Plasma rifle

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 (2.0) 210
26 (ammo)[1]


The plasma rifle was developed by the Capellan Confederation. Based upon their man-portable version, the Confederation created what is essentially a massive flamer.

Plasma weapons use the power of the fusion engine or power amplifiers to power an electromagnetic accelerator to 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 will not explode even if destroyed.[2]

The primary damage mechanism is thermal transfer; the weapon causes serious burns, and often immediate death of living creatures, melting or evaporating other materials. The plasma weapons may also have a significant kinetic energy component, wherein ionized material is projected with sufficient momentum to cause 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


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  1. TechManual, p. 317, "Inner Sphere Weapons and Equipment BV Table"
  2. Total Warfare, p. 139
  3. Technical Readout 3085, p. 252
  4. 4.0 4.1 MilSpecs articles
  5. Technical Readout 3085, p. 236
  6. Technical Readout 3085, p. 118
  7. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 74
  8. Technical Readout: 3145, p. 188
  9. Technical Readout: Irregulars, p. 52, "St. Florian FireMech MOD"
  10. BattleTech Recognition Guide Vol.1: Classics, p. 41
  11. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 66
  12. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 104