Firing in bursts helps with ammo consumption. When well-modded, the Soma is capable of dispatching many common enemies with 1 or 2 shots.
With a maximum-rank Point Strike mod, the Soma's crit rate can be boosted up to 75%. The Soma's crit rate can now be boosted to 89.4% with Critical Delay.
With a maximum rank Vital Sense and a Hammer Shot mod, the Soma's crit damage multiplier can be increased to 840%.
Once the weapon enters the fast-firing stage, some skills (like Iron Skin) may be activated without losing the firing speed.
Similarly, it retains its fast firing rate if you let off the fire button for short periods. This lets the wielder change targets without wasting large amounts of ammunition in between separate enemies, as long as they do so quickly. This can also be used to keep tighter firing spreads at long ranges, essentially "bursting" rounds with quick pauses between to reduce recoil.
Canceling the reload animation halfway still counts as a reload, essentially cutting the reload time by half.
This weapon has a slight wind up time, much like the Gorgon (only less prominent). This can be taken advantage of by tapping the fire button, making it fire single bullets at a time, which can be effective for sniping weaker units.
The significantly tighter spread at long range and hitscan properly give the Soma an advantage over the Gorgon and Supra for picking off heavy units, but the latter two are more effective at clearing large groups of enemies.
This weapon can be treated like an upgraded Grakata, due to its higher critical chance, lower recoil and a larger magazine size.
During Livestream #14, Digital Extremes talked about increasing the weapon's Mastery Rank to suit the effectiveness of the Soma, rather than nerfing the weapon. This was implemented in Update 10.5.
Capable of dealing Red Crits, though highly rare.
Capable of shooting the first shot of the magazine with high accuracy, allowing decent shots to weak-points from afar.
The magazine curls up into the weapon while firing, and ejects when ammo is depleted.
The Soma's Design seems to be based on the French Chauchat.
Its unusual magazine shape resembles the Japanese Type 100 SMG, or the Type 99 LMG when the magazine has gone through.
The Soma's icon and its blueprint shows the magazine halfway depleted.
Regardless of how many rounds are left, manually reloading the Soma will eject the magazine. Repeatedly reload-cancelling can leave a pile of Soma magazines on the floor.
The Soma was described in the market as a "deadly and elegant high caliber Tenno assault rifle." Despite allegedly high caliber rounds, its damage is second to worst, and its magazine capacity is high compared with other weapons. Judging from the physical size of other weapons' magazines, it may be a relatively high caliber.
The Soma initially had a Mastery Rank requirement of 3. This was increased to 6 in Update 10.5.
The colored magazine removed from the Soma will return to its original color.
There are several appearance bugs associated with the Soma's magazine. The magazine may get "stuck" if reload-cancelled right before the reload completes, leaving the Soma free for use without a magazine loaded.
Occasionally, the user can find the Soma ejecting multiple magazines on a single reload.
Soma (Black / Red), Black Ops. By, SoggyCow
Prime Style (fire color pack for gold colors, Smoke color pack for white)
Wooden Soma (using fire color pack)
Steel Soma With Wood Stock+Base (using fire color pack)
Steel Soma (using basic free white)
Mag Prime with Soma (Prime style using fire color pack for gold colors, Smoke color pack for white)
The colour customization options for the Soma
The colour customization options for the Day Of The Dead Soma skin.