General Energy Weapons Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'General Fallout Discussion' started by TheAnimeHunter, Jun 11, 2022.

  1. TheAnimeHunter

    TheAnimeHunter First time out of the vault

    Mar 25, 2021
    I feel like we barely know squat about Energy Weapons. Who made laser/plasma weapons if not the U.S. Military/Contractors? Are the energy weapons in Fallouts 1 and 2 supposed to be the same as the energy weapons in New Vegas? Why do energy weapons (in New Vegas) look so cheap?

    I'm not saying these questions have to be answered. It's just odd that with Power Armor, Vaults and Robots we have lore to give context as to why they exist and why they're seein in the games - but for energy weapons there really isn't anything like that. (At least, as far as I'm aware.)
  2. Iprovidelittlepianos

    Iprovidelittlepianos Vault Senior Citizen

    May 12, 2020
    Well the plasma rifle from F1/2 (plasma caster in NV) was made by Winchester, the F1/2 plasma pistol was made by Glock, and the F1/2 laser pistols and rifles were made by a company called Wattz.

    The Bethesda models don’t have companies listed as far as I know.
  3. TheAnimeHunter

    TheAnimeHunter First time out of the vault

    Mar 25, 2021
    Wait, isn't Winchester a IRL company and Glock just a really big gun?
  4. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Guest


    This is a thread about energy weapons so you can expel some text if you want about how real things work really. Feel free to ignore. :)

    The Glock is just a shitty pistol. Yeah Winchester is a real company.
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  5. william dempsey

    william dempsey Veteran of the psychic wars. [REDACTED]

    Jan 23, 2022
    If the player has loads of points in unarmed and also energy weapons how is damage calculated wearing a power fist.
  6. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite Board Cop oTO

    Aug 16, 2010
    Glock is a real company, too ^^
    It has already been answered who made the energy weapons, additionally the Gatling Laser in Fallout 1/2 was made by Heckler & Koch. There's also the Yuma Flats Energy Consortium that made the pulse rifle and pistol in Fallout 2.
    It's not just military either, the laser pistol in Fallout 1/2 is specifically a civilian model, so we know that energy weapons were, to some degree, available to civilians as well.
    The energy weapons in Fallout 1/2 and New Vegas kinda overlap, but New Vegas also has the Fallout 3 energy weapons. So the laser pistol, plasma pistol, laser rifle, and plasma rifle are from Fallout 3, but the plasma defender and plasma caster are supposed to be the ones from the classics. Gatling laser looks too different as well.
    As for why they look cheap, well, that's mostly down to design choices of the arts department. Particularly the plasma rifle and pistol have this rather fragile pulp scifi look to them because Bethesda really went for the 1950's look, and that carried over. The laser rifle is actually one of the few designs I really like from the 3D games, it looks rugged and really what a real life laser rifle might look like.
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  7. eissa

    eissa Artanis "Altáriel" Nerwen Nos Finwe

    Jan 7, 2016
    @Hassknecht Someone told me that the protectron arm laser from Fallout 3 Pitt DLC can cut a man's head clean from his neck. With just single precise zap. How much kinetic energy do you think this would require?

    Because this is basically 40k Lasgun feat AFAIK.

    AMA Science 2.0: NMA edition