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Pretty much what the title asks: If I've taken the Meltdown perk, will it affect the Pulse Gun? If so, does that mean I can accidentally kill/neutralize ED-E or Rex if they're too close to a robotic target I hit with the pulse gun?

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Yes, since it is classified as an Energy Weapon.

ALL weapons affected by the Energy Weapons skill trigger the Meltdown if the player causes the killing blow, this is contradictory to in-game loading screens which say it affects only laser and plasma weapons.

http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Meltdown

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    It should be noted however, that the explosion triggered by Meltdown has nothing to do with the kind of weapon triggering it - that is to say, it won't have any special effect on Ed-E or Rex - just the same one it has on everyone else - a painful plasma explosion. – LessPop_MoreFizz Feb 5 '11 at 17:16

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