Incendiary launcher

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Incendiary launcher

Incendiary launcher

A wide-barreled incendiary bolt launcher. The bolts create small incendiary explosions on impact, starting fires.

Base Stats

Type
EquipmentWeapons
Tech Level
Industrial
Class
Industrial
Market Value
340 Silver
Mass
3.4 kg

Ranged Combat

Mode
Single-Shot
Damage
10 dmg (Flame)
Armor penetration
0%
Warm-Up
210 ticks (3.5 secs)
Cooldown
210 ticks (3.5 secs)
Range
23.9 tile(s)
Velocity
40 (m/s)
Burst Count
1 (per burst)
Miss Radius
1.9 tile(s)
Blast Radius
1.1
DPS
1.43

Melee Combat

Melee Attack 1
Stock
9 dmg (Blunt)
2.0 seconds cooldown
13% armor penetration
Melee Attack 2 
Barrel
9 dmg (Blunt)
2.0 seconds cooldown
13% armor penetration
Melee Attack 3 
Barrel
9 dmg (Poke)
2.0 seconds cooldown
13% armor penetration
Melee Average DPS
4.5
Melee Average AP
13%

Creation

Crafted At
Machining table
Required Research
Gunsmithing
Skill Required
Crafting 4
Work To Make
20,000 ticks (5.56 mins)
Resources to make
Steel 75 + Component 4
Technical
weaponTags
Gun


The incendiary launcher is a weapon that fires bolts that deal low damage but can start fires and ignite enemies.

Acquisition

Incendiary launchers can be crafted with Crafting skill 4 at a machining table after researching gunsmithing with Steel 75 Steel, Component 4 Components and 20,000 ticks (5.56 mins) of work.

Incendiary launchers can also be purchased from outlander and orbital combat suppliers, outlander settlements, or obtained from the following raider kinds:

Raider Kind Chance Average Quality Health
Pirate Gunner 4.01% Normal 70-230%
Town Guard 3.78% Normal 60-200%
Mercenary Gunner 4.59% Normal 70-320%
Ancient Soldier 3.59% Normal 100%

Summary

The incendiary launcher creates a "plus-shaped" explosion, which deals 10 Flame damage and causes fire. Fire spreads through flammable surfaces, and causes pawns to take damage over time and run around helplessly. Unlike frag grenades, the fiery explosions are deployed on impact. It has a forced miss radius of 1.9 tiles, meaning shots will land in a 1-tile radius from the intended target, including diagonal. Due to the forced miss, careful shooter is purely detrimental to its use, while trigger-happy benefits this weapon a lot. The launcher is fired like any other weapon, so is blocked by walls.

Of non-consumable player weapons, the incediary launcher has the 2nd highest warmup/cooldown cycle, only beaten by the pila. Combined with the weak shots and low accuracy, and the incendiary launcher has the lowest single-target damage output for all ranged weapons. The main benefit of an incendiary launcher, as its name suggests, is the fire it creates.

Pyromaniac pawns equipped with incendiary launchers will have a +5 Pyromaniac has incendiary weapon mood buff.

Analysis

The incediary launcher is undoubtably a support weapon. It is one of the few weapons that start fires - pawns that are on fire will stop attacking and run wildly. Don't fire near your colonists. Launchers are a somewhat viable alternative for colonists with low skill or health issues, due to the forced miss negating shooting accuracy.

Manual oversight is very helpful when using explosive weapons, as pawns won't lead their fire or care about collateral damage. Explosives in general are very inaccurate against moving targets, so try to avoid targeting those if you can. Creating a flammable structure/room, luring or trapping raiders in, and lighting it on fire is a valid crowd control tactic, albiet a costly one.

Fire becomes much less useful as you enter the mid- and lategame. Mechanoids are immune to fire, high-tech raiders start to wear more heat resistant apparel (which doesn't prevent ignition, just the damage), and there'll be too many tribespeople for a single launcher to supress.

Because it relies on fires, rain significantly diminishes its utility. Note that the game has a "firewatcher", and will automatically start rain if fires get too out of control.

Comparison to Molotovs

Compared to molotov cocktails, the incendiary launcher sacrifices rate of fire for significantly faster projectiles and a doubled range. This makes launchers better in certain supportive and defensive roles, where colonists can sit back and distract enemies. The range also makes the launcher safer to use, and easier to not cause friendly fire. Molotovs are quicker to deploy, so may be more useful in starting large fires and with general flexibility.

Outside of combat, fire is useful for disposing of unwanted items, such as corpses. Create a fireproof room using stone walls and floor, fill it up with undesirable items, and watch it burn. Note that molotov cocktails fire faster, so are marginally better for this purpose.

Unilke molotovs, incendiary launchers are affected by weapon quality. This makes launchers relatively better if you have skilled crafters.

Quality table

Ranged

  • Quality Dam. AP DPS
    (Optimal)
    Market
    Value
    Awful Incendiary launcher 9 0% 1.29 170 Silver
    Poor Incendiary launcher 10 0% 1.43 255 Silver
    Normal Incendiary launcher 10 0% 1.43 340 Silver
    Good Incendiary launcher 10 0% 1.43 425 Silver
    Excellent Incendiary launcher 10 0% 1.43 510 Silver
    Masterwork Incendiary launcher 12.5 0% 1.79 850 Silver
    Legendary Incendiary launcher 15 0% 2.15 1700 Silver
    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.
  • Melee

  • Material DPS[1] AP[1] Stock (Blunt) Barrel (Blunt)Barrel (Poke) Value [ExpandCollapse]
    Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2]
    Awful Incendiary launcher 3.6 10.4% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 33% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 33% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 33% 170 Silver
    Poor Incendiary launcher 4.05 11.7% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 33% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 33% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 33% 255 Silver
    Normal Incendiary launcher 4.5 13% 9 2s 13% 4.5 33% 9 2s 13% 4.5 33% 9 2s 13% 4.5 33% 340 Silver
    Good Incendiary launcher 4.95 14.3% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 33% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 33% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 33% 425 Silver
    Excellent Incendiary launcher 5.4 15.6% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 33% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 33% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 33% 510 Silver
    Masterwork Incendiary launcher 6.53 18.85% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 33% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 33% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 33% 850 Silver
    Legendary Incendiary launcher 7.43 21.45% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 33% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 33% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 33% 1700 Silver
    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.
    1. 1.0 1.1 Note: This is the actual base average derived from the melee verb system updated in 1.1.2610, it may sometimes disagree with the listed value in the in-game infobox.
      It may also change depending on the stats and the melee verbs available to the wielder
    2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Chance for attack to be selected, assuming only the weapon's attack verbs are considered. It may change depending on the melee verbs available to the wielder
  • Graphs

    The following graphs take the incendiary launcher's effective damage and accuracy into account, using a Normal quality weapon fired from a healthy shooter against a single target.

    Incendiary launcher's accuracy with various shooters without any trait. Incendiary launcher's DPS with various shooters without any trait.

    Incendiary launcher's accuracy with various shooters with careful shooter. Incendiary launcher's DPS with various shooters with careful shooter.

    Incendiary launcher's accuracy with various shooters with trigger-happy. Incendiary launcher's DPS with various shooters with trigger-happy.

    Version history

    •  ? - Renamed from T-9 incendiary launcher to incendiary launcher.