| ||For an overview of missile launcher types in the Fallout universe, see missile launcher.|
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 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 similar to the Fat Man. 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. If used without the aid of V.A.T.S. it is excellent practice for the Fat Man, as you won't kill yourself with a badly placed shot, most of the time.
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 second||Weapon spread||- Weapon spread|
|Area of effect damage||- Area of effect damage||Magazine capacity (shots per reload)||- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)|
|Effect damage & duration||- Effect damage & duration||Durability (number of attacks before breaking)||- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)|
|Bonus effects||- Bonus effects||Weight||- Weight|
|Attacks per second||- Attacks per second||Value in caps||- Value in caps|
|Critical chance % multiplier||- Critical chance % multiplier||Value to weight ratio||- Value to weight ratio|
|Critical damage||- Critical damage||Skill required||- Skill required|
|Critical effect damage & duration||- Critical effect damage & duration||Strength 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 second||Area of effect damage||Bonus effects||Attacks per second||Critical Chance % multiplier||Critical damage||Action Point cost||Damage per action point||Weapon spread||Magazine capacity (shots per reload)||Durability (number of attacks before breaking)||Weight||Value in caps||Value to weight ratio|
|Missile launcher||20||268.4||150||Direct fire, contact fuse||1.58||x0||0||55||3.1||0.5||1||83||20||500||25|
|Miss Launcher||20||347.4||200||Indirect fire, timed fuse||1.58||x0||0||55||4||0.5||1||83||15||400||26.7|
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, if you don't want to have to fight everyone inside, it is recommended that the player completes the unmarked quest, Outcast Collection Agent, up to the point when Casdin will trust the player. Once you gain the trust of the Outcasts, 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 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. Deal with them (if they're hostile), and then go to the research room with several computers in it. In here go to the computer in the corner; there is a file on the computer called "Research - Missile Launcher." Read the note and you will learn 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.
- It is unclear as to why Browne would have tried to make the launcher more accurate in such a strange way as making it air powered (which does the opposite), so either he was trying to make it into an accurate mortar (which it also isn't) or the missile launchers (more are noted on the computer) that he was given were already defective, likely damaged during the Great War. He may have been trying to modify the weapon to soft-launch missiles, which pneumatically propel the missile into the air before its motor ignites and travels to its destination, as doing so increases the launcher's durability and allows it to be used in close quarters. Conventional launchers have the issue of potentially fatal back blast, which limits their use in areas like buildings or hallways.
- If you only have one missile in your inventory and you fire this weapon, and the shot lands close enough to you, you can actually pick up the fired missile (has 1 weight and no value). You can only do this if you only have one shot because it won't trigger the reload animation which does not allow you to pick up items.
- A side-effect of the Miss Launcher's pneumatic propulsion and delayed fuse is its unique underwater behavior; when fired at a body of water, functionally it becomes the equivalent of a torpedo launcher.
xbox360 ps3 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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