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The Gatling plasma is a heavy energy weapon and is affected by perks in those two categories. It fires very rapidly with relatively poor accuracy. Rather than individual bullets or cells, it uses plasma cores, generally only found in higher level areas of the map. They can also be crafted. Reload is slow and the gun must "spin up" before it starts firing. The glitch that caused it to be loaded with only a handful of shots when it was equipped was fixed in one of the March, 2019 patches, it now is loaded with an appropriate number of shots.
While the reload animation looks like it ejects a core and inserts another, this does not occur. Reloading can be done frequently without losing any ammo. All cores always stay in inventory. Reload adds the number of shots based on the core in inventory with the highest percentage. When it fires, it uses shots from one of the lower percentage cores. When the first core is used up, it will be deleted and subsequent shots are subtracted from another one. The reload sequence will not run until the shot counter reached zero. For instance, with one 90% core and two 50% cores in inventory, reload will show 250*90%=225 shots. When the Gatling is fired, one of the 50% cores will lower in percentage. After 125 shots, the first 50% core is used up. The core count will reduce from three to two and subsequent firing will subtract percentage from the remaining 50% core. This occurs without reloading. After the "loaded" 225 shots, that core will be down to 10%. The reload animation will play. The next 25 shots will use up that core. Afterward shots will decrease the 90% core. Reloading with only this core in inventory will add shots based on the percentage remaining.
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Gatling plasma (Lv 30)
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Gatling plasma (Lv 40)
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Gatling plasma (Lv 50)
- Normally present in the Whitespring bunker armory. All but the final Enclave quest is required to access the vendor.
- Can be found in Government aid drops at higher levels.
Even though the in-game information indicates this weapon does physical damage, all damage is calculated using the ranged energy damage rules. Originally, neither the Anti-Armor legendary effect, nor the Stabilized perk provided any benefit over a base Gatling plasma; however, patch 13 introduced changes which apply anti-armor effects to energy resistance.
PC Xbox One When hip-fired or at a close target, the projectile has a tendency to clip through the target. [verified]