Paintball Impact on a 1 to 10 Scale

Velocity, Range, Protection & Location Dictate Your Paintball Pain Level

Paintball Impact On A Scale of 1 to 10

This is an impact scale you feel from being hit with a paintball. Pain is relative. Compare the worst hit by a paintball to a broken arm, and you can’t even call most hits by a paintball painful. We attempt to apply standards to provide a consistent understanding. Again, this scale is not a rating system. It is an impact scale.

This impact/pain scale is a supplement to Do Paintballs Hurt? If you have suggestions to descriptions, contact us! We welcome input from the paintball community. We use a scale of 1 to 10.

Paintball Pain Infographic


A paintball hit at LEVEL 1 would be equal to only noticing you’ve been hit.  A LEVEL 10 hit by a paintball is the worst pain — pretty damn sharp and nasty. 

Paintball Pain Scale Chart

Paintball Injury Questions & Answers

What is the main reason paintballs hurt?

Playing anywhere other than a paintball park is the number one reason for paintballs hurting more than they ever should. YouTubers that perform jackass style stunts and those antics make their way to the mothers of world who decide paintball is dangerous and uncivil. In truth paintball is a very safe sport.

Where is the best place to be hit with a paintball?

The least painful place to be hit with a paintball is a hard part! Those locations would be on your paintball goggle or paintball gun. Avoid shots to your neck, fingers, flank or back of your thigh. All other body parts have less nerve sensitivity due to thicker skin.

Why Do Paintballs Hurt?

Paintballs travel at no less than 184 miles per hour. Nerves below your skin respond to the impact. Some skin layers are thinner than others such as at your neck, flank, fingers and the back of your thigh. More layers or padding in these areas are your best safeguard.

What Factors Influence Paintball Pain?

Four factors influence various paintball pain and injury: Velocity, range, protection and location. Velocity is a constant standard whereas range, body cover and where you are hit are variables.
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