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"Let the machine do the throwing, and the zombies do the catching."
—Combo Card Description

The Plate Launcher is a combo weapon in Dead Rising 2, Dead Rising 2: Case West, and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, made by combining plates with a cement saw.

Like its name suggests, its form of attack is launching plates at high speeds; the effect is rather like a high-velocity version of the saw blade's attack -- plates can cut through multiple zombies and kill gas zombies in one shot.

The combo card is obtained from Wallace Hertzog when you bring the ingredients to the Tape It Or Die Set.

The Plate Launcher is a heavy weapon; thus, it cannot be stored in the inventory, and injury will cause Chuck to drop it.

This combo weapon has been described as:

"You know those discs that people use for hunting practice! You know: "Pull!" Same idea, but you're firing plates at zombies with decapitation velocity."[1]

Attacks and Combo Card

Weapon component locations[]

Dead Rising 2 and Case Zero general locations of weapons needed to make the Plate Launcher.

Component Location Component Location
Cement Saw
Dead rising Cement Saw.png

Location icon.png Silver Strip Alley

Location icon.png Silver Strip - Maintenance Room 19 south of Luaii Wauwii
Location icon.png South Plaza Main Floor
Location icon.png South Plaza Upper Platforms
Location icon.png South Plaza - Maintenance Room 24 just south of Fortune City Arena
Location icon.png Underground - Warehouse A
Location icon.png Underground - Warehouse B Maintenance Room 30

Location icon.png Underground - Warehouse E Maintenance Room 35

Dead rising Plates.png
Location icon.png see article

Case West weapon component locations[]

Dead Rising 2: Case West locations of weapons needed to make the Plate Launcher.[2]

Component Location Specific location and instructions Picture
Cement Saw
Dead rising Cement Saw.png
Holding Pens Maintenance Room The cement saw is found in the maintenance room in the Holding Pens area beside where “Catwalk Entrance” is written on the wall.
Case west plate launcher cement saw.JPG

Dead rising Plates.png
Cafeteria The plates are located on the top shelf of the bar in the middle of the Cafeteria.
Case west plate launcher plates.JPG


  • The plates from the Plate Launcher are destroyed on contact.[3]



  1. Frushtick, Russ. 'Dead Rising 2' Combo Weapons Guide - Duct Tape Is Your Friend, MTV. (August 31, 2010).
  2. Andrew Crews, Dead Rising 2: Case West Weapon Combo Guide, Xblafans, (December 28, 2010).
  3. In items.txt, PlateLauncherPlate has DestroyOnThrownImpact = "true". see Mod:List of items.