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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 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 launch

Bundle skills that launch

Transform skills that launch

Utility skills that launch

Elite skills that launch

Profession mechanic skills that launch

Pet skills that launch

Downed skills that launch

Racial skills that launch

Common skills that launch

Related traits[edit]

See also: Traits related to disable (Disables include stun, daze, knockback, pull, knockdown, sink, float, launch, taunt, and fear.)

Traits that launch

Traits that improve launch


  • Immobilize does not prevent being moved by Launch.
  • Launch still affects downed characters, including both NPCs and players.

Version history[edit]

Patch Changes
May 11, 2021
  • (Wiki notes) The icon has been changed slightly.
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.