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The Plasma Beam is functionally equivalent to the Quake's Thunderbolt that it is only found on Ground Zero from Quake 2, in that it is essentially an extremely powerful sustained hitscan Weapon. The only notable differences between the two are that the Plasma Beam causes a fair amount of knockback and has a practically long enough range, unlike the thunderbolt's limited range.
- Energy consumption is pretty high, so make sure you keep the beam on the target. Do not use on weaker enemies - it's a waste of ammo. The Plasma Beam can be very useful against light-medium targets like Gunners, Stalkers, Berserkers, Iron Maidens and Turrets. Using it on single light targets would be a waste of ammo.
- Beam is also capable of taking down more powerful foes, such as the Medic Commander, Tank, Tank Commander, Daedalus, and the Gladiator. You should also make sure to save some of your ammunition for bosses, such as the Carrier and the Black Widow Guardian.