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Technically, the Missile Launcher I've recently worked on is not broken. It just does not function properly. I have since locked it up in Weapons Storage.Research Note - Missile Launcher

Miss Launcher is a unique missile launcher found in Fallout 3.


Miss Launcher is a unique version of the standard missile launcher model. It is more comparable to a grenade launcher than a missile launcher, as it has an arcing flight. Standard missiles fired from this weapon do not fly; instead, the missile-tube itself has been converted to propel them pneumatically. In doing so, both the missile's explosive warhead and unused solid rocket fuel are free to detonate together, increasing the missile's explosive damage potential by 30%. A side-effect is this also reduces the chances of giving away your position if fired from hiding, as compared with a regular missile launcher.

The damage bonus comes at the cost of range; the Miss Launcher's drastically underpowered propulsion system renders it incapable of hitting targets farther than 30 feet away, half the range possible with thrown grenades. Because of the nature of the weapon's sharp ballistic trajectory, it can be an extremely challenging weapon to aim in real-time. Using this weapon outside of V.A.T.S. isn't recommended. However, even in V.A.T.S., this weapon is horribly inaccurate. The game fails to take into account projectile arc, meaning any shots fired usually fall completely short at medium ranges. In conclusion, practice and experience will help a player determine when to fire real-time or when to use V.A.T.S.

Unlike regular missiles, missiles fired from Miss Launcher will not explode on impact, and instead are triggered like grenades, i.e. when hitting a target in V.A.T.S. or after a specific time limit. The Explosives skill determines how long it will take for the missile to explode after hitting the ground. A 100 Explosives skill will cause the missile to explode a few milliseconds after landing.


Miss Launcher is just as durable as the regular missile launcher; it can fire about 83 missiles from full condition before breaking.



Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)- Weapon name (melee or unarmed)Attacks in V.A.T.S.- Attacks in V.A.T.S.
Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)- Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)Action point cost- Action point cost
Damage per attack (damage per projectile)- Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Damage per action point- Damage per action point
Damage per second- Damage per secondWeapon spread- Weapon spread
Area of effect damage- Area of effect damageMagazine capacity (shots per reload)- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)
Effect damage & duration- Effect damage & durationDurability (number of attacks before breaking)- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)
Bonus effects- Bonus effectsWeight- Weight
Attacks per second- Attacks per secondValue in caps- Value in caps
Critical chance % multiplier- Critical chance % multiplierValue to weight ratio- Value to weight ratio
Critical damage- Critical damageSkill required- Skill required
Critical effect damage & duration- Critical effect damage & durationStrength required- Strength required
With all mods attached- With all mods attached
Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Damage per secondArea of effect damageBonus effectsAttacks per secondCritical Chance % multiplierCritical damageAction Point costDamage per action pointWeapon spreadMagazine capacity (shots per reload)Durability (number of attacks before breaking)WeightValue in capsValue to weight ratio
Missile launcher 20
268.4150Direct fire, contact fuse1.58x00553.10.51832050025
Miss Launcher 20
347.4200Indirect fire, timed fuse1.58x005540.51831540026.7


The Miss Launcher is located in a weapons storage room inside Fort Independence, near the center of the map on the bottom floor of the lower levels. The lock will always have to be picked (75 Lockpick) on the front door, unless Defender Rockfowl, Defender Morgan, or Protector Casdin are pickpocketed for the key. However, it is possible to avoid having to fight the inhabitants if the player character completes the unmarked quest, Outcast Collection Agent, up to the point when Casdin will trust the player character. This will make the Outcasts inside the Fort friendly.

Once inside, go down to the lower level. There are two entrances into the basement. The first way is through an entrance outside that leads directly to the lower level. It, like the main entrance, is a hard locked door. The other way is to go through the main entrance and then proceed down to the lower level from the ground level. However, the second method will lead to a locked door that can only be opened with a hard locked terminal. The password is in the desk next to the door if the player character does not wish to or cannot hack it.

Once through the door, the two Outcasts guarding it will usually be armed with a Ripper and a laser rifle. Once dealt with (if they're hostile), one should go to the research room with several computers in it. Here there is a computer with a file called Research note - missile launcher. Once the note is read, the Lone Wanderer learns that the Miss Launcher is in the storage room (Lockpick level 75 needed). The key is in one of the footlockers in the barracks.


  • Research terminal reports in Fort Independence reveal that Outcast researcher J.J. Browne attempted to modify the Miss Launcher to increase its accuracy. After numerous failed attempts, the ultimately broken Miss Launcher was thrown into storage until someone else could be tasked with working on it.[1]
  • If the shot lands close enough to the player character, the fired missile can be picked up (has 1 weight and no value). This can only be done with one missile in inventory before firing, so as not to trigger the reloading animation.
  • Even though it's a unique weapon, weighs 15 pounds, as opposed to a standard missile launcher's weight of 20 pounds, and does more damage. It still has a value of 100 caps less than its regular variant.


Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Sometimes at close range, V.A.T.S. is exited before the missile detonates, negating the benefit of temporary 1/10 damage and potentially killing you. This close-range bug may also lead to freezing issues, the controller will remain rumbling and the console will freeze. [verified]


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