LAS-98 Laser Cannon

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A laser weapon firing a continuous beam. Doesn't require ammunition, but will need heat sink replaced if it overheats.

— Ship Management Terminal

The LAS-98 Laser Cannon is a heat-based support weapon that fires a sustained beam of energy at your target. Rather than using magazines of ammunition, the Laser Cannon slowly heats up its heat sink while being fired. The heat sink will slowly cool down automatically when not firing, effectively giving the Helldiver infinite ammo if the weapon is fired judiciously.

Stratagem Statistics

  • Call-in Time: 3 sec (7 sec in-game)
  • Uses: Unlimited
  • Cooldown Time: 480 Seconds (8 Minutes)

Weapon Statistics

LAS-98 Laser Cannon
Cooldown 480 sec
Call-in Time 3 s
Fire Limit 10 s
Reload Time 3.6 s
Tactical Reload 5 s
Spare Magazines 1
Starting Magazines 1
Mags from Supply 1
Mags from Ammo Box 1
Attacks
Laser Cannon Beam Beam
Laser Cannon Beam
Beam
Beam Range 200 m
Damage
Standard 350
vs. Durable 200
Penetration
Direct Armor AP4 Icon.png Medium II
Slight Angle Armor AP4 Icon.png Medium II
Large Angle Armor AP4 Icon.png Medium II
Extreme Angle Armor AP4 Icon.png Medium II
Special Effects
Status Fire
Status Strength 0.25
Demolition Force 20
Stagger Force 0
Push Force 0
DPS Fire
Damage
Element Fire
Standard 50
vs. Durable 25
Penetration
Direct Armor AP4 Icon.png Medium II
Slight Angle Armor AP4 Icon.png Medium II
Large Angle Armor AP4 Icon.png Medium II
Extreme Angle Armor AP0 Icon.png Unarmored
Special Effects
Demolition Force 0
Stagger Force 0
Push Force 0

Tactical Information

  • An Ammo Box will restore 1 reserve heat sink, as will a Resupply crate.
  • At base it takes 15 seconds to fully cool down from 99% overheat.
    • The Laser Cannon takes 33% longer to cool down on planets that are hot (20 seconds instead 15), and 33% shorter on planets that are cold (10 seconds instead of 15).
    • The Laser Cannon will let out a loud buzzing sound just before it overheats, acting as a warning to stop firing or else it will overheat.
  • If the weapon does overheat, you'll have to change heat sinks, which causes the Helldiver to kneel down and stop moving during the 4-second animation.
  • Aiming down sights allows for precise aim, making it much easier to hit tiny weak points, like bot heads or Hulk visors.
  • The Laser Cannon can be used to knock down most fences and open steel-doored containers without having to use an explosive, making it quite versatile.
  • The Laser Cannon can destroy some medium-sized targets such as Automaton Mortars.
  • The Laser Canon will cool down while the weapon is holstered.
  • The hitscan nature of the Laser Cannon renders it highly effective at destroying the thrusters of Gunships and the wings of Shriekers.
  • It can destroy a Hulk fairly easily if trained on its visor for a few seconds, making it a very capable counter to them.
  • Combining the Laser Cannon with another LAS weapon such as the LAS-5 Scythe or LAS-16 Sickle can grant the Helldiver incredible Ammo economy by switching in-between the weapons during cooldown.
  • Reloading the Laser Cannon is faster than waiting for the cooldown. So don't be afraid to overheat the weapon if in a pinch.
  • The Laser Canon cannot destroy Bug Holes or Bot Fabricators. Keep this in mind when picking stratagems and weaponry.

Trivia

Affected By

The following Ship Modules affect the LAS-98 Laser Cannon:

Department Ship Module Affect
Patriotic

Administration Center

Donation Access License The Laser Cannon will always drop in with 2 reserve heatsinks, instead of 1.
Streamlined Request Process Reduces stratagem cooldown from 8:00 to 7:10.
Superior Packing Methodology Resupply boxes refill the Laser Cannon with the maximum number of carriable heatsinks.
Payroll Management System Reduces reload time for the Laser Cannon by 10%.
Bridge Morale Augmentation Reduces cooldown time for all stratagems by 5%.
EngineeringBay Streamlined Launch Process Removes call-in time to deploy the Laser Cannon.

Change History

Patch
Description

1.000.302
2024-05-07

Fixes

  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when using beam weapons

1.000.300
2024-04-29

Changes

  • Slightly increased damage
  • Slightly reduced damage versus large volume bodies

1.000.100
2024-03-06

Changes

  • Increased damage against durable enemy parts, increased armor penetration, improved ergonomics.

Media

Tutorial Video Demonstrating Use of the LAS-98 Laser Cannon
LAS-98 Laser Cannon firing continuously for 10 seconds until the heat sink expels.