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Weapons in Dead Space 3 are categorized into three different sections: Pre-Built Weapons, Blueprints, and Parts. The two weapons the player start out with in-game (Plasma Cutter and SMG) as well as any Pre-Order/Special Edition weapons that are found pre-assembled in the safe are considered "Pre-Built Weapons". Blueprints consist of the design schematics found around the world of Dead Space 3 -- blueprints do not come pre-assembled, you must have the correct materials and construct them yourself. Parts are all the components that make up a weapon in Dead Space 3.

Pre-BuiltEdit

Despite being "pre-built", these weapons are still made up of standard components and can be dismantled for parts or altered as you see fit. Be warned, though, that certain weapons cannot be put back together once disassembled due to QA not catching it before release. Specifically, the weapons that cannot be reassembled are the Probe Gun and the Planet Cracker DLC, the Probe Gun being an objective item and the Planet Cracker due to a bug.

* These weapons are only available as DLC or as a Bonus. See Downloadable Content for Dead Space 3
** This is only available after completing Classic mode.

BlueprintsEdit

Blueprints do the assembly work for you, but do not add anything you can't make using the manual assembly interface. A blueprint will use any matching parts that you already have before producing new parts using resources. If you have some parts, but not all, it will use the parts you have and then use resources to make the rest. Parts already being used by weapons in your safe will not be used, so if you want to use those you should either disassemble those weapons first or just modify the weapon manually. List is based on in-game order:


*Available in Classic mode.
**ONLY available in Classic mode.

You can also craft Custom Blueprints and share them amongst other players, but they cannot be renamed, nor can they be used in Classic mode.

Also, custom blueprints cannot be shared if the specific weapon is equipped with the Mk. II or Mk. V parts, 3+ Upgrade Circuits or parts gained from DLCs. You must create a blueprint without these upgrades if you want to share it.

PartsEdit

The crafting system in Dead Space 3 defines weapons as being composed of a Frame, a Tool, and a Tip at a minimum. A weapon can optionally have a second Tool and Tip, up to two Attachments, and up to eight Upgrade Circuits.

Higher Mk. II versions of Frames, Tips, Attachments, and Modules can be found scattered throughout the campaign after winning the game and starting a New Game+, as well as upon completing certain Achievements. Tools do not have higher Mark versions. Mk. V versions can only be obtained by purchasing resource packs. There's no such thing as Mk. III or IV items in the game.


FramesEdit

Depending on the type of frame, you can use different parts. There are two basic types of frames, Compact and Heavy.

There is a Standard and an Elite version of each, as well as unique variants. The Standard version starts with half as many upgrade circuits. However, additional circuits can be unlocked using Tungsten, up to the same number as an Elite Frame. If all upgrade circuits are unlocked, the total Tungsten cost is the same between Standard and Elite frames. However, you save on Semiconductor and Scrap Metal if you use an Elite Frame to start out with. Also, if you unlock upgrade circuits on an Standard Frame and then dismantle the weapon, it remembers that those slots are unlocked the next time you use it. However, the name remains "Standard Frame" so it might be hard to tell which one it is. Somewhat illogically, even with all 8 upgrade circuits unlocked, the name still does not change to "Elite".

  • Probe Frame: A custom S.C.A.F. tool frame specifically designed to support the Nexus Probe.
    • Dismantling the Nexus Probe gives you this useless frame that you can't use or reassemble. It is possible to sell the frame and receive one piece of Scrap Metal. In order to do so, build or modify a weapon and select the option that shows your current frame. Hover over the Probe Frame and sell the part.
  • Compact Standard Frame: A standard compact frame for one-handed weapons.
  • Heavy Standard Frame: A standard heavy frame for two-handed weapons.
  • Compact Elite Frame: An elite compact frame for one-handed weapons.
  • Heavy Elite Frame: An elite heavy frame for two-handed weapons.
  • Compact EarthGov Frame: A compact frame with built-in upgrades. (+SPD)
  • Heavy S.C.A.F Frame: A heavy frame with built-in upgrades. (+DMG)
  • Weller's Compact Frame: A compact, upper tool-only frame with built-in upgrades. (+RLD)
  • Hammond's Heavy Frame: A heavy, upper tool-only frame with built-in upgrades. (+CLP)
    • The increased ammo capacity of this frame can be especially useful for fully automatic weapons such as the Assault Rifle, Pulse Rifle, and Bullpup Rifle, as well as any of the Pneumatic Torch weapons.
    • Built-in +CLP upgrade is +4.
  • Mk. II Compact (+RLD)
  • Mk. II Heavy (+RLD)
  • Mk. V Compact Supercharged Frame: A supercharged frame for one-handed weapons.(+RLD)
    • Built in +RLD is twice as much as the Mk. II.
  • Mk. V Heavy Supercharged Frame: A supercharged frame for two-handed weapons.(+RLD)
    • Built in +RLD is twice as much as the Mk. II.
  • The Devil's Hand: A unique frame for the Devil Horns.
    • This frame can not be built individually. If disassembled, the frame will be removed from your inventory - so it is important to make a custom blueprint before changing anything. Can only be used with Devil Horns parts.


Name Upper Tool Lower Tool Compact Heavy Upper Circuits Lower Circuits
Probe Frame*
No
No
No
No
0+4
0+4
Compact Standard Frame
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
2+2
2+2
Heavy Standard Frame
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
2+2
2+2
Compact Elite Frame
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
4
4
Heavy Elite Frame
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
4
4
Compact EarthGov Frame
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
1+3
1+3
Heavy S.C.A.F Frame
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
1+3
1+3
Weller's Compact Frame
Yes
No
Yes
No
3+1
0
Hammond's Heavy Frame
Yes
No
No
Yes
3+1
0
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
0+4
0+4

* These are unique items, and if dismantled can not be used.


AttachmentsEdit

Attachments add additional effects or capabilities to a weapon.

Name Attachment 1 Attachment 2 Description
Scope
Yes
No
The Scope zooms in to allow an easier view to distant enemies and objects when aiming.
Damage Support
Yes
Yes
Increases damage done by you and your partner.
Ammo Support
Yes
Yes
Increases clip size for self and partner. (Around 5% increase)
Explosion Amplifier
Yes
Yes
Increases the radius of explosions.
Safety Guard
Yes
Yes
Prevents user from taking splash damage from explosive weapons.
Medic Support
Yes
Yes
Health packs consumed by self also heal partner.
Stasis Support
Yes
Yes
Stasis packs consumed by self also recharge partner.
Stasis Amplifier
Yes
Yes
Stasis shots have a larger radius.
Full Zoom Scope
Yes
No
Prototype military scope for advanced long-range aiming.
Ammo Sweeper
Yes
Yes
Automatically picks up nearby ammo.
Flame Glaze
No
Yes
Modifies projectiles to inflict minor fire damage.
Ammo Box
No
Yes
Instantly reloads weapons after emptying clip.
Electric Charge
No
Yes
Electrifies projectiles to cause small amounts of voltaic damage.
Stasis Coating
No
Yes
Coats projectiles with a very small amount of stasis.
Acid Bath
No
Yes
Coats projectiles in acid that does damage over time.


Tools & TipsEdit

Weapon Tips require a "Tool." Tips determine the functionality of the resulting weapon.

Mk. II tips have a green and silver/chrome finish while Mk. V versions have a blue and gold finish. These improved versions (Mk. II) provide varying benefits such as a faster rate of fire, a larger ammo capacity, or increased damage, depending on the weapon. Mk. V variants provide an even further boost within the same areas as their Mk. II counterparts.

Applying a Mk. II tool tip to a weapon will result in "Mk. II Overclocked" being added to its name. For example: 'Bullpup Rifle' becomes 'Mk. II Overclocked Bullpup Rifle' upon addition of a Mk. II tool tip.

Name Upper Tool Lower Tool Compact Heavy
Upper
Lower
Compact
Heavy
Default
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Compact Directed Ejection Field
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Compressor
Yes Yes No Yes
Conic Dispersal
Yes Yes No Yes
Directed Suspension Field
Yes Yes No Yes
Precision Tip
Yes Yes No Yes
Rail Accelerator
Yes Yes No Yes
Repeater
Yes Yes No Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes Yes No Yes
Yes Yes No Yes
Yes Yes No Yes
Yes Yes No Yes
Upper
Lower
Compact
Heavy
Default Tip
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Compact Conic Dispersal
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Compact Directed Ejection Field
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Compressor
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Diffraction Torus
No
Yes
No
Yes
Precision Tip
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Upper
Lower
Compact
Heavy
Default Tip
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Compressor
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Precision Tip
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Upper
Lower
Compact
Heavy
Default Tip
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Compact Directed Ejection Field
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Directed Ejection Field
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Upper
Lower
Compact
Heavy
Default Tip
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Conic Dispersal
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Diffraction Torus
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Repeater
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Upper
Lower
Compact
Heavy
Default Tip
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Compressor
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Diffraction Torus
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Directed Suspension Field
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Precision Tip
Yes
No
No
Yes
Repeater
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Upper
Lower
Compact
Heavy
Default Tip
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Conic Dispersal
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Yes
Upper
Lower
Compact
Heavy
Default Tip
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Compressor
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Diffraction Torus
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Directed Ejection Field
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Directed Suspension Field
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Rail Accelerator
Yes
Yes
No
Yes

* These weapon tools and/or tips are only available as DLC or as a Bonus. See Downloadable Content for Dead Space 3


ModulesEdit

Modules are tools that only work in the lower tool slot and only when specific weapons are in the upper tool slot.

Name Upper Tool Lower Tool Compact Heavy Description
No
Yes
No
Yes
It allows recovery of last deployed canister. Known to work with Detonator Mines and Knockback Detonators.
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
It electrifies the last shot fired. It's known to work with Bolas variants, Mine variants, Ripper Blade variants except Tundra Recon, and Telemetry Spike weapons except Chain Gun and Skewer.

It can be used with Incendiary Grenades, but the grenades must have SPD upgrades.

No
Yes
Yes
Yes
It causes the last shot fired to explode. It's known to work with Bolas variants, Mine variants, Standard Rippers (not Suspended), and Telemetry Spike weapons except the Chain Gun and the Skewer.

It can be used with Grenade variants and Rocket Launchers, but the Survey Charge must have SPD upgrades.

No
Yes
Yes
Yes
It allows primary tool to rotate 90 degrees. It's known to work with Plasma Cutter variants except Tundra Recon, Line Guns except any DLC, and Ripper Blades except Tundra Recon.

It's incompatible with the Planet Cracker despite being part of the gun. If it's removed, then it can't be re-added without a blueprint.


Upgrade CircuitsEdit

Main article: Upgrade Circuits

All of the circuits can be applied to any weapon, and can have any one or two combined stats, each of those stats having a value of -1 to +3 of the following:

  • Reload
  • Rate of Fire
  • Damage
  • Clip
It should be noted, however, that +4 Circuits were included in the initial Dead Space 3 demo but were removed from the final game, likely due to balancing issues. These circuit's can still be found in the game's files, but are never seen in the game.
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