Weapons are the primary source of offense (or defense) in the Outer Worlds. There is a wide selection from handguns and melee weapons, to heavier firearms.
Weapons can have modifications installed to alter or enhance their capabilities. For example, the heavy machine gun can be adapted to use shock rounds as opposed to the ballistic projectiles it was originally designed to utilize.
Most weapons will be available during later game as more "Advanced" variants, such as Gold, Ultra, Mk 2, II and 2.0, depending on the manufacturer. These variants have the same stats, but a higher starting level and are therefore more efficient for tinkering.
In The Outer Worlds each weapon inflicts a type of damage, each with its advantages and disadvantages depending on the objective. There are 5 damage types:
- Physical - Weak against armor. No special effects.
- Plasma - Good against flesh but weak against armour. Plasma weapons use high-energy fields to draw in and convert ambient aether into a superheated plasma state. Affected individuals suffer from the burning effect for some seconds
- Corrosion - Good against armor, including automechanicals, mantisaurs and heavy armor. Affected individuals suffer from the corrosion effect for some seconds
- Shock - Extra Damage against automechanicals.
- N-Ray - Bypasses armor, weak against inorganic entities. These weapons bombard enemies with N-Rays. When an enemy takes enough N-Rays damage, they start damaging those around them.
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