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YK42B pulse rifle (Fallout 2)

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For an overview of pulse rifle models throughout the Fallout series, see Pulse rifle.
YK42B pulse rifle
Fo2 YK42B Pulse Rifle.png
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Damage & attacks
Damage54 - 78
Damage TypeElectrical
Attack Modes
SingleAction pointsIcon action.png AP: 5
RangeIcon range.png Range: 30
Ammunition
Ammo TypeMicrofusion cell
Capacity10
Requirements
Strength6
Hands2
Other
Weight9
Value$ 17500
weapon perkWeapon Penetrate
Technical
Prototype id00000397
Message FilePRO ITEM.MSG
 
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The YK42B pulse rifle is an energy weapon in Fallout 2.

The YK42B is an electrical pulse weapon that was developed by the Yuma Flats Energy Consortium. It is considered a far superior weapon to the YK32 Pulse Pistol, having a greater charge capacity and range.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

While named similarly to the pulse grenade and pulse rifle prototype, it is not actually an electromagnetic pulse weapon, but instead shoots electrical pulses effective against all targets, not just electronic devices. This is the most powerful single-shot weapon you'll find in the game, next to the Alien blaster. However, its hitting power is offset by its relatively short range and low ammunition capacity when compared to the likes of Gauss weapons. This gun is also less accurate than Gauss weapons due to the lack of ammunition modifiers.

Scoring a killing blow on an enemy by either a critical, Bloody Mess trait or simply a powerful attack will turn the enemy into dust. While this is no trouble for opponents that have no inventory, it is a source of great annoyance when you try to loot an enemy. Since there is no longer a body, you have to pick up the items, which are scattered all over the ground, one by one. But you can go around this by turning the violence level down.

Weapon Ammo Performance vs. armor
None Leather jacket Leather armor Metal armor Combat armor Power armor Advanced power armor
Laser rifle
Laser rifle (ext. cap.)
MFC

25 - 50

20 - 40

20 - 40

4.75 - 11

6.8 - 16.8

1.4 - 6.4

0.6 - 3.1

Plasma rifle MFC

30 - 65

27 - 58.5

27 - 58.5

20.8 - 48.8

13 - 30.5

12 - 33

6 - 20

Turbo plasma rifle MFC

35 - 70

31.5 - 63

31.5 - 63

24.8 - 52.8

15.5 - 33

15 - 36

8 - 22

YK42B pulse rifle MFC

54 - 78

37.8 - 54.6

37.8 - 54.6

54 - 78

26 - 38

25.2 - 39.6

15.6 - 25.2

Gatling laser MFC

20 - 40

16 - 32

16 - 32

3.5 - 8.5

4.8 - 12.8

0.4 - 4.4

0.1 - 2.1

Locations[edit | edit source]

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • The YK42B, unlike the YK32 pulse pistol, doesn't fire a visible purple projectile.