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Dual-Circuit EMP Rifle
Emprifle
Weapon Stats
Requirements Energy Weapons - 6
Ammunition Portable Battery
Magazine Size 100
Attack Type Single Shot
Overcharge
Damage 10 (Single Shot)
15 (Overcharge)
Summon Code "emp rifle"
[Source]


When the first atomic weapons were tested in the middle of the 20th century, it was noted that not only did the weapons themselves do catastrophic damage, the electro-magnetic pulse they released coincident with the blast effectively neutralized most electronic devices for miles.
~ Dr. Edward Chung, Chief Technological Officer, TriOptimum Research

The Dual-Circuit EMP Rifle is a weapon found in System Shock 2 and is the most advanced Energy Weapon in the game. It fires a fast projectile which is blue in color and deals high damage to all mechanical opponents within the blast radius.

History

The EMP rifle’s origins lie back in the 20th century, where it was discovered that a residual effect of nuclear explosions was the total disruption of radio and electrical signals. Scientists were able to isolate the magnetic pulse that caused this disruption and incorporate it into a weapon that was devastatingly effective against androids, cyborgs and robots. However, it has absolutely no effect against non-cybernetic organic targets.

Requirements

The EMP Rifle requires Energy Weapons skill level 6 to use. No research is required.

Ammunition Types

Battery Portable Battery - This weapon features a built-in electrical capacitor which is rechargeable and allows it to fire Energy Projectile.

Damage Table

Annelid Half-Annelid Mech Half-Mech Basic Final Boss
Energy Blast x0 x0 x4 x2 x0 x1.5

Firing Modes

  • Single Shot - It fires a single shot when the trigger is pulled and consumes 2 units of electric energy per shot.
  • Overcharge - It fires a single shot when the trigger is pulled and consumes 20 units of electric energy per shot. The shot has a 50% larger blast radius (for a 337.5% larger area of effect) and deals 50% more damage.

Modifications

  • Upgrade 1 - Increases storage capacity by 50%, which is counting Maintenance bonus, and increases damage by 10%.
  • Upgrade 2 - Decreases energy consumption by 50%, increases projectile speed by 50% and increases damage to a total of 25%.

Strategies

  • When using Armor-Piercing Bullets, the M-22 Assault Rifle does exactly the same amount of damage as the EMP Rifle, making the EMP Rifle's usefulness somewhat questionable. Generally speaking, you should fulfill the requirements of the EMP Rifle only if you want to maximize the effectiveness of other Energy Weapons like the Laser Rapier.
    • That said, the EMP Rifle does have advantages over the Assault Rifle - it is recoilless, does not need to reload and has a theoretically unlimited amount of ammunition via recharger stations, though it requires a maintenance skill of 6 to maintain.
  • It does no damage to non-mechanical enemies. If you chose to use it you will need another weapon to destroy the Nodes of the Brain of The Many.
  • This weapon essentially exaggerates all the strengths and weaknesses of the Laser Pistol, and as such it has similar utility.
  • Using the OVER mode is inefficient as it only does 50% more damage but consumes 900% more energy. Only use it when you really have to deal a lot of damage in one shot or against a large number of vulnerable enemies. Shooting twice at a lone target using the NORM mode deals more damage and consumes far less energy. 
  • A fully modified EMP Rifle can fire 240 primary shots before running out of energy. Considering that there are no recharger stations at all on the UNN Rickenbacker, it is advisable to modify and charge it before leaving the Von Braun.
  • It is also recommended to upgrade your Maintenance skill in order to raise its energy capacity.
  • All enemies in the Where Am I? level are susceptible to EMP damage, with the exception of SHODAN's shield, making the EMP rifle a good choice.

Bugs/Glitches

  • The EMP Rifle located in the armory on the MedSci Deck is unbreakable. It will still decay, but will never jam regardless of its condition.[1]
  • All three EMP Rifles on the Recreation Deck are also unbreakable.[1]
  • Modification level 1 of this weapon is said to increase projectile speed by 50%, but in fact, Modification level 2 does it.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 http://www.ttlg.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=9964

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