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Binary Thrusters are designed especially for fast, evasive ships. They combine the advantages of rear and strafe thrusters.
  — In-Game Description 
Binary Thrusters I II III
Mass 6% ship mass 9% ship mass 12% ship mass
Speed +40 m/s +60 m/s +80 m/s
Strafe +40 m/s +60 m/s +80 m/s
Turning -20% -26% -33%
Obtaining (Blueprint)
Complete Blueprint
Prev. Available in
Backlash (Store),
Iron Blood (Store),
Crossfire (Store),
Special Event (Store)
Complete Blueprint
Curr. Available in
Planet Strike (Store)
Tech Lab Required VI VIII X
Build
Time 17m 30s 1h 03m 00s 2h 30m 00s
Helium-3 224,928 975,605 2,179,800
Antimatter 24,992 172,166 726,600
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Binary Thrusters I, II, III Respectively

General


Binary Thrusters further enhance your ship's maneuverability, combining rear and strafe thrusters.
  — Sybil 

The Binary Thrusters are an event special that combine both Rear Thrusters and Strafe Thrusters for a cost of rotation speed. They were first released in the event Backlash. They are rather rare, but sometimes seen equipped on frigates and cruisers.

Strategy and Setup

Advantages:

They are particularly useful for Cruisers and Frigates. Cruisers with a wide firing arc rarely need the extra rotation offered by a Fusion Thruster. Frigates don't need them either, as they already have a very fast rotation. Both these ship types could use an increase of strafing speed, high strafe speed means they can dodge projectiles more easily and maintain range advantage from close range or point blank weapons.They also benefit well on sniper decoys as they need a high forward and strafing speeds to dodge many projectiles.

Additionally, the Binary Thruster has a significant effect on the flight characteristics of the ship. It causes a significant increase in drifting during turning. This is a potential advantage over the more common Fusion Thruster as it doesn't slow down so much while turning. A ship equipped with Fusion Thrusters must come to a complete stop to make a sharp turn, whereas a ship with Binary Thrusters immediately starts drifting in the new direction. This is particularly notable against carriers. A ship equipped with Fusions trying to flee from a carrier frequently gets caught as it turns about, whereas a ship with Binaries will maintain its distance much more effectively, potentially escaping the carrier without ever getting in range.

Disadvantages:

However the cost of rotation speed destroys many uses for this weapon. For example, battleships rely on rotation to be able to focus their weapons on enemy ships. Cutters usually do not need strafe and need to rotate more. Destroyers will not benefit from this thruster in FvF as they become easier to circle around. The very instances where they seem to come in handy they are often outpreformed by the Fusion Thrusters, Armored Thrusters, and the Unstable Reactor. They also are heavier than the Fusion Thrusters, making valuable mass on lower level hulls more limited than when equipping the latter.

Setup:

The use of Binary Thrusters can vary between situations but they are mainly good for this:

  • Kiting using frigates
  • Attacking bases (both for destroyers and decoys)

They aren't very good in most FvF situations.

Gallery

Trivia

  • This is the second hybrid thruster

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