Weapon Guide

Weapon Guide

JRSVengeance

Introduction

Weapons in Anthem generally are at best a secondary damage source in most end game content. While it is possible to build around certain guns as a primary damage source, every javelin has a meta that will be significantly stronger than any build that can be made with weapons. That being said, there are some positives to most weapons, beyond being stat sticks. Although for the most part, you are going to be using them mainly for their stats.

All damage stats are based on a power level 80 legendary version. All impressions of the weapons are the opinions of the author, and may not exactly match your own, but this should serve as a good guide for which to try and which to avoid.

Conclusion

Assault Rifles

Divine Vengeance

Divine Vengeance Assault Rifile

Upgraded Warden: Fires four-shot bursts. Every third weak point hit causes large fire explosions.

Damage
647
Damage Per Second
4108
RPM
600
Effective RPM
381
Ammo
36
Reload Time
2.23
Optimal Range
45
Weakpoint Multiplier
1.75

Divine Vengeance is an Assault Rifle that functions more like a Marksman Rifle, in that it shoots in 4 round bursts. If you are able to hit all 4 shots in an enemy weak point, it will trigger a fire explosion. However, both the damage from the bullet, as well as the fire explosion, are relatively weak.

Elemental Rage

Elemental Rage Assault Rifle

Upgraded Defender: Standard-issue Freelancer rifle. Veteran's Furor: Hitting Elite enemies increases all elemental damage by 5% for 10 seconds. Stacks to 20.

Damage
719
Damage Per Second
5991
RPM
500
Effective RPM
500
Ammo
40
Reload Time
2.23
Optimal Range
35
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

This is the gun that every Storm main wants to have great rolls on. This is because the MW perk will allow you to increase your elemental damage by 100% if you maintain the buff. Ideal rolls would be jav damage in top left and bottom right, gear recharge in top right and elemental damage in bottom left. Elemental Rage also has a hidden bonus for harvesting materials, in that each Elemental Rage equipped will give you a 100% harvest bonus increase. So if you’re farming materials in freeplay, running double Elemental Rage gives you a 200% harvest bonus, on top of any other harvest inscriptions that you might have.

Ralner's Blaze

Ralner's Blaze Assault Rifle

Upgraded Hammerhead: Hardest hitter in assault class. Ignites the target while on a hit-streak (5).

Damage
1015
Damage Per Second
7190
RPM
425
Effective RPM
425
Ammo
30
Reload Time
2.23
Optimal Range
25
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

This is the probably the most used gun in the game. It is used most because the MW perk makes it a fire primer. It is the only gun that deals a fire prime, and one of the few that offer any kind of prime without running a specific component. The fire proc also applies a fire effect, which scales with weapon damage. So if you’re looking at inscriptions on your Ralner’s a +250% weapon damage roll is a lot more valuable that a +250% physical damage roll, as the weapon damage will increase the Fire DoT, while the physical damage will not. For the other guns, physical damage and weapon damage are interchangeable.

Marksman Rifles

Death From Above

Death From Above Marksmen Rifle

Upgraded Guardian: Delivers a powerful three-shot burst. Raptor's Sense: While hovering, increases weak point damage by 235%.

Damage
1283
Damage Per Second
5859
RPM
700
Effective RPM
274
Ammo
24
Reload Time
2.23
Optimal Range
35
Weakpoint Multiplier
1.75

Hot, steaming garbage with a big weak point modifier bonus when hovering. Really only useful on a Storm, which is the class least equipped to do a weapon build.

Soothing Touch

Soothing Touch Marksmen Rifle

Upgraded Anvil: Hits hard, with a slight kickback. Striker's Balance: Hits reduce recoil by 50%. Stacks to 2 for 20 seconds.

Damage
3561
Damage Per Second
10,683
RPM
180
Effective RPM
180
Ammo
12
Reload Time
2.23
Optimal Range
45
Weakpoint Multiplier
1.75

Hot, steaming garbage.

