This assault rifle combined with a grenade launcher, which is similar to the AKM series, was specifically developed for rapid response units. The main differences are its 9x39 caliber ammunition, bullpup layout and extensive configuration options. This weapon is highly valued by military stalkers due to its ability to kill enemies wearing body armor behind improvised cover at a distance during urban combat, as well as its excellent stopping power.Call of Pripyat in-game description
The Tunder S14 is a 9x39mm bullpup assault rifle featuring an integrated GP-30 grenade launcher, that appears in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat.
Shadow of Chernobyl
In Shadow of Chernobyl the Tunder S14 isn't as widespread as most assault rifles. The Tunder was the weapon of choice of most Duty veterans and experts. Spetsnaz experts may use this weapon, along with Military Stalkers. The Tunder is very accurate at close range and fairly accurate at long ranges, in the right hands one could pop headshots at long ranges using the iron sights. The weapon itself is very powerful and could easily rip apart the armor of an Exoskeleton. Combined with its grenade launcher, it's a weapon for all occasions. Its only drawbacks are that its small magazine limits its firing rate, it has lower accuracy than other high-end assault rifles, it is very prone to jamming, and most of its ammunition is heavy weighing at .70kg per box which would also restrict the player from carrying lots of equipment.
- Can be bought from Professor Sakharov after completing the task in Lab X16.
- Petrenko may also sell one once the player's relationship with Duty is good enough.
- Skull's team uses this weapon, and if one completes Lukash's mission to Destroy the Duty company, they can find several of these weapons and a varying amount of 9×39mm rounds depending on game difficulty.
- Can be found in Lab X-16. In the room where Ghost's body is, there is a WC section. The first toilet has a box by it. If one jumps and interacts with the box, there is a Tunder S14 there.
- General Voronin will reward the player with a Tunder S14 for successful completion of his non-repeatable mission to Neutralize the bandit. By doing Voronin's other repeatable side-missions, it's possible to earn an unlimited supply of SP-6 ammo and VOG-25 Grenades. This is a good way to gear up for the endgame.
- Two stashes in Army Warehouses contain a Tunder S14: Chest with goods (Army Warehouse) and Secret stash in the log (2). Several stashes in the area contain suitable ammo.
- Duty experts in Pripyat using the PSZ-9Md Universal Protection all carry the weapon.
- Carried by a few Duty members. This includes the Warrant Officer, some experts guarding the Duty base and Ivantsov.
The Groza is an overall great assault weapon, where it can be upgraded for superior firing rate and stability and its magazine can also be expanded by 10 rounds. It can also be upgraded to use 5.45×39mm rounds instead of 9×39mm rounds, making it a more economical weapon, though the 9×39 ammunition has much better armor penetration. The underbarrel grenade launcher gives user options and when fully upgraded, the Tunder can obliterate unlucky stalkers at close range in a matter of seconds. The Groza only has one upgrade tree instead of the usual two for assault rifles and has no "accuracy" upgrade tree, only the rate of fire upgrades. It can accept a PSO-1 scope and silencer by default, though it makes a poor sniper analogue since it has no accuracy upgrades and unimpressive base accuracy.
Unlike in Shadow of Chernobyl, the weapon is extremely rare. It's almost exclusive to the Duty faction, and it is only held by Duty's powerful Exoskeleton units. Generally, to get it without killing a Dutyer, the player can only get one in the following instances:
- A Renegade trader uses this weapon in the Red Forest.
- Monolith experts sporting Exoskeletons and some Spetsnaz troopers use this weapon.
- Sold by Mitay once the player joins Duty.
- A stock Tunder S14 is automatically given to the player if they join Duty.
- A Tunder S14 can be found in a stash called "Stash in peasant's sled" at the Army Warehouses, within the Bloodsucker village. Coordinates can be gained from fallen Stalkers in both the Red Forest and Army Warehouses.
Call of Pripyat
The Groza returns in Call of Pripyat as, once again, a rare assault rifle. Duty forces rarely wield the weapon, and Military units instead rely on the AC-96/2 and the SA Avalanche for assault rifles. Loners will not wield the weapon until much later in the game, where it can be sometimes found in the hands of those wearing Exoskeletons. One, however, can be found in Morgan's Duty cache. Ammo can be rather scarce, the best place to acquire the ammunition is in Pripyat, but if one completed Trapper's mutant hunting quests, ammunition will be deposited into the player's personal locker in Yanov daily, including 9x39 ammunition.
