More Dakka - TV Tropes


More Dakka is the art of solving problems by unloading as many rounds of ammunition at them as possible.

While Improbable Aiming Skills are all very well and good, sometimes you just need to throw a wall of bullets at the target — perhaps your foe can Dodge the Bullet, or you're up against a whole army of Mooks at once. Modern automatic weapons can achieve the rates of fire required for more dakka all by themselves, but using a whole bunch of slower-firing guns works too. More Dakka can even work against targets where conventional attacks are normally ineffective — even if each shot only does Scratch Damage, it will succumb to a Death of a Thousand Cuts eventually. After all, There Is No Kill Like Overkill... or so we are lead to believe. Occasionally, the only point of a seemingly overwhelming and gratuitous show of force is to hammer home the point that the Monster of the Week simply cannot be defeated through ordinary means. Aim is also a factor: large volumes of fire accomplish surprisingly little in the case of A-Team Firing or if the shooters are graduates of the Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy.

Gatling Good is a common way of achieving More Dakka, and you can expect to see gratuitous camera shots devoted to torrents of shell casings produced by the volume of fire. If you're strong enough, you always have an option of taking a heavier weapon off its mount. On a more restrained scale, The Gunslinger may specialize in squeezing More Dakka out of seemingly ordinary firearms with Guns Akimbo, which can also be downright terrifying.

May result in a Multiple Gunshot Death. See Macross Missile Massacre, which is basically this except with missiles, and Bullet Hell, which is the Logical Extreme version of this trope in video games. If dealing with energy weapons (IE: weapons powered by electrical/plasma/etc instead of bullets), its counterpart is Beam Spam. Contrast Improbable Aiming Skills, when a character uses amazing accuracy instead of volume of fire. Also contrast Ammunition Conservation, when a character shows restraint regarding how much ammunition they use. Not to Be Confused with baka, as there certainly IS such a thing as too much baka. Also not to be confused with Dhaka.

Related to When All You Have Is a Hammer..., More Dakka is a Sub-Trope of Spam Attack, but with bullets. The name comes from Warhammer 40,000, where it is the Ork onomatopoeia for machine gun firing, and their general term for rapid fire capacity: "dakka-dakka-dakka-dakka...". Inverse of Ammunition Conservation, where the priority is to utilize the absolute least dakka necessary.


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And that's still not enuff dakka.*