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Shockwave
Information
Type Heavy Weapon
Sniper Rifle
Secondary Mode X-Ray
Damage (per Hit) High
Accuracy Very High
Ideal Range Long
Ammo Type Shockwave Bullets
Magazine Capacity 30
Maximum Ammo 30
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The Shockwave is a weapon found in Perfect Dark Zero.

Description

The Shockwave is an energy sniper rifle with a non-replenishable ammo source, capable of shooting through walls. If fired too many times in succession, it will overheat and be forced to cool down. Unlike the Jackal, the Shockwave is not bolt-action.

The Shockwave is equipped with a secondary function that enables X-ray vision, allowing the user to see all humans in the game world.

Advantages

The Shockwave has the capability of eliminating enemies in one shot, especially with headshots, even while not dealing as much damage as the Jackal. Being extremely accurate, the Shockwave is extremely likely to not miss a target.

The Shockwave also has the added advantage of shooting through a wall. In addition, its X-ray secondary function allows players to see all humans in X-ray vision, even ones from very far away, allowing players to see enemies in front and plan how to attack them efficiently.

Due to not being bolt-action, the Shockwave has a higher effective rate of fire than the Jackal.

Disadvantages

Firing the Shockwave three times in a row disables it from use as it needs to cool down for 5 seconds after overheating. The Shockwave cannot be used while it is cooling down, and recovering from a full heat meter leaves the player completely vulnerable to gunfire. For this reason, it is best to fire the Shockwave either once or twice in a row and then take cover to cool down the gun.

While capable of shooting through walls, its ability to do so becomes more limited when more walls are present. As a heavy weapon, the Shockwave causes its user to have room for only one small-sized weapon due to taking up 3 weapon slots and also slows down movement speed.

Trivia

  • The Shockwave, being an energy sniper rifle with a limited ammo source and the ability to overheat, is comparable to the Type-50 Beam Rifle and the later Focus Rifle and Type-27 Beam Rifle from the Halo series, although it notably has double to triple the ammunition of these weapons and also a much longer cooldown time by comparison.
    • Coincidentally, the Jackal sniper rifle in Perfect Dark Zero is also a reference to the infamous Kig-Yar/Jackal Snipers from the Halo series, who also use either the Beam Rifles or the Focus Rifle, all of which the Shockwave, as previously mentioned, alludes to.

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