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Grindstone (Switch): all the (latest: 4th Anniversary Update)

On this page, you will find all there is to know about the various updates for Grindstone on Nintendo Switch (originally released on December 15th 2020 in Europe and North America)!

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Grindstone – Ver. ??? (4th Anniversary Update)

  • Release date: October 27th 2023 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:

No patch notes available. This update brings the following to the game:

  • Two unFOURgettable hats!
  • ComFOURtable thread for Harry’s Hat Stand!

Grindstone – Ver. ??? (Grind 4 Gold Update)

  • Release date: September 8th 2023 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:
New Levels
Jorj is seen with his Capy Cap and Gold Armor on Level 183, near Retch Road.
  • Burning Bottoms can be found in the Volcanic Core, between Level 89 and 90!
  • Sepsis Sanctorium can be found in the Grindstone Temple, between Level 116 and 117!
  • Bologna Bunker can be found in the Slaughterhouse, between Level 147 and 148!
  • Retch Road can be found in the Lost Lair, between Level 181 to 183!

There are 10 levels in each of these new Creep caves, so that’s 40 NEW LEVELS to conquer! You better get going!

New Gear Set + Blueprints
Jorj in one of the new levels, equipped with all the new gold gear!
  • Gold Heavy Sword: A crowd favourite (literally, you voted for it)! Start your chain with 5 power, now with 6 uses! The blueprint can be found in the chest of the final level in Burning Bottoms.
  • Gold Spiked Shield: Block attacks and deal 1HP damage to attackers, now up to 6 times! The blueprint can be found in the chest of the final level in Sepsis Sanctorium.
  • Gold OK Boomerang: Throw the sword away and it will come back to you, up to 6 times! It can save your toes in lava levels! The blueprint can be found in the chest of the final level in Bologna Bunker.
  • Gold Armor: A (literal) lifesaver! Protects players from death when hit on the last heart, but breaks in the process. You’ll need to hoard your gold to repair this one! The blueprint can be found in the chest of the final level in Retch Road.

There are many ways to gain gold in Grindstone, but one of our favourite ways is doing the Daily Grind! Do a Quick Grind and get 5 gold? EZ.

Fast Travel Map Updated
  • The Fast Travel Map will now show you the percentage of completion for each biome and creep hideout on Grindstone Mountain! We hope to see some of you aiming for 100% across the board!
Hat Enchantment Bug Fix

It’s been fixed! The hat enchantments should now work as intended. Whether you initially got your hats from Harry’s Hat Stand or through the weekly challenges, the enchantments you earn will be in effect right away! That will be indicated by the star next to your hat. Unfortunately, we were not able to recover the enchantments you should have received beforehand. This is something we are still investigating.

Grindstone – Ver. ??? (Cosmic Darkside Goo-Pocalypse Update)

  • Release date: April 14th 2023 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:
  • Pulverise 50 new remixed levels worth of Creeps!
  • Find the Lucky Suit blueprint ASAP!
  • I heard what sounded like a Rainbow Bomb popping off! Could be useful!
  • Get yer mitts on the Darkside Cleaver!
  • And can we just finally beat the GOO SNOT out of Goo Jjary’s nose already?

Grindstone – Ver. ??? (Cosmic Darkside 3 Update)

  • Release date: January 13th 2023 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:
  • 45 new remix levels!
  • New Broom Sword!
  • Cosmic Dashy Sword!
  • Cosmic Bunny Suit blueprint!
  • All new Harry’s Hat Stand opens on Feb 1st!
  • More snazzy Season 2 hats!
  • Goo Jjarry??!?
  • Bug Fixes!

Grindstone – Ver. ??? (Cosmic Darkside Too Update)

  • Release date: October 27th 2022 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:
45 Cosmic Levels
  • Venture into three new spooky Darkside Biomes, featuring 45 cosmic-remix levels to battle through against the Osmium infection!
3 New Gear Items!
  • Lighting in a Bottle
    • This new throwable potion chains from your target to adjacent creeps of the same colour, making it a perfect way to clear out swaths of a puzzle board that you can’t reach with a normal chain attack
  • Osmutational Arrow
    • Keep your cosmic house clean with this arrow, capable of transforming a troublesome Osmium chunk into everyone’s favourite shiny ore: a Grindstone!
  • Cosmic Mirror Sword
    • Feel like a little game of cosmic risk-and-reward? Take this high-powered version of the Mirror Sword along to double the number of grindstones you create… but collect them fast, as these stones will be infected with Osmium!
Quality of Life Stuff!
  • New Weekly Challenge
    • Every week players will have a fresh new challenge shared across the entire Grindstone community.
  • More Season 2 Hats
    • More challenges means… more hats to unlock! Dottie’s closet will be bursting at the seams with new chapeaus for the stylish Stonegrinder
  • Improved Quick-Heal UI
    • A new icon has been added to the world UI to help you heal up more quickly from the map, saving the time of making a trip to the Inn!

