Beta Pocket Rocket Launcher

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The Beta Pocket Rocket Launcher is a primary weapon for the Soldier that was tested in Team Fortress 2 Beta. It uses the Direct Hit model.

This weapon encourages the Soldier wielding it and a Medic to work together; the Soldier will take ten damage for each successful hit they score, and the Medic's healing rate with the Medi Gun, Kritzkrieg or Quick-Fix can make up for this downside, in addition to activating the weapon's upside.

Three variants of the weapon exist, each one offering a different upside. The standard Beta Pocket Rocket Launcher gives the Soldier a Mini-Crit boost for six seconds if the Medic healing him is killed. The Beta Pocket Rocket Launcher 2 increases the rate at which the Medic builds ÜberCharge by 15% while healing the Soldier; this attribute will not work in spawn rooms, however. Lastly, the Beta Pocket Rocket Launcher 3 allows the Soldier to reload his weapons faster while being healed by any source, including Dispensers.

All three variants of the weapon have been removed from players' backpacks as of the November 9, 2011 Patch (Beta).

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Identical to: Rocket Launcher
Damage and function times
Shot type Projectile
Damage
Maximum ramp-up 125% 112
Base damage 100% 90
Maximum fall-off 53% 48
Point blank 105-112
Medium range 50-90
Long range 45-60
Critical 270
Mini-crit 122
Splash damage
Minimum splash 50% 9 ft
   
Damage reduction 1% / 2.88
Self-damage 27-89
Self damage (rocket jump) 27-46
Function times
Attack interval 0.8 s
Reload (first) 0.8 s
Reload (consecutive) 0.92 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.


Update history

April 26, 2011 Patch (Beta)

  • The Beta Pocket Rocket Launcher was added with the following stats:
    • When the medic healing you is killed you gain crit boost for 8 seconds
    • On Hit: -10 Health

April 28, 2011 Patch (Beta)

  • Beta Pocket Rocket Launcher
    • Now deals mini-crits instead of crits
    • Time of mini-crit bonus reduced to 6 seconds from 8
  • Beta Pocket Rocket Launcher 2
    • New rocket launcher option
    • +15% ubercharge rate for the medic healing you. This effect does not work in the respawn room
    • -10 health on hit
Note: This variant was not actually given to players until the June 17, 2011 Patch (Beta).
  • Beta Pocket Rocket Launcher 3
    • New rocket launcher option
    • 50% faster reload time while being healed by a medic
    • -10 health on hit
Note: This variant was not actually given to players until the June 17th, 2011 patch.

November 9, 2011 Patch (Beta)

  • [Undocumented] Removed the Beta Pocket Rocket Launchers from players' backpacks.

Bugs

  • As with all rocket-using primary weapons, excluding the Rocket Launcher, the Soldier does not load any rockets while reloading.
  • This weapon can be preserved by not opening TF2, keeping the Beta Pocket Rocket Launcher in your backpack.

Unused content

  • Two unused attributes exist, which are likely to have been intended for more variations of this weapon based on their wording. Their descriptions can be found in the localization files:
When the medic healing you is killed you gain 2 revenge crits
When the medic healing you is killed the killer becomes marked for death

Trivia

  • A "Pocket Soldier" is a commonly used term in competitive play to describe a Soldier that sticks with and protects the team's Medic.
  • A Pyro that successfully hits a target with a reflected rocket from this weapon will lose 10 health.

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