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This Item/Mechanic is not present in competitive playlists.
It can still be found in core playlists and other game modes when available.

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Shockwave Grenades are a Utility Throwable Item in Fortnite: Battle Royale. They were added in Season 5.


Shockwave Grenades are thrown by the player using the arc provided. Once thrown, they will knock back anyone inside of the blast radius, be it the player, an opponent, or a squad member. They will also knock back vehicles, and wildlife.

If caught in the blast radius, the player will be blasted away from it at a high velocity. If the player is blasted near a structure, they will destroy it for a few tiles, allowing the player to launch someone or themselves through a few layers of structures. It will only destroy a structure if it blasts a player through it, else it will deal no damage and does not work through structures.

If caught in the blast, whoever is affected will not take fall damage, unlike Impulse Grenades.


Shockwave Grenades deal no damage. There is no cooldown between throwing them.

Shockwave Grenade
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Max Stack: 6
Structure Damage = ∞

(if a player is launched through a structure).


From when the item was last available in Chapter 3: Season 2:

Rarity Chest Rare











The Shockwave Grenade spawns in stacks of 2.

Strategy Guide

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The risk was calculated... but man am I bad at math.
This section outlines a strategy. Feel free to add tips, tricks and general advice about the topic.

  • Shockwave Grenades are very good for fast mobility, as they can launch you and teammates far into the air or forwards, with no damage taken upon impact.
  • Shockwave Grenades can be used to launch enemy players into the storm as an attempt to eliminate them. As the launch is fast and far, as well as it ignoring structures, it can be very effective.
  • If a player is fast, they can throw a Shockwave Grenade down near an item, quickly swap it out on the very short delay before the grenade detonates, and utilize the grenade whilst keeping the swapped item. This of course uses the grenade up, but it can be useful as to not waste the grenade.


Season 5

  • Content Update v5.30: Added the Shockwave Grenade in Epic rarity. It drops in stacks of 2 and stacks up to 6.

Season 7

Season 9

Chapter 2: Season 1

  • Update v11.00: Vaulted the Shockwave Grenade.
  • Update v11.31:
    • 25th December: Unvaulted the Shockwave Grenade.
    • 26th December: Vaulted the Shockwave Grenade.

Chapter 2: Season 3

  • Update v13.00: Updated Sounds for the Shockwave Grenade. It is still Vaulted.

Chapter 2: Season 4

Chapter 2: Season 5

  • Update v15.21: Vaulted the Shockwave Grenade in Competitive game modes.

Chapter 2: Season 7

Chapter 3: Season 2

Chapter 3: Season 3

  • Update v21.00: Unvaulted the Shockwave Grenade in Competitive game modes.
  • Update v21.00 Hotfix (June 7th, 2022): Vaulted the Shockwave Grenade in Competitive game modes.



  • The Shockwave Launcher shoots Shockwave Grenades that function identically to the ones presented here.
  • Shockwave Grenades seem to appear to have Hop Rocks inside them. This is likely the reason as to why they do not cause fall damage on impact. A purple trail is also emitted when you are hit by a Shockwave.
  • Impulse Grenades are essentially the same item, but they can cause fall damage and cannot blast opponents through structures.