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 Patch 11.0

The Rocket Launcher is an Explosive Weapon in Battle Royale. It is available in Uncommon, Rare, Epic, andLegendary variants. It uses Rockets and cannot deal critical damage. 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.

Its legendary variant can be obtained from Supply Drops.

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.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 1 added new Common and Uncommon variants of the Rocket Launcher, along with the Rare variant unvaulted aswell. The Common variant quickly got removed after the update.

Rocket Launcher is very effective to destroy buildings. Also when attacking a player you can use the Rocket Launcher to greatly reduce his health and then switching to a shotgun or SMG to quickly eliminate your enemy.

Stats

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 356
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 356
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 375
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 394
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 394


Visual Changes

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

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

  • 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

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.

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

  • 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) 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 Legendary and Epic 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 an Uncommon and Common rarity.
    • It is also the first to have all five rarities.

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