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Plasma Pistol

The Plasma Pistol is a smaller version of the Plasma Gun, just as dangerous as other Imperial Plasma Weapons.


Officers favour plasma pistols for their power to neutralize heavily-armoured enemies in an easily-handled pistol configuration. As well, their rarity marks plasma pistols as icons of status that the bearer is considered important enough to have access to one. Amongst Space Marines, plasma pistols are available to Assault Squads to become more effective as tank hunters.[Needs Citation]

Known Plasma Pistol Patterns

  • Ryza Pattern
    • Mk. III Ryza pattern: used by the Inquisition[20]
    • Mk. V Ryza pattern: used by the Inquisition[20]
    • Ryza Pattern "Wraith"- a duellist’s plasma pistol, made in limited numbers in the Calixis Sector and popular amongst the nobility there. Finely crafted (and correspondingly rare) these weapons are longer-ranged and higher-powered, but lacks s semi-automatic fire setting than Ryza’s typical plasma pistols.[1]
    • Ryza Pattern "Sunspite" - Used during the Horus Heresy[7]
  • Mars Pattern
  • Barrage Plasma pistol
  • Ultra Mk II: used by Marines Errant Space Marine Chapter[2a]
  • Valthek-II: Astral Claws chapter pattern variant of monocore plasma pistol[2b]
  • Helicon Pattern: A subatomic plasma pistol with an effective range of 100 meters and lethal out to 200 meters. It had a capacity of ten shots with a 25.73 recharge time between each shot. Production discontinued in 843.M41 due to a 47% increase in the overheat margin per shot past the fifth shot.[3]
  • Mk V "Wrathfire": a more compact pattern than the Sunfury or Ultra[6].
  • Kronos Mk.III Plasma Pistol: Produced in the Calixis Sector. These weapons are often constructed as part of an aspiring Tech-Priests trials.[8]
  • Primus Pattern - Used by House Van Saar on Necromunda.[21]
  • Vixen Sub-Type - Used by House Escher on Necromunda.[22]
  • Quinspirus Pattern - Used by House Orlock on Necromunda.[23]
  • Sunwrath Pattern - Developed by Belisarius Cawl, these pistols have superior venting coils and a barrel made of a mysterious heat-conducting crystal which prevents them from overheating while repeatedly fired.[28]
Etacarn Plasma Pistol[29]
  • The Etacarn Plasma Pistol is a Squat Plasma Pistol design superior to its Imperial counterparts.[29]

Famous Plasma Pistol Users

Imperial Guard

Space Marines

Chaos Space Marines

Notable Plasma Pistols


See also



Space Marine Standard Infantry Weapons
Melee Weapons Combat KnifeChainswordChainfistPower SwordPower AxePower MaulPower FistPower LanceThunder HammerLightning ClawsForce SwordForce AxeForce StaveRelic BladeCrozius ArcanumExecutioner Relic BladeOmnissian Power AxeServo-Arm
One-Handed Weapons Boltstorm GauntletFlamestorm GauntletBolt PistolHeavy Bolt PistolAbsolvor Bolt PistolPlasma PistolHand FlamerInferno PistolNeo-Volkite PistolGrav-PistolAssault BolterPlasma ExterminatorPlasma CutterReductor PistolWeb PistolGrapnel Launcher
Two-Handed Weapons BolterAuto Bolt RifleStalker BolterStorm BolterBolt CarbineMarksman Bolt CarbineInstigator Bolt CarbineOcculus Bolt CarbineHeavy Bolt RifleExecutor Bolt RifleHellstorm Bolt RiflePlasma GunPlasma IncineratorAssault Plasma IncineratorFlamerMeltagunMelta RifleGrav-GunAstartes ShotgunScout Sniper RifleBolt Sniper RifleLas-FusilCombi-WeaponWebberVengeance Grenade Launcher
Heavy Weapons Heavy BolterExecutor Heavy BolterHellstorm Heavy BolterHeavy Melta RifleMulti-MeltaHeavy FlamerLascannonAutocannonAccelerator AutocannonHeavy Plasma IncineratorPlasma CannonGrav-CannonMissile LauncherAssault Cannon
Attachment Weapons Astartes Grenade LauncherWrist-Mounted Grenade LauncherFragstorm Grenade LauncherGrenade HarnessCyclone Missile Launcher
Shields Storm ShieldBoarding ShieldRelic Shield
Grenades/Explosives Frag grenadeKrak grenadeMelta bombHaywire MineShock GrenadeSmoke GrenadeAnti-Plant GrenadeRad GrenadeStasis GrenadeVortex Grenade
Imperial Guard Weaponry
Melee Weapons ChainswordCombat KnifeHunting LancePower Weapon
One-Handed Weapons Bolt PistolLaspistolHellpistol/Hotshot LaspistolPlasma Pistol
Two-Handed Weapons LasgunFlamerGrenade LauncherHellgun/Hotshot LasgunLascarbineLong-LasMeltagunPlasma GunShotgunSniper Rifle
Heavy Weapons AutocannonHeavy BolterHeavy FlamerHeavy StubberLascannonHotshot Volley GunMissile LauncherMortarSun GunRipper GunGrenadier Gauntlet
Grenades Frag GrenadeKrak GrenadeMelta Bomb

Adepta Sororitas Weapons
Melee Weapons ChainswordEvisceratorPower SwordHallowed MaceMace of the RighteousAnointed HalberdPower BladesNeural WhipArco-FlailBlessed WeaponDialogus StaffChirurgeon's ToolsStaff of BeliefNull RodRod of OfficeSarissaParagon War BladeParagon War Mace
One-Handed Projectile Weapons Bolt PistolPlasma PistolHand FlamerInferno PistolCondemnor Boltgun
Two-Handed Projectile Weapons BolterFlamerMeltagunStorm BolterCombi-Weapon
Heavy Weapons Heavy BolterHeavy FlamerMulti-Melta
Grenades Frag GrenadeKrak GrenadeMelta-Bomb