In CS:GO, two new grenades were introduced: the incendiary and the molotov.

One thing however is, I'm confused at what the difference between these two is. Incendiary, when exploding, leaves a field of fire (also for CT), making it hard for enemies to pass. Molotov (for T) seems to do the exact same thing.

Is there something I'm missing here? Is there a key difference between the two? Both the Molotov and the Incendiary seem to do the same thing.

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The main differences seem to be that -

  • the molotov is $200 cheaper than the Incendiary Grenade
  • the incendiary has a faster deployment time
  • the incendiary can be thrown further

Information from here and here.

  • Just learned that the molotov has better armor penetration than the incendiary grenade.
    – Philipp M
    Commented Jul 27, 2014 at 0:32

The incendiary grenade is exclusive to the Counter-Terrorist side, and the Molotov is exclusive to the Terrorist side. They both do the same to balance each side so no side is too over-powered compared to the other.

But I did notice the incendiary grenade has the ability to bounce off something before exploding unlike the molotov, which explodes on impact.

  • 3
    Actually the molotov won't explode and you can sometimes bounce it on a wall if it's on a wider angle.
    – Edeph
    Commented Sep 27, 2013 at 14:11
  • Molotov doesn't explode in impact, people constantly take advantage of this. Have patches modified collision?
    – user598527
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 9:20

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