I have some grenades, and molotov cocktails.

Yet I cannot throw them. I have them in my favorite list, yet selecting them does nothing. How am I supposed to throw them? And can I throw them in VATS menu?

I'm playing using the XBOX 360 controller.

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    I'd also like to know how you can throw grenades in VATS.. I haven't figured it out yet. I'm worried you can't, since you can't equip grenades as a primary weapon.. Commented Nov 14, 2015 at 0:15
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    As simple a question as this seems, I found the game changed the mechanic and offered no explanation.
    – Phil D.
    Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 0:37

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Select your favorite explosive, and hold down your melee button for a while. You should hear a clicking noise on success before throwing.

The defaults are:

  • XBOX: RB
  • PS4: R1
  • PC: Alt

After releasing, you throw the explosives. It seems you can hold grenades for a long while.

If you do a melee attack, try holding it longer. As soon as you have run out of grenades, pressing and holding the button will trigger a melee attack even if you are standing miles away from a foe.

I haven't figured out how to throw them in VATS mode; it doesn't seem possible.

  • It would be really nice to throw them in VATS, but the explosion radius seems larger than in previous games, so you don't have to be as accurate.
    – DCShannon
    Commented Nov 14, 2015 at 2:03
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    And for PS4, it's R1.
    – Sterno
    Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 0:33
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    When a grenade is ready to be thrown you should hear a "click" sound. It doesn't seem to count down to detonation until you throw it though Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 2:08
  • Bummer that we can't cook our grenades. I mean, it's nice that we get however long we need (combat conditions allowing) to aim. But I still love it when a frag drops at the enemy's feet and they have no time to run - or, even more fun, bursts in the air overhead of a small group.
    – Iszi
    Commented Nov 19, 2015 at 22:36
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    Although you can't throw them in VATS, if you get Demolition Expert 2 you can see a throwing arc showing you exactly where they will land. This is incredibly useful. It shows you if the grenade will make it through a window or not as well.
    – DCShannon
    Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 14:10

You can throw them in VATS. Unequip all weapons, including grenades. Then only equip the grenades. Have your character unholster so that the grenade is showing in his hand. Now you can use the regular trigger button to use a grenade and throw them in VATS. I've only done this with frags so I'm not sure if it'll work on the others, but it should.

  • I will be trying this
    – DCShannon
    Commented Nov 25, 2015 at 18:17
  • This makes you punch in VATS
    – Dallium
    Commented Nov 25, 2015 at 20:16
  • It doesn't make you punch in vats if you have the grenade equipped so it's showing in your hand. I do this all the time. Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 22:07
  • This makes you punch. You can't equip the grenade so it shows in your hand. You might be thinking of previous Fallout games, where your description is accurate.
    – DCShannon
    Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 14:11

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