Guns, Guns, Guns!
In our first piece, Top Five Guns for Better Runs, we talked about some powerful weapons that you can use to destroy those infernal threats in the Gungeon. While those weapons were pretty great, they're not even the tip of the iceberg!
Here's five more guns for better runs, culled from you, the readers! If you have any guns you'd prefer to see on these lists, let us know in the comments below or on the forums!
1 - Corsair
The Corsair, along with most of the weapons on this list, is a powerful gun for one main reason - the ability to "fire and forget". When paired with the Sense of Direction, the Corsair's bullets fire faster, negating the slow movement that is meant to balance the overwhelming benefit of having both seeking ammunition and bouncing ammunition.
That bounce makes this a really powerful weapon for shooting around corners and negating the effects of cover that enemies might use to boost their force - when negated, most enemies are left without defense, with bullets that seek them, and with bullets that grow increasingly fast.
- According to the game subtext, many years ago, enemies in the Gungeon would use bullets powered by sails, and that these bullets would travel so slow that they'd often mutiny.
- The name of this weapon is likely an illusion to the ship type known as the corsair, in reference to the in-game subtext.
2 - Fightsabre
Carrying on the concept of strength through attributes, the Fightsabre isn't exactly a powerful weapon on face value, with average reload speed, average damage, and average range.
The real power of this weapon, however, comes with the fact that when reloading, the Fightsabre reflects all nearby bullets. This essentially gives you an "on-demand" forcefield, capable of negating even the most intense of bullet waves. Use the Fightsabre in a boss fight, and see their pure terror when their best weapon, havoc, is entirely mitigated.
- The name is clearly a take on the lightsaber, a weapon from the Star Wars series of films.
- While not a significant drawback, it should be noted that using this weapon adds Curse +1 to your character, which, dependent on your Curse level, could have some negative repercussions on your run.
3 - Heroine
Difficult to wield, but incredibly powerful when wielded correctly, this is the only gun on the list that does not have an intrinsic quality or status benefit. The Heroine, for all purposes, is a normal gun. Normal, but for one caveat.
The Heroine gets stronger the longer you charge it, with three power levels. While this requires more accuracy (and more patience) to properly utilize, the increase in power is rather dramatic, and with a low charge time, is per second more damaging than almost any other weapon in the game.
- The Heroine is noted in the game text to be the arm of a female outlaw, presumably dead.
4 - VertebraeK-47
Impossible to pronounce and impossible to dislike, the VertebraeK-47 is a gun in the Gungeon that fires homing, piercing bullets. If this wasn't powerful enough, the gun also has a certain attribute for its ammunition that makes it an absolute powerhouse.
When bullets fired from this game are close to one another, they fuse together with a link. This link, when it touches enemies, causes damage, meaning that you are essentially limiting the movement area for your enemies as the bosses do for the Gungeoneer. This is incredibly powerful and can make quick work of even the worst of rooms.
- The weapon's name is a portmanteau of 'vertebrae' and 'AK-47'. Vertebrae are bones which a spine consists of, and the AK-47 is an assault rifle.
- The weapon name is also possibly a reference to the film Existenz, where a character forms a weapon out of several bones.
5 - Hexagun
The Hexagun is by far one of the most fun - and funniest - weapons in the Gungeon. While it is in and of itself powerful, the main draw here is the fact that the bullets (which also have piercing) have a decent chance to transmogrify your enemies.
Into what, you ask? Chickens! When transmogrified, these chickens are easily killable, meaning you can realistically enter a room, turn half the enemies into chickens, and then absolutely wipe the room with piercing bullets. Absolutely savage.
- The Muscle Relaxant significantly increases this weapon's damage, making it even more powerful.
- Bosses are immune to transmogrification.
The Battle Chest
Disagree with our gun choices? We reached out to fans via a wide range of social media outlets to create this list, but we totally understand that, just like one man's trash is another man's treasure, one man's favorite gun is another man's piece of trash. Let us know in the comments what weapons you would like to see in future Gun/Run lists, and we'll try and include them!
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