For the legendary launcher in Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, see Nukem.

Nukem is a legendary rocket launcher in Borderlands 3 manufactured by Torgue. It is obtained randomly from any suitable loot source but has an increased chance to drop from Loco Chantelle located in VIP Tower.

Special Weapon Effects

Name dropper. – Significantly increased damage and splash radius. Limited magazine size (usually 1). Rockets travel in an arc and land with a large explosion. No alternate firing mode.

Usage & Description

The Nukem can be a powerful crowd clearing weapon, with its massive blast radius and high damage being capable of wiping out multiple enemies, and can also deal massive damage on a single enemy. On the other hand, the large blast radius can down the user if used at close range and the parabolic arc of the projectile requires aim adjustment at longer ranges.



  • The Nukem is a returning weapon from Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
  • The name "Nukem" is a reference to the franchise and character Duke Nukem, whose most recent game, Duke Nukem Forever, was developed by Gearbox Software.
    • The flavor text refers to mentioning people, institutions or other things of importance in an off-hand and colloquial manner (in this case, Duke Nukem).
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