Named after a turian spirit 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 Phaeston is found during the mission Tuchanka: Turian Platoon, next to a dead turian fairly early in the mission, between the first and second Harvester.
It is purchasable from Cipritine Armory post-mission if it was missed.
With Mass Effect 3: Omega downloaded, the Phaeston is also available in the Talon outpost in Omega: Aria T'Loak beside a wall after speaking with Nyreen Kandros.
Player Notes Edit
- The Phaeston is a fully automatic rifle that is heavier than the M-8 Avenger while having greater ammo capacity and rate of fire, but lighter than the M-76 Revenant while doing less damage.
- The main strength with the Phaeston is versatility: even without weapon mods it can fire 50 rounds before needing to reload. This allows the Phaeston to lay down suppressing fire for a longer period of time than the Avenger.
- Another key strength is that because of the rate of fire, it can be used at close range very effectively, and its accuracy makes it pretty effective at medium range too. At longer ranges, especially out of cover, burst firing is recommended.
- The Assault Rifle Extended Barrel and Assault Rifle Piercing Mod (or the Assault Rifle High-Velocity Barrel) help mitigate the Phaeston's low damage per shot.