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For an overview of Gatling laser models in the Fallout series of games, see Gatling laser.

 
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The Gatling laser is a weapon in Fallout 3.

Background

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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

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.

Although a very powerful weapon against targets of every type, this weapon is very rare without the Broken Steel add-on.

Durability

The Gatling laser can fire a total of about 3125 beams, the equivalent of 13 reloads, from full condition before breaking.

Variants

Comparison

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Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)- Weapon name (melee or unarmed)Attacks in V.A.T.S.- Attacks in V.A.T.S.
Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)- Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)Action point cost- Action point cost
Damage per attack (damage per projectile)- Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Damage per action point- Damage per action point
Damage per second- Damage per secondWeapon spread- Weapon spread
Area of effect damage- Area of effect damageMagazine capacity (shots per reload)- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)
Effect damage & duration- Effect damage & durationDurability (number of attacks before breaking)- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)
Bonus effects- Bonus effectsWeight- Weight
Attacks per second- Attacks per secondValue in caps- Value in caps
Critical chance % multiplier- Critical chance % multiplierValue to weight ratio- Value to weight ratio
Critical damage- Critical damageSkill required- Skill required
Critical effect damage & duration- Critical effect damage & durationStrength required- Strength required
With all mods attached- With all mods attached
Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Damage per secondAttacks per secondCritical Chance % multiplierCritical damageAttacks in V.A.T.S.Action Point costDamage per action pointWeapon spreadMagazine capacity (shots per reload)Durability (number of attacks before breaking)WeightValue in capsValue to weight ratio
Gatling laser 8
16020x0.0568302.10.52403125182000111.1
Precision Gatling laser Broken Steel8
16020x0.268302.10.52403125183000166.7
Vengeance 11
22020x0.05128302.90.52403030182400133.3

Locations

  • Gatling lasers are most commonly found on Enclave, Brotherhood of Steel 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. Gatling lasers are generally very rare in the Capital Wasteland without the Broken Steel add-on.
  • 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.
  • Broken Steel - Gatling lasers are also occasionally carried by overlords. The overlords can be encountered from level 13 on.
  • Point Lookout (add-on) Two Gatling lasers can also be found in the St. Aubin Medical Facility.
  • Mothership Zeta (add-on) - At least 4 Gatling lasers can be found in the cargo hold and in the engineering core as the quest Among the Stars progresses.
  • Broken Steel - There is a respawning pair of super mutant overlords on the path to the National Guard depot from Friendship Heights who come armed with Gatling lasers.
  • 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.

Sounds

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Gallery

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