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Soma
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Statistics
Weapon Slot Primary
Weapon Type Assault Rifle
Trigger Type Auto
Utility
Projectile Speed Hit-Scan
Firing Rate 15.0 rounds/sec
Accuracy 28.6
Magazine Size 100 rounds/mag
Max Ammo 540 rounds
Reload Time 3.0s
Normal Attacks
1
4
5
Crit Chance 30.0%
Crit Damage 300%
Miscellaneous


CODEX Entry: SomaCodexbw
Accuracy combined with a massive magazine make the Soma assault rifle a formidable weapon.

The Soma is a Tenno designed assault rifle with high accuracy, magazine capacity, and critical ratio. It uses an enormous magazine to sustain fire but must wind up briefly to achieve its maximum fire rate.

Manufacturing Requirements
Credits 32px
15,000
Morphics
7
Plastids
850
Rubedo 32px
1,200
Salvage
8,000
Time: 12 hr
Rush: Platinumicon 50
Market Price: Platinumicon ‍265 Blueprint Price: Credits 32px 50,000

Characteristics

This weapon deals primarily damage.

Advantages:

  • Very large magazine size.
  • High fire rate, achieved after a wind up time of 8 bullets.
  • High accuracy.
  • Second highest critical chance of any primary weapon, second to the Synapse.
  • Highest critical damage bonus ratio of all primary weapons.
  • Benefits greatly from elemental mods, as elements are amplified by critical damage.
  • Two V polarity slots.

Disadvantages:

  • Requires mastery rank 6.
  • Low DPS and inefficient ammo economy without a critical hit focused build.
  • Requires a relatively large amount of uncommon resources to craft.
  • Longer reload than most rifles (not as long as the Gorgon or Supra however).
  • Lowest base damage per bullet of any primary weapon.
  • Weak Impact damage. (but made up for with critical builds)

Weapon Loadouts

Main article: Category:Soma Build

See the user build section for builds using this weapon.

Tips

  • Rifle Ammo Mutation can help regain lost ammunition if the user has ammo conservation problems or if the Soma is unranked, but leaves less room for damage mods, Alternatively, use Rifle Scavenger or Team Ammo Restores.
  • Firing in bursts helps with ammo consumption. When well-modded, the Soma is capable of dispatching many common enemies with 1 or 2 shots.
  • The Soma's crit rate can be boosted up to 75% with a maximum-rank Point Strike mod and up to 89.4% by adding a maximum-rank 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.

Notes

  • 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 shooting the first shot of the magazine with high accuracy, allowing decent shots to weak-points from afar.

Trivia

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In the video, The Profit, the Volt is seen using the Soma but instead of the magazine curling up as it usually would, it curls downwards.

Bugs

  • 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.

See also

  • Akstiletto, the akimbo pistol counterpart of this weapon.

Media

  • Prime Style (fire color pack for gold colors, Smoke color pack for white)
  • Soma (Black / Red), Black Ops. By, SoggyCow
  • 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.
  • Day Of The Dead Skin- White

Start a Discussion Discussions about Soma

  • mega bundle

    2 messages
    • can you use mega bundle at any level or do you have to be a certain lvl to use it
    • you can buy at any level... you just need platinum, the mastery level stops you from building it not from using it.
  • Mastery Rank and the Soma from the Update 10 Mega Bundle

    5 messages
    • IIRC buying xp locked weapons from the market with platinum bypasses said lock. Pretty much the XP locks stop you from building the weapon, ...
    • Yeah. I've built mine on rank 4. But it was like the next day that babe came out for everyones use, so...
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