Projectile Speed (also known as projectile velocity or flight speed) is an attribute in Non-Hitscan weaponry, that defines how quickly a weapon's ammunition travels to a target after leaving the weapon. Projectile speed can be of huge consequence to player accuracy because shooting at moving targets directly on the reticle might result in the projectile(s) missing them; players must instead "lead" the target, meaning they should aim to shoot where they anticipate the target will be by the time the projectile reaches it.

Hitscan vs ProjectileEdit

Hitscan weapons simply strike at the aimed point instantly; the player does not need to lead the target at all.

A simple way to tell if a weapon is hitscan or projectile-based, is to fire at a wall as far away as the player can reliably see bullet holes or impact marks. If the bullet hole is generated on the surface instantly upon firing and before any bullet animations, it is very likely to be a hitscan weapon. 

  • Any non-hitscan weapon is a projectile-based weapon.
  • The presence of bullet animations, smoke trails, or flashes of light do not necessarily indicate that a weapon is projectile-based; the animations may be for show.

The word hitscan comes from a technical term based on how computers used to determine if targets were struck on the pull of the trigger. It takes more processing power for a computer to simulate the bullet(s) as it flies through the air than it does to immediately determine if a shot will hit or miss based on the straight trajectory of where the weapon is firing, removing the factor of flight speed. This is was a justifiable solution since most firearms have projectile speeds quick enough to instantly hit at short to medium ranges.

Projectile in the context of computers describes weaponry that actually simulate shooting out objects which fly through the air. These move at their set projectile speeds from the weapons' barrels, and therefore the player must account for the distance between them and their target. This type of ammo is "tangible", having a physical hitbox—for example, ValkyrIcon272 Valkyr can successfully RipLine130xDark Rip Line onto the rocket of an OgrisNew Ogris.

Damage FalloffEdit

Main article: Damage Falloff

The effectiveness of weapons with listed Damage Falloff values (such as shotguns) are determined by what distance a target is hit at. Hits will deal full damage if the target is closer than the start of the weapon's falloff range, but over the falloff range the weapon's damage will decrease linearly into the weapon's minimum damage percentage. Different weapons have different minimum damage percentages unlisted in the Arsenal. Any hits dealt at distances further than the entire range will continue to deal the weapon's minimum damage percentage.

Damage Falloff distances are also affected by Projectile Speed mods:

  • Mods including Rivens that have positive or negative Projectile speeds will affect a weapon's entire Damage Falloff range accordingly, making them more or less effective at longer ranges.
  • Hitscan weapons that do not list Damage Falloff values in their UI are completely unaffected by Projectile Speed modifications.
  • Damage Falloff does not apply to continuous weapons since they have no Damage Falloff, but instead unique range limits.

Projectile Speed ModifiersEdit

For non-hitscan projectile weapons, these mods increase their flight speeds and reduce their travel times. Whirlwind is listed as "melee", but only affects thrown melee weapons.

Weapon specific

In addition, there are some Conclave Sigil BlackPvP-exclusive mods which affect flight speed:

