A weapon from Games Workshop
's Warhammer 40k
, used almost exclusively by the Eldar
. It was invented in the early 90s, way before Quake 2
popularised the railgun
The shuriken catapult is a rifle-sized linear gravitic accelerator
, which creates a strong gravitational field towards the muzzle of the weapon, into which aerodynamic, monomolecular
ly sharp shurikens are dropped. Shurikens are most often shaped like ninja stars, but can also be square, triangular, or even ring shaped. By the end of the barrel the shurikens reach supersonic
speeds, and can travel through all but the heaviest of armour.
2nd edition's Codex Eldar
, GW decided to allow guardian squads to carry Shuriken Catapults with no restriction, and gave the weapons a sustained fire dice
each. This was hailed as cheesy
by non-eldar players. It also made Dire Avenger
s pretty pointless, as their specialist weapons were given to the squaddies.