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The Melee Grab is a unique feature introduced in Serious Sam 3: BFE.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The melee grab feature is initiated when an enemy is close enough and an on-screen prompt to press the 'use' key (E by default). This move will always kill the intended target and sometimes leaves Sam holding a 'trophy' which is usually some part of the enemy's body. The trophy can be dropped or thrown, although using it as a thrown projectile is fairly weak. The melee grab only works on certain types of enemies. Other enemies are either invulnerable to the move or too large (no prompt will appear to execute a melee grab).

When it is Christmas, Sam can "decorate" the Christmas tree that appears on every level with each type of trophy, including a Gnaar's eye, a Kleer's skull, and a Rocketeer's heart. When the tree has been decorated, it will light up and the Christmas theme from The Second Encounter will play.

Effect[edit | edit source]

Sam ripping a Gnaar's eye out with the melee grab.

A melee grab can only be performed on the following enemies:

  • Beheaded Rocketeer: depending on the weapon Sam has equipped, Sam will either kick the enemy away, stunning it temporarily, or rip its heart out of its chest, leaving Sam with a held trophy.
  • Cloned Soldier: depending on the weapon Sam has equipped, Sam will either kick the enemy away, stunning it temporarily or snap its neck.
  • Gnaar: this move will allow Sam to grab the Gnaar and rip out its eyeball, leaving Sam with a held trophy.
  • Hatchling Antaresian Spider: Sam will perform a stomp that kills the spider instantly. This move is very fast and can be repeated in quick succession.
  • Juvenile Antaresian Spider: Sam will rip off the spider's carapace, killing it instantly.
  • Kleer Skeleton; Sam will sidestep and grab the Kleer in a headlock and promptly pull the Kleer's head off, leaving Sam with a held trophy.
  • Hatchling Arachnoid; Sam will break the Hatchling's neck, which instantly kills it. This move cannot be performed on the adult Arachnoid.
  • Scrapjack; this move can only be performed if the Scrapjack is stunned (he appears to be hunched over, but still standing). Sam will rip off Scrapjack's faceplate and kiss it, leaving Sam with a held trophy.

Related achievements[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 3: BFE[edit | edit source]

Arachnophobia.jpg Arachnophobia B
Rip 10 Juvenile spiders apart.
Bug hunt.jpg Bug Hunt B
Squash 10 Hatching Spiders.
Chiropractor.jpg Chiropractor B
Break 10 soldier necks.
Kung-fu fighter.jpg Kung-fu Fighter B
Perform all possible finishing moves in the game.
Load of scrap.jpg Load of Scrap B
Rip Scrapjack's head off.
Ophthalmologist.jpg Ophthalmologist B
Remove 10 Gnaar eyes.
Scorpion slayer.jpg Scorpion Slayer B
Break 5 Arachnoid necks.
Useful trophy.jpg Useful Trophy B
Kill an enemy with a gib torn from another enemy.

Serious Sam Fusion 2017[edit | edit source]

Arachnophobia SSF2017.jpg Arachnophobia
Rip 10 Juvenile spiders apart.
Bug Hunt.jpg Bug Hunt
Squash 10 Hatching Spiders.
Chiropractor SSF2017.jpg Chiropractor
Break 10 soldier necks.
Kung fu Fighter.jpg Kung fu Fighter
Perform all possible finishing moves in the game.
Load of Scrap.jpg Load of Scrap
Rip Scrapjack's head off.
Ophthalmologist SSF2017.jpg Ophthalmologist
Remove 10 Gnaar eyes.
Scorpion Slayer.jpg Scorpion Slayer
Break 5 Arachnoid necks.
Useful Trophy.jpg Useful Trophy
Kill an enemy with a gib torn from another enemy.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • A Rocketeer's heart will continue to beat for a few seconds after Sam has ripped it out.

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List of appearances[edit | edit source]

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