The Heavy Plasma is a weapon in XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

In-Game DescriptionEdit

The Heavy Plasma rifle uses an expanded power supply and cooling mechanism to allow for a much higher rate of fire than anything we've fielded previously.

– Engineering description, XCOM: Enemy Unknown


The Heavy Plasma becomes available for production in Engineering after completing the Heavy Plasma research. Additionally, after the research, the soldiers can use Heavy Plasmas acquired by capturing live Muton Elites.

Production Cost:

XCOM: Enemy Unknown, all difficulties: XCOM: Enemy Within, Classic & Impossible difficulties:


  • Effective Range: Medium
  • Base Damage: 8-10
  • Critical Chance: 0%
  • Critical Damage: 14-16

Tactical InfoEdit

▪  Capable of suppressing enemies, if the Heavy has appropriate training
▪  Like all LMG variants, expends ammo quickly
– Tactical Info, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Trivia Edit

  • Muton Elites possess the same weapons, however, unlike humans they wield their Heavy Plasma cannons like Assault Rifles, and fire three concentrated shots at a slow rate, while Heavies fire an eight-shot barrage at around 600 RPM. Presumably this difference is due to the retrofitting of the weapon.
  • Despite the item description, visually it does not fire more shots per attack than other LMG variants.

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