Guns are a recurring weapon in the Disgaea series aimed towards ranged attacking. They have more power than Bows, but are weakened in later installments, their range being only a straight line away from the user. They are completely reliant on the HIT stat in the first two games, but in Disgaea 3 and onwards, they split the damage between HIT and SPD. In Disgaea D2, Guns deal damage based on distance away from the target. The closer the target, the higher the damage will be.
Disgaea: Hour of DarknessEdit
- "Guns have the longest range of all the weapons. Normal attack damage is based on a character's Hit stat. The Special Techniques learned with a gun have a very long range. Special Technique damage is also dependent on a character's Hit stat."
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness doesn't have much difference between Guns and Bows, and what differences there are are mostly cosmetic. Both can shoot anywhere within the circle of their range. Bow users need balanced ATK and HIT, whereas Gun users are straight-up HIT. Bow specials apply Status Effects, whereas Guns (either do only damage, or, lower target SPD, check this). Bow users get a multi-target Special early on, but Guns only ever hit a single target (double-check higher-mastery Specials), so leveling a Gun user takes a bit longer. Aside from the increased range, it's difficult to find a reason to use a Gun instead of a Bow.
To see the charts of weapon skills and weapon stats for Guns, please see List of Disgaea 1 Weapons#Gun.
Disgaea 2: Cursed MemoriesEdit
- "The gun is the longest range weapon. For normal attacks, its characteristic is having high accuracy (HIT) to apply damage to the opponent. No matter how high you raise the attack power (ATK), it doesn't affect the usage of the gun, so watch for that. Sometimes when you use a gun to attack, it may add an extra effect that lowers the opponent's speed (SPD). If the enemy is too quick, first attack them with a gun and lower their speed, and then continue with a combo to defeat it easily. Also the gun has a longer range than the bow, but can only attack in a straight line. Plan your battle tactics carefully. Most skills that you learn from gun weapon mastery shoot a long distance. Skills also depend on your accuracy (HIT) to damage enemies. Also, some skills can add an effect that lowers the speed (SPD) of the opponent. It seems you're good with the gun, Rozalin, so you should equip glasses when you use the gun to increase accuracy."
- —Adell's Father
In Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories, Gun attacks are weaker both physically and system-wise than in the original and its remakes. Example: A Gun with 200 HIT is weaker than a Sword with 200 ATK. Therefore, Gun-toting characters should try to aim for attacks from behind if they can, in order to gain the most damage. The biggest change between D1 and D2 is that Gun ranges have been significantly altered: while the range has been increased, a Gun can only attack in a straight line from the user, following the four cardinal directions.
An additional frustration when dealing with Guns is that players are likely to put a Gun on their Thief, a class that is quite good with ranged weapons and takes a long time to get better (unless the player invests quite a bit of time in stat-stealing). The player will likely feel frustrated with Gun damage for quite some time. Add in the part where Bows were given the ability to generate Treasure Chests when mobs died, and it's once again difficult to feel like Guns are a worthwhile investment. Their one saving grace is their giant range; when Item World delving, a player may want to conserve Mage/Skull mana, so while a spellcaster can hit that mob that is 6 tiles away, if a Gun user (or two) has been built up to be able to do great damage, a player can take out distant threats without consuming a sporadically-replenished resource. As saving graces go, it's not a very good one.
Rozalin uses Guns, and has an 'A' rating in them, far better than the Thief's rating early on. However, Rozalin's paltry movement of 4 (and jump of 15 - it must be hard to move around in all those skirts) doesn't hold a candle to a Shoe'd Thief's 7 (and don't forget the +1 Movement Bill) and jump of 25, so while she will be able to do respectable ranged damage much earlier in the game, getting her into good positions is finicky at best.
To see the charts of weapon skills and weapon stats for Guns, please see List of Disgaea 2 Weapons#Gun.
Disgaea 3: Absence of JusticeEdit
- "The Gun is the weapon with the longest range. Accuracy (HIT) and speed (SPD) will affect the damage dealt from a Gun's normal attack. Be aware that even if you raise ATK, it will have no effect on the damage dealt when using a Gun. It has the longest range of all weapons, being able to attack up to 5 panels in a straight line. The gun's weapon skills are, like normal attacks, long distance. And like the normal attacks, HIT and SPD will affect the damage dealt by skills to the enemy. It might be a good idea to equip Glasses or Shoes when equipping a Gun. Also, some unique weapon skills of the Gun can have the effect of lowering the opponent's SPD. Used well, you can use the tactic to stop a quick enemy's movement."
- —Zommie V
To see the charts of weapon skills and weapon stats for Guns, please see List of Disgaea 3 Weapons#Gun.
Disgaea 4: A Promise UnforgottenEdit
- "The Gun is the weapon with the longest range. Accuracy (HIT) and speed (SPD) will affect the damage dealt from a Gun's normal attack. Be aware that even if you raise ATK, it will have no effect on the damage dealt when using a Gun. It has the longest range of all weapons, being able to attack up to 5 panels in a straight line. The Gun's Weapon Skills are, like its normal attacks, long distance. And like the normal attacks, HIT and SPD will affect the damage dealt by Skills to the enemy. It might be a good idea to equip Glasses or Shoes when equipping a Gun. Also, some unique Weapon Skills of the Gun can have the effect of lowering the opponent's SPD. Used well, you can use the tactic to stop a quick enemy's movement."
- —Zommie, Jr.
Guns in Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten are, like their versions from the previous installment, split-stat weapons reliant on both HIT and SPD. However, their skill-set has been neutered compared to their predecessors. Damage-wise, they are the weakest weapons in the game, and have no native Skills beyond the Power Level of C. However, Gun skills have much longer ranges compared to Disgaea 3, half of them have ranges up to 6 panels.
To see the charts of weapon skills and weapon stats for Guns, please see List of Disgaea 4 Weapons#Gun.
Disgaea 5: Alliance of VengeanceEdit
- "Guns have the longest range of any weapon. Their normal attacks are based on HIT and SPD. Keep in mind that when using Guns, your ATK will not affect the damage at all. Although they have the longest range, they can only attack in straight lines. Unlike with the Bow, you can only attack enemies within range on a straight range. Gun Weapon Skills work just like their normal attacks. Like their normal attacks, their weapon skills are based on HIT and SPD. That means that Guns are probably best when paired up with Glasses and Shoes. They also have the effect of lowering the SPD of their target. By using them wisely, you'll be able to slow down your faster enemies."
- —Gen, the Know-It-All Guy
To see the charts of weapon skills and weapon stats for Guns, please see List of Disgaea 5 Weapons#Gun.