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The weaponry available in Duke Nukem Forever ranges from realistic (though slightly futuristic) to completely alien.

Duke is only able to carry two weapons at a time in Duke Nukem Forever (four in the PC version with the expanded inventory option enabled) unlike in previous games, where you could carry every weapon at once.

Executions (Mighty Foot/Uppercut)[]

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Duke's Mighty Foot

Duke's Mighty Foot is again featured in Duke Nukem Forever, along with a new uppercut, this time as an execution move. When an enemy is near death, they will sometimes fall to their knees. From here, the player can walk up to an enemy and press the action button to execute them. Duke will either uppercut them or use his Mighty Foot to finish them off. Executing an enemy will instantly recharge Duke's ego if it is low.

Buttstroking and Punching[]

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Duke shotgun buttstroking

Duke is able to buttstroke (striking with the buttstock of a weapon) with the Shotgun and other weapons by pressing the melee key. When Duke is out of ammo for his guns, he is able to punch enemies with his fists until he finds ammo for his weapons again.

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Duke's Melee Fists

M1911 Pistol[]

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Duke's New Gold M1911

The pistol in Duke Nukem Forever is an M1911 automatic with an eight round magazine and a laser sight. There are two variants of the weapon: the normal black pistol carried by EDF soldiers and Pigcops, and one with a gold finish and Duke's symbol on the handle that Duke picks up in the Duke Cave level. If the player keeps the gold pistol through the entire campaign and does not swap it for another weapon, they will earn the "Gunslinger" achievement/trophy. A whole clip from it can take down any regular and weak enemy


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DNF Shotgun

The Shotgun we all know and love from [[Duke Nukem 3D] makes it's return in Duke Nukem Forever.

The DNF Shotgun is still pump action like in DN3D, but this time it can only hold up to seven shells before needing to manually reload another seven shells into the weapon. It is best used at close range and can kill in one shot if fired in the chest of an enemy.


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The DNF Chaingun

Also known as the Chaingun Cannon, this weapon is Duke's fast-firing assault weapon of choice, sending bullets where they belong.

George Broussard officially confirmed the Chaingun's return in a post over at the 3D Realms Forums on August 31st, 2006. That same day he stated that the appearance of the Chaingun is very similar to its Duke Nukem 3D counterpart with the exception of a few small updates to modernize its look. The new Ripper Chaingun contains a 60 round drum magazine that is inserted underneath the weapon when reloaded.

Shrink Ray[]


The Shrink Ray.

The Shrink Ray is a weapon that can shrink your enemy, allowing you to then stomp on them with Duke's Mighty Foot.

Freeze Ray[]

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The Freezethrower As It Appears In DNF

The descriptions of the Freezethrower in Duke Nukem 3D describes it as: "Streams of powerful molecular discharges ricochet through the environment as this weapon chills its victim down to the point of death and ultimate crystallization. Once an enemy is frozen, you'll have only a few seconds to shatter him beyond the point of recovery, else thawing will ensue."

When asked if the Freezethrower would be returning (along with the Shrink Ray) George said: "We're bringing them both back. They were too fun, and part of what made Duke 3D unique." (January 27th, 2005.)

The Freeze Ray in DNF fires in a constant beam of freezing energy, and recharges over time. The player will have the option to turn on the "DN3D Freeze Ray" option when they beat the game, which will make the Freeze Ray fire bouncing projectiles like in the original Duke Nukem 3D.

Pipe Bomb[]

The pipe bomb is an explosive thrown by hand that can be triggered by a separate hand-held remote detonator, giving Duke the ability to rig levels with some tasty traps.

In response to a forum suggestion on the implementation of hand grenades as a part of Duke's arsenal, George Broussard simply said: "Pipe Bombs > Nades" (July 9th, 2005).

The next day, July 10th, in the same thread, he elaborated on the implementation of pipebombs, mainly the ability to pick up pipe bombs thrown by other players:

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Duke's new pipe bombs

"No, that's gameplay and intentional. If you have pipe bombs in the world, they are just that. A pipe bomb. Another player can indeed pick them up if you aren't quick on the detonator :)"

George also clarified that this did not apply to pipe bombs tossed directly at players: "No, it would bounce off. I'm talking about pipe bombs at rest, just lying in the world. You guys see all the details we have to deal with! :)"

In December 2005, George reconfirmed the use of a quick-key to launch pipe bombs on the fly and revealed an added implementation of a time-delayed detonation: "Easier to just toss out a pipe bomb any time you want, with the dedicated key :)" (December 27th, 2005)

The next day he further expanded on this by saying: "Yeah. What we did was that if you just throw out a Pipe Bomb via the quick key, it goes out and detonates in a few seconds. If you want to throw it out and use the trigger, then you select it using the normal weapons interface.

