Named after a turianspirit of creation, the Phaeston was engineered to provide the best possible balance between accuracy and firepower in a machine gun. Each shot is tempered by kickback dampeners inside the shoulder stock, which lets the Phaeston pack more punch than other weapons its size without sacrificing precision. Its fully automatic fire and relatively light weight has turned the Phaeston into the turian infantry's primary go-to weapon.
The only real weakness of the Phaeston is its lack of damage, which is countered by its fair accuracy and good rate of fire, as well as its equal damage against any opponent. The Extended Barrel mod can be used to address this weakness to a point.
Since it is relatively weak against armor, powers with armor-weakening effects are recommendable, as well as possibly equipping a heavy pistol as a side-arm.
The Magazine Upgrade is very useful on the Phaeston, allowing for 70-90 shots to be fired before needing to reload. This can make it good replacement for one of the higher-capacity weapons, such as the Geth Pulse Rifle or the M-76 Revenant.