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[[caption-width-right:303:Guess which weapon nobody ever uses.[[labelnote:Credit]]Poster design by Olly Moss.[[/labelnote]] ]]

In video games, you're bound to find at least one weapon or offense-oriented piece of equipment that you like to use, and use it regularly. Then there are the weapons that are either difficult to use effectively, useless in most situations or just plain unfun to utilize. Most people try to avoid using these weapons if they can afford to do so, but some games require you to use them at least once, usually to defeat a boss, solve a puzzle, or find an important item, at which point they are either discarded or forgotten. Note that this is not limited to weapons: Magic, offensive items, Mons or fighting moves can also fall into this category.

Compare with UselessUsefulSpell, which deals with skills and spells that deal status effects in [=RPG=]s, and TierInducedScrappy. Contrast with JokeItem, which is an intentionally weak or useless weapon or item, SoLastSeason, where a weapon that ''was'' good for what it did is replaced by a newer, better one, and WithThisHerring, which is about deliberately being given poor (albeit usable) equipment by the important {{NPC}}s when the fate of the world is at stake. While this list contains weapons that suck, none of them are to be confused with WeaponsThatSuck.



[[folder:Action Adventure]]
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** Wanna ruin your day? Grab a Dagger. Particularly sucks in the original NES games, especially if you had the Holy Water or Boomerang. Someone on the dev team apparently noticed, since in later games the Dagger's low damage is usually offset by making it the cheapest subweapon to use, and sometimes giving it a semiautomatic rate of fire.
** However, they will quickly become your weapon of choice in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCircleOfTheMoon'' when you are in archer mode (but ONLY in archer mode). That is because all of your subweapons get a damage boost, making it a strong weapon. The second is that the upgrade, at no cost, is the homing dagger. And it is ''very'' useful (ties with the cross as the cross does more damage and hits more targets, but doesn't home in on targets). Played straight with every other mode though where they are virtually useless, outside of item crashes.
** [[NotCompletelyUseless However, it's quite effective against]] the Cyclops in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse''. The dagger deals a lot more damage to him if you can time it right with the lightning. It's also your only hope [[ContinuingIsPainful if you die]] against the Frankenstein monster in the first game.
** The pocketwatch [[TimeStandsStill stops time]]... but some enemies [[NoSell are immune to it]], and it costs an exorbitant five hearts to use, making it AwesomeButImpractical at best. ''VideoGame/HauntedCastle'' fixes it by making it work on most enemies, even [[FinalBoss Dracula]], and lowering its heart cost to two.
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'' has one for each main character:
*** Charlotte gets the Blank Book. It has worse stats than her starter weapon, even lowering some stats from unarmed. The only thing it's good for is [[spoiler:killing a specific enemy with it to complete a quest.]]
*** Jonathan gets the Jet Black Whip. By the time you find it it's ''already'' outclassed by your other weapons, and it's Dark Element, meaning its damage is reduced even further against most enemies in the game. Seemingly, its only purpose is to use against Whip's Memory, but even with its elemental damage it is weaker and less effective than other weapons at your disposal - even if you're ignoring the LethalJokeWeapon of a mastered Cream Pie.
* The keyblade in ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' has exactly two uses in the game. 1) Defeating one of the final boss's forms, and 2) Using its range to destroy a pot in one puzzle. It's one of the weakest weapons in the entire game, and the katana, chain whip, and flail can all do what it can do better. On the other hand, the remake turns it into a LethalJokeWeapon after you've chanted all the mantras, as it does the same damage as the flail whip but has slightly longer horizontal reach.
* The Slingshot in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess''. While some of the other items suffer from insufficient usefulness except inside the dungeons, the slingshot is even more irrelevant because of the Bow and Arrow, which is obtained in the ''second'' dungeon. Its only purpose after obtaining the bow is to conserve arrows when dealing with Skullwalltulas. In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', the Slingshot returns, with an almost as useless upgrade in the form of the Scattershot. Not only are the pellets too slow to really hit Keese and lack range, the only enemies they really do anything to ''are'' Keese (the only other enemies it can kill are walltulas, which you can use the beetle on, and that doesn't have an ammo limit; everything else, the slingshot will only stun). At least this time the Bow won't be obtained as early as it was in ''Twilight Princess'', so there's enough time for the player to get quite creative when you need it to be.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Boktai}}'' game had the Gun Del Hell available in a NewGamePlus if you beat the game a ''whopping four times''. It's the only weapon in the game with S Attack and S Stun as well as far range, but since it's Dark Elemental it has no effect on about 80% of the enemies other than ''bouncing them around a bit''. It also can't be mix and matched with other gun parts like ''every other gun'' in the game.
* ''Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django'' has the entire Hammer weapon class. The idea behind them is to be high-damage at the cost of low range and slow recovery time (compared to the faster short-range swords and the slow, high-range but weaker spears), but the increase in damage is simply not worth being made so vulnerable. It's likely you will ''never'' use hammer-type weapons in the game.

[[folder:Action Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Evolva}}'':
** The only reason for the Flame's existence was to light flammable plants, and even then, there are other weapons (like the grenade) that can light them on fire.
** The Claw, despite being the only unlimited ammo weapon, never really gets used except for breaking rocks once you get better weapons. It too suffers in that its purpose gets taken by future weapons (such as, again, the grenade).
* The Iron Fan in ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors 7'' and its expansions. It has very little crowd control capability in a game where crowd control is everything, meaning it's very easy to get interrupted in the middle of a combo. On higher difficulties this can mean instant death if you're so much as love tapped by one mook, only to have all of his friends follow up.
* The Baton in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors''. Its range is pathetic, its damage even more so, and attacking with it forces you to stand still while you strike, unlike ''every other weapon in the game''. It has a special attack that allows you to control a tornado, but it deals negligible damage, renders you immobile until it's finished, and can't be cancelled. However, in [[OneHitPointWonder "all attacks are dangerous" missions]], the tornado carves through enemies like melted butter. Except you're just as immobile and vulnerable as ever and your main attacks still suck.

[[folder:FourX Games]]
* The ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X-Universe]]'' has several.
** The Fragmentation Bomb Launcher sounds like a dangerous weapon. It's [[SpaceIsNoisy loud]] and produces a pretty explosion. But it burns weapons energy fast, and unless you manage to hit the target ''before'' it detonates and produces its FlechetteStorm, you're not going to hit anything smaller than an M6 corvette. Even worse, thanks to a programmer's oversight, the flechettes lacks any [[AreaOfEffect AoE]] damage whatsoever. Its only saving grace is its price tag: as VendorTrash, a recovered (or manufactured) FBL will net you a roughly quarter of a million credits.
** The Cluster Flak Array is the FBL scaled to frigate size. It does, however, have one further saving grace. Some players like to pair it in gun batteries with the [[LightningGun Ion Disruptor]], which can chain-lightning between the flak shards to reach further than it could normally.
** Almost every unguided missile: they are inaccurate and do very little damage. Furthermore, similar to the aforementioned FBL, they lack actual AreaOfEffect damage due to a programmer's oversight, which could have otherwise turned these duds into niche weapons. The exception is the [[RecursiveAmmo Tornado]], which can be used to rig certain M3 fighters as bombers for anti-capital work.
** [[KillSat Lasertowers]] fit this in ''X3: Terran Conflict'' because Out-Of-Sector combat mechanics render their chief advantage (range) worthless. Some players have had success using them in large quantities to support blockades, however. In ''X3: Albion Prelude'' they're much more useful thanks to a buff in firepower and shielding.
** Before ''[=X3TC=]'' brought some sense to the weapon types the previous games had small fighters that could mount small guns, medium fighters that could mount medium guns, and heavy fighters that could mount heavy guns. Each gun type was further divided in three subcategories: alpha, beta and gamma, in increasing order of destructiveness. There was no reason to ever use alpha guns in anything, and betas were only useful in heavy fighters (as gamma heavies were restricted to capital ships).
** The Concussion Impulse Generator sounds like it can do lots of damage in a hurry on paper. In practice, it's merely a scaled up corvette-sized version of the High Energy Plasma Thrower, with marginally improved range but terribly low [=RoF=] and consumes more energy than the HEPT. While it has its uses as a corvette and frigate gun (unless you're flying a Teladi Shrike or Xenon Q, who both have terrible generators to recharge their guns), it's a particularly ineffective weapon for carriers and destroyers. The only reason few players would want to use the CIG is its unique stun effect on fighters and freighters below TL-class just ForTheLulz. Other than that, it's VendorTrash. ''Albion Prelude'' buffed the weapon generators on all non-Terran corvettes, making the CIG more useful there.
** The Mosquito Missile was this in the vanilla version of ''Terran Conflict''. Despite it being the most commonly used [light] missile and having great speed as well as fairly good stats, the damage output generated by the missile is a laughably pathetic 200KJ. To elaborate, 1MJ = 1000KJ or 5 Mosquito missiles. This means even the weakest of [[FragileSpeedster scout]] [[GoddamnedBats craft]] can survive several volleys of Mosquitoes, which renders the missile only particularly effective against fighter drones or as a harassing weapon. However, since the release of the Bonus Pack, the Mosquito has suddenly found itself useful as an anti-missile weapon thanks in part of the Mosquito Defense Script. In addition, by the time of ''Albion Prelude'', the Mosquito has been buffed to be compatible with any ship, even the Terran/[=AGI=] Task Force versions, while having a slight boost in its speed.

[[folder:Fighting Games]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' had the Team Healer item, which seldom ever showed up in normal play because almost all matches are free-for-all (if not one-on-one like in tournaments), and even during team play, was absolutely useless because it occasionally healed opponents and hurt allies.

