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{{Infobox weapon
 
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|image =Fo2 YK42B Pulse Rifle.png
 
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|strength req =6
 
|strength req =6
 
|hands req =2
 
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|perk =[[Weapon Penetrate]]
 
|weight =9 pounds
 
|weight =9 pounds
 
|value =17,500
 
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{{Quotation|The YK42B is an electrical pulse weapon that was developed by the [[Yuma Flats Energy Consortium]]. It is considered a far superior weapon to the [[YK32 pulse pistol (Fallout 2)|YK32 Pulse Pistol]], having a greater charge capacity and range.}}
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{{Quotation|The YK42B is an electrical pulse weapon that was developed by the [[Yuma Flats Energy Consortium]]. It is considered a far superior weapon to the [[Pulse pistol (Fallout 2)|YK32 Pulse Pistol]], having a greater charge capacity and range.}}
   
 
The '''YK42B pulse rifle''' is an [[energy weapon]] in ''[[Fallout 2]]''.
 
The '''YK42B pulse rifle''' is an [[energy weapon]] in ''[[Fallout 2]]''.
   
 
==Characteristics==
 
==Characteristics==
While named similarly to the [[Pulse grenade (Fallout)|pulse grenade]] and [[pulse rifle prototype]], it is not actually an [[electromagnetic pulse]] weapon, but instead shoots electrical pulses effective against all targets, not just electronic devices. This is the most powerful single-shot weapon you'll find in the game, next to the [[Alien blaster (Fallout)|alien blaster]]. However, its hitting power is offset by its relatively short range and low ammunition capacity when compared to the likes of Gauss weapons. This gun is also less accurate than Gauss weapons due to the lack of ammunition modifiers.
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While named similarly to the [[Pulse grenade (Fallout)|pulse grenade]] and [[pulse rifle prototype]], it is not actually an [[electromagnetic pulse]] weapon, but instead shoots electrical pulses effective against living targets as well, not just electronic devices.
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The most expensive weapon in the game at 17,500 [[Bottle cap (Fallout 2)|caps]], the YK42B pulse rifle has the highest damage per shot of any rifle in 23rd century post-nuclear Northern California. Combined with its [[Weapon Penetrate]] perk, this makes it the most armor-piercing [[Energy Weapons|energy weapon]] in ''Fallout 2'', dealing heavy damage against even the most high-tech protective gear.
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The YK42B pulse rifle does a whopping 66 [[Hit points|hit points]] of average damage against unarmored foes. Against [[Combat armor (Fallout)|medium-heavy]] and [[Advanced power armor Mk II (Fallout 2)|maximally heavy]] personnel armor, it averages 33.24 and 22.54 HP per shot, respectively. This weapon's [[Critical Hit|critical]] damage is almost unparalleled, with critical hits to the eyes capable of surpassing 300 HP and averaging well over 150 HP against most enemies.
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For a character with an average [[Critical Chance]] (5%), [[Aimed Shot#Eyes|eye shots]] from this weapon do more average damage against the heaviest armor types than what point-blank bursts from most machineguns do, at the same [[Action Points|action point]] cost.
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Despite its strengths, the YK42B is hardly an all-around weapon suitable for any and every tactical situation. Its range of 30 hexes is shorter than those of the other high-end rifles, preventing the player from immediately targeting the farthest enemies in some encounters that occur on desert plains. Secondly, unlike the other high-end rifles, the YK42B lacks both the [[Weapon Long Range]] and [[Weapon Accurate]] perks, thereby requiring an extremely high [[Fallout 2 skills|skill]] for accurate [[Aimed Shot|aimed shots]] to be possible at its maximum range.
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Thirdly, as an electrical pulse weapon, the YK42B does little non-critical damage against [[floater]]s, which are a fairly common enemy in [[New California]] and highly resistant to electricity. [[Critical Hit#The Armor Piercing Effect|Armor-piercing critical hits]] circumvent this problem though.
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On the other hand, the YK42B pulse rifle (together with the [[Alien blaster (Fallout)|alien blaster]]) is the most effective single-shot weapon against [[Frank Horrigan]], whose only weakness is his low resistance to electrical damage.
   
 
==Locations==
 
==Locations==
* This weapon may be found after gaining access to the [[Brotherhood of Steel Bunker]] in [[San Francisco]]. It can be found in one of the lockers in the lower level.
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* It may be found after gaining access to the [[Brotherhood of Steel bunker]] in [[San Francisco]] in one of the lockers on the lower level.
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* From level 19 and onward, some of the robbers found in mountain [[Cave (random encounter)|caverns]] carry one.
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* Many Enclave soldiers on the [[Enclave Oil Rig]], such as [[Granite]], carry one.
   