The Groza now cannot sport nor be upgraded to mount a PSO-1 scope as it did in Clear Sky, which limits its potential effectiveness at long range, although it can still mount a silencer. This is offset by the fact that the Groza is one of the best close-quarter combat weapons available. Its caliber, paired with its high damage, manageable recoil and firing rate make it a great weapon for urban combat and the integral GP-25 Kostyer makes it even more deadly against clusters of enemies and against dangerous mutants like the Pseudogiant and Chimera.
However, the Tunder has surprisingly low reliability (probably lowest from any Warsaw Pact weapons), making it a questionable choice for player who wishes to compromise power, accuracy and reliability of his weapon and also due to very heavy ammunition (30 9x39 bullets weighs 0.7 kg, 4 times more than the same amount of 5.45 and NATO bullets), one may prefer to use a 5.45 or 5.56 weapon instead.
A unique Tunder, called the Storm, can be purchased from Nimble for 20,000 RU. Like the unique variant in Shadow of Chernobyl, it is calibrated to fire 5.45×39mm rounds, with a higher rate of fire and appropriate bullet velocity to compensate for the drop in damage. It is also more reliable than the standard Tunder S14, though strength-wise, it is less powerful than the standard Tunder due to the former's weaker 5.45x39mm rounds. The Storm can now mount a PSO-1 Scope or any other Warsaw Pact scope by default, and with upgrades, it is arguably the best Warsaw Pact weapon in the game and can compete with the higher-end NATO weapons, despite its weaker caliber.
Depending on the player's choices, the Tunder can have the highest rate of fire out of any weapon while sporting favorable accuracy. Unfortunately, the upgrade tree is very Tier 3 heavy, which means the player will not be able to unlock Groza's full potential before reaching Pripyat and getting the Calibration Kit.
- Duty warehouse — There is one Tunder S14 inside the warehouse, among other things, along with ammunition for it. The warehouse can only be unlocked by giving Morgan's PDA to either Shulga or Loki.
- Volkhov AA complex — In between the driver and passenger seats of the van parked outside (includes several 9×39mm rounds).
- Kopachi Village — Atop the roof of the grey house in the south eastern corner of the village (includes 90 9×39 rounds, a GP-25 Kostyer grenade launcher, and 2 VOG grenades).
- Jupiter Plant — In the eastern part of the plant where the residences are, the buildings with many stairs. Its the same building with the Eliminator and documents. At the bottom of a flight of stairs behind a Burnt Fuzz.
- Pripyat - In a car along with 9x39 rounds near the Kindergarten
- Given by Shulga as a reward for selling him General Tachenko's PDA
- Commonly sold by Owl. Can spawn with 5% of chances in his inventory at the beginning of the game.
- Sold by Hawaiian after getting the A Friend of Duty achievement.
- Used by Duty, Loners and Monolith experts.
- Used by Colonel Kovalsky and Lieutenant Kirillov, and can be recovered if one of the two die during the Evacuation.
- Can spawn with a few chances in the hands of one of the experts that accompany Smirnov in the Evacuation.
- Ventilation Complex - On the northern side in a broken wall (including a silencer).
The Groza is one of the first weapons that appeared in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. It appears as a usable weapon in Build 1098 with a completely different model, but disappeared until Build 1935, where it appeared with its final model.
Also, in Build 1935, its reload speed was almost as slow as that of the SVUmk-2 sniper rifle. It was sped up in the final release, likely due to its high firing rate, low magazine capacity, and assault rifle balance.
- The term "Groza" literally means "thunder" or "thunderstorm" (also "horror") in Russian. Hence it is most probably where the developers got the idea "Tunder" from.
- In Shadow of Chernobyl, if the player has loaded a VOG-25 Grenade in the grenade launcher, and switches from the grenade launcher to the assault rifle, a spinning VOG-25 can be seen clipping through the grenade launcher.
- In Clear Sky, the Tunder could be originally modified for sniper fire at the cost of firing rate and its magazine would be reduced to 15 bullets. When patch 1.5.05 was released however, this modification tree was removed and upgrades fully focused on firing rate and reduced recoil. This modification tree is brought back to Call of Pripyat, but without the drastic penalties to firing rate and capacity.
- A cut sniper variant, the Tunder S14sn, exists within Clear Sky's code.
- In reality, the Groza – in "assault" configuration (meaning the integrated grenade launcher) – cannot mount a sound suppressor, as it blocks the launcher's barrel, which would lead to it breaking the silencer when fired. The launcher in real life can be detached, however, and then a suppressor can be safely used. A vertical foregrip is attached to the barrel when the grenade launcher is removed to give the user's non-trigger hand a convenient place to hold the weapon.
- The 9x39-over-40mm configuration seen in all S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games is known as the OC-14-4A.
Shadow of Chernobyl
Call of Pripyat