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The M-6 Carnifex Hand Cannon is a heavy pistol in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3.

Mass Effect 2 Edit

M-6 Carnifex
Type Heavy Pistol
Location Omega
Accuracy Moderate
Recoil High
Fire Mode Semi-Automatic
Fire Rate 145 RPM
Reload Time 1.43 s
Damage Stats
Base Damage 85.4
Damage Multipliers Armor x1.5
Shields x1.0
Barriers x1.0
Ammunition Stats
Shots Per Clip 6
Maximum Spare Ammo Capacity Default 18
Armor Pack 19
Upgraded N/A
Both N/A
Ammo Pickup Amount 3 - 7

Description Edit

Highly accurate and lethal sidearm. Effective against armor; weak against shields and biotic barriers. Upgrades the Predator heavy pistol.

The Carnifex is a favored sidearm of mercenary leaders and Eclipse mercenary tech specialists. An expensive but powerful weapon. Its marketing materials feature a charging krogan with the slogan, "Don't you wish Carnifex was at your side?"

Acquisition Edit

The M-6 can be obtained while recruiting Mordin Solus on Omega. Mordin gives it to Shepard when the commander arrives at the clinic. He tells Shepard it was from a dead Blue Suns mercenary.

Squad Use Edit

This weapon can be used by Jack, Jacob, Miranda, Mordin, Tali, Kasumi, Liara and Wilson.

Player Notes Edit

  • Serves as a high-calibre, high-recoil "Magnum" type pistol of Mass Effect 2.
  • Although dealing increased damage over the M-3, the M-6 has:
    • A slower firing rate
    • Much more recoil and a slower recovery rate
    • Less magazine and less spare ammo capacity.
  • The M-6 deals a total of 2,049.6 damage as opposed to the M-3's 2,678.4 total damage. These values are based on base damage values and default ammo counts
  • Using Cryo Ammo may help to offset the Carnifex's very low ammo supply, as frozen enemies take twice as much damage and therefore, fewer shots to kill.

Mass Effect 3 Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Carnifex means "butcher" in Latin - literally, "a maker of meat". Due to the tendency to employ butchers as public executioners, the word carnifex shifted from its original meaning and came to mean both a butcher and an executioner.
  • The appearance is based on the alternate pistol in Mass Effect.
  • The pistol has "Magnus" (Latin for "great") written on its side. This is a possible reference to highly powerful 'magnum' cartridges, which are enlarged versions of other existing cartridges, and possess immense stopping power.
  • The M-77 Paladin and M-11 Suppressor are variants of the Carnifex.
  • During Mass Effect 3, in the course of unsuccessfully trying to persuade Mordin Solus to sabotage the genophage cure, the Commander threatens him with a Carnifex, the same weapon Mordin offered Shepard as a sign of goodwill in Mass Effect 2.

See AlsoEdit


Mass Effect 2 Weapons
Heavy Pistols M-3 PredatorM-6 CarnifexM-5 Phalanx
Submachine Guns M-4 ShurikenM-9 TempestM-12 Locust
Shotguns M-23 KatanaM-27 ScimitarM-300 ClaymoreM-22 EvisceratorGeth Plasma Shotgun
Assault Rifles M-8 AvengerM-15 VindicatorGeth Pulse RifleM-76 RevenantCollector Assault RifleM-96 Mattock
Sniper Rifles M-92 MantisM-97 ViperM-98 WidowM-29 Incisor
Heavy Weapons M-100 Grenade LauncherML-77 Missile LauncherM-622 AvalancheM-920 CainCollector Particle BeamM-490 BlackstormM-451 FirestormArc Projector
Mass Effect 3 Weapons
Heavy Pistols M-3 PredatorM-5 PhalanxM-6 CarnifexM-11 SuppressorM-77 PaladinM-358 TalonAcolyteArc PistolExecutioner PistolN7 EagleScorpion
Submachine Guns M-4 ShurikenM-9 TempestM-12 LocustM-25 HornetBlood Pack Punisher
Collector SMGGeth Plasma SMGN7 Hurricane
Shotguns M-11 WraithM-22 EvisceratorM-23 KatanaM-27 ScimitarM-300 ClaymoreAT-12 RaiderDiscipleGeth Plasma ShotgunGraal Spike ThrowerN7 CrusaderN7 PiranhaReegar CarbineVenom Shotgun
Assault Rifles M-7 LancerM-8 AvengerM-15 VindicatorM-37 FalconM-55 ArgusM-76 RevenantM-96 MattockM-99 SaberAdas Anti-Synthetic RifleCerberus HarrierChakram LauncherCollector RifleGeth Pulse RifleGeth SpitfireN7 TyphoonN7 ValkyrieParticle RiflePhaestonStriker Assault Rifle
Sniper Rifles M-13 RaptorM-29 IncisorM-90 IndraM-92 MantisM-97 ViperM-98 WidowBlack WidowCollector Sniper RifleJavelinKishock Harpoon GunKrysae Sniper RifleN7 Valiant
Heavy Weapons M-451 FirestormM-560 HydraM-597 LadonM-920 CainCobra Missile LauncherGeth Combat SoftwareGeth SpitfireReaper BlackstarSync Laser

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