38 Special

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38 Special
38 Special.png
Type: Semiautomatic
Quality: D Quality Item.png
Magazine Size: 6
Max Ammo: 350
Reload Time: 0.78s
DPS: 26.5
Damage: 5
Fire Rate: 0.07
Shot Speed: 23
Range: 35
Force: 10
Spread: 5
Damage Type: None
Sell Creep Price: 16 Money.png
Ammonomicon Entry
For The Inquisitive
The sidearm of choice for investigative efforts.
Meta Info
Item ID: 56
Internal Name: 38 Special
Object Name: 38_special
Sprite Name: 38_special

38 Special is a gun in Enter the Gungeon. It can be fired very rapidly after dodge rolling.


  • Synergy.png Detective Magnum - If the player also has Magnum, the guns are dual-wielded.
  • Synergy.png Detective Mode - If the player also has Badge, the gun's maximum ammo is increased, its reload time is halved, and its damage is increased by 20%. The police officer will also show the contents of nearby chests while 38 Special is held.
  • Synergy.png Reload Roll - If the player also has Easy Reload Bullets, dodge rolling reloads six bullets.
  • Synergy.png Sleuth Out - If the player also has Scope, while holding 38 Special, enemy bullets become slower, but its rate of fire is decreased by 20%.

Unused or Altered Synergies


  • With a fire rate of 0.07, the 38 Special requires a minimum of ~14 clicks per second to fire at maximum DPS, meaning the player is likely to be unable to take full advantage of the high fire rate.
    • This can be mitigated on PC by temporarily binding the player's fire keys to ScrollUp and ScrollDown on the scroll wheel.
  • The 38 Special is used by various detectives in a wide range of films and other media, hence the description.
  • This may be a reference to the Max Payne series of games, where the protagonist, a detective, slows down time when dodging, allowing him to fire faster and more accurately.
  • The Synergy.png Detective Mode synergy is a reference to the mechanic of the same name from the Batman Arkham games.
  • The 38 Special does not appear in Exit the Gungeon, however it still exists in the assets and text string database of the game. Like all real-world guns in Exit the Gungeon, the unused 38 Special has a different name in the Apple Arcade string database, where it is called the Detective Special.


See also