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Voss Pattern MkV Automatic Grenade Launcher[6]
Ranged Close Combat

Grenade launchers are relatively simple tubular weapons which can launch several different types of grenades using means such as compressed gas or an electromagnetic charge.[1] Grenade launchers benefit from their ability to fire ordnance on an arcing trajectory, allowing their shots to clear obstacles and lay down suppressive fire on unseen foes.[3][4] While a variety of common grenade types can be fired by grenade launchers they are almost universally loaded with frag and krak grenades.[1] Other types include anti-plant, blind, hallucinogenic, plasma, smoke, stun, virus, and xeno-filament grenades.[3][4]

Grenade launchers are a common weapon used by Imperial Guard infantry squads thanks to their ability to lob grenades greater distances and with more accuracy than can be thrown. Their primary duty is to lay down suppressive fire and destroy light vehicles and buildings.[2] Other races also make use of grenade launchers. Among the Eldar the Aspect Warriors known as the Swooping Hawks use launchers strapped to their legs, while Harlequin Shadowseers make use of a launcher which fits on their shoulders. The Tau Pulse Carbine is also equipped with an underslung grenade launcher for launching EMP grenades.

Known Patterns

Cadian pattern grenade launcher

The Cadian pattern grenade launcher is the standard launcher used by the Cadian Shock Troopers. This drum-fed weapon is capable of a relatively high rate of fire and carries twenty 40mm grenades, with the weapon pivoting forward to reload. Front and rear sights, the latter of which flips up and is notched for different ranges, assist the user in aiming the weapon. A wide-legged stance is required to fire the grenade launcher, as its recoil is comparable to that of a boltgun and liable to cause injury if improperly used.[2]

Funeral Ball

A highly modifiable grenade launcher pattern popular amongst the gangers and hired guns of Necromunda.[25]

Gorge Pattern Grenade Launcher

The Gorge is a simply made, single shot break-open grenade launcher. The simplicity of its design does not diminish its effectiveness, being relatively compact and very reliable, which makes it one of the most widely used squad support weapons carried by enforcers, mercenaries and PDF troopers. Thanks to its widespread availability on the black market, the Gorge is also one of the most common weapons recidivists and rebel groups obtain for insurgencies and attacks.[24]

Mezoa Grenade Launcher

Produced on the Forge World of Mezoa this launcher, despite its single-shot nature, is considered a superior weapon in the Koronus Expanse thanks to its superiority in range, accuracy and firing systems compared to other available weapons.[4]

SLHG Pattern Assault Ram

Enforcer Assault Ram fitted with an underslung Auxiliary grenade launcher.

Subjugator Pattern Grenade Launcher

Single-hand grenade launchers by Enforcer squads.[20]

Voss pattern Grenade Launcher

This automatic grenade launcher carries six rounds in a revolving drum magazine, its lack of accuracy reduces its appeal to many users.[4] The MkV variant attempts to remedy this with its rapid-fire capabilities which can launch grenades almost as fast as the firer can pull the trigger, allowing for target saturation. It is commonly used by Drop Regiments and other elite formations as a means of making up for their small numbers.[14] The Elysian Drop Troops for example, carry the Voss pattern grenade launcher.[5]

Known Variants


Angel's Tears Grenade Launcher

Assault Grenade Launcher

A Death Guard Grave Warden with an Astartes Assault Grenade Launcher

A Grenade Launcher unique to Death Guard Grave Wardens.[15] A smaller hand-held version often used in pairs has been seen in use by House Goliath gangers.[21]

Astartes Grenade Launcher

Astartes Grenade Launcher[19]

Space Marine Scout Bikes can employ grenade launchers outfitted with adaptive targeters to compensate for the high speed at which they move.[13] They are also sometimes attached to Terminators.


Vehicle and emplacment-mounted grenade launchers designed to disrupt infantry.

Auxiliary Grenade Launcher

Grenade Launcher underslung to the barrels of some Imperial weapons.

Balistus Grenade Launcher

Wrist-mounted Adeptus Custodes grenade launcher.

Blackstar Cluster Launcher

An array of full automatic grenade launchers used by Deathwatch Corvus Blackstars.

Blight Launcher

Heavy grenade launcher used by Death Guard Blightlord Terminators and Plague Marines.

Disposable Grenade Launcher

Single shot, disposable grenade launchers, popular with PDF for their ease of use.

Fragstorm Grenade Launcher

Grenade launcher used by Primaris Aggressor Squads and Redemptor Dreadnoughts.

