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Ranken dart

Ranken darts, whole (right) and mounted in cross-section (left).

The Ranken dart was an explosive munition developed by the British and used during World War I to attack German airships. Gravity-driven, the user had to climb above the target in order to drop them on targets. They were made obsolete by development of incendiary ammunition for machine guns.[1]

Battlefield 1Edit

Explosive Darts
Vehicle Type

Fighter plane (Trench Fighter)

Magazine size

8 containers


20 seconds

Customization Slot

Secondary weapon

Explosive Darts are a secondary weapon available to fighter planes utilizing the "Trench Fighter" package in Battlefield 1. They are dropped as a single load at much higher velocity than other air-to-ground weapons. Although their individual damage can be light, the entire payload can be effective on large targets such as bombers and Behemoths, or on massed infantry. The height at which they are dropped determines the spread of the grouping.[2]

The Bomb Sight is used to aim the darts, and activates immediately upon selecting the weapon. Unlike the heavier bombs, darts are more sensitive to the bank of the plane.


  • During the Battlefield 1 Open Beta, the icon for Explosive Darts was of two downward-pointing Hotchkiss machine guns.


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