Charge lance

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Charge lance

Charge lance

A pulse-charged rail-assisted lance weapon. It fires a single shot at high velocity, charging it with unstable energy as it leaves the acceleration rail.

Base Stats

Type
EquipmentWeapons
Tech Level
Spacer
Class
Spacer
Market Value
1355 Silver
Mass
8 kg

Ranged Combat

Mode
Single-Shot
Damage
30 dmg (Bullet)
Armor penetration
45%
Warm-Up
102 ticks (1.7 secs)
Cooldown
162 ticks (2.7 secs)
Range
29.9 tile(s)
Accuracy
65% - 85% - 85% - 75%
Avg. accuracy
79.5%
Velocity
120 (m/s)
Burst Count
1 (per burst)
DPS
6.82 (5.42)
Stopping power
1.5

Melee Combat

Melee Attack 1
Stock
9 dmg (Blunt)
2.0 seconds cooldown
13% armor penetration
Melee Attack 2 
Barrel
9 dmg (Blunt)
2.0 seconds cooldown
13% armor penetration
Melee Attack 3 
Barrel
9 dmg (Poke)
2.0 seconds cooldown
13% armor penetration
Melee Average DPS
4.5
Melee Average AP
13%

Creation

Crafted At
Fabrication bench
Required Research
Pulse charged munitions
Skill Required
Crafting 9
Work To Make
60,000 ticks (16.67 mins)
Resources to make
Plasteel 60 + Advanced component 3
Technical
weaponTags
Gun, SpacerGun, MechanoidGunMedium
thingSetMakerTags
RewardStandardLowFreq, RewardStandardQualitySuper


The charge lance is a heavy, single-shot ranged weapon which deals a high amount of damage per shot with commensurate AP, a longer time between shots, an above-average range and high overall accuracy.

Acquisition

Charge lances can be produced at a fabrication bench with a minimum crafting skill of 9 once the pulse charged munitions research has been completed for Plasteel 60 Plasteel, Advanced component 3 Advanced component and 60,000 ticks (16.67 mins) of work. Charge lances can also be found in ancient shrines or purchased from outlander and orbital combat suppliers, as well as outlander settlements.

Lancers are the only enemy in the core game to use charge lances, but they aren't dropped when the lancer dies. Therefore, there is no way to acquire charge lances from raiders in the core game. With the Royalty DLC enabled, however, Janissaries, Cataphracts, and Stellic Defenders from the Empire have a possibility to spawn with a charge lance equipped.

Analysis

The charge lance deals the highest damage per shot of all non-explosives, so has gained a reputation for dismembering and outright killing people (along with the pila and sniper rifle). It also has the highest armor penetration of all wieldable weapons, and it can stagger humans and slightly larger targets like megaspiders. Range is also above average, just below the assault rifle.

But, for an endgame weapon, the charge lance's overall DPS is actually quite low. It's worse than an assault rifle of the same quality outside of point blank range. Close up, it loses to the heavy SMG and even machine pistol, let alone the chain shotgun. Again, this is before quality; due to its cost, it's often more efficient to try and get a high quality assault rifle.

The high damage per shot means that it can quickly dismember pawns. Not a great quality against human raiders, as higher DPS kills faster on average (through pain shock) than organ loss. However, it is an very dangerous property when used against your colony, as raiders far outnumber colonists; just 1 shot can permanently cripple an important member. As a result, lancers should be priority targets, especially before you have easy access to artificial parts. This also makes it a great hunting weapon, though a sniper rifle remains better.

Stats

Against a human target with 45% or lower armor on all layers, a normal-quality charge lance can kill with 2 hits to the torso, 1-2 hits to the head, or 1 hit to the neck or brain; cripple or destroy limbs with a single hit; and destroy eyes and digits with a single hit. It'll generally take around 3 hits (~16.6 seconds average) to incapacitate that human from pain shock. A legendary-quality charge lance can 1-shot any body part or organ in a human pawn's body, and with an armor penetration of 67.5%, can do so against even quite heavily armored targets.

A charge lance is best paired with a trigger-happy pawn at shorter ranges and a careful shooter at longer ranges. The exact range transition depends on shooting level, being as low as 4 cells at Shooting level 5 and as high as 24 cells at Shooting level 20. At its maximum range of 30 cells, a charge lance is always better in the hands of a careful shooter than a trigger-happy pawn, or one without either trait, regardless of Shooting level.

Quality table

Ranged

  • Quality Dam. AP Accuracy
    (Touch)
    Accuracy
    (Short)
    Accuracy
    (Medium)
    Accuracy
    (Long)
    DPS
    (Optimal)
    DPS
    (Touch)
    DPS
    (Short)
    DPS
    (Medium)
    DPS
    (Long)
    Market
    Value
    Awful Charge lance 27 40.5% 52% 68% 68% 60% 6.14 3.19 4.17 4.17 3.68 675 Silver
    Poor Charge lance 30 45% 59% 77% 77% 68% 6.82 4.02 5.25 5.25 4.64 1015 Silver
    Normal Charge lance 30 45% 65% 85% 85% 75% 6.82 4.43 5.8 5.8 5.12 1355 Silver
    Good Charge lance 30 45% 72% 94% 94% 83% 6.82 4.91 6.41 6.41 5.66 1695 Silver
    Excellent Charge lance 30 45% 78% 100% 100% 90% 6.82 5.32 6.82 6.82 6.14 2030 Silver
    Masterwork Charge lance 37.5 56.25% 88% 100% 100% 100% 8.53 7.5 8.53 8.53 8.53 3355 Silver
    Legendary Charge lance 45 67.5% 98% 100% 100% 100% 10.23 10.03 10.23 10.23 10.23 4355 Silver
    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.
  • Melee

  • Material DPS[1] AP[1] Stock (Blunt) Barrel (Blunt)Barrel (Poke) Value [ExpandCollapse]
    Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2]
    Awful Charge lance 3.6 10.4% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 33% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 33% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 33% 675 Silver
    Poor Charge lance 4.05 11.7% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 33% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 33% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 33% 1015 Silver
    Normal Charge lance 4.5 13% 9 2s 13% 4.5 33% 9 2s 13% 4.5 33% 9 2s 13% 4.5 33% 1355 Silver
    Good Charge lance 4.95 14.3% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 33% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 33% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 33% 1695 Silver
    Excellent Charge lance 5.4 15.6% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 33% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 33% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 33% 2030 Silver
    Masterwork Charge lance 6.53 18.85% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 33% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 33% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 33% 3355 Silver
    Legendary Charge lance 7.43 21.45% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 33% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 33% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 33% 4355 Silver
    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.
    1. 1.0 1.1 Note: This is the actual base average derived from the melee verb system updated in 1.1.2610, it may sometimes disagree with the listed value in the in-game infobox.
      It may also change depending on the stats and the melee verbs available to the wielder
    2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Chance for attack to be selected, assuming only the weapon's attack verbs are considered. It may change depending on the melee verbs available to the wielder
  • Version history

    • Beta 19 - received a slight damage buff (27 --> 30), a slight reduction in time to aim and increase in attack cooldown, leaving fire rate more or less the same. It also received a crafting recipe, allowing humans to use them.
    • 1.1 - range and long range accuracy was nerfed (37 --> 30; 80% --> 75%).