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Gauss Rifle (Fallout 3)
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The Gauss Rifle is an advanced sniper rifle included in the Fallout 3 add-on, Operation: Anchorage. The rifle uses a series of electromagnetic fields to propel 2mm rounds at tremendous speed. It has a knockdown effect that will knock enemies off their feet following a critical hit.

Unlike the German M72 Gauss Rifle, which uses 2mm EC magazines containing both batteries and ammunition, this gun requires the user to load in the Microfusion Cells needed to magnetize each preloaded 2mm round contained in the magazine attached to the side of the weapon.[1]


In the Capital Wasteland:

In the Anchorage Reclamation simulation:


The following table compares the stats of the various sniper rifles.

Sniper Rifle 40 42 x5 40 5 38 100 No
Reservist's Rifle 40 64 x5 40 3 32 150 No
Victory Rifle 40 42 x3 40 5 38 300 Yes
Gauss Rifle 100 29 x5 50 1 38 1500 Yes

The Gauss Rifle has greater reliability per shot than the Victory Rifle for knocking down enemies, even more so in V.A.T.S. considering both weapons use the same number of action points. Which sniper rifle is preferable to use is dependent on the character build and the player's employed tactics.


  • There are 99 Microfusion Cells in the Anchorage Reclamation simulation. However, after the first mission, they are removed and replaced with only 12 MF cells.
  • The version you acquire from the VSS Armory cannot be equipped by followers or any other NPC, but the simulation version obtained through the Gary 23 glitch can.
  • The simulation version of the Gauss Rifle is nearly indestructible.
  • There is a beta version of the Gauss Rifle that uses the model of a Laser Rifle and features a five round magazine. It does only about 25% of the damage of the final version, but has a 100% knockdown chance. It is only obtainable through console commands.
  • Shots fired from the Gauss Rifle travel much faster than shots from other weapons, although this does not affect the gameplay.
  • The projectile from the weapon deals minor splash damage.
  • The scope aim will drift upwards and very slightly to the right after the fire button is pressed, but before the shot is actually fired to simulate the tension of the trigger affecting the aim as it is pulled.
  • The PS3 version lacks some things in the scope(G.O.T.Y.version)

Behind the scenes编辑

  • The rifle is featured in one of two Chinese propaganda posters within the simulation, which means that it was either of Chinese origin, or was sold to China and possibly the U.S. by another country (Perhaps Germany, as the Germans are the developers of its predecessor, and arguably superior, the M72 Gauss Rifle). It is also possible that the Chinese acquired and copied the technology.


  • Sometimes (especially outside of V.A.T.S.) the Gauss Rifle's projectile will travel straight through your foe or even directly hitting them, doing no damage and alerting him and his companions to your presence. This is more likely to happen in close range. (Xbox 360 and PC)
  • This weapon does not deal proper damage when in V.A.T.S., and only seems to cause normal damage even with critical strikes in V.A.T.S. When targeting an enemy, their health bar will still display the full potential damage. This is related to the small "explosion" effect disrupting standard VATS formula calculations. The knock-down effect is still there, though less powerful. Hotfixes and plugins that remove the explosion effect seem to fix the issue.
  • While wearing power armor with an equipped Gauss Rifle, in third person view the power pack on the back of the armor disappears (most obvious when wearing Tesla Power Armor). This may be because the Gauss Rifle may have been intended to be a heavy weapon which would have used an ammo pack replacing the power pack.
  • When holding the weapon in third-person, it will sometimes fly off the player character's back when holstered. It may also "freeze" in place when drawing it in third-person or when switching from first to third-person. When drawn and shot, it fires from the position it is frozen in and shoots way off of where it was being aimed. Despite being frozen, the trajectory may change depending on the where it is aimed. Also, the player character appears to be holding an invisible gun. This is fixed by going back to first-person.
  • When using V.A.T.S., the player character may seemingly disappear during the V.A.T.S. scene, although this has no effect on the player character.
  • Certain instances of when a player is holding a Gauss Rifle after picking up the Alien Blaster has made a glitch where it shows in the Pip Boy as equipped despite you choosing another weapon to equip. The Gauss Rifle then appears invisible but your hands are positioned as if they are holding it with a grenade on the left hand, but still fully functional. When the Shishkebab is equipped (theoretically in junction with the Gauss), the player will instead be holding the Gauss Rifle at the end and move it the same angle as the Shishkebab when zooming in, yet can still damage enemies with it. It appears as though the player character is whipping an opponent with the Gauss Rifle and setting the target on fire. The glitch can be removed by simply deselecting the Gauss Rifle in the PIP Boy. (1 Case Confirmed for Xbox 360, also observed with Star Paladin Cross on the 360)
  • When firing the Gauss Rifle at the player character's feet, the game will zoom out into third person and show it fly out of his/her hands. The game will then zoom back into first person and it can be fired normally from first person. However, when seen in third person view, the Gauss Rifle will be on the floor. When it is fired, it will shoot from where the gun is on the floor. Switching weapons will put the gun back into the player character's hands in third person. It can also freeze in place where the player character can, in third person, walk in front of the gun, fire it, reload, and continue until he/she has essentially committed suicide with the rifle. (Confirmed on Xbox 360, PS3, PC)
  • The Gauss Rifle has been known to pin some NPCs who lean against walls to the walls, not just the head or arm, but the whole body.
  • The knockdown effect has the chance of glitching some NPCs in place once they return to their feet.
  • It is possible to obtain an extra Gauss Rifle via the Gary 23 glitch.


File:Obtaining the Gauss Rifle


See also编辑


  1. We did it this way because we knew we wanted to have an Energy Weapon equivalent of the Sniper Rifle, but also have it be consistent with other fictional versions of the Gauss Rifle, including the one known in the Fallout universe. We also knew it had to use and existing ammo type, since the player was going to get access to the Gauss Rifle in the Wasteland, and would need to be able to find ammo for it. It didn't feel right using the Sniper Rifle ammo (we had considered it), and instead opted to "power" the weapon with the Micro Fusion Cell, but (fictionally) have it fire a standard slug, which is already pre-loaded into the weapon. - Emil Pagliarulo in the Bethesda Game Studios forum

Operation: Anchorage (资料片)

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