The Heat Seeker is a weapon in Rise of the Triad 95.
The Heat Seeker’s world sprite looks similar to the Bazooka’s, but it has a white and round front and a more angled grip compared to the Bazooka. When the fire key is hit, the Heat Seeker fires a rocket that will lock onto the heat source nearest to the player. This is usually an enemy, but it will fly towards a torch if it is closer to the player than the enemy is. As soon as it hits the target, the rocket will blow up. Each rocket does less damage than a single Bazooka rocket, but the heat-seeking ability makes up for it. Each Heat Seeker has 7 rockets when it is picked up.
One thing to note is that there is a chance that a rocket will fly past it’s target at close range.
- The Heat Seeker is great for taking out enemies around a corner. The rocket will arc around the corner and gib the enemy behind the corner.
- A few Heat Seeker rockets can also clear out a small group of enemies quickly. Simply walk in and start shooting. The rockets will lock onto every enemy and blow them away without you having to aim.
- If there are any torches nearby, destroy them with the a bullet-firing weapon, like the MP40, before firing the Heat Seeker. Otherwise, there’s a chance that the rocket will home in onto the torch instead of the enemy.
- In theory, the Heat Seeker’s low damage compared to almost all of the other explosive weapons makes it a poor choice to use compared to other explosive weapons. In practice, it doesn’t really matter because it’s still much more powerful than the MP40 and it can still quickly down Enforcers, so don’t worry about it.
- Firing the Heat-Seeker at close range when you’re not looking directly at the target is not a good idea because there is a significant chance that the rocket will miss. If an enemy gets close, back up and face them, then fire.
Behind the Scenes
- The Heat Seeker was in the game back when Rise of the Triad was a sequel to Wolfenstien 3D called Rise of the Triad: Wolfenstein 3D Part Two. Art files that were developed during that phase of development show that the Heat Seeker looked quite different. It looked very close to the Bazooka sprite made during that time and lacked all of the features, like the rounded front, the final sprite has.