Plasmasword

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Plasmasword

Plasmasword

A metal-cored sword with a cutting edge. Plasma is wrapped around the core, held in place by an energy field. Targets are both sliced by the metal core, as well as burned or ignited by the plasma sheath.

Base Stats

Type
EquipmentWeapons
Tech Level
Ultra
Class
Ultra
Market Value
2000 Silver
Mass
2 kg

Melee Combat

Mode
Melee
Melee Attack 1
Handle
12 dmg (Blunt)
2.0 seconds cooldown
18% armor penetration
Melee Attack 2 
Point
21 dmg (Stab)
2.6 seconds cooldown
32% armor penetration
Melee Attack 3 
edge
21 dmg (Cut)
2.6 seconds cooldown
32% armor penetration
Melee Average DPS
7.85
Melee Average AP
30%
Technical
weaponTags
UltratechMelee
thingSetMakerTags
RewardStandardMidFreq


The Plasmasword is a melee weapon added by the Royalty DLC that does a decent amount of damage, has a medium cooldown, and deals sharp damage with the bonus of frequently setting the opponent on fire.

Acquisition

Plasmaswords cannot be crafted, instead they can only be purchased from Outlander and Empire combat suppliers and faction bases, or recieved as a quest reward.

They can also be obtained from the following raider types:

Raider Kind Chance Average Quality Health
Champion ?% ? 70-230%
Nobles (All) ?% Excellent 100%

Summary

Plasmaswords perform largely the same as any other melee weapon, with one primary difference. When performing the Cut and Stab attacks, a successful strike has a 50% chance to do an extra 10 Flame damage. As with all Flame damage, this damage has no AP and if it successfully damages the target, there is a chance to set them on fire.

Despite being an incendiary weapon, pyromaniac pawns equipped with plasmaswords will not have the +5 Pyromaniac has incendiary weapon mood buff they receive from using molotov cocktails or incendiary launchers. It is currently unknown whether this is intended behavior, or a bug.

Analysis

The plasmasword will often set enemies on fire. Enemies on fire will run around wildly and are unable to fight back. This makes the plasmasword dominant in a 1v1 fight, or in any melee fight out in the open. However, the fire can end up being a major drawback. Enemies on fire will ignore collision, meaning that they will run right past a melee block, end up behind your colonists, attack from the back, and ruin your formation.

Mechanoids are completely immune to fire or heat, so other ultratech weapons or even a plasteel longsword are superior in those situations. In addition, outlanders and pirates will often carry firefoam pop packs. Firefoam packs will activate when its user is set on fire, immediately extinguishing them. Any pawn inside the leftover firefoam is immune to ignition.

If you have the option, buying any of the other ultratech melee weapons tends to be more generally useful.

Quality table

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    Plasmasword Plasmasword Handle (Blunt)Point (Stab)Edge (Cut) 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 6.12 22.8% 9.6 2s 14.4% 4.8 25% 16.8 2.6s 25.6% 6.46 38% 16.8 2.6s 25.6% 6.46 38% 100 1000 Silver
    Poor 6.89 25.65% 10.8 2s 16.2% 5.4 25% 18.9 2.6s 28.8% 7.27 38% 18.9 2.6s 28.8% 7.27 38% 100 1500 Silver
    Normal 7.65 28.5% 12 2s 18% 6 25% 21 2.6s 32% 8.08 38% 21 2.6s 32% 8.08 38% 100 2000 Silver
    Good 8.42 31.35% 13.2 2s 19.8% 6.6 25% 23.1 2.6s 35.2% 8.88 38% 23.1 2.6s 35.2% 8.88 38% 100 2500 Silver
    Excellent 9.18 34.2% 14.4 2s 21.6% 7.2 25% 25.2 2.6s 38.4% 9.69 38% 25.2 2.6s 38.4% 9.69 38% 100 3000 Silver
    Masterwork 11.1 41.33% 17.4 2s 26.1% 8.7 25% 30.45 2.6s 46.4% 11.71 38% 30.45 2.6s 46.4% 11.71 38% 100 4000 Silver
    Legendary 12.63 47.03% 19.8 2s 29.7% 9.9 25% 34.65 2.6s 52.8% 13.33 38% 34.65 2.6s 52.8% 13.33 38% 100 5000 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

    Note that DPS does not take the chance of Flame damage into account.

    Version history

    • Royalty DLC Release - Added.
    • 1.2.2719 - Damage increased from 19 to 20, extra flame damage chance increased from 30% to 50%.