Grenade Discharger

Wrist-mounted Grenade Launcher used by Blood Angels Dawnbreaker Cohorts during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy.

Grenade Harness

Terminator-mounted grenade launcher used during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy.

Grenadier Gauntlet

Heavy grenade launcher used by Imperial Guard Bullgryns.

Ironclad Assault Launcher

Chest-mounted grenade launcher on Primaris Centurions and Ironclad Dreadnoughts.

Krakstorm Grenade Launcher

Grenade launcher used by Primaris Repulsor Tanks.

Ravenwing Grenade Launcher

Mounted on Dark Angels Ravenwing Bikes.[22]

Stormfrag Auto-Launcher

A compact grenade launcher mounted on the armour of Space Wolves Wulfen.

Tauros Grenade Launcher

A fully automatic heavy grenade launcher used by the Imperial Guard.

Vengeance Grenade Launcher

Experimental Space Marine grenade launcher created by the Adeptus Mechanicus of Graia.

Vratine Grenade Launcher

Used by the Sisters of Silence.[23]

Wrist-Mounted Grenade Launcher

These small grenade launchers are mounted on Space Marine Terminator officers.

Dark Eldar

Phantasm Grenade Launcher

Fires disc-shaped grenade that emits a powerful nerve toxin.


Vehicle-mounted variant of the Terrorfex.


Wrist-mounted grenade launcher used by Dark Eldar infantry.

Torment Grenade Launcher

A grenade launcher that fires barbed grenades designed to emit terror-causing gas.


Pack Grenade Launcher

A backpack-style grenade launcher used by Harlequin Shadowseers.

Swooping Hawk grenade pack

Grenade launcher used by Swooping Hawks Aspect Warriors.

Leagues of Votann

Cthonian Beserk Mole Grenade Launcher

Leagues of Votann derivative of the Mole Launcher.

Exo-Armour Grenade Launcher

Grenade launcher, mounted on the Exo-Armour of the Einhyr Hearthguard.


Stikkbomb Chukka

A vehicle-mounted Stikkbomb launcher.


Pulse Submunitions Rifle

Tau grenade launcher equivalent used by Hazard Close Support Armour.


See also


Imperial Guard Weaponry
Melee Weapons
One-Handed Weapons
Two-Handed Weapons
Heavy Weapons

Space Marine Standard Infantry Weapons
Melee Weapons Combat KnifeChainswordChainfistPower SwordPower AxePower MaulPower FistPower LanceThunder HammerLightning ClawsForce SwordForce AxeForce StaveRelic BladeCrozius ArcanumExecutioner Relic BladeOmnissian Power AxeServo-Arm
One-Handed Weapons Boltstorm GauntletFlamestorm GauntletBolt PistolHeavy Bolt PistolAbsolvor Bolt PistolPlasma PistolHand FlamerInferno PistolNeo-Volkite PistolGrav-PistolAssault BolterPlasma ExterminatorPlasma CutterReductor PistolWeb PistolGrapnel Launcher
Two-Handed Weapons BolterAuto Bolt RifleStalker BolterStorm BolterBolt CarbineMarksman Bolt CarbineInstigator Bolt CarbineOcculus Bolt CarbineHeavy Bolt RifleExecutor Bolt RifleHellstorm Bolt RiflePlasma GunPlasma IncineratorAssault Plasma IncineratorFlamerPyreblasterMeltagunMelta RifleGrav-GunAstartes ShotgunScout Sniper RifleBolt Sniper RifleLas-FusilCombi-WeaponWebberVengeance Grenade Launcher
Heavy Weapons Heavy BolterExecutor Heavy BolterHellstorm Heavy BolterHeavy Melta RifleMulti-MeltaHeavy FlamerPyrecannonLascannonAutocannonAccelerator AutocannonHeavy Plasma IncineratorPlasma CannonGrav-CannonMissile Launcher (Superfrag LauncherSuperkrak LauncherVengor Launcher) • Assault Cannon
Attachment Weapons Astartes Grenade LauncherWrist-Mounted Grenade LauncherFragstorm Grenade LauncherGrenade HarnessCastellan LauncherCyclone Missile Launcher
Shields Storm ShieldBoarding ShieldRelic Shield
Grenades/Explosives Frag grenadeKrak grenadeMelta bombHaywire MineShock GrenadeSmoke GrenadeAnti-Plant GrenadeRad GrenadeStasis GrenadeVortex Grenade