- "Semi-auto energy rifle. Hold (Triangle/Y) to activate Assault Rifle Mode for automatic fire and reduced power consumption."
- — In-game description
As a hybrid weapon, the EBR-800 functions as a semi-automatic sniper rifle capable of converting to a fully automatic assault rifle for mid-to-close range engagements.
In sniper mode, it functions similar to the Lynx from previous games.
When all side missions are completed, the EBR-800 unlocks the Burst Snipe upgrade, which allows it to shoot three rapid-fire bursts after a short charge time. It is also the starting weapon of the level Operation Phoenix by default.
The EBR-800 is unlocked early on, at level 5. It is mid-of-the-pack in terms of one shot kill potential (in Sniper mode), surpassing the Widowmaker and DMR-1, tied with the TF-141, but inferior to the KBS Longbow. It is a one shot kill from the chest up.
However, this weapon in Sniper mode is more user-friendly compared to other sniper rifles. It has the second fastest fire rate of any sniper rifle but it doesn't sacrifice its one shot kill potential, meaning that deadly rounds can be dispersed in a relatively short amount of time.
Reload times are also mid-of-the-pack and usually not troublesome, but the more aggressive Sniper might want to use Dexterity to hasten this process.
The EBR-800 in Sniper mode can be compared to the TF-141 and DMR-1, because of its one shot kill potential and rate of fire respectively. Compared to the TF-141, the EBR-800 has more idle sway and kick (a factor, given that this weapon is semi-automatic and recoil has to be manually controlled), but the kick is manageable, so shots can be fired off faster than the TF-141.
As well, courtesy of AR mode, this weapon performs significantly better at close to medium range as well. Compared to the DMR-1 the EBR-800 has significantly higher chances of getting a one shot kill but falls short in comparison to the DMR-1's handling traits, which includes a faster ADS time, less recoil, a faster reload time when empty, less idle sway, and a higher rate of fire.
The EBR-800 is commonly used in assault rifle mode, as this mode is far more forgiving than the sniper rifle mode in close to mid range, as well as being easier to use, because this weapon ADS almost as fast as other ARs in this mode.
Despite the sniper rifle mod of this weapon being already fairly powerful, the AR portion of this weapon is also surprisingly good. It has decent range, if not slightly lower than the rest of the ARs, has decent damage, a high rate of fire, and moderate recoil, performing somewhat similarly to the KBAR-32. This means this weapon kills faster than most ARs in its effective range, killing faster than the NV4, Type-2 (AR mode) and R3K but beaten by the harder to use OSA and Volk. This weapon beats out LMGs and other Snipers as well, courtesy of its other mode. Because of this weapon being a Hybrid, AR/SR, it is one of the most versatile weapons in the entire game.
The March 10th, 2017 patch updated the EBR-800 to have reduced idle sway whilst in Sniper mode, and to have an increased range whilst in Assault Rifle mode.
|Name||Rarity||Gun Perks||Cost (Salvage)||Notes|
|Equilibrium||Common||Focus||N/A||Unlocked via a supply drop.|
|Metronome||Legendary||Dynamic, Everlast||N/A||Unlocked via a supply drop.|
|Osiris||Epic||Hunter Killer, Sharpshooter||4000|
|Bomber||Epic||Triad, Presence of Mind||4000|