Thunderbolt of Yvenia

Thunderbolt of Yvenia Marksmen Rifle

Upgraded Scout: Basic semi-automatic rifle. Has a 33% chance to deal large electric damage.

Damage
1185
Damage Per Second
4740
RPM
240
Effective RPM
240
Ammo
16
Reload Time
2.23
Optimal Range
45
Weakpoint Multiplier
1.75

Thunderbolt of Yvenia was a part of the original Storm meta, which was a lightning build using Black Ice, Ponder Infinity and Mark of Wrath. Certain changes to the mechanics of the game made it so that Lightning was no longer optimal.  Now it’s just a gun that will deal a little extra lightning damage every 3rd shot.

Light Machine Guns

Artinia's Gambit

Artinia's Gambit Light Machine Gun

Upgraded Relentless: Most balanced gun in its class. When reloading, detonates a Combo explosion on primed targets in the immediate area.

Damage
1576
Damage Per Second
13,133
RPM
500
Effective RPM
500
Ammo
100
Reload Time
2.23
Optimal Range
35
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

MW perk of detonating explosions when you reload would be more useful if it had a decent radius.    Magazine size of 100 makes it mainly useful in proc’ing Focused Freeze or Badge of Devastation.

Cycle of Pain

Cycle of Pain Light Machine Gun

Upgraded Sledgehammer: Slower rate of fire with best striking power. Marksman's Swiftness: Weak point hits increase weapon rate of fire by 10% for 10 seconds. Stacks to 10.

Damage
1869
Damage Per Second
9345
RPM
300
Effective RPM
300
Ammo
50
Reload Time
2.23
Optimal Range
45
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

This is the highest damage LMG. It’s MW perk that increases the rate of fire for weak point hits is also very useful because it’s normally a very slow firing gun. The small magazine capacity means that it tends to run out of ammo quickly when you have the MW perk fully proc’d.

Renewed Courage

Renewed Courage Light Machine Gun

Upgraded Havoc: Fastest rate of fire in class. Survivor's Balance: Last shot reduces recoil by 50% for the next 20 seconds. Stacks to 2.

Damage
1071
Damage Per Second
15,172
RPM
850
Effective RPM
850
Ammo
75
Reload Time
2.23
Optimal Range
25
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

Rate of fire is the only good thing about this weapon. Low damage, decent mag size. Again, good for proc’ing hit streak components, but otherwise to be avoided.

Pulse Accelerators

Bad Omen

Bad Omen Pulse Accelerator

Pulse Accelerators use seal technology to generate destructive energy. Charges to fire a burst of energy projectiles.

Damage
2448
Damage Per Second
5426
RPM
800
Effective RPM
133
Ammo
5
Reload Time
1.7
Optimal Range
35
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

Pulse Accelerator that shoots 5 pulses in succession. Charge time takes too long for how little damage it does. Listed RPM of 800 might be the biggest lie in the entire game. Seems to roll well as a stat stick, though. I’ve got one with double armor and another with double jav damage, but the gun itself is underwhelming.

Grave Digger

Gravedigger Pulse Accelerator

Pulse Accelerators use seal technology to generate destructive energy. Fires an increasingly powerful stream of energy.

Damage
746
Damage Per Second
7460
RPM
600
Effective RPM
600
Ammo
50
Reload Time
1.7
Optimal Range
45
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

The lack of charge time and the increasing amounts of damage that the beam does makes this my favorite pulse accelerator. 50 round magazine goes pretty quick, so finding a big damage roll with mag size is ideal.    The damage does not keep ticking higher if you have a larger magazine- you only get 1 jump, but every shot you add to the magazine is another full damage hit.

Rainmaker

Rainmaker Pulse Accelerator

Pulse Accelerators use seal technology to generate destructive energy. Fires an energy burst that explodes into smaller projectiles.

