P-Lah Chainsaw

25 per second (SS1)

  • 50 per slice (SS2)
Maximum Ammunition held

Unlimited (both)

Ammunition Type


"Look ma, I'm a lumberjack!"
~ Sam after he obtains the Chainsaw.

The P-Lah Chainsaw is a weapon in Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, Serious Sam: Xbox, Serious Sam: Next Encounter, Serious Sam 2 and Serious Sam HD. In The Second Encounter, it is nicknamed "Bonecracker".

NETRICSA informationEdit


  • Weapon: 'Bonecracker' P-Lah Chainsaw
  • Ammo: Fuel from a self-contained micro fusion synthesizer


This familiar weapon only looks like it was made on Earth. It seems that only it's design and purpose were taken from the concept of the familiar chainsaw design. Inside the titanium alloy casing you will find a self-contained micro fusion synthesizer that is capable of producing enough fuel for 10000 years of non-stop operation. Unfortunately, there is only a 6 month guarantee for all the moving parts and they tend to break very soon after that period. Truly a marvel of modern engineering and economics.


  • Don't try to use this baby when you're being attacked by long-ranged opponents.


AMMO: Fuel from cold fusion

RATE OF FIRE: Continuous

The 'Bonecracker' is a high powered, combat customized chainsaw that can slice and dice even the largest enemy in a matter of seconds. Powered by a 5000HP cold fusion engine and incorporating diamond-matrix ceramic teeth, it can cut through the hull of a battleship in the same time a normal chainsaw takes to fell a tree.


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Possibly, the Circular Saw would use the same projectile with the Martial Arts Zombie.

The Chainsaw is a tool modified for combat. It has a a micro fusion cell that creates power for up to 10,000 years nonstop. However, the parts will only work for six months; after that, it will break.

The Chainsaw in Serious Sam: Xbox firstly appears in the Temple of Hatshepsut, but appears much earlier in Serious Sam: The Second Encounter and is a starting weapon in Serious Sam 2 (replacing the Military Knife).

The Chainsaw appears to, as named, be a chainsaw with an orange body and an incredibly long, rusty head with several teeth in every game it appears in except for Serious Sam 2; in that game, the "Chainsaw" is instead a circular saw with a chrome blade and a yellow body, the latter of which having several attachments such as a small screen and exhaust pipes on the side.


Serious Sam: The Second Encounter/Xbox/HDEdit

  • This weapon is extremely useful against most varieties of smaller foes, being more effective than the Military Knife against multiple targets.
    • The Chainsaw works very well against Gnaars, as they will simply charge towards the player and have no ranged attacks. When they get into range, they will be unable to strike back due to the damage input of the saw.
    • It also works well against Scythian Witch-Harpies that have been downed from the sky. The player should allow the Harpy to perform a melee attack (whilst evading the latter), and should then chop her to pieces while she recovers.
    • This weapon is extremely effective against Marsh Hoppers, especially when they're in large groups. This is notably the best option for combat in the classic version of TSE. When circle-strafing or retreating to a corner and crouching, almost none manage to land an attack.
    • If the player is feeling gutsy and has a large area to work with, the weapon can be used to eliminate large hoards of Kleers without expending any ammo by circle-strafing around them while using the weapon.
  • For obvious reasons, this weapon must not be used against explosive enemies, such as Beheaded Kamikazes and Beheaded Bombers.
  • The saw is also prohibited to use against long-ranged fire enemies such as Major Biomechanoids and Fiendian Reptiloid Demon (with its powerful melee attack). Their weapon can harm the player in if you use the Chainsaw to attack them at close range.
  • Like the knife, the Chainsaw has a deceptively large range for a melee weapon. Take advantage of this.

Serious Sam 2Edit

  • As in TSE, the saw is not a recommended weapon against Kamikazes and Marcel Clowns.
  • Due the risk will take on player, this weapon also prohibited to against long ranged fire enemies such as Zombie Soldier , T-Mech and The General and many others at close range.
  • The saw is handy for breaking apart crates without wasting any ammo.
  • Due to the way the Chainsaw's attack is calculated in SS2's engine, the player can actually damage themselves if they crouch and attack the floor with the weapon.


  • In Croatian "Pila" (pronounced "peelah") means saw, hence the name.
  • The Serious Sam 2 P-Lah chainsaw's model shares simulaties with the Sprial of Death  from the Ratchet & Clank  game, A Crack in Time.
  • In The Second Encounter when you pick up the chainsaw at the beginning of The Citadel Sam says:"I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay", this is a references to the Monty Python sketch, the lumberjack song.
  • The Circular Saw from Serious Sam 2 is also mounted on the Beheaded Rocketeer's neck in Serious Sam HD.
  • As seen in beta screenshots of SS2, the Chainsaw was originally going to be a weapon that launched Circular Saw blades. This was likely changed to function as a Saw instead due to the P-Lah otherwise being absent.


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