Beam weapons is a broad category for a number of electromagnetic weapons with a wide range of effects. With a few exceptions, energy weapons are primarily used for less-than-lethal purposes, designed to impair the target rather than kill it. Their poor performance against armor, lesser ability to damage targets, and high power requirements make them less versatile than kinetic weapons. The wielders of such weapons use Beam Weapon Skill. Beam weapons are powered by Nuclear batteries. This battery is good for a list number of shots before it is depleted. Batteries may be recharged at the rate of 20 shots per hour.