Accuracy combined with a massive magazine make the Soma assault rifle a formidable weapon.

The Soma is a Tenno designed assault rifle with high accuracy and magazine capacity. It uses a large magazine to sustain fire but must wind up briefly to achieve its maximum fire rate. Though it may appear to have lackluster damage, the critical ratios make the Soma a deceivingly powerful rifle. Coupled with its high accuracy, the Soma is suitable for any distance engagement when fire is managed.

This weapon can be sold for Credits64.png7,500.

Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64.png 50
MarketIcon.png Market Price: Platinum64.png 265 Blueprint2.svg Blueprints Price:Credits64.png50,000

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

This weapon deals primarily Slash b.svg Slash damage.


  • High Slash b.svg Slash and Puncture b.svg Puncture damage - effective against health and shields.
  • Very high fire rate, achieved after a wind up time of eight bullets.
  • High accuracy.
  • Large magazine size.
  • Has two Madurai Pol.svg polarities.



  • Soma, compared to Soma Prime:
    • Higher base damage (20.0 vs. 18.0)
      • Higher Impact b.svg Impact damage (2.0 vs. 1.8)
      • Higher Puncture b.svg Puncture damage (8.0 vs. 7.2)
      • Higher Slash b.svg Slash damage (10.0 vs. 9.0)
    • Smaller magazine (50 rounds vs. 70 rounds)
    • Smaller max ammo capacity (200 rounds vs. 210 rounds)
    • Slower spool-up (8 rounds vs. 5 rounds)
    • Lower Mastery Rank required (6 vs. 7)

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Firing in bursts helps with ammo consumption.
  • Once the weapon is fully-spooled, some abilities (like IronSkin130xDark.png Iron Skin) may be activated without losing the firing speed.
  • Similarly, it retains its fast firing rate if you let off the fire button for short periods. This lets the wielder change targets without wasting large amounts of ammunition in between separate enemies, as long as they do so quickly. This can also be used to keep tighter firing spreads at long ranges, essentially "bursting" rounds with quick pauses between to reduce recoil.
  • The Soma's magazine is reloaded before the reload animation actually finishes, as little as halfway through the animation itself. Thus, canceling the reload animation still counts as a reload, essentially cutting the reload time by half.
  • This weapon has a slight wind up time, much like the Gorgon.png Gorgon (only less prominent). This can be taken advantage of by tapping the fire button, making it fire single bullets at a time, which can be effective for sniping weaker units.
  • The significantly tighter spread at long range gives the Soma an advantage over the Gorgon and Supra for picking off heavy units, but the latter two are more effective at clearing large groups of enemies.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • During Livestream 14, Digital Extremes talked about increasing the weapon's Mastery Rank to suit the effectiveness of the Soma, rather than nerfing the weapon. This was implemented in Update 10.5.
  • Capable of shooting the first shot of the magazine with high accuracy, allowing decent shots to weak-points from afar.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The magazine curls up into the weapon while firing, and ejects when ammo is depleted.
    • If reloaded with an amount other than a full magazine in reserve, the magazine will snap to the ammunition remaining within the magazine as soon as the reload animation is finished.
  • The Soma's design seems to be based on the French Chauchat.
    • Its unusual magazine shape resembles the Japanese Type 100 SMG, or the Type 99 LMG when the magazine has gone through.
    • The rigid moving magazine/clip is almost unique to fictional firearms. The Type 92's rigid feed strips and belt feeding closely resemble the Soma. Stripper clips, namely "en bloc clips" like in the M1 Garand, are perhaps the closest in terms of magazine/clip design.
  • The weapon's name is shared with the Hinduistic god, Soma, who is a being attributed with the Moon. The shape of its magazine could also be thought to share a resemblance to a moon's crescent.
    • It also shares it's name with the Ancient Greek word for body (σῶμα), which might be related to the rifle's large size.
  • The Soma's icon and its blueprint shows the magazine halfway depleted.
  • Reloading the Soma will eject the magazine. Repeatedly reload-cancelling can leave a pile of Soma magazines on the floor.
  • The Soma was described in the market as a "deadly and elegant high caliber Tenno assault rifle." Despite allegedly high caliber rounds, its damage is second to worst, and its magazine capacity is high compared with other weapons. Judging from the physical size of other weapons' magazines, it may be a relatively high caliber.
  • The Soma initially had a Mastery Rank requirement of 3. This was increased to 6 in Update 10.5.
  • In The Profit, Volt is seen using the Soma but instead of the magazine curling up as it usually would, it curls downwards.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • The colored magazine removed from the Soma will return to its original color.
  • There are several appearance bugs associated with the Soma's magazine. The magazine may get "stuck" if reload-cancelled right before the reload completes, leaving the Soma free for use without a magazine loaded.
  • Occasionally, the user can find the Soma ejecting multiple magazines on a single reload.

Media[edit | edit source]



Soma Skins Edit

Patch History[edit | edit source]

Update 22.12

  • Damage increased from 10 to 12

Update 19.5

  • Conclave: Reduced Magazine Size: 100 to 50

Update 19.4.2

  • Riven disposition reduced

Update: The Index Preview

  • Conclave: Reduced weapon damage

Update: The Silver Grove

  • Conclave Weapon Skin
  • Conclave: Increased weapon damage

Update 18.13

Hotfix 18.8.2

  • Fixed hearing firing sound throughout the level even when fired by another player

Hotfix 18.6.2

  • Conclave: Reduced series damage

Hotfix 18.4.6

  • Conclave: Reduced series damage

Hotfix 16.3.2

  • Conclave: Slightly reduced damage in PvP

Update 16.3

  • Added to the Supreme Soma Set
  • Updated audio
  • Fixed an issue where clip would sit in the wrong position

Hotfix 16.0.2

  • Fixed additional ammo clips showing

Hotfix 16.0.1

  • Fixed skins not properly applying

Hotfix 15.14.1

  • Fixed an issue caused by purchasing in the Market

Update 15.0

  • New customisation - Soma Skin

Update 14.0

  • Limited max instances of fire sound effects

Hotfix 11.0.3

  • Crit rate buffed and increased Proc/Status chance

Update 10.5

  • Mastery Rank increased from 3 to 6
  • Turned non-player Soma down

Update 10.3

  • Fixed issue where clip mesh was rendered black during reloading

Hotfix 10.0.1

  • Added proper icons

Update 10.0

  • Initial Release and added to the market

See Also[edit | edit source]

  • PrimeSoma.png Soma Prime, the Prime counterpart of this gun.
  • Gorgon.png Gorgon, the Grineer equivalent of this weapon.
  • CorpusMachineGun.png Supra, the Corpus equivalent of this weapon.
  • AkimboSomaPistols.png Aksomati, the machine pistol counterparts of this weapon.
  • SomaDualKamas.png Dual Raza, battle-hatchets inspired by Soma's design.
  • ArchLongRifle.png Phaedra, Archwing rifle described as the Soma's big-sister.
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