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FO76 publicteam xpd.pngFor an overview of plasma pistol variants, see plasma pistol.
For the Gun Runners' Arsenal version of this weapon, see Plasma Defender (GRA).


The Plasma Defender is an energy weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.

Gameplay

The Plasma Defender is a powerful energy-based pistol that fires superheated bolts of green plasma. It is able to punch through most critters and low-level armor with ease, when compared to the more commonly found and cheaper Laser Pistol.

In comparison to the standard Laser Pistol, the Plasma Defender deals more than 3 times the damage per shot and over twice as much damage-per-second (DPS). This is offset by the fact that it consumes Energy Cells at twice the rate, has reduced durability, and has a slightly increased Weapon Spread. Additionally, it causes a large green burst of plasma upon firing which in addition to partially obscuring the view, travels at a slower rate, resulting in the need to lead the target.

In comparison to the Plasma Pistol, the Plasma Defender does an additional 5 damage per shot, has a reduced critical chance, and is less durable. However, the Plasma Defender is a more accurate weapon, uses fewer Action Points in V.A.T.S. and has a higher rate of fire in real-time, delivering almost twice as much DPS. Unlike the Plasma Pistol, the Plasma Defender is not considered a holdout weapon.

Durability

The Plasma Defender can fire a total of about 495 times using standard cells, the equivalent of 31 reloads, from full condition before breaking.

Ammunition TypeDurability
ShotsReloads
Standard49531
Bulk58437
Optimized45029
Over charge32921
Max charge19513

Variants

Comparison

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Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted) Weapon name (melee or unarmed) Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted) Weapon name (gun, energy or explosive)
Damage per attack (damage per projectile) Damage per attack (damage per projectile) Damage per second Damage per second
Area of effect damage Area of effect damage Effect damage & duration Effect damage & duration
Bonus effects Bonus effects Attacks per second Attacks per second
Critical chance % multiplier Critical chance % multiplier Critical damage Critical damage
Critical effect damage & duration Critical effect damage & duration With all mods attached With all mods attached
Attacks in V.A.T.S. Attacks in V.A.T.S. Action point cost Action point cost
Damage per action point Damage per action point Weapon spread Weapon spread
Magazine capacity (shots per reload) Magazine capacity (shots per reload) Durability (number of attacks before breaking) Durability (number of attacks before breaking)
Weight Weight Value in caps Value in caps
Value to weight ratio Value to weight ratio Skill required Skill required
Strength required Strength required
Weapon name (current weapon is highlighted)Damage per attack (damage per projectile)Damage per secondAttacks per secondCritical Chance % multiplierCritical damageAction Point costDamage per action pointWeapon spreadMagazine capacity (shots per reload)Durability (number of attacks before breaking)WeightValue in capsValue to weight ratioSkill requiredStrength required
Plasma Defender 38
952.5x138201.90.332(16)495230001500502
Plasma Defender Gun Runners' Arsenal38
952.5x138201.90.332(16)495230001500502
Plasma Defender With all weapon mods attached Gun Runners' Arsenal38
952.5x138201.90.164(32)495271003550502

Locations

Notes

  • Plasma Defenders are not randomly sold by any merchants, including the Van Graffs and the Gun Runners. This is due to their absence from a number of leveled item lists while being present on several other lists that are not used. The only exception is a single Plasma Defender which can be found on the display table in front of Gloria Van Graff.
    • This is changed in YUP, and they are a rare energy weapon spawn for vendors.

Bugs

  • PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Marked Men can almost never use their Plasma Defenders, as it is distributed with Microfusion Cells instead of Energy Cells.
    • Repair This is fixed in version 1 of YUP.

Sounds

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ReloadVB.png
JamVB.png

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