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For an overview of plasma rifle models in the Fallout series of games, see plasma rifle.
Plasma rifles or plasma casters are high-tech weapons which find numerous applications in military and industrial fields. They fire superheated bolts of plasma powered by either microfusion cells, heavy energy cells or plasma cartridges. The bolt forms in a special chamber, which is then sent down a superconducting barrel, propelled by, and in some models stabilized by electromagnetic claws upon exiting it.
The plasma bolt is a toroid of superheated hydrogen gas that delivers high levels of both thermal and kinetic energy damage to the target, melting through most types of armors and causing massive 3rd-degree and 4th-degree burns.
Initially, these weapons were bulky, industrial plasma casters designed to be an industrial welding tool rather than a weapon, manufactured by Winchester Arms; while it performed admirably as a welding tool, it was expensive and required specialized training to use. However, later developments for the US Army would lead to more compact and smaller designs, such as the plasma pistol and plasma rifle, that were cheaper to produce and easier to train for, perfectly suited for urban warfare.
Regardless, all types of plasma weapons have a common feature: when a Critical Hit is delivered, they can literally melt down enemies. While most industrial casters aren't powerful enough to dissolve bones too, subsequent models have no problem converting the target into a puddle of goo.
This plasma weapon is similar in design to the urban plasma rifle, though it differs slightly in appearance. It is highly modular, being available in pistol, rifle, scattergun, sniper, and flamethrower configurations. Unlike other plasma weapons, it utilizes plasma cartridges for ammunition.
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Short plasma pistol (Lv 15)
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Short plasma pistol (Lv 25)
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Short plasma pistol (Lv 35)
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Short plasma pistol (Lv 45)
- Sold by MODUS at the MODUS armory terminal in the Whitespring Bunker.
- Sometimes given as a quest reward for completing Enclave events.
- Kills with plasma guns have a chance to convert the target into a pile of green goo, similar to the Fallout 3, New Vegas and Fallout 4 counterparts.
- Anything killed by plasma weapons has a chance to drop nuclear material on death. This chance increases if the target has been converted to goo.
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