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Xen Grenade

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Xen Grenade
Production information


Technical specifications


Max ammo

2 in storage, 2 in both hands

Ammo type



Squeeze to prime, throw at target

Rate of fire

Dependent on thrower’s speed


Dependent on thrower’s accuracy


Dependent on thrower

Used by

Alyx Vance

Game information


The Xen Grenade is a Xen weapon featured in Half-Life: Alyx.


Xen Grenades are grown by a sentient Xen plant life form. This pedestal-like plant appears as a large bulbous base with an arm-like appendage sprouting out of the top that extends up to a claw with tentacle-like fingers. The grenades are produced from an orifice centered in the "palm" of its claw.

To obtain a Xen Grenade, one must manually pick it from the plant, but it will attempt to protect the grenade if anything tries to take it, clasping onto it tightly with its tentacles if it detects anything near. Alyx Vance is unable to use the Gravity Gloves to do this and must either quickly snatch it from the plant's grip, resulting in the plant expressing audible disappointment, or tickle the base of the plant, at which point it will naturally present the grenade without any resistance. Xen Grenades will continually regenerate on their pedestals after they have been taken; however, Alyx can only carry a maximum of four at a time (two in both hands, two in her wrist pockets).

The grenade is used by squeezing it to prime it and then throwing it at a target. When primed, it will glow green and emit clicking sounds before exploding. It performs comparatively to the standard Combine Grenade.

Related Achievements[edit]

Half-Life: Alyx
Achievement Xen Lootism.jpg Xen Lootism
Snatch a Xen grenade from its resting place.

Behind the scenes[edit]

The Xen Grenade bears a striking similarity to the cut Hopwire Grenade. However, it differs completely in function.


List of appearances[edit]