Charge rifle

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Charge rifle

Charge rifle

A charged-shot assault rifle. Pulse-charge technology charges each shot with unstable energy as it leaves the barrel. Released on impact, the charged energy greatly increases the damage done.

Base Stats

Type
EquipmentWeapons
Tech Level
Spacer
Class
Spacer
Market Value
1010 Silver
Mass
4.6 kg

Ranged Combat

Mode
Burst
Damage
15 dmg (Bullet)
Armor penetration
35%
Warm-Up
60 ticks (1 sec)
Cooldown
120 ticks (2 secs)
Range
25.9 tile(s)
Accuracy
55% - 64% - 55% - 45%
Avg. accuracy
58.8%
Velocity
70 (m/s)
Burst Count
3 (per burst)
Burst Ticks
12 ticks (0.2 secs)
(300 RPM )
DPS
13.24 (7.78)
Stopping power
0.5

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 7
Work To Make
45,000 ticks (12.5 mins)
Resources to make
Plasteel 50 + Advanced component 2
Technical
weaponTags
Gun, SpacerGun
thingSetMakerTags
RewardStandardLowFreq, RewardStandardQualitySuper


The charge rifle is an end game weapon with good armor penetration. It fires 3-round bursts dealing slightly higher damage each; a moderate delay between each round; a moderate time between bursts; moderate range and slightly lower overall accuracy.

Acquisition

Charge rifles can be crafted at a Fabrication bench once the Pulse charged munitions research project has been completed. They require Plasteel 50 Plasteel, Advanced component 2 Advanced component, 45,000 ticks (12.5 mins) of work, and a Crafting skill of 7.

Charge rifles can also be found in ancient shrines, or purchased from outlander and orbital combat suppliers, or outlander faction bases. The Rich Explorer starting scenario begins with a single charge rifle.

Raiders never use charge rifles in RimWorld Core Content from Rimworld core game only, however if the Royalty DLC is active, they may be obtained from the following Empire Content added by the Royalty DLC pawn kinds:

Raider Kind Chance Average Quality Health
Janissary Content added by the Royalty DLC ? ? 70-230%
Cataphract Content added by the Royalty DLC ? ? 70-230%
Stellic Defender Content added by the Royalty DLC ? ? 100%

Analysis

The short story is this: Imagine an assault rifle that sacrificed 10-15% of its range and accuracy for a 50% boost to damage and twice the armor penetration and you'll be in the right ballpark. Heavily armored opponents at medium range is the niche where this weapon excels.

Combining a solid per-shot damage with a 3-shot burst naturally makes for a dangerous weapon, which is exactly what the charge rifle is. Range is also fairly good for a multi-shot weapon, being identical to that of the LMG's. Armor penetration is also surprisingly high, being comparable to the sniper rifle's, despite the aforementioned weapon having a significantly higher per-shot damage.

Overall single-target damage output is the second highest out of all player-usable weapons in the game, beaten only by the minigun. Close-up damage output is weaker though relative to cheaper ranged weapons such as the chain shotgun, overall only being comparable to the heavy SMG - still decent in absolute terms though.

Accuracy is also fairly poor, being almost identical to the chain shotgun's. This means that the charge rifle sees a big advantage against large enemies, or even against tightly-packed groups of enemies - though higher-quality LMGs will still fare slightly better in these situations. Additionally, stopping power is lackluster meaning that the charge rifle can't stagger humans, instead being limited to the likes of tortoises and boomrats. The warmup/cooldown cycle is also quite long for a multi-shot ranged weapon, only being slightly shorter than the bolt-action rifle's.

Finally, the charge rifle is very difficult to acquire until lategame since its production requirements are high and because raiders don't use charge rifles.

Overall, the charge rifle is best suited as somewhat of an offensive weapon due to its overall damage output, being fairly consistent across all distances which the charge rifle can cover. The charge rifle's also a decent hunting weapon due to its solid per-shot damage combined with moderate range.

Against an unarmored human, a charge rifle can kill with 3 hits to the torso, 2-3 hits to the head, 2 hits to the neck, or 1 hit to the brain; cripple limbs in 2 hits; and cripple or destroy eyes and digits with a single hit. It'll generally take around 5 hits (~9.7 seconds average) to incapacitate that human from pain shock.

Overall, the charge rifle is best paired with a careful shooter up to level 16, and with a trigger-happy shooter beyond that point.

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 rifle 13.5 31.5% 44% 51% 44% 36% 11.92 5.24 6.08 5.24 4.29 505 Silver
    Poor Charge rifle 15 35% 50% 58% 50% 41% 13.24 6.62 7.68 6.62 5.43 755 Silver
    Normal Charge rifle 15 35% 55% 64% 55% 45% 13.24 7.28 8.47 7.28 5.96 1010 Silver
    Good Charge rifle 15 35% 61% 70% 61% 50% 13.24 8.08 9.27 8.08 6.62 1260 Silver
    Excellent Charge rifle 15 35% 66% 77% 66% 54% 13.24 8.74 10.19 8.74 7.15 1515 Silver
    Masterwork Charge rifle 18.75 43.75% 74% 86% 74% 61% 16.55 12.25 14.23 12.25 10.1 2525 Silver
    Legendary Charge rifle 22.5 52.5% 83% 96% 83% 68% 19.86 16.48 19.07 16.48 13.5 4010 Silver
    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.
  • Melee

  • Material DPS[1] AP[1] Stock (Blunt) Barrel (Blunt)
    Barrel (Poke) Value
    Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2]
    Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2]
    Awful Charge rifle 3.6 10.4% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 33.33% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 33.33%
    7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 33.33% 505 Silver
    Poor Charge rifle 4.05 11.7% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 33.33% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 33.33%
    8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 33.33% 755 Silver
    Normal Charge rifle 4.5 13% 9 2s 13% 4.5 33.33% 9 2s 13% 4.5 33.33%
    9 2s 13% 4.5 33.33% 1010 Silver
    Good Charge rifle 4.95 14.3% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 33.33% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 33.33%
    9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 33.33% 1260 Silver
    Excellent Charge rifle 5.4 15.6% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 33.33% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 33.33%
    10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 33.33% 1515 Silver
    Masterwork Charge rifle 6.53 18.85% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 33.33% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 33.33%
    13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 33.33% 2525 Silver
    Legendary Charge rifle 7.43 21.45% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 33.33% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 33.33%
    14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 33.33% 4010 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

    Trivia

    According to the lore, charged-shot weapons fire projectiles coated in a matrix of magnetically-contained charged particles. On impact, the energy in the particles is released in a very efficient explosion and greatly increasing the damage done.

    In the now-obsolete Quick Primer, charge weapons were also referred to as Tokamak weapons and required high amounts of power to fire. This necessitated powering by hex-cells at small scales (like Charge Rifles), or fusion reactors in the case of large cannons. With the obsolescence of that fiction primer, and the publication of a new primer that omits, but does not contradict, those details, the canonicity of this lore is now unclear.

    Version history

    • 0.0.245 - Now has a unique sound.
    • Approximately A9 - Renamed from R-4 Charge Rifle to Charge rifle.
    • 0.12.910 - Rebalanced.
    • Beta 18 - Received a nerf to damage.
    • Beta 19 - Received a damage and range buff, and accuracy and fire rate nerf. Its recipe was also changed, and raiders no longer use charge rifles.