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An energo weapon is a melee weapon that uses energon to power a shaped energy field that significantly enhances the cutting and blunt-impact properties of the weapon. When the fuel cell is consumed, the weapon can still be used at its "normal" potency.
Let's just face it: The Dinobots like to kill things. They like it a lot. And they like to get up close and personal when doing it. But there are times when teeth and tail just won't cut it. When that time comes, the Dinobots will typically use their energo-swords.
- Grimlock's Energo-sword.
- Slag's Energo-sword.
- Sludge's Energo-sword.
- Snarl's Energo-sword.
- Hooligan's Energo axe
- The Quintessons have low-yield energo tendrils for close-range combat.
- Bomb-Burst's energo-battle axe
- Blaze Master's rotor blades can be wielded as an energo-weapon in robot mode.
Marvel comics continuity
Ratbat led an ambush on both Fortress Maximus and Grimlock's respective Autobot contingents while Grimlock and Blaster dueled for leadership on Earth's moon. While the Decepticon forces overwhelmed the Autobots on the surface of the Moon, the island base attacked the Autobots from above, protected by a force field. However, Grimlock's energo-sword was able to cut through the force field, allowing Blaster to shoot the island base with his Electro-Scrambler, forcing a Decepticon retreat.
Apparently, Snarl's energo-sword can fire energy blasts. He did this when the Constructicons attacked the Autobots' base in an attempt to destroy Teletraan I. Later, after going to Dinobot Island, Snarl used the energo-sword for shooting at rocks during target practice. He needs to work on his aim. Likely due to censorship policies, the energo-swords were never used for traditional hacking and slashing, which completely and utterly sucked.
Dreamwave comics continuity
While searching for Optimus Prime, Grimlock used his energo-sword as a grapple to lower himself down a chasm. That's pretty handy for a weapon. Later, he shoved the energo-sword into the Autobot leader's hands, telling Prime to prove himself by killing Megatron, or Grimlock would kill him. Optimus Prime used the weapon to beat Megatron senseless, but spared his life and left the energo-sword behind. Considering the fact that Optimus Prime wasn't immediately slagged, it appears that Grimlock didn't really care.
After learning that Jetfire was meeting Shockwave in the Neutral Territories, Grimlock decided to kill them both and attempted to use his energo-sword to decapitate Jetfire. When the Fallen appeared, Grimlock tried to destroy him, but the Fallen merely grabbed the energo-sword's blade with his bare hand. Sometimes, it really helps to be on fire.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Energon-based weaponry" from More Than Meets The Eye G1 #8.
- ↑ Transformers: The Ultimate Guide, p52 (1st edition)