Gauss Pistols may just be one of the most fun to use and cool looking weapons in the entire game. They are literally a Gauss Rifle of damage put into this tiny little car engine looking pistol, energy flowing through pipes that wrap around it. Dang cool design on this one.
BUT they don’t just look cool, they are incredibly powerful, and can deal some of the most insane Single Target AND Multi-target damage in the game, as they are rapid fire, charge up, and explosive ammo using weapons. Using the Gauss Pistol can mean some serious damage, but you need to spec out right in order to take full advantage of what they CAN be.
Perk Cards of Choice (SOLO)
Perk Cards of Choice (TEAM)
Of course, you can swap these around if you deem worthy, or seem to find some aren’t fitting how you play, but for me, this gave me the best plan of attack.
Because the Gauss Pistol is a Legendary Craftable weapon, you’ll need to purchase a bunch of Modules, gather the materials, and just hope for the best Legendary you can get.
In the Case of the Gauss Pistol, you obviously want something that deals a ton of damage in the case of initial hit, as you REALLY want those V.A.T.S. shots to land. Of course, I recommend mostly the same Legendary effects for most Ranged weapons, and the Gauss Pistol is no different.
Once again, Bloodied is probably the best in this case, just be careful with enemies that like to get close, as you WILL kill yourself a lot if you don’t have the right build to protect you. Here are the Legendary Gauss Pistols I recommend trying to roll for:
Legendary Main Effects:
Quad: Ammo Capacity
Anti-Armor: Ignores 50% of an Enemies armor
Junkie’s: Deals greater damage the more negative effects you have
Bloodied: Deals greater damage when you’re health is low
Two Shot: Fires a second projectile equal to 25% max damage every shot
Legendary Major Effects:
Faster Fire Rate
+50 Limb Damage
V.A.T.S. Crit shots deal 50% More damage
+33% V.A.T.S. Hit Chance
Legendary Minor Effects:
Faster Reload Speed
25% Less V.A.T.S. action point cost
V.A.T.S. Crit Meter fills 15% Faster
When using a Gauss Pistol Build, your armor all depends on what specific perks you’ve got on the legendary pistol. If you’re going Bloodied, so lower health, I’d highly recommend using Unyielding Armor, which basically boosts all of your S.P.C.I.A.L. stats (that’s right, it excludes Endurance) by +3, or use Bolstering Armor, which helps you maintain a VERY high amount of resistance when at lower health, almost mandatory for Bloodied builds. Try to find armor pieces that help lessen your carry weight load as well, ammo is never light in this game.
But say you’ve got a two shot or anti-armor Gauss Pistol, you WON’T be aiming for low health, which means you should probably lean towards an aggressive build with high damage resistance, and that, my friends, would be Vanguard’s.
My HIGHEST Recommended armor is hands down the Chinese Stealth Suit. Once piece of armor BOOM, you’ve got everything you need: Radiation resistance, high damage resistance, and the ability to go straight to stealth simply by crouching.
Food and Buffs
When using a V.A.T.S. critical focused Gauss Pistol build, you want to make SURE that you’ve got the right buffs to help you deal the most damage you possibly can. Here are a few things I’d recommend looking into just to help you out.
Remember, you have BOTH Class Freak AND Starched Genes on to fully utilize the benefits of mutations and take away their negative effects. When it comes to ranged weapons, the mutations are quite typical.
Adrenal Reaction: Increased Damage Output at low health. Without Class Freak, this comes at a cost of 50 Health.
Marsupial: +20 Carry Weight, and you can jump much higher. The carry weight is a HUGE bonus in this game. Without Class Freak, this comes at the cost of 4 Intelligence
Speed Demon: +20% run and sprint speed, +30% faster reload speed. The reload speed with any ranged weapons build is a must have. Without Class Freak, this comes at a cost of 50% more hunger and thirst while moving.
Eagle Eyes: Here you find yourself at a BIT of a dilemma, as your strength is now completely wiped off the face of the planet BUT your critical damage is boosted greatly. Even though you won’t be too strong anymore, you’ll be dealing better crit damage than ever before.
Healing Factor: With Healing factor on, you have quite a bit less to worry about with having a lower health build for Bloodied or Berserker’s. This is just an added bonus to help you stay alive.
Once again, really easy to find and make, these are the drinks you want to spam create in order to pop them as often as possible, plus the ingredients don’t weigh you down.
Tarberry Juice: 15% Water & +120 AP
Steeped Thistle Tea & Sweet Mutfruit Teat: +25% Water & +20% Crit Damage
Melon Juice: 15% Water & +0.08% Health Regen
Pistol Bobblehead – Obviously, this will only help increase your Pistol damage, and with the Gauss Pistol you can never have too much damage.
Everyone’s favorite Fallout meal of the day. Here are the drugs you want to bulk up on, just to always boost your build to the most powerful it can possibly be.
Overdrive: +15% Damage, +25% Critical Chance. Of course, it doesn’t last for very long, so it’s good to use it sparingly.
Gauss Pistols, just like the other Gauss weapons, has a built in explosive perk, which just makes them all the more fun to use. When you get a GOOD Legendary drop for your Gauss Pistol, they can actually deal just as good of damage as most of the other (considered to be) OP Weapons in the game. It’s important to know exactly how to use this weapon, though, due to it’s trickier fire rate OUTSIDE of V.A.T.S.. That’s why I highly recommend specializing in dealing with V.A.T.S. focused perks and abilities to up your chance of landing a solid hit on your enemies, and then more hits you land, the more they explode and damage to nearby enemies. Although, a very fast firing and aggressive gun, able to deal with any enemies.
If you want to check out the build for yourself, or maybe even customize it to your own liking, I would highly recommend checking out NukesDragons “You are SPECIAL” Character Builder, it’s super quick and easy to use.
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