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The Slug Buster is a unique plasma rifle in the Fallout 76 update Wastelanders.

Background[edit | edit source]

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Plasma rifles or plasma casters are high tech weapons firing superheated bolts of plasma, powered by either microfusion cells, heavy energy cells, plasma cartridges, or plasma cores which find numerous applications in military and industrial fields. The bolts form into toroids in the plasma chamber, which are then sent down a superconducting barrel,[1][2][3] propelled by, and in some models stabilized by, electromagnetic claws upon exiting it.[4] However, the plasma bolt chamber can be hotwired in order to accelerate the bolt formation process, effectively turbocharging the rifle.[5] The primary damage mechanism of plasma rifles is thermal transfer, causing serious burns to soft targets and melting hard ones. In extreme cases, the plasma can cause spontaneous dissolution of the target, including separation of soft tissues from hard ones or wholesale molecular destabilization that turns the target into a viscous green fluid.

Initially, the weapon was a bulky, industrial plasma caster, manufactured by Winchester Arms; while it performed admirably, it was expensive and required specialized training to use. However, later developments for the United States Army would lead to a more compact design that was cheaper to produce and easier to train for, perfectly suited for urban warfare.[6]

This plasma rifle is a lightweight urban warfare weapon created as part of a desire to replace the aging Winchester P94 "Plasma Caster" design.[6] This design was produced and fielded in number prior to the Great War of October 23, 2077. This however was not the end of the design nor manufacture[7] of this weapon platform. Prior to the nuclear Armageddon, REPCONN Aerospace (as a subsidiary of RobCo Industries) would successfully develop an improvement from their spaceflight research, with significantly advanced factions tinkering with the design post Armageddon.[8]

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

The Slug Buster is a unique, named legendary that can only be obtained through an optional step in the Wastelanders main quest Buried Treasure. The weapon can be found sitting in a locked side room in the hallway after defeating the Sentry Bot boss.

The weapon comes with 3 fixed legendary effects as well as the hidden custom mod ("Ra-Ra's Plasma Rifle") that provides a bonus 20% less AP cost effect.

Weapon modifications[edit | edit source]

Default weapon modifications. For a complete list of available modifications, see plasma gun.

ModDescriptionPrefixDamage changeFire rate changeRange changeAccuracy changeAmmo capacity changeAP cost changeWeight changeValue changePerk(s) requiredComponentsForm ID
Refined beta wave tunerAdds burning damage. Improved hip-fire accuracy.+Hip-fire0018C46E

ModDescriptionPrefixDamage changeFire rate changeRange changeAccuracy changeAmmo capacity changeAP cost changeWeight changeValue changePerk(s) requiredComponentsForm ID
Aligned sniper barrelImproved recoil and hip-fire accuracy.++?+Hip-fire
+Recoil
0018C413

ModDescriptionPrefixDamage changeFire rate changeRange changeAccuracy changeAmmo capacity changeAP cost changeWeight changeValue changePerk(s) requiredComponentsForm ID
Aligned stockImproved recoil and hip-fire accuracy.+?
+Hip-fire
+Recoil
0018C43F

ModDescriptionPrefixDamage changeFire rate changeRange changeAccuracy changeAmmo capacity changeAP cost changeWeight changeValue changePerk(s) requiredComponentsForm ID
Medium night vision scopeNight vision. Better magnification.+Sighted0018C4D1

Variants[edit | edit source]

Locations[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Kills with plasma guns have a chance to convert the target into a pile of green goo, similar to the Fallout 3, Fallout: 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.
  • The weapon is affected by the Grounded mutation.
  1. Fallout and Fallout 2 item description: "{1500}{}{Plasma Rifle}"
    "{1501}{}{A Winchester Model P94 Plasma Rifle. An industrial-grade energy weapon, firing superheated bolts of plasma down a superconducting barrel. Powered by Micro Fusion Cells. Min ST: 6.}"
    Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel item description: "name_plasmaRifle = {Plasma Rifle}"
    "desc_plasmaRifle = {A Winchester Model P94 Plasma Rifle. An industrial-grade energy weapon, firing superheated bolts of ionised gas down a superconducting barrel. Powered by Micro Fusion Cells.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout), PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2) and Items.txt)
  2. Fort Independence terminal entries; research terminal, research log - plasma rifle
  3. Research note - plasma rifle
  4. Chris Taylor interview for Vault13.net
  5. Fallout and Fallout 2 item description: "{23300}{}{Turbo Plasma Rifle}"
    "{23301}{}{A modified Winchester P94 plasma rifle. The plasma bolt chamber has been hotwired to accelerate the bolt formation process. Min ST: 6.}"
    (PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout), PRO ITEM.MSG (Fallout 2) and Items.txt)
  6. 6.0 6.1 The cover of the Future Weapons Today periodical as seen in Fallout: New Vegas has a section prominently promoted entitled "Urban Plasma Rifles."
  7. Energy weapon forge
  8. In Fallout 3 and Fallout 4 both the Institute and the Brotherhood of Steel are origins of such designs acquirable by the player character. See the variations list on the overview article.
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