"A time shall come when lethal projectiles may transcend interdimensional barriers, when firepower shall occupy the entirety and eternity of space and time, and all of it fixed in an ever-abiding cycle as bullets, shells, lasers, flames, plasma bolts, and slugs are loosed infinitely from an utterly unbounded amount of automatic weaponry. The cosmos shall cease to exist, and reality itself shall be supplanted by a single, glorious cosmic cacophony of gunfire and muzzle flashes. Then, and only then, will there be enough dakka. Or at least almost." —The God-Emperor of Mankind, If The Emperor Had a Text to Speech Device, Episode 12, Season 3
You iz dead now ya stoopid 'umie! —Every Ork ever
Dakka is Ork slang for rapid fire capability and an onomatopoeia for the sound of automatic guns shooting. You need moar of it. No exceptions. Although other races need it too, when they use it, it's just not cool anymore. Must have something to do with that rockin' Ballistic Skill 2 that da Orks are throwing down. It is a widely corroborated scientific fact that you can NEVER have enuff dakka, because the only way that's possible is if you were to stretch an infinite plane of machine guns from one end of the observable universe to the other, and have them all firing on a bottomless magazine. And even then that's still not enuff dakka, because there are OTHER universes that still need dakka.
Several other non-Orky races in Warhammer 40,000 have at least one weapon that relies on sheer dakka to be effective.
- Imperium: Multilasers, Hellguns, Leman Russ Punisher, Lasguns, Laspistols, Heavy Bolters, Storm Bolters, Assault Cannons, Combi-bolters, Autocannons, Vulcan Megabolters, Psycannons, Heavy Stubbers.
- Chaos: Harvester Guns, Mawcannons, Butcher Cannons, Storm Lasers, Reaper Auto-cannons,Hades Auto-cannons, Autoguns, Autopistols, Heavy Stubbers, Shotguns, Heavy Bolters
- Eldar: Scatter Lasers, Shuriken Catapults, Shuriken Cannon.
- Tau: Burst Cannons, Cyclic Ion Guns, and to a lesser extent Ion Cannons
- Necron: Gauss Cannons, Gauss Blasters, and Tesla Destructors.
- Tyranid: Devourers, Biocannons, Deathspitters.
Too Much Dakka
It's actually possible to get too much dakka. In Dawn of War 2, if you pin down some Orks with enough firepower they will shout "WAAAH! Too much dakka!" In WH40k: Space Marine, the Ork Boyz will likewise shout "Zog, too much dakka!" when being cut down by heavy bolter fire, best observed in the cooperative multiplayer Exterminatus mode with several players packing heavy bolters. There's too much dakka when it's being fired at you *BLAMBLAMBLAMBLAMBLAM* HERE...HURR...UM, YOU IS SAYIN' BAD T'INGS WOT YOU SHOULDN'T SAY!
Examples of maximum dakka (*but not enough*)
2x hive tyrant w/ 2 brain-leech worms
3x 3 hive guard w/ impaler cannon
6x 30 Devilguants
3x 30 gargoyles w/ fleshborers
3x 3 carnifex w/ 2 brainleech worms
Total dakka: 780 shots per turn
YOUZ CHOMPY GITZ SEZ THAT'S DAKKA?
Astra Militarum (Imperial Guard)
HQ: Company Command Squad
6x Platoon Command Squad
6x5 Infantry Squad
6x Conscripts Squad
6x5 Heavy Weapons Team w/ Heavy Bolters
Heavy Support: 3x3 Leman Russ Punisher w/ Heavy Bolter sponsons
Total dakka: 949, 1549 on close range or w/ orders, 2149 per turn on close range and orders. And it's without getting full platoons or even FOC. Because that would be just insane.
(but maybe enuff dakka)
"And if that don't work, use more gun."- The Engineer