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The Tesla rifle fires arcing electricity that can jump from the initial target to nearby enemies for full damage. The weapon has an aiming radius more like a shotgun, wider than other rifles.
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Learned from plan/recipe
Plan: Tesla rifle
Tesla rifle Lv 50 (1)
- plan from Brotherhood of Steel Vendor bot Phoenix in Watoga Shopping Plaza. Purchase the
- deathclaws. Rarely dropped by
- Rarely dropped by boss chests.
- Night Light - A unique Tesla rifle given as a Survival mode reward available during May 21–27 and August 13–20, 2019.
- The Tesla rifle may occasionally drop without a sight attachment.[verified]
- shotgun.[verified] The Charging Shotgun Tesla Rifle is not considered a
- When fired at surfaces, arc damage always deals -50% damage regardless of barrel or charge. When fired at NPCs, the arc damage correctly deals 100% damage.[verified]
- Automatic, Charging and Charging Shotgun Barrels are adding or subtracting weapon damage itself instead of modifying damage multiplicatively or adding or subtracting to the additive damage bonus multiplier.[verified]
- Due to the above, glitched Tesla Rifles that spawn in at levels 1-39, which have 0 base damage, can deal billions of damage per hit due to an integer underflow.[verified]
When using a Charging or Charging Shotgun Barrel, an uncharged direct impact is reduced by more than -50%.[verified]
- The arc damage is unaffected by the uncharged modifier, and will deal more damage than an uncharged direct impact.[verified]
- Any Tesla Rifle may leave lingering developer marker text (CHAIN) at points of impact instead of the anticipated visual effects.[verified]
- Grenadier perk.[verified] The chain effect is coded as an explosion and is affected by the
- Steel Dawn, the Tesla rifle no longer has bugged charge data. As a result, the non-charging variants will deal less damage and the charging variants will actually add damage when charged.[patched] As of
- Note: -50% damage if fired at a surface and arcing to a target.