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For the Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics weapon, see L30 Gatling Laser.
Gatling Laser
Attack statistics
dmg/attack: 8
DPS: 160
attacks/sec: 20
# of projectiles: 1
spread: 0.5
crit dmg: 6
crit chance: x 0.05 (unmodified: 1)
ammo type: Electron Charge Pack
ammo per shot: 1
ammo capacity: 240
shots/reload: 240
skill: Big Guns
AP: 30
item HP: 1500
repair: Gatling Lasers
weight: 18
value: 2000
base id: 0000432E

The Gatling Laser in Fallout 3, is the most advanced weapon type for the Big Guns skill. It is similar to the minigun, as the only major differences are the fact it fires lasers instead of bullets, and of course the obvious appearance differences.



The Gatling Laser is actually not a Gatling weapon as the barrels do not rotate when it fires. Instead, the barrels fire in a rotating order. However, the animation for this firing makes it appear very random and haphazard.

At long range the weapon is actually an incredibly accurate weapon, but in V.A.T.S. it is a very poor weapon. One can easily take out any threat at a safe distance with a gatling laser though.

At point blank range, it actually aims a bit lower than the cross hair. This is easily observable when trying to shoot a corpse's head off while standing on top of it.

A fully repaired Gatling Laser can fire 3127 bolts, about 14 full cells, before breaking.


  • Vengeance - The most powerful Gatling Laser, Vengeance is also one of the most durable weapons in the game, with 2000 item HP.
  • Precision Gatling Laser (Broken Steel add-on) - While not as powerful as Vengeance, the Precision Gatling Laser has a very high critical multiplier of 4.


  • Early on (level 10-12), you might first see this gun on some Brotherhood Outcast's (group of 2-3 including any kind of robot) wandering the wastelands. If you do encounter this, and want it badly without getting karma loss, try following them from a little distance to avoid interactions (slowing the whole process down), until you reach any kind of car-wreck as they tend to patrol the many roads of the Capitol Wasteland. When they pass a car-wreck, simply step a bit away and shoot the car-wreck until it start to flame up (or until it blows up). Yeah, they might start to attack you as this is part of their AI, but not for long though. When the car-wreck explodes, simply go collect the Gatling Laser (amongst other nice loot, armor, guns) from the poor Brotherhood Outcast's bodies. Make sure none of your bullets actually hit them though, as this may result in karma loss.
  • At Raven Rock there is a Gatling Laser in an Enclave Crate behind the energy shield in the last area of Raven Rock. You will notice it on your right as you near the door labeled "Exit to Capital Wasteland". (NOTE: Before you exit!")


Ammunition for this weapon (Electron Charge Packs) is easy to come by, especially after upgrading the traveling weapon merchant Lucky Harith. Flak and Shrapnel in Rivet City also tend to have a good supply of the ammo for sale. While the ammo is fairly easily bought, it's much more rarely found as loot. Since the Gatling Laser has the highest ammo consumption rate, this can be a problem.


This model of Gatling Laser appears only in Fallout 3, replacing the L30 Gatling Laser known from previous games. Unlike that version, the Gatling Laser runs on Electron Charge Packs and uses the Big Guns skill.

Weapons of Fallout 3

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