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

Mass Effect 2 Edit

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 med clinic and mentions that it was recovered 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

Mass Effect: Andromeda Edit


Description Edit

A heavy semi-automatic pistol, the powerful Carnifex was the preferred choice of Milky Way mercenaries. An expensive weapon, its marketing materials featured a charging krogan alongside the tagline "Don't you wish Carnifex was at your side?"

Features Edit

Strategies Edit

Stats Edit

Rank Damage Rate of Fire Max Clip Size Max Ammo Accuracy Weight
I 100
II 100
III 100
IV 100
V 100
VI 100
VII 100
VIII 100
IX 100
X 100

Development Edit

Rank Rd icon milkyway orange Research Cost Omni-Gel Canister Iron Lithium Element Zero Augmentation Slots
I N/A 20 80 40 10 0
II N/A 20 90 40 10 2
III N/A 20 100 50 10 2
IV N/A 30 110 50 10 2
V N/A 30 130 60 20 2
VI N/A 30 140 70 20 2
VII N/A 30 145 70 20 2
VIII N/A 40 150 70 20 2
IX N/A 40 155 70 20 2
X N/A 40 160 80 20 2
Total N/A 300 1260 600 160 N/A

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. This happens regardless of which pistol the Commander has equipped at the time.
  • The gun has a dial on the side with "Auto" written next to it, suggesting that the weapon can be fired full auto. This can be seen when modding in Mass Effect 3.
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda doesn't use the M-6 designation that prior Mass Effect games uses for this pistol.