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Breach Cutter
GearGraphic LineCutter.png
Equipment Details
Type Heavy Weapon
Used by Engineer
Slot Secondary
Availability Unlock
The Breach Cutter releases directional blasts of sonically-charged plasma powerful enough to deal with most any alien in your path. Originally a mining tool, it's now been frequency-tuned to crack open flesh and bone rather than the sediment deposits it was designed for - often with quite spectacular results!

About[edit | edit source]

The Breach Cutter is an unlockable secondary weapon used by the Engineer. Once used as a mining tool, it has since been converted into a weapon. Batteries are loaded into the top of the weapon which fire horiztonally expanding plasma blades, focused by the barrel on the front of the weapon. The Breach Cutter is amongst the biggest weapons in the game.

Learning how to effectively use the Breach Cutter's projectiles can be difficult, though the results when mastered are often quite spectacular. When fired the plasma blade will expand and travel as a long purple line, then close up a second later. The plasma blades deal damage for every tick they come into contact with an enemy.

It may help to think of the plasma blades like as rockets fired from a bazooka, though instead of exploding they simply pass through enemies. The plasma blades are infinitely piercing and can deal substantial damage to tightly clustered enemies, especially those who run in single file. The weapon is also capable of dealing lots of damage to big targets such as Glyphid Praetorians when the beams are angled correctly - for optimal results, fire directly from the front or back of any big target.

Asides from the tricky nature of the projectiles, the Breach Cutter itself has flaws. It can only hold two shots at once and only has twelve in reserve by default. While this is comparatively more ammo on average than the 40mm PGL, moderation must still be practiced while using this weapon without the proper Modifications or Weapon Overclocks to mitigate the low ammo problems. The weapon also suffers from a slow reload speed and a short delay before the plasma blade expands and starts dealing damage, making the weapon ineffective at close range.

Icons Campaign.png Unlocked through an assignment.
Requires Engineer Level 15

Purchased for:
Credit.png 8200 Credits
Umanite 100 Umanite
Jadiz 65 Jadiz
Magnite 30 Magnite

Initial Stats
Damage 8
Magazine Size 2
Max Ammo 12
Rate of Fire
(per second)
Reload Time 3.0s
Projectile Lifetime 0.9s
Plasma Beam Width 1.5
Plasma Expansion Duration 0.2

Modifications[edit | edit source]

There are five tiers and each tier has two to three upgrades; only one upgrade can be equipped per tier.

Mod Effect Description Price
Tier 1 Icon Upgrade Ammo.png
Expanded Ammo Bags
+6 Max Ammo You had to give up some sandwich-storage, but your total ammo capacity is increased! Credit.png 1000 Credits

Bismor 20 Bismor

Icon Upgrade DamageGeneral.png
Condensed Plasma
+2 Damage The good folk in R&D have been busy. The overall damage of your weapon is increased. Credit.png 1000 Credits

Enor pearl 20 Enor Pearl

Tier 2
Level 6
Icon Upgrade Area.png
Loosened Node Cohesion
+0.3 Plasma Beam Width Get a wider plasma line that can hit more targets at once. Credit.png 1800 Credits

Jadiz 12 Jadiz
Croppa 18 Croppa

Icon Upgrade ClipSize.png
High Capacity Magazine
+2 Clip Size The good thing about clips, magazines, ammo drums, fuel tanks ... you can always get bigger variants. Credit.png 1800 Credits

Croppa 12 Croppa
Bismor 18 Bismor

Tier 3
Level 10
Icon Upgrade ArmorBreaking.png
Armor Breaking
x9 Armor Break Bonus Increases armor breaking capabilities of the plasma line Credit.png 2200 Credits

Croppa 20 Croppa
Jadiz 30 Jadiz

Icon Upgrade Duration.png
Prolonged Power Generation
+1.2 Projectile Lifetime[1] The projectile is able to travel for a longer period of time before collapsing Credit.png 2200 Credits

Enor pearl 20 Enor Pearl
Magnite 30 Magnite

Icon Upgrade DamageGeneral.png
Refined Plasma Flow
+2 Damage The good folk in R&D have been busy. The overall damage of your weapon is increased. Credit.png 2200 Credits

Umanite 20 Umanite
Jadiz 30 Jadiz

Tier 4
Level 14
Icon Upgrade ClipSize.png
Expanded Magazine
+2 Magazine Size The good thing about clips, magazines, ammo drums, fuel tanks... you can always get bigger variants. Credit.png 3800 Credits

Magnite 15 Magnite
Bismor 25 Bismor
Umanite 36 Umanite

Icon Upgrade Area.png
Increase Line Size
+0.3 Plasma Beam Width Longer plasma line Credit.png 3800 Credits

Jadiz 15 Jadiz
Enor pearl 25 Enor Pearl
Croppa 36 Croppa

Icon Upgrade Duration.png
Quick Deploy
-0.2 Plasma Expansion Delay The line projectile opens almost immediately and can hit multiple targets at very close range. Credit.png 3800 Credits

