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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 Rocket Ammo, except for the Party Royale Paint Launcher, which uses an exclusive Paint ammo, Recycler, which uses junk 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
Rocket Launcher
Common Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rocket Ammo Fires a slow moving explosive rocket.
Uncommon
Rare
Epic
Legendary
Pumpkin Launcher
Uncommon Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rocket Ammo Seasonal version of the Rocket Launcher.
Rare
Epic
Legendary
Quad Launcher
Epic Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rocket Ammo Fires up to four explosive projectiles before reloading.
Legendary
Burst Quad Launcher
Exotic Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rocket Ammo Exotic version of the Quad Launcher. Fires two rockets per shot.
Guided Missile
Epic Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rocket Ammo Removed Launcher. Missiles controlled by the player.
Legendary
Grenade Launcher
Rare Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rocket Ammo Shoots grenades which explode on a timer.
Epic
Legendary
Shockwave Launcher
Legendary Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rocket Ammo A weapon that launches Shockwave Grenades.
Kit's Shockwave Launcher
Mythic Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rocket Ammo Shockwave Launcher carried by the Kit AI.
Snowball Launcher
Uncommon Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rocket Ammo Seasonal Version of the Grenade Launcher. Grenades explode on impact.
Rare
Epic
Legendary
The Big Chill
Exotic Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rocket Ammo Exotic version of the Snowball Launcher. Freezes player's feet.
Egg Launcher
Uncommon Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rocket Ammo Seasonal Version of the Grenade Launcher. Grenades stick to surfaces.
Rare
Epic
Legendary
Orange Paint Launcher
Rare Paint Party Royale exclusive. Covers players in Orange Paint.
Purple Paint Launcher
Rare Paint Party Royale exclusive. Covers players in Purple Paint.
Proximity Grenade Launcher
Epic Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rocket Ammo Projectiles explode in proximity to players.
Legendary
Recycler
Rare Junk Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Junk Ammo Harvests resources as ammo.
Epic
Legendary
Spire Assassin's Recycler
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.

Strategy Guide

Calculated - Emote - Fortnite.png
The risk was calculated... but I'm 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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