A guide to the locations of both Plasma Rifles and its ammo in Deus Ex. Once again, I am asking for you to excuse the ‘light activated’ messages.
Of course, as many Deus Ex players are aware, the Plasma Rifle is nowhere near as strong as its stats indicate. In fact, the damage of the weapon ends up having an incredibly low total of 8 base points of damage per projectile, which makes it one of the weakest firearms in the game, only slightly stronger than the Assault Rifle (which does base 3 damage per bullet) and the Flamethrower (which does base 5 damage per flame projectile, but does set targets on fire). This discrepancy is actually the result of the Plasma Rifle in the Game Of The Year and 1.112fm versions of the game erroneously using the damage values from Deus Ex’s multiplayer mode. As more of a side note, the Plasma Rifle is also bugged in that it will lose its firing sounds when the weapon is taken from the map in which it is initially spawned to another map. It shares this bug with the Flamethrower.
However, one must also remember that the 8 damage is the strength of the weapon at an untrained skill level. Mastering Heavy Weapons will turn the damage into 16×3 (master gains a +100% damage bonus and extra damage bonuses are possible with the Targeting Augmentation and headshot multipliers) with the addition of damage from the explosions from the plasma projectiles making it a perfectly reasonable, though perhaps disappointing weapon.
This guide is to further assist any desired usage of the weapon by providing a list of locations of the fairly uncommon ammunition.
Majestic 12 Labs and UNATCO Escape
The first ammo pickup available is also within the MJ12 facility. Within the Nanotech Lab (the room with the scientists and Greasels) there is a grating that will lead to a small room containing some ammo crates.
Beware the lone Greasel.
The final ammo pickup is in locked cabinet of the meeting room of UNATCO.
Hong Kong, Canals, Tonnochi Road and Wan Chai Market
Within Maggie Chow’s penthouse, one of her MJ12 guards will be carrying a Plasma Rifle. Also, speaking to Maggie and getting the code to the Wan Chai police station will allow you access to another container of plasma ammo in the police vault.
Hong Kong, Luminous Path Compound and Versalife
The triad who wanders around the room full of junk and barrels will have a Plasma Rifle in his inventory. He will need to be killed or rendered unconscious if you want it.
Within the Versalife Pacific Rim Research Facility there will be a Plasma Clip in a locked cabinet in armory (the room with several MJ12 Troopers). On the lower level, a Man-in-Black will be wielding a Plasma Rifle. Again, MiBs need to be knocked unconscious if you want access to their inventories.
Brooklyn Naval Shipyard
Building #15, the bakery, will contain a Plasma Clip within the oven.
Morgan Everett’s Home
Abandoned Gas Station
Pasadena Ocean Lab
On the return trip from retrieving the Universal Constructor schematics, you will come across a Plasma Rifle toting Walton Simons.
MJ12 Missile Silo
Howard Strong, the most dangerous boss in Deus Ex after Maggie Chow, carries a Plasma Rifle.
Area 51, Surface and Sector 2
Within the barracks of Sector 2, there will be a Plasma Rifle and clip locked inside one of the sleeping pods.
Area 51, Sector 3 and Sector 4
Sector 4 will have a Plasma Clip in a chest in a side room to the irradiated room, which is located on the northwest side of the map.
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