[[folder:First-Person Shooters]]
* ''VideoGame/{{ArmA}}'' 3: Fans who enjoyed the NATO faction were generally disappointed when the new "High Tech" group in the ''Apex'' expansion, CTRG-15, was saddled with an [=HK416=] that fired 5.56x51mm NATO rounds, a puny comparison to the 6.5mm rounds that the main force employed, especially since the main game already demonstrated that even the weakest armor in the base game [[ArbitraryGunPower was still almost too much for 5.56mm weapons to penetrate]]). This is exacerbated by the fact that the opposition, CSAT, also gained a special forces unit by the name of Viper that served as rivals the CTRG-15, but gained all of CTRG-15's benefits, plus a far more versatile gun that could fire ''two'' calibers, both of which easily trump the [=HK416=], better armor, which made the 416 even more useless, and a VTOL who's only downside to the NATO variant is a smaller carrying capacity (which doesn't even matter outside of the vehicle transport variant, since most players will never see the infantry transport variant of either at max capacity in most servers. Granted, clever NATO players with the vehicle transport variant do benefit from the ability to transport twice as many light vehicles, and the ability to transport some heavy vehicles).
* ''VideoGame/DeusEx'': the single-shot plasma pistol, that you could only carry one of at a time, and wasn't powerful enough to one-shot most mooks even with a close-range headshot.
** The actual plasma rifle itself is also regarded rather unfavorably. Although it can be applied effectively, it's still overwhelmingly the least popular heavy weapon; very few players use it.
** If the assault rifle didn't have its grenade launcher, it'd be completely worthless. Each shot does anemic damage, requiring a five-round burst ''to the head'' to take out enemies. The recoil makes it completely worthless at range unless you're at least Advanced skill with Rifles. And the formula for enemy ammo drops means killing enemies with it will never get you any more 7.62x51mm ammo.
** The Light Antitank Weapon also combined the "can't have more than one" problem of the plasma pistol with [[InventoryManagementPuzzle greater space requirements]], but it did at least offer more raw power to balance that out.
* ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' brings us the mine templates. Place a grenade in it and it becomes a mine that explodes with that grenade model's effect. Sounds useful until you realize that the arming delay is so ridiculously short that unless you ''throw'' it at wall from a healthy distance, you ''will'' blow up with it.
** While situational, these mines are ''very'' useful for stealth-based characters against {{Damage Sponge Boss}}es, to divert attention from the player's current location, or as [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer last-resort close-range grenades]]. Another boon is that, for some inexplicable reason, ''three'' mines take up 2x1 inventory space, whereas individual grenades take up 1x1 each.
** The shotgun is also nigh-useless. It's [[ShortRangeShotgun ineffective at anything beyond close range]], can't be silenced, is useless against armor, and its inability to reliably get headshots lessens the amount of experience you get. Not helping is that unarmored enemies are ''much'' less common after just 20% of the way through the game. A PEPS is probably a safer bet, being more effective all around.
** The machine pistol. It's sufficient in the early game for taking out gangbangers, and it has a great [=RoF=] even when unmodded, but similar to the shotgun, it's nigh on useless against armored enemies.
* Some of the Missile power-ups in ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeTrilogy'' have this problem:
** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' has the Plasma Beam's missile combo, the Flamethrower. While all missile combos except the default Super Missile are situational at best, [[VideoGameFlamethrowersSuck Flamethrower is the only completely useless one]]. It shoots a stream of flames that has a short range and eats through your ammo like crazy (and unlike the similar Wavebuster, it does not home in on or stun the target). It's made even more useless when you consider that a charged Plasma Beam shot is the single most powerful weapon in the game - there's only ''one'' enemy in the game that can get hurt by it and isn't killed in one charged shot - so you could just be using that instead.
** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'' has the Light Beam's charge combo, the Sunburst. It fires a large ball of light energy that travels about ten feet in front of you, comes to a slow stop, and explodes. It's useless against mobile enemies because they'll just move out of the way, and it's useless against stationary enemies because the explosion isn't anywhere near as powerful as it appears to be. The only conceivable way to damage something with the Sunburst would be for them to back up so they took damage during the entire animation.
** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' has the Hyper Missile, the game's replacement for the Super Missile and its elemental cousins. While in theory it appears to be a very powerful missile attack powered by Phazon, it's useless against enemies that are already immune to the standard missile shots. It also requires a huge amount of energy from the Energy Tank that is in use during Hypermode. Its only practical utility is to drain Phazon when Samus's Hypermode has a malfunction, to prevent her total corruption.
* Several weapons in your arsenal in ''VideoGame/{{Daikatana}}''. To sum it up: The ion blaster's shots bounced off walls and could hit you. The C4 vizatergo launched proximity mines with a blast radious roughly equal to the range you'd be firing it at; if you didn't end up getting caught in the explosion, your AI "[[EscortMission helpers]]" probably would. The Shockwave launched an erratically bouncing ball that created shockwaves whenever it hit a surface...which could easily kill you. The Eye of Zeus hit every enemy in sight with lightning when the staff's eye opened, but if no enemies were on-screen, it would kill you. Nharre's Nightmare summoned a demon that, like the Eye of Zeus, would turn on you and kill you if there weren't any targets. Finally, the kineticore's shots rebound off walls and (all together, now) can hit you. Sensing a pattern?
* In the original ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' most the weapons were all pretty good, but there were a few that were nearly worthless. Probably the worst weapon in the game was the Reaper, an alien (Skedar) gatling gun with the worst accuracy of just about any weapon you'll ever see in a first person shooter (you have to crouch to have any chance of hitting somebody 5 feet in front of you), and firing it required you to bring up the speed of the motor before any bullet went off. Its fire rate exceeds that of almost all other weapons in the game, but each shot does very little damage. Its secondary fire, which basically turned it into an enormous blender, was a mostly pointless melee weapon (although starting it up could avoid the firing delay for primary fire).
* Meanwhile, ''Perfect Dark's'' spiritual predecessor ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'' had the Klobb, a weak, slow-firing, inaccurate SMG that was outclassed by literally ''every'' weapon in the game. A pistol would serve you better. The Klobb takes '''two shots''' for a [[BoomHeadShot headshot kill]]! In fact, there was a Max Stats (007 Mode, all enemy stats cranked up to full) run for the Archive level where any shot was instant death. ''Except the Klobb.'' On that note, the Klobb was pretty cool in [[OneHitKill License to Kill mode]].
* Mines usually fall into this category in single-player games, such as the trip mines from ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'' and the first ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', due to their being defensive weapons in games where you're usually on the offensive. If you plan on using them your options are either setting up a trap and luring enemies into it (at which point it's usually just easier to shoot them) or putting them in select points to stop ambushes (but you'd only know that the ambushes were coming if you had prior knowledge of the game, making the "ambush" a moot point). It's just an extra pack of explosives that never misses ''if'' it gets set off normally, but usually is less tactically valuable than a pipebomb/satchel.
** Compounding the issue is that game designers seem to intentionally prevent them from ever being useful. For instance, both ''Duke Nukem'' and ''Half-Life'''s tripmines can be shot to explode them before they're triggered, so it'd make sense for players to be able to toss them at the feet of a bunch of enemies and then expend a single firearm round to blow them up. But no, the game insists on only letting you use them as intended, forcing the necessity of a close-by wall on which to place them.
* The grenade launcher from ''VideoGame/KingpinLifeOfCrime''. Most grenade launchers in video games either fire grenades that explode on contact with enemies, hold more than three rounds in a magazine, let you carry more than 18 rounds total (especially if the game's bazooka has a clip of five shots and an ammo cap of ''one hundred rockets''), take less than four seconds to explode, exist in games where enemies aren't smart enough to run like hell before the 'nade goes off or some combination of the above. ''Kingpin'''s grenade launcher is not any of these things. It's so bad that not even the AI can figure out how to kill you with it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Blood}} II: The Chosen'' has a few examples, mostly due to [[ObviousBeta lacking or glitched coding]].
** The Insect-A-Cutioner bug spray. While superficially another version of the aerosol can from the first game, it was generally useless due to the short range, low primary fire damage, long secondary fire prep time and the fact that its ammo was also shared with the assault rifle's underslung grenade launcher, a more damaging and altogether more useful weapon.
** The Singularity Generator, the ultimate word in AwesomeButImpractical. Its primary fire shoots a vortex that sucks in everything around it, but its eye deals absolutely no damage. The secondary fire (at least in older versions) creates the vortex with ''you'' as its eye - essentially a damaging tractor shield, as it moves with you. Both use up 50 energy cells, with which you can do more damage by using the [[ReflectingLaser Death Ray]] or the [[LightningGun Tesla Cannon]], both weapons you get way before the SG. Add to that the fact that the enemies you constantly face by the time you get it both frequently survive long enough to reach the eye of the vortex and deal big time damage at close range, and that you can crush the opposition it's effective against with your older weapons, and the gun's only usefulness is the 100 batteries it comes with.
** Berettas and Submachine Guns [[SortingAlgorithmOfWeaponEffectiveness are both worse in damage and/or accuracy]] than the Assault Rifle they share ammo with. Basically useless after you get the latter, so that UniversalAmmunition is basically the only reason to keep either of them around after that point, since they're a fair bit more common but you don't actually get ammo from them if you don't have one on you.
** The Howitzer. Its ammo is hard to come by, it fires slowly, using it in close quarters hurts you with splash damage, and its damage is ridiculously low. The only upside is that it makes [[EliteMook Shikari]] flinch with each shot, which doesn't save it from being discarded after nine other weapons are found.
** Much like the Howitzer, the Flare Gun also has elements of this. Its fire rate is very slow, the flares cause damage with a second-long tic (enough for most enemies to recover from their pain animations and retaliate) and don't hurt enough. Its secondary fire takes a long wind-up time, has a minimal range, its damage is laughable, and due to a bug it doesn't set enemies on fire. The very plentiful ammo and its great niche usefulness against Zealots, who teleport with each hit, and [[BossInMookClothing Death Shrouds]], which can become intangible, do guarantee it a permanent slot, but even then, the gun isn't nearly as fun or practical to use as most of the others.
* The Prankster Bit from ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'' is the game's {{BFG}} and looks pretty cool, but the energy usage is obscene, the damage is overkill against everything you fight, and you get it so late in the game that you're literally unable to fully upgrade it. It's not even worth using against the final boss due to how the game handles damage dealt to it. And if you use it in too close of quarters (read: ''most'' of that final level), it stands just as good of a chance of killing you as it does of killing your target. Seriously. Stick to Sequencer and just go [[Film/TronLegacy Rinzler]] on your enemies.
* The ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series of games have several:
** ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'' has two: the Assault Rifle and the Needler. The former has a high fire rate and magazine capacity, offset by puny damage (particularly against shields) and obnoxiously-wide bullet spread. The latter suffers from being over-specialized. It does happen to be [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative one of the best weapons for taking on the Sentinels that show up in a handful of levels]], but against anything else its shortcomings become obvious: projectiles which, while homing in on whoever's in or nearest to the crosshairs on firing, are {{painfully slow|Projectile}} and deal anemic damage unless you dump half the mag into one guy. Doing that causes them all to create a rather large explosion that's an instant kill on most enemies, but for the amount of ammo needed to put down a single enemy in that manner, it's far more efficient to take a plasma pistol or rifle[[note]]That said, the Needler has since been RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap; from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' onward, the needles fire and travel to the target faster, track their targets better, and explode upon hitting an enemy sooner (it was ''the'' go-to weapon for charging Brutes in ''2''). While it lost its dual-wield-ability from ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' onward, its power has continued to be boosted[[/note]].
** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', the Assault Rifle was replaced by the SMG. It's a downgrade, having all of the prior Assault Rifle's faults on top of now having high kickback forcing your aim off-target. Part of the issue is that [[AwesomeButImpractical it's designed]] to be [[GunsAkimbo dual-wielded]], which lets it strip shields in close combat with incredible speed, but makes it all but useless when used on its own. Combined with a plasma rifle, it's not half-bad, but terribly outclassed by the Battle Rifle in every other way. The Brute Shot suffers from the same sort of issue the Needler did in the first game, being great in melee due to its [[BayonetYa attached blade]], but bouncing its ammo off walls when not making direct hits, making it difficult to use at any further range. The Magnum pistol, which was ''very'' useful in the first game, got substantially nerfed, losing its scope feature and just becoming much weaker in most respects. All it gets in return is a faster rate of fire.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', the Sentinel Beam is still fairly terrible, and the SMG's power is downgraded even further as part of a general nerfing of dual-wielding. The flamethrower is very difficult to use effectively, although it's hellaceous when used properly. Perhaps the scrappiest ''Halo 3'' weapon is the Mauler, a single-handed dual-wieldable shotgun that, when dual-wielded, has less power and ammo than the regular shotgun at the expense of disabling use of grenades and melee... yeah. Its sole saving grace is a GameBreakingBug that allows you to shoot and melee at the same time, generally considered cheating and annoying as hell.
** ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'''s scoped and silenced SMG was still not as powerful as the assault rifle. Its main purpose was to deplete enemy shields before switching to the scoped pistol for a fatal headshot--and for swatting [[GoddamnedBats drones]] out of the air. It's also not actually silenced. A single perfect shot to the brain of an unaware enemy produces the exact same reaction as a grenade going off to the hyper-alert Covenant forces.
** In some circles, the shotguns from ''Halo 2'' onward are considered scrappies due to their [[ShortRangeShotgun wet-cough range]], unpredictable damage, and continually decreasing magazine capacity, plus [[OvershadowedByAwesome the presence of instant-kill melee weapons]]. That said, the developers seem to have realized this, having buffed their range and power considerably from ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' onward.
* Most shooters (especially older ones) where their StandardFPSGuns ruthlessly fell prey to the SortingAlgorithmOfWeaponEffectiveness. In ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' for example, there was no reason to ever touch the pistol once you had the chaingun, or even the shotgun - which in both games you can acquire within a minute at worst.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has a fair share of examples. Due to many updates and balance changes, many entries tend to bounce in and out of this trope:
** The Razorback, a sniper weapon, does nothing except prevent one backstab and handicap the Spy that tried to do it for a few seconds. However, wielding it requires you to give up your secondary weapon, meaning that you have to rely on your rifle and melee weapon for self-defense. Oh, and the only class to use backstabs also has a revolver that can kill you in three hits (or two, if they have the [[BoomHeadshot Ambassador]], which came out in the same update as the Razorback), and can ''see'' your backstab-preventing shield. Since its release, it has been indirectly buffed by the introduction of new knives that give bonuses for backstabbing people, since it can deny Spies those bonuses and make them much more vulnerable (even if at the cost of the Sniper's life regardless), but still remains largely useless outside of Medieval Mode (where the shields are the only secondary items you ''can'' use). That said, the Razorback has actually been ''banned'' in competitive UGC Highlander matches since season 20 in late 2016. A skilled sniper properly supported by his teammates can ravage an enemy team, and an overhealed Sniper requires two headshots from the Ambassador. Because the Spy's revolver becomes less accurate when fired multiple times in succession, landing the second before being murdered yourself can be an impossible task.
** The Sydney Sleeper, a sniper rifle that can't get headshots (requiring players to resort to bodyshots, already an unpopular tactic) in exchange for covering its target in [[UrineTrouble Jarate]] for a length of time depending on how charged it is. It has a slightly faster charge rate than the stock sniper rifle and can mark enemies for others to kill, but in the end the triple damage you'd receive from a headshot is just too much to give up. Mann vs. Machine mode helps make it better; while it still can't deal regular headshots, it ''can'' be upgraded to deal explosive headshots like all the other sniper rifles, which combines well with its shorter charge time. A later update buffed it by applying a splash radius of Jarate around the target on a headshot.
** The Scout's Sun-on-a-Stick deals less damage than [[BatterUp its stock equivalent]], but deals more damage to enemies that are on fire. Too bad the Scout has no way to ignite people. Many fans feel the simplest solution to making it viable is to swap its effect with the Sharpened Volcano Fragment (below), but Valve has yet to catch on.
** The [[AnAxeToGrind Fire Axe]]. It's not on this page because it's [[ScrappyIndex hated]], but because it's objectively underpowered. This melee weapon is one of the stock/vanilla weapons (available since the game release, and all players can use it). Like every stock melee weapon, it's basically an EmergencyWeapon... but this is a Pyro weapon; since the Pyro uses a flamethrower, he already has to come really close to the enemy players to damage them with his main weapon, so this is the class that least ''needs'' a melee weapon. Then, new Pyro melee weapons were released and they have additional effects like extra damage to burning players, more health gained from health kits or ability to remove sappers; since the stock axe just does damage, it was quickly left aside. To make it worse, the Third Degree does ''exactly'' what the Fire Axe does with a bonus quirk against Medics, relegating the Fire Axe to a waste of space and nothing more.
** Same deal with the Bonesaw; the perks of the Übersaw[[note]]gain 25% Ubercharge with each kill, or a full charge with a taunt-kill[[/note]] are incredibly useful while its downside of a 20% slower swing speed is subjectively negligible. Less subjectively was the Solemn Vow, which allows you to see enemy health bars, which is good for strategizing purposes, while still dealing the same damage as the Bonesaw and, until the Gun Mettle update four years later, also had the same swing speed as well (now it's 10% slower), making it one of only two direct upgrades in the game.
** As well as the Soldier's Shovel. It's basically pointless to have this equipped given the much more useful abilities added by any of soldier's other weapons. The Disciplinary Action offers a temporary speed boost for attacking any friendly player at a small drawback of melee damage, the Escape Plan offers a massive speed boost while at low health in exchange for taking more damage while it is out, the Equalizer offers a high damage boost at low health for a decrease in healing from medics, the Market Gardener removes random crits for the ability to get ''guaranteed'' crits while rocket jumping, and the Frying Pan, while having the same damage and swing speed, makes a [[MostWonderfulSound very satisfyingly loud noise]].
** A similar one is the Sharpened Volcano Fragment, an axe that does less damage than the stock one, but ignites enemy players. The problem is, the Pyro can easily ignite an enemy just using his flamethrower, and enemy Pyros, the class you'll use your melee weapon the most against, can't be ignited, making this weapon almost useless except in Medieval Mode. As noted above, fans have pointed out swapping its ability with that of the Scout's Sun-on-a-Stick (which would admittedly make it a reskin of the Axtinguisher) would fix much of the uselessness for both weapons outside of Medieval Mode, but Valve hasn't yet thought to try.
** The Backburner used to be this, as it lacked the stock flamethrower's ability to reflect projectiles but dealt more damage, giving it a reputation for being used by [[LeeroyJenkins W+M1]] Pyros, but since then has gained said ability (at a steep ammo cost), [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap making it much more popular]], but not quite yet putting it at the level of other flamethrowers. To make matters worse for it, one of its primary appeals was effectively negated by the Pyromania update. Before then the Backburner dealt ten percent more damage than normal flame throwers, which combined with its back critical hit ability made it a good weapon to use against other pyros. With the update however, all flame throwers ''except'' the Backburner were buffed by ten percent, meaning it now only does the same base damage as a regular flame thrower.
** The Mantreads, a pair of boots that protects the Soldier from knockback and allows him to perform a GoombaStomp when falling from huge heights on top of enemies. Nothing wrong so far (it's hard to pull off, but it works)... but it occupies the weapon slot normally reserved for your trusty {{shotgun|sAreJustBetter}}, so the Mantreads are rarely used.
** Another Soldier weapon replacing the shotgun, the [[StatusBuff Battalion's Backup]], was this before its buff. In order to charge it, you needed to take 350 points of damage. The thing is, the Soldier only has 200 health. So you have to almost die and be healed back up by a Medic or medkit twice. And self-damage does not fill up the bar; you ''have'' to take enemy damage to fill it. Just to nullify enemy critical hits and reduce incoming damage by 30%. That's very useful, to be sure, but it's an enormous pain to use, especially since you lose ''all'' your currently built-up charge if you die (frustrating if it's an instant-death you don't see coming, like a Spy's backstab or Sniper's headshot). The weapon was later changed so it charges with damage dealt, just like the more popular Buff Banner.
** The Quick Fix was like this when it was first introduced. While it both healed and charged uber faster and provided a speed boost when used with scouts, it could not over-heal and its uber only healed the user and their target very quickly rather than granting invulnerability. The lack of overheal was particularly damning, because the weapon was encouraged for use in keeping the entire team healthy and alive - as soon as you were done healing someone, they would get grazed by a few bullets and no longer be in perfect health. It was eventually given the ability to overheal to fifty percent of that of a normal medigun and the ability to activate the ubercharge on yourself for self-preservation purposes, making it a much more useful weapon.
