BFG-9000 (Doom 2016)

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This article is about the weapon in Doom (2016). For other versions of this weapon, see:
The BFG-9000.

The BFG-9000 returns as a weapon in the 2016 reboot of Doom. It appears as a handheld plasma cannon that launches blasts of green plasma. Like other energy weapons in this game, it is based on Argent energy, in this case supercharged via ionization and compression. It is by far the largest version of the weapon to appear in-game so far, with the upper edge of the weapon nearly spanning the entire screen. From the front and side, the weapon greatly resembles the Doom motion picture's Bio Force Gun v3.14.

Research and development[edit]

The BFG-9000 was developed in the Advanced Research Complex's BFG Division, with a single initial prototype being produced. It was evolved from the first successful Argent weapon design, the plasma rifle, and is distinguished by making the most efficient use of the energy form yet known. The streams of Argent energy released by the weapon are attracted by other sources of the energy, which are typically demons, and thus behave in a guided manner. It is said to boil the fat and bodily fluids of such targets, which usually results in a subsequent full-body explosion.

Subsequent prototype versions of the weapon behaved in unpredictable manners, resulting in disasters during testing. These included the generation of Argent waves, lasers, and spheres, each with potentially useful but misdirected effects.

After being deployed into production, it was declared the "greatest triumph of the Ascension" by the UAC cult on the Mars base, practically being worshipped as a representation of the twisted philosophy being espoused in the period before the demonic invasion was unleashed by Olivia Pierce. Its use was restricted to Tier 3 advocates, and those who could not yet use it were suggested to either envision the day they would gain access, or, most unbelievably, that they might get the chance to be killed by its "majestic" and "invigorating" touch.

Tactical analysis[edit]

The BFG is one of the game's "power weapons" (alongside the Gauss cannon), capable of destroying a baron of Hell in a single shot. It also fires much faster than its original counterpart, with much shorter charge-up time. After firing, the BFG ejects a big green Argent energy ball that emits Argent rays at any non-boss demon in vicinity, paralyzing them. When the ball hits a solid object, it explodes violently and causes all demons it "tagged" with its rays to explode as well. Despite its power, BFG is safe to use for the wielder at any distance.