The Imperator Vandal has been customized by the Tenno with a blue-green metallic finish and Lotus branding on the barrel.

The Imperator Vandal is the Vandal form of the ArchwingMachinegun.png Imperator heavy machine Arch-gun, sporting a higher fire rate, magazine size, and faster ammo regeneration.


This weapon deals primarily DmgImpactSmall64.png Impact damage.



  • Tied with Imperator for the lowest base damage of all Archwing Guns.
  • Requires a spool-up of 16 shots to reach maximum fire rate.
    • Fire rate starts at 53.33% of the listed value, and increases by 3.11% per shot.
  • Archwing:
    • Has linear damage falloff from 100% to ?% from 100m to 350m target distance (distances are affected by Projectile Speed).
  • Atmosphere:
    • Sub-par ammo efficiency, generating medium-high cooldown for the Archgun Deployer for every second fired.



The Imperator Vandal was awarded during the Operation: Eyes of Blight event for obtaining 15 (PC)/10 (PS4/XB1) Battle Points, complete with a free weapon slot and a pre-installed Orokin Catalyst.

The blueprint and parts are now obtainable from the Balor Fomorian Invasion via Fomorian Sabotage. All components can be traded.

Source Chance Expected Nearly Guaranteed
Main Blueprint 10% 18 – 19 kills 76 ± 22 kills
Barrel 10%
Receiver 10%

All drop rates data is obtained from DE's official droptables.

Expected refers to total number of attempts a player can expect to need in order to receive at least one of each drop associated with the respective values.
Nearly Guaranteed refers to the total number of attempts a player needs to obtain a 99%, 99.9%, and 99.99% probability to receive at least one of each drop associated with the respective values.

For more detailed definitions and information on how these number were obtained, visit here.

Manufacturing Requirements
Time: 12 hrs
Rush: Platinum64.png 50
MarketIcon.png Market Price: Platinum64.png N/A Blueprint2.svg Blueprints Price:N/A


  • Has a reload delay of 0.15 seconds while there is still ammo in the magazine. Reload from empty has a delay of 0.25 seconds.
  • Unlike its standard version, the Imperator Vandal has fire rate spool-up, allowing it to reach a maximum fire rate 50% higher than that of the ArchwingMachinegun.png Imperator. This makes the Imperator Vandal the third Event weapon to have an additional hidden feature over its original version, after DESnipertronVandal.png Snipetron Vandal and WraithLatron.png Latron Wraith.


  • The Imperator Vandal is the first Vandal arch-gun weapon released.
  • The Imperator Vandal was leaked as an entry in a player's Profile under Equipment, along with the MaraDetron.png Mara Detron, before it was revealed to be a reward for the Operation Eyes of Blight event.
  • The Imperator Vandal is the first event weapon that can be built using component parts.
  • In Hotfix 18.12.1 (2016-05-17) all future and existing Imperator Vandal blueprints and parts were made tradeable.


Imperator Vandal Skins Edit

Patch History[]

Update 27.4 (2020-05-01)

  • Archwing Gun stats normalized - space combat now uses ground “Heavy Weapon” stats.
  • Imperator Vandal accuracy increased.

Hotfix 27.3.3 (2020-03-25)

  • Fixed high GPU Effects time when shooting Profit Taker's legs with the Imperator Vandal.

Update 27.1 (2020-02-04)

  • Improved performance when using the Imperator Vandal in Railjack.

Hotfix 27.0.12 (2020-01-23)

  • Removed the hit-scan tracers from Imperator Vandal as it's now a projectile weapon.

Hotfix 27.0.7 (2019-12-20)

  • Fixed Imperator/Vandal not recharging correctly.

Hotfix 25.6.3 (2019-08-14)

  • Fixed the Imperator Vandal not rendering properly as an Arch Gun when using certain Skins or no Skin.

Hotfix 24.2.11 (2019-01-29)

  • Returned the Imperator Vandal Critical Chance to 15% and Status Chance to 10% in Archwing mode.

Hotfix 24.2.6 (2018-12-20)

  • Shared Affinity gain now applies to Atmosphere Arch-Guns but only while equipped in the main hand.
  • Fixed not having a Arch-Gun equipped by default (if they own an Archwing primary weapon with the Gravimag installed) when changing Loadouts.
  • Fixed an issue where players with Arch-Guns in their loadout couldn't Wall Latch.
  • Fixed Chroma not playing Arch-Gun equip/charged fire animations.
  • Fixed the Imperator and Imperator Vandal reload sounds playing non-positional.

Hotfix 24.2.5 (2018-12-20)

  • Changed the Arch-Gun Deployer cooldown timer to scale based on remaining Atmosphere Arch-Guns Ammo pool upon unequipping.
  • Removed unintentional ability to summon Arch-Gun in Melee Only Sorties.

Hotfix 24.2.4 (2018-12-19)

  • Arch-Gun Ammo pool increased by 2x for all Arch-Guns in Atmosphere mode.
  • Arch-Gun Deployer cooldown has been reduced to 5 minutes instead of 10.
  • Fixed Clients not hearing the Atmosphere Arch-Gun equip sound.

Hotfix 24.2.1 (2018-12-18)

  • Removed the dissolve FX when equipping your Atmosphere Arch-Gun.

Update 24.2 (2018-12-18)
It’s time we equipped some serious floor firepower! All Arch-Guns can be used on the ground - or as we like to call it ‘Atmosphere’ - with the use of a ‘Gravimag’. Gravimag is obtained from Clan Research, or as a one-time reward from the Orb Heist Phase 3 Bounty, and can be installed on any Arch-Gun (with an Orokin Catalyst installed) via the Upgrade Arsenal - similar to installing a Catalyst.

Comparable to the Archwing and K-Drive Launchers, a respective Gear item known as the Archweapon Deployer is required to activate your Atmosphere Arch-Gun. The Archweapon Deployer can be obtained by completing the Orb Heist Phase 3 Bounty.

Atmosphere Arch-Gun General Changes:

  • Atmosphere Arch-Guns consume Ammo as opposed to unlimited Ammo/Battery in Archwing. Specifically new Heavy Ammo Drops which can be found from Corpus enemies in Orb Heist missions. Heavy Ammo Drops also reset the 10 minute cool-down when picked up, or replenish Ammo if needed.
  • Atmosphere Arch-Gun can be summoned in normal missions with the Archweapon Deployer, but once Ammo has been depleted there is a 10 minute cool-down until you can summon again. The intent here is to allow you moments of beefy damage output, and not become just another Primary/Secondary weapon. 

All stat changes are for Atmosphere Arch-Gun mode, Mastery Rank changes are global:

  • Mastery Rank from 0 to 5.
  • Damage increased from 40 to 50.
  • Critical Chance increased from 10% to 28%.
  • Critical damage increased from 2x to 2.4x.
  • Status Chance increased from 5% to 12%.
  • Ammo Capacity set at 600.
  • Reload speed set at 2 seconds.
  • Changed Fire Rate from 16.67 base ramping up from 13.33 to 25 Fire Rate over 30 rounds to: 25 base rate ramping up from 13.33 over 30 rounds. Functionally exactly the same as before just the max Fire Rate is now shown in the Arsenal.

Update 15.8 (2014-12-19)

  • Introduced.

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