Assault rifle

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Assault rifle

Assault rifle

A general-purpose gas-operated assault rifle for field or urban combat. It has good range, decent power, and good accuracy.

Base Stats

Type
EquipmentWeapons
Tech Level
Industrial
Weapon Class
Industrial
Market Value
480 Silver
Mass
3.5 kg

Ranged Combat

Mode
Burst
Damage
11 dmg (Bullet)
Armor penetration
16%
Warm-Up
60 ticks (1 sec)
Cooldown
102 ticks (1.7 secs)
Range
30.9 tile(s)
Accuracy
60% - 70% - 65% - 55%
Avg. accuracy
65.2%
Velocity
70 (m/s)
Burst Count
3 (per burst)
Burst Ticks
10 ticks (0.17 secs)
(360 RPM)
DPS
10.88 (7.09)
Stopping power
0.5

Melee Combat

Melee Attack 1
Stock
9 dmg (Blunt)
13% AP
2.0 seconds cooldown
Melee Attack 2 
Barrel
9 dmg (Blunt)
13% AP
2.0 seconds cooldown
Melee Attack 3 
Barrel
9 dmg (Poke)
13% AP
2.0 seconds cooldown
Melee Average DPS
4.5
Melee Average AP
13%

Creation

Crafted At
Machining table
Required Research
Precision rifling
Skill Required
Crafting 6
Work To Make
40,000 ticks (11.11 mins)
Resources to make
Steel 60 + Component 7
Technical
Has Quality
True
weaponTags
Gun, IndustrialGunAdvanced
thingSetMakerTags
RewardStandardQualitySuper
tradeTags
WeaponRanged


The assault rifle is a moderately heavy, automatic ranged weapon which fires 3-shot bursts of rounds which deal a moderate amount of damage each; a slightly shorter delay between each shot; a moderate time between bursts; slightly longer range and moderate overall accuracy.

Acquisition

Assault rifles can be crafted at a Machining table once the Precision rifling research project has been completed. They require Steel 60 Steel, Component 7 Components, 40,000 ticks (11.11 mins) of work, and a Crafting skill of 6.

They can also be found in ancient shrines or purchased from outlander and orbital combat suppliers, and outlander faction bases. They can also be found on the following raider kinds:

Raider Kind Chance Average Quality Health
Mercenary Gunner 9.17% Normal 70-320%
Elite Mercenary 53.37% Normal 100%
Boss 53.37% Normal 100%
Ancient Soldier 10.81% Normal 100%
Trooper Content added by the Royalty DLC ? ? 70-230%
Janissary Content added by the Royalty DLC ? ? 70-230%

Analysis

The assault rifle is the jack-of-all trades of RimWorld's firearms. Single-target damage is respectable, with accuracy and warmup time being good overall. Range is amazing - tied for third of all non-consumable weapons and only beaten by weapons with considerably less DPS. The assault rifle can be used to good effect in virtually any use case, whether in close-quarters, out hunting, or on the field. Other weapons surpass the assault rifle in specific roles, such as the chain shotgun in maximum DPS and in close quarters, but no other weapon is as flexible and versatile. For this reason, assault rifles are a common choice for standard issue when not optimizing for a specific strategy.

In terms of actual DPS, the assault rifle is consistently higher than the LMG, lower than the heavy SMG until beyond short range (12 tiles), and generally outdamaged before and after AP by the lower-ranged charge rifle. All four are completely outdamaged by less flexible weapons like the minigun and chain shotgun however. The assault rifle is a moderately skill friendly-weapon when the player manually controls the pawn's range, though the charge rifle and heavy SMG tends to fill that niche better.

The only real thing that the assault rifle lacks is stopping power, as it's unable to stagger humans. Another downside is that production is quite expensive, though not as expensive as a charge rifle. You also won't see raiders use assault rifles until the midgame somewhat limiting the chance to use looted rifles before the higher qualities available to colony-produced weapons take precedence.

Stats

Against an unarmored human, an assault rifle can kill with 4 hits to the torso, 3 hits to the head or neck, or 1 hit to the brain; cripple or destroy limbs in 3 hits; and cripple or destroy eyes and digits with a single hit. It'll generally take around 6 hits (~9.3 seconds average) to incapacitate that human from pain shock.

Attack table

Ranged

  • Assault rifle Assault rifle Accuracy
    (Touch)
    Accuracy
    (Short)
    Accuracy
    (Medium)
    Accuracy
    (Long)
    DPS
    (Optimal)
    DPS
    (Touch)
    DPS
    (Short)
    DPS
    (Medium)
    DPS
    (Long)
    Market
    value
    Quality Dam. AP
    Awful 9.9 14.4% 48% 56% 52% 44% 9.79 4.7 5.48 5.09 4.31 240 Silver
    Poor 11 16% 54% 63% 58.5% 49.5% 10.88 5.88 6.85 6.42 5.44 360 Silver
    Normal 11 16% 60% 70% 65% 55% 10.88 6.53 7.62 7.07 5.98 480 Silver
    Good 11 16% 66% 77% 71.5% 60.5% 10.88 7.18 8.38 7.83 6.64 600 Silver
    Excellent 11 16% 72% 84% 78% 66% 10.88 7.83 9.14 8.49 7.18 720 Silver
    Masterwork 13.75 20% 81% 94.5% 87.75% 74.25% 13.6 11.02 12.92 11.97 10.06 1200 Silver
    Legendary 16.5 24% 90% 100% 97.5% 82.5% 16.32 14.69 16.32 15.99 13.55 2400 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality. Values shown in Red indicate the weapon is out of range at the reference point for this range band. The value is provided due to the interpolated nature of accuracy between range points.

  • Melee

    Feature Toggle
    AttacksRitual Quality Check Off.pngRitual Quality Check On.png
  • Assault rifle Assault rifle Stock (Blunt) Barrel (Blunt) Barrel (Poke) Human: Left fist (Blunt) Human: Right fist (Blunt) Human: Teeth (Bite) Human: Head (Blunt) HP Value
    Quality
    DPS[1] AP[1] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2]
    Awful 3.98 11.6% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 8.333% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 8.333% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 8.333% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 37.5% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 37.5% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 0% 5 2s 7% 2.5 0% 100 240 Silver
    Poor 4.07 11.82% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 20% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 20% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 20% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 20% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 20% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 0% 5 2s 7% 2.5 0% 100 360 Silver
    Normal 4.4 12.75% 9 2s 13% 4.5 25% 9 2s 13% 4.5 25% 9 2s 13% 4.5 25% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 12.5% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 12.5% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 0% 5 2s 7% 2.5 0% 100 480 Silver
    Good 4.74 13.73% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 25% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 25% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 25% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 12.5% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 12.5% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 0% 5 2s 7% 2.5 0% 100 600 Silver
    Excellent 5.08 14.7% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 25% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 25% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 25% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 12.5% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 12.5% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 0% 5 2s 7% 2.5 0% 100 720 Silver
    Masterwork 5.92 17.14% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 25% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 25% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 25% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 12.5% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 12.5% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 0% 5 2s 7% 2.5 0% 100 1200 Silver
    Legendary 6.59 19.09% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 25% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 25% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 25% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 12.5% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 12.5% 8.2 2s 12% 4.1 0% 5 2s 7% 2.5 0% 100 2400 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.

    1. 1.0 1.1 Note: This is the actual base average derived from the melee verb system updated in 1.1.2610, it may sometimes disagree with the listed value in the in-game infobox.
      It may also change depending on the stats and the melee verbs available to the wielder if the weapon is wielded by some other than a baseline human.
    2. Chance for attack to be selected, assuming the weapon is wielded by a baseline human. It may change depending on the melee verbs available to the wielder

    Version history

    • Approximately A9 - Renamed from M16 to Assault rifle.
    • 0.12.910 - Rebalanced.
    • Beta 19/1.0 - Barrel melee attack damage reduced 10 -> 9, cooldown increased from 1.9s -> 2s. Stock cooldown increased from 1.8 -> 2.