I would think it would but I can't tell. Does the Heavy Gunner perk affect the damage of the mounted Minigun found on Vertibirds?

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Yes, the perk does increase damage dealt by the mounted Minigun on Vertibirds. This is because, as seen at the very beginning of the game in Concord, the mounted Miniguns really are just mounted Miniguns.

From the wikia page for Miniguns:

Miniguns can be found as mounted door guns on Vertibirds or as a hand-held heavy assault and support weapon. It uses 5mm rounds as ammo.

And from the wikia page on the Heavy Gunner perk, the guns affected by this perk are:

  • Minigun
  • Gatling laser
  • Missile launcher
  • Fat Man
  • Cryolator
  • Flamer
  • Broadsider
  • Junk Jet
  • Harpoon gun

A few users have also supported that this is the case in this thread:

User 1:

Yes its really just a regular minigun

User 2:

from my experience, yes:

1st time I tried it I had no big guns improvements and killing the behemoth was extremely annoying - took several passes from the vertibird and I had to reload several times

2nd time I tried it I had 4 ranks and the behemoth got annihilated in 1 pass

User 3:

Yeah it was a stupid decision to tie in the damage type of the vertibird minigun to heavy weapons.

  • That's probably true. I'd want to see some kind of test to be certain. Just because you can pull off the minigun in one scripted story event doesn't mean they aren't implemented as different objects most of the time. It could be that the vertibird minigun disappeared and you were then given a new handheld minigun, which is a different thing.
    – DCShannon
    Jan 5, 2017 at 22:48
  • @DCShannon, the wikia page itself says that they are classified as Miniguns?
    – Vemonus
    Jan 5, 2017 at 22:49
  • You're referring to the block quote? That's not at all convincing. It's true that miniguns can be found on both. That doesn't mean that they're the same game object. Lunchboxes can be found open and closed. When you open one, it is replaced by a new, different object which is the opened one. You're making assumptions about game mechanics based on a sentence on a community wiki about observable aesthetics.
    – DCShannon
    Jan 5, 2017 at 22:52
  • @DCShannon would it be better if I added forum posts that supported this behavior? I had a few lined up but they seemed a lot less convincing than the wikia page.
    – Vemonus
    Jan 5, 2017 at 22:53
  • If it's based on in-game experience, than yeah, that would be massively better.
    – DCShannon
    Jan 5, 2017 at 22:54

I can tell you that Lone Wanderer does increase the damage of the player vertibird minigun.

I can also confirm (from direct in-game observation) that the player vertibird minigun does benefit from the Heavy Gunner perk.

The player vertibird minigun is a different weapon from the base Vertibird minigun and a very different weapon from the standard minigun. They can accept some of the same mods, so they would be better described as variants rather than utterly different weapons. But for example they have very different base damage.

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