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"Lead Storm" Powered Minigun
|"Lead Storm" Powered Minigun|
|“||What's more effective than bullets? A whole LOT of bullets. With a fire rate of 3500 rounds per minute, the Minigun remains a mainstay of any heavy engagement.||„|
|~ Item Description|
About[edit | edit source]
The "Lead Storm" Powered Minigun is one of the Gunner's primary weapons. It's a huge, triple-barrelled gatling gun which shows evidence of much use, such as the straps around the upper handle. A circular gauge on the top indicates the weapon's current temperature, which gradually fills up and shifts from green to red as temperature increases. It violently pops out in the event of overheat.
The Powered Minigun is exactly the kind of weapon you would expect the Gunner to carry; massive, powerful, and with a whole lot of bullets to fire into enemies' squishy parts with exceptional force. The Minigun boasts an exceptional fire rate of thirty rounds a second just at its base level, providing it with excellent damage-per-second (DPS) output - more than enough to shred through hordes of enemies and bulkier foes like Praetorians with ease. The Minigun has a spin-up period which must be overcome before the weapon can fire, and has a built-in gyro stabilizer which causes the gun to become more accurate the longer it fires.
On top of its extreme damage output the Minigun has a high stun chance, with %30 odds to cause a stun per shot, making the Minigun excellent at controlling big foes who are able to withstand its damage output by preventing them from moving or even fighting back. It also comes with plentiful reserve ammo and never needs to reload, being fed from a large drum underneath the weapon.
For all its power though, the Minigun does have some flaws. It can chew through its ammo quickly and remains inaccurate without sustained fire, but its most obvious is its tempterature vulnerabilities; firing for extended periods will cause the gun to emit smoke and make a rattling sound, which are early warning signs of an overheat. The gun's temperature can be measured by the gauge on the top. If it fills up all the way, the gun will jam and remain unusuable for ten seconds until the gun has fully cooled down.
Being without the Minigun's damage output can be a deadly mistake, especially on high hazard levels, so Gunners must control the Minigun's exceptional firepower carefully to ensure it does not jam. Thankfully the Gunner has two very capable sidearms in the Bulldog Revolver and the BRT7 Burst Gun, allowing him to continue to put out damage (albeit at a reduced rate). There are also modifications for the gun which can mitigate overheating issues, or even weaponize the burst of heat emitted by the weapon upon overheat.
Although the weapon's stats indicate that it is capable of firing 30 rounds per second, it is a common misconception that the weapon is capable of outputting as much damage as it describes. In actual game play, the Minigun has half the effective amount of bullets; this means that for every 2 bullets the gun fires, only 1 of those bullets is doing damage.
Firing Sequence[edit | edit source]
The Minigun has multiple components to its firing sequence. When the trigger is first pulled, the barrel will spin up. The Minigun will not fire until the barrel is spinning at maximum speed. When the trigger is released, the barrel will gradually spin down to a stop.
The Minigun's accuracy will begin at the minimum accuracy, every bullet fired will increase the accuracy by a small but additive amount, up to a maximum. After 0.5 seconds of not firing, the accuracy of the Minigun will begin to decay, completely draining in 3.5 seconds.
Every bullet fired increases the heat of the Minigun by a small amount. It takes 8 seconds of sustained fire for the Minigun to overheat. Cooling will begin once the trigger is released. Cooling is non-linear, cooling faster over time. Firing while the weapon is still cooling will generate a burst of heat, meaning firing in rapid short bursts will cause the weapon to overheat faster.
If the Minigun overheats, it will be disabled for 10 seconds.
Modifications[edit | edit source]
There are five tiers and each tier has two to three upgrades, only one upgrade can be equipped per tier.
Unique Modifications[edit | edit source]
Aggressive Venting[edit | edit source]
Aggressive Venting is a tier 5 mod for the Powered Minigun. When it is equipped, the Minigun will release a blast of heat when it overheats, igniting creatures within a 3m radius of the Gunner. While Aggressive Venting is useful for eliminating lots of smaller creatures, such as Glyphid Swarmers, it puts the Gunner at a disadvantage against his foes during the cooldown process. The Gunner's secondary weapon and Shield Generator is useful in the event of an overheat.
Hot Bullets[edit | edit source]
Hot Bullets causes each bullet fired out of the Minigun, after the heat meter has turned red, to burn the enemy. After an enemy has been burned enough, they will ignite, taking damage over time. Hot Bullets itself will not cause bonus damage directly, but from the burn effect instead.
Overclocks[edit | edit source]
|"Lead Storm" Powered Minigun|
A Little More Oomph!
-0.2 Spinup Time
|Get the most out of each shot without compromising any of the gun's systems.|| 8700 Credits|
Thinned Drum Walls
|+300 Max Ammo
+0.5 Cooling Rate
|Stuff more bullets into the ammo drum by thinning the material in non-critical areas.|| 7650 Credits|
+150% Heat Generation
|Turn the area just infront of the minigun into an even worse place by venting all the combustion gasses forward. However, it does overheat rather quickly.|| 8700 Credits|
Compact Feed Mechanism
|+800 Max Ammo
-4 Rate of Fire
|More space left for ammo at the cost of a reduced rate of fire.|| 7450 Credits|
x2.5 Base Spread
|Increases damage at a cost to accuracy.|| 7400 Credits|
|+50% ricochet chance on bullets
x6 Base Spread
|Special bullets that ricochet off all surfaces and even enemies going on to hit nearby targets. However they deal less damage and are less accurate overall.|| 7600 Credits|
x0 Movement Speed While Using
|Pushing things to the limit this overclock greatly increases damage output but the kickback makes it almost impossible to move.|| 8800 Credits|
Skins[edit | edit source]
Full gallery of skins can be seen at Weapon Skins.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Before Update 11: Dead And Gun, the Powered Minigun had an ammo clip, similarly to Autocannon, but it was still able to overheat.