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For an overview of plasma rifle models, see Plasma rifle.

 
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A Winchester Model P94 plasma rifle. An industrial-grade energy weapon, firing superheated bolts of plasma down a superconducting barrel. Powered by microfusion cells.— In-game description, Fallout

The Winchester P94 plasma rifle is an energy weapon in Fallout and Fallout 2.

Background

Main article: Plasma rifle

The P94 is a bulky, industrial-grade energy caster powered by microfusion cells. The superheated plasma bolt forms in a special chamber then sent down a superconducting barrel and stabilized by electromagnetic claws upon exiting it.

Characteristics

Fallout

The Winchester P94 is a powerful single-shot energy weapon, roughly doubling the damage per shot of even the best conventional rifles available in the game, capable of taking out nearly any bipedal enemy with a single critical to the eyes. Its large damage output is only beaten by the alien blaster, though that only has 10 hexes of range. At 25 hexes, however, the plasma rifle's range is still only about half that of many other higher-end single-shot weapons.

Fallout 2

With its stats unchanged from the predecessor, the Winchester P94 remains a potent energy weapon in Fallout 2, with the same drawback of a relatively short range. It averages 47.5 Hit Points per non-critical attack on unarmored targets, and 21.5 HP on medium-armored targets, sometimes exceeding 200 HP in a good Critical Hit.

Variants

A superior version of this weapon exists, with a hotwired plasma bolt chamber, called the turbo plasma rifle.

Locations

Fallout

Unlike the laser rifle, the plasma rifle is rare in Fallout. It is mostly found:

Fallout 2

  • Carried by some super mutants.
  • Carried by some Enclave members in Enclave patrols.
  • Navarro underground, in the armory.
  • Carried by few Enclave soldiers in Navarro.
  • Sierra Army Depot.
  • In a locker at Navarro

Notes

Since its in-game name was appropriated for another model of plasma weapon in Fallout 3, the Winchester P94 was renamed to Plasma caster for inclusion in Fallout: New Vegas.

Behind the scenes

  • Elder Owyn Lyons mentions the P94 plasma rifle when in dialogue in Fallout 3, but it is not in the actual game, being replaced by the urban plasma rifle.
  • According to the Fallout demo, the plasma rifle was originally going to be called "Plasma Caster".[1]

Sounds

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References

  1. Fallout demo item description: "{1500}{}{Plasma Caster}"
    "{1501}{}{A Winchester Model P94 Plasma Rifle. An industrial-grade energy weapon, firing superheated bolts of plasmadown a superconducting barrel. Powered by Micro Fusion Cells.}"
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