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Payday 3 Throwables: Unlock Flashbang, Smoke Grenade & More

We explain how you can unlock all the throwable weapons in Payday 3, from the Throwing Knife to the Flashbang Grenade, and the Smoke Grenade!
Payday 3 Throwables: Unlock Flashbang, Smoke Grenade & More
Starbreeze Studios

Do you want to unlock new throwable weapons as soon as possible in Payday 3? Then we've got you covered with a guide to unlocking all four!

This article explains how you can unlock the Throwing Knife, Smoke Grenade, and Flashbang Grenade to add to your loadout in Payday 3, so let's gear up and get going.

Update on 22 November 2023: We've updated this article with the latest information to unlock all the Payday 3 throwable weapons and equipment as easily as possible.

Unlock Payday 3 Throwing Knife, Flashbang & Smoke

Payday 3 unlock smoke grenade throwing knife flashbang infamy level requirements descriptions
You will need to increase your Infamy Level by completing heists and challenges to unlock the throwable weapons in Payday 3! (Picture: Starbreeze Studios)

In the high-octane co-op heisting action of Payday 3, player progress is linked to Infamy levels, with the maximum level being 150. As players complete challenges and perform specific tasks during heists, they will get more Infamy and level up, unlocking skills, guns, and throwable weapons.

The HE Grenade in Payday 3 is unlocked by default. However, if you want to add some increasingly useful throwable weapons to your arsenal,  you will need to reach a certain Infamy Level on your account. Below, you will find the specific Infamy Levels you need to reach in order to unlock the Throwing Knife, Smoke Grenade, and Flashbang Grenade, alongside official in-game descriptions.

  • Flashbang Grenade (Unlock at Infamy Level 7): "Stun your enemies with a blinding light! Flashbanged cops make the best human shields."
  • Throwing Knife (Unlock at Infamy Level 16): "Use this ninja shit for a quiet kill, but remember to retrieve it from the body. Knives ain't cheap."
  • Smoke Grenade (Unlock at Infamy Level 27): "Foes caught in your cloud aim worse and move slower. And if they've got asthma, they're fucked."

Remember, you can only have one throwable item equipped in your loadout, so make sure you select the correct one for your plan of action. For example, a Throwing Knife would be best for stealth, while an HE Grenade is clearly for going in hot and taking down enemies with a bang.

If you want to expand your arsenal even further, you can check out our guide to unlocking every gun in Payday 3!

If you are taking a break from farming those Infamy levels, check out a message from Starbreeze Studios' CEO, Tobias Sjögren, following the launch of Payday 3.

So there you have it, a complete guide to unlocking all four Payday 3 throwable weapons to add to your loadout. Good luck farming those Infamy levels, heisters!

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