While not being able to provide enough penetration power to defeat heavy armor, these rockets are highly explosive and are very effective against masses of infantry. The rockets partially aim for the nearest foes then explode on contact. The Big Rocket Launcher fires bigger rockets that do more damage (seen below).
When Fat, the rockets turn into slow, homing fat bombs, similar to an Enemy Chaser, while the Big Rocket Launcher fires homing mini-rockets instead.
A Rocket Launcher normally gives out 30 ammo from Metal Slug to Metal Slug 5.
|Metal Slug 6||Easy||20||30||10||-----|
|Metal Slug 7/XX||Beginner||60||90||30||72|
- The boss fight against the Tani Oh is the only time in the series where using a continue gives the player a different weapon (the Rocket Launcher) instead of a Heavy Machine Gun.
- The announcer from Metal Slug X through Metal Slug 5 humorously pronounces the weapon as "Rock-it Lawnchair" with a bad impression of the actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
|Standard||Handgun (Murder .50AE | Murder Model-1915 .38 Mk.1Am) | AR-10 | M-3685 | M60|
|Limited|| Heavy Machine Gun | Rocket Launcher | Flame Shot | Shotgun | Laser Gun | Iron Lizard | Super Grenade | Enemy Chaser | Drop Shot | Two Machine Guns | Zantetsu Sword | Thunder Shot|
|Bombs||Grenade | Fire Bomb | Stone | Earring Bomb | Smoke Bomb | Monolith | Snowball|
|Melee||Knife | Tonfa | Hatchet | Tomahawk | Punching Glove | Stun Gun | Wrench | Vulcan Punch | Argentine Backbreaker | Moon Slasher|
|Other||AA Machine Gun | Thunder Cloud | Mobile Satellite|