|“||Advanced Rear Thrusters that allow a ship to travel faster by increasing exhaust velocity.||”|
|— In-Game Description|
|Mass (% ship mass)||2%||4%||6%||8%||10%|
|Speed||+20 m/s||+40 m/s||+60 m/s||+80 m/s||+100 m/s|
|Tech Lab Required||II||IV||VI||VIII||X|
|Time||11m||1h 14m||5h 33m||16h 21m||1d 11h 50m|
|Time||2m 30s||6m 00s||17m 30s||43m 00s||1h 28m 00s|
Rear Thrusters are one of the first thrusters unlocked in the game and 1 of the 3 to be researched in the entire game. Like the other two, the thrusters cannot stack and they both give a buff and debuff to 2 different speeds.
Rear Thrusters are very common in lower level PvP as a substitute for Fusion Thrusters.
Strategy and Setup:
Rear Thrusters gives a massive boost in forward speed allowing your hull to traverse the battlefield extremely fast. At level V it even outspeeds Fusion Thrusters III which is the most popular Non DC/Xