|“||The Gatling Ray is a relentless Energy weapon that fires a rapid series of shots which can punch through a single target.||”|
|— In-Game Description|
|Projectile Speed||4,000 m/s|
|Unlocking (Only obtainable in events Emergence, Legacy Event, and Conspiracy)|
|Arms Lab Required||VII||VIII||IX|
|Time||58m 10s||1h 56m 20s||5h 49m 10s|
|“||The Gatling Ray has the piercing power to slice through even the most well-armored enemy hulls.||”|
Gatling rays fire energy 'bullets' for extended bursts before pausing for a brief moment. The bullets can pierce through one target to strike targets behind it. They are excellent for short- to medium- range combat.
Gatling rays are uncommon, though they are sometimes seen on mid- level to high- level players. Players often choose Aurora ray over the Gatling ray for different advantages, most notably the bonus damage to shields.
Strategy and Setup
|“||Tear your enemies apart with the Gatling Ray.||”|
|— Event Store.|
The real life Gatling gun is the ancestor of the modern machine gun. It has an extremely high rate of fire, which the Gatling Ray shares.
Its piercing effect is not as deadly as that of an AP Driver, but it makes up for this with its high damage output, sustained fire, and lack of minimum range. This piercing effect can potentially double its damage output, with level III doing more total damage than the burst ray. This weapon excels at damaging grouped ships much more than many other energy weapons do.
It also has the same range as an Aurora ray, making it almost as good for taking out enemy fleets. When used against clustered enemies by a ship with 6 weapon slots like the Fury battleship, the weapon is truly devastating.
Gatling ray enhanced with focused optics can be suitable for medium range combat on cruisers, and long range combat on battleships. Gatling rays can perform particularly well against cutters, which tend to pack into a tight formation.
Lower level Gatling rays lack firepower, particular Gatling ray I and II. while Gatling ray III has a very high amount of firepower, it also has a very high mass.
Gatling rays can miss its targets, particularly at medium or long ranges, since the bullets spread out.
Gatling rays surprisingly have some difficulty shooting down squadrons since they can only target one at a time. The piercing has minimal effect on squadrons and the spread reduces its accuracy against squadrons.
Gatling rays, like Thermal beams, have a brief pause when switching targets.
Gatling rays previously suffered a bug in which the bullets fired did not connect with their targets, resulting in a drastically diminished amount of firepower. This had not been noticed by anyone until recently, when it was fixed.
- The Gatling ray is the only energy weapon with a pierce effect, and the second of two weapons to have one, the other being the AP Driver.
- The Gatling ray II's build time is the Gatling Ray I's build time, multiplied by 2
- The Gatling rays bullets are very similar to Aurora rays and can often be confused as similar weapons.
- The Aliens have designed their own version of this weapon that does alien damage, but still has the rapid fire and piercing effect.