Starfield Particle Beam Weapons
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All Particle Beam Weapons in Starfield Listed

Toss around particle beams like a genuine spacer!

Starfield features a vast array of different weapon types, including ballistic and energy, that help provide variety to its combat. While most of us will wield ballistic weapons, for the most part, a certain subset of players (i.e. those who enjoy space lasers) will whip out a particle beam weapon on occasion to devastate foes. If you’re the type, here are all particle beam weapons in Starfield!

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Every Particle Beam Weapon in Starfield

There are only a small handful of particle beam weapons in Starfield, with most being unique weapons found via traders or by completing various quests in the game.

Novalight

Starfield Novalight
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The Novalight is perhaps the weakest particle beam weapon in the game. It’s a compact pistol that utilizes Light Particle Fuse Ammunition, dealing 8 Physical Damage and 25 Energy Damage for every shot.

With a magazine of 12 and a fire rate of 22, the Novalight is a fine sidearm for an energy-based build but outclassed by other weapons in the same category.

Va’ruun Starshard

Starfield Starshard
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Like the Novalight, the Va’ruun Starshard uses Light Particle Fuse Ammunition but deals significantly more damage. As such, it’s typically the better choice when it comes to sidearms. It deals a staggering 26 Physical Damage and 80 Energy Damage, has a magazine size of 12, and a fire rate of 12. While it’s slower than the Novalight, it’s more powerful per shot.

Va’ruun Inflictor

Starfield Inflictor
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The Va’ruun Inflictor is a Particle Beam Rifle that uses Heavy Particle Fuse Ammunition, which deals more damage than the light variety. The Inflictor deals 38 Physical Damage and 113 Energy Damage, making it the go-to choice for a particle beam weapon in Starfield.

With a relatively small magazine size of 20 and a fire rate of 50, you’ll quickly run dry and have to swap magazines often. That said, it’s also the more expensive option, with a staggering cost of 22,500 credits.

Big Bang

Starfield Big Bang
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The Big Bang looks similar to a heavy weapon but is actually a particle beam shotgun that uses Heavy Particle Fuse Ammo. It’s a tough, close-range weapon that I’ve found works well against Terrormorphs in close proximity.

It deals a staggering 32 Physical Damage and 94 Energy Damage, with a magazine size of 8 and a fire rate of 14. It’s slow, hits hard, and will weigh you down.

Unique Particle Beam Weapons

The following unique particle beam weapons are variations of the previous four weapons listed, and they come with unique affixes and weapon modifications already equipped.

  • Eternity’s Gate
    • Physical Damage: 17
    • Energy Damage: 50
    • Location: Defeat The Emissary in Unearthed.
  • Jake’s Hangover Cure
    • Physical Damage: 32
    • Energy Damage: 94
    • Location: Behind Jake’s counter in The Well, New Atlantis
  • Reflection
    • Physical Damage: 42
    • Energy Damage: 137
    • Location: Purchased from traders in New Game +
  • Terror Inflictor
    • Physical Damage: 21
    • Energy Damage: 65
    • Location: Purchased from traders in New Game +
  • The Spacer
    • Physical Damage: 9
    • Energy Damage: 30
    • Location: Purchased from Arboron in Neon City

How to Get Particle Beam Weapons

For the most part, you’ll acquire the various particle beam weapons in Starfield by purchasing them from traders in the major cities. A few you’ll receive from completing quests, specifically in the main questline.

Alternatively, as you progress through the game and hit higher levels, you’ll wind up looting particle beam weapons from dead bodies. The only problem is keeping a stock of ammunition available, as fuse ammo proves rather expensive.

Want to know how to get your hands on a cool pistol? Check out our guide on how to get the Trickshot in Starfield.


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