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I can't find any pictures or information on this grenade. It was used by one of the Partisans to indicate the start of the ambush.

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  • It doesn't appear to have a canonical name. The Rogue One Official Novelisation just describes it as "a grenade" and it doesn't appear in the Rogue One: Visual Dictionary, nor the Star Wars: Rogue One: Rebel Dossier.
    – Valorum
    Oct 17, 2021 at 16:22
  • Could be an "IED", Improvised Explosive Device, or more colloquially "a pipe bomb". Oct 18, 2021 at 11:57
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    I checked the post-RO games, doesn't seem to be in Battlefront II, Galaxy of Heroes, or Jedi: Fallen Order. The novelization describes it as a "metal sphere", so it may have changed models late in production.
    – Milo P
    Oct 20, 2021 at 16:08
  • Wait, I think I've seen a name for this before. Looking... Oct 22, 2021 at 19:39
  • Someone on Twitter could probably just ask the LFL Story Group guys there and pray for a response. I’m not on Twitter any more, otherwise I would. Oct 26, 2021 at 19:18

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It doesn't appear to have a canonical designation, suggesting that it's some kind of homemade device, possibly a "canister explosive"

Given that the Partisans are variously described as sporting a wide range of "black market", "highly customised" and "slapped-together" weapons, it doesn't appear that they have access to official weapon purchasing channels, suggesting that the grenade is an improvised device rather than something out of a catalogue from the likes of Merr-Sonn or Sienar.

The Rogue One Visual Guide doesn't identify it specifically, but we do learn that their weapons, and particularly their explosives, are built by one of the Insurrectionists named Weeteef Cyu-Bee for their own use, noting that he's seen sporting something that looks very similar to the grenade used in the ambush.

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"He custom-builds the sticky-bombs used but the insurrectionists against the Imperial patrols of AT-ST walkers and tanks"

This is also backed up in the (canon) Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy factbook which describes him as making "sticky bombs and canister explosives".

Fiery Surprise: Explosives expert Weeteef Cyu-Bee, one of Gerrera’s Partisans, crafted sticky bombs and canister explosives for the insurgents to wield against Imperial patrols and vehicles.


Interestingly, the grenade (identified in the novelisations only as "grenade") was originally scripted as a "metal sphere" but this appears to have been changed during production, possibly to make it look more improvised.

Jyn didn’t see who threw the first grenade. She heard it strike pavement despite the noise of the vehicles, recognized the sound despite the murmuring from the rooftops and the sharp commands of the stormtroopers. A glint of sunlight drew her eye to the metal sphere and she saw it bounce once, roll half a meter in the direction of the tank, then disappear in an eruption of street fragments and smoke and shrapnel.

Rogue One: Official Novelisation

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  • Interesting. Either there was intent at one time for the grenade to maybe be a RotJ-ish thermal detonator, or someone thought because we managed to see one bomb one time, that every bomb in SW has to be like it. Oct 22, 2021 at 13:25
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    @SillybutTrue - My gut instinct is that they wanted to make them look like a ragtag army of individuals, using improvised weaponry. Having them tote a pipebomb-looking grenade certainly adds to that feelings, especially when contrasted with the sleek spacey-looking grenades that the Imperials use.
    – Valorum
    Oct 22, 2021 at 13:39
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It could be a Fragmentation Grenade. I haven't seen any reference outside of this card in Star Wars: Destiny (a TCG):

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Does this look like the right thing?

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    This picture shows what appears to be a slightly downgraded version of the C-25 grenades used by the Death Troopers in Rogue One. Black, with a red stripe in the middle, centred around a twisting explosive mechanism. Nothing like the green pipe-bomb looking affair in the film.
    – Valorum
    Oct 23, 2021 at 7:10
  • That's a different one.
    – SQB
    Oct 24, 2021 at 8:01

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