Can you use the Assassin's Assassinate with grenades or thrown area of effect weapons?

Assassinate: Starting at 3rd level, you are at your deadliest when you get the drop on your enemies. You have advantage on attack rolls against any creature that hasn't taken a turn in the combat yet. In addition, any hit you score against a creature that is surprised is a critical hit.

Alchemist's Fire has a 5 foot radius AOE or a stick of dynamite or grenade via DMG has something similar. These would be considered ranged weapons/attacks...right? Not counting sneak attack damage, would an Assassin tossing one of these in the suprise round still deal critical damage to those in the AOE.

Ex: Assassin tossing a "grenade" at group "X" in the suprise round and grenade does a 3d6 fire (or piercing if frag grenade) in a 5 foot radius, would all in the AOE get dealt 6d6 fire (or piercing if frag grenade)?

  • \$\begingroup\$ I’ve closed this as a duplicate, you should find your answer on either of those linked questions. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 6, 2021 at 19:39
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    – Someone_Evil
    Nov 6, 2021 at 21:12
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    – Someone_Evil
    Nov 6, 2021 at 21:13


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