When Fortnite developer Epic Games first revealed the new Guided Missile weapon, players had many questions. Most of them had to do with whether the launcher would be overpowered, but some had more ambitious questions. They wanted to know if it was possible to ride the guided missile.
As we now know, it is possible to ride the guided missile in Fortnite Battle Royale, but some players have taken things a step further. They have discovered that it is actually possible to ride your own guided missile, albeit without controlling it after takeoff.
Popular Fortnite streamer Ninja shows off the solo missile riding in the video below. Essentially, what Ninja does is fire the missile forward, guide it behind him and point it in the direction his character is facing. Then he disengages from the missile guidance, hops onto a jump pad, and then lands on the missile.
It.... it can be done... self rocket ride with Guided missile WITH a launch pad pic.twitter.com/7IwOsJFg97— Ninja (@Ninja) April 2, 2018
Proving that it is possible to solo rocket ride is one thing, but finding a meaningful application is another. For the amount of time it takes to setup, few players will actually attempt a rocket ride since it leaves them vulnerable for so long and can easily go wrong.
That being said, if players found themselves in the storm without any type of healing, the solo rocket ride might be worth the risk. The players could use the guided missile to send themselves out of the storm much quicker than even a launch pad. But again, this is a very narrow use-case.
Still, the fact that the guided missile can be ridden solo will certainly open the door to some funny stunts and impressive clips. Just like players have found interesting uses for the impulse grenade, which was originally supposed to be used to push players out of hiding, the guided missile ride likely has a lot more to show us.
Even though the weapon is very new, there are some players that are calling for a nerf on the guided missile for being too overpowered. Because of Fortnite’s building mechanics, it’s possible for players to hide in a “fortress” and fire missiles at enemies without them knowing where their opponents are. It’s certainly a weapon that can seem overpowered in the right hands, but not on the level of the double heavy shotgun, for example.
Fortnite is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.