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Explosive Barrel is an environmental object found in Dragon's Dogma.


Explosive Barrels are wooden casks sealed with red tape found scattered throughout Gransys and on Bitterblack Isle.  These barrels cause an explosion when struck or thrown that inflicts physical damage with a strong knockdown effect to all within range. The explosion may also cause burning.

Explosive Barrels come in two types, a single barrel and a triple cluster of barrels. The triple cluster is not throwable and can't be moved from its location, and inflicts three times the damage of a single barrel. The regular single barrel can be moved almost anywhere a character can carry something and can be thrown a surprisingly long distance.


Dragon's Dogma - Explosive Barrels
  • Explosive Barrels are useful for both their damage, Knockdown, and ability to cause burning.
    • They can reliably disarm a Cyclops from its club if aimed at the weapon arm.
  • Characters equipped with the Stability augment are completely immune to the stun effect of exploding barrels.
  • Throwing a barrel at an enemy to start a fight is a good way to gain a strategic advantage as it knocks down many enemies, leaving them briefly vulnerable.
  • Bow-wielding classes can lure a monster near a barrel and then shoot it with an arrow to remotely detonate it.
  • Since triple cluster barrels cannot be thrown, it is best to lure monsters within blast radius before detonating them. Alternatively, monsters may be picked up and thrown at the barrel cluster to blow it up.
  • Exploding Barrels will dislodge and damage any variant of ghost that have latched onto an ally.
  • Hydras or Archydras may swallow a thrown barrel.  This feat relies on precisely timing the throw at the monster's open mouth and is part of the pawns' Bestiary knowledge for these foes.

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Cyclops throw explosive barrel

Cyclops Barrel throw

  • Cyclops species will readily throw Barrels - they are good shots if the throw is not evaded.
  • The damage from a thrown explosive barrel increases with thrower's character Strength. This damage scaling with Strength may not be the case if the barrel is detonated 'remotely' (verify).
  • Though powerful, the much smaller Throwblast bombs are even more potent.
  • Explosive Barrels can also be used to blow all the ore out of an ore deposit, just like blast strip mining.
  • Weak (shimmering) parts of walls can also be destroyed with an explosive barrel.
  • If triple barrels are found stacked on over objects, destroying the object below may cause the barrels to separate when they fall, which results in three separate, throwable barrels.
  • The barrel contains writing on it, written twice on a red band stuck to the outside -it seems to say "Flammable" in a cursive form of the Gransys Alphabet.
Barrel side

Side text : "FLAMMA"

Barrel end text

End text : "BLE"