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This is a lore summary, presenting intradiegetic or in-universe information about the subject. For game characteristics and similar data, consult the table on the right.
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FO TacticsMolotov cocktail
Honest HeartsFire bomb
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The Molotov cocktail, also known as the petrol bomb, gasoline bomb, or Molotov bomb, or simply Molotov, is a generic name used for a variety of improvised incendiary weapons.


They are frequently used by rioters due to the relative ease of production. The bombs were derisively named after the then Foreign Minister of the Soviet Union, Vyacheslav Molotov, by the Finns during the Winter War.


In its simplest form, a Molotov cocktail is a glass bottle containing petrol fuel usually with a source of ignition such as a burning cloth wick held in place by the bottle's stopper. The wick is usually soaked in alcohol or paraffin, rather than petrol.

In action the fuse is lit and the bottle hurled at a target such as a vehicle or fortification. When the bottle smashes on impact, the ensuing cloud of petrol droplets and vapor are ignited, causing an immediate fireball followed by a raging fire as the remainder of the fuel is consumed.

Other flammable liquids such as wood alcohol and turpentine have been used in place of petrol. Thickening agents such as tar, strips of tire tubing, sugar, animal blood, XPS foam, egg whites, motor oil, rubber cement, and dish soap have been added to help the burning liquid adhere to the target and create clouds of thick choking smoke.


Molotov cocktail

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A glass bottle that, when thrown at an enemy, shatter and produces an all consuming fireball that burns the target to a crisp.

Fire bomb

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A fire bomb is a weapon developed by the White Legs tribe in order to strike fear into other tribes. Made from a flammable liquid placed in a Sunset Sarsaparilla bottle topped off with a rag, it has a rather large radius, but is quick to burn out.

High grade Molotov cocktail

Gameplay article:

A Molotov cocktail with a tweak that has somehow upgraded it, whether it be a larger explosive radius, higher burning temperatures or longer burning fuel.

See also

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