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For an overview of Tesla cannons in the various Fallout games, see Tesla cannon.
 
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The Tesla cannon is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.

BackgroundEdit

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The Tesla cannon is a pre-War designed shoulder-mounted heavy directed energy weapon, designed to replace conventional anti-tank weapons.[1] Based on Nikola Tesla's designs, the weapon entered limited production before the war and remains a rare sight in the wasteland. However, it remains a powerful tool in the hands of a skilled user, as the focused energy blast will not only deliver massive damage to the target, but the nature of the blast will also deliver a potent electric shock.

Near the end of the war between the Brotherhood and the Enclave in the Capital Wasteland, the Brotherhood's scribes under the Order of the Sword worked to build their own Tesla cannons to more effectively counter the Enclave's Vertibird fleet. To do so, the Lone Wanderer was tasked with retrieving a PPE Tesla coil from Olney Powerworks, an experimental piece of pre-war technology.[2][3]

The modified Tesla cannon employed by Lyons' Brotherhood of Steel is far more powerful than the pre-war Tesla cannon. Discharging a large electrical impulse upon impact with a much larger area of effect. This explosive damage makes the Lyon's model far more suitable for anti-Vertibird use.[4]

CharacteristicsEdit

The Tesla cannon is a shoulder-mounted energy weapon that is powered by electron charge packs. This weapon has a high Strength requirement for its weight and the fact that it's a recoilless energy weapon. The sound of the Tesla cannon firing has also been changed from the one in Broken Steel. The Tesla cannon is considered a unique class of weapon and therefore cannot benefit from the Jury Rigging perk.

The Tesla cannon is rare, especially so if the Courier kills the Van Graffs, thereby eliminating one of the only specialty energy weapon vendors in the game.

DurabilityEdit

The Tesla cannon can fire a total of about 395 times using standard packs, the equivalent of 99 reloads, from full condition before breaking.

Ammunition typeDurability
ShotsReloads
Standard39599
Bulk466117
Optimized35990
Over charge26266
Max charge15539

VariantsEdit

ComparisonEdit

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Icon melee- Weapon name (melee or unarmed)Icon sequence- Attacks in V.A.T.S.
Icon gun- Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)Icon action- Action point cost
Icon damage- Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Icon dap- Damage per action point
Icon dps- Damage per secondIcon spread- Weapon spread
Icon explosion- Area of effect damageAssault carbine extended magazines- Magazine capacity (shots per reload)
Icon effect- Effect damage & durationIcon repair- Durability (number of attacks before breaking)
Icon bonus effect- Bonus effectsIcon weight- Weight
Icon attack- Attacks per secondIcon merchant- Value in caps
Icon chance- Critical chance % multiplierIcon ratio- Value to weight ratio
Icon critical damage- Critical damageIcon ability- Skill required
Icon crit effect- Critical effect damage & durationIcon fist- Strength required
Icon plus- With all mods attached
Icon gunIcon damageIcon dpsIcon effectIcon attackIcon chanceIcon critical damageIcon actionIcon dapIcon spreadAssault carbine extended magazinesIcon repairIcon weightIcon merchantIcon ratioIcon abilityIcon fist
Tesla cannon 80
127.4+20Icon electrical/2s1.34x240373.20.120(4)395887001087.51008
Elijah's jury-rigged Tesla cannon Gametitle-FNV OWB85
154.2+20Icon electrical/2s1.58x245373.40.0030(6)2458135001687.51008
Tesla-Beaton prototype 90
145.8+25Icon electrical/2s1.34x245373.80.0824(4)1958125251565.61008

LocationsEdit

NotesEdit

  • After completing the Honest Hearts add-on, the cannon will respawn in the Brotherhood safehouse footlocker.
  • Because the Tesla cannon uses 5 electron charge packs per shot, it's only possible to get 1 empty electron charge pack from firing the cannon, the same with all energy weapons that use more than 1 cell per shot.
  • Due to it previously firing only 1 shot per reload, it ejects single electron charge packs every shot despite only one being loaded. Also, the electron charge pack will not appear after one shot is fired, and the end of the cannon is retracted, but it still ejects another per shot.

Behind the scenesEdit

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  • The Tesla cannon was originally to be featured in the canceled Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel 2, bearing no resemblance to the weapon in Broken Steel. Described as a "high-powered mass-cannon throwing tessellated plasma forward in an orgy of death and destruction" in the Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel 2 design document, it was to be the so-called "uber-weapon" of player character Maxus. "Uber-weapons" were to be unique weapons for each player character which had to be assembled from 5 parts over the course of the game, or the player could have a NPC assemble one for them. One of the five parts for this weapon was a Tesla coil.
  • Nikola Tesla really did try to create a directed energy weapon but it would have been a particle beam weapon called a "Teleforce," something that would be immensely complicated to create.

SoundsEdit

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