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 regenerates his tail, which 16 had previously ripped off so Cell could not absorb anymore people. Cell retaliates by knocking 16 away with 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.
- Super Rocket Punch - A more powerful version of Rocket Punch that appears as a special move in Dragon Ball Fusions.
- Hyper Rocket Punch - An even stronger version of Rocket Punch that is even stronger than Super Rocket Punch which appears as a Special Move in Dragon Ball Fusions.
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.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Rocket Punch appears as one of Android 16's Super Skills. It is also used by his alternate timeline counterpart, Future Android 16. Due to the manner in which it is performed, Rocket Punch is one of the few Super Skills that cannot be learned by the Future Warrior (Xenoverse 2). It is also does not appear as one of the skills that Android 16 teaches as a Master as part of the Masters Pack DLC.
In Dragon Ball Fusions, Rocket Punch appears as a Special Move used by Android 16. There is also two more powerful versions called Super Rocket Punch and Hyper Rocket Punch. Both Rocket Punch and Super Rocket Punch can be learned and used by Android 55 and Namekian Android 76.
- 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!".