|For an overview of Gatling laser models, see Gatling laser.|
Background[edit | edit source]
In contrast with the L30 Gatling laser, this model is not only fully automatic and has a much larger ammo capacity, requiring a back-mounted battery pack, but was also mass produced for military use. While they entered service shortly before the war, they quickly became an important part of the arsenal, both of pre-War and post-War factions.
Characteristics[edit | edit source]
The Gatling laser is the most advanced weapon type for the Big Guns skill. It is similar to the minigun, however, the Gatling laser is actually not a Gatling weapon, as the barrels do not rotate when it fires - instead, the barrels fire in a rotating order. However, although the animation for this firing makes it appear very random and haphazard, the barrels do not have to 'wind-up' like the minigun, making the Gatling laser much easier and quicker to use. Gatling laser and its variants are some of the few weapons in-game capable of shooting down vertibirds.
One can easily take out any threat at a safe distance with a Gatling laser. At long range, it is actually an incredibly accurate weapon, though it performs poorly in V.A.T.S.
At point-blank range, it actually aims a bit lower than the cross-hair. This is easily observable when trying to shoot a corpse's head off while standing on top of it.
Durability[edit | edit source]
The Gatling laser can fire a total of about 3125 beams, the equivalent of 13 reloads, from full condition before breaking.
Variants[edit | edit source]
- Vengeance - A unique variant that is more powerful but less durable.
- Precision Gatling laser - While not as powerful as Vengeance, the precision Gatling laser has a very high critical multiplier of 0.2.
- Fawkes' Gatling laser - A unique, non-player version of the Gatling laser used by Fawkes after the end of The American Dream quest.
Comparison[edit | edit source]
|- Weapon name (melee or unarmed)||- Attacks in V.A.T.S.|
|- Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)||- Action point cost|
|- Damage per attack (damage per projectile)||- Damage per action point|
|- Damage per second||- Weapon spread|
|- Area of effect damage||- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)|
|- Effect damage & duration||- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)|
|- Bonus effects||- Weight|
|- Attacks per second||- Value in caps|
|- Critical chance % multiplier||- Value to weight ratio|
|- Critical damage||- Skill required|
|- Critical effect damage & duration||- Strength required|
|- With all mods attached|
|Precision Gatling laser||8||160||20||x0.2||6||8||30||2.1||0.5||240||3125||18||3000||166.7|
Locations[edit | edit source]
- Gatling lasers are most commonly found on Enclave, Brotherhood Outcasts and Brotherhood of Steel soldiers. These soldiers can be found in areas like the Washington Monument, Fort Independence, inside Arlington Library, Pennsylvania Avenue and outside of the Citadel.
- Defender Rockfowl will often carry one.
- Inside Raven Rock, there is a Gatling laser in an Enclave crate behind a blue energy shield as the player character is leaving Raven Rock after one has spoken with President Eden. One will notice it on the right as they near the sentry bots which fight off three Enclave soldiers, just before the final door (leading to the Capital Wasteland). Deactivate the shield with the computer and the Gatling laser can be found in one of the five crates.
- A Gatling laser may be carried or sold by a wasteland scavenger merchant spawned as part of the Type B random encounter, where the scavenger is allied with a robot against a group of raiders.
- super mutant overlords. Gatling lasers are also occasionally carried by
- National Guard depot from Friendship Heights who come armed with Gatling lasers. There is a respawning pair of super mutant overlords on the path to the
- St. Aubin medical facility. Two Gatling lasers can also be found in the
- cargo hold and in the engineering core as the quest Among the Stars progresses. At least four Gatling lasers can be found in the