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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 Projectile[]

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 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 RipLine130xWhite Rip Line onto the rocket of an Ogris Ogris.

Damage Falloff[]

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 Beam Length limits.

Projectile Speed Modifiers[]

For non-hitscan projectile weapons, these mods increase their flight speeds, reduce their travel times, and reduce projectile drop for applicable weapons such as the EuphonaPrime Euphona Prime or Sporelacer.

Weapon specific

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

List of Projectile Weapons[]

Name Class Projectile Speed
Acceltra Acceltra Rifle 70.0 m/s
Acceltra Acceltra Rifle 70.0 m/s
Acceltra Acceltra Rifle N/A
AcceltraPrime Acceltra Prime Rifle 70.0 m/s
AcceltraPrime Acceltra Prime Rifle 70.0 m/s
AcceltraPrime Acceltra Prime Rifle N/A
Aeolak Aeolak Rifle 100.0 m/s
Aeolak Aeolak Rifle 60.0 m/s
Aeolak Aeolak Rifle N/A
Afentis Afentis Speargun 90.0 m/s
Afentis Afentis Speargun N/A
Afentis Afentis Speargun 90.0 m/s
Alternox Alternox Rifle 60.0 m/s
Alternox Alternox Rifle 60.0 m/s
Alternox Alternox Rifle N/A
Alternox Alternox Rifle N/A
ArcaPlasmor Arca Plasmor Shotgun 60.0 m/s
ArtemisBowWeapon Artemis Bow Exalted Weapon 100.0 m/s
ArtemisBowWeapon Artemis Bow Exalted Weapon 100.0 m/s
ArtemisBowWeapon Artemis Bow Exalted Weapon 150.0 m/s
ArtemisBowWeapon Artemis Bow Exalted Weapon N/A
ArtemisBowPrimeWeapon Artemis Bow Prime Exalted Weapon 100.0 m/s
ArtemisBowPrimeWeapon Artemis Bow Prime Exalted Weapon 100.0 m/s
ArtemisBowPrimeWeapon Artemis Bow Prime Exalted Weapon 150.0 m/s
ArtemisBowPrimeWeapon Artemis Bow Prime Exalted Weapon N/A
Astilla Astilla Shotgun 120.0 m/s
Astilla Astilla Shotgun N/A
AstillaPrime Astilla Prime Shotgun 120.0 m/s
AstillaPrime Astilla Prime Shotgun N/A
Attica Attica Crossbow 90.0 m/s
Basmu Basmu Rifle 120.0 m/s
Basmu Basmu Rifle N/A
Basmu Basmu Rifle N/A
Battacor Battacor Rifle 120.0 m/s
Battacor Battacor Rifle N/A
Battacor Battacor Rifle N/A
Boltor Boltor Rifle 85.0 m/s
Boltor Boltor Rifle 0.0 m/s
BoltorPrime Boltor Prime Rifle 120.0 m/s
BoltorPrime Boltor Prime Rifle 0.0 m/s
Bubonico Bubonico Arm Cannon 57.0 m/s
Bubonico Bubonico Arm Cannon 25.0 m/s
Bubonico Bubonico Arm Cannon N/A
Buzlok Buzlok Rifle 80.0 m/s
Buzlok Buzlok Rifle 200.0 m/s
Catchmoon Catchmoon (Primary) Shotgun 100.0 m/s
Cernos Cernos Bow 70.0 m/s
Cernos Cernos Bow 90.0 m/s
CernosPrime Cernos Prime Bow 70.0 m/s
CernosPrime Cernos Prime Bow 95.0 m/s
Cinta Cinta Bow 100.0 m/s
Cinta Cinta Bow 100.0 m/s
Cinta Cinta Bow 100.0 m/s
Daikyu Daikyu Bow 140.0 m/s
Dera Dera Rifle 100.0 m/s
DeraVandal Dera Vandal Rifle 150.0 m/s
Drakgoon Drakgoon Shotgun 100.0 m/s
Drakgoon Drakgoon Shotgun 160.0 m/s
Dread Dread Bow 85.0 m/s
Dread Dread Bow 100.0 m/s
Dread Dread Bow 0.0 m/s
Evensong Evensong Bow 85.0 m/s
Evensong Evensong Bow 100.0 m/s
Evensong Evensong Bow N/A
Exergis Exergis Shotgun 100.0 m/s
Felarx Felarx Shotgun 100.0 m/s
Felarx Felarx Shotgun 160.0 m/s
Harpak Harpak Rifle 80.0 m/s
Harpak Harpak Rifle 60.0 m/s
Hema Hema Rifle 150.0 m/s
Javlok Javlok Speargun 150.0 m/s
Javlok Javlok Speargun N/A
Javlok Javlok Speargun 90.0 m/s
Javlok Javlok Speargun N/A
Komorex Komorex Sniper Rifle 250.0 m/s
Komorex Komorex Sniper Rifle 250.0 m/s
Komorex Komorex Sniper Rifle N/A
Komorex Komorex Sniper Rifle N/A
KuvaChakkhurr Kuva Chakkhurr Rifle 200.0 m/s
KuvaChakkhurr Kuva Chakkhurr Rifle N/A
KuvaDrakgoon Kuva Drakgoon Shotgun 130.0 m/s
KuvaDrakgoon Kuva Drakgoon Shotgun 190.0 m/s
Lanka Lanka Sniper Rifle 200.0 m/s
Lanka Lanka Sniper Rifle 250.0 m/s
Paris MK1-Paris Bow 70.0 m/s
Paris MK1-Paris Bow 85.0 m/s
Paris MK1-Paris Bow 85.0 m/s
Miter Miter Rifle 60.0 m/s
Miter Miter Rifle 100.0 m/s
Miter Miter Rifle 0.0 m/s
Miter Miter Rifle N/A
MutalistCernos Mutalist Cernos Bow 70.0 m/s
MutalistCernos Mutalist Cernos Bow 85.0 m/s
MutalistCernos Mutalist Cernos Bow N/A
MutalistQuanta Mutalist Quanta Rifle 100.0 m/s
MutalistQuanta Mutalist Quanta Rifle 5.0 m/s
MutalistQuanta Mutalist Quanta Rifle N/A
Nagantaka Nagantaka Crossbow 100.0 m/s
Nagantaka Nagantaka Crossbow 100.0 m/s
NagantakaPrime Nagantaka Prime Crossbow 100.0 m/s
NagantakaPrime Nagantaka Prime Crossbow 100.0 m/s
Nataruk Nataruk Bow 140.0 m/s
Nataruk Nataruk Bow 70.0 m/s
Nataruk Nataruk Bow 70.0 m/s
Panthera Panthera Rifle 60.0 m/s
Panthera Panthera Rifle N/A
PantheraPrime Panthera Prime Rifle 80.0 m/s
PantheraPrime Panthera Prime Rifle N/A
PantheraPrime Panthera Prime Rifle N/A
Paracyst Paracyst Rifle 100.0 m/s
Paracyst Paracyst Rifle 80.0 m/s
Paracyst Paracyst Rifle N/A
Paris Paris Bow 70.0 m/s
Paris Paris Bow 85.0 m/s
Paris Paris Bow 85.0 m/s
ParisPrime Paris Prime Bow 70.0 m/s
ParisPrime Paris Prime Bow 95.0 m/s
ParisPrime Paris Prime Bow 85.0 m/s
Phenmor Phenmor Rifle 120.0 m/s
Phenmor Phenmor Rifle 80.0 m/s
PrismaTetra Prisma Tetra Rifle 100.0 m/s
RaktaCernos Rakta Cernos Bow 70.0 m/s
RaktaCernos Rakta Cernos Bow 100.0 m/s
Scourge Scourge Speargun 40.0 m/s
Scourge Scourge Speargun N/A
Scourge Scourge Speargun 150.0 m/s
Scourge Scourge Speargun N/A
ScourgePrime Scourge Prime Speargun 40.0 m/s
ScourgePrime Scourge Prime Speargun N/A
ScourgePrime Scourge Prime Speargun 150.0 m/s
ScourgePrime Scourge Prime Speargun N/A
Sporelacer Sporelacer (Primary) Shotgun 50.0 m/s
Sporelacer Sporelacer (Primary) Shotgun N/A
Sporothrix Sporothrix Sniper Rifle 270.0 m/s
Sporothrix Sporothrix Sniper Rifle 270.0 m/s
Sporothrix Sporothrix Sniper Rifle N/A
Stahlta Stahlta Rifle 50.0 m/s
Stahlta Stahlta Rifle 50.0 m/s
Stahlta Stahlta Rifle N/A
Steflos Steflos Shotgun 20.0 m/s
Supra Supra Rifle 100.0 m/s
SupraVandal Supra Vandal Rifle 100.0 m/s
TelosBoltor Telos Boltor Rifle 90.0 m/s
TelosBoltor Telos Boltor Rifle 0.0 m/s
TenetArcaPlasmor Tenet Arca Plasmor Shotgun 120.0 m/s
TenetTetra Tenet Tetra Rifle 100.0 m/s
TenetTetra Tenet Tetra Rifle 60.0 m/s
TenetTetra Tenet Tetra Rifle N/A
Tetra Tetra Rifle 100.0 m/s
Tombfinger Tombfinger (Primary) Launcher 90.0 m/s
Tombfinger Tombfinger (Primary) Launcher N/A
Tombfinger Tombfinger (Primary) Launcher N/A
Torid Torid Launcher 40.0 m/s
Torid Torid Launcher N/A
Torid Torid Launcher N/A
Zhuge Zhuge Crossbow 90.0 m/s
ZhugePrime Zhuge Prime Crossbow 80.0 m/s
ZhugePrime Zhuge Prime Crossbow N/A

