A special version of the standard Braton rifle with a slower fire rate but offering higher accuracy and damage values. The Braton Vandal has been customized by the Tenno with a blue-green metallic finish, and Lotus branding on the grips.
The Braton Vandal is the Vandal version of the Braton, sold as a special edition in the Market between February 15, 2013 to February 19, 2013, in celebration of the Open Beta Weekend. The Braton Vandal features a higher base damage, accuracy, and status chance, though it sacrifices fire rate and Puncture damage in trade for Slash damage. The Braton Vandal does not deviate far from its origins, performing as a multipurpose rifle for any situation.
The Braton Vandal is a limited-edition weapon, and could only be obtained during the window it was sold for on the Open Beta weekend.
This weapon was only available for purchase during the Open Beta Celebration Weekend (Closed Beta Hotfix 6.3.1) starting from Friday, February 15 at 12:00pm EST through Tuesday, February 19 until 9:00am EST. It could be bought for only 1 credit and has no rank restriction, so it could be immediately acquired by anyone who logged on during the open beta weekend regardless of time spent playing the game.
When used extensively or playing solo, the ammunition of an unmodded Braton Vandal can burn down quickly, though not as quickly as the Braton. Consider switching to your pistol or utilizing melee combat when appropriate.
When fighting at long ranges, consider firing in short bursts or taking a calculated risk and charging forward. The ammo saved from avoiding sustained long range fighting can compensate for the damage you'll take in melee/short range combat.
The Braton Vandal features a different sound to that of the Standard Braton.
It was confirmed by DERebecca that the Braton Vandal and Lato Vandal weapons will remain exclusive to Closed Beta and not available in the future. However other Vandal weapons (which were awarded from Events) could make their return as awards of future Tactical Alerts and/or Events. Strun Wraith is a perfect example of a returning Event weapon.
However, in Devstream 77 the devs talked about possibly reintroducing both the Braton Vandal and Lato Vandal.
When introduced, the Braton Vandal was a straight upgrade of the Braton, with increased statistical damage and fire-rate over the standard edition. Later on however, the regular Braton had its stats buffed, possibly due to the debates over the fact that the vandal version was considered by most to be the strongest assault rifle at the time. It was buffed again later on to actually equal the damage of the Vandal version, making the Vandal's higher accuracy the only advantage over the Regular.
Damage 2.0 completely rebalanced the Braton weapons, giving the Vandal version higher damage but in turn having less impact and slash damages compared to the regular Braton.
As with most Vandal weapons, only the energy color can be changed. Other colors may be selected, but will not show on the weapon, unless said weapon possesses a skin.