the devilstrand with hyperweave or thrumbofur results in more protection to those areas. So while grenadier armor is more protective than a devilstrand duster and flak vest, when compared to better duster materials, the overall impact of the opposing traits of superior arm and leg protection and inferior torso, neck and shoulder protection on pawn survivability is currently unclear. However, in this comparison, it should be noted that several vital organs are in the torso and the destruction of these can result in immediate death. It should also be noted that grenadier armor comes with a Move Speed debuff of -0.40 c\s, while a flak vest has a penalty of only -0.12c/s meaning there may be a reason to choose the flak vest and duster even with inferior protection.

Compared to marine armor[edit]

Grenadier armor is a sidegrade to Marine armor. Grenadier armor has −5% Sharp and −5% Blunt armor, before quality. This discrepancy increases at higher quality; at legendary quality, grenadier armor is −9% less protective in both armor categories. Grenadier armor, like marine armor, slows a pawn down by −0.40 c/s. Both grenadier and marine armor require Plasteel 100 Plasteel, Uranium 20 Uranium, Advanced component 4 Advanced components, with grenadier armor also requiring an additional Steel 75 steel and Component 4 components. Each grenade fired must be reloaded using Steel 25 steel. Steel and components are relatively easy to acquire or produce, so the material cost difference is not terribly significant between the two armors.

The advantage of grenadier armor over marine armor is in allowing a colonist to use a non-grenade primary weapon, while still being able to use grenades when the need arises. This allows the combination of the longer range offered by most firearms and the high stopping power of a grenade against enemies who get close. The grenades fired by a grenadier armor-equipped pawn can do significant damage against targets who are clumped together, but are not effective against large or armored targets. However, the limited number of charges and natural inaccuracy and low range of grenades limits the effectiveness of this armor. While grenades can be useful, this usefulness is only seen at close range.

Compared to other power armors[edit]

Grenadier armor is a half step below Marine armor, the middle tier power armor, in terms of protection. While it is still as or more protective than an equivalent set of Recon armor, it only really maintains its superiority against sharp threats. Against secondary threats like blunt and fire, it is largely equivalent. Unlike marine armor, recon armor of better quality offers superior protection, while for some tiers it must be 2 tiers higher than a set of Cataphract armor to be more protective.

Stats table

  • Grenadier armor Grenadier armor Sharp Blunt Heat HP Insulation
    - Cold
    - Heat
    Market Value
    Awful 60.6% 24% 29.4% 340 -25.6 °C (-46.1 °F) +7.2 °C (13 °F) 1150 Silver
    Poor 80.8% 32% 39.2% 340 -28.8 °C (-51.8 °F) +8.1 °C (14.6 °F) 1730 Silver
    Normal 101% 40% 49% 340 -32 °C (-57.6 °F) +9 °C (16.2 °F) 2305 Silver
    Good 116.15% 46% 56.35% 340 -35.2 °C (-63.4 °F) +9.9 °C (17.8 °F) 2805 Silver
    Excellent 131.3% 52% 63.7% 340 -38.4 °C (-69.1 °F) +10.8 °C (19.4 °F) 3305 Silver
    Masterwork 146.45% 58% 71.05% 340 -48 °C (-86.4 °F) +13.5 °C (24.3 °F) 4305 Silver
    Legendary 181.8% 72% 88.2% 340 -57.6 °C (-103.7 °F) +16.2 °C (29.2 °F) 5305 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.

  • Attack table

  • Grenadier armor Grenadier armor DPS
    Quality Dam. AP
    Awful 45 9% 18 1150 Silver
    Poor 50 10% 20 1730 Silver
    Normal 50 10% 20 2305 Silver
    Good 50 10% 20 2805 Silver
    Excellent 50 10% 20 3305 Silver
    Masterwork 62.5 12.5% 25 4305 Silver
    Legendary 75 15% 30 5305 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.

  • Trivia[edit]

    It appears that this armor was originally meant to be worn by Imperial Grenadiers as implied by the item description. This is further evidenced by the Version 1.3.3066 patch notes which mention that they "updated" to spawn with plain marine armor. As 1.3.3066 was the first stable version with grenadiers in the game, added as part of the Breacher raids that update brought, they must have spawned with Grenadier armor in unstable or internal testing versions prior to this.

    It is unknown why this was changed. The most obvious theories are:

    1. Ludeon never developed a method for NPC pawns to use the armor's ability and it was therefore incongruous to spawn in it; or
    2. That to fullfil the vision for their role as breachers, they needed more than two grenades but redundantly spawning with both the grenadier armor and frag grenades would be incongrous; or
    3. Some combination of both 1 and 2.

    However, without confirmation from Ludeon staff, these remain only theories.

    Version history[edit]

    • 1.2.2719 - Added.
    • 1.2.2753 - Icons of spacer armor now display as off-white instead of dark gray. Projectiles are now rendered with a visual arc and ground shadow.
    • 1.3.3066 - Listed as no longer spawning on Imperial Grenadiers, however see Trivia. Wearing a shield belt now prevents firing the grenade launcher. Previously, it could be fired but could only target only adjacent squares (including diagonals), meaning that self-detonation was likely. However, the protection offered by grenadier armor and the delay before detonation meant that, with careful timing, the wearer could escape without injury, making it a dangerous but potentially useful option in emergencies.

    See also[edit]

    • Frag grenades - A weapon with similar stats to the integrated launcher.
    • Marine armor - the base model. Slightly more protective but without the grenade launcher.
    • Prestige marine armor - a variant of marine armor that both pleases nobles and improves psychic ability.