Gauss cannon


The Gauss cannon.

The Gauss cannon is a new power weapon found in the 2016 Doom game, first publicly displayed at QuakeCon 2015 and officially referenced by id Software's announcement of the then-upcoming closed alpha test the following October.[1] It appears in both the single player and multiplayer campaigns, with slightly different properties. Despite its name, the Gauss cannon is actually a portable railgun, with mechanics similar to the railguns of the Quake series.

"A devastatingly accurate long-range weapon with a noticeable kick that must be compensated by the operator."
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Research and development[edit]

The UAC had previously utilized electromagnetic acceleration in applications such as ore diggers on the Deimos and Phobos moons and in construction of the Argent Tower, so a weaponized application was more or less inevitable. Steel flechettes are accelerated through the weapon's magnetized chamber to high velocity with extreme accuracy. The ammunition is cheap, abundant, and is designed to pierce multiple targets.

Tactical analysis[edit]

The Gauss cannon is a powerful weapon—second only to the BFG-9000—that dispatches most enemies in somewhere between one to three shots, and fires with near-perfect accuracy. It is critical for gameplay on Nightmare and Ultra-Nightmare skill levels, where ammunition for other weapons is more limited and damage output must be maximized. The weapon has significant recoil resulting in physical knock-back which must be compensated for when firing. Consumes 15 cell units per shot.


The Gauss cannon in multiplayer is specifically designed as a counter to the demon rune relic, with limited ammunition which cannot be replenished and the capability of killing players in a single shot. Its alternate fire mode allows other players to be seen through walls via a form of x-ray vision. Like the demon rune, the Gauss cannon will periodically respawn during the arena battle gameplay mode. Numerous sources have described its current state as being overpowered, and it featured as a significant factor in negative reviews of the multiplayer component during the open beta.

The Gauss cannon is available in Argent Breach, Beneath, Empyrian, Infernal, Offering and Sacrilegious.


Precision Bolt
The precision bolt modification adds a telescopic sight, increasing long-range accuracy. The modification also provides the ability to accumulate additional charge while using the scope, releasing the projectile at a higher velocity. A fully charged flechette can pierce multiple targets.
Siege Mode
The siege mode modification consists of an argon gas ionizer and vacuum seal to the weapon's launch chamber. The ionized gas is released as plasma when the weapon is fired, adding a beam effect to the kinetic projectile. The user must stay stationary when charging this firing mode due to the volatile gas. Aside from piercing multiple targets, the beam will also create a blast effect upon impact. Consumes either 30, 45 or 60 cell units per shot, seemingly at random. A glitch called DKSMS can be used to remove the charge-up time for this modification.


Precision Bolt[edit]

Energy Efficient
Decreases recharge time.
Cost: 3 / 6 weapon points
Light Weight
Increased movement speed while zoomed in.
Cost: 3 / 6 weapon points
Mastery - Volatile Discharge
Unlocked by killing five Hell knights with headshots. Enemies killed with the precision bolt will explode.

Siege Mode[edit]

Outer Beam
Increases the area-of-effect damage for siege mode shots.
Cost: 3 / 6 weapon points
Reduced Charge
Decreases charging time.
Cost: 3 / 6 weapon points
Mastery - Mobile Siege
Unlocked by killing at least three enemies 10 times with Siege Mode. Enables movement while charging.

Sequence breaking[edit]

The Gauss cannon has proven exceptionally useful for sequence breaking in the game due to its large amount of thrust imparted on the player enabling vast jumps of unintended height and horizontal distance which can clear walls and push the player through small holes in the levels' collision meshes. If fired backward, the effect can be exaggerated even further, as the velocity it imparts will be added to the player's existing backward momentum. This has been exploited extensively in world record speedruns.


  1. Paras, Archie (15 October 2015). "Bethesda & id Software Reveal First Details of DOOM’s Closed Alpha." WCCF Tech. Retrieved 20 October 2015.