We assume that if you are throwing a bomb out via the quick key, you really want it to go off, quickly.

So this enables you to toss out a few, quickly, in high stress situations, or throw one out via the weapon selection and be more sneaky about it. (December 28th, 2005)

In the game, Duke can carry four pipe bombs at once.



Duke's RPG

The RPG (short for Rocket Propelled Grenade) returns in Duke Nukem Forever, and now has a lock on targeting system. However, because it is one of the most powerful weapons in the game, Duke can only hold five rockets at a time.


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The Devastator is a twin-rocket launcher weapon which spits out small rockets at an impressive rate of fire, however, the accuracy becomes less effective at longer ranges. 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. The Devastator returns in Duke Nukem Forever, and can hold a total of 69 rockets before Duke has to find more ammo.

AT Laser[]

A weak burst firing alien laser. Used as a fallback weapon when other weapons are exhausted. It has a fairly high rate of fire.

AT Captain Laser[]

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The AT Captain Laser.

A laser-firing minigun. There is a brief windup period when the player first holds down the fire key, but after that it fires a steady stream of laser. If the player stops holding the fire key, he/she must go through the "winding up" animation again. The only weapon not in multiplayer.

Enforcer Gun[]

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The Enforcer Gun

A new addition to Duke's arsenal is the powerful Enforcer Gun. It can fire blue, explosive, homing projectiles and is the primary weapon of Enforcers. It can fire 25 rounds before needing to reload.

Railgun (Sniper Rifle)[]


The Railgun.

Another new addition to Duke's arsenal is the Railgun Sniper Rifle. This weapon is restricted to 3 shots per magazine, but if the shots are fired accurately they can be devastating. It can also shoot through walls and make enemies heads explode when fired properly.

Trip Mine[]

In a checklist response to "proximity mines in multiplayer", George answered in the affirmative (January 19th, 2005). It is unclear if he meant the Laser Tripbomb from Duke Nukem 3D instead, nor whether the Proximity Mines would come in place of them or be an added functionality of them.

The Laser Trip Mine in Duke Nukem 3D is a wall-mounted mine that emits a normal laser beam once placed. The activated tripbomb would then explode in a powerful directional blast if any entity crossed its laser. The Trip Mine in DNF functions the same way.

Duke can only carry up to four trip mines at once in DNF. A trip mine can also be placed on enemies, making them run around until they explode.

Doctor Who Cloned Me DLC[]


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The Enforcer Gun

This version of the Expander weapon shoots energy bursts (as opposed to the hitscan-style firing action of the original version) which will inflate an enemy on impact greatly reducing its speed and resistance to damage. Hitting an inflated enemy with another shot from this weapon will cause it to explode.


Slow firing, and limited range fires balls of green goo that mini splashes on impact. Its the only weapon besides the Freeze Ray & turrets to have unlimited ammo, but unlike them it does not require recharge time.

Muliplayer Only[]




Duke Nukem Forever
Levels Main CampaignMultiplayer MapsSingleplayer Levels in The Doctor Who Cloned Me
Weapons AT Captain LaserAT LaserDevastatorDFGEnforcer GunExpanderFreeze RayGarter PistolImpregnaderM1911 PistolMachine Gun TurretMeleeN00b T00bPipe BombRailgunRipperRPGShotgunShrink RaySticky BombsTittyanaTrip Mine
Items BeerDuke StatueDuke VisionHolodukeJetpackSteroidsWhiskey
Enemies Alien DropshipAlien FighterAlien GunshipArea 51 Security RobotAssault CaptainAssault CommanderAssault TrooperBomb BallDuke CloneEnforcerOctababyOctabrainPigcopPregnatorRatTentacle
Bosses Alien EmpressAlien QueenBattlelordCycloid EmperorDr. ProtonEnergy LeechGiant EnforcerMothershipOctaking
DLC Hail to the Icons Parody PackThe Doctor Who Cloned Me
Other CheatsDifficultyDuke Nukem (character)EgoMultiplayerPrototypesQuotesScrapped ContentDuke Nukem Forever: Enhanced