 
==Notes==
 
==Notes==
* Scoring a killing blow on an enemy by either a critical, [[Bloody Mess (trait)|Bloody Mess]] trait or simply a powerful attack will turn the enemy into dust. While this is no trouble for opponents that have no inventory, it is a source of great annoyance when you try to loot an enemy. Since there is no longer a body, you have to pick up the items, which are scattered all over the ground, one by one. But you can go around this by turning the violence level down.
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* Scoring a killing blow on an enemy with either a critical hit, [[Bloody Mess (trait)|Bloody Mess]] trait or simply a powerful enough attack will reduce them into a pile of ash. Thus, any items they were carrying get scattered on the ground nearby and have to be picked up one by one. This can be avoided by turning the violence level down in game settings.
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* The YK42B, unlike the YK32 pulse pistol, doesn't fire a visible purple projectile.
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==Sounds==
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{|
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| [[File:SingleShotVB.png|95x95px]]
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| [[File:YK42B SingleShot.ogg|noicon]]
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| [[File:ReloadVB.png|75x75px]]
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| [[File:YK42B Reload.ogg|noicon]]
   
==Bugs==
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* The YK42B, unlike the YK32 pulse pistol, doesn't fire a visible purple projectile. {{Verify|verified}}
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| [[File:OutVB.png|80x80px]]
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| [[File:YK42B NoAmmo.ogg|noicon]]
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|}
   
 
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[[Category:Fallout 2 Energy Weapons skill weapons]]
 
[[Category:Fallout 2 Energy Weapons skill weapons]]
   
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Latest revision as of 12:00, October 9, 2018

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The YK42B is an electrical pulse weapon that was developed by the Yuma Flats Energy Consortium. It is considered a far superior weapon to the YK32 Pulse Pistol, having a greater charge capacity and range.

The YK42B pulse rifle is an energy weapon in Fallout 2.

CharacteristicsEdit

While named similarly to the pulse grenade and pulse rifle prototype, it is not actually an electromagnetic pulse weapon, but instead shoots electrical pulses effective against living targets as well, not just electronic devices.

The most expensive weapon in the game at 17,500 caps, the YK42B pulse rifle has the highest damage per shot of any rifle in 23rd century post-nuclear Northern California. Combined with its Weapon Penetrate perk, this makes it the most armor-piercing energy weapon in Fallout 2, dealing heavy damage against even the most high-tech protective gear.

The YK42B pulse rifle does a whopping 66 hit points of average damage against unarmored foes. Against medium-heavy and maximally heavy personnel armor, it averages 33.24 and 22.54 HP per shot, respectively. This weapon's critical damage is almost unparalleled, with critical hits to the eyes capable of surpassing 300 HP and averaging well over 150 HP against most enemies.

For a character with an average Critical Chance (5%), eye shots from this weapon do more average damage against the heaviest armor types than what point-blank bursts from most machineguns do, at the same action point cost.

Despite its strengths, the YK42B is hardly an all-around weapon suitable for any and every tactical situation. Its range of 30 hexes is shorter than those of the other high-end rifles, preventing the player from immediately targeting the farthest enemies in some encounters that occur on desert plains. Secondly, unlike the other high-end rifles, the YK42B lacks both the Weapon Long Range and Weapon Accurate perks, thereby requiring an extremely high skill for accurate aimed shots to be possible at its maximum range.

Thirdly, as an electrical pulse weapon, the YK42B does little non-critical damage against floaters, which are a fairly common enemy in New California and highly resistant to electricity. Armor-piercing critical hits circumvent this problem though.

On the other hand, the YK42B pulse rifle (together with the alien blaster) is the most effective single-shot weapon against Frank Horrigan, whose only weakness is his low resistance to electrical damage.

LocationsEdit

NotesEdit

  • Scoring a killing blow on an enemy with either a critical hit, Bloody Mess trait or simply a powerful enough attack will reduce them into a pile of ash. Thus, any items they were carrying get scattered on the ground nearby and have to be picked up one by one. This can be avoided by turning the violence level down in game settings.
  • The YK42B, unlike the YK32 pulse pistol, doesn't fire a visible purple projectile.

SoundsEdit

SingleShotVB
ReloadVB
OutVB
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