Damage
3741
Damage Per Second
3304
RPM
120
Effective RPM
53
Ammo
6
Reload Time
1.7
Optimal Range
25
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

Rainmaker is basically a pulse accelerator version of a shotgun. If it could actually proc Acid Slugs I would try to find a lot more uses for it. It used to shoot 12 “pellets” which did very large amounts of damage, but apparently that was too OP, so they dropped it down to 6 pellets now. It still can do decent damage, but it’s not the boss killer that it once was. Listed damage is per pellet, so multiply by 6 for a good hit.

Volt Casters

Flashfire

Flashfire Volt Caster

Volt Casters use seal technology to focus ambient electricity. Fires a lightning attack that jumps from enemy to enemy.

Damage
2301
Damage Per Second
7670
RPM
200
Effective RPM
200
Ammo
20
Reload Time
1.7
Optimal Range
40
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

Flashfire has the best range of the Volt Casters, and the fact that it chains from enemy to enemy is nice.    Main problem is that the damage dealt is low, and electric damage only does 50% to armor, which is where you need damage most often. No charge time is nice, and it’s good for stripping shields.

Jarra's Wrath

Jarra's Wrath Volt Caster

Volt Casters use seal technology to focus ambient electricity. Blasts a short-range lightning arc.

Damage
7132
Damage Per Second
14,264
RPM
120
Effective RPM
120
Ammo
15
Reload Time
1.7
Optimal Range
15
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

The best Volt Caster, as it does decent damage, covers a wide AoE, and can prime electric. The range is very minimal, so it requires that you get up close and personal, but with high damage can wipe out a mob of red bars if they’re clustered together. No charge time, which is nice. Will always have a special place in the hearts of anyone who played it when it originally came out and was the most OP item that the game has ever had. But it’s still useful even after they nerfed it with a patch.

Lightning Rod

Lightning Rod Volt Caster

Volt Casters use seal technology to focus ambient electricity. Calls down lightning on a specific location.

Damage
13,376
Damage Per Second
12,930
RPM
120
Effective RPM
58
Ammo
4
Reload Time
1.7
Optimal Range
25
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

Useful as a detonator if you really need one. Charge time is excessive for how little damage it does.    Runs into the “Electric damage on armor” problem. I have one with 425% damage and I don’t use it on a single javelin, and haven’t since the first week that I got it.

Shotguns

Papa Pump

Papa Pump Shotgun

Upgraded Scattershot: Standard-issue lancer shotgun. Reloading increases force and delivers bonus damage of 100% for 15 seconds. Stacks to 2.

Damage
621
Damage Per Second
776
RPM
75
Effective RPM
75
Ammo
10
Reload Time
1.2
Optimal Range
15
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

MW perk of increasing bonus damage is nice, although the base damage is quite low. Increased Force is tough to judge, and not particularly useful. Reloading can be a pain if you’re anxious and don’t let it get through a full reload when your“magazine” is empty. Really not likely to be used for damage, anyway. Damage is per pellet, with a total of 10 pellets.

Radiant Fortress

Radiant Fortress Shotgun

Upgraded Constrictor: Holding the trigger focuses the sight. Hitting (8) shots in a single burst recharges shields by 35%.

Damage
540
Damage Per Second
675
RPM
75
Effective RPM
75
Ammo
8
Reload Time
1.2
Optimal Range
25
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

Low damage and slow rate of fire, but the MW perk of regenerating shields is useful as a defensive tactic, especially if you are running Softened Blows. Given the right rolls, I would use this on certain builds, but I would never count on it for damage. Damage is per pellet, with a total of 10 pellets.

Rolling Carnage

Rolling Carnage Shotgun

Upgraded Vengeance: Two-shell bursts hit hard. Scout's Advantage: Dashing increases this weapon's damage by 83.3% for 20 seconds. Stacks to 3.

