Punch Through is a mechanic that allows weapons to shoot through objects, cover and even enemies. Punch Through is typically bestowed through Mods, though certain weapons have innate Punch Through values.

A basic, unranked Punch Through mod gives a value of at least 0.1 meters of Punch Through, which is sufficient to bypass a Shield Lancer's riot shield. Thus, a skilled marksman would be able to estimate the location of enemies' weak spots while they're in cover and land a shot or two without waiting for the enemy to peek out of cover. Greater values can potentially allow the penetration of many enemies at once, and can be an effective damage multiplier when utilized against swarms of enemies.


Punch Through distance is the maximum depth of material (object or enemy) that a projectile can penetrate. This value is diminished as the projectile passes through the material. For example, if using a weapon with 1.2m of Punch Through distance against a line of 4 Grineer Butchers at chest height, the shot pass through only the first two and result in only the first three Butchers being hit, while increasing the punch through to 2.1m will result in all four Butchers being hit[1].

A Punch Through value of 1.2m is sufficient to easily pass through most single enemies in the game (Infested Boilers being a notable exception, though they're not the only one). The same rule applies to objects and terrain.

Once the projectile encounters a surface too thick to penetrate, the projectile stops normally. It is important to note that there are some objects that cannot be Punched Through by any means; most terrain is too thick to penetrate, and barriers from abilities such as Snow Globe (both the Frost and Arctic Eximus variants) or Nullifier Crewman fields will block all projectiles regardless of the amount of Punch Through they may otherwise be capable of. Additionally, some Bosses have weakspots that periodically close up, and cannot be penetrated by any means until they open up (such as General Sargas Ruk's exhaust vents, which only open after he performs certain attacks).

Puncture refraction

A demonstration of Punch Through interacting with a projectile weapon (in this case, an Acrid with Seeker equipped). Note how the Acrid's darts are veering off to the right of the reticle, as opposed to continuing forward.

Beginning in Update 9.7, Punch Through now functions somewhat properly with non-hitscan weapons. However, projectiles that manage to penetrate a surface will veer off to the side once they exit, and with significantly reduced velocity. Although Thrown Melee weapons can equip the Power Throw mod to get Punch Through, it will only apply to enemies; the melee weapon will still bounce off any obstacles it encounters while in flight.


Some weapons come with an innate amount of Punch Through without any installed mods. Most weapons with a charged shot mechanic will add Punch Through upon full charge, while their uncharged shots may not penetrate anything. In both cases, their innate Punch Through values will stack with any mods that grant Punch Through.

Minimum Mod Ranks for PenetrationEdit

Body Units Punctured
Power Throw +0.1 +0.2 +0.3 +0.4 +0.5 +0.6
Humanoid × × × ×
Quadruped × × × × × ×
Seeking Fury, Shred +0.2 +0.4 +0.6 +0.8 +1.0 +1.2
Humanoid × ×
Quadruped × × × ×
Metal Auger, Seeker, Seeking Force +0.4 +0.7 +1.1 +1.4 +1.8 +2.1
Humanoid ×
Quadruped × ×

Average data, result will differ due to width variances.



  • A number of bosses actually become invulnerable when they deploy protection rather than using a physical barrier to block attacks. In those cases Punch Through will not allow damage to be dealt during these phases. The Raptors, Captain Vor and Lephantis are good examples.
  • Saryn and her teammates can burst Spores through unaffected portions of an enemy's body or burst multiple Spores simultaneously.

Punch Through ModsEdit


  • These two containers are 22m apart, the Latron Prime has maxed Metal Auger.
  • The bullet can puncture the first, travel ~20m and still hit the second.
  • This shows Punch Through only counts solid objects, not empty space.

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