The Devastator is a Gyrojet-type weapon found throughout most games in the franchise.
'"Straight out of the pentagons secret labs comes this double barreled brute of a weapon which lets loose swarms of minature stinger missiles in the direction of your enemies. Ammo packs contain 50 rockets. You can carry up to 99 rockets" - Manual Description
The Devastator is a rapid fire rocket launcher weapon fed from overhead pan magazines which spits out small incendiary rockets at an impressive rate of fire like a machine gun. Note it has recoiling blast shields around its muzzle to deflect the flash from the user. The accuracy becomes less effective at longer ranges. The Devastator is immediately recognized by its dual-wielded appearance, unlike any other weapon in the game.
One should be aware when using the Devastator; it fires 2 rockets simultaneously and therefore each time the player fires the weapon the ammo count drops by 2 each time the weapon is fired. You can fire a max of 5 times before running out of ammo, as picking up a new Devastator will give you 15 ammo. Obviously it takes far less rockets to kill weaker opponents like Assault Troopers or Sharks - just 1 shot if accurate enough.
The weapon is the most powerful when it comes to an enemy with more hit weapons. Unfortunately it is not very effective in multiplayer combat.
Tips and Tricks Edit
- It quickly burns through ammo in just a few seconds; always keep an eye on the ammo counter when using the Devastator.
- Although it doesn't inflict the same amount of damage as the RPG, it can be used much more efficiently in close combat due to the fact that the splash damage is minimal.
- The Devastator is an excellent choice for clearing out large groups of enemies. The gun fires fast enough and each rocket does enough damage that it can carve through a large group in a matter of seconds.
- The Devastator, except for the small amount of ammo, doesn't really have any huge weakness. It can kill weaker, Assault Troopers or Captains, to more dangerous enemies, Assault Commanders and Protector Drones and even Mini Battlelords, with just a few rounds and even bosses can be killed within a few seconds (about 63 rockets needed for first three bosses).
- The Devastator is a great weapon against Octabrains - only one rocket is sufficient for this enemy; one can kill two Octabrains in one shot.
- Devastator ammo can often be found in secret or out of the way areas. Keep an eye out for it.
- The Devastator is not very effective in Dukematch especially in open spaces, Its best to use it in closed spaces.
- The Devastator's left barrel is slightly lower that the right barrel
- The Devastator is based on the real life Gyrojet light machine gun proposal, but modified to fire rocket-propelled incendiary rounds.
- The Devastator has no defined hit points or splash damages in USER.CON, the game will instead use the ones of the RPG with 1/4 of its values.
- The rockets fired by the Devastator have no smoke trails, resembling the big rockets fired by the Cycloid Emperor.
- The Devastator was replaced with the Missile Launcher in Duke Nukem 64.
- The Devastator has made its return in Duke Nukem Forever.
- The manual description of the Devastator implies it was a secret weapon developed in the Pentagons secret labs. However the manual description is innacurate in regards to the ammo pickups as only 15 rockets can be found in a pack; not 50.
- On the Sega Saturn port of Duke Nukem 3D the Devastator is first found in Launch Facility.
- In the Sega Mega Drive port of Duke Nukem 3D the Devastator is first found in The Incubator.