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I was showing off the game to my brother the other day and I whipped out the sniper rifle and sorta hurt someone. After hyping it up a bit, it was unimpressive to say the least.

Well, I reloaded, switched back to my usual rifle and splatter ensued for an appreciative audience.

Which weapons give the head splatter/headless corpse effect or is it a function of the amount of damage delivered? (or something else altogether?)

Gah!

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This isn't just sniper rifle specific (I can pull it off with mah Carnifax also) You might change it to consider all weapons. –  Raven Dreamer Mar 22 '12 at 15:28
    
I think it's just Heavy Pistols, Shotguns and Sniper Rifles. Not sure if slow fire ARs do it or not –  Prinny Brocka Mar 22 '12 at 15:31
    
@BenBrocka At least one Sniper Rifle failed to do it, that's why I thought I'd ask –  Tharius Mar 22 '12 at 15:32
    
Was it the Incisor? May simply be based on damage inflicted in the killing blow –  Prinny Brocka Mar 22 '12 at 15:33
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You can splatter whole bodies too. I've done it with the Black widow to Cerberus Troopers with less than 25% health left. –  CaulynDarr Mar 22 '12 at 15:34
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Most weapons will get the animation, but some will actually not show it.

Any sniper rifle, Carnifex, Phalanx, Claymore, Graal, Saber, Paladin, Eviscerator, and Wraith. Those have the highest chances of doing so.

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