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The following information has not been confirmed by Volition
and is therefore not canon for the FreeSpace universe.


The Arquebus is a variant of the Varunastra-A mass driver for mounting specifically on the Custos-X cruiser. It is one of the few capital-scale weapons that can be directly controlled by the player.

Blue Planet Tech Room Description

Varanustra Mass Driver for the Custos-X variant.



Range 3000 m
Rate of Fire 0.5 shots per second
Velocity 1500 ms-1
Base Damage 1200
Armor Damage 1.0x 1200
Shield Damage 0.25x 300
Subsystem Damage 1.0x 1200


  • Weapon is capable of easily damaging large vessels (Huge)
  • Weapon has high recoil (Shudder)
  • Weapon projectile generates particles (Particle Spew)
  • The weapons room description lists this as a gauss cannon, but the tech room description lists it as a mass driver. To make it more confusing, it has the weapons effect of a gauss cannon with the damage characteristics of both. For now, this article follows the tech room description.

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