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ME3 Graal Spike Thrower Shotgun
Graal Spike Thrower
Type  Shotgun
Location  Priority: Tuchanka
Fire Mode  Charged Semi-Automatic
Weight 
 
Capacity 
 
Fire Rate 
 
Damage 
 
Accuracy 
 
Ammunition
Clip Size Reserve
3 12

Description Edit

The Graal is one of a long line of krogan weapons used to hunt thresher maws. Its ammunition consists of oversized flechettes meant to pierce thresher hide and create deep wound channels leading to massive blood loss. For additional firepower, the weapon is double-barreled, and, as a last resort, possesses blades to cause internal injuries if the wielder is swallowed by the thresher. Using a Graal on a humanoid target has predictably grisly effects. Its shots can be charged for more damage.

Acquisition Edit

The Graal Spike Thrower can be found during the mission Priority: Tuchanka, against the safety rail when the Tomkahs are stopped by the break in the road. (It is also purchasable from Cipritine Armory post-mission if it was missed.)

Player Notes Edit

  • The Graal can be charged for up to double damage, but this is risky to do from sticky cover on higher difficulties. A safer way to use charged shots is from standing cover behind walls/pillars you can simply run behind and pop out from. The Graal only expends one shot, regardless if it was charged or not.
  • Because the Graal shoots slower, but heavier flechettes, there is a noticeable delay from shooting to impacting your target. It makes shooting moving targets a bit tricky, but this can be remedied by leading your shots. It takes time to get used to this if you have been using the classic shotguns.
  • The Infiltrator's Tactical Cloak skill registers a shot fired when you start charging the Graal, rather than when you actually fire off a shot. That means if you are cloaked and start charging you will uncloak whether you've fired or not. Inversely, if you cloak after you start charging you can release your shot without breaking stealth.
  • You may charge the Graal and still be able to sprint, roll, dodge, melee, or use most abilities without losing the charge.
  • The Graal Spike Thrower is a great weapon for Vanguards. A charged Graal will fire at the beginning of a Biotic Charge and if the fire button is held down the Graal can be fired a second time immediately after charging. Because of the Graal's high accuracy, this allows you to deal a large amount of damage in a short period of time.
  • In contrast with other conventional shotguns, the Graal ignores armor damage reduction, making it considerably more effective against armored opponents especially at higher difficulties.
  • The Graal is highly accurate, even without the Smart Choke mod. With it, it can be used even at long range.
  • The Graal does not gain any benefit from cover piercing, either from Armor-Piercing Ammo or from the Shredder Mod, due to the nature of its projectiles.
  • Despite its description suggesting otherwise, the Graal deals 100% of its damage up front, with no DoT.
  • Due to the long-range nature of the flechettes, squadmates using the Graal will keep their distance from the enemy instead of closing in as they would with other shotguns.

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