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Ion Modulator   Ion Recharger


The Ion Modulator allows Energy weapons to deal more damage to shields, at the cost of reduced damage to armor.
  — In-Game Description 

Stats

Ion Modulator I
IonModulator1
II
IonModulator2
III
IonModulator3
IV
IonModulator4
V
IonModulator5
SPECIFICATIONS Notepad
Weapon Mass 6% 12% 18% 24% 30%
Shield Damage +20% +30% +40% +50% +60%
Health Damage -5% -7% -10% -13% -15%
Hull XP 300 XP 550 XP 769 XP 1,048 XP 1,216 XP
Applies to Energy
RESEARCH TechLabResearch
Prerequisites Previous level of Ion Modulator
Tech Lab Required V VII VIII X X
Time Time 28m 00s 5h 33m 1d 0h 59m 2d 14h 59m 4d 12h 15m
Helium-3 Helium3 80,100 1,123,560 4,876,535 10,897,200 18,750,000
Antimatter Antimatter 0 124,840 860,565 3,632,400 6,250,200
Module XP 150 XP 275 XP 385 XP 524 XP 608 XP
EQUIP ModuleRefit
Time Time 4m 00s 17m 30s 1h 03m 2h 30m 4h 13m
Helium-3 Helium3 16,130 224,928 975,605 2,179,800 3,750,570
Antimatter Antimatter 0 24,992 172,166 726,600 1,250,190


General

The Ion Modulator boosts Energy weapons by increasing their shield damage. Consequently, their health damage is reduced, albeit to a lesser extent.

Strategy and Setup

Advantages

Ion Modulators serve as a direct DPS increase against heavily-shielded enemies, especially cruisers which have extra shield slots.

Note that level I is the most mass-efficient version of this special.

Disadvantages

Ion Modulators can actually work against you when fighting shieldless enemies, which is often the case for modules, as well as Xeno Division Hulls or above due to the superior repair efficiency of armor.

Ion Modulators are generally less important than Focused Optics: what use is extra DPS when you cannot even get in range to fire?

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