Rocket Launcher (Battle Royale)

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Rocket Launcher
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Category Battle Royale Weapons
History
Introduced Patch 1.6
Last Adjustment Hotfix 13.20.2

The Rocket Launcher is an Explosive Weapon in Battle Royale. It is available in Epic and Legendary variants. It uses Rockets. The Rocket Launcher fires a single slow rocket that does extremely high damage across a wide area, but it takes a long while to reload and uses rockets, a rare ammo type. The Rocket Launcher can only be found from Marauder's in Solo, Duos and Squads. The Rocket Launcher is available from Supply Drops in Team Rumble.

The Rocket Launcher is very effective to destroy buildings. Also when attacking an opponent, you can use the Rocket Launcher to greatly reduce their health and then switching to a shotgun or SMG to quickly eliminate your enemy, but also you should keep a distance of +10m, since the Rocket can also eliminate you if you don't have much shields.

The Rocket Launcher used to have a Rare variant, before Patch 5.40 removed it from every mode except High Explosives and Unvaulted LTMs. This variant was added to Creative in Update 10.40.

With the release of Chapter 2 Season 1, it was added new Common and Uncommon variants of the Rocket Launcher, along with the Rare variant unvaulted as well. The Common variant quickly got removed after the update, presumably for being extremely weak and having very long reload time, making it mostly useless.

With the release of Chapter 2 Season 2, the Uncommon and Rare variants were vaulted. Those variants were vaulted due to a huge number of explosive weapons already exists in the game and to bring back the Remote Explosives from the Vault.

The Rocket Launcher has been vaulted from chests, rare chests and supply drops on Chapter 2 Season 3. Currently are only obtainable from Sharks and Heavy Marauders, which made Rocket Launchers unobtainable in Team Rumble and very rare in Solo, Duos or Squads.

With the 13.20.2 Hotfix releasing, the Rocket Launcher has been brought back into Supply Drops into Team Rumble only.

When the Summer Splash came in the High Explosives LTM the Common, Uncommon and Rare variants came back from the vault.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Rocket Launcher
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Bullet Type Rockets icon.png
DPS 86.25
Damage 115
Fire Rate 0.75
Magazine Size 1
Reload Time 3.1
Structure Damage 315
Rocket Launcher
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Bullet Type Rockets icon.png
DPS 97.5
Damage 130
Fire Rate 0.75
Magazine Size 1
Reload Time 2.5
Structure Damage 330

Vaulted Rarities

Rocket Launcher
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Bullet Type Rockets icon.png
DPS 52.5
Damage 70
Fire Rate 0.75
Magazine Size 1
Reload Time 4.7
Structure Damage 270
Rocket Launcher
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Bullet Type Rockets icon.png
DPS 63.75
Damage 85
Fire Rate 0.75
Magazine Size 1
Reload Time 4.1
Structure Damage 285
Rocket Launcher
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Bullet Type Rockets icon.png
DPS 75
Damage 100
Fire Rate 0.75
Magazine Size 1
Reload Time 3.6
Structure Damage 300


Visual Changes[edit | edit source]

During Fortnitemares (aka Halloween) the texture of the rocket launcher changes into a weapon called the Pumpkin Launcher. The Pumpkin Launcher was released into Creative completely in the Fortnitemares update during Chapter 2 Season 1. Strangely, there is no Common variant. This could be because the common Rocket launcher was vaulted prior to the start of Fortnitemares 2019.

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
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Visual change during Fortnitemares Event.
Pumpkin Rocket Launcher
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Visual change during Fortnitemares Event.

Availability[edit | edit source]

  • Patch 1.6 (release) - Rare-Legendary variants added
  • Patch 5.40 - Rare variant vaulted
  • Patch 11.00 - Rare variant unvaulted, Common and Uncommon variants added
    • Common variant was vaulted a few hours after release
  • Patch 12.00 - Uncommon and Rare variants vaulted

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]

12.0 Patch Notes(February 20, 2020)
Uncommon and Rare variants vaulted.

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%.
  • Rare rarity (In vault)
    • Reload speed increased from 2.80 to 3.60.
  • 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.

6.22 Patch Notes (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.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • There used to be a Rare variant of the Rocket Launcher, but it got removed in Patch 5.40. (Added back in Patch 11.0 but then vaulted again with the Uncommon variant) It is still available in Unvaulted and High Explosives LTMs and Creative. However, it was unvaulted in Chapter 2 Season 1, due to some weapons getting streamlined.
  • The Rocket Launcher resembles the RPG-7 rocket launcher.
  • The Epic and Legendary variants appears to resemble a shorter SMAW (Mk 153 Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon)
  • 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".
  • This is the first artillery-based explosive weapon to have a Common and Uncommon rarity.
    • It is also the first to have all 5 main rarities.
  • The fact that the Epic and Legendary Rocket Launcher reloads from the muzzle is inaccurate. In real life, the SMAW reloads through an interchangeable tube in the back.

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