Grounded: How To Get The Pinch Whacker

Read our article to find out everything there is to know about the Pinch Whacker, a secret weapon in Grounded.

The Pinch Whacker is a unique weapon in Grounded, developed by Obsidian Entertainment. Unlike some Weapons that can be crafted, the Pinch Whacker can only be acquired once during your playthrough. It’s highly recommended to obtain it due to its good DPS and the ability to release random electrical explosions that damage all nearby enemies, making it effective against hordes of creatures in Grounded.

Key details about the Pinch Whacker:

  • Base damage: 2.5
  • Stun: 1
  • Speed: 3.5

Grounded describes the Pinch Whacker as follows: “A pinchy grabby arm from a fallen robot re-purposed as a lethal weapon. Can no longer pinch, only whack.”

Please note that once you upgrade the Pinch Whacker using the Smithing Station, you won’t be able to add enchantments to it, as it already possesses the ability to cause electrical explosions.

Key Takeaways
  • The Pinch Whacker is a unique weapon in Grounded, known for its good DPS and the ability to cause random electrical explosions, damaging nearby enemies.
  • To obtain the Pinch Whacker, players must reach the Berry Outpost using one of two methods.
    • The first method involves dropping from the wall, using a Dandelion Tuft to float down, and sliding into a narrow opening.
    • The second method is to build stairs leading to the base, blow up the door, and enter the hidden lair. Inside, a spiral alleyway leads to a room with a chest containing the Pinch Whacker.

How To Get The Pinch Whacker

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Pinch Whacker in the Inventory (Image Credit: eXputer)

Now that you’re well aware of how OP the Pinch Whacker is, it’s time to put your tiny shoes on and prepare for a long journey.

  1. Prepare for the Journey: Ensure you have decent armor and a strong weapon, as you’ll encounter various dangerous creatures on your way to the Pinch Whacker location. Mosquitos, Bombardier Beetles, and Orb Weavers are among the threats you’ll face, so being well-prepared is crucial.
  2. Location: Head towards the Berry Outpost, located to the East of the Field Station at a distance of about 650cm. You’ll find the outpost hidden inside a stone brick wall in the Eastern Flooded Zone near the Squirts Carton, which displays pictures of missing children.
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    Berry Outpost in Grounded (Image Credit: eXputer)
  3. Spot the Hidden Passage: Climb on top of the Squirts Carton and look for a hidden passage in the wall that leads to the Berry Outpost.
  4. Enter the Berry Outpost: There are two methods to enter the Berry Outpost: a. Drop from the wall and use a Dandelion Tuft to float down and slide into the narrow opening. This method requires precise gliding and parkour skills. b. Build a set of stairs to reach the base. Crafting the stairs requires grass planks and weed stems. You may need 4-6 staircases to create a full path to the Berry Outpost.
  5. Open the Door: Once you reach the gap within the wall, you’ll encounter a closed door that guards the outpost. To open it, you’ll need an explosive bomb. You can use either a Splatburst (made from Web Fiber, Bratburst, and Sap) or a Bratburst (crafted from Fungal Growth, Red Ant Egg, and Dry Grass Chunk) to blow open the door.
  6. Obtain the Pinch Whacker: After successfully opening the door, enter the hidden lair. Use a torch for better visibility as you progress through the dark passage. You’ll eventually reach a room with a chest and a bucket containing the Pinch Whacker. Interact with the bucket to acquire the Pinch Whacker.
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    Pinch Whacker in the Bin (Image Credit: eXputer)
  7. Exit the Outpost: With the Pinch Whacker in your inventory, make your way back to exit the outpost.

Now you have the Pinch Whacker, a powerful robotic arm melee weapon.


Best Pinch Whacker Strategy

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Pinch Whacker Ability (Image Credit: eXputer)

Pinch Whacker is a very easy weapon to use in the game, which is why it is a must-have for every player. You can use it to attack creatures in quick succession. On top of that, if you simultaneously land 3-4 blows on your enemy, there is a high chance of an electrical explosion going off, which can inflict added damage to the targetted enemy as well as the ones that are near you. 

Hence the best strategy for the Pinch Whacker is to land 3-4 blows and then try blocking the enemy’s attack. After that, repeat the process. It is advised to try aiming for the weak points of the creatures to put them down quickly.

If you have access to a Smithing Station you can upgrade your Pinch Whacker. Once you max out, the weapon, which is made out of a robotic arm, becomes extremely overpowered, which is exactly why the Devs had to nerf it. Despite getting nerfed, it still has the amazing ability to put down multiple creepy crawlies within seconds in Grounded.

With a maxed-out Pinch Whacker, you can kill an Orb Weaver in 6-8 attacks, which is extremely impressive. A fully upgraded Pinch Whacker is strong enough to assist you until the end of your playthrough! All of these points, along with its epic Thor-like ability, led us to lay down this detailed guide for you! 

Final Words

With that we reach the end of our detailed guide that covers everything there is to know about the Pinch Whacker in Grounded. After reading our article you can begin to follow our steps to become a miniature Thor in your playthrough. Once you get your hands on the Pinch Whacker you can wreak havoc across the yard. We recommend you upgrade the weapon as fast as you can to utilize its full potential. 

We hope you found our guide useful and that it helps you in becoming a better survive in Grounded. To read and learn more survival tips regarding Grounded make sure to stay tuned at eXputer!

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