Plasma Rifle

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Man Portable Plasma Rifle, used on battle armor.
Plasma Rifle
Production information
Type Energy (Direct-Fire, Heat-Inducing, Anti-Infantry)
Tech Base Inner Sphere
Year Availability 3068 (CC)
Technical specifications
Heat 10
Damage 10
Minimum Range 0
Short Range 1-5
Medium Range 6-10
Long Range 11-15
Tons 6
Critical Slots 2
Ammo Per Ton 10
Cost (unloaded) 260,000
Ammo Cost (per ton) 10,000
BV (1.0) N/A
BV (2.0) 210[1]
26 (Ammo)[1]


The Plasma Rifle was developed by the Capellan Confederation. Based upon their man-portable version, the Confederation was able to create what is essentially a massive Flamer.

Plasma weapons use the power of the fusion engine or power amplifiers to power an electromagnetic accelerator that fires a stream, pulse or toroid of plasma (i.e. very hot, energetic, and excited matter). The plasma is created by using a lasing process to flash cartridges of plastic foam into white-hot projectiles that cause thermal as well as physical damage. Because this foam ammo is inert, it cannot explode even if it is destroyed.[2]

The primary damage mechanism of these is thermal transfer; the weapon causes serious burns, and often immediate death of living creatures, and melts or evaporates other materials. The plasma weapons may also have a significant kinetic energy component, that is to say the ionized material is projected with sufficient momentum to cause some secondary impact damage in addition to causing high thermal damage.

In addition to dealing scatter damage, the Plasma Rifle inflicts either 1-6 points of heat or an extra 2-12 points of damage, depending on the unit it strikes:

Unit Heat Additional Damage
Unarmored Infantry N/A 2D6
Mechanized Infantry N/A 2D6
Battle Armor N/A 2D6
DropShip 1D6 None
JumpShip 1D6 None
Aerospace Fighter 1D6 None
BattleMech 1D6 None
ProtoMech N/A 2D6
Vehicle N/A 2D6
Individual Infantry N/A 5E/10CS


Ceres Arms Crusher[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Capella Ceres Metals Industries PXH-5L Phoenix Hawk
MNG-8L Měngqín

Defiance Novashot Model 2[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
St. Florian MOD [6]

Tiegart Incinerator[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Nirasaki Maltex Corporation Panther [7]

Victory Blast Furnace[edit]

Manufactured on Manufactured by Typically used in References
Quentin Independence Weaponry Peacekeeper [8]

Not classified[edit]

Model Used by
Ceres Arms Plasma Rifle [9] IS MHL-6MC Marshal (Mech)
Ceres Arms Plasma Rifle [10] IS TSG-9C Ti Ts’ang (Mech)
Ceres Arms Plasma Rifle [11] IS Y-H11G Yu Huang (Mech)
CeresArms Crusher Plasma Rifles [12] IS crd-8l Crusader (Mech)
ChisComp 12000 Plasma Rifle [13] IS GRM - Garm (Mech)
Defiance NovaShot Model 2 Plasma Rifle [14] IS EFT-7X Eisenfaust (Mech)
Defiance NovaShot Model 2 Plasma Rifle [15] IS KGC-009 King Crab (Mech)
Flametech Inferno Plasma Rifle [16] IS Moltke MBT (Vehicle)


  1. 1.0 1.1 TechManual, p. 317, "Inner Sphere Weapons and Equipment BV Table"
  2. Total Warfare, p. 139
  3. Milspecs Articles
  4. "Technical Readout 3085", p. 236
  5. "Technical Readout 3085", p. 118
  6. Technical Readout: Irregulars, p. 52, "St. Florian FireMech MOD"
  7. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 66
  8. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 104
  9. Milspecs
  10. Milspecs
  11. Milspecs
  12. 3085 p. 252
  13. Milspecs
  14. 3085 p. 74
  15. Technical Readout: 3145 p. 188
  16. 3085 p. 42