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Effect type
Control effect
Disambig icon.png This article is about the game mechanic. For the skill available when using a Hylek Fire Turret, see Launch (turret).

Launch.png Launch is a control effect that causes the affected target to be thrown backwards into air and remain stuck on the ground. It is mechanically similar to a combination of knockback and knockdown with these differences: affected targets are moved farther away from their original position and disabled for a longer period, it can affect downed players, and it can affect foes with resistance to knockback, such as Risen Abominations. Like any control effect, it can be countered by stability.

Related skills[edit]

Weapon skills that cause launch[edit]

Utility skills that cause launch[edit]

Elite skills that cause launch[edit]

Pet skills that launch[edit]

Skills with special conditions that cause launch[edit]

Downed skills that cause launch[edit]

Bundle skills that cause launch[edit]

Related Traits[edit]

Traits that improve Launch[edit]

Version history[edit]

Patch Changes
October 15, 2013
  • Stun breakers will now break launch effects.
April 30, 2013
  • Blowout effect: Renamed to Launch.
August 28, 2012 Game release:
  • Blowout has been added to the game.


  • Prior to the April 30, 2013 update, some skills used the term blowout instead of launch.
  • Activating a Box of Fun twice in quick succession will launch the player.