Explosive Spear

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"Explosive Spear"
Explosive Spear icon.png
Explosivespear infobox img.png
Code name
Locations (amount)
Chimney Canopy
Farm Arrays
Garbage Wastes
Industrial Complex
Shaded Citadel
(All regions as the Hunter head.png Hunter and DLC icon.png Spearmaster head.png Spearmaster)
Respawn time
None (respawning chance not determined by time)


Slugcat holding an explosive spear and a grenade.

Explosive Spears are Spear icon.png Spears draped with a red cloth, frequently found carried or stashed by Scavenger icon.png Scavengers. They are used in the same way as a regular Spear, but explode shortly after embedding in a creature or surface. On initial activation they fizz and emit small pops, similar to a Cherrybomb icon.png Cherrybomb, before emitting a large and powerful explosion, dealing 6-7.2 explosion damage plus that of the initial Spear hit. This explosion is capable of killing most creatures in a single hit if embedded, and otherwise causes damage and stun dependent on the creature's proximity to the blast.

Explosive Spears react instantly when hitting a non-embeddable surface or creature part. Their explosions detonate other Explosive Spears, Grenade icon.png Grenades, Flashbang icon.png Flashbangs, Beehive icon.png Beehives, and Cherrybombs in proximity. The explosion of a single Spear is not usually lethal to the player, but can be rarely if standing directly in the center of the explosion. This can be deadly if an explosive is detonated near Hunter while they have an Explosive Spear on their back.

Explosive Spears are typically the most effective source of damage for taking down large threats, due to their precision, explosion timer, and relative player safety. They also have some platforming utility due to their high launch speed and non-lethality.

If the player performs a successful downspear throw, the embedded Explosive Spear's explosion never deals lethal damage. The player can use this property to place themselves close to the embedded Spear and launch themselves a considerable distance.

Function[edit | edit source]

Combat[edit | edit source]

Explosive Spears deal the most damage of any weapon in the game when embedded. If it hits a surface without embedding, it detonates instantly, having the same effect as a Grenade. When embedded, it fizzles and pops like a Cherrybomb before detonating. The damage dealt by an embedded explosion is enough to kill a Daddy Long Legs icon.png Daddy Long Legs if the core is hit.

Exploration[edit | edit source]

If the Slugcat head.png Slugcat is located near enough to an Explosive Spear before its detonation, they are launched a significant distance relative to their distance and proximity to the Explosive Spear. This can be used to cross large gaps.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The length of the red cloth on Explosive Spears is randomized.
  • Creatures hit by an Explosive Spear spawn a thin stream of smoke from their wound, and creatures hit by a Grenade leave a big trail of smoke behind as they fly away.