A miniature grenade is a hand grenade, smaller in scale than standard issue.
The M17 Eierhandgranate (Egg hand grenade) was a German hand grenade used during World War I. Weighing less than three-quarters of a pound (0.318 kg), its weight and oblong shape were easier to handle than other German grenades.
The V-40 fragmentation grenade is a Dutch fragmentation grenade created in the Netherlands and put in service with United States and Canadian militaries from the 1960s to the 1980s. The V-40 grenade is distinguished because of its incredibly small size, being 6.5 centimetres (2.6 in) high, and 4 centimetres (1.6 in) in diameter - approximately the size of a golf-ball.
Despite its small size, the V-40 is still lethal within a five meter radius, and can wound out to 300 meters, and also allowed soldiers to carry multiple grenades at once. However, the V-40's small size, tiny pin, and short fuse delay of four seconds made it dangerous to operate, and was eventually put out of service.
The V40 Mini is an available hand grenade in Battlefield 4, and is the first grenade unlocked after the default M67 Grenade. Players can carry 2 V40 grenades at a time (3 with the GRENADES specialization).
The V40 Grenades trades off explosive damage for throwing distance, making it useful for long distance throws, although its damage is low compared to other grenades and that its blast radius is only 3 meters wide. When compared to the RGO Impact and M67, the V40 has superior range to both grenades, even at max distance, but is less liable to kill an enemy after detonating. The RGO is superior for closer engagements due to its impact fuse, and is particularly useful for clearing small rooms, while the M67 has most the killing potential out of the three with a higher damage and larger blast radius. The V40 has the added benefit of resupplying much faster than the M67 or RGO, taking 13 seconds while the other two take 25 seconds.
The V40 Mini was rebalanced along with the rest of the grenades in Battlefield 4's Fall 2014 update. Originally, players were able to carry 3 V40 grenades by default, which was lowered to 2. The V40's blast radius was also reduced from 7 meters to 6, and its resupply time from an Ammunition Box was increased to 13 seconds from 8. These changes were made to reduce grenade spamming, which the V40 in particular was used substantially for prior to the patch, and make grenades more of a situational tool.
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The Mini Grenade is first seen in the "Battlefield 1 E3 Teaser Trailer", where an icon resembling the egg grenade is briefly visible while demonstrating the Anti-Tank Grenade. During the "EA Play" streaming event, it was one of seven grenades available (not counting the full sized AT grenade).
As in Battlefield 4, the mini grenade flies further than a standard frag grenade, but deals less damage.