Class 4 Plasma Accelerator

Energy projectile weapon on fixed mount.

— In-Game Description

Plasma Accelerators are mounted on one of your ship's hardpoints and need assigning to a fire group before they can be used. They are very large and powerful weapons. After firing, they take a few seconds to recharge. Unlike its cannon counterpart the plasma accelerator is always fixed and doesn't have a gimballed variant.

Military battleships, cruisers and also space stations are often equipped with this weapon. They're also fitted to large trading ships and passenger liners operating in the more dangerous regions of space.

Even a Small Plasma Accelerator will destroy a well armed hundred tonne ship with a single shot. The large version has been known to be used as a planetary assault weapon, destroying selected areas of cities from orbit. This has a devastating effect on the local population, because the terrifying noise of the beam cutting through the atmosphere can be heard for hundreds of kilometers, and will deafen anyone unprotected in the vicinity.


Spent ammunition must be replenished once used. Any station that is equipped with a "Restock" service will be able to replenish ammunition. Once docked at the station, ammunition can be purchased from the Munitions menu in the Starport Services. Ammunition costs 200 CR per unit.

Engineers Edit

This weapon can be modified by Engineers to enhance its abilities.

Modifications Edit

The following modifications can be applied to this module:

Possible Experimental Effects Edit

Modifying this module can sometimes result in any one of the following special effects also being applied:

Any Plasma Accelerator (regardless of size) using Plasma Slug requires approximately 110 kilograms (0.11 tons) of fuel per reload (where one reload is five shots).

Gallery Edit


Class Rating Mass
Integrity Power
Damage Armour
ROF DPS Thermal
Clip Size
2 C 4.00 A 1.430 Fixed Absolute, Thermal, Kinetic 54.3 A 0.3 /s 17.9 15.6 5 100 834,200
3 B 8.00 A 1.970 Fixed Absolute, Thermal, Kinetic 83.4 A 0.3 /s 24.2 21.8 5 100 3,051,200
4 A 16.00 A 2.630 Fixed Absolute, Thermal, Kinetic 125.3 A 0.3 /s 31.31 29.5 5 100 13,793,600
  • Damage, DPS, and Thermal Load are all based upon the in-game display which is basically an "out of 10" scale thus the values for these sections should be assumed as approximations.
  • Damage Type for all Plasma Accelerators is divided as follows[1]:
    • Absolute: 60%
    • Thermal: 20%
    • Kinetic: 20%
  • Absolute Damage ignores shield resistances.


  • The Plasma Accelerator fires a ball of plasma every 3 or 4 seconds, and is only good for direct fire.
  • 3 shots will take out a Type-9 shield and another 3 shots for the hull. Damage per shot is upwards of 35% to 14% depending how it hits.
  • Main problem is overheating after just 3 or 4 shots, best used with a few projectile weapons as if you use lasers the ship heats up too fast and then you can't fire the Plasma Accelerators.
  • Hard to hit very maneuverable ships; especially smaller ones.
  • Plasma Accelerators should not be mistaken for Plasma Repeaters, which are a small projectile weapon exclusive to the Scarab SRV and various Ship-Launched Fighter variants.

References Edit

  1. Elite Dangerous 2.2.03 Patch Notes