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This weapon was designed to assist with the excavation of mineral deposits from large asteroids, but has been adapted for military purposes.

The Quanta is a Corpus mining laser cutter used by Corpus Quanta Rangers and is the basis of the Mutalist Quanta, Paracyst and the Quanta Vandal, though except for the Vandal the weapons share little in common other than basic appearances and similarly functioning secondary fires. It features high Electricity b Electricity damage with perfect accuracy and an Alternate Fire mode which launches explosive energy cubes that detonate on contact with enemies and weapons fire or after a short period of time.

Manufacturing Requirements
Credits64
25,000
Fieldron64
7
Circuits64
1,000
Salvage64
7,000
Forma64
1
Time: 24 hrs
Rush: Platinum64 35
MarketIcon Market Price: Platinum64 150 Blueprint2 Blueprints Price:Credits6415,000
Energy Lab Research ClanAffinity64 3,000
Credits64
10,000
FieldronSample64
10
Salvage64
500
Circuits64
250
NeuralSensor64
3
Time: 72 hrs
Prereq: Prova
LeaderBadgeGhostHolo x1   LeaderBadgeShadowHolo x3   LeaderBadgeStormHolo x10   LeaderBadgeMountainHolo x30   LeaderBadgeMoonHolo x100

CharacteristicsEdit

This weapon deals Electricity b Electricity damage, and Blast b Blast damage on its alt-fire.

Advantages

  • Innate Electricity b Electricity damage – effective against Machinery and Robotics.
  • Alt-fire deals Blast b Blast damage – effective against Machinery and Fossilized.
  • Decent critical chance.
  • Good critical damage and status chance.
  • Alt-fire lobs a small cube that explodes in a 6-meter radius.
    • Cubes explode on contact or when fired upon.
    • Detonating the cube prematurely will make it deal twice as much damage.
    • Cubes can land reliable headshots by detonating above targets.
    • Cubes do not deal self-damage.
    • Electricity b Electricity damage stuns enemies and Blast b Blast knocks down enemies.
  • Primary fire has pinpoint accuracy.
  • Primary fire is tied with the Quanta Vandal for the longest reach of all range-limited weapons, 50 meters.
  • Consumes 0.5 ammo per tick of damage.
  • Has a Vazarin Pol polarity.

Disadvantages

  • Innate Electricity b Electricity damage – less effective against Alloy Armor.
  • Innate Blast b Blast damage – less effective against Ferrite Armor.
  • Damage ramps up from 20% to 100% over 0.6 seconds when firing. After firing stops for 0.8 seconds, the damage decays back to 20% over 2 seconds.
  • Low ammo efficiency on alt-fire.
    • Cubes consume 10 rounds per shot.
  • Alt-fire cubes have slow travel time and a limited range of roughly 15 meters.

Comparisons

  • Quanta, compared to Quanta Vandal:
    • Lower base damage (20.0 vs. 26.0)
    • Lower critical chance (16% vs. 22%)
    • Lower critical damage multiplier (2.2x vs. 2.4x)
    • Lower status chance (16% vs. 30%)
    • Smaller magazine (60 rounds vs. 80 rounds)
    • Slower reload speed (2 s vs. 1.8 s)
    • Different polarities (Vazarin Pol vs. Madurai Pol)
    • Lower Mastery Rank required (4 vs. 10)

Weapon LoadoutsEdit

Secondary FireEdit

  • Like the Mutalist Quanta, the Quanta has a secondary fire mode that lets it shoot cubes that travel up to 15 meters before stopping in mid-air.
    • Cube explosion deals Blast b Blast.
    • Cubes automatically explode 8 seconds after stopping in mid-air.
    • Cubes can bounce off environmental objects but will explode upon impact with enemies.
    • Cubes can be detonated by being fired upon by any weapon.
      • Cubes detonated this way deal bonus damage.
    • Unlike the Mutalist Quanta, there is no limit to how many cubes can be fired at any given time, being only limited by the amount of ammo in the magazine.
  • If an element is combined with the Quanta's base Electricity b Electricity damage, the additional element can proc by itself during a cube explosion, ex. adding Heat b Heat to form Radiation b Radiation can result in the Cube dealing Heat b Heat proc. This happens because when the default Electricity b Electricity element is combined with other element to get a combined element, the combined element only works on the primary fire, but not on the explosion on the secondary fire.
  • Punch Through mods modify the behavior of cubes. Instead of detonating on impact with an enemy, the cubes will pass through that enemy while still dealing its usual damage.
    • Cubes can also pass through any object without bouncing, with the distance penetrated dependent upon the punch-through distance of the current mod. In both cases, the cube will lose its punch-through behavior after it has traveled its slated punch-through distance through enemies or objects, regaining its ability to bounce off walls and detonate upon enemy contact.
  • The cube's Blast b Blast damage element is retained even if additional elements are installed unto the weapon, giving it a chance to proc on explosions.
  • Terminal Velocity will increase the flight speed of the cubes and the distance they travel before coming to a complete stop.
  • Fire rate mods shorten the time between firing a cube.

