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Laser RCW

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Laser RCW
RCW.pngDummyImage.png
Laser RCW with recycler modification.png
Laser RCW icon.png
The RCW without (top) and with the recycler (bottom)
Requirements
SkillEnergy Weapons 50
Strength Req.4
Attack statistics
Dmg/Attack
15 (20.1)
DPS
135 (253.3)
DPS (reload)
106.7 (198.1)
Crit Dmg
15
Crit % Mult
x0.04
Attacks/Sec
9 (12.6)AP20
Projectiles1Spread0.08
Ammo & reloading
Ammo TypeElectron charge pack
Ammo/Shot
1
Shots/Reload
60
Ammo Cap.60
Reload Time
1.8 (1.3)
Other
Weight4Value2150
Item HP400
Repair
Laser RCW
Energy rifles (other)
Editor ID?
Base ID0009073b
Perk Effects
Perks (dam.)
Lord Death
(+0.6)
Perks (Att.)
Fast Shot
(+1.8)
Perks (Rel.)
Rapid Reload
(-0.4s)
 
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The laser RCW (rapid capacitor weapon)[1] is a weapon in Fallout: New Vegas.

Background

The unique feature of this laser assault rifle that not only gives the weapon its name, but also its unique look and high rate of fire for a laser rifle is the addition of a "drum". This drum contains a bank of 6 capacitors in a circle formation centered around a electron charge pack that charges them,[2] as each capacitor is fired off in succession producing a single laser beam, it is allowed time to recharge up to full capacity while the following capacitors discharge in rotation.

This addition operates under the same basic principle that multi barreled ballistic weapons (such as the minigun) do, with having multiple capacitors like the minigun has multiple barrels, it breaks the rate of fire limitations imposed by having a single capacitor. It should also be noted that the laser RCW uses a larger type of ammunition than the rest of the rifles, which is primarily used by weapons in the heavy category.

Characteristics

With adequate energy weapons skill and Strength, this weapon exhibits amazing accuracy due to a low weapons spread, making it useful for taking down enemies at almost any range. Being a direct energy weapon it has no recoil allowing for continuous accurate fire. However, using it extensively on full-auto requires large amounts of ammunition. A partial solution to this problem is to apply the laser RCW modification, which recycles every fourth discharge. It also has the lowest critical chance of any energy weapon in the entire game.

Using true iron sights can become difficult with this weapon as the bright flash and pulse emitted when this weapon fires can easily obscure the tiny field of vision that the iron sights allow. This effect is especially pronounced in low light conditions.

A fully repaired laser RCW can fire a total of 1995 standard rounds, or roughly 33 magazines, before breaking.

Modifications

Locations

Notes

  • The maximum attainable critical hit chance with this weapon (in V.A.T.S.) is 26%.

Gallery

Sounds

SingleShotVB.png ReloadVB.png JamVB.png

Behind the scenes

  • According to the filename for the icon, the Laser RCW was originally going to be called the Laser PDW (personal defense weapon).

References

  1. A post by Josh Sawyer on the official Bethesda forums
  2. In-game model of the laser RCW in Fallout: New Vegas.