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Explosive Weapons are a type of weapon in Fortnite: Battle Royale. The purpose of these weapons is for a variety of different ranged combat. All Explosive Weapons use Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rockets, except for the Party Royale Paint Launcher, which uses an exclusive Paint ammo, Recycler, which uses Junk Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Junk Ammo sucked up from the local environment, and Plasma Cannon which uses Plasma - Ammo - Fortnite.png Plasma Ammo.

Functionality

Explosive Weapons fill the role of a variety of different weapon ranges, depending on which explosive weapon is being used and for what purpose. All explosive weapons deal Splash Damage, meaning that from where the projectile lands, there will be a small spherical radius surrounding which will also deal damage. Explosive Weapons excel in Structure Damage, and many of them have different statistics for player versus structure damages. Players are also able to hurt themselves with Explosive Weapons, which limits their close range capabilities.

Some Explosive Weapons also have the unique mechanic of 'Rocket Riding' which allows a player to stand atop an explosive projectile and follow along with it until it detonates in the air or on a surface.

Other Explosive Weapons such as Kit's Shockwave Launcher and the Paint Launchers deal no damage to structures or players, as their uses are either for mobility, or for fun.

List of Weaponry

Name Image Rarities Ammo Type Description
Standard Playlists
Rocket Launcher
Rocket Launcher - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Common Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rockets Fires a slow moving explosive rocket.
Uncommon
Rare
Rocket Launcher (High Tier) - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Epic
Legendary
Pumpkin Launcher
Pumpkin Launcher - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Uncommon Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rockets Seasonal version of the Rocket Launcher.
Rare
Epic
Legendary
Quad Launcher
Quad Launcher - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Epic Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rockets Fires up to four explosive projectiles before reloading.
Legendary
Burst Quad Launcher
Burst Quad Launcher - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Exotic Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rockets Exotic version of the Quad Launcher. Fires two rockets per shot.
Guided Missile
Guided Missile - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Epic Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rockets Removed Launcher. Missiles controlled by the player.
Legendary
Grenade Launcher
Grenade Launcher - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Rare Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rockets Shoots grenades which explode on a timer.
Epic
Legendary
Shockwave Launcher
Kit's Shockwave Launcher - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Legendary Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rockets A weapon that launches Shockwave Grenades.
Kit's Shockwave Launcher
Kit's Shockwave Launcher - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Mythic Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rockets Shockwave Launcher carried by the Kit AI.
Snowball Launcher
Snowball Launcher - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Uncommon Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rockets Seasonal Version of the Grenade Launcher. Grenades explode on impact.
Rare
Epic
Legendary
The Big Chill
Snowball Launcher - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Exotic Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rockets Exotic version of the Snowball Launcher. Freezes player's feet.
Egg Launcher
Egg Launcher (New) - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Uncommon Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rockets Seasonal Version of the Grenade Launcher. Grenades stick to surfaces.
Rare
Epic
Legendary
Proximity Grenade Launcher
Proximity Grenade Launcher - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Epic Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rockets Projectiles explode in proximity to players.
Legendary
Recycler
Recycler - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Rare Junk Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Junk Ammo Harvests resources as ammo.
Epic
Legendary
Spire Assassin's Recycler
Recycler - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Mythic Junk Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Junk Ammo Recycler carried by the Spire Assassin AI.
Alien Knockgun Launcher
Pulsar 9000 Schematic - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Legendary None Projectiles knock back opponents in a radius.
Plasma Cannon
Plasma Cannon - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Legendary Plasma - Ammo - Fortnite.png Plasma Ammo Shoots a large energy ball which pierces structures and damages enemies.
Anvil Rocket Launcher
Anvil Rocket Launcher - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Rare Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rockets Locks onto and does extra damage to vehicles.
Epic
Legendary
Other Modes
Chitauri Energy Launcher
Chitauri Energy Launcher - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Mythic Energy Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Energy Ammo Projectiles explode which deals a lot of damage.
Exculsive to the Endgame LTM.
Orange Paint Launcher
Orange Paint Launcher - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Rare Paint Party Royale and Fortnite: Creative exclusive. Covers players in orange paint.
Purple Paint Launcher
Purple Paint Launcher - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Rare Paint Party Royale and Fortnite: Creative exclusive. Covers players in purple paint.
Cinematic Paint Launcher
Egg Launcher (New) - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Rare Energy Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Energy Ammo Fortnite: Creative exclusive. Covers surrounding area in cinematic paint.

Strategy Guide

Calculated - Emote - Fortnite.png
The risk was calculated... but man am I bad at math.
This section outlines a strategy. Feel free to add tips, tricks and general advice about the topic.


  • Most Explosive Weapons are able to damage the player, so caution is advised when firing them near yourself.
  • Firing an explosive weapon, especially one with a slow projectile, can be used to destroy a wall and instantly attack those behind it. This is done by shooting a slow moving rocket or grenade, readying your other weapon, and firing as soon as the projectile destroys the wall.
  • Shooting most explosive weapons under a player will allow them to 'ride' the projectile. This can be used to move players from one area to another with great speed, such as out of the storm.
  • Explosive weapons are very useful in small storm circles because there will be a small area so there will be no place to opponents to hide so the rocket or grenade will not fail the shot and will easily damage opponents.

Trivia

  • High Explosives an LTM which uses many of the aforementioned explosive weapons. It is also a preset for the Loot Pool in Battle Lab.
  • Apart from the aforementioned weapons, the following will count towards explosives-related quests:
  • The Common Rocket Launcher is the shortest lived Explosive Weapon, being removed in a hotfix for the Chapter 2: Season 1 release update.
  • Although the Grenade Launchers do not fire rockets, but grenades, they still use Rocket Ammo for balancing reasons.
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