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CNCTW Grenadier Cameo.png

TW Grenadier Symbol.png Grenadier Squad

CNCTW Grenadier Squad.jpg

CNCTW Grenadier Squad Upgrade.jpg

CNCKW Grenadier Squad Upgrade.jpg

Internal name



CNC3 GDI logo.png Global Defense Initiative
CNCKW Steel Talons Logo.png Steel Talons
CNCKW ZOCOM Logo.png Zone Operations Command


Assault infantry




Combat armor



Hit points

312 per squad member

Armour type
  • Light (25% Cannon, 25% Rocket, 75% Grenade, 100% Gun, 100% Sniper)
  • Light (12% Cannon, 12% Rocket, 40% Grenade, 50% Gun, 100% Sniper) (upgrade)


Build time


Produced by



Command post



Squad size


Ground attack
  • 60 per squad member (Grenade)
  • 1.3 seconds


Attack range



CNCTW Composite Armor Cameo.png Composite armor
CNCTW Tiberium Field suits cameo.png Tiberium field suits (ZOCOM only)
CNCKW EMP Grenades Cameo.png EMP grenades (GDI/ZOCOM only)


Clear garrisoned structure
CNCKW EMP Grenades Cameo.png EMP grenades
CNCTW GDI Call for Transport Cameo.png Call for transport

Grenadier squad all ready!
- Grenadier squad rolling out of the Barracks

The grenadier squad was a GDI infantry squad that appeared in Tiberium Wars and Kane's Wrath.

Background[edit | edit source]

Grenadiers wear GDI combat armour with specially modified helmets to shield their head from shrapnel and potential trauma caused by the grenades. They carry grenades in their backpacks, as throwing grenades allow for more precision than using grenade launchers. The grenades themselves have miniature rocket engines embedded within them and minimal AI guidance, allowing them to reach enemies in remote locations with deadly precision. This gives grenadiers the ability to clear garrisoned buildings without destroying the structure itself.

Due to the weight of the packs, the grenadiers usually exercise on the battlefield by performing jumping jacks and practice tossing their grenades around. With the advances in technology, the grenades no longer explode if they are not primed for detonation, despite the cowering of their handlers, should they accidentally drop them.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

CNCKW EMP Grenades Cameo.png
EMP grenades (GDI/ZOCOM only) This targeted ability orders Grenadiers upgraded with EMP grenades to hurl a salvo of charges that can temporarily disable even the largest vehicle long enough for friendly forces to bring it down. The EMP has a radius of 60 and lasts 10 seconds. This ability has a 30 second cooldown (Kane's Wrath only) (Ctrl+S).
Call for transport
Call for transport Calls in a V-35 Ox to carry the Grenadier squad anywhere on the map (Ctrl+A).

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

CNCTW Composite Armor Cameo.png
Composite armour Equips the troopers with composite armour suits, increasing health. Effectively reduce damage from flamethrowers (Ctrl+A). Purchasable at any Armory for $1500 and takes 0:45 to research.
CNCTW Tiberium Field suits cameo.png
Tiberium field suits Equips the troopers with Tiberium field suits, making them immune to Tiberium radiation and better resists damage from weapons, that based on tiberium (ZOCOM only) (Ctrl+A). Purchasable at any ZOCOM Armory for $1000 and takes 0:30 to research.
CNCKW EMP Grenades Cameo.png
EMP grenades (GDI/ZOCOM only) Equips the troopers with EMP grenades, allowing them to stun vehicles (Kane's Wrath only) (Ctrl+S). Purchasable at any Armory for $1000 and takes 0:30 to research.

In-game[edit | edit source]

The Grenadier squad's main role is to clear garrisons in urban combat situations. They are excellent anti-personnel troops and are capable of wiping out entire squads of basic infantry with a single barrage of grenades. However, grenadiers are ineffective against moving targets, as their grenades take 1–2 seconds to reach the enemy's position. This makes grenadiers unsuited for fighting anything less than garrisoned buildings, structures, and slower moving vehicles and infantry. Grenadier squads are also notorious for friendly fire, as the splash damage of their grenades can damage and kill fellow GDI soldiers.

Grenadiers are excellent within vehicles such as Guardian APCs, Behemoths and Hammerheads. With Hammerheads they can simply do a flyby of garrisoned structures, and the grenadiers will do the work in wiping out all infantry in their line of sight. Grenadiers work well within a heavy harvester, as the grenades are lethal to infantry and can do very well against most vehicles. When upgraded with EMP grenades, they can perform a role similar role to the Enlightened and Awakened for vehicle harassment.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

When created[edit | edit source]

  • Grenadier squad all ready!
  • Somebody call for some blasting? (unused)

When selected[edit | edit source]

  • Grenadier squad!
  • They're not ready for us!
  • Grenades ready?
  • How's your throwing arm?
  • Alright guys!
  • Whaddaya say?

When moving[edit | edit source]

  • Watch your step now!
  • We're on it!
  • Headin' over!
  • Right on!
  • Go, go!
  • You bet!

When garrisoning a structure[edit | edit source]

  • We'll take it!
  • Quick, that building!
  • Easy.
  • We'll just walk on in.

When ordered to attack[edit | edit source]

  • Ready with those pins?
  • Those guys!
  • We can take 'em!
  • This is the fun part!
  • Get into throwing range!
  • Ahh, heck yeah!

When ordered to clear a garrison[edit | edit source]

  • Flush 'em out!
  • They're in there!
  • This'll get rid of 'em!
  • They won't be coming back out!
  • Grab the plunger, we're flushing 'em out!

When attacking[edit | edit source]

  • Watch this!
  • Heave!
  • Pull your pins!
  • Let's give it to 'em!
  • Grenades!
  • Throw it!
  • Heck yeah!

In combat[edit | edit source]

  • Throw a strike!
  • Take 'em out!
  • Right down mainstream!
  • Yeah!
  • Give it your all!
  • Take a look at this!
  • Here, catch!

When retreating[edit | edit source]

  • Oh man, let's go!
  • Clear out!

When suppressed[edit | edit source]

  • We're pinned down!
  • Down!
  • Watch out!

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Interestingly, the arc of the grenades thrown by the squad or when fired by a MARV will be the same as the house colour.

Idle animations[edit | edit source]

  • A grenadier does jumping jacks.
  • A grenadier plays with his grenade, then drops it, covers himself in fear, looks at the grenade, picks it up, and checks to make sure nobody saw. 
  • A grenadier throws the grenade behind his back and catches it with his other hand.
  • A grenadier spins his arm in a circle and then imitates throwing 2 grenades after 3 spins.
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