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Marksmanship, also known as PSI-Blast or Blastokinesis, is a psychic ability learned by Razputin Aquato in Psychonauts. It reappears in both subsequent games.

Psychonauts

Raz gets the badge from Sasha Nein in Sasha's Shooting Gallery, where at first he gets a trial badge only able to be used in that mental world, and after completing it he gets a full badge which is able to be used in all of the worlds. This ability allows Razputin to fire a blast of psychic energy at enemies, also known as a PSI-Blast.

At PSI Cadet Rank 40, Raz gains the upgrade Chain Blast, which allows his PSI-Blasts to ricochet and hit up to 3 enemies. At Rank 70, Raz gains the Super Chain Blast upgrade, which allows his PSI-Blasts to ricochet and hit up to 6 enemies.

Uses

Raz firing off a PSI-Blast.

Strategies

  • Always have your mental focus locked onto enemies when fighting with Marksmanship. Aiming without it is a lot harder.
    • It also helps to jump from side to side while firing; this allows you to keep moving to avoid enemy fire while still landing shots.
  • Aggression Ammo for the Marksmanship power will appear in the form of bright orange exclamation marks of raw psychic aggression. It can be found from enemies or from smashing objects. With how often you're going to be using Marksmanship, it's best to keep an eye out for ammo.
    • You can also find golden trophies with increases the number of how many more shots you can carry at one time.

Psychonauts In the Rhombus of Ruin

Raz using his PSI-Blast against Monstroboto.

Raz can use his PSI-Blast in Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin even while possessing someone else's body. It is especially helpful against the Monstroboto boss fight where Raz needs to dislodge Monstroboto's helmet to fire at his exposed brain.

Psychonauts 2

Razputin using PSI Blast in Psychonauts 2.

In Psychonauts 2 Razputin appears to be able to automatically lock on to targets. Also, instead of using ammo specifically for PSI Blast he apparently uses psychic energy to fire blasts which is shown to be shared with all psychic abilities.

Trivia

  • Marksmanship can cause serious injuries or even fatalities if the psychic doesn't know how to control it[1].

References

  1. Dogen Boole has stated he's accidentally made heads explode using Blastokinesis.
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