Explosives

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So, you wanna make things go boom, do you? Read on, then.

HellMOO has a variety of explosive devices of various kinds, which are used pretty much for what you'd expect. Grenades, landmines, cherry bombs, and even tactical nuclear weapons are all available for you get your grubby little mitts on.

Explosives you say?

Explosives are single-use items which usually deal explode damage, which is not soakable. Most also deal a small amount of other damage types on top of this. Since nothing (short of endgame mobs and high-exp players) can soak explosive damage, it is an ideal way to destroy NPCs or players who block your path. Furthermore, anyone killed by an explosion will have their implants blown up along with their body, which makes them an excellent way for inexperienced players to fight back against more powerful ones.

Remember, read the safety label!

For 99% of explosives, the way to use them is to type "grenade <target> with <grenade name>". This will automatically toss the grenade to the target, dealing out massive damage to whomever is sitting there. There are two exceptions to this rule: landmines are automatically placed on the ground when armed, and cluster-nuke pellets go off immediately.

Using explosives effectively requires you to have some skill in bombs. If you don't have any bombs skill, the chances of an amusing (to others, anyways) mishap is greatly increased.

How do I protect myself or others from explosions?

Having some dodge skill will give you a chance to shield yourself partially from an explosion.

Failing that, you gain some degree of explosive soak dependant upon your XP. It isn't really significant until 150k-200k. Note that certain explosives deal enough damage that you can't survive them no matter what.

If a grenade flies into a room you're in, you can also throw yourself on top of it, sacrificing your life to save others in the room.

Bombs in Freedom City

Explosives won't work in FC (other than suitcases in the crack mansion).

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Certain bombs, such as cluster-nuke pellets, and others, are classified as 'weapons of mass destruction' (you can see this by appraising them). These deal much more damage and have a larger blast radius than your standard grenade or what have you, but tend to be expensive or difficult to acquire.

Note that WMDs will not function in some areas, such as the orphanage or Any Port (and probably apartment buildings?).

Suicide belts and vests

Many of you have probably seen chomologists using these, and possibly even been blown up by them!

Suicide belts (and vests) are a type of wearable bomb. Pulling the string on it will explode yourself and hurt any other targets in the same room as yourself. However, do not put on on before you want to use it - as they're known to go off prematurely. You can wear multiple suicide belts and even pull more than one at once, to deal out more damage. Suicide vests, however, must be crafted.

Suicide belts/vests are, as with grenades, an excellent way for newer characters to hurt more experienced ones, however - the more experience you have the easier could you dodge explosions of course.

Where can I get explosives?

Certain stores in the game will sell them. You can also make your own, and of course, you can pull suicide belts off of dead chomologists.

Non-explosive grenades

Certain grenades do not, in fact, explode, but are gas grenades. These disperse a gas into the room in which they are thrown, which will inflict various debilitating and/or amusing status effects on the victims within. Despite not exploding in a traditional sense, these still require bombs skill to use properly.

Alright, so how do I get bombs skill?

The best way is honestly probably to learn from the bombs teacher in New Clearwater. You can grind bombs by playing with homemade firecrackers, but this is a dicey proposition at best, as explosions have a chance of flinging you into a nearby room, causing you to take further damage upon impact.

Help! I threw a grenade in FC and now C3s are chasing me, oh god!

Throwing explosives (even unarmed ones) in FC is a crime, due to players running everything that's good into the ground. If you want to use bombs around cameras, be prepared for the consequences.

Admin bombs?

Admins have access to explosives we do not.[1] Don't be confused if an admin throws a pog grenade or a douchebag at you, but do run away. Quickly.