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Cavitation Pistol

A series of prongs takes the place of this pistol’s barrel; firing the weapon causes a small sphere of energy to form at their center and launch forward at speed. If the wielder times the shot perfectly, the plasma sphere pulses just as it hits the target, dealing damage to nearby creatures, but most find the feat difficult to replicate consistently. A vapor cavitation pistol creates a very focused sphere, while the inertial cavitation pistol creates one that implodes on impact. Hydrodynamic and thermodynamic cavitation pistols use more complex reactions that carry significantly more destructive power.

Plasma Weapons

Superheated or electromagnetically charged gas becomes ionized plasma, which plasma weapons emit in a controlled blast. Ionized plasma deals both electricity and fire damage, tearing through organic flesh and metal alike. Plasma beams can be projected, as from a gun, or maintained in a steady beam with a powerful magnetic field, as the blade of a melee weapon.

Followers of Sarenrae popularized terms for the different intensities of plasma swords based on the heat they emit. The hottest, deadliest plasma weapon is a blue star, followed in descending order by white star, yellow star, red star, and finally tactical plasma weapons.

Cavitation Pistol, Vapor

Source Starfinder Armory pg. 41
Level 3; Price 1,430
Damage 1d6 E & F; Range 20 ft.; Critical pulse 1d4
Capacity 20 charges; Usage 5
Bulk L; Special unwieldy

Cavitation Pistol, Inertial

Source Starfinder Armory pg. 41
Level 8; Price 9,700
Damage 2d6 E & F; Range 20 ft.; Critical pulse 1d6
Capacity 40 charges; Usage 5
Bulk L; Special unwieldy

Cavitation Pistol, Hydrodynamic

Source Starfinder Armory pg. 41
Level 14; Price 75,200
Damage 2d12 E & F; Range 40 ft.; Critical pulse 2d6
Capacity 40 charges; Usage 8
Bulk L; Special unwieldy

Cavitation Pistol, Thermodynamic

Source Starfinder Armory pg. 43
Level 18; Price 584,000
Damage 3d12 E & F; Range 20 ft.; Critical pulse 3d6
Capacity 80 charges; Usage 10
Bulk L; Special unwieldy