Built by the Grineer for their elite troops, the Vulkar is a devastating distance weapon. In the right hands it is capable of taking down targets long before they get into attack range.
The Vulkar is a Grineer sniper rifle, released in Update 8. It is equipped by Grineer Ballistas. It mainly utilizes Impact damage and shares the highest status chance of sniper rifles with the Lanka, making a good amount of the shots to deal devastating procs.
It can be closely compared to the Vectis, a Tenno sniper rifle.
Rupture is the most effective physical mod to use, as it increases Vulkar's already decent impact damage further.
Heavy Caliber can be used on the Vulkar with little noticeable effect on its long-range accuracy, as its slow rate of fire ensures that its shots will always land on its crosshair. Heavy Caliber will affect the spread of additional bullets created by Split Chamber however.
When compared to the Vectis, although they have different mechanics they are essentially very similar weapons. They have the same fire rate and accuracy, and similar damage although the Vectis has 25 more total damage. The Vectis relies heavily on how fast it can reload after firing in order to maximize DPS, as increasing fire rate has less of an effect than modding for pure reload (increasing both is best, but reduces mod space). The vulkar however has a bigger clip which makes reload time the only thing you need to mod, as the fire rate is optimal. The Vulkar also has little recoil which makes follow-up shots easier to make.
It seems the Vulkar is based-off on the name "Vulcan", the god of fire, the forge and the volcanoes in Roman mythology.
It would seem that the Vulkar has an exceptionally high Impact damage for a sniper rifle, suggesting that it uses powerful slug rounds, despite its depiction as an armor-piercing rifle.