Damage
719
Damage Per Second
1750
RPM
500
Effective RPM
146
Ammo
6
Reload Time
1.2
Optimal Range
15
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

I’ve never found this particularly useful, but it’s one of the better ways to proc Badge of Devastation for Ranger, since you’re almost guaranteed to get 10 hits when you’re shooting 2 shells at a time. Reload time sucks, so you really want a lot of extra magazine size if you’re going to use it. From a base damage perspective, has been calculated to be the highest DPS gun in the game, but other guns are likely better once you have additional damage added onto base.

Blade Slingers

Razorwing

Razorwing Blade Slinger

Blade Slingers charge a circular projectile with dynamic force. Launches a heavy blade that bounces between targets.

Damage
4389
Damage Per Second
4389
RPM
60
Effective RPM
60
Ammo
8
Reload Time
2.8
Optimal Range
25
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

Lowest damage of all of the Blade slingers. The ability of the blade to bounce between targets would be nicer if it was a little smarter, or at least more predictable. I don’t believe there is a way to predict where the blade will bounce after it’s shot. Definitely the worst Blade Slinger.

Riza's Ripper

Riza's Ripper Blade Slinger

Blade Slingers charge a circular projectile with dynamic force. Fires a barbed blade that inflicts ongoing shrapnel damage.

Damage
5947
Damage Per Second
3,568
Blast Damage
4511
Effective RPM
36
RPM
60
Reload Time
2.8
Ammo
3
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

Riza’s is the blade slinger sniper rifle. The blade sinks into an enemy and then stays in them, doing additional damage as it rotates, before finally exploding. If you can get the blade to sink into a weak point, it can do some pretty serious damage.   Charge time seems reasonable for how much damage can be done.

Shard Storm

Shard Storm Blade Slinger

Blade Slingers charge a circular projectile with dynamic force. Launches experimental crystal projectiles across the immediate area.

Damage
9521
Damage Per Second
4761
RPM
60
Effective RPM
30
Ammo
1
Reload Time
2.48
Optimal Range
20
Weakpoint Multiplier
0

Probably the best pure gun in the game. The blades that are shot by Shard Storm will travel through walls, enemies, and anything else in its way.  It does good damage, and can wipe out entire mobs in a way that no other gun can touch. The charge time is pretty long, and it moves slowly, but it will do a lot of damage to anything in its path.

Sniper Rifles

Siege Breaker

Siege Breaker Sniper Rifle

Upgraded Whirlwind: Combination of assault and sniper rifles. On a hit-streak (3), shots freeze the target.

Damage
2179
Damage Per Second
10,895
RPM
300
Effective RPM
300
Ammo
12
Reload Time
2.7
Optimal Range
45
Weakpoint Multiplier
1.75

Nice that it can freeze things, and good for taking down shields. But otherwise, nothing special. The MW perk makes it a better choice than most for a stat stick, but that’s about it.

Truth of Tarsis

Truth of Tarsis Sniper Rifle

Upgraded Devastator: Ammunition explodes on contact. Hitting weak points on enemies under a status effect will set off a chain combo.

Damage
4799
Damage Per Second
15,357
Blast Damage
14,398
Effective RPM
48
RPM
45
Reload Time
2.8
Ammo
1
Weakpoint Multiplier
13

Slow firing, with a big weak point modifier, and the ability to detonate combos. If you want to see how big a damage number you can do with a gun, this is the one to try. Best suited to an Interceptor running Elusive Talisman, to avoid the slow reload time. Damage per second in this case was calculated with both damage lines combined.

Wyvern Blitz

Wyvern Blitz Sniper Rifle

Upgraded Deadeye: Solid, balanced long-range rifle. Raptor's Sense: Hovering while firing increases weapon weak point damage by 185%.

Damage
7350
Damage Per Second
5513
RPM
45
Effective RPM
45
Ammo
5
Reload Time
2.7
Optimal Range
60
Weakpoint Multiplier
3

A more practical sniper rifle than Truth of Tarsis, since there are multiple rounds in the magazine. The    weak point bonus for hovering is nice, and can do decent damage with certain builds.  Will probably do more practical DPS than any other sniper rifle, since you get multiple shots.

