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Plasma Rifle is a research project in XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

In-Game Description[]


An amazing piece of technology - this rifle maintains a seemingly normal form factor while housing a fully functional plasma generator inside. Even the most modern of our current power generation facilities on Earth are less efficient than this small device.

Project Report[]

Codename: Kestral

It took an extensive effort by the research team to reduce the considerable mass of the larger alien plasma rifle. By replacing the outer frame components with composite materials, we've managed to substantially reduce the weight, without compromising the weapon's power output or accuracy. These reductions did coincide with the added heft of a larger power supply, but we still managed to net an overall reduction of several kilograms. The substantial increases in firing rate and overall damage output versus our other prototype variants also required some additional modifications to the integrated Elerium power cell.

The end result of this work is a highly advanced, mobile plasma discharge weapon that improves on nearly all aspects of the conventional X-9 rifle. I believe the engineering team is now on standby to begin production of this weapon at your discretion. Any alien rifles recovered from the field can also be modified for our own use following the techniques we've developed.

Project Requirements[]

Prerequisites: Light Plasma Rifle or salvage Plasma Rifle
Research Point Cost: 340 Points
Project Cost: 10 Elerium, 10 Alloys, 40 Weapon Fragments

Items Unlocked[]

Research Projects Unlocked[]

Other Unlocks[]

  • Plasma Rifles recovered from aliens in the battlefield can now be used by soldiers.