Umanite 15 Umanite
Jadiz 25 Jadiz
Enor pearl 36 Enor Pearl

Tier 5
Level 18
Icon Upgrade Explosion.png
Explosive Goodbye
+Explosive Goodbye The projectile explodes at the end of its lifecycle when the nodes collapse damaging anything unlucky enough to be near by. Credit.png 4400 Credits

Croppa 40 Croppa
Magnite 60 Magnite
Jadiz 110 Jadiz

Icon Upgrade Explosion.png
There Can Be Only One
+There can be only one Whenever you fire a new projectile the previous one violently explodes damaging everything in it's vicinity. Credit.png 4400 Credits

Bismor 40 Bismor
Croppa 60 Croppa
Magnite 110 Magnite

Icon Upgrade Area.png
Double Split Line
+Double Split Line. The plasma covers a taller area making it easier to hit targets at various heights Credit.png 4400 Credits

Umanite 40 Umanite
Jadiz 60 Jadiz
Enor pearl 110 Enor Pearl

  1. Projectile lifetime starts once the line has finished expanding.

Unique Modifications[edit | edit source]

Explosive Goodbye[edit | edit source]

Icon Upgrade Explosion.png

Explosive Goodbye causes the Breach Cutter's shots to explode at the end of their life span, dealing 120 damage to the target. The explosion occurs once the beam has fully retracted into its epicenter.

There Can Be Only One[edit | edit source]

Icon Upgrade Explosion.png

There Can Be Only One causes the previous Breach Cutter's shot to explode once a new one has been fired, dealing 120 damage to the target. There is a delay between the explosion effect and the next shot being fired; the explosion of the previous shot will not happen until the beam has fully retracted into its epicenter.

Double Split Line[edit | edit source]

Icon Upgrade Area.png

Double Line causes a second line to appear in parallel with every shot. Double Line itself will not cause more damage to be dealt, however will increase the surface area for contact of each shot. Increased surface area means each shot can potentially deal the maximum number of damage because of how long the line stays in contact with each creature. Increased surface area also means more contact for the shot to destroy armor.

Overclocks[edit | edit source]

Breach Cutter
Type Overclock Effect Description Price
Icon Upgrade Ammo.png
Light-Weight Cases
+4 Max Ammo
-0.2 Reload Time
Bring more ammo with you and slam those cases in faster! Credit.png 8700 Credits

Bismor 130 Bismor
Jadiz 80 Jadiz
Croppa 100 Croppa

Icon Overclock Spinning Linecutter.png
Roll Control
+Roll Control A few tweaks to the launcher cause it to add roll to the projectile as it is ejected. Holding down the trigger after the line leaves the gun activates a remote connection with on the release of the trigger causes the line to stop rolling. Credit.png 8150 Credits

Umanite 135 Umanite
Magnite 80 Magnite
Croppa 95 Croppa

Icon Upgrade DamageGeneral.png
Stronger Plasma Current
+1 Damage
+0.5 Projectile Lifetime
By improving the node's efficiency you can up the raw damage without too much fuss and it lasts a bit longer too! Credit.png 8650 Credits

Jadiz 140 Jadiz
Magnite 75 Magnite
Croppa 100 Croppa

Icon Overclock ForthAndBack Linecutter.png
Return to Sender
+Return to Sender
-3 Damage
-4 Max Ammo
Holding down the trigger after line leaves the gun activates a remote connection with on the release of the trigger causes the line to change direction and move back towards the gun. Credit.png 7950 Credits

Bismor 140 Bismor
Umanite 80 Umanite
Enor pearl 100 Enor Pearl

Icon Upgrade Special.png
Yaw Man
+Yaw Man
-2 Rate of Fire
Through a bias of the release energy the line is released with a yaw spin. Due to repeat intersections, the spinning line will on average cause more damage than a static beam, especially to larger targets. However the tweaks have a negative impact on the weapons rate of fire. Credit.png 7300 Credits

Umanite 120 Umanite
Bismor 75 Bismor
Croppa 95 Croppa

Icon Upgrade Electricity.png
High Voltage Crossover
+High Voltage Crossover
-3 Damage
-1 Magazine Size
By passing an electric current through the plasma, the beam electrocutes anything it touches but at the cost of raw damage and the bulky hardware limits magazine capacity. Credit.png 8250 Credits

Bismor 120 Bismor
Enor pearl 80 Enor Pearl
Magnite 100 Magnite

Icon Upgrade Heat.png
-4 Max Ammo
-2 Rate of Fire
x0.5 Armor Breaking
Turn your Breach Cutter into a tool of burning death and destruction at the cost of ammo, fire rate, and armor breaking. Credit.png 7550 Credits

Magnite 135 Magnite
Croppa 70 Croppa
Jadiz 90 Jadiz

Skins[edit | edit source]

Full gallery of skins can be seen at Weapon Skins.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • According to the Breach Cutter's description, it was originally a mining tool used to clear sediment deposits before eventually being converted into a weapon. Mission Control remarks upon this when the weapon is unlocked, joking that Planet Hoxxes "sure does breed innovation".