Heavy Pistols

Avenging Herald

Avenging Herald Heavy Pistol

Upgraded Blastback: Handgun with solid striking force. Raptor's Deadeye: Hovering increases weapon damage by 200%.

Damage
2090
Damage Per Second
8360
RPM
240
Effective RPM
240
Ammo
9
Reload Time
1.13
Optimal Range
35
Weakpoint Multiplier
2.4

The hover damage bonus can lead to some decent damage if you have a large damage version and are running a Storm. I’m not a fan of heavy pistols in general, as they are semi-automatic in nature, and don’t do a significant amount of additional damage compared to machine pistols to compensate for the significantly slower rate of fire.

Close Encounter

Close Encounter Heavy Pistol

Upgraded Barrage: Delivers an excellent rate of fire. Scout's Fury: Dashing increases weapon damage by 125% for 10 seconds.

Damage
791
Damage Per Second
6592
RPM
500
Effective RPM
500
Ammo
20
Reload Time
1.13
Optimal Range
25
Weakpoint Multiplier
2.4

The gun itself is crap, but the MW perk makes it almost mandatory on a melee Interceptor, since it will increase melee damage as well, and you’re always dashing.

Glorious Result

Glorious Result Heavy Pistol

Upgraded Resolution: Fires a forceful, one-two punch. Demolisher's Fury: Hitting (2) enemy weak points quickly increases all weapon damage by 150% for 5 seconds.

Damage
1445
Damage Per Second
5,347
RPM
450
Effective RPM
222
Ammo
16
Reload Time
1.13
Optimal Range
25
Weakpoint Multiplier
2.4

MW perk only lasts for 5 seconds, and is not significant enough to try for when Close Encounter is an option.   Gun itself is trash, like all Heavy Pistols.

Machine Pistols

Retaliation of Garretus

Retaliation of Garretus Machine Pistol

Upgraded Trajectory: Longer range with lower rate of fire. Gambler's Wrath: When armor declines, weapon damage increases by 400% for 10 seconds.

Damage
765
Damage Per Second
8925
RPM
700
Effective RPM
700
Ammo
25
Reload Time
1.13
Optimal Range
25
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

MW perk is not useful in any GM difficulty, as you’ll be dead before you can use it to kill anything, most likely.  Could be useful if it was like Shock Treatment, in that it would proc anytime your armor takes damage, but seems to function more like Emergency Power, in that it only activates when suit health is critical, at which point a Machine Pistol is not going to save you, even with 400% extra damage.

Unending Battle

Unending Battle Machine Pistol

Upgraded Fulcrum: High rate of fire and decent striking power. Striker's Savagery: Hitting an enemy at point-blank range increases weapon and melee damage by 135% for 5 seconds.

Damage
358
Damage Per Second
5967
RPM
1000
Effective RPM
1000
Ammo
40
Reload Time
1.13
Optimal Range
15
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

The biggest damage increase available for a melee Interceptor, as the 135% weapon and melee damage from the MW perk double dip, giving you a total of 270% extra damage for 5 seconds. Perk says it activates when shooting an enemy from point blank range, but the actual range to trigger the perk seems to be medium (5-15 meters). Also a useful proc for Badge of Devastation if you have a better stat stick of this than Vassa’s Surprise.

Vassa's Surprise

Vassa's Surprise Machine Pistol

Upgraded Hailstorm: The least accurate machine pistol, but also the fastest. On a melee hit, gain 100% ammo in the magazine.

Damage
644
Damage Per Second
12,880
RPM
1200
Effective RPM
1200
Ammo
50
Reload Time
1.13
Optimal Range
15
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

In the running with Rolling Carnage as the optimal gun to proc Badge of Devastation. Highest RPM gun in the game, and the MW perk of refilling the mag with a melee hit is a nice combination with either Ranger melee weapon. Extra mag size and damage are preferred rolls.

