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The Laser Rifle is a direct upgrade of the Space Gun, with improved fire rate, velocity, damage, and knockback (it only lacks the Space Gun's ability to fire at no mana cost with a full Meteor Armor set). The Heat Ray is an upgrade of the Laser Rifle.
- This is a fairly powerful weapon against worms due to its penetration abilities and high fire rate, making good use of the time worms spend above ground, though the Megashark with endgame bullets will have higher DPS (damage per second).
- This weapon is fairly mana-efficient.
- Effective against The Destroyer and The Twins.
- A rifle is normally defined by its barrel being rifled, with helical grooves that cause the projectile to spin. However, this technicality was often ignored in pulp magazines, resulting in terms such as "laser rifle" or "plasma rifle" becoming part of popular culture.
- The Laser Rifle may be a reference to the M41a Pulse Rifle from Aliens, considering its similar design. It also resembles the Clone Trooper's weapons in Star Wars, whose lasers were also blue.