Grindstone – Ver. 1.1.29 (Cosmic Darkside Update)

  • Release date: July 29th 2022 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:
  • New Game+ mode called the Cosmic Darkside
  • New enemy types
  • New hazard: new “Osmium” hazard
  • New level objective: clear all osmium infection from Cosmic Darkside levels.
  • New category of gear: new Osmium-based weapons
  • New outfit with ability: New Hazmat suit.
  • New cutscene animation: New Intro cutscene for the Cosmic Darkside.
  • New Cosmic Darkside background music and ambience
  • Various Gameplay + bug fixes

Grindstone – Ver. ??? (Bats in the Big Tent Update)

  • Release date: April 1st 2022 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:

No patch notes available. This update brings the following to the game:

  • 15 MORE levels in Carnival of Creeps
  • Creepy Crypts enemies
  • New Paint Potion blueprint

Grindstone – Ver. ??? (Carnival of Creeps Update)

  • Release date: February 28th 2022 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:

No patch notes available. This update brings the following to the game:

  • adds a carnival-themed area with 15 levels and its own set of special mechanics, and the new Teleporter Arrow item
    • A carnival more on the Creep-y side, players will take Jorj or Jorja through this deadly carnival and collect valuable tickets that can be exchanged for spins on a snazzy prize wheel containing resources and gear blueprints. To collect tickets, players must create chains slicing through wooden or metal targets sprawled across the levels in the carnival. The higher the chain, the more tickets you get. Wooden targets are destructible, but metal targets will pop back up into a new space when hit, killing whatever happens to be there! Learn their patterns and use them to kill enemies but be careful, they can kill you too! Then use those tickets to spin the wheel of prizes! Each spin costs 50 tickets or you can spend 450 tickets to hit the jackpot! The first jackpot contains the blueprint for the Teleporter Arrow and each following jackpot contains a huge amount of rare resources.
    • The Teleporter Arrow is the latest item arriving to Grindstone, one that will be sure to change up the strategies of seasoned players. The mystical Teleporter Arrow lets you fire at two different Creeps or items to make them swap places. Use it to set up new chains, avoid danger or get out of a jam!
  • Additional notes: none.

Grindstone – Ver. ??? (Yuletide Slayings Update)

  • Release date: December 3rd 2021 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:

No patch notes available. This update brings the following to the game:

  • 10 more levels
  • New Gold Throwin’ Bomb
  • Pine Tree Shield
  • Update to Pickaxe
  • Quality of life updates
  • Krampus

Grindstone – Ver. ??? (Monsters & Mamas Update)

  • Release date: September 17th 2021 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:
  • adds the first-ever alternate playable character to the game
    • Jorja has come to Hjellhole! A seasoned veteran of the golden age of stonegrinding, she’s in town to take some of the pressure off her beloved grandson, Jorj. She’s able to equip any unlocked gear, and is every bit as tough as Jorj, allowing players to choose whichever character suits their personal style best, without making any gameplay sacrifices whatsoever.
  • adds a challenging new Boss Blitz mode
    • Prove you’re the toughest Stonegrinder around with the new Boss Blitz daily challenge mode! Here players will be able to attempt to take on previously conquered bosses in a seven-level gauntlet, and then place their score on the Boss Blitz leaderboard. Unlike other leaderboards in Grindstone, the Boss Blitz leaderboard standings won’t reset daily, so players will be able to hold their standing and revise their techniques as new gear and strategies are discovered in the future. The Boss Blitz mode can be unlocked at level 16 and accessed at Ivor’s Hut.
  • adds new Daily Grind rewards
  • adds a high-contrast accessibility feature
    • The customizable High Contrast Mode highlights enemies based on your current chain color, as well as highlighting enemies in “aggro” state. Capy carefully designed this feature for players with color vision deficiency (CVD), but have found that this improves the game for many types of players, not just those for whom it was originally designed for. High Contrast mode can be found in the settings menu, and enabled at any time.
  • Additional notes: none.

Grindstone – Ver. ??? (The Lost Lair Update)

  • Release date: July 9th 2021 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:
  • 20 new levels with new hazards such as TNT crates, molten-grindstone lava, and more
  • Scävengr, a new mini-boss who is half-Jerk, half-Grindstone will challenge your strategies
  • A new boss fight with Jorj’s rival Jjary, including a new encounter cinematic
  • New weekly community challenge system where players can unlock cosmetics! Introducing Döttie’s House, home to Jorj’s family, where Grindstone players will be able to complete weekly challenges to unlock silly and stylish hats that can be mixed and matched with any armor set in the game. These cosmetics will be exclusive to the week of their release, and can only be unlocked by completing that week’s challenge. 
  • Additional notes: none.

Grindstone – Ver. ??? (Fortune Grind Update)

  • Release date: May 17th 2021 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:
  • A new Daily Grind mode!
    • Spin the wheel in an all-new Daily Grind Mode! Be prepared for big prizes… or big problems!
  • 10 additional levels!
    • Hidden on Grindstone Mountain (psst, look for them near level 11!). Found in the Goo Granary cave.
  • Gold Health Potion!
    • The cave’s reward is a new blueprint, as well: the Gold Health Potion!
  • Additional notes: none.
  • Source: CAPY (Twitter)

Grindstone – Ver. ???

  • Release date: February 5th 2021 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:
  • An improved Cupid Cosplay outfit
  • Valentine’s Decorations + FX
  • Gold Heart-Seeking Arrow
  • Bug fixes and polish
  • Additional notes: none.
  • Source: CAPY (Twitter)

How to download updates for Grindstone for the Nintendo Switch?

To download the updates for Grindstone, you have three options:

  • let the console do its thing if you have automatic downloads activated, and didn’t completely turn it off

If not…

  • try to launch the game from the Home Menu while being connected to the internet. You should get a prompt when doing so: simply follow the instructions on screen;


  • select the game > press either + or – to go to the Options page > select Software update > select Via the Internet.

To check that you have the latest version installed, simply select the game on the Home Menu, and press – or + to go to the Options: the version number is displayed just below the game title.


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