"A very destructive weapon that fires rockets with a large blast radius."
The Rocket Launcher is a weapon in the original and 2002 remake of Resident Evil.
This weapon, which is apparently an Asian product, was confiscated during a transaction between organized criminal organizations. Barry put it inside the helicopter before their last mission, a fact known only by Brad. Later, the rocket launcher was used by the remaining members to kill the Tyrant (T-002 Model).
Available only for the final battle against the Tyrant and loaded with four rockets, the Rocket Launcher is thrown to the player by Brad Vickers and used to destroy the monster in a single shot. However, it is possible for the Tyrant to actually deflect a rocket fired at it. In the original 1996 game, a version of the Rocket Launcher with unlimited ammo can be unlocked with a cleared file after finishing the game in less than three hours with an A grade.
The Rocket Launcher can be difficult to use as it cannot be aimed at high or low angles and takes some time to steady before firing, therefore it is highly recommended that the character be positioned far from the enemy as possible, especially against agile opponents such as the Hunter that can close in on the player.
- The model shown in the 2002 Gamecube version is visually based on the prop M202 rocket launcher from the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Commando rather than a real one.
- Inside of BIO-HAZARD, page 39