Rocket Launcher (Battle Royale)

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The Rare version of the Rocket Launcher has been Vaulted.

Rocket Launcher
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Category Battle Royale Weapons
History
Introduced Patch 1.6
Last Adjustment Patch 7.40

The Rocket Launcher is an Explosive Weapon in Battle Royale. It is available in Epic and Legendary variants, and used to have a Rare variant before Patch 5.40 removed it. It uses Rockets and does explosive damage. The Rocket Launcher fires a single rocket that does extremely high damage across a wide area but takes a long while to reload.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Rocket Launcher
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Bullet Type Rockets icon.png
DPS 87
Damage 116
Fire Rate 0.75
Magazine Size 1
Reload Time 3.42
Structure Damage 394
Rocket Launcher
Rocket launcher icon.png
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Bullet Type Rockets icon.png
DPS 90.75
Damage 121
Fire Rate 0.75
Magazine Size 1
Reload Time 3.24
Structure Damage 413


Vaulted Rarities[edit | edit source]

Rocket Launcher
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Bullet Type Rockets icon.png
DPS 83.25
Damage 111
Fire Rate 0.75
Magazine Size 1
Reload Time 3.6
Structure Damage 375

Visual Changes[edit | edit source]

Pumpkin Rocket Launcher
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Visual change during Fortnitemares Event.
Pumpkin Rocket Launcher
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Visual change during Fortnitemares Event.
Pumpkin Rocket Launcher
Jack-o-launcher icon.png
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Visual change during Fortnitemares Event.

Availability[edit | edit source]

Rocket Launcher has a chance to appear among same weapon class in the following circumstances:[1]

Class Chest Loot Floor Loot Supply Drop Supply Llama
Epic 28.5% n/a n/a n/a
Legendary 8% n/a 33.3% n/a

Rocket Launcher has a chance to appear among all weapons in the following circumstances:

Rarity Chest Loot Floor Loot Supply Drop Supply Llama
Epic 0.97% n/a n/a n/a
Legendary 0.27% n/a 8.33% n/a


Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • The Rocket Launcher is great to use against enemies, with very large range and massive damage.
  • The Rocket's travel speed is a little slower than in Save the World.
  • The Rocket Launcher does massive amounts of structure damage, which is great for taking out bases.
  • It is possible to ride on the rocket, which is usually done with teammates.
  • The Rocket Launcher can destroy a wood or stone 1×1 fort if angled correctly.
  • The Rocket Launcher deals massive damage to players, at the cost of holding only one rocket and a quite long reload time.

Changes[edit | edit source]

6.22 Patch Notes (November 6, 2018, November 6, 2018 )
Weapons + Items
  • The Pumpkin Launcher has been reverted back to the standard Rocket Launcher.

6.02 Patch Notes (October 10, 2018 )
Weapons + Items
  • Loot drop rate adjustments
  • Increased Epic Rocket Launcher drop chance from 0.59% to 0.66%
  • Increased Legendary Rocket Launcher drop chance from 0.08% to 0.21%
  • Note: The overall number of Explosive Weapons and Snipers in a given game has not changed, however, there is a greater distribution of rarity and variants.

7.40 Patch Notes (February 14, 2019)

Weapons + Items
Shifted availability of Rocket Launchers out of Chests and into Supply Drops.
  • Removed Rocket Launchers from chests.
    • Increased the chance of receiving a Rocket Launcher from Supply Drops from 25% to 50%.
  • Epic rarity
    • Reload speed increased from 2.66 to 3.42.
      • Now only available in Vending Machines.
  • Legendary rarity
    • Reload speed increased from 2.52 to 3.24.

5.40 Patch Notes (September 6, 2018)

Weapons + Items
  • Removed Rare Rocket Launcher
    • Availability of Epic and Legendary Rocket Launchers increased slightly to compensate.
      • Increased Epic Rocket Launchers drop chance from 0.11% to 0.73%
      • Increased Legendary Rocket Launcher drop chance from 0.03% to 0.10%

Patch 5.20 (August 7, 2018)

Bug Fixes
  • Fixed reliability issues when using a rocket launcher to boost shopping carts or the ATK.

Patch 5.10 (July 24, 2018)

Weapon + Items
  • Supply Drop loot rates adjusted.
    • Explosives to 25% from 28.5%.

Patch 5.0 (July 7, 2018)

  • Lowered the vehicle knockback strength on Grenade, Sticky Grenade, Grenade Launcher, and Rocket Launcher.

4.4 Content Update (19 June, 2018)

  • Increased the reload time of the Rocket Launcher based on rarity.
    • Rare from 2.3 seconds to 2.8.
    • Epic from 2.185 seconds to 2.66.
    • Legendary from 2.07 to 2.52.
  • The maximum number of unloaded Rocket Ammo that can be held has been changed to 12.

Patch 4.0 (30 April, 2018)

Battle Royale
  • Rocket Launcher aim reticle is now a fixed size regardless of player movement.

Patch 1.9.1 (28 Nov, 2017)

  • The original Rocket Launcher has replaced the Pumpkin Launcher.
  • Due to overwhelming popular demand, we have modified the normal Rocket Launcher to support rocket riding.

Patch 1.8 (25 Oct, 2017)

Battle Royale
  • The Rocket Launcher now has a creepy cosmetic variant to celebrate Halloween.

Patch 1.7.1 (11 Oct, 2017)

Battle Royale
  • Decreased Grenade, Grenade Launcher, and Rocket Launcher environmental damage to 375 (was 450).
  • Metal forts will now require two explosive blasts (instead of one). Late-game bases are too easily destroyed and we want to promote building diversity.
  • Increased Rocket Launcher reload time by 20%. It's a little too easy to spam rockets.
  • We want the Rocket Launcher to be a powerful weapon, but it's a little too good right now.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Rocket Launcher is sometimes called the "RPG", which is commonly believed to stand for "Rocket-Propelled Grenade". However, the acronym is Russian ("ruchnoy protivotankovy granatomyot" when transliterated), and means "hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher".
  • The sides have text that reads "XOXO".
  • There used to be a Rare variant of the Rocket Launcher, but it got removed in Patch 5.40 for unknown reasons. It is still available in the Unvaulted and High Explosives LTMs.
  • The Rocket Launcher resembles the RPG-7 rocket launcher.

References[edit | edit source]