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Melta Weapons are potent weapons which work either by sub-atomic agitation of the target causing it to cook or otherwise melt, or by creating a small scale fusion reaction (using a Pyrum/Promethium fuel mix for some imperial weapons), which is projected as a blast which can burn through almost anything, with greater effect the closer to the target.
Although short-ranged and slow to fire, they are prized for their power against armoured vehicles. They are also considered a good alternative to plasma weapons, which are unreliable and capable of killing their user. Besides the roar of the explosive vaporising of the target's moisture, melta weapons themselves make little noise when firing. Given their fairly quiet and very effective nature, infiltrating parties make use of melta weapons to destroy enemy vehicles before they get a chance to fight on the battlefield.[1a]
Many races make use of the same basic technology. In the Imperium they are called meltas, and often referred to as 'fusion guns', 'melters', 'cookers' and 'vape guns'. Equivalent weapons used by other races have similar effects, although sometimes completely different technology and methods of operation. Both the Tau and Eldar use melta weapons, primarily for tank hunting like the Imperium.[1a]
- 1 Imperial Melta Weapons
- 2 Eldar Melta Weapons
- 3 Tau Melta Weapons
- 4 Necron Melta Weapons
- 5 See also
- 6 Sources
Imperial Melta Weapons
Main article: Meltagun
The Meltagun is the most commonly seen melta weapon in use by the Imperium and is commonly found throughout all of the Imperium's fighting forces including the Imperial Guard, Space Marines, Ordo Hereticus and Adepta Sororitas.[1a]
Main article: Inferno pistol
The Inferno Pistol is a very rare and smaller melta weapon, used only by the agents of the Inquisition (Ordo Hereticus and Ordo Malleus) and a select few Space Marines (Commander Dante of the Blood Angels Chapter).
The Melta Cannon is a large vehicle-mounted melta weapon, able to destroy several targets at once. It can be found on the Devil Dog, a variant of the Hellhound. An even larger version of the Melta Cannon is mounted on several classes of Imperial Titan.
Siege Melta Array
Main article: Siege Melta Array
Cyclonic Melta Lance
Main article: Cyclonic Melta Lance
Eldar Melta Weapons
Tau Melta Weapons
The Fusion Cascade is a newly developed Tau weapon which fires in bursts. Due to the increase in amount, the power of each shot is less than the Imperial equivalent. It is equipped on the new Battlesuits.
The Fusion Collider is a heavy Battlesuit-mounted anti-tank weapon.
The Fusion Eradicator is the largest and most powerful class of Tau Fusion Weapon.
Necron Melta Weapons
- 1: Warhammer 40,000: Wargear
- 2: Confrontation[Needs Citation]
- 3: Codex: Imperial Guard (5th Edition), pg.26
- 4: White Dwarf 356 (AU/NZ), pg. 10
- 5: Codex: Necrons (5th Edition), pg. 39
- 6: Rogue Trader: Battlefleet Koronus, pg. 8
- 7: Deimos Pattern Predator Infernus (last accessed 24 June 2015)
- 8: Warhammer Community: Warhammer 40,000 Preview – What’s in the Box? (Posted on 13/06/2020) (Last accessed on 13 June 2020)
- 9: Imperial Munitorum Manual, pg. 73
- 10: Codex: Space Marines (9th Edition), pg. 27
- 11: Rogue Trader Rulebook, pg. 122
- 12: Codex: Eldar (4th Edition), pg. 62
- 13: Codex: Tau (3rd Edition), pgs. 15-17