|“||The Polaron Ray is an unconventional Energy weapon with improved range and moderate damage.||”|
|— In-game Description|
|Projectile Speed||3,000 m/s|
|Firing Cycle||C: 0.0 / F: 0.8 / R: See below / N: 5|
|Reload Time||1.4 s||1.8 s||1.2 s||1.6 s||3.0 s|
|Arms Lab Required||VII||VIII||IX||X||X|
|Other Requirements||Disruptor Ray I||Disruptor Ray II||Disruptor Ray III||Disruptor Ray IV||Disruptor Ray V|
|Research Time||15h 20m||1d 6h 40m||3d 20h|
The Polaron ray is an energy based weapon with a longer range in comparison to that of Pulse ray and Disruptor ray as well as significantly lower firepower. It fires lasers rapidly in never missing bursts.
Strategy and Setup
The Polaron Ray has a very high amount of range, when equipped with Focused Optics V it will outrange very long ranged weapons like the Gladius Driver. The allows your ships to outrange those types of hulls when facing against them and it also has no minimum range.
Due to its high range and decent DPS, it is best paired with battleships. Use Focused Optics V and as many Polaron's as you can hold while balancing shield and armor and you will be able to do early game kiting without weapons like the Vector Torpedo.
The Polaron however does very poorly against rush fleets or against other kiting fleets which doesn't have Polaron Ray. Do to this other hulls should rarely ever use this weapon as higher DPS weapons are much better suited for them.
Weapons like the ECHO Ray and Vector Torpedo are much better mid game weapons in replacement for the Polaron. Builds revolving around the Polaron usually don't have stasis either, this makes it do very poorly against Taipan Cutter fleets.
When fighting an enemy always stay at maximum range and fly away straight when your enemy gets too close. This is battleship kiting and is very effective against cruisers, non-marked frigates or cutters, and Specialist classes.
The Repeating Polaron Ray is a more powerful variant of the Polaron ray. Its range and damage output remains unchanged, however, it chains to other targets like the ECHO ray or the Reverb ray. While both the aforementioned chaining energy weapons possess more raw firepower, Repeating Polaron ray is more lighter and have better mass to damage per second ratio.
- The Polaron ray, unlike Disruptor Ray and Pulse Ray, makes a unique sound effect and has a unique beam texture when firing.
- There was an update that changed the way the weapon fired. Before, it was a single, powerful beam that slowly recharged. Now, it fires 5 shots in quick succession at lower damage for each hit, and charges much quicker than before.
- Voyager Corvettes can equip a single Polaron ray I with 0 tons left.