NotesEdit

  • The Quanta is only available from clan research in the Energy lab.
  • When combining elements, the Quanta's Electricity b Electricity element is added last. This means if, for example, Cold b Cold and Toxin b Toxin damage mods were added, the elemental damage results would be Viral b Viral and Electricity b Electricity.
  • Additional cubes generated by Split Chamber will follow a similar trajectory, however once they move far enough apart, they will likely collide with each other and bounce off in opposite directions. This effect can be avoided using Heavy Caliber at a high enough rank.
  • Heavy Caliber will not affect the accuracy of the primary fire as badly as it does on other continuous weapons, but multishot will affect the secondary fire by launching the cubes at noticeably different angles.

TipsEdit

  • The Quanta's cubes will detonate if exposed to weapons fire, including explosions from other nearby cubes. This can be used to create a chain detonation by launching multiple cubes within explosion range of each other, then shooting one of them to detonate all the cubes.
  • Cubes will immediately explode when impacting Blunts, Bulwarks, Decoys, Molts and Ramparts, allowing players instantly deal high amounts of damage.
  • The innate Vazarin Pol polarity matches Primed Cryo Rounds.

TriviaEdit

  • Unlike the Mutalist Quanta, the weapon's arms do not rotate when firing, and instead both ends are used to emit two laser beams that meet together at the reticle.
    • As it was originally intended as a mining tool, it is likely that the laser emitters would not have aimed at the same point, but instead cut around a location, with the arms rotating to cut out mineral hotspots in the shape of a cone. As a weapon, however, there would be little use for this level of articulation. Aiming the lasers at a single point alone would be enough for a weapon. As such, the rotation would not be needed.
  • The Quanta appears to fire two beams at once. If a Riven Mod with more than -50% multishot is installed, the bottom beam stops firing.
    • It was previously believed that both lasers emitted are cosmetic, and the true laser that actually strikes the enemy is invisible and projects from the center of the gun, as when punch through is added, only the lower laser appears to collide with anything.
  • This is the only weapon that can equip both Sinister Reach and Terminal Velocity.
  • Despite the Quanta being the original Corpus version of the weapon, it was introduced into the game after the Mutalist Quanta.
  • Its default colors are the same as the Mutalist version, although only the Primary, Secondary and Energy affect its colors.
  • The Quanta is used by Quanta Rangers in Corpus Archwing missions.

MediaEdit

  • The Quanta as it appears in the Codex.
  • Quanta Colour Customization

 

Quanta Skins

Patch HistoryEdit

Update 22.17
  • More Visual Effect intensity changes to reduce visual noise from Quanta energy cube explosions.

Update 22.14

  • Fixed Beam weapons not being able to damage enemies (alive but in a ragdolled state) when being affected by certain ‘crowd control’ Abilities.
  • Damage now ramps up over 0.6 seconds and after moving off target there is a delay of 0.8 seconds before it starts to decay over 2 seconds.
  • All Beam weapons now start their Damage ramp up at 20% (instead of 10%).
  • The Multishot chance should now apply more consistently with Beam weapons.
  • Fixed Beam weapons continuously firing when quick Meleeing.

Hotfix 22.13.4

  • Increased the Beam weapon Damage ramp up time from 0.8 to 1 second.
  • Fixed Beam weapon Damage ramp up not happening per target.

Hotfix 22.13.3

  • Perfect accuracy and high fire rate is balanced by limited range and damage ramping up from 10% to 100% over 0.8 seconds when firing and decays back to 10% over 1 second after stopping.
  • Damage changed from 220 Electricity per sec to 20 Electricity per tick
  • Fire Rate increased from 1 to 12
  • Status Chance changed from 10% per sec to 16% per tick of damage
  • Critical Chance increased from 10% to 16%
  • Critical Damage increased from 2.0x to 2.2x
  • Alt Fire Explosion Radius increased from 5m to 6m
  • Alt Fire Explosion Damage increased from 400 to 600
  • Ammo consumption decreased from 1.0 to 0.5 per tick of damage
Last update: Hotfix 22.17.0.1

See alsoEdit

WeaponsDamageCompare AllCosmetics

WeaponsDamageCompare AllCosmetics