Until Armored Core 4, Laser Blades could only be fixed to the left arm. Since Armored Core 4, laser blades have been capable of being equipped on both arms. This allows construction of NEXT designs with dual laser blades - a very lethal close combat combination.
Unlike conventional swords wielded by hand, laser blades in the Armored Core series are forearm attachments which project a stream of energy similar to lightsabers of the Star Wars franchise or beam sabers from the Gundam franchise. They deal moderate to high damage, and in Armored Core 4 and For Answer, are capable of cutting through Primal Armor with ease.
When attacking with a laser blade, an AC dashes forward first before delivering a slash; the AC usually accelerates at a speed beyond the typical maximum speed. This, combined with slight target tracking to home in on the target, makes it easier to land a hit, unlike parry blades wherein an AC must "manually" close in to deliver a blow. The kind of slash performed depends on the type of legs of the slashing AC. Slashes range from the classic, horizontal slash to a forward stab, which sacrifices the homing ability a bit for even greater power.
Some "laser blades" do not actually form a blade; instead, they create an energy wave projection which is thrown forward a good distance. This projection is called a blade wave, and can also be done with all laser blades provided the user has HUMAN-PLUS capabilities or the AC is equipped with OP-INTENSIFY.
Despite being a staple of Armored Cores, the laser blade actually precedes the AC design by many years. They were first found in the later days of Muscle Tracers, specifically around the time of the first Cored Muscle Tracer. They were considered high end weapons capable of dealing massive damage. With the birth of the Armored Core, they say lesser usage in MTs and became a staple of ACs. Laser blades have been used in every iteration of Armored Core and although the underlying mechanics behind them have changed over time, their overall high attack ability and portability have made them one of the most powerful and iconic weapons in Armored Core.
Laser blades are all around great close quarter weapons that work well on almost all ACs. Because they are effective only at melee range, crafts that wield laser blades are often designed to be highly mobile to quickly close in on targets while avoiding enemy fire.
List of Laser BladesEdit
Introduced in Armored CoreEdit
- LS-99 MOONLIGHT
Introduced in Armored Core: Master of ArenaEdit
Introduced in Armored Core 2Edit
- Emeraude ELS-2772
- Emeraude ELS-3443
- Zio Matrix ZLS-400/SL
- Zio Matrix ZLS-T/100
- Balena LS-MOONLIGHT
Introduced in Armored Core 2: Another AgeEdit
- Emeraude ELS-7880
Introduced in Armored Core 3Edit
- Crest CLB-LS-1551
- Mirage MLB-LS/003
- Crest CLB-LS-2551
- Kisaragi KLB-TLS/SOL
- Mirage MLB-MOONLIGHT
Introduced in Armored Core 3: Silent LineEdit
- Crest CLB-LS-3771
- Mirage MLB-HALBERD
Introduced in Armored Core: NexusEdit
- Crest CR-WL69LB
- Mirage WL01LB-ELF
- Crest CR-WL79LB2
- Crest CR-WL88LB3
- Mirage YWL03LB-TAROS
- Mirage WL14LB-ELF2
- Mirage WL-MOONLIGHT
- Kisaragi FUHJIN
- Kisaragi RAIJIN
Introduced in Armored Core: Last RavenEdit
- Crest CR-WL06LB4
- Mirage YWL16LB-ELF3
- Mirage WL-MOONLIGHT
Introduced in Armored Core 4 Edit
- Omer Science Technology EB-0600
- Omer Science Technology EB-0305
- Rayleonard 02-DRAGONSLAYER
- Rayleonard 07-MOONLIGHT
Introduced in Armored Core: For AnswerEdit
- Interior Union LB-ELTANIN
- Rosenthal EB-R500
- Omer Science EB-O700
- In Armored Core: For Answer, ORCA's customized Arms Fort JET was shown to be able to use massive laser blades that swept around and could eliminate an NEXT in a single strike.
- The MOONLIGHT is one of the few weapons that has been in every single title without a name change; It boasts both impressive blade range and usually has the highest attack power.
- The MOONLIGHT series of Laser Blades serves as a fixture of the Armored Core Series, and has appeared in every game to date. Currently, as of Armored Core: For Answer, its newest form is the Rayleonard-manufactured 07-Moonlight. Moonlight blades are usually blue or purple and have both a high attack power, and a long range at a cost of heavy weight.
- In the PSX games, the laser blades are not listed in the immediate selection of weapons during combat nor is it ever visibly seen on ACs as well since these models were directly installed inside the forearm instead of being attached to it.
- Armored Core V has laser blades that are used by the hand instead of being attached to the wrist like in previous Armored Core games.