This deadly weapon possesses formidable firepower over a larger area than most other types of weapons. When the Plasma Destructor's beam strikes a target the searing heat and explosive shock transforms the target object into boiling plasma in a massive explosion.
Though the Plasma Destructor is a highly effective weapon system, it tends to lose accuracy over long range, and requires a massive amount of energy to power it.
When a Plasma Destructor is fired, its fuel is energized into plasma and unleashed as brightly glowing "bolts" of pure energy. These bolts are encased in a magnetic containment field that prevents the plasma "bolt" from dissipating before reaching its target. Once the plasma comes into contact with a solid material, the magnetic field ruptures, venting the superheated energy onto the target and vaporising it.
The drawback of such a powerful weapon is that it is usually extremely dangerous to deal with plasma. Most Imperial Plasma Weapons are very unstable due to their less-than-perfect designs, a direct result of the technological decline of the Imperium of Man over the millennia. To prevent overheating, all Plasma Weapons must vent their excess heat into the surrounding area due to a lack of sufficient cooling measures.
Even with such a countermeasure in place, Plasma Weapons like a Plasma Destructor can still overheat and destabilise, causing the weapon system to become nonfunctional until repaired or replaced. In rare circumstances, it is possible for the weapon to overheat catastrophically or become destabilised by enemy fire, destroying or severely disabling a Titan that employs the Plasma Destructor and incapacitating or killing members of its crew.
- Adeptus Titanicus (1st Edition)
- Apocalypse (4th Edition), pg. 124
- Titanicus (Novel) by Dan Abnett
- Warhammer 40,000 Weaponry (2nd Edition)