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Rocket Race is a Halo 3 gametype based on VIP. Rocket Race matches involve four teams of two invulnerable players, each using a Mongoose and a Rocket Launcher to reach a destination. The gametype was in development during June 2007[1] and has since been retired.[2] It appears on occasion in the Double EXP Weekend playlist.



A Rocket Race match starts with four teams of two players -- Red, Blue, Green, and Orange. At the start of the match, one player from each team is randomly selected to be the VIP. The VIP rides on the back of the Mongoose, using their Rocket Launcher, while the other player acts as the driver.

The driver's objective is to escort their VIPs to the current objective. The VIP's objective is to use their Rocket Launcher to hinder other teams' progress. Damage is disabled with the vip, so vehicles cannot be destroyed unless there is noone in the vehicle and players can only be killed by a player not a vip. the only way to kill someone is to assasinate them. These settings result in fun and chaotic gameplay.

The game ends when a team gets 10 points. It is typically played on Sandtrap, Valhalla, Rat's Nest, and Standoff.

Future Plans

  • As per the release of the TU2 update, Rocket Race has been retired.[2] It is now incorporated into Multi-Team, with a low priority.
  • It will still be used as a Double EXP Weekend from time to time.


  • On Sandtrap, the Elephant is a usable alternative vehicle in Rocket Race. A few players have reported that they managed to win a few games using the Elephant.[citation needed]
  • Rocket Race replaced Social Doubles on the social playlist of Halo 3 during a Bungie Weekly Update.[citation needed]
  • You can still get MVP in Rocket Race, but it's determined by the number of enemy VIPs you killed in-game.
  • The only ways to kill in Rocket Race are to assassinate or to use environmental obstacles, such as the Brute Landmines in Sandtrap or the edges of the map in Standoff.
  • If a VIP's teammate quits or lags out, the VIP will have to gain points on their own, by walking to their destination or by "rocket jumping" -- VIPs can't drive vehicles in this gametype.
  • There are several advanced tactics players can use to gain the lead, such as propelling themselves with rockets -- commonly called "boosting" -- and finding shortcuts.
  • There are a number of groups formed that currently play organized Custom Games.


  1. Bungie Weekly Update 06/29/07
  2. 2.0 2.1 [1] (Note: this ref needs checking.)

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Oddball: Rocketball | Swordball | Team Ball | Low Ball | Fiesta | Ninjaball | Oddball Variants
Juggernaut: 2 on 1 | 3 on 1 | Ninjanaut | Phantom Fodder | Dreadnaut | Juggernaut Variants
Capture the Flag: Multi Flag CTF | CTF Classic | 1 Flag CTF | 1 Flag CTF Fast
Assault: Multi Bomb | Single Bomb | Single Bomb Fast | Neutral Bomb | Blast Resort | Assault Variants
Territories: 3 Plots | Land Grab | Gold Rush | Control Issues | Contention | Territories Variants
VIP: Escort | Influential VIP | One Sided VIP | Rocket Race | VIP Variants
Infection: Alpha Zombie | Hide and Seek | Save One Bullet | Infection Variants
Halo 2 ranked playlists: Double Team | Team Slayer | Team Skirmish | Team Snipers | Team Hardcore | H2 Challenge
Halo 2 unranked playlists: Rumble Pit | Team Training | Big Team Battle | Team SWAT
Halo 3 ranked playlists: Lone Wolves | Team Slayer | Team Objective | Team Doubles | Squad Battle | Team SWAT | Team Snipers | MLG
Halo 3 social playlists: Rumble Pit | Social Slayer | Social Skirmish | Big Team Social | Multi-Team | Social Team DLC | Team Mythic | Action Sack
Halo 3 other playlists: Basic Training

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This article uses material from the "Rocket Race" article on the Halo wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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