Rocket Punch (ロケットパンチ) is an attack used by Androids, notably Android 16 and Major Metallitron. First, the Android raises one of his fists and points it toward his opponent. Then, his fist rockets off his arm to strike the opponent, inflicting a good deal of damage.
Major Metallitron first uses this attack against Goku when the young Saiyan attacks the Muscle Tower in Dragon Ball. When Major Metallitron charges in to attack, Goku blasts his head off with a Kamehameha. However, Major Metallitron remains intact and fires the Rocket Punch at Goku, knocking him on the ground. He also uses it in Dragon Ball GT to destroy a building during the resurrected villains' rampage on the Earth. Android 16 uses the Rocket Punch against Imperfect Cell; after Cell succeeds to regenerate his tail, which 16 had previously ripped off so Cell could not absorb anymore, he retaliates by knocking 16 away with a kick and a punch. Cell then attempts to strike 16 again, however, 16 fires the Rocket Punch, punching Cell in the jaw and knocking him to the ground.
Appearances in games
The attack later returns in the Budokai Tenkaichi series, but it is under the name Hell's Impact (ヘルズインパクト). In the Raging Blast series, it one of Android 16's Signature Skill, as opposed to being one of his Supers as it was in the previous games. It also appears Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle Royale. General Rilldo's version is called Shooting Knuckle (シューティングナックル) in Dragon Ball Heroes.
- This attack pays obvious homage to the signature Rocket Punch attack of Mazinger Z, a super robot which first appeared in the 1972 manga Mazinger Z by Go Nagai.
- The Rocket Punch was first named and used in one of Akira Toriyama's manga by Arale Norimaki on the cover of the Dr. Slump chapter "A Bittersweet Ho-yo-yo Date Special!".