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RAPTOR Sniper Rifle

70 (unzoomed shot), 300 (zoomed shot) (SS1 and SS2), 300 (SS3 unzoomed and zoomed)

Maximum Ammunition held

50 (SS1 Normal and Hard), 100 (Other difficulties), 50 (SS2), 40 (SS3 Tourist and Easy), 20 (SS3 other difficulties)

Ammunition Type

16mm rounds

"Long-range weapon for long-term relationships."
~ Sam

The RAPTOR Sniper Rifle is a weapon in Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, Serious Sam HD, Serious Sam: the Next Encounter , Serious Sam 2 and Serious Sam 3: BFE.


The RAPTOR is a powerful sniper rifle used by the Earth Defense Force. Its 16mm armor-piercing Kevlar-coated bullets will pass right through most small to medium-sized enemies in Mental's forces.

The RAPTOR fires a single bullet every time the fire key is pressed. There is a brief pause between shots while the player chambers a new round in. After that, the gun can be fired again.

The weapon has a scope that lets the player zoom in to either 8.0x (SS1) or 4.0x (SS2). The scope itself has a crosshair that shows where the center of the screen is. On the lower left-hand side of the scope is a triangle that will change color depending on the gun's state; it will be green if the gun is ready to fire, while it will be red during the reload animation.

The damage the RAPTOR does depends on if the player is using the scope or not; if the player is not using the scope, each shot is about as powerful as a 12 Gauge Pump-Action Shotgun blast. If the rifle is fired while the scope is being used, it will be almost as powerful as two rockets.

In Serious Sam 3: BFE, the RAPTOR Sniper is obtained only as a secret weapon in 2 levels, but it is stronger and its reloading animation is much faster than in other games, but also only has a smaller ammo capacity than the previous games. It also has a large bullet scatter range when unzoomed, making it only useful in case a medium-heavy enemy gets in close range (such as a Werebull).

In Jewel of the Nile DLC, the RAPTOR comes back as a normal weapon, along with the Lasergun.

However, on October 15th, a patch was released, probably before Jewel of the Nile was release. This patch mostly focused in upgrading the SS3 Sniper from using 10 bullets in Normal-Hard-Serious-Mental difficulties, to now hold up to 20. This mostly makes its appearance better in Jewel of the Nile, but it still appears as a secret weapon in the regular campaign.

Differently from other games, SS3's Sniper bullets ammo only gives 3 bullets per box/pack, while in SS1, SS2 and SS:HD it gives 5 bullets (and 10 in Tourist, Easy and Serious difficulty).

According to the game files, the sniper rifle in SS3 does the same damage zoomed or un-zoomed (300), while in SS2 and SSHD's sniper files the unzoomed damage is 75 and zoomed inflicts 300 damage points.

The sniper rifle in SS3 was probably going to be reloadable at one point, you can see it if you open it's file in Serious Editor 3.5 and enable the "Shoots to reload" parameter, according to it's animation, it was probably going to have the same reload animation as the Shotgun in SS3.

NETRICSA informationEdit



The RAPTOR Sniper is one of the most powerful long range weapons in the world. The 16mm armor piercing kevlar coated bullets will pass right through most known armor types. It causes instant death to small and mid-sized species.

The Raptor has an automatic excess pressure exhaust mechanism that will lower the exit speed of the bullet when it is not fired from a balanced sniping mode. This provides maximum safety and minimizes injuries to the weapons wielder.


  • Be sure to use the Raptor in sniping (zoom) mode, since it will deliver much more damage when fired this way
  • Using the sniper on bigger nasties like Biomechanoids, Lava Elementals,... is much less effective


AMMO: 16mm AP

RATE OF FIRE: Single Action, Manual Reload

The highly accurate Raptor Sniper Rifle is fitted with a crystal clear telescopic lens and digital image enhancement so you can ensure you see the whites of their alien eyes before you fire. The armor piercing bullets will make mincemeat of anything in their path, so just line up your target, breathe, and squeeze the trigger to get your one shot kill.


The telescopic lens is activated by holding down [bound key] to zoom. Pressing it again will return to normal view.


"The RAPTOR Sniper is one of the most powerful long-range weapons in the world. The 16mm armor-piercing, Kevlar coated bullets will pass right through most known armor types. A flexible 2x-4x zoom ratio allows the shooter to choose between a larger peripheral field of view and more precise aim at longer distances. The use of auto-stabilizing, rapid-fire mechanism allows one to fire an entire clip without taking their eye off the scope."


  • The RAPTOR is excellent for thinning out a horde of weak/medium strength enemies from a distance, such as Kleer Skeletons and Scythian Witch-Harpies. However, if the horde is getting close to the player, they should switch to another weapon because the RAPTOR is not very effective in close quarters.
  • Individual medium-strength enemies, such as Zumb'uls, Arachnoids, Werebulls and Minor Bio-mechanoids can also be quickly defeated with this weapon. This can be quite useful for quickly eliminating single to medium-sized groups of medium-strength enemies, especially if they are faraway.
  • Its scope makes the RAPTOR a great weapon to locate and kill enemies placed faraway from the player, such as Fiendian Reptiloid Demon.
  • While powerful, the RAPTOR is less effective against enemies like Major Biomechanoids. The player would waste too much valuable RAPTOR ammo and would be vulnerable to counterattacks from other enemies during the reload periods. Compared to Biomechanoids, the Arachnoids are especially vulnerable to the RAPTOR, the juveniles taking one shot to kill and adults only two. It may be noted that Major Biomechanoids and Adult Arachnoids would otherwise take 5 or 4 rockets respectively from the XPML21 to kill.

Related AchievementsEdit

The Second Encounter HDEdit

Name and Icon Description Notes
Bird Hunter

Bird hunter

Kill 100 Harpies with the Sniper rifle. -

Serious Sam 3Edit

Name and Icon Description Notes


Find the Vista secret. It's located in The Power of the Underworld.



Serious Sam 1Edit

Serious Sam: The Next EncounterEdit

Serious Sam 2Edit

Serious Sam 3: BFEEdit

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