Gluon Gun

{{Weapon Infobox
|image=FileW egon.png|250px
|affiliation=Black Mesa
|type=Experimental weapon
|damage=14 per cell
|fire=Continuous beam
|ammotype=WikipediaDepleted uranium|Depleted WikipediaUranium-235|Uranium-235
|category=4 High-energy experimental weapons
|rate of fire=
|usedby=Gordon Freeman
|designer=*Steve Theodore{{IA|20070513091613/http//|Steve Theodore's personal website}}
*Stephen Bahl (Stephen Bahl.html">HD version)Stephen Bahl on ReferencesGearbox employee emails#On his video game work|on his video game work (November 13, 2009)
{{Quote|I built the Gluon Gun, but I just can't bring myself to use it on a living creature. You don't look as if you have any trouble killing things.|Black Mesa Science Team|Black Mesa scientist|Half-Life|Filec3a2 sci 2glu.ogg}}

The '''Gluon Gun''' is an experimental energy weapon featured in ''Half-Life''.

The Gluon Gun fires a constant vortex of spiraling energy beams capable of destroying anything that it connects with in seconds. The beam deals massive damage with considerable radial damage at the point of impact and is highly accurate at long range. It is able to strike through bulletproof armor materials, completely bypassing their protection. The weapon's major drawback is its fast ammunition consumption. In appearance, the gun looks and acts like a fire hose which consists of a nozzle with several controls and a display panel affixed to it. This piece is attached to a thick hose that is then connected to a wearable backpack unit. It uses WikipediaDepleted uranium|Depleted WikipediaUranium-235|Uranium-235 for ammunition which it shares with the Tau Cannon and Displacer Cannon.

FileHL1 GluonTestFiring.jpg|thumb|200px|right|Testing the Gluon Gun on alien creatures.

The Gluon Gun is the last weapon found in ''Half-Life''. It is acquired in the chapter ''Lambda Core'' in the Test Firing Chamber at Hazardous Materials Bay B, right before Gordon Freeman enters the Sector F Reactor Coolant System|Lambda Reactor Coolant System. When the player enters the room, a Black Mesa Science Team|scientist introduces himself as being part of the weapons research division and states that he is the creator of the gun. Unwilling to use it himself on living creatures, he allows Gordon to take the device. The accompanying firing chambers feature several Headcrabs and a Bullsquid that can be used as target practice. The second and only other Gluon Gun in the series is found by the Sector F Reactor|Lambda Reactor in the supply depot belonging to the first Xen survey team.

==Behind the scenes==
The Gluon Gun was designed by Steve Theodore. The Half-Life High Definition Pack|High Definition version was created by Gearbox Software|Gearbox's Stephen Bahl.

The Gluon Gun originally featured two firing modes, "wide" and "narrow", which the player could switch between by turning the handle at the base of the nozzle. In wide mode, the beam would do more damage but use more ammo, while narrow mode's beam would do less damage with no splash damage but consume less ammo. The final game only uses wide mode.Half-Life SDK|''Half-Life'' SDK In the game's initial release, the gun's beam color was pure blue and would leave a small cloud behind at the point of the beam's impact.FileEgon color01.png|A screenshot demonstrating the original beam effect This color was changed and the cloud effect removed in later updated versions.FileEgon color02.png|A screenshot demonstrating the updated beam effect

Unused Hazardous Environment Suit|HEV Suit lines refer to Gluon Gun as an "experimental energy weapon." The weapon has its own unused ammo entity, ammo_egonclip, which was to be called an "energy recharge unit" by the suit. This item lacks a unique model and uses the Submachine Gun (Half-Life) gun ammo box as a placeholder.

The Gluon Gun is available for use in the Half-Life (multiplayer)|multiplayer portion of ''Half-Life Opposing Force|Opposing Force'' but does not appear in the singleplayer portion of the game or any of the other Half-Life expansions (disambiguation)|expansions. However, it can still be spawned using the console. There are indications the Gluon Gun was used during the development of ''Half-Life 2 Episode Three''. Entities related to the weapon, including weapon_egon and item_ammo_uranium, can be seen in several leaked files.{{IA|20130220225036/http//|Episode 3 and SOB FGDs leaked!|ValveLeakware (February 18, 2013)}}

The weapon's name refers to WikipediaGluon|gluons, subatomic particles that bind WikipediaQuark|quarks together. During the game's development, series writer Marc Laidlaw jokingly wished to the call the device the "Quantum Flux Cannon", abbreviated to QFC, because the team frequently ordered meals from the local WikipediaQFC|Quality Food Centers supermarket.http// Tweet "''During the making of HL1, so many meals came from the QFC supermarket that my original name for the Gluon Gun was the "Quantum Flux Cannon."''" (October 7, 2013) http// @MarcLaidlaw on WikipediaTwitter|Twitter It is internally named the "Egon Gun" because of its resemblance and visually similar function to the WikipediaProton pack|proton pack, a weapon designed by the character WikipediaEgon Spengler|Egon Spengler in the film ''WikipediaGhostbusters|Ghostbusters''.{{IA|20090117025659/http//|GB fans found at Valve Software|Proton Charging (January 10, 1999)}} "Egon" was also the nickname of one of the List of Black Mesa Science Team models Alpha|early scientist variants who resembled Spengler's counterpart from the animated television series ''WikipediaThe Real Ghostbusters|The Real Ghostbusters''.Half-Life Alpha|''Half-Life'' Alpha game data file (halflife.fgd)

==In other media==
The http// Flamethrower featured in ''http// Team Fortress Classic'' uses a modified version of the Gluon Gun's model.


FileGluon pre-release wmodel.png|Worldmodel.
FileSubtransit egon01.jpg|Viewmodel.
FileSubtransit egon02.jpg|Ditto.
FileDS6-Panel74.jpg|Early model in ''It's a Wonderful Half-Life''.


FileHud egon.png|Heads-up display showing its select icon and crosshair.
FileW egon.png|Worldmodel.
FileW egon hd.png|High Definition version.
FileW egon dc.png|Half-Life (Dreamcast port)|Dreamcast version.
FileW egon psx.png|Half-Life (PlayStation 2 port)|PlayStation 2 version.
FileHl egon.png|''Half-Life'' viewmodel.
FileHl egon hd.png|High Definition version.
FileHl egon dc.png|Dreamcast version.
FileHl egon psx.png|PlayStation 2 version.
FileHlof egon.png|''Opposing Force'' viewmodel.
FileHlof egon hd.png|High Definition version.
FileHlbs egon.png|''Half-Life Blue Shift|Blue Shift'' viewmodel.
FileHlbs egon hd.png|High Definition version.
FileP egon.png|Player model.
FileP egon hd.png|High Definition version.
FileP egon psx.png|PlayStation 2 version.
FileW gaussammo.png|Ammo box.
FileW gaussammo hd.png|High Definition version.
FileW gaussammo dc.png|Dreamcast version.
FileW gaussammo psx.png|PlayStation 2 version.
FileGluon Gun first.jpg|The weapon's creator.

FileEgon color01.png|The original beam color.
FileEgon color02.png|The updated beam color.

===Half-Life SDK|''Half-Life SDK===

FileW egon sdk01.png|Early worldmodel.
FileW egon sdk02.png|Ditto.
FileHl gluon sdk03.png|Early viewmodel.
FileHl gluon sdk01.png|Ditto, model render.
FileHl gluon sdk02.png|Ditto.
FileHl gluon sdk04.png|Ditto, without hands.
FileHl gluon sdk05.png|Ditto.

==List of appearances==
*''Half-Life'' {{1st}}
*''Half-Life Opposing Force'' {{C|Multiplayer only}}
*''Half-Life Blue Shift'' {{C|Game files only}}
*''Half-Life Source''
*''Half-Life Deathmatch Source'' {{Nc}}


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CategoryBlack Mesa weapons
CategoryExperimental weapons