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Contra ARC weapon capsule.png Contra ARC weapon sensor.png Contra ARC red guard.png

Weapons can be obtained from a few different sources throughout the game. In many outdoor stages, weapons are obtained from capsules (left) and sensors (center). Capsules fly across the screen from the left side to the right (or in the case of the waterfall stage, from bottom to top) and release weapons when shot. Sensors, on the other hand, are stationary and embedded in the stage. During the indoor stages, weapons can be obtained by shooting the red guard (right) that hops across the background. Only one red guard will appear per room, so once the guard escapes, you will not encounter another until you advance to a new room. To obtain a new weapon, you simply need to touch it. However, once you do, you will lose your previous weapon with no means of getting it back until you find a new instance of it.

Weapon Effect Description
Contra ARC player normal.png You begin a new game with the standard rifle. It can shoot several bullets on the screen at one time, but it has no special ability. If you are in possession of another weapon when you are killed, you will return to the game with this rifle.
Contra ARC weapon machinegun.png Contra ARC player machinegun.png The Machine Gun is an upgrade to the standard rifle. It allows for many bullets to be fired rapidly in a short period of time. Players may hold the fire button down for an uninterrupted stream of bullets. Other than its rapid fire rate, it has no special abilities.
Contra ARC weapon laser.png Contra ARC player laser.png The Laser is the strongest weapon in the game in terms of the amount of damage it can deliver. However, you may only fire one laser on the screen at one time, although you may hold the fire button down to release lasers continuously. Although long, it has a small area of effect, and must be aimed carefully to be used effectively.
Contra ARC weapon fireball.png Contra ARC player fireball.png The Fireball gun is an effective weapon whose only weakness is the slow speed of the bullets it fires. When fired, it releases a rolling fireball that cuts a wide swath of destruction. These fireballs can do a lot of damage, and it has a wide area of effect, but they don't move particularly fast across the screen.
Contra ARC weapon spread.png Contra ARC player spread.png The Spread gun is a particular favorite of many players. While the bullets it shoots aren't any stronger than that of the normal gun or the Machine Gun, the spread effect of the gun allows players to remove many threats simultaneously. Because the bullets travel outward as they progress, this gun requires substantially less aim to cause a lot of destruction. However, be prepared to fire quite rapidly at strong enemies since it lacks the power of the Laser or Fireball guns.
Contra ARC weapon rapid.png The Rapid upgrade is an item that you can collect, and is only applicable to the standard rifle, as it will only appear if you have not collected any other special weapon. When collected, it will dramatically speed up the velocity of the bullets fired by the standard rifle. This will not make the bullets stronger, but it certainly does make it a more effective weapon.
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Contra ARC player barrier.png
The Barrier is not a weapon, but rather a temporary power-up that surrounds each player with a set of objects that rotate around the player's body, protecting them from harmful collisions for approximately 32 seconds. After the 32 seconds are over, the objects disappear, and the player is once again vulnerable to attack.