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Basically the energy equivalent of the handgun, Pulse Rifles are energy weapons seen in the Armored Core games. There is also the larger and more powerful Pulse Cannon category, which is also covered here.


Another Age pulse rifle

ZWG-XP/400 in use

This weapon is lightweight and fires unique sphere projectiles, typically dealing low amounts of damage with moderate to high ammo capacities. They are sometimes described as "ion pulse" firing guns, and as such they can be considered to be low-powered plasma weaponry, in contrast to the distinct high-powered plasma rifles and cannons. They are often considered a midway point between the laser rifle and machine gun although they share an appearance more akin to a handgun.

In Armored Core 4 and For Answer they become a lot weaker but fast firing much like the original pulse rifle. Unlike in previous games, there are only two or three models available, two arm weapons and one back.

In Armored Core VI, pulse weapons are oscillator weapons, shooting rapid-fire soundwaves that tear through pulse shields as they work on the same wavelength.


Nine Ball Pulse 2AA

WG-XP2000 in use (by Nine-Ball, 2 Another Age)

The most basic version is the Pulse Rifle. Absolutely powerful in the original Armored Core games, it has been toned down but every now and then models come up, like the ROC4, which allow it to be considered a front line weapon rather than more of a backup. While it doesn't have the stun or heat of a standard handgun, the Pulse Rifle frequently has either larger ammo capacity or higher attack to compensate.

The Pulse Cannon serves as a stronger version of the Pulse Rifle and has never become weakened, like the other weapons. It is very effective at taking on both ACs and MTs and in most cases are powerful but these are frequently very energy draining which makes them not practical for long engagements.


From Armored Core up to Silent Line, pulse rifles were considered the more energy efficient and safer alternative to the laser rifle. From Nexus onwards with its introduction of the hangar ability, pulse rifles were mainly relegated to being back up weapons. There are a few exceptions, namely the YWH14PU-ROC4 model which could function as great stand-alone weapons, although most are simply reserve weapons.

As for Pulse Cannons, these weapons are accurate fast firing and lethal weapons, often times just as useful or more so than the larger weapons like Laser Cannons. They are useful on lighter ACs that don't want to be burdened down by the weight of these weapons but still want a fairly powerful weapon, especially for the fights against MTs or other lighter targets that do not warrant heavy cannons.

List of Pulse Rifles[]

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Armored Core 2[]

Armored Core 3[]

Armored Core Silent Line[]

Armored Core Silent Line Portable[]

Armored Core Nexus[]

Armored Core Nine Breaker[]

Armored Core Last Raven[]

Armored Core Last Raven Portable[]


Notable Users[]

  • Nine-Ball - probably the most famous user of the Pulse Rifle, Nine-Ball used a unique WG-XP2000 model, which while sharing the same outer appearance as a regular WG-XP2000 pulse rifle, it can fire 3-shot bursts and deal higher damage output.


  • In Playstation 1 trilogy, ammos were large blue ring-shaped.
  • According to Kaichi Satoh, the first Armored Core's pulse rifles are an homage to the M41A Pulse Rifle from the 1986 film Aliens.[1]


  1. Satoh, K. [sleek00]. (2010, August 01).『アーマードコア』でエネルギー系銃が『パルスライフル』の呼称なのは『エイリアン2』のM41パルスライフルのオマージュ。なので「何のパルスなのか?」「旋条銃身でないのにライフル?」とかの議論やツッコミは全部無意味。あれはギャグです。[Tweet]. Retrieved from