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Defiance In-Depth: Overview of Assault Rifles

One of the most accurate and useful weapon types found in Defiance is the assault rifle. These are designed for accuracy and dealing moderate damage in close to medium range combat. Generally they have a mid to high rate of fire, have a decent magazine size, and can be used in just about any combat scenario.

Currently, there are 9 guns that fall under the class of assault rifle. They are:

  • AR-216 Gladiator
  • Ares FMR-3000
  • FRC Assault Carbine
  • Blast Rifle
  • EMC Service Rifle
  • Frontier Battle Rifle
  • VBI Assault Rifle
  • Votan Blast Rifle
  • VOT Mazu Blast Rifle

Each of these weapons have their own unique set of stats but generally operate fairly similar to one another. Using an AR frequently will level up your assault rifle skill proficiency. Keep in mind, though, once you max out the level for one particular assault rifle, you will stop earning experience toward the proficiency. When this happens simply swap to a new AR to keep leveling the AR skill.

AR-216 Gladiator

Defiance AR-216 Gladiator

AR-216 Gladiator

The Gladiator is a pretty standard assault rifle. It is a burst shot weapon which makes it pretty accurate and easy to single out individual targets with. Here are the base stats for this gun:

Damage – 379

Fire Rate – 15.0

Magazine Size – 30 rounds

Reload Time – 2.5

Critical Hit Multiplier – 1.7x

Bloom – 0.35

Even from the start this weapon has very little recoil making it very easy to control and focus on enemies.

Ares FMR-3000

The Ares is a low-level, commonly found EMC assault rifle. It is a burst shot weapon that works best in mid-range encounters. This isn’t a great weapon to use against hellbugs but it works fairly well against Mutants, Raiders, and 99ers. Here are the official specs of this gun:

Damage – 222

Fire Rate – 12.0

Magazine Size – 45 rounds

Reload Time – 2.5

Critical Hit Multiplier – 1.5x

Bloom – 0.35

FRC Assault Carbine

The FRC Assault Carbine is a purple weapon. It is a fully automatic AR that deals moderate damage. Here are its official base stats:

Damage – 303

Fire Rate – 9.0

Magazine Size – 33 rounds

Reload Time – 2.5

Critical Hit Multiplier – 1.5x

Bloom – 0.50

Blast Rifle

The Blast Rifle is a very fast firing AR. While it pumps out bullets pretty fast it also has a ton of recoil making it rather difficult to control. You can earn one for free by completing the story mission “Safe No More” or purchase it from a weapon vendor for about 1000 Scrip. Here are the specs of the gun:

Damage – 40

Fire Rate – 15.0

Magazine Size – 50 rounds

Reload Time – 3.0

Critical Hit Multiplier – 1.1x

Bloom – 0.50

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EMC Service Rifle

Defiance EMC Service Rifle (AR)

EMC Service Rifle

The EMC Service Rifle is a well-rounded AR. It has a decent rate of fire, deals a moderate amount of damage, and is fairly accurate. It is best used in medium to long range battles. It is a standard military issue weapon. Here are the specs of the gun:

Damage – 220

Fire Rate – 12.0

Magazine Size – 50 rounds

Reload Time – 2.5

Critical Hit Multiplier – 1.5x

Bloom – 0.35

Frontier Battle Rifle

The Frontier BR is a slow firing, high damage assault rifle. While this gun does pack a punch it also has a good bit of recoil with each shot. This can, of course, be lowered through leveling the AR weapon skill but it is still high for it’s class. Here are the official specs of this weapon:

Damage – 300

Fire Rate – 9.0

Magazine Size – 30 rounds

Reload Time – 2.3

Critical Hit Multiplier – 1.5x

Bloom – 0.50

VBI Assault Rifle

The VBI (Von Bach Industries) AR is a pretty basic weapon. It deals a moderate amount of damage and has very little recoil making it a strong, accurate gun. It can be used in basically any combat scenario but can be used more strategically like getting headshots (for critical multipliers) against more difficult enemies such as Mutant Grenadiers and such. Here are the official base stats of this gun:

Damage – 222

Fire Rate – 12.0

Magazine Size – 45 rounds

Reload Time – 2.5

Critical Hit Multiplier – 1.5x

Bloom – 0.25

Votan Blast Rifle

Defiance VOT Blast Rifle (AR)

Votan Blast Rifle

This is just a light variation on the regular Blast Rifle. It is not one of the best weapons in the game. The recoil is horrendous and the damage isn’t great either. It can be majorly upgraded with mods though which help a lot. Here are the core specs for it:

Damage – 40

Fire Rate – Unknown

Magazine Size – Unknown

Reload Time – Unknown

Critical Hit Multiplier – 1.5x

Bloom – Unknown

VOT Mazu Blast Rifle

Defiance VOT Mazu Blast Rifle (AR)

VOT Mazu Blast Rifle

An upgraded version of the other blast rifles found throughout the game. This is widely considered to be one of the better weapons available in Defiance. It deals higher damage, has a decent rate of fire, a fast reload speed, and hardly any recoil. This makes it a perfect tactical weapon and works well at nearly any range. Here are the base specs of this gun:

Damage – 172

Fire Rate – 14.0

Magazine Size – 35

Reload Time – 2.0

Critical Hit Multiplier – 1.5x

Bloom – 0.25

NOTES: We may not have all of the details for some weapons but these entries are being updated as the information is discovered. Also, this list will be updated as new guns are found or added to the game. Images are also being added as we receive them.

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