Fortnite’s v9.21 patch added the latest weapon to shake up the loot pools and meta of the game. This new proximity launcher packs an explosive punch and decimates opponents with ease.

Epic Games does not slow down for anybody! The latest new weapon, the Proximity Grenade Launcher, is quickly mixing things up for Fortnite players.

The weapon delivers decent damage with extreme ease due to its wide explosive radius and automatic detonation. Let’s hop into everything this weapon has to offer.

The First Look is split into two parts: Stats & Gameplay.

Proximity Grenade Launcher Stats

Weapon stats are where it all begins. These parameters determine how the weapon feels for players and how much it’ll impact gameplay.

While the Proximity Launcher isn’t the most “OP” weapon ever released (nothing tops the Infinity Blade), it’s still something that will undoubtedly have its haters.

The Proximity Grenade Launcher comes in two variants, Legendary & Epic. Each one has slightly different stats, but the core mechanics remain the same.

Here are the stats breakdowns for each of weapon’s rarities:

Legendary Prox. Grenade Launcher Stats

RarityLegendaryEpic
Ammo TypeRocketsRockets
DPS43.5545.5
Damage6770
Fire Rate0.650.65
Magazine Size22
Reload Time2.997252.8395
Structure Damage131138

While the damage of the weapon isn’t lethal in a single blast, it still takes serious chunks from your health and shields. Keep in mind also that the weapon detonates its explosive rounds when in close proximity to targets.

This means that you don’t even have to hit players directly and still do the 67 or 70 damage!

Anyway, enough stats talk, let’s see how the weapon performs out in the field.

Proximity Grenade Launcher Gameplay

The proximity launcher will surely have all kinds of uses for players. The unique mechanic of proximity detonation might also have some glitches and bugs, especially in high speed build fights.

Enemy on top of your 1×1? No problem!

For an effective example of how the new weapon can be used to your advantage, here’s a short clip from ‘TheoryPK’ on the FortniteBR subreddit.

Proximity Launcher Trick! Dealing with people on top of your 1×1 from r/FortNiteBR

Theory shows how players can use quick edits to place a pyramid outside of their own 1×1. By using this build, you can bounce a prox-nade at enemies above you! Remember, you don’t need to be super accurate as the nade will explode when in relative range.

Be sure to build your 1x1s out of brick or metal before attempting this as the structure damage can be too much for wood builds.

Perfectly balanced, nothing to see here

Many players had immediate fears that the Proximity Launcher would be bad for competitive. This is due to its ease of use, lack of need to aim, and bursty damage.

We present…Nick-sta’s demonstration on the next most broken thing in competitive Fortnite.

Proximity GL is crazy broken late game from r/FortniteCompetitive

Yeah, the act of being able to shoot a grenade up at a high ground opponent that is not in sight and kill them is a competitive ‘no no’. The whole clip just screams “Why!!!” loudly because competitive gameplay should be based around skill and accuracy, not big aimless explosions.

It looks like the Proximity Grenade Launcher is another great argument for separate rulesets for casual and competitive players.

Another example of this came from pro player, Symfuhny. He shows how ridiculously easy the weapon is to use against high ground opponents…and low ground opponents. “What is this ****?” describes the new weapon perfectly.

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