April 5 2024 - 3:00 pm

Operation Medic Bag: Blog Update #7 – Shock Grenade

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Hello, heisters! This is Miodrag “Mio” Kovačević, game director on PAYDAY 3, and today I’d like to talk to you about the shock grenade, our new throwable that’s coming in a future update.

The shock grenade, also known by its in-universe name “The Pig Tickler 187”, is a new crowd control tool for your arsenal. When you throw the grenade, it explodes three times before it expires. Any enemy hit by any of the three explosions will become stunned for one second, and after the stun expires, they will become slowed for 3 seconds.

While the grenade is pretty flashy, we don’t want it to just be a glorified flashbang, which is where its unique feature comes into play. Any enemy or civilian hit by the initial explosion will be the start of an electric arc. This arc will jump to the closest enemy seven times before it expires, as long as they’re not too far away from each other. Any enemy hit by the arc will get the full effect of the shock grenade’s stun. This gives it somewhat different coverage from the flashbang, as you could stun a group behind corners and not in a fixed radius. The downside compared to a flashbang is that enemies will be stunned for a shorter duration.

While the actual grenade does no damage by itself, some law enforcement are more conductive than others; any Shield, Zapper or Techie hit by the shock grenade will die immediately. Sadly, the Dozer will maintain his crowd control resistance, so he won’t be shocked at your attempts to use this grenade against him.

The shock grenades will also benefit from some of the existing skills in the game, and should serve to give more options to expand your arsenal. All of the following skills will affect it:

  • Demolitionist
  • Demolitionist Aced
  • Overcooked (Demolitionist line)
    • This will make the initial explosion activate on impact instead of a timer, but the subsequent explosions will be on a timer
  • Tactician
  • Tactician Aced
  • Scramble (Tactician line)

We hope you enjoy this new addition to your loadout. Please make sure to let us know what you think and what other throwables you’d like to see in the future.

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