"While some would say it's not as elegant as a disc, this bolt packs a strong punch." In-Game Description.
It does 877 damage on a direct-hit and a massive amount of 2730 against a shrike.
The Bolt Launcher fires explosive projectiles in a short arc. It's range is limited, however the explosive bolts do high damage in a relatively small area. A scope allows the bolt launcher to be fired while zoomed in. As an explosive weapon the Bolt Launcher can damage base assets such as Base Turrets.