Autocannons (Colossus)

Endless Siege

Endless Siege Autocannon

Upgraded Torrent: Accuracy improves the longer you fire. Consumes two ammo per shot. Base magazine size is increased by 100% and base damage is increased by 100%.

Damage
609
Damage Per Second
9135
RPM
900
Effective RPM
900
Ammo
400
Reload Time
3.13
Optimal Range
35
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

In my personal opinion, this is the most fun gun in the entire game. Takes a while to spool up and start firing, even compared to other autocannons, but once it does it feels like it might never stop. Base magazine size is 400 rounds, and with inscriptions and components that can be increased to over 1000 rounds. If you choose your targets wisely, you can go through an entire mission without having to reload, just by picking up ammo packs. Consuming 2 ammo per shot makes no sense.

Fist of Stral

Fist of Stral Autocannon

Upgraded Cloudburst: Excellent rate of fire. Striker's Fury: Hitting enemies increases weapon damage by 16% for 5 seconds. Stacks to 10.

Damage
824
Damage Per Second
13,733
RPM
1000
Effective RPM
1000
Ammo
150
Reload Time
3.13
Optimal Range
35
Weakpoint Multiplier
2

Rate of fire and MW perk of increasing damage are nice, but the magazine size is too small, and the reload time too long.

The Last Stand

The Last Stand Autocannon

Upgraded Mauler: Heaviest hitter of the autocannons. Gambler's Wrath: When armor declines, all weapon damage increases by 225% for 10 seconds.

Damage
585
Damage Per Second
7800
RPM
800
Effective RPM
800
Ammo
100
Reload Time
3.13
Optimal Range
35
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

Just no.

Grenade Launchers (Colossus)

Balm of Gavincus

Balm of Gavinicus Grenade Launcher

Upgraded Lurker: Manually detonates mines instead of tight-aiming. Hitting 2 enemies restores 25% armor.

Damage
10,223
Damage Per Second
20,446
RPM
120
Effective RPM
120
Ammo
6
Reload Time
3.13
Optimal Range
25
Weakpoint Multiplier
0

Nice defensive perk, and manually detonating can help compensate for poor aim. Using this launcher requires a little more attention be paid than to any other gun after firing.    Can do a decent amount of damage, but I’ve always found the manual detonation to be more annoying than useful. 

Insult and Injury

Insult and Injury Grenade Launcher

Upgraded Bombardier: Grenades bounce before exploding. Victor's Bulwark: Defeating an enemy clears harmful status effects and boosts effect resistance by 75% for 10 seconds.

Damage
8927
Damage Per Second
17,854
RPM
120
Effective RPM
120
Ammo
8
Reload Time
3.13
Optimal Range
25
Weakpoint Multiplier
1

Any gun that has a MW perk requiring you to use it to kill something before it activates should be thrown in a dungeon and never let out. 

Sentinel's Vengeance

Sentinel's Vengeance Grenade Launcher

Upgraded Aftershock: Grenade sticks to the enemy. Detonates an area acid effect on a small hit-streak.

Damage
1271
Damage Per Second
3813
Blast Damage
3818
Effective RPM
180
RPM
300
Reload Time
3.13
Ammo
9
Weakpoint Multiplier
1.25

Acid primes from a gun? Yes please. Damage itself is minimal, but this is probably the best gun option for any Colossus.

Conclusion

There are guns that will work with any build - Ralner’s Blaze and Shard Storm being the top tier, with Jarra’s Wrath, Grave Digger and Rainmaker comprising the next group. However, each javelin has weapons that are best suited to its particular strengths: Elemental Rage for Storm; Sentinel’s Vengeance for Colossus; Rolling Carnage or Vassa’s Surprise for Ranger; Close Encounter and Unending Battle for Interceptor. But for the most part, you’re going to be using guns for the inscriptions that they have, and not for what they can do themselves. If you happen to get one of the useful guns with good inscriptions, you’ve hit the jackpot.