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Charge is a mechanic implemented by most of the weapons crafted with Dubious Plating and Mysterious Circuitry. For weapons which use the mechanic, it is depleted as the item is used, similarly to ammunition. Unlike ammunition, however, charge is not required to fire a weapon and does not require an extra inventory slot to use directly. After 25% of charge is lost on a weapon, it begins losing up to a maximum of 25% of its base damage which is determined by the following linear equation: Damage = 0.25 * Current Charge / Max Charge + 0.75

While the amount of charge is displayed on the tooltip as a percentage, charge is actually an integer unit that varies from 0 to 250, depending on the tier and usage of the weapon. While an item is used, there is a 1/(120 * Use time) (denominator rounded down) chance that charge is reduced by 1 unit. The amount of charge lost is calculated after item use, meaning damage penalty will only apply for the next attack.

Charge can be added to weapons via the Draedon's Charging Station, by inputting the weapon into the top slot, and a Draedon Power Cell at the bottom slot. Each Draedon Power Cell increases the amount of charge by 1 unit, and is created every 13.5 seconds at a player-placed Draedon's Fuel Factory. Alternatively, although the method is unobtainable via normal means, every item in the inventory can be fully charged instantly by using the Charger Test Item.

The max charge for each weapon is as follows:

Items Max Charge
Gauss DaggerGauss Dagger 50
Pulse PistolPulse Pistol
Tracking DiskTracking Disk
Frequency ManipulatorFrequency Manipulator 85
Gauss PistolGauss Pistol
Hydraulic Volt CrasherHydraulic Volt Crasher
Matter ModulatorMatter Modulator
Galvanizing GlaiveGalvanizing Glaive 135
Gatling LaserGatling Laser
Gauss RifleGauss Rifle
System BaneSystem Bane
Heavy Laser RifleHeavy Laser Rifle 190
Plasma CasterPlasma Caster
Pulse DragonPulse Dragon
Wave PounderWave Pounder
PhaseslayerPhaseslayer 250
Pulse RiflePulse Rifle
Tesla CannonTesla Cannon