The Contraband Sky Rocket is a unique grenade mod manufactured by Bandit. The Contraband Sky Rocket can be obtained as a downloadable bonus included with the pre-release limited editions, "Deluxe Vault Hunter's Edition", "Ultimate Loot Chest Edition", "Collector's Edition Pack" DLC or the "Game of the Year Edition".

It returned in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, but it was only available during the first few days of the Doppleganger Pack's release, and could only be gotten by destroying specific barrels, which were designated by having an American flag design on them.

Special Grenade Effects

WARNING: Not intended for indoor use – Upon detonation grenade pops up into the air and releases a large burst of "fireworks." Greatly increased damage. Damage scales to character level.

Usage & Description

Sky Rocket grenades fly straight out for a very short distance and then rapidly curves upwards until it flies straight up into the sky. At about 15 meters high it explodes, appearing visually as a small fireworks display, firing out relatively powerful sparklers, similar to a Bouncing Betty Grenade, that sprays all of its bullets at once.

It comes with no damage listed since it deals damage according to the level of the wielder. Contraband Sky Rockets wielded by a level 1 character will be stronger than common level 1 grenades and will keep growing in strength with each level a character attains.

Used indoors, where relatively low ceilings confine the subsequent explosion, the Sky Rocket can deal extensive damage from above enemies' heads. It can also be thrown directly into the ground as the grenade will explode on contact with just about anything. In close quarters it has a tendency bounce back, and stands a good chance of downing any nearby Vault Hunter caught in the detonation, even if they have a strong shield although chances can be decreased with a relic, class mod, or shield that is resistant to either explosive or fire damage.

Outdoor use is more difficult against smaller enemies due to the height the grenade will detonate at if thrown horizontally. In order to compensate, the grenade can be thrown with the camera slightly angled towards the ground. Jumping while doing so can help prevent the grenade from bouncing off the ground and thus detonating too high.

It is useful against the large bosses in the game since they are generally bigger, and tall enough to receive the full brunt of the grenade's high, wide area coverage.


  • This grenade mod, along with Cobra, were dropped by the Badassasaurus on Day 28 of the Borderlands 2 $100,000 Loot Hunt. A hotfix on that day increased the explosion radius.
  • In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel this grenade mod dropped out of Celebration Barrels found throughout the game when playing after the Jack the Doppelganger character pack release.
  • This grenade mod is considered a MIRV Grenade within the game statistics, as any kills acquired via the use of this grenade mod contribute to the "EXPLOOOOOSIONS!" challenge.
  • The Contraband Sky Rocket's damage is not affected by Overpower levels.