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This item has been made unavailabe in standard playlists to balance the loot pool. It may return in the future.

Explosive Weapon: Fires long-range rockets that damage enemies in an area.
— In-Game Description.

The Rocket Launcher is an Explosive Weapon in Fortnite: Battle Royale. It was added in the Pre-Season. During Fortnitemares, the Rocket Launcher becomes the Pumpkin Launcher.

Functionality

The Rocket Launcher shoots out a large and slow projectile. When this projectile comes in contact with a surface, or stays in the air long enough, it detonates, dealing high amounts of explosive damage. This damage can hurt the player who shot it if they're too close, alongside enemies. Rockets deal more damage to structures than they do to players, and you cannot achieve a headshot with one. Rockets are not affected by gravity, and won't drop if they go too far.

Stats

Rocket Launchers range from dealing 70 Damage per shot to 130 Damage per shot (52.5 - 97.5 damage per second). All Rocket Launchers use Rocket Ammo - Icon - Fortnite.png Rockets. The Rocket Launcher cannot headshot players.

Rocket Launcher Rocket Launcher Rocket Launcher
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Common Uncommon Rare
DPS: 52.5 DPS: 63.8 DPS: 75
Damage: 70 Damage: 85 Damage: 100
Fire Rate: 0.75 Fire Rate: 0.75 Fire Rate: 0.75
Magazine Size: 1 Magazine Size: 1 Magazine Size: 1
Reload Time: 4.68s Reload Time: 4.14s Reload Time: 3.6s
Structure Damage : 270 Structure Damage : 285 Structure Damage : 300
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Epic Legendary
DPS: 86.3 DPS: 97.5
Damage: 115 Damage: 130
Fire Rate: 0.75 Fire Rate: 0.75
Magazine Size: 1 Magazine Size: 1
Reload Time: 3.06s Reload Time: 2.52s
Structure Damage: 315 Structure Damage: 330

The Rocket Launcher is a Slow Moving Projectile Weapon. It has First Shot Accuracy enabled, but as it is a Rocket Launcher, it is largely irrelevant.
There is no damage falloff on the Rocket Launcher's projectiles.

Sounds

Sound Type Rarity Audio
Pullout Common, Uncommon and Rare
Epic and Legendary
Shooting Common, Uncommon and Rare
Epic and Legendary
Drop Common, Uncommon and Rare
Epic and Legendary
Pickup Common, Uncommon and Rare
Epic and Legendary
Reload Common, Uncommon and Rare
Epic and Legendary
Shoot (Fortnitemares) Epic and Legendary
Reload (Fortnitemares) Epic and Legendary

Obtained

From when the weapon was last available in Standard Playlists, in Chapter 2: Season 8:

Rarity Chest Rare

Chest

Cosmic Chest Floor

Loot

Supply

Drop

Fishing

(Plain)

Fishing

(Hole)

Common (Vaulted)
Uncommon (Vaulted)
Rare (Vaulted)
Epic
Legendary

Strategy Guide

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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.


  • You can shoot a Rocket under a player and allow them to ride it. This can be used to quickly transport a player to an area, such as out of the Storm.
  • Keep your distance from an enemy when shooting a rocket, if you go too close, the rocket may also eliminate you along with the enemy player.

History

Pre-Season

  • Update v1.6: Introduced the Rocket Launcher in Rare, Epic and Legendary.
  • Update v1.7.1: Increased Rocket Launcher reload time by 20%.
    • Projectiles now deal 375 Structure Damage, instead of 450.

Season 1

  • Update v1.9.1: The Rocket Launcher receives a Halloween makeover (This change is reverted after Halloween).
    • Rocket Launcher supports Rocket Riding now.

Season 4

  • Content Update v4.40: 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.

Season 5

  • Update v5.40: Vaulted Rare Rocket Launcher.
    • Availability of Epic and Legendary Rocket Launchers increased slightly to compensate.

Season 6

  • Fortnitemares 2018: Vaulted the Rocket Luncher and Unvaulted The Pumpkin Launcher (Reverted after Fortnitemares 2018 Concluded)

Season 7

  • Update v7.40: Adjustments:
    • Removed Rocket Launchers from Chests.
    • Increased the chance of receiving a Rocket Launcher from Supply Drops from 25% to 50%.

Chapter 2: Season 1

  • Update v11.00: Adjustments:
    • Common & Uncommon rarities introduced.
    • Unvaulted Rare
    • Decreased reload time for most rarities.
    • Changed damage to 70/85/100/115/130
  • Update v11.00 Hotfix
    • Vaulted Common rarity
  • Fortnitemares 2019: Vaulted the Rocket Luncher and Unvaulted The Pumpkin Launcher (Reverted after Fortnitemares 2019 Concluded)
    • Introduced The Pumpkin Launcher in Uncommon Rarity
  • Update v11.10: Added the Pumpkin Launcher to Fortnite: Creative in Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary

Chapter 2: Season 2

Chapter 2: Season 3

  • Update v13.20: Epic & Legendary Rocket Launchers now has a small chance of dropping from Supply Drops into Team Rumble only.

Chapter 2: Season 4

Chapter 2: Season 5

Chapter 2: Season 6

Chapter 2: Season 8

  • Update v18.21: Unvaulted the Pumpkin Launcher for the Fortnitemares 2021.
    • It drops as Chest loot in Epic rarity only.
    • The Rocket Launcher was therefore removed.
  • Content Update v18.30:
    • Vaulted the Pumpkin Launcher.
    • Unvaulted the Rocket Launcher in Epic and Legendary rarities.

Chapter 3: Season 1

  • Update v19.00: Vaulted the Rocket Launcher is both rarities.
  • Update v19.10: Unvaulted the Epic & Legendary Rocket Launcher, only in Team Rumble.
    • Hotfix: Removed the Rocket Launcher from Team Rumble.

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Low Tier Rocket Launcher resembles the Russian RPG-7.
  • The High Tier Rocket Launcher resembles the American Mk 153 Shoulder-Launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon or SMAW.
  • The ability to ride a rocket is a glitch that Epic Games decided to not remove.
  • The Decals on the Rockets themselves resemble Nose Art applied to fighter planes during WWII, such as this.
  • The Common Rocket Launcher is one of the shortest lived weapons in Battle Royale, only lasting a few hours upon Chapter 2: Season 1's release.
  • The Uncommon Rocket Launcher also only lasted a single full season, in Chapter 2: Season 1. It was unvaulted during Fortnitemares, however.
  • When two rockets are shot at each other, one rocket will be destroyed and the other rocket will continue its path. There appears to be no pattern that controls which rocket is destroyed.
  • You can shoot a Grappler at a rocket and be able to ride it for a short amount of time.
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