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The Sniper on piercing rounds

The Machina (/ˈmɑːkiːnə/ or /ˈmækɨnə/; mah-kee-nə[1]) is a community-created promotional primary weapon for the Sniper. It is based on the Longsword 202 ERASER from the video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution; a futuristic sniper rifle with a fluted barrel and a soft grip.

Compared to the Sniper Rifle, a fully charged shot fired by the Machina deals 15% more damage and can pierce through multiple enemies. Buildings cannot be penetrated; they can be damaged by shots that have penetrated players, but the shot does not penetrate any further. However, the Machina cannot be hip-fired at all; attempting to fire the weapon without scoping in causes the rifle's muzzle to spark, accompanied by a "click" sound effect, at no cost to the player's ammo. In addition, the Machina is loaded with tracer rounds, which leave a faint team-colored trail for a few seconds when fired, potentially revealing the Sniper's position to the enemy team.

A successful penetration kill, where a fully charged shot penetrates an enemy to kill another enemy behind them (regardless of whether the enemy in front dies), triggers a unique fanfare sound effect audible to every player on the server, similar to the sound effect made by obtaining an achievement.

The Machina was awarded in Genuine quality to players who pre-purchased Deus Ex: Human Revolution on Steam before August 26, 2011.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Shot type Hitscan
Damage type Bullet
Ranged or Melee damage? Ranged
Base damage 100%
Function times
Attack interval 1.5 s
Maximum charge time 3.3 s
Zoom-in charging delay 1.3 s
Zoom-in headshot delay 0.2 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.
Graph showing the damage done based on charge

# of ticks lit Bodyshot damage Headshot damage
3 50 N/A
4 50 150
5 50 150
6 50 150
7 ~60 ~180
8 ~75 ~225
9 ~90 ~270
10 ~105 ~315
11 ~120 ~360
12 ~135 ~405
13 150 450
100% Charge 173 518
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.



See also: Crafting


Reclaimed Metal Righteous Bison Sydney Sleeper Machina
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Righteous Bison.png + Item icon Sydney Sleeper.png = Item icon Machina.png
Class Token - Sniper Slot Token - Primary Scrap Metal Possible Results
Item icon Class Token - Sniper.png + Item icon Slot Token - Primary.png + Item icon Scrap Metal.png =
Item icon Huntsman.png Item icon Sydney Sleeper.png Item icon Bazaar Bargain.png Item icon Machina.png
Item icon Hitman's Heatmaker.png Item icon AWPer Hand.png Item icon Fortified Compound.png Item icon Classic.png

As a crafting ingredient

Reclaimed Metal Machina Bazaar Bargain Hitman's Heatmaker
Item icon Reclaimed Metal.png + Item icon Machina.png + Item icon Bazaar Bargain.png = Item icon Hitman's Heatmaker.png

Strange variant

Related achievements

Achieved.png General achievements

Grey Matter
Grey Matter
Get 25 Headshots as a Sniper.

Leaderboard class pyro.png Pyro

Ignite 10 Snipers while they are zoomed in.

Leaderboard class sniper.png Sniper

Be Efficient
Be Efficient
Get 3 kills with the Sniper Rifle without missing a shot.

Dropped Dead
Dropped Dead
Kill a Scout in midair with your Sniper Rifle or the Huntsman.

Flight Cancelled
Flight Cancelled
Kill 25 parachuting players with a critical headshot.

Jumper Stumper
Jumper Stumper
Kill a rocket or grenade-jumping enemy in midair with your Sniper Rifle or the Huntsman.
Parting Shot
Parting Shot
Headshot an enemy player the moment his invulnerability wears off.

Self-destruct Sequence
Self-destruct Sequence
Headshot 10 enemy Snipers.

Socket to Him
Socket to Him
Headshot an enemy Demoman.

The Last Wave
The Last Wave
Provide an enemy with a freezecam shot of you waving to them.

Update history

August 18, 2011 Patch (Manno-Technology Bundle)
  • The Machina was added to the game.

August 23, 2011 Patch

  • Added draw/recoil forces for The Machina.

October 13, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added Strange Quality.

October 18, 2011 Patch

  • Fixed a problem where the rifle wouldn't damage sticky bombs.

December 15, 2011 Patch (Australian Christmas 2011)

  • [Undocumented] Added LODs to the Machina.

November 12, 2013 Patch

Unused content

  • There exists several sounds for the Machina that are currently unimplemented in the game: a unique reload and world reload sound, along with an extended version of the Machina's penetration kill fanfare.


  • Occasionally, the tracer round stops around an enemy target despite the shot not registering as a hit.
  • When firing under the effects of damage recoil, the Machina may appear to fire two bullets: one bullet firing towards the intended target, and the other firing a few degrees higher at a diagonal angle out of the barrel. This may be caused by the Machina's particle effect. The second shot deals no damage and costs no ammo.
    • This also applies if the players are standing on a moving object such as the Payload Cart or a Train.
  • In the event of a penetration-kill killing more than 2 players at once, the fanfare sound effect stacks for each additional kill.
  • By firing a fully charged shot behind a teammate, the Machina incorrectly registers a penetration-kill when killing an enemy player. The unique penetration kill icon is shown and the sound effect is played for everyone on the server.


  • The item's name is based on the phrase Deus ex machina (Latin for "God out of the machine"), a term used to describe a convenient plot device that appears out of nowhere, usually to instantly solve a difficult problem.
    • This phrase is also used as the namesake for the Deus Ex series of video games that the Machina originates from.



  1. Random House Dictionary

See also