List of Projectile WeaponsEdit

Name Type Flight Speed Charge Flight Speed Alt-Fire / Special
AcceltraRifle70 m/sN/AN/A
Arca PlasmorShotgun60 m/sN/AN/A
Artemis BowExalted Weapon70 m/s85 m/sN/A
AstillaShotgun75 m/sN/AN/A
AtticaCrossbow90 m/sN/AN/A
BasmuRifle? m/sN/AN/A
BattacorRifle115 m/sN/AN/A
BoltorRifle85 m/sN/AN/A
Boltor PrimeRifle100 m/sN/AN/A
BuzlokRifle40 m/sN/A? m/s
Carmine PentaLauncher20 m/sN/AN/A
CernosBow70 m/s90 m/sN/A
Cernos PrimeBow70 m/s95 m/sN/A
CorinthShotgunN/AN/A? m/s
Corinth PrimeShotgunN/AN/A? m/s
DaikyuBowN/A140 m/sN/A
DeraRifle100 m/sN/AN/A
Dera VandalRifle100 m/sN/AN/A
DrakgoonShotgun100 m/s100 m/sbounce: 25 m/s
DreadBow70 m/s85 m/sN/A
FerroxSpeargunN/AN/A? m/s
FulminRifle? m/sN/AN/A
HarpakRifle? m/sN/A? m/s
HemaRifle? m/sN/AN/A
JavlokSpeargunN/A? m/s? m/s
KomorexSniper Rifle? m/sN/AN/A
Kuva BrammaBowN/A? m/sN/A
Kuva ChakkhurrRifle180 m/sN/AN/A
Kuva OgrisLauncher40 m/sN/AN/A
Kuva TonkorLauncher30 m/sN/AN/A
LankaSniper Rifle200 m/s200 m/sN/A
LenzBowN/A? m/sN/A
MK1-ParisBow70 m/s85 m/sN/A
MiterRifle60 m/s60 m/sN/A
Mutalist CernosBow70 m/s85 m/sN/A
Mutalist QuantaRifle100 m/sN/A? m/s
NagantakaCrossbow0 m/sN/A100 m/s
OgrisLauncherN/A40 m/sN/A
PantheraRifle40 m/sN/AN/A
Panthera PrimeRifle40 m/sN/AN/A
ParacystRifle? m/sN/A? m/s
ParisBow70 m/s85 m/sN/A
Paris PrimeBow70 m/s95 m/sN/A
PentaLauncher20 m/sN/AN/A
Prisma TetraRifle100 m/sN/AN/A
QuantaRifleN/AN/A? m/s
Quanta VandalRifleN/AN/A? m/s
Rakta CernosBow100 m/s? m/sN/A
Secura PentaLauncher25 m/sN/AN/A
SheduArm-Cannon? m/sN/AN/A
SimulorRifle? m/sN/AN/A
StahltaRifle50 m/s50 m/sN/A
SupraRifle80 m/sN/AN/A
Supra VandalRifle80 m/sN/AN/A
Synoid SimulorRifle? m/sN/AN/A
Telos BoltorRifle65 m/sN/AN/A
TenoraRifleN/AN/A? m/s
TetraRifle100 m/sN/AN/A
TonkorLauncher30 m/sN/AN/A
ToridLauncher25 m/sN/AN/A
ZarrLauncher? m/sN/AN/A
ZhugeCrossbow? m/sN/AN/A
Zhuge PrimeCrossbow30 m/sN/AN/A

Name Type Flight Speed Charge Flight Speed Alt-Fire / Special
AcridPistol65 m/sN/AN/A
AkariusDual Pistols? m/sN/AN/A
AkboltoDual Pistols75 m/sN/AN/A
Akbolto PrimeDual Pistols75 m/sN/AN/A
AngstrumPistolN/A150 m/sN/A
Balefire ChargerExalted Weapon20 m/sN/AN/A
BallisticaCrossbowN/A100 m/s100 m/s
Ballistica PrimeCrossbow100 m/s100 m/sN/A
BoltoPistol75 m/sN/AN/A
CastanasThrown30 m/sN/AN/A
CestraPistol100 m/sN/AN/A
DespairThrown70 m/sN/AN/A
DetronShotgun Sidearm150 m/sN/AN/A
Dual CestraDual Pistols100 m/sN/AN/A
Euphona PrimeShotgun Sidearm180 m/sN/AN/A
FusilaiThrown? m/sN/A? m/s
HikouThrown70 m/sN/AN/A
Hikou PrimeThrown70 m/sN/AN/A
HystrixPistol? m/sN/AN/A
KulstarPistol? m/sN/A? m/s
KunaiThrown70 m/sN/AN/A
Kuva SeerPistolN/AN/AN/A
MK1-KunaiThrown70 m/sN/AN/A
Mara DetronShotgun SidearmN/AN/AN/A
PoxThrown? m/sN/AN/A
Prisma AngstrumPistolN/A150 m/sN/A
Prisma Twin GremlinsDual Pistols65 m/sN/AN/A
Rakta BallisticaCrossbowN/A100 m/s100 m/s
Sancti CastanasThrown30 m/sN/AN/A
Secura Dual CestraDual Pistols100 m/sN/AN/A
SeerPistol200 m/sN/AN/A
SonicorPistol80 m/sN/AN/A
SpiraThrown? m/sN/AN/A
Spira PrimeThrown70 m/sN/AN/A
StaticorDual Pistols50 m/sN/A50 m/s
StugPistol35 m/sN/AN/A
TalonsThrown50 m/sN/AN/A
Telos AkboltoDual Pistols75 m/sN/AN/A
Twin GremlinsDual Pistols65 m/sN/AN/A
TysisPistol75 m/sN/AN/A
ZaktiPistol66 m/sN/AN/A
ZymosPistol79 m/sN/AN/A

Name Flight Speed Special
Cerata35 m/sN/A
Glaive20 m/sN/A
Glaive Prime40 m/sN/A
Halikar30 m/sN/A
Kestrel30 m/sN/A
Orvius? m/sN/A

Info pulled from Module:Weapons/data and build using Module:Weapons

Patch HistoryEdit

Update 11.5

  • Changes to weapon projectile logic. The motivation of this change is that we want weapons like grenades that explode to end up in the same spot on host and client (in sync) without having the traditional delay of a replicated projectile (in particular, we have grenades that can be remotely detonated and this requires more or less precise timing on the part of the local client). This should fix some random self-inflicted deaths!

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