Name Class Projectile Speed
Acrid Acrid Pistol 65.0 m/s
Akbolto Akbolto Dual Pistols 75.0 m/s
AkboltoPrime Akbolto Prime Dual Pistols 100.0 m/s
Ballistica Ballistica Crossbow 100.0 m/s
Ballistica Ballistica Crossbow 100.0 m/s
BallisticaPrime Ballistica Prime Crossbow 70.0 m/s
BallisticaPrime Ballistica Prime Crossbow 140.0 m/s
Bolto Bolto Pistol 75.0 m/s
Cantare Cantare Thrown 70.0 m/s
Castanas Castanas Thrown 60.0 m/s
Castanas Castanas Thrown N/A
Catchmoon Catchmoon (Secondary) Pistol 100.0 m/s
Cestra Cestra Pistol 100.0 m/s
Cyanex Cyanex Pistol 24.0 m/s
Cyanex Cyanex Pistol N/A
Cyanex Cyanex Pistol 60.0 m/s
Despair Despair Thrown 70.0 m/s
Despair Despair Thrown 0.0 m/s
Despair Despair Thrown N/A
Detron Detron Shotgun Sidearm 150.0 m/s
DualCestra Dual Cestra Dual Pistols 100.0 m/s
Epitaph Epitaph Pistol 200.0 m/s
Epitaph Epitaph Pistol 50.0 m/s
Epitaph Epitaph Pistol N/A
EuphonaPrime Euphona Prime Shotgun Sidearm 500.0 m/s
EuphonaPrime Euphona Prime Shotgun Sidearm N/A
Fusilai Fusilai Thrown 50.0 m/s
Fusilai Fusilai Thrown 50.0 m/s
Grimoire Grimoire Tome N/A
Grimoire Grimoire Tome N/A
Grimoire Grimoire Tome 6.0 m/s
Grimoire Grimoire Tome N/A
Hikou Hikou Thrown 70.0 m/s
HikouPrime Hikou Prime Thrown 70.0 m/s
Hystrix Hystrix Pistol 80.0 m/s
Hystrix Hystrix Pistol 80.0 m/s
Hystrix Hystrix Pistol 80.0 m/s
Hystrix Hystrix Pistol 80.0 m/s
HystrixPrime Hystrix Prime Pistol 80.0 m/s
HystrixPrime Hystrix Prime Pistol 80.0 m/s
HystrixPrime Hystrix Prime Pistol 80.0 m/s
HystrixPrime Hystrix Prime Pistol 80.0 m/s
Kulstar Kulstar Pistol 100.0 m/s
Kulstar Kulstar Pistol N/A
Kulstar Kulstar Pistol 8.0 m/s
Kulstar Kulstar Pistol N/A
Kunai Kunai Thrown 70.0 m/s
Kunai Kunai Thrown 70.0 m/s
KuvaSeer Kuva Seer Pistol 200.0 m/s
KuvaSeer Kuva Seer Pistol N/A
Laetum Laetum Pistol 100.0 m/s
Laetum Laetum Pistol 40.0 m/s
Laetum Laetum Pistol N/A
Kunai MK1-Kunai Thrown 70.0 m/s
Kunai MK1-Kunai Thrown 70.0 m/s
MaraDetron Mara Detron Shotgun Sidearm 150.0 m/s
Noctua Noctua Exalted Weapon N/A
Noctua Noctua Exalted Weapon N/A
Onos Onos Pistol 100.0 m/s
Onos Onos Pistol 40.0 m/s
Onos Onos Pistol N/A
Onos Onos Pistol N/A
Pox Pox Thrown 30.0 m/s
Pox Pox Thrown N/A
PrismaTwinGremlins Prisma Twin Gremlins Dual Pistols 90.0 m/s
RaktaBallistica Rakta Ballistica Crossbow 100.0 m/s
RaktaBallistica Rakta Ballistica Crossbow 100.0 m/s
SanctiCastanas Sancti Castanas Thrown 60.0 m/s
SanctiCastanas Sancti Castanas Thrown N/A
SecuraDualCestra Secura Dual Cestra Dual Pistols 100.0 m/s
Seer Seer Pistol 200.0 m/s
Sepulcrum Sepulcrum Pistol 200.0 m/s
Sepulcrum Sepulcrum Pistol N/A
Sepulcrum Sepulcrum Pistol 60.0 m/s
Sepulcrum Sepulcrum Pistol N/A
Sonicor Sonicor Pistol 80.0 m/s
Sonicor Sonicor Pistol N/A
Spira Spira Thrown 70.0 m/s
SpiraPrime Spira Prime Thrown 70.0 m/s
Sporelacer Sporelacer (Secondary) Pistol 57.0 m/s
Sporelacer Sporelacer (Secondary) Pistol N/A
Sporelacer Sporelacer (Secondary) Pistol 3.0 m/s
Sporelacer Sporelacer (Secondary) Pistol N/A
TelosAkbolto Telos Akbolto Dual Pistols 75.0 m/s
TenetDetron Tenet Detron Shotgun Sidearm 150.0 m/s
TenetDetron Tenet Detron Shotgun Sidearm 150.0 m/s
TenetDiplos Tenet Diplos Dual Pistols 50.0 m/s
TenetDiplos Tenet Diplos Dual Pistols 200.0 m/s
TenetSpirex Tenet Spirex Pistol 260.0 m/s
TenetSpirex Tenet Spirex Pistol N/A
Tombfinger Tombfinger (Secondary) Pistol 180.0 m/s
Tombfinger Tombfinger (Secondary) Pistol N/A
TwinGremlins Twin Gremlins Dual Pistols 90.0 m/s
Tysis Tysis Pistol 75.0 m/s
Tysis Tysis Pistol N/A

Name Charged Flight Speed (m/s)
Cerata Cerata 45
Deconstructor Deconstructor 40
DeconstructorPrime Deconstructor Prime 40
Falcor Falcor 35
Glaive Glaive 35
GlaivePrime Glaive Prime 55
Halikar Halikar 40
HalikarWraith Halikar Wraith 40
Kestrel Kestrel 40
Orvius Orvius 35
Pathocyst Pathocyst 30
Xoris Xoris 25

Name Class Projectile Speed
Corvas Corvas Archgun 400.0 m/s
Corvas Corvas Archgun 400.0 m/s
CorvasPrime Corvas Prime Archgun 400.0 m/s
CorvasPrime Corvas Prime Archgun 400.0 m/s
Cyngas Cyngas Archgun 220.0 m/s
DualDecurion Dual Decurion Archgun 220.0 m/s
Fluctus Fluctus Archgun 300.0 m/s
Imperator Imperator Archgun 220.0 m/s
ImperatorVandal Imperator Vandal Archgun 220.0 m/s
Mandonel Mandonel Archgun N/A
Mandonel Mandonel Archgun N/A
Phaedra Phaedra Archgun 220.0 m/s
PrismaDualDecurions Prisma Dual Decurions Archgun 300.0 m/s
Velocitus Velocitus Archgun 500.0 m/s
Velocitus Velocitus Archgun 500.0 m/s

Name Class Projectile Speed
CorvasPrime Corvas Prime (Atmosphere) Shotgun 400.0 m/s
CorvasPrime Corvas Prime (Atmosphere) Shotgun 400.0 m/s
Fluctus Fluctus (Atmosphere) Rifle 75.0 m/s
Mandonel Mandonel (Atmosphere) Shotgun N/A
Mandonel Mandonel (Atmosphere) Shotgun N/A
Velocitus Velocitus (Atmosphere) Rifle 125.0 m/s
Velocitus Velocitus (Atmosphere) Rifle 125.0 m/s

Name Class Projectile Speed
BurstLaser Burst Laser Pistol 40.0 m/s
BurstLaserPrime Burst Laser Prime Pistol 40.0 m/s
Deconstructor Deconstructor Glaive 40.0 m/s
Deconstructor Deconstructor Glaive 40.0 m/s
Deconstructor Deconstructor Glaive 40.0 m/s
DeconstructorPrime Deconstructor Prime Glaive 40.0 m/s
DeconstructorPrime Deconstructor Prime Glaive 40.0 m/s
DeconstructorPrime Deconstructor Prime Glaive 40.0 m/s
Helstrum Helstrum Rifle 10.0 m/s
Helstrum Helstrum Rifle N/A
LaserRifle Laser Rifle Rifle 40.0 m/s
Multron Multron Rifle 40.0 m/s
PrimeLaserRifle Prime Laser Rifle Rifle 40.0 m/s
PrismaBurstLaser Prisma Burst Laser Pistol 40.0 m/s
Stinger Stinger Rifle 65.0 m/s
Vulklok Vulklok Sniper Rifle 100.0 m/s

Patch History[]

Update 11.5 (2013-12-19)

  • 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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