** When it was first released, the Force-a-Nature was considered a Scrappy Weapon for [[GameBreaker a completely different reason than the above]]. It would deal ridiculous amounts of knockback to enemies seemingly regardless of how far away the Scout was. Used and abused properly it could halt the progress of a third of the enemy team. Factor in the fact that half of ''your'' team was comprised entirely of Scouts during the Scout Update, and things got real disorienting real fast. Thankfully a series of patches smoothed out the wonky knockback rules.
** The Neon Annihilator got this reaction as soon as it was introduced. At first, it would always do critical hits on players who were wet, in exchange for less base damage. This severely limited the weapon's use, as it would only serve a decent purpose in maps where water was common (which are very, very rare) or if fellow Scouts[=/=]Snipers are carrying Mad Milk[=/=]Jarate. Valve's reaction served only to enrage the player base even more: give it the ability to remove sappers, making the Homewrecker obsolete.
** The Homewrecker is a melee weapon that deals double damage to buildings in exchange for less damage against players. There is virtually no reason to take advantage of this; your flamethrower kills buildings in almost the exact same amount of time ''and'' each flame particle can penetrate through the building to damage the Engineer on the other side, all for less effort and from further away. The Homewrecker was abandoned almost immediately. Two months later it was given the ability to remove sappers on friendly buildings, which made it a boon for Pyros guarding Engineer teammates from Spies to have, but it's still one of the least used weapons in the game. While the Neon Annihilator can also remove Sappers, the Homewrecker does it faster - breaking a Sapper in a single strike.
** The Phlogistonator is also a heavily hated weapon. It grants a short period of {{critical hit}}s, and regains all the user's health after dealing a certain amount of damage, and the effect is activated with a taunt. Unfortunately, like the original Backburner, it completely disables the reflecting compression blast, essentially considered one of the only redeeming factors of the Pyro in the competitive circle. Essentially, it seems to ''encourage'' LeeroyJenkins tactics. There's little consensus on whether it's overpowered or junk, as it seems to swing wildly from those two poles depending on the circumstances. It got worse when the Phlogistinator was buffed later with more damage and total invulnerability when taunting, making it incredibly strong in pubs until players learned to adapt to it. Then a counter-nerf was applied, removing the Pyro's health refill and increasing the requirements to fill the Mmmph meter, pushing it back into this list.
** The Winger, an unlockable pistol for the Scout, is considered a downgrade from the stock pistol. It deals 15% more damage at the expense of a smaller magazine. Too small, in fact, because the reload time results in less damage per second, especially since both pistols have such a fast firing rate. Eventually, it would be redeemed by giving a increase to the user's maximum jump height when active.
** The Soda Popper used to give minicrits when a Hype meter, charged by running, was filled. This ability was awesome, easy to take advantage of, and valuable in Mann vs. Machine. Now, it just gives five extra jumps, which is quite fun, but in terms of direct combat, is much weaker. But in Mann vs. Machine, because damage output is far more important, it's just about useless. And then in the Meet Your Match update they made it that you only gain hype with every hit (and you only get 2 weak shots before reloading), completely changing how the gun works and removing any reason to use it's effect.
** When the game was released, the Soldier, Pyro, Heavy and Engineer had the Shotgun, a primary weapon for the Engineer and a secondary for the other three, but when the Heavy got the Sandvich, a sandwich in the secondary slot that can be eaten to fully heal himself or dropped to partially heal a teammate, most Heavy players abandoned the Shotgun.
** The Heavy has also the Dalokohs Bar, a chocolate bar similar to the Sandvich. It doesn't heal as much as the Sandvich, but it can increase the Heavy's maximum health from 300, which is already really high, to 350. The problem is that a Medic's overheal doesn't stack with the Dalokohs Bar's ability, and can only give him 150% of his normal health, which is 450. Many buffs were later made to the Dalokohs Bar; the time to recharge the weapon (which was already pretty short) after eating it was removed for a time, then restored when it was given the ability to be dropped to heal teammates like the Sandvich, but it's still used much less than the Sandvich.
** And then there was the nerf the Righteous Bison got in Meet Your Match which removed the ability to hit one target several times,weakening every successive hit that goes through opponents (which means you hit a Soldier with weaker and weaker hits and then tickle his Medic), and making a slow shot move slower. Players hated the needless nerfs and the Bison became nonviable for even the most casual of pub play.
* The Phoenix from ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersUndying'' is the last weapon found in the game, at about 30 minutes before the final boss. Not only is it quite weak compared to your arsenal (which by now include the [[SinisterScythe Celtic Scythe]], [[AnIcePerson the Tibetan War Cannon]] and the [[ShockAndAwe Spear Thrower]]), but each shot must be guided in first person. Except that it's too fast to be properly controlled.
* Similar to the aforementioned Klobb, the Xbox 360 version of ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.]]'' has the nearly-useless SM-15 machine pistol.
** ''F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin'' has the Napalm Cannon, one of only two flame-based weapons in the game (the other is a new grenade type), which is prohibitively useless. Only a small handful of enemies in one level carry it, which gives you only about one reload for it, and it takes forever to burn even the weakest of enemies to death - the only upside is that enemies ''will'' burn to death if you set them on fire, but you're just as well doing so with the incendiary grenades that actually show up outside of the level that introduces them, and dropping the cannon for the much more useful assault rifle as soon as it shows up a level later.
* ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/DarkForces'' had the mortar launcher, a large, cumbersome weapon with a slow fire rate that lobbed shells in awkward arcs and looked like a butt. It was found only rarely, and usually thermal detonators were plentiful and much more useful, having greater power, splash radius, ''and'' effective range. Its main use was setting off enemy mines, with occasional breaks to take pot shots at whittling down the game's DemonicSpiders, because unlike the other powerful weapons, it had knockback.
** ''VideoGame/JediKnightDarkForcesII'' had the bowcaster, which on the surface sounded great. Chewbacca's iconic weapon, with a ChargedAttack that fired spreads of plasma bolts, or fired a ricocheting plasma bolt to hit enemies around corners? Sounded useful...until you realized that the rate of fire was painful, the charged attack took a long while to get off and spread the shots out with huge gaps between small projectiles, and that the ricocheting shot could [[HoistByHisOwnPetard bounce back and hit you in the face]]. In the end the [[MoreDakka Imperial repeater]] ended up being a better use of energy cells.
*** In ''VideoGame/JediKnightIIJediOutcast'', most people don't recall the [[StunGuns stun baton]] with any fondness. In previous games, Kyle used his fists and was not above punching out PowerArmor-clad MechaMooks. The stun baton was clumsy, did very little damage to anything more dangerous than a stormtrooper, and didn't actually knock anyone out so much as slowly shock them to death. Fortunately, the [[LaserBlade lightsaber]] replaced the stun baton permanently, and the bothersome little shock-prod never resurfaced in the game or its sequel, ''VideoGame/JediKnightJediAcademy''.
* ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'':
** The B9-S silenced pistol is usually never used again as soon as the player unlocks better handguns. The pistol in question has low power and even requires several headshots to kill someone quickly on higher difficulty levels. The weapon also has a low ammo count and its weak power will barely help you should you go into bleedout mode. The only time the silenced pistol is needed is for Diamond Heist and No Mercy where stealth is required. Even then, the Mac-11 is a silenced machine gun and is a suitable replacement for the pistol.
** The B9-S's primary advantages are low recoil and high ammo per magazine. It's useful for hitting things a long way away if your other weapons are shorter range (if you're using a shotgun, basically) or for taking out cameras and the like. Headshot damage will usually make up for the lack of base damage.
** Trip mines are also rarely used due to being a very situational item. Once placed, the trip mines can't be removed and you can only carry a limited amount of trip mines based on how many upgrades you have for them. While you can't trigger your own mines by mistake, a single cop can trigger them and will be killed instantly, even the [[SuperToughness Bulldozer]]. However, the power of the mines tend to be wasted on single targets unless you happen to get lucky and have the trip mine kill a cluster of cops in one explosion, along with a good guess on where the cops will go during assaults. The explosion can also kill civilians, which adds a delay to your release should you be captured and imposes a penalty to your reward in the end. In short, the usefulness of the mines are limited and most people that are using them usually are doing it for the achievements. They were mildly improved in the sequel by allowing players to switch them between "blow up anyone who breaks the beam" mode and a less-situational "tag any enemy that breaks the beam" mode (thus giving them a purpose in stealth and letting them combo with a skill that lets the team deal increased damage to tagged enemies), and the ability to convert them into shaped charges to quickly blow out locked safes instead of having to slowly drill or pick them.
** The Locomotive is a short ranged secondary shotgun that falls short of its stronger cousin, the Reinbeck. The Locomotive has weaker power and a smaller magazine compared to the Reinbeck, can't hit targets from as far away, and requires more ammo pick ups to refill its reserves compared to other weapons. The phrase "[[MemeticMutation Buff the Loco!]]" became quite common on the official forums and it wasn't until ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'' that the Locomotive got buffed to the point that it became an excellent secondary weapon to use.
** Sentry guns are far too situational to use. While they can provide good suppression when they are placed correctly, the sentries can't be moved once you place them down, they require you to give up your own ammo to replenish theirs, and they're not powerful enough to take out heavier SWAT and special units. Sentries tend to not last very long when several cops focus fire on the sentry to destroy them. They aren't much better in the sequel.
* ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'':
** Thanks to a weapon rebalance pushed out during the 2015 Crimefest event, some assault rifles and submachine guns are absolutely awful in accuracy, even with the right skills and gun mods, whereas other similar weapons still retain a good balance between accuracy, stability, and power.
** The two starting weapons are almost entirely outclassed by anything that comes later. The Chimano 88 is the player's first sidearm when they begin the game for the first time and, save for a high capacity and concealment is near-completely outclassed by every other sidearm available; the Chimano simply doesn't have enough damage output to keep up, especially on higher difficulties where more power is needed to drop tougher enemies. The AMCAR, meanwhile, only really beats later guns with its rather high reserve-ammo count of 220; its damage is among the lowest in the game, the recoil is absurd for something with such a low rate of fire, and its accuracy is even worse than the Chimano's. Both weapons can be mildly improved with attachments, but by the time you have access to a decent supply of those, you're also going to have access to far better weapons that can put those attachments to better use - even ones not restricted by reputation level for if you [[NewGamePlus go Infamous]].
** Melee weapons with high charge times generally have a lot of power behind them, but are generally not worth it when you've got weapons that are only slightly weaker yet can pump out damage that rivals stronger ones in half the time.
* The first ''{{VideoGame/Unreal|I}}'' has the DifficultButAwesome [[FunWithAcronyms GES]][[labelnote:+]]'''G'''reen '''E'''xploding '''S'''hit[[/labelnote]] Bio Rifle. It's a sort of grenade launcher that shoots small blobs of sticky explosive sludge, which deal quite a bit more damage than other fast-firing weapons and [[AIBreaker agile enemies can't dodge like they do straight-firing projectiles]], but do require the player to take into account the parabolic trajectory and slow travel speed of the shots. The secondary fire charges up the shot, making it able to OneHitKill anything that isn't a boss, but reducing its speed so much that hitting the target is easier said than done, and the range becomes so short due to the glob's weight that the resulting SplashDamage more often than not damages the player as well.
* In the ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament'' series, Bio Rifle is the same, but becomes mildly more useful because multiplayer gameplay does occasionally require defensive weaponry, and filling a hallway with green goo is a decent way to make sure anyone passing through in the next few seconds is reduced to red salsa. It's still the least used gun in the game, though, especially since the globs disappear in a handful of seconds; ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'' introduced the Spider Mine launcher in Onslaught mode, which does the Bio Rifle's job for defensive play far better.
* ''VideoGame/PlanetSide 1'' has the Beamer, the standard issue sidearm for the [[MachineCult Vanu Sovereignty]]. It's very accurate, small, uses the same ammo as their assault rifles, and even comes with an armor piercing mode. It also does piss for damage, uses up a valuable hip holster slot (better suited for a [[HealThyself medapp]], engineer tool, or [[HollywoodHacking REK]]), and the armor piercing mode makes it highly effective at being purple. The weapon was often likened to a flashlight, as it did a better job at making enemies glow than killing them. The Terran Republic's Cycler assault rifle is likewise regarded as nearly useless, as it has a huge magazine and good accuracy, but is so weak that players are better off using the Suppressor submachine gun. The Scorpion weapon system is a siege weapon, a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher which flies into the air, then detonates and sends shrapnel onto whatever is below it. [[EveryoneHatesMath It requires trigonometry to use]], as the detonation range must manually be set by right-clicking while looking at terrain - too soon or too late or too high or too low will cause it to deal negligible damage.
** In ''Planetside 2''s the Fractures, AntiArmor weapon for Terran Republic MAX PoweredArmor, was a bit overpowered against infantry... so the developers nerfed its AntiArmor capacity, giving it terrible velocity, spread, and dumping its damage, making it the worse anti-vehicle weapon by a significant margin. At release, the TR Pounders were completely useless because of one major flaw: convergence. The weapons were set to converge at 20 meters, making them go around vehicles or infantry that wasn't at exactly 20 meters. When the convergence was fixed, some considered the weapons to be a GameBreaker owing to their monstrous damage-per-second especially when the MAX is [[DualModeUnit locked down]]
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2'':
** In the multiplayer, the SMR is one of the most powerful weapons available, and is very accurate. In [[VideoGame/NaziZombies the Zombies mode]], it make the starting M1911 look amazing. It's a semi-auto in a mode where full-auto or burst-fire is overall better, it has low reserve ammo capacity (it only barely beats the M14, which in turn beats it when Pack-A-Punched; the only upside to the SMR is it isn't recycling code from ''World at War'' to give it a paltry 8-round mag capacity on top of that), it's [[ArbitraryGunPower surprisingly weak]] even for this type of weapon, it's slow to reload, and worst of all, due to a glitch, it has noticeable bullet spread ''while you are '''aiming down its sights!'''''
** In the multiplayer mode itself, the Executioner pistol. This pistol is unique in that it's a {{revolver|sAreJustBetter}} which utilizes {{shotgun s|AreJustBetter}}hells, allowing for a quick and easy shotgun as a secondary weapon, but the trade off is the damage from each shot is so weak that it takes extremely close-range shooting just to be able to bring down a target ''without'' using the entire five-round cylinder. To add onto the weapon's woes, it has horrible reload speed and ammo capacity. There are attachments and the Secondary Gunfighter wildcard you can use to improve this pistol, but it's still such a small gain that you're probably better off actually using a regular shotgun or even a ''knife'' over this pistol and use the spare Pick-10 points for shotgun attachments, any gun that's ''not'' the Executioner, perks, and any other wildcards you want.
* Rocket launchers in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' are a joke: unless you're playing as [[MadBomber Brick]] and/or have the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Maliwan Rhino]], they deal ''very'' underwhelming damage for what you'd expect a weapon of this class to have, made worse by their small ammo pool and inherent sluggishness of operation, especially when they're single-shot[[note]]shoot once very slowly, then reload even more slowly to shoot slowly again[[/note]]. You can do far more damage per second or even ''per shot'' with a decent revolver or sniper rifle, none of which are harder to come by than a launcher of any quality. ''Borderlands 2'' [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap rescued them from being]] VendorTrash by '''drastically''' upping their damage output and making them the {{BFG}}'s that they're supposed to be.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'':
** The game has an entire Scrappy Weapon ''manufacturer'', ironic because they're actually made of scrap. The Bandits of Pandora have begun to contribute to the planet's crushing weight of weapons with their own [[MacGyvering cobbled-together monstrosities]]. Their main selling point is their ridiculous ammo capacity (the main reason why the S&S corporation from the first game does not appear in this game is because the bandits had driven them to bankruptcy with their own DIY increased ammo capacity pipe-kits)--for instance, some shotguns will pack over 12 shots when the average shotgun is hard-pressed to carry more than six, and their pistols can boast upwards of 40 rounds. The problem is that this comes at the expense of almost all of their weapons' other stats--the accuracy in particular suffers from horrendous penalties both on shot grouping and recoil/sway, and the reload time is almost criminal in some cases, going over ten seconds for some of their machine guns. Their damage, though increased compared to brands like Dahl and Tediore, is still not much to write home about. Taken together, these mean that, barring some ''really'' good luck with part generation (which ''can'' happen), a Bandit weapon is usually the last thing you want to pick up. The playerbase in general tends to not consider Bandit ammo capacities as an acceptable tradeoff for missing more shots and doing less damage; more ammo in the mag only means more ammo wasted[[note]]though some Bandit parts on weapons from other brands are usually a boon a Bandit grip extend the gun's magazines for minimal drawbacks, and are generally seen as a boon especially on Hyperion and Tediore due to the quirks of the brands, since a Hyperion gun with Bandit parts means more times shooting while fully stabilized per reload, and a bigger mag on a Tediore means a bigger reload explosion; their triple shotgun barrel is also quite decent with ignorable tradeoffs[[/note]]. That said, they were truly RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap in [[Videogame/BorderlandsThePresequel the pre-sequel]], with Scav weaponry.
** Both E-tech pistols, Spiker and Dart. They fire rounds that stick to enemies and detonate after a little while[[note]]think the Mine Thrower from the ''Resident Evil'' series[[/note]], and while the damage they cause is comparatively high, they can't crit, consume more than one round per shot (up to 3), and the delay means more hurt coming your way before the enemy dies, which becomes more troublesome as levels increase and by very very late-game (Ultimate Vault Hunter Mode with Overpower Level 8) they're pure VendorTrash. Better to just pick a Jakobs or Torgue if you're REALLY transfixed by the high damage per shot, or a Maliwan for elemental effect.
** The hits to E-Tech keep coming with some of their other weapon types. E-Tech sniper rifles are generally disliked for their inability to score meaningful critical hits in most cases, which is something of a problem given that the main advantage of a sniper rifle is the ability to score critical hits easily; a sniper [=Zer0=], with a bunch of critical hit damage enhancers, will generally do better by selling all of his E-Tech snipers and just [[RockBeatsLaser buying Jakobs guns instead]] - the enormous critical damage bonus from a Jakobs Diaub or Muckamuck is much more rewarding and uses less ammunition. The Bandit (surprise) Blasster E-Tech assault rifle is also widely disliked, due to its low damage and accuracy, yet massive ammunition consumption because that's what E-Tech does; being given one as a mission weapon for "Medical Mystery: X-Com-Municate" just adds to the frustration (although the mission doesn't technically require it, it just specifies "an E-Tech weapon", meaning that [[LoopholeAbuse if you wish, you could go on a rampage with a PRAZMA CANON or plasma caster instead]]). Luckily for E-Tech as a general concept, some of the rocket launchers and especially submachine guns are excellent.
* ''Videogame/{{Tribes}} 2'''s Blaster became a scrappy weapon despite its many bonuses. It has infinite ammo (drawing from your JumpJetPack energy), extreme range, perfect accuracy, penetrates shields, and deals silly amounts of damage-per-second at close range. However, in the world's fastest shooter where players are skipping across the map at 200kph, the Blaster was godawful courtesy of its PainfullySlowProjectile and its infinite ammo gimmick becomes a drain because players need the jet pack energy to keep their speed up. Indoors, it is also a PinballProjectile that stands a good chance of nailing the user. However, the Blaster has a something of a cult following among the "bastards", who stand on top of mountains plinking at enemy flag defenders til they give chase.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront II'' gets the Beam Rifle. Nearly every weapon in the game has some sort of upgraded version that can be unlocked for doing something with it a certain amount of times in one life and which trades one attribute to increase another - an upgraded blaster rifle that trades fire rate (fires in three round bursts) for extra power and accuracy, a precision pistol that trades the infinite ammo for higher power and hitscan beams, etc. The beam rifle is received for nailing a certain number of headshots with the standard sniper rifle, and gives increased power at the cost of literally ''everything else''. It's a one-shot kill with bodyshots now, which is the sole upside - that increased power comes with [[ComicallyMissingThePoint an inability to deal headshots, shorter range]], and [[HitboxDissonance wonky detection]] that generally makes you need two or more shots to kill one person anyway.
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom 3}}'': the flashlight makes for an awful weapon. It swings terriby slowly and with range no greater than that of the fists (in the case of the PC version, ''even less'' range than them), to say nothing of the horrendously off-centered beam. And [[WhoForgotTheLights thanks to the graphical design of the game]], you ''have'' to keep switching your gun out for it, leaving you unprepared when you inevitably get ambushed. Once you have a flashlight GameMod like the famous "{{Duct Tape|ForEverything}}" or Sikkmod's headlamp and NightVisionGoggles, it has no practical use, and it wasn't really missed in the [[UpdatedReRelease BFG edition]][[labelnote:+]]that replaced the handheld flashlight with an armor-mounted lamp that is equally as off-centered and [[TenSecondFlashlight only works for a little while before having to shut down and recharge]], but at least lets you keep a gun ready[[/labelnote]] either.

[[folder:Light Gun Games]]
* ''VideoGame/GHOSTSquad''
** Both versions of [[VideoGame/VirtuaCop The Guardian]]. Compared to the other weapons in the game, they're stupidly useless: 6 or 10 bullets, and no extra features like piercing or permanent dot sight.
** Taken UpToEleven with the [[JokeWeapon AGB1]], which is a crossbow in a game featuring an assortment of firearms, and has to be aimed properly because [[CaptainObvious arrows don't travel as fast as bullets.]] [[NotCompletelyUseless At least the two Guardian pistols can hit their enemies instantly.]]
** Both shotgun weapons. Although they are great for racking up [[OneHitPolykill Double Down]] bonuses, they turn any segment with {{hostage|SpiritLink}}s into ThatOneLevel.

[[folder:MOBA Games]]
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', like most games the genre, features an ever changing list of items, some of which are considered [[AwesomeButImpractical situational at best]], and Scrappy Items at worst.
** "Snowballing" style stacking items such as Mejai's Soulstealer, along with the removed items Sword of the Occult (removed in Pre-Season 6) and Leviathan armor (removed in Season 3). Each has a stacking mechanic, that gives buff stacks for scoring a Kill/Assists against an enemy champions, that enhances their effects[[note]]Ability Power, Attack Damage, or HP they provide for Mejai's, Sword of the occult, and Leviathan respective[[/note]]. At their maximal 20 stacks, they gain an additional buff and they are also are/were fairly cheap on gold costs. However, this comes with one massive catch: they provide very low stats with minimal or no stacks, and each time the champion bearing one of these items dies, they lose '''''half''''' of their stacks, causing a huge power loss for the champion using them with even a single death. Because of the risks involved, and that it relies more upon the enemy team making massive mistakes in the early game, most players rather just skip these items snowballing potential, and go with safer, more stable power boosting items which provide better general utility. Because of this risk, only Mejai's Soulstealer remains, and has been reworked to build out of starting item for AP focused champions to begin earning stacks ahead of time, which can be sold off for only a minor gold loss if the snowballing attempt fails.

[[folder:Platform Games]]
* The ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series was the main inspiration for this trope. [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 The first game]] had a handful of weapons that were quite useful (e.g., the [[ArrowCam Visibomb Gun]], [[BoringButPractical Devastator]]) and some that were almost useless ([[VideoGameFlamethrowersSuck Pyrocitor]]). [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando The second game]] and onwards introduced leveling up weapons, further polarizing their effectiveness. It was quite easy to level up weapons that were easy to use and fairly powerful (the Negotiator and Constructo Shotgun from ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime A Crack in Time]]'', for instance), and weapons that barely got any use (such as the wimpy Buzz Blades) would never be able to level up except on the weakest ankle-biter enemies.
** The Meteor Gun, the Lava Gun's upgraded form in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando Going Commando]]'' is another instance. The basic weapon fired a steady stream of molten rock, was one of the best guns to use when you were surrounded (hold down button, spin, watch things burn) and was generally very powerful overall. The upgrade turned it into a burning rock machine gun, which basically did the same thing as another one of your weapons (the Lancer), except it fired more slowly, had less range and shot in a low parabolic arc. And by then, you have other weapons that are much better that you wouldn't need to use the Meteor Gun until they run out of ammo. Fortunately Insomniac realized what they did and changed the final upgrade to the Liquid Nitrogen Gun in ''[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal Up Your Arsenal]]'', having it keep its pretty, pretty stream of destruction all the way through the game.
** The Combuster has become a form of this in the series, due to how much it appears (''Tools of Destruction'', ''Quest for Booty'', ''All 4 One'', ''Full Frontal Assault'', and ''Ratchet & Clank '16''). It's not so much that the weapon itself is bad, but that it's worse than other pistols from the series, like the [[VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked Dual Vipers]], [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime Constructo Pistol]], and [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankIntoTheNexus Omniblaster]].
** Some of the newer weapons have become this for another reason: not having the same "oomph" or feeling as cool or strong as weapons from earlier in the series. For example, the [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando Blitz Gun]] upgrades into the Blitz Cannon, which is so strong that the screen flashes every time you shoot it. The [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Nitro Reaper]] doesn't feel nearly as powerful as that.
* Even platformers are not immune. ''Franchise/MegaMan'' gives us plenty of these, as noted under PowerupLetdown. The most infamous is the Top Spin, which only notable use is [[spoiler:destroying the final boss in one hit]], but several more have accumulated over the course of the long-running franchise...
** Interestingly, Top Spin is actually one of the better weapons in ''VideoGame/MegaMan3''...[[DifficultButAwesome if you know how to use it]] (like in a Boss Weapons Only run). You can actually one-shot a large number of enemies with it, and it's got a large amount of ammo. It's primarily considered a scrappy weapon because you need to use it at close range, because it's a horrible weapon against enemies it can't one-hit kill (thus requiring memorization to use properly) and because of a poorly executed mechanic that can cause it to use up the entire ammo bar in a single use. One Top Spin costs one power, but top spin constantly "fires" as long as the player's finger is on the button. Hit an enemy immune to Top Spin, or a vulnerable boss during its brief second of post-attack invulnerability, and the power gauge can be depleted in a second if the player is careless.
*** Spark Shock also sees very limited use (in the NES version, that is, it works exactly like Ice Slasher would in the game boy version), as (asides from almost no normal enemies being damaged by it) while it freezes whichever enemy it hits, the player can neither fire another one nor switch to another weapon until its effect wears off on the afflicted enemy.
** ''VideoGame/MegaMan10'' gives us Thunder Wool, which is nigh impossible to aim, and blows through all its ammo in 6 shots. Even worse, the cloud can be destroyed if an enemy or projectile collides with it. This means you can't reliably use it at close range, since that guarantees that it'll disappear before it can fire off a bolt, thus wasting a ton of your ammo. To quote one Gamefaqs poster, "Anything the Thunder Wool does, another weapon does better and for less ammo cost."
** The Rolling Shield in ''VideoGame/MegaManX1'' is the worst boss weapon in the game. The boss who is meant to be vulnerable to it, Launch Octopus, is more vulnerable to the Boomerang Cutter, which severs his tentacles, reducing his firepower and preventing him from [[ThatOneAttack drawing you in]]; the Rolling Shield has no special effect on the boss and isn't effective at doing damage. Surprisingly enough, though, the Rolling Shield works well on Sigma's OneWingedAngel form.
** Shield weapons in general get this. You lost the Leaf Shield in ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'' as soon as you moved, making it only useful in the section in the fourth Wily stage with platforms and Tellies (and beating Air Man, of course). Most other shield weapons ''did'' allow you to move, but were ineffective due to vanishing as soon as they took a hit or, in worse cases, being ineffective altogether. Junk Shield from ''VideoGame/MegaMan7'', [[GameBreaker Jewel Satellite]] from ''VideoGame/MegaMan9'' and Water Shield from ''VideoGame/MegaMan10'' are notable exceptions.
** The Power Stone from ''VideoGame/MegaMan5'' may well be the worst special weapon ever created in any game. It creates a trio of boulders that circles outward from Mega Man's position. Unfortunately, they are notoriously hard to aim correctly and move very slowly, to boot. Worst of all, once you fired one, you couldn't fire another until the first one had run its course. It says something when it's generally less of a hassle to kill Charge Man (who is weak to the Power Stone) with the Mega Buster.
** The Bubble Lead in ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'' also gets a lot of this, although it is strong against a few enemies, and is the only weapon that can harm the final boss.
** Speaking of ''Mega Man 2'', the Atomic Fire also falls under here. It is an incredibly powerful weapon that can destroy most non-boss enemies in one hit and would be very useful if a fully charged blast from the Atomic Fire didn't take up an obscene amount of weapon energy (you only get a maximum of two fully charged shots from a full energy bar). This makes the weapon completely useless in the Wily stages, where your weapon energy doesn't carry over between stages. On top of this, the charge is slow and it's usually much better to defeat enemies with multiple shots of a weaker weapon. Its only real uses are to defeat Wood Man and the first form of the Wily Machine (two fully charged hits in both cases).
** The original ''VideoGame/MegaMan1'' was not without these, either. The most notorious was the Hyper Bomb, which, while powerful, was far too slow to be of any use (it didn't explode until roughly three seconds after you threw it) against anything other than the mostly immobile Guts Man.
** In ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'', despite being more RPG than anything else, there is one answer to this trope: mini-bombs. Short of the platformer spinoff, ''Network Transmission'', those things were the most useless things ever. They did poor damage compared to other options (only barely more than the much easier to use Cannon chip), any enemy past the starting area would generally be hard to hit because of the slow time from release to impact, getting only harder as the game went on, and they were always, always, in your starting folder. They don't even qualify as a [[CrutchCharacter crutch chip]] because the only enemy they could one-hit-kill, another chip that was much more useful could do as well. The chip had no reason to be kept as soon as you got better chips.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 4'' has this in the form of the Ex Skill Tractor Shot, obtained from Mino Magnus. While ammunition is not a problem, the real problem comes in finding a proper use for this Ex Skill, because it can only charge by absorbing (specific) shots, while charging you cannot use any other weapon and has mediocre melee range while charging. And you can only have one Buster Ex Skill equipped at a time, with all other being more effective at picking off enemies from distance, and the stolen weapons or Saber causing more damage per second than this one would.
* The torch in the ''VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins'' series is slow and travels in an arch, while most of the enemies come right for you, so the players try to avoid it as much as possible.
** The hatchet is even ''worse'', as it travels in the same arch, but also penetrates enemies and obstacles. While you can have two on screen at a time, the nature of the weapon ensures that you can't rapidly fire on a single enemy that takes multiple hits, which is often a death sentence in this game.
** Additionally, each game in the series has a "hidden" weapon that is much slower and/or has a shorter reach than the other weapons, such as the cross/shield in the first game and the Goddess Bracelet in other games. What makes this particularly nasty is the fact that you are required to beat the final boss with these weapons.
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' and [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2 its sequel]] have the Spring Mushroom, which transforms Mario into a living spring, jumping at great heights to higher spots. The problem is, though, that it's very difficult to maneuver, as the powerup moves Mario perpetually, so a misaimed or poorly calculated jump can result lethal when chasms and pits are close.
* ''VideoGame/SuperPrincessPeach'' had an accessory for Perry called the Bowbrella which was usefully for only ''one'' thing, changing the direction of the wind by hitting the switch that did so in one area. Other than that, it was useless against enemies. While that one use made purchasing this weapon a necessity, doing so wasn't advisable until you reached the level where you could collect all the coins you needed.
* ''Videogame/CrashBandicoot3Warped'' has the Fruit Bazooka. Unlike other weapons on this page which are hated for being underpowered and/or useless, this one is hated for being [[GameBreaker overpowered]] to the point of sucking most of the challenge out of the game. Too many enemies up ahead? No problem, [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim just shoot them]] from a distance. In its defense, you don't get the launcher until you're 4/5ths through the standard game, and the gems may have been too tedious without it. The fruit bazooka in ''VideoGame/CrashBandicootTheWrathOfCortex'' is '''worse''' than ''Warped'''s; it's just as overpowered, but it has some sort of lock-on thing which doesn't even work half the time, and the aiming is absolutely dreadful.

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* Practice Bows in ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' if the player character is not built as an archer. You are doomed in any arena/tournament fight if you spawn with one and you aren't lucky enough to get a new weapon really quick as you can't fight at all in melee with one.
** Fixed in Warband, you will also start with a practice knife if you spawn if a bow. While it can't block, it can at least fight back and if you are strong enough disrupt attacks.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' have the Mauser pistol, a one-of-a-kind weapon in ''Fallout'' and one of the rarest guns in the sequel. It's also the only weapon in both games to use 9mm ammunition, which is so rare its primary source is a glitch[[note]]The P90c uses 10mm ammo but comes loaded with 9mm when bought new[[/note]] and so must be carefully managed if one intends to use it. Obviously the Mauser must be one of the most powerful small guns, right? Wrong: short of the completely-useless-after-the-first-five-minutes pipe rifle, it's the weakest - even the lowly 10mm pistol does more damage. Its only redeeming factor is a special very high bonus to accuracy, but by the time you can get it your own leveling and the presence of various precision rifles make this trait pointless. One wonders why the devs even bothered putting it, and its very own ammo type, in the game at all.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' brings essentially the same weapon (or at least a Chinese knockoff of it, based on the real Shanxi Type 17) back as the Chinese Pistol. It no longer suffers from having unique and unreasonably-rare ammo, now sharing with the 10mm pistol, but it has 2 fewer shots per magazine, is no faster or more accurate, does less than half the damage of its American counterpart, and does not have a silenced version. Its only saving graces are that it sells for a fair deal of cash (which combines well with its low weight and how common it is in the hands of Raiders in the early game), and that it has more than twice the durability of the regular 10mm. The latter is just about useless, as the low damage makes degradation versus damage dealt approximately equal to that of the 10mm, but with twice the ammo usage, so there's really no reason to keep even one on-hand unless you're going to sell it as soon as you get back to Megaton or find a wandering merchant.
** The unique variant is slightly more useful, as it is capable of [[KillItWithFire setting enemies on fire]] in addition to the base damage and even better durability (approximately three times as much as the regular 10mm pistol). In spite of this, it's still probably one of the least powerful unique weapons out there (even weaker than many regular weapons; it only deals more damage than the regular Chinese pistol due to the fire damage) and is only good for supplementing another firearm or for lighting up occasional pockets of gas. Something a laser pistol can do as well as hit three times harder and not waste good 10mm ammo.
** There's also the .32 Pistol, which does less damage than the starter 10mm pistol which you probably fled Vault 101 with ''hours'' prior, has an unusably small ammo capacity (5-shot cylinder) and uses ammo that, while plentiful, is much more useful when loaded into the far stronger and better-ranged [[BoringButPractical Hunting Rifle.]] Wild Bill's Sidearm in ''The Pitt'' DLC is actually pretty decent, doing more damage than other common pistols at 10 points of damage (albeit only one more point of damage than the regular 10mm) and the only pistols that hit harder are energy pistols, the very rare and [[GlassCannon flimsy]] [[HandCannon scoped .44 Magnum]], and Colonel Autumn's 10mm pistol.
** The Sawed-off Shotgun breaks easily, only holds two shots, is unusually rare (making it hard to repair outside of merchants so it'll never be at 100% for long), doesn't do all that much damage, and has an effective range of about two feet. It's barely even worth carrying back to sell once you loot it off one of the few raiders in the game that carries it.
** The Combat Shotgun is better at slightly further ranges, is common enough thanks to tripwire traps that it can actually be repaired in the field on occasion, and due to a [[GoodBadBugs bug]], the total critical damage is applied when any sub-projectile gets a critical hit (through chance or a sneak attack) instead of the same value divided by the number of shots per discharge, resulting in obliterative sneak attack crits (when ''all'' the buckshot subprojectiles crit). The named variant called "The Terrible Shotgun" found in Evergreen Mills can kill the nearby Super Mutant Behemoth in ''a single sneak headshot''.[[labelnote:How does it all work?]]If the shotgun is in perfect condition and with a Small Guns skill of 100, the weapon deals 80 damage with an extra 40 damage for critical hits. However, this weapon fires 9 pellets, so because of this when the weapon is '''fired outside of V.A.T.S.''' (something very important to note) and scores a critical hit the critical hit for each pellet is counted individually. This means that if '''all''' pellets make contact the weapon will deal 440 damage (80 base damage, plus 9 extra 40 critical damages). While sneaking it doubles to 880 points of damage. In addition if the player has the Better Criticals perk the damage will increase to 1240 (880 + 440 extra points from the perk). If you manage to score a headshot (not an easy task due it's high spread of 6) then that damage doubles again to 2480. That's 480 points more than the five super mutant behemoths' hit point count! You can kill a twenty foot tall mountain of mutant muscle in a single shot... if every pellet hits outside of V.A.T.S.[[/labelnote]] However, this comes at the cost of similarly-terrible durability, and if you ''don't'' get critical hits then enemies will still just shrug off the buckshot like it was a passing breeze.
** Grenades also feel like this most of the time. In theory they should be awesome, but in truth they are very a situational and hard to use weapon. First off, they usually don't deal a whole lot of damage to a single entity. Their charm is theoretically that they can hurt a lot of different people at once; however, in the game it is difficult to find situations where people are huddled together within a grenade's effective radius and will stay that way until it detonates - and usually when they are, it's also within a group of other explosive objects like [[EveryCarIsAPinto the abandoned nuclear-powered cars]] that either would do just as much damage to the enemy with a couple much cheaper bullets, or will cause a chain-reaction that kills the player as well. Most frustratingly, however, is that VATS isn't designed to use them, and even if it does manage to lob a grenade right at an enemy's feet, they will usually run away before it explodes. This is made worse by the fact that manually aiming with them in combat is difficult and takes some practice, which will cost you expensive grenades. They're fortunately common enough that you can just sell them to make some quick and easy cash, but even on that front they fall short of similar weapons: land mines do just as much damage, can easily be thrown in the path of approaching enemies (who will fail to react to seeing you place it in their path, unlike with grenades), and are so common as part of pre-placed traps that you can sell them for a better chunk of caps than grenades and still have plenty left over to actually kill things with. Alternatively, bottlecap mines deal ''five'' times the damage and are insanely cheap to make versus their assembled value (ten caps plus a few other odds and ends found basically everywhere to make something that sells for a base of 75), especially with multiple copies of its blueprints allowing you to make two or three mines for the same amount of components.
* ''Videogame/FalloutNewVegas'' also has a few.
** First of all, there is the .357 Magnum Revolver, which is essentially an only-slightly-improved version of the .32 pistol. It does rather low damage, being the weakest revolver in the game, it's single action (especially troubling if you took the Trigger Discipline perk, which increases accuracy at the cost of fire rate for every weapon), uses the same ammo as the infinitely more useful Cowboy Repeater rifle, and unlike every other revolver it can't use a speed loader, forcing you to load all six shots painfully slowly. Even with the "Cowboy" perk, there's no point to using it over the normal 9mm Pistol, which has the same DPS and doesn't use valuable rifle ammunition. Subverted with its unique variant, [[BlingBlingBang Lucky]], which is far more useful than its normal variant, with the former's higher DPS and Critical Chance.
*** The .357 revolver's higher damage per shot lets it punch through higher damage threshold than the 9mm - or it would, if any moderately armoured enemies existed at the stage of the game where using one at all was a good idea.
** The Single and Caravan Shotguns fire the low damage 20 gauge rounds, and [[ShortRangeShotgun suffer from the usual weakness]]... and can only fire one or two shots respectively before reloading. To make things worse, the damage is divided between a large number of low-damage projectiles, each of which have their damage reduced by the target's damage threshold. Fortunately, the Shotgun Surgeon perk helps with the damage threshold problem, and much better 12-gauge shotguns that can be modified and take a wider array of ammo types make an appearance in short order.
** The Sturdy Caravan Shotgun from the ''Courier's Stash'' DLC has its own set of problems. It deals slightly better damage than the regular version, is much more durable, and doesn't have the same Guns skill requirement to use effectively... but, due to shoddy programming, it is not affected by either of the shotgun-centric perks and doesn't count for shotgun-focused challenges. Both versions of the caravan shotgun are also hard to use with slug rounds due to the strange decision to use the raised screw from the release lever as a rear sight rather than screwing it in properly and using an ''actual'' sight that [[InterfaceScrew doesn't completely block your view of the target at any range where slugs would be worth using over buckshot.]]
** The Sawed-off Shotgun hasn't gotten much better since ''Fallout 3''. Its only good point is that it's an improved holdout weapon, allowing you to take it into casinos, but there are much better weapons for the role. Against anything tougher than unarmored raiders, its saving grace comes with the "And Stay Back!" perk added in ''Dead Money'', which gives each shotgun pellet a 10% chance to knock an opponent to the ground. As the gun shoots 14 pellets per shot, almost every firing results in your target collapsing in a heap; since its reload time is faster than how long it takes for the target to stand back up, [[CycleOfHurting no individual enemy will survive as long as you have enough ammo]].
** The Laser RCW is this if you don't invest in it. The RCW does less damage per shot and per second than a 9mm submachine gun (15/139 vs 19/171), and its [hard-to-come-by] Electron Charge Pack ammo is better reserved for the Gatling Laser or Tesla Cannon. Electron Charge Packs can be easier to acquire by recycling the cheap energy cells in bulk to make more (especially with the Vigilant Recycler perk) and can maintained with plasma rifles and the dirt-cheap Recharger Rifle essentially making it the poor man's Gatling Laser with lower costs and weight. In addition, the "Laser Commander" perk makes the RCW far more useful in most situations, thereby [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap rendering its issues moot and making it a worthwhile weapon]].
** The Recharger Rifle. Even for a [[SortingAlgorithmOfWeaponEffectiveness starter weapon]] its damage is absolutely pathetic, being 25% weaker than the 9mm pistol. On top of that it's extremely fragile, inaccurate, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking just plain ugly]]. Even worse, it does not benefit from the "Laser Commander" perk despite it being a laser weapon, thanks to a programmer's oversight. The point of it is to have a viable early energy rifle when microfusion cells are rare, but you'd be better off selling the gun and just using the caps to buy some extra ammo. With the Jury Rigging perk you can use these to repair the much better Laser RCW as well.
** The Automatic Rifle was added in the ''Dead Money'' add-on. As one of the heaviest guns in the game and requiring a maxed guns skill and very high strength, it offers extremely inefficient use of expensive .308 ammo, a tiny magazine, very high spread, and low DPS compared to the submachine guns that it competes against. Plus, like everything else added in ''Dead Money'', you can't find it anywhere in regular gameplay after you've finished the DLC; for the weight of one, you could free up nearly half the space necessary for one of the far more valuable gold bars.
** ''Dead Money'' also adds demolition charges, supposed to be explosives made for construction purposes rather than killing people, and the only actual weapon you can acquire from the vending machines in the Sierra Madre. While you're stuck there, they're a good weapon - no Explosives skill requirement and dealing slightly better damage than the regular frag mines would, with the added bonus that, being explosives, they easily dismember the ghost people to prevent them from [[ImplacableMan getting back up]]. Once you get back out into the normal game and have access to regular frag mines again, though, the downsides become obvious - it sells for the same price and deals just about the same damage, which does nothing to justify weighing three times as much as a regular mine, or the fact that the only way to get them is through the vending machine in the abandoned bunker that lead to the Sierra Madre.
** ''New Vegas'' also introduces "Fatigue Damage", which can knock enemies unconscious for a short amount of time when dealt enough fatigue damage. However, there's only six of such weapons in the game, and are all hard to come by (Boxing Gloves, Boxing Tape, the Cattle Prod, Flashbang grenades, the Compliance Regulator, and Beanbag Shells for shotguns). Unless you're going for a pacifist run, knocking enemies out isn't nearly as beneficial as straight-up killing them.
** Throwing weapons, such as spears, hatchets, and knives, are a mixed bag - they do a decent amount of damage (moreso with poisons and perks) and are silent weapons. However, for some reason they are hard to find, with throwing knives being nearly impossible to obtain. Combine that with weight and the fact that you cannot retrieve any thrown weapons, even if you miss, and they become more trouble than they're worth.
** The Silenced .22 Pistol and Silenced .22 SMG are both incredibly disappointing weapons. Both have silencers integrated in them and have increased Sneak Attack damage, but that's undercut by the fact that they are severely underpowered and outclassed by other weapons with Silencer modifications, such as the 10mm Pistol or the .45 Auto Pistol. They also use the .22LR round, which is rather common, but better suited for VendorTrash, especially since it can be broken down at workbenches (netting you lead and gunpowder to make bigger pistol rounds) but can't be built.
* In the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, any weapon with randomized damage, i.e. [[AnAxeToGrind axes]], especially once your attack power goes high enough that randomization only hurts your damage potential.
* Certain weapon classes in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' have been hit by this as time and patches went by. In particular, two-handed weapons were looked down on for a long time due to differences in the damage and accuracy calculations for them versus one-handed weapons. This was thankfully adjusted, but other issues have come up from time to time for certain jobs or weapons.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** Devil Axes. In its debut game, it was by far the most powerful axe, but it was more likely to kill you than your enemy, and pretty inaccurate to boot. Later games (including the DS remake of the first game) added better axes that rendered it almost totally obsolete.
** In the GBA games, they gave a huge amount of weapon experience, meaning [[NotTheIntendedUse they were mostly used for grinding a character's axe skill.]] The risk of killing yourself is still pretty frustrating, though.
** [[VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight The first game]] and its sequels and remakes also had the Devil Sword, which did the same thing as the Axe and was arguably even ''more'' useless because it ''wasn't'' the most powerful sword in the original games.
** All Fire magic in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar Genealogy of the Holy War]]''. In that game, all three types of Anima magic had identical power, the only difference was their weight. Fire was the heaviest (unlike later games where that honour went to Thunder) by FAR, and that is ''not'' a good thing. Even the weapon triangle advantage over Wind users did little to compensate for the massive speed loss the Fire user suffered (and Wind users are naturally speedy to begin with, which makes it even worse), so there was almost no point in using Fire magic when other tomes were available. Probably the only decent Fire spell was the legendary one which, of course, was enemy-exclusive.
** Axes in ''Genealogy'' also suffered from the same problem, with only the Hero Axe being considered usable due to its secondary effect. In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade Binding Blade]]'', Axes also fell into this, but this time because of absolutely ''horrible'' accuracy, an issue which was fixed in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade Blazing Blade]]''.
** The Bolt Axe in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance Path of Radiance]]''. While the other [[ElementalWeapon magical weapons]] (the Wind Sword and Flame Lance) could at least be given to characters with okay Magic, you'd be ''very'' hard-pressed to find an axe user with anything even vaguely resembling a Magic stat, making it almost useless.
*** In ''Awakening'', most of those who can use the War Monk/cleric class ''do'' have a usably high Magic stat, making this weapon a more viable choice.
** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'', Fire, Lightning and Wind magic are crunched into one weapon type, "Tomes", similar to their treatment in the GBA titles. However, instead of being its own branch and part of a WeaponTriangle, Dark Magic is instead a subset of tomes. Only Dark Mages can use it, but they can use normal Tomes at the same time, making Dark Magic little more than an incremental upgrade that only certain magic-wielding classes can use. There's also the fact that despite all being one weapon group, each weapon element still has multiple tiers of weapons, so you get Wind, Elwind, Arcwind, Thunder, Elthunder...etc. This reduces magic from the strategic element it was in the past games and turns it into just another type of attack that happens to hit resistance instead of strength, and the lack of WeaponTriangle superiority between normal and Dark magic makes them redundant (outside of health-recovering spells like Nosferatu).
** All the dark tomes in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn]]'' for one simple reason: only two characters that can ever be recruited for your team can use them, and both of them can only be recruited on [[NewGamePlus the second-and-above playthroughs]]. This means all the dark tomes are only good as not-so-valuable VendorTrash in the first playthrough, and even then only if you're aware that keeping them is useless. Besides that, most of the dark tomes are merely comparable to other tomes, except they have an advantage over "anima" tomes (fire, wind, and lightning) and a disadvantage to light.
* Certain skills in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' are either completely useless or completely outclassed, although this changes from time to time based on buffs and nerfs. Some are also useless because they're absolute clones of others.
* The enemy weapons you get off Aces in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', tend to fit this trope early on, as the marginal increase in power compared to regular Gallian weaponry does not make up for the severe drop in both accuracy and range. While the rifles and machine guns improve to the point where they become viable options, captured sniper rifles consistently have less than half the range and accuracy of their counterparts, which eventually become capable of scoring long-range headshots with almost every shot. The exception is enemy [[VideogameFlamethrowersSuck flamethrowers]], as they are generally more powerful than their Gallian tier equivalents.
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', Polearms. You wouldn't know this by hearing the fanbase, but nobody actually used them in Morrowind because they were worthless. Didn't help that one-handed swords were much more numerous and [[BoringButPractical stronger]]...or that you ''had'' to have some skill in them.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Fist weapons, and pre-Burning Crusade, polearms. Both were hampered by the fact that there were just ''not enough'' in the game, and the ones that were there were overshadowed by better weapons. It didn't help that Dagger specialization for rogues was much better than fist weapons. Burning Crusade remedied this by adding more polearms to the game, although they were most commonly used by hunters for stats. Mists of Pandaria is hopefully going to tackle Fist Weapons.
** Polearms were at least somewhat useful to Warriors prior to Burning Crusade as they shared Axes 5% bonus crit specialization and Alterac Valley offered a good polearm as a simple quest reward that was a cheaper alternative to the "OP" Arcnaite Reaper 2-handed axe that blacksmiths could craft.
*** The weapon proficiency system was eventually removed, making certain weapon types more-or-less interchangeable for the most part. It makes no difference to a Death Knight whether he is swinging a giant sword, axe, mace or polearm as long as it boosts the strength stat.
** The fourth expansion added Pokemon-like pet battles. Many pets have very weak movesets, although none are truly useless. There are, however, instances of very rare pets that are effectively identical to much more easily obtained alternatives.
* The ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series has a fair share of examples.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'':
*** Due to the SortingAlgorithmOfWeaponEffectiveness and RandomDrops in the first game, several guns were rendered completely useless five minutes after you picked them up because you'd immediately find another gun of the same type with objectively better stats.
*** Sniper rifles for Shepard - unless you're a Soldier or Infiltrator (or take Sniper Rifles as your bonus skill on NewGamePlus), you can't zoom in with the scope (defeating the entire purpose of sniping), and even if you do have training for it, you need to put to put a ton of skill points into it to stop the damn thing from shaking. The environments are small enough for perfect aim with pistols or assault rifles (and [[GameBreaker the former]] is available for ''every'' class). A Sniper rifle of any power will (almost) overheat from a single shot and take seconds to cool down, making it useless for the ZergRush that every fight devolves to. And with the game's infamous "permaheat" bug, every shot with a sniper rifle carries a risk of forcing a saved-game reload.
*** On the upside, in the squadmates' hands, sniper rifles equipped with high-explosive ammo turn into a perfect-aim rocket launchers[[BlownAcrossTheRoom that eject enemies from the level]].
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''
*** The Shuriken was the most useless weapon in the game. It's a weak, inaccurate machine pistol that doesn't even have the benefit of a fast firing rate, since it shoots three round bursts. It did less damage and had worse accuracy than the Predator pistol, which you got before it.
*** The Tempest the submachinegun that replaces the Shuriken wasn't much better. High rate of fire and ammo capacity but horrible recoil. Good luck keeping the thing on track. It seems that the only submachine gun worth using is the Locust Submachinegun. Good damage with good accuracy and recoil but only available in a DLC. Not as part of the base game
*** The Katana and Scimitar shotguns had an effective range of about five feet, and even point blank weren't powerful enough to one-shot basic mooks. To get any use of them you had to get in an enemy's face, exposing yourself to automatic fire. Literally the only reason to ever use them in battle is if you're out of other ammo for other weapons and have melee enemies like varren coming up close. They were so bad that the game designers created the Eviserator shotgun as a free DLC to replace both of them.
*** There's a reason no one uses the Avalanche heavy weapon; it's simply a waste of power cells. While the freezing effect is nice, the Cyro bullets for other weapons do the same thing. Most other Heavy weapons have either more ammo or better damage, as the Avalanche has only 50 damage with 30 cells.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'':
*** The Shuriken, Katana, and Scimitar are still terrible, with the re-introduction of weapon mods doing little to compensate for their faults.
*** The AT-12 Raider shotgun has the worst accuracy in the game and only holds two shots. It's redeeming quality is supposed to be very high damage, but the Wraith does more damage, so there's no reason at all to pick up the Raider.
*** The Geth Pulse Rifle, which was considered a decent weapon in the second game and great in the first, has moved into Scrappy Weapon territory in ''3''. It's been nicknamed the "Geth Piss Rifle" by the community simply because it does low damage overall.
*** The [[NailEm Kishock Harpoon Gun]] sniper rifle. It has a number of features that sound great on paper: great spare ammo capacity and reload speed for a single-shot sniper rifle, shots that can be charged for extra damage, a higher headshot damage multiplier than normal, and perhaps most importantly, the ability to ignore the "shield gate," a massive damage reduction that occurs when excess damage shatters an enemy's Shields or Barriers and goes on to their Health or Armor. However, the weapon's projectile is slow-moving and requires a lot of aiming compensation, charging shots is extremely inefficient from a DPS perspective without producing enough extra damage to justify it, 40% of the shot's damage is dealt in bleed (meaning it actually deals relatively little damage up front, and even common infantry can potentially survive a headshot), and the scope is of such a low magnification that the weapon handles more like an assault rifle with a scope attached than a sniper rifle. The result is a weapon that is so bizarrely balanced and has such a ridiculous learning curve that [[ButtMonkey even after numerous patches and tweaks, it remains, along with the Shuriken, the only weapon in the game that the Mass Effect Wiki advises against using]].
*** The Viper sniper rifle got nerfed hard in this game, having its firing rate lowered and the clip size reduced from 12 to 6. Combined with the buffs given to other guns, the Viper just looks pathetic; the [[HandCannon Carnifex]], for example, not only does more damage, but it also weighs less and can easily be modded to hold more shots. Still in multiplayer, the Viper can be a literal PoorMansSubstitute for the Carnifex, since the former is an uncommon weapon and the latter is a rare, which means that you'll probably max out the Viper first unless you're particularly blessed by the RandomNumberGod.
*** Phoenix Adepts and Vanguards use Shock Batons for their melee attack. Said batons are slow and don't do a lot of damage, and leave you exposed the entire time.
* Lucca's "ultimate weapon" in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', the Wonder Shot, randomly inflicts 10%, 50%, 100%, 200%, or 300% damage. It does not deal 200%/300% enough to make the gun worthwhile.
** In the UsefulNotes/NintendoDS remake, Marle gets the Venus Bow, which is guaranteed to do 777 damage. The problem is that this means critical hits are impossible, and if she gets confused, that 777 guaranteed damage can be turned on your own teammates (which is bad when they can have at most 999 HP).
* In ''VideoGame/UltimaVII'', the Firedoom Staff. A fairly potent weapon, it had the problem that you don't control your party members and so they are likely to wander into the blast radius of the fireball. It was manageable, though, if you wanted to. What you should never, ever do is give this weapon to any party member, because they will promptly start blowing up the entire party by not caring one whit about who is going to get caught in any given explosion.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'': All weapon classes are useful in some way or another, so how scrappy they are tends to depend on whether you're hunting solo or with a party:
** Sword & Shield is widely regarded as a poor choice for solo hunts. Although S&S users have generally high elemental or status ratings on their weapons, amazing mobility compared to other melee classes, a shield for blocking attacks (including those ever-annoying flashes and roars), and can use items without sheathing (making them excellent support in multiplayer), the damage-per-second and reach leave much to be desired. And unlike most other classes, the S&S class doesn't have a hard-hitting special attack or SuperMode. Thankfully, Capcom seems to have recognized this last drawback and has given the weapon its own charged heavy slash in ''4U'', among other improvements.
** All Gunner classes (the Bowguns and Bow) can be this in solo hunts as well, due to sacrificing attack power in exchange for allowing attacks from a safer distance. It's possible to defeat most monsters as a solo Gunner within the time limit, but unless you have the correct technique and armor skills, it will usually take much longer than just coming up close and whacking away with a good melee weapon. Also, Gunners have to use separate Gunner armor, which means having to farm for more drops. On top of all that, Gunner armor has only a fraction of the raw defense of Blademaster armor despite boasting higher Elemental resistances, which means if a monster reaches you and starts beating you up, your health is going to be ripped apart like toilet paper.
** In multiplayer, weapons with long sweeping reaches tend to be loathed due to the knockback and tripping when accidentally hitting other players, the usual culprits being the Longsword, Switch Axe, Charge Blade (in axe form) and Hunting Horn (otherwise a stellar support class due to its AreaOfEffect buffs and healing). Unless the monster is big enough that everyone can spread out to avoid hitting each other, it is hard to avoid interrupting other players' combos with these weapons.
* VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV during the 2.X A Realm Reborn era, had any armor or weapons that focused heavily on Skill Speed (and to a lesser extent, Spell Speed), over more useful stats. This is because Skill Speed only affects the cool down timers on the already short (2.5 second base) Global Cooldowns (applied to all weapon skills, after using any of them). It takes, hundreds, upon hundreds of skill speed, to even reduce it below 2.40 seconds. Spell Speed is ''slightly'' more useful, since it also affects the casting speed of spells (most spells recast times complete before, or exactly the same moment the spell finishes casting). This was done, because XIV's dev team, especially the Realm Reborn team, felt that Haste was too powerful (only handful of the battle classes/jobs get any Haste-like ability), and so it was intentionally nerfed.
** When the ''Heavensward'' Expansion released though, Skill and Spell Speed got a massive buff, and the dev's felt comfortable enough to bring in more Haste-like abilities that buffed Auto-Attack Speed, as well as the above Skill/Spell Speeds. The buff to the Speed stats, increase DamageOverTime potency and reduces the time that has to pass for a tic of damage to be applied. Spell Speed also increases [[RegeneratingHealth Healing Over Time]] effects in the same way. And they still provide the Global Cool Down timer reduction they've always had. Instead, the new Scrappy Weapons and Armor, is anything with a heavy focus on Determination now. A generic stat that boost damage dealt and healing received, which received a nerf at the same time as the 'Speeds buffs. A single additional point in a class' main damage or healing stat, provides more benefit than a significant amount of Determination.
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'' has the Almighty Rounds, purchasable in the members-only area of Ginza. Hooray, bullets that are Almighty-elemental and thus can't be reduced in damage, reflected by, or nullified by 99% of enemies! Except said members-only area requires investing a costly 165,000 Macca to enter, and the bullets themselves are horribly expensive, moreso on Master difficulty where they cost a whopping 1.3 million Macca. Last but not least, they're not even that good, with only 20 attack power, which is about the strength of most early-game bullets. In short, [[AwesomeButImpractical mostly-unblockable bullets that are expensive and just too weak to be worth it]].
* The Anguis pin in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', despite having the highest raw damage number in the game, fails in practically every other way imaginable and then some. First, it's highly inaccurate - in a game where enemies move constantly, this is a big problem. Second, it never reboots, meaning ItOnlyWorksOnce per battle ''chain'' - if you string 16 battles together, you'll only have a single use of Anguis in ''one'' of those battles, and in a game where most battles are either chain battles or long battles, this is a huge problem. Third, the Anguis pin is considered a Reaper-class pin. The player is only allowed to wear one Reaper-class pin into any battle chain, meaning using Anguis takes away from a wide variety of pins that actually have consistent use. What brings Anguis from merely being a bad weapon into the area of players utterly loathing it with a passion, however, is mastering the pin. Anguis takes a ''ridiculously'' long time to master. You can have 99% of the pins in the game mastered, and then spend '''days''' just mastering that one last Anguis pin. And there's a piece of equipment that requires a fully mastered Anguis pin to buy. If you want the game to acknowledge HundredPercentCompletion, you need to have everything in your inventory, which means ''both'' a fully mastered Anguis pin '''and''' the piece of equipment you use one to buy. This means going through the trouble of mastering the pin TWICE. Small wonder people have been known to (deliberately) misspell it as the "Anguish" pin...
* ''Videogame/SaltAndSanctuary'': Bows and Crossbows are absolutely terrible at all tiers, due to somewhat lackluster rate of fire and ''pitiful'' damage that gets outclassed by daggers two tiers below in terms of damage per strike. Their range may be better than any other weapon in the game, but it's still lackluster to the point of the projectiles flopping like NERF darts halfway, and since it's a 2D platformer the extra range isn't too much of a benefit, since you can't see past the screen. That, and if you want range most magic spells have you covered, and are much stronger anyways. Literally everything in the game outclasses them because of these facts; even daggers, which are widely acknowledged to be fun but rather underpowered due to their high attack rate and combo capacity allowing ''some'' kind of offense.

[[folder:Shoot 'Em Ups]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Gradius}} [=ReBirth=]'' has Type E's Double shot, the V-Shot. It fires up and down, but ''not'' forward, thereby depriving you of any and all horizontal coverage. Type E's Laser, the Vector Laser, becomes this too on Stage 2 and bonus stages, where it cannot damage destructible walls. Needless to say, if you equip the Vector Laser and then go into Stage 2 on higher loops or difficulties, or into a bonus stage, both of which require destroying walls to advance, you are ''[[UnwinnableByDesign dead]]''.
* ''Soul Star'' has the '''C'''ircle Laser. It fires quickly, but you'll soon notice it does an awfully low amount of damage. After you get the powerful Orange '''L'''aser, you'll want to avoid the C "powerup" at all costs.
* Most ''VideoGame/{{Zanac}}'' players know better than to pick up Weapon 2, the frontal shield that lasts for 50 hits. Why? Because while the weapon itself isn't bad, it's the DynamicDifficulty's BerserkButton, throwing out significantly tougher enemies than what you're already facing if you switch to it.
* The red weapon type in ''Raiden'' and its sequels. In a game with lots of heavy enemies that take significant firepower to bring down, being able to fill the screen with low-power shots is not a good long-term survival technique.

* ''VideoGame/MechWarrior Living Legends'':
** The Autocannon/10 and Ultra autocannon/10. Heavy, pitiful damage, pitiful ammo capacity, slow projectiles, and the gun overheats and jams almost as soon as it feels like you start doing proper damage to the enemy. The Bear Autocannon, a handheld minigun for the [[PoweredArmor Battlearmor]] is so thoroughly in the Joke category that it is literally more effective to ''throw the gun at the enemy''[[note]]which at close range, has a chance to TeleFrag the enemy when the weapon spawns inside them[[/note]] than it is to shoot them with it - the gun has terrible range, next to zero damage against armored targets and other battlearmor, overheats, has a wind-up time, and encroaches on the AC/2 handheld bullet hose, which is better in every single way and fits into the same category.
** The final patch, 0.7.0, ''finally'' [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap rectified the scrappy weapons]]. The AC/10 and UAC/10 are now genuinely scary weapons, and the Bear Autocannon now has a range of 600 meters along with greatly improved damage and accuracy - making it an excellent sniper weapon to take out other battlearmor, and an effective way to piss off mech pilots courtesy of ScratchDamage. However, it has a side effect of making the handheld Small Laser redundant.
* The Arrow IV in ''[=MechWarrior=] 2: Ghost Bear's Legacy''. In principle it was great - superlong range and huge damage - but its effectiveness was nullified by the anti-missile system, another new weapon included in [=GBL=], which would explode them effortlessly because it was meant to counteract missile salvos made of several ''dozen'' of them - and Arrows were just as unarmored as normal missiles. Ammo supply was also pitifully small.
* Several Examples of Scrappy Weapons are also found in ''[=MechWarrior=] Online'':
** [=LRM-20=] Missile Launchers. As the name implies, they fire off a swarm of 20, one point damage missiles out to a max range of 1000 meters (in a game where the average optimal weapon range is typically around 300 to 500 meters. As the only other weapon that can deal up to 20 points of damage with a single shot (not counting Critical hits triggering Ammo Explosions), is the short range, and heavier Autocannon/20, this sounds awesome, right? Wrong. [=LRM-20s=] have long reload times, generate significant heat build up on your mech, have very wide missile spreads, which can cause up to half or more of the missiles to miss even the largest Assault Class mechs, and even if they do hit, that's damage that's scattered on up to 8 hit locations (3 of which, the torso sections, have front and back armor, so technically, 11 total hit locations). They weigh the most of all the missile launchers in game right now, they take up a lot critical slots, limiting what else you can place in a section of the mech, and eat through literal tons of ammo. Many players prefer the faster reloads, and more compact spreads of the smaller launchers.
** Flamers. Another case of VideogameFlamethrowersSuck. They are by all means, "Energy Machine Guns", which is to say, versus any enemy mech with Armor protecting them still, do very little damage, but versus exposed Internal Structure, have increased damage, and bonus Critical Hit Chance. And unlike Machine Guns, they have infinite ammo, and can increase the heat of a mech hit with them. However, they also generate heat very quickly on the mech firing them, completely negating the "Over heat your enemy" aspect, are short ranged, and are nowhere near as good as the regular Machine Guns in terms of ease of aiming ([=MGs=] are pinpoint, while it can be hard to hit the section of the enemy mech you want with the Flame Throwers). Latter updates solved the pinpoint damage issue by turning the flames into heat jets, making them far more accurate weapons, and increasing the amount of heat it generates on the target.
* [=SRM2s=] in any Mechwarrior game ever, due to the piddling damage caused by the tiny two-missile salvo. If you're taking the trouble to fit a missile launcher but your build restricts you so much that you can't mount [=SRM4s=] or [=SRM6s=], you're almost certainly better off either compromising on something else in order to install the better launchers or using up the weight with buffs or ammo for other weapons.
* ''VideoGame/AceCombatInfinity'' has the High-Capacity Air-to-Air Missile. It's basically a second set of the standard missiles, with a slower reload time, less ammo, less damage, and no ability to lock onto the more plentiful ground targets. That would be bad enough on its own, but what makes it worse is that it is very, very easy to upgrade every aspect of the standard missiles and completely obsolete the HCAA, while the HCAA - and by extension, every missile-based special weapon - requires most of the tech tree to be completed before one can even begin to upgrade anything other than their capacity. What really makes it scrappy is that damn near every mid- to high-tier and special aircraft gets the HCAA instead of something that actually fills a niche the standard missiles can't already do better - you can count the number of late-game craft that ''don't'' have it on both hands.
* ''VideoGame/Freespace2'' has the Prometheus-R, a supposed retrofit of the well-liked Prometheus from the first game. Unfortunately for you, this retrofit effectively made the weapon worse in every possible way, with a painfully slow rate of fire, high power consumption, and per-shot damage that is barely higher than the starting [[BoringButPractical Subach HL-7]]. Even worse, a few missions force you to use it. Thankfully it is supplanted later on in the game by the Prometheus-S, a variant more up to the standards of the first game's Prometheus. The in-game explanation for this is that the GTVA was in the midst of a gas shortage and couldn't provide fuel for the Prometheus, so the Prometheus-R was a watered-down version meant as a stopgap production. The Prometheus-S is introduced about the same time the GTVA gets its gas mines back, allowing them to begin producing the actual weapon again.

[[folder:Stealth-Based Games]]
* Just about any melee weapon in the ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'' games (at least ''Wrath of Heaven'') that you can get from a dead {{Mook}}. Especially as they get rid of your one-hit stealth kills. The higher-scoring need-for-powering-up stealth kills. The you're-a-ninja stealth kills. (Well, yeah, the fun-to-do stealth kills.)
* The M63 in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' if you decide to use it during the bike chase (which, owing to this being a ActionBasedMission and its high ammo capacity, you most likely will). Yes, the weapon is handy, but Snake's constant ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}''-style yelling (which will occur non-stop since you'll be firing in bursts) is [[MostAnnoyingSound literal ear poison]] and tempts many players into using the less effective (but more pleasant to listen to) AK-47, [=XM16E1=] or Skorpion.

[[folder:Survival Horror]]
* Proximity Mines in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' might be considered this. Though they have some use in Story mode (usually by leading bosses and strong enemies on them), in Mercenaries they are next to useless, since you need to do melee anyway and you can't even use them to clear the mob in a pinch. No reason to bother with bosses. And in Versus, if you happen to be seen placing them, the enemy player can detonate them by shooting while you are still close. This added to the fact that good players won't be caught stepping on them anyway, since it's easy to tell the set mines from the dropped ones.
* The knife from most of the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series was absurdly weak (usually taking several dozen stabs just to knock over the most basic of enemies), had zero range, and took up valuable inventory space, so was typically dumped in the first item box, unless you were just ''that'' good and wanted to give yourself a SelfImposedChallenge. ''[[VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica Code Veronica]]'' was the first game to give it even limited usefulness, as one swipe counted as several hits, but it wasn't until ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' made it as powerful as the handgun, just trading range for unlimited use and no inventory space used, that it [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap became worthwhile]]. A skilled player could save a lot of ammo using it, and some bosses (particularly Krauser) were actually easier with the knife as it dealt majorly-increased damage against them.
* The Bow Gun in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' isn't any stronger than the handgun and damage potential is wasted since the 3 bolts the weapon shoots out spreads out, which makes it near useless at long range.
* [[VideoGameFlameThrowersSuck The Flamethrower]] as found in various ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' games is almost always useless, as it tends to be unreloadable, short-ranged, with zero stopping power, and one character tends to get it in lieu of [[FakeBalance superior weapons given to the other playable character]]. It was at it's most useful in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' as it was very effective against [[DemonicSpiders the Ivys]], but even then the flame rounds from Claire's grenade launcher were more effective. It was at it's absolute worst in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' where Chris gets it late in the game opposed to the bazooka given to Jill ''early'' in the game and can only be used in the underground area limiting it's usefulness to fighting one boss that goes down fairly easy anyways.
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'' has two: the Kitchen Knife and the Hand Axe, the first and last melee weapons you get, respectively. The Kitchen Knife is a mandatory pickup, has zero range and in terms of defense is much worse than simply running from danger, and it's as if the game realizes how worthless it is because you can find the Steel Pipe, one of the game's more useful weapons, ''less than a minute later''. The Hand Axe is a barely-noticeable upgrade to the Kitchen Knife, which is rather unacceptable since by then you're 75% through the game and already have the magnificent and deadly [[DropTheHammer Emergency Hammer]]. You don't have to get the Axe, though it does have one use: Breaking the lock keeping you from the sewer. Other weapons can break it, but it requires careful positioning and the Axe makes it easier.

* [[DropTheHammer Blunt weapons]] in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' spent a long time in the wilderness due to a bug in the damage rules, meaning that your dwarves could pound on some poor goblin or kobold for ''months'' in-game without scoring a kill. While that did have [[VideogameCrueltyPotential a certain amount of appeal to many players]], it tended to impair the smooth running of a fortress by making civilian dwarves scared to go near the site of the battle.
** Two handed weapons aren't very popular, because they can't be used with a shield.
** [[WhipItGood Whips, scourges]], and [[EpicFlail flails]]. In this case it's because they tend to be absurdly powerful due to how the game handles chain weapons. While a human in adventurer mode can put them to good use, they're Scrappy in fortress mode, as none of them can be [[UnusableEnemyEquipment manufactured by dwarves, only scavenged off goblins]].
* ''VideoGame/EnterTheGungeon'' has the Klobb, which works almost exactly the same as it does in [[VideoGame/Goldeneye1997 Goldeneye 007]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 3.0, 3.5, and TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} made the heavy crossbow nearly useless. A user could fire it a bit further than a light crossbow and on average did one more point of damage on a hit compared to a longbow or a light crossbow. However, the weapon took an entire round to reload, leaving the character useless for an entire turn. Characters who knew how to use a bow would always do better to use the bow if they planned to make more than one attack in a round or spend more than one round shooting. Characters above first level could almost always afford a bow that let them add their strength to the damage, negating the heavy crossbow's advantage to damage. Characters who couldn't use a bow would usually rather shoot and move with a light crossbow or were spellcasters whose actions in combat were almost always better used casting a spell. Feats (special tricks characters learn) were priceless, and using one to select "Rapid Reload" for a heavy crossbow was generally a terrible choice. Even the range advantage was usually useless due to the metagame; most [=GMs=] who use maps don't set many encounters at distances where the extra range comes into play. If the adventure takes place inside a dungeon of any kind, forget it. Many "subpar" weapons have tons of uses for smart players, but the game's rules render heavy crossbows worthless. Even the siangham (a monk weapon which does less damage than the monk's fist) has its uses.
** The double crossbow in Pathfinder is even more AwesomeYetImpractical. It fires two bolts with one trigger pull, but penalizes both shots by -20% to hit (even if you know how to shoot it) and costs a feat just to learn to use. It takes two standard actions to reload, meaning a normal character using it would fire once every three rounds unless he dedicates even more precious feats to the weapon. Meanwhile, the Manyshot or Rapid Shot feats applied to many weapons and imparted lower/no penalties to hit and allowed for similar effects for dedicated ranged characters. If the character was a spell-caster or melee fighter, spending a feat to learn to use a double crossbow was a very bad choice, especially compared to repeating crossbows, longbows, or other options available to these characters.
** Bastard swords saw little use, as they were two handed weapons which did less damage than two handed swords or great axes, and only by spending a feat could a character use it in one hand. Feats were too precious to spend to gain the minimal damage bonus a bastard sword had over a longsword. Magical longswords were also far more common to find whether the loot was based on GM whimsy or random rolls, making longswords even more attractive compared to the bastard sword.
** Exotic weapons in general had this problem except for D&D's spiked chain, which could be a MinMaxersDelight. It was severely [[{{Nerf}} nerfed]] in TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}. Any benefit the exotic weapon provided was grossly overshadowed by the thought of "wasting" a feat and the low chance of finding a magical version of the weapon. If an exotic weapon was associated with a certain race, allowing that race to use it more easily, it would see modest use. The rest almost never saw action.
** Also in 3.5 is the Heavy Mace. It would be a simple bludgeoning weapon... but the problem is the Morningstar does the same amount of damage, costs less, weighs less, ''and'' does piercing damage in addition to bludgeoning. The only advantage the Mace has is being harder to sunder.
** In 1st edition AD&D, only the longsword and two handed sword out of all the melee weapons were really worth using for fighters most of the time unless you used the complicated "Weapon Type vs Armour Type" to hit modifier table which hardly anyone did making any other choice a scrappy weapon. They had the best damage dice for the number of hands required to wield them compared to all other weapons, unless you were unlucky enough to come across an enemy resistant or immune to slashing damage. Once weapon specialisation was added, pretty much every single 1st level fighter selected the longsword as you could double specialise in it (resulting in a very useful +3 to hit and damage while two handed weapons were restricted to single specialisation at +1 to hit and +2 damage) and used their remaining proficiency slot for a missile weapon. This problem remained until 3rd edition rolled around.
* 7thSea, due to an oversight, has the crossbow. The system uses a "keep" roll system, where [=XkY=] means you roll X dice but only keep the Y highest dice. Since you get to add your brawn to your roll (but not keep) for melee weapons it was common to find a weapon that had a lower X than Y. The crossbow has 0k2, but since it's a ranged weapon it never gets any bonuses from strength, meaning there's no way to get any rolls to actually keep.
* ''MiddleEarthRolePlaying'' and ''{{Rolemaster}}'' had the morning star and flail. While they both offered a modest +10 attack bonus and the chance to do a secondary critical hit, both weapons had an 8% chance to fumble on every attack and if you did fumble, you automatically critically hit yourself with them before you even rolled on the fumble table. The bola was even worse, with a -5 attack penalty though again with a chance to do a secondary critical, 7% fumble chance and again you automatically critically hit yourself with it if you did fumble.

[[folder:Turn-Based Tactics]]
* The [[LittleUselessGun .38 Special]] in ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance 2''. Pistols in general are relegated to EmergencyWeapon status early on as it is, and revolvers in particular are considered inferior because they have to be reloaded about three times as often as everything else, so that's two strikes against it before we even get to the fact that it does ''lousy'' damage and has poor range and accuracy even by pistol standards. You're almost better off with a knife.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'':
** Bow weapons in ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' were largely overshadowed by gun weapons for players that wanted range damage. Bows had access to Area of Effect attacks, but guns had greater range, and more importantly, damage for them was determined by a combination of the wielder's ATK and HIT stats, while every other weapon in the game relied only one stat for damage, making level stats for a good bow user was more trouble than it was worth. Developers noticed this and the weapons was RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap in later games where they were given better attacks, classes with evilities that can take advantage of bows and nerfing the range on the guns (guns in later games can still hit farther, but only in a straight line).
** Spears in the series tend to either fall into this or at the very least, the weapon version of the CrutchCharacter. Early on, the weapon's extra range on attack in exchange for lesser damage has its perk. However, as you reach further into the game and become more reliant on specials, the weakness of spears really begin to show. Many of its specials require an extra space to be open, making them unwieldy in some situations. Said specials usually allows its user to jump to said extra space, which again, is not always very useful in most situations and while other specials have some good AreaOfEffect specials, those special are hampered by the spear's lower attack strength compared to the stronger and more versatile swords and axes.
* ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars:''
** Missiles are this in the first game on pre-deploy maps, since the game likes to give them to you on maps that ''don't have enemy air units''. Missiles cannot target ground units at all meaning it's only purpose on such maps is to block enemy units and take attacks, and since it's wheels give it poor mobility and it is lacking in armor, it's not even all that useful for ''that'' purpose. Later games don't hand these units out on pre-deploy maps unless the enemy has either aircraft or an airport.
** Dusters from ''Days of Ruin'' are effectively cheaper Fighters that can also attack ground units, but their attack power against ground units, especially tanks, is ''pitiful''. Their MasterOfNone trait is so pronounced that you'd rather just build a copter or save up for a fighter or bomber.
** ''Dual Strike'' has the Stealth plane, an aerial version of the Submarine in that it can become invisible to the enemy (unless adjacent to an enemy unit). They're peerlessly versatile, able to attack ''any'' unit in the game for solid damage. And even after being discovered, hidden Stealths can only be targeted by Fighters and other Stealths. ''However'', they have just under 2/3rds the fuel capacity of other air units, and burn through that meager fuel reserve blisteringly fast just by staying hidden, much less actually ''moving'' while hidden. This means Stealth units require constant resupply to get anywhere, making them much more trouble than they're worth, especially in light of how much they cost to deploy.

[[folder:Third-Person Shooters]]
* The "Kozlice" shotgun from ''VideoGame/OperationFlashpoint''. It's more accurate than the average game shotgun, but that's where the good bits end. It's weak, only holds two shots (and you can only carry 10 rounds ''total'', as opposed to ''300'' for an assault rifle, due to each individual shell taking up the same inventory space as a 30-round rifle magazine), and takes twice as long to reload as any of the other weapons. It'd almost be more effective if you could use it as a club. Of course since it's there to represent the civilian hunting shotguns which are all most of [[LaResistance the Resistance]] have to start with this is intentional.
* ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'''s Scorcher flamethrower gets VideoGameFlamethrowersSuck down to a T. It has exceedingly short range, which unfortunately forces you into the killzone for everyone's favorite weapon, the Gnasher shotgun; not only that, but despite being a flamethrower, it lacks any significant DamageOverTime effect which would help justify its existence.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' has a fair number of TierInducedScrappy weapons, but the Akjagara falls under this trope for a different reason. The weapon's stats are fairly unremarkable, which wouldn't be an issue if it weren't for the cost to build it in the first place, requiring an Akbolto and a Dual Skana. While the Dual Skana's build costs aren't too bad, the Akbolto requires two Boltos to craft, each of which requires a Lato (which fortunately is available to purchase for credits). The total cost comes out to 210,000 credits, 7 Orokin Cells, 4 Neurodes, and some other more common resources, in a game where most weapons don't even cost 100,000 credits to build. Add in the fact that you'll need multiple weapon slots for the intermediate steps and that the whole process will take a minimum of 48 hours, and it's not hard to see why players were disgruntled.
* ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' does a good job averting this for the most part. Most of the weapons are fun to use and are intuitive, though some are almost useless in some modes but are incredibly powerful in other modes to compensate, like the chargers and blasters. However, the Rapid Blasters stand as one of the few weapons that are almost universally considered bad. While they have more range and higher rates of fire than the normal Blaster, they have much less power. It lacks the one hit kill that the other Blaster types are used for while other weapons like .52 and .96 Gals are more reliable for kills due to having a higher range and fire rate. It's not helped by the fact that damage up can't reduce the number of hits needed to splat someone means that it can't be used like the regular blasters and even having the decent subweapon and special sets of Ink Mine and Bubbler or Suction Bomb and Bomb Rush does little to redeem it.
* In ''VideoGame/Splatoon2''
** In multiplayer, the Stingray is easily the least effective special weapon. All it has going for it are its long range and ability to see through walls, both of which are rendered useless by the fact that it's incredibly slow to aim, making it very difficult to hit anyone with it. And to add insult to injury, it takes multiple hits to down an opponent, meaning there's a good chance that they'll get away even if you manage to hit them. It's ''slightly'' more useful in Salmon Run mode due to the Salmonids generally not bothering to dodge and being the only weapon that can kill [[DemonicSpider Flyfish]] without using a bomb, but even then it's situational at best.
** In [[MultiMookMelee Salmon Run]], there are a number of weapons that are notably ill-suited to taking on mobs of enemies at once:
*** Blasters are some of the most difficult-to-use weapons in the mode due to the limited range (which makes them range from not very effective to completely useless when dealing with bosses) and a slow fire rate (which makes them bad at clearing out the {{Mooks}} that try to mob you). Their main selling point, being able to do damage around corners, is almost completely useless.
*** The Goo Tuber has a shorter range compared to other chargers as well as a longer charge time. It does have the ability to hold a full charge for much longer, but this isn't really useful in Salmon Run.
* The grenades and, fittingly enough, the grenade launcher in ''VideoGame/{{Army Men}}: Sarge's Heroes''. They're slow to use and have a tiny blast radius. The former's explosion must be timed perfectly to hit anything, while the latter's shot travels in a ''very'' tight arc that forces you to aim almost straight up for anything beyond close-range. It's infinitely easier to just shoot your enemies, and none of the soldiers take more than a handful of shots anyway. They are halfway decent against tanks, which can only be destroyed with explosives and are obviously much easier to hit; however, they're still made completely worthless by the bazooka in this regard - it's much easier to aim (point and shoot!), has an effective range of ''anywhere'' (only the [[SniperScopeSway random aim deviation]] gives it a sort-of maximum range - but anything you ''should'' be shooting with the bazooka is [[TankGoodness big]] [[HumongousMecha enough]] that it simply can't screw you over enough to miss on its own), and has a much bigger, more powerful explosion. Plus you'll usually find one if there's a tank nearby anyway. There's also the mortar, which is like the grenade but with much more power and range, detonates on contact with the targeted area and can be easily used behind cover without the projectile bouncing back toward your feet...

[[folder:Wide Open Sandbox]]
* ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur'''s Terror Flamethrower. "[[VideogameFlamethrowersSuck Typical video game flamethrower]]" sums it up fairly well, with its short range and flames that cover up your field of view. It would be good for close-quarters combat in theory, except that at around the same time you gain access to an automatic shotgun with a ridiculous ammo capacity (150 rounds with a dirt-cheap upgrade) that's surprisingly effective at stopping targets well out of the flamethrower's range.
* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' has short swords. Theoretically, they're faster than broadswords, but do less damage and are smaller. However, unlike broadswords, your character doesn't swing it in an arc; rather, they jab it straight forward. It's moderately useful against enemies that walk right into your attacks, but worthless against nearly everything else.
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has Golden Swords, which are only as strong as a Wooden Sword and breaks down twice as fast. While Golden Swords compensate their weaknesses by having higher chances of getting stronger enhancements, wasting rare gold resources for a weapon that won't last is a dumb move.