Railgun-type weapons that are similar in size and function as present-day firearms. Scorchers are describes to have an oily smell, and emits a whirring charge up sound (presumably the charge-up of electrical capacitors) before they are ready to fire. Holiday claims that Scorchers are more accurate and easier to use than gunpowder-based weapons. However, throughout the series, most scorchers seem to lack the power to defeat technologically advanced shielding and armor, only being able to pierce through steel armor.