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The Ionized Plasma Levitator, better known as the Grabber, is a weapon only found in Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil which has the ability to hold certain objects above the ground for a limited time and can throw them with great force. The Grabber can grab fireballs thrown by enemies, reach otherwise inaccessible pickups, destroy certain enemies and remove obstacles in the player's path. It is first acquired early in the game, and remains a solid performer throughout.

A portable tractor beam, it does not use ammo but can only fire when locked onto a target. It can pick up objects to either move them or throw them at enemies, or grab enemy fireballs (even revenants’ rockets) from the air and toss them back at your enemies. The beam will also disintegrate Forgotten Ones, Trites,? Ticks, and Cherubs, and it ignites exploding barrels (if launched; they just drop unharmed when released). While it has unlimited ammo, the gun will overheat and cut the beam off after a few seconds.

One of the most effective tricks with the weapon is that short of a Hell Knight, any enemy which launches a fireball is immediately killed if hit by its own projectile, making it very easy to kill legions of imps and Vulgars without firing a single bullet. It is also very easy to simply intercept and then toss fireballs on other enemies, though since it can only hold one fireball at a time and takes a short period to recharge, groups of enemies can quickly overwhelm you.

Projectiles caught and returned with the grabber deal significantly more damage than the original projectile would have, and will kill most enemies with one hit. If the grabber is used to launch one enemy's projectile at another enemy of a different species, the hit enemy will consider it an attack by the original enemy, and will proceed to attack them instead of the player. However, only mid-to-high level enemies such as Revenants, Arch-Viles, or Hell Knights can survive a hit from a grabber projectile, due to their increased damage. This is the simplest way to earn the "Turncoat" achievement in the Doom 3 BFG Edition.

  • Clip Size: limited use of beam
  • Reloading: approx. 0.5 seconds recharge time
  • Ammo: infinite

The IPL bears close resemblance to the Gravity Gun of the Half-Life 2 games as it can also be used to pick up objects such as physics props or ammunition. Unlike the Gravity Gun, the IPL will automatically drop the object after a few seconds, and the IPL does not "force pull" objects to the player if they are out of reach. It also works similarly to BioShock's Telekinesis Plasmid.

Weapons from Doom 3 and Doom 3: RoE
Fists Flashlight Pistol Shotgun Machine gun Rocket launcher Plasma gun BFG9000 Soul cube
Chainsaw Grabber Super shotgun Chaingun Grenades The artifact

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