The Plasma Cannon is a weapon exclusive to Duke Nukem 64 that replaces the Freezethrower. It fires plasma blasts with a strength similar to the Freezethrower, although the player can hold the fire button down in order to concentrate a very strong shot. Someone who is killed by a plasma shot will disintegrate.

It requires one or two plasma shots to kill an Assault Trooper. The projectile is faster than a missile, although slower than a Shrinker shot. The impact of a plasma blast is small, when uncharged. A charged shot at maximum is enough to take almost all health from a Mini Battlelord (usually requiring a few more shots to kill it). As the damage of a charged shot increases, its explosion radius also increases. Strangely, a 90% charged shot will be visually identical to an normal shot, and there are only visible differences other than damage and radius at 100%.

While holding the fire button to charge a shot, the player will automatically destroy any Protozoid Slimer that approaches him.

Plasma Cannon In Duke Nukem 64 For Nintendo 64 That Replaces The Freezethroower In Duke Nukem 3D

Plasma Cannon


  • The Plasma Cannon charged shot is somewhat similar to the BFG9000 from Doom.
  • In multiplayer, if you activate Godmode right after being killed by the Plasma Cannon, that player will return as a completely black silhouette of Duke. This effect wears off if they are killed again.
Duke Nukem 64
Enemies Assault Captain | Assault Commander | Enforcer | Assault Trooper
Battlelord Sentry | Overlord Sentry | Octabrain | Pig Cop |
Alien Beast | Protozoid Slimer | Recon Patrol Vehicle | Sentry Drone
Shark | Turret
Bosses: Battlelord | Overlord | Cycloid Emperor
Weapons Mighty Foot | Pistol | Shotgun | Sub Machine Guns | Grenade Launcher
Pipebomb | Shrinker | Microwave Expander | Missile Launcher
Laser Tripbomb | Plasma Cannon
Items Health: Small Medkit | Large Medkit | Atomic Health | Armor
Access Card | Holoduke | Jetpack | Night Vision Goggles | Portable Medkit
Protective Boots | Scuba Gear | Vitimin X
Episodes L.A. Meltdown | Lunar Apocalypse | Shrapnel City
Related games Duke Nukem 3D | Duke Nukem 64 | Duke Nukem: Total Meltdown
Duke Nukem 3D (Sega Saturn) | Duke Nukem 3D (XBLA)
Other Multiplayer | Hazards | Difficulty | Cheat codes | Easter eggs | Quotes | Music
Game bugs | Build engine | Creators | Duke Nukem (character)

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