Lightning gun


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The lightning gun.

The lightning gun is a new energy weapon which appears in the multiplayer modes of the 2016 Doom game. It fires a constant beam of directed electricity (presumably via the electrolaser technology). It can attack either directly, or via splash damage-inducing electrical discharges targeted at the floor.[1]

"Short range energy weapon that fires a constant stream of electricity."
― SnapMap description


In The Art of DOOM, the concept for the lightning gun is called the ARC cannon. It is stated to have been conceived by the UAC as a counterpart to the plasma rifle designed at the Advanced Research Complex and based on research into Argent conductivity. It utilizes modulation of the plasma current to achieve a sustained linear stream of discharge which is destructive to biological forms. Its production was stated to be limited, perhaps meant as a nod to its eventual multiplayer-only status.[2]


  1. Lahti, Evan (7 April 2016). "Doom's guns, judged." PC Gamer. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  2. Bethesda. The Art of DOOM. Milwaukee: Dark Horse Books, June 2016. p. 136.