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The Cat o' Nine Tails is a legendary laser manufactured by Dahl. It can be obtained randomly from any suitable loot source.

Special Effect

The cat's out of the bag. - Always incendiary. Decreased fire rate. Fires a beam which ricochets and splits into 9 different beams upon hitting a surface or enemy. Each split beam can ricochet once. The initial beam (that exits the barrel of the gun) will deal 1000% of the listed base damage, while each split beam will deal 100% of the listed damage.

Usage & Description

The Cat O' Nine Tails is a powerful weapon capable of doling out many times its listed damage for only a single unit of ammunition. When fired against walls or floors, its bolts scatter in a fixed-angle ricochet, giving it a very high damage potential and the ability to hit multiple enemies even without intending to. The ricochet effect can also be used as a powerful scattershot, allowing the Cat O' Nine Tails to function as a traditional laser and a pseudo-shotgun simultaneously.

Gladiators taking advantage of Maelstrom can potentially wield this weapon to great effect, particularly against groups of targets. When used properly, it can accumulate 100+ stacks of Maelstrom nearly instantly, and maintain 200+ by the time its magazine has been emptied. Its ricocheting effect is also very effective in conjunction with Smite, easing the difficulty of hitting a target while in the air.

Notes

  • The initial shot deals 10 times the base damage of the gun, split into two portions (two damage numbers will appear). The larger of the two deals 900% of the base damage, and is presumably caused by the 9 split beams each hitting the target once. The second damage number is probably the first beam, which was fired from the gun. Either way, the net result is that this gun deals massive damage on a direct hit. As such, there is little reason to try to shoot the ground and hit enemies with only the split beams, unless a player is attempting to hit multiple enemies with the same shot.

Trivia

  • The name of the weapon is a reference to the cat o' nine tails, a type of multi-tailed disciplinary whip.


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