Top 5 Weapons of DOOM - #5: The Gauss Cannon

  • June 03, 2019
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  • By: Joe Rybicki
Top 5 Weapons of DOOM - #5: The Gauss Cannon

When you’re up against all the forces of Hell, it’s important to have the right tools for the job. Thankfully, DOOM delivers in spades, offering as many perfectly gruesome tools a Slayer could ever hope for.

While we eagerly await spending time with DOOM Eternal’s dramatically expanded arsenal of weapons (just take a look at footage of the DOOM Blade and Equipment Launcher for an idea of what to expect in future versions of this list), let’s look back at the best weapons the series has given us so far.

5. The Gauss Cannon

DOOM (2016) introduced a whole lineup of new weapons to the DOOM arsenal, but it’s hard to top the addition of the Gauss Cannon. This portable railgun does massive amounts of damage in its default configuration, sure, but it’s the available upgrades that really put this beast over the top.

One upgrade option is called Precision Bolt, which essentially turns the Gauss Cannon into a sniper rifle – one that, at maximum upgrade level, causes enemies to explode and damage other nearby enemies.

Then there’s Siege Mode, which makes this already-devastating weapon somehow even stronger with the ability to penetrate targets and the addition of area-of-effect damage. The tradeoff is that you can’t actually move while in Siege Mode...until you upgrade Siege Mode fully, that is, whereupon you can move freely while aiming this instrument of demonic misery.

In short, it’s just a bad scene for hellspawn when the Gauss Cannon is out. That’s all we’re saying.