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 a spacer-tech weapon that fires 3-round bursts. It has good armor penetration, moderate range, and slightly lower 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 components, 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.

Human 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

Charge rifles are endgame tier weapons. In terms of DPS, the charge rifle is only beaten by the chain shotgun and minigun, after considering accuracy. The former has a rather short range, and the latter carries a massive cooldown cycle. The charge rifle has none of their downsides; its moderate range, higher AP, and powerful, three shot burst make it a flexible weapon. A minor downside is that it can't stagger humans.

The main issue with using charge rifles is cost. They require advanced components - which are largely impractical to amass before Advanced Fabrication is available. Raiders outside of the EmpireContent added by the Royalty DLC won't ever carry the charge rifle and their appearance in trade inventories is rare, expensive, and limited in quality compared to crafting. For most of the game, you'll have to rely on cheaper weapons. Quality has a major impact - you could get a normal quality charge rifle by trading, but it could be matched or outperformed by an excellent heavy SMG or assault rifle your colony created.

The disparity in cost becomes even more relevant when mass producing weapons in hopes of rolling higher qualities. For example: before AP, a masterwork assault rifle outperforms all charge rifles of a lower quality, and has a superior range. You can often create double the amount of assault rifles for the same investment. This makes mass producing high quality, lower tech weapons a viable alternative when resources and crafting expertise are limited.

Compared to assault rifles

Charge rifles, as general purpose 3-burst firearms, are very similar to assault rifles. The latter is noticeably cheaper, but also comes with several advantages.

For the same quality, a charge rifle has roughly +20% more pre-accuracy DPS, +50% damage per shot, and twice the armor penetration. At all qualities, charge rifles do more post-accuracy, pre-armor DPS at touch, short, and medium range than an equivalent quality assault rifle, even before accounting for the superior AP. In some specific cases and range bands, this disparity can be even jump an additional quality level. For example, a good charge rifle is superior to an excellent assault rifle at touch and short ranges, though it remains inferior at medium and long.

However, the charge rifle also has 5 tiles less range, allowing the AR to outrange the majority of enemies and lay fire for longer before melee enemies can close the distance. Therefore, ARs can still be the more appealing choice when a higher enough quality assault rifle is available, or when range is beneficial, such as when kiting.

  • Quality

In general, an assault rifle ~1 quality level is better at and past the medium range band, before considering AP. Because of the significant impact of quality at masterwork and legendary, a masterwork AR is better at any range than an excellent charge rifle, again before considering AP.

Stats

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

  • Feature Toggle
    AttacksEx.pngCheck.png
    QualityCheck.pngEx.png
    Charge rifle Charge rifle Stock (Blunt)Barrel (Blunt)Barrel (Poke) HP Value
    Quality
    DPS[1] AP[1] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2]
    Awful 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% 100 505 Silver
    Poor 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% 100 755 Silver
    Normal 4.5 13% 9 2s 13% 4.5 33% 9 2s 13% 4.5 33% 9 2s 13% 4.5 33% 100 1010 Silver
    Good 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% 100 1260 Silver
    Excellent 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% 100 1515 Silver
    Masterwork 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% 100 2525 Silver
    Legendary 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% 100 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.