In Dragon Age II, Hurlock Grunts possess the same armor as standard hurlocks, but they wear a shield, possessing more health.
In Dragon Age II, Hurlock Grunts are armed with both a sword and shield, and are consequently more resilient in combat compared to the shield-less standard hurlocks of Dragon Age II.
Hurlock and Genlock Grunts appear in the Battle at the Fort Drakon gates, as well as in the final battle with the Archdemon. Here, they carry swords and shields.
Hurlock Grunts, as well as Genlock Grunts, appear in the ground floor of the Tower of Ishal. Contrary to Dragon Age II, they are simply a weaker version of the "standard" Hurlocks and Genlocks, are easier killed and yield fewer XP.
Hurlock Grunts first appear in the Blightlands at the beginning of Dragon Age II. They are distinguished from the standard Hurlock by their large kite shields and increased durability.
The Hurlock Grunts are the weakest enemies and encountered as first beatable enemy in the game.