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Soldier equipped with a Punisher
Soldier equipped with a Punisher

Certification Required Medium Assault
Empire Common Pool
Primary Mode Single Shot
Secondary Mode Rocket/Grenade Launcher
Ammunition Primary: 9mm Bullets (Standard or Armor Piercing)
Secondary: Rockets, Frag Grenades, Plasma Grenades or Jammer Grenades
Range Primary Mode: 200m
Inventory Dimensions 3 x 6 (Rifle Holster)
Magazine Capacity 30
Zoom 2x


The Punisher is the "Swiss army knife" of PlanetSide weapons. In its primary mode, it fires 9mm rounds (Anti-Infantry or Armor Piercing) fairly rapidly, although its shifty cone of fire blooms after a few rounds, limiting its range considerably. In its secondary mode, it can fire a single rocklet or grenade. A common mistake for new players is to think the rocklet is an anti-vehicular weapon. It is fairly useless against vehicles, but does reasonable damage against stationary infantry.

A common tactic used for the weapon is to launch a Fragmentation grenade or Plasma grenade at an enemy, and then quickly switch to primary mode to finish him off with bullets. Though to do this properly, disabling Auto Reload in the Game Options Menu is a must as otherwise you will be unable to fire standard rounds until you have reloaded your Grenades or Rocket.

Shots to kill:

Standard Exo-Suit 8 shots
Agile Exo-Suit 9 shots
Reinforced Exo-Suit 13 shots
MAX 58 AP shots

(The above numbers are taken with 100 Health and full Armor; no MedKits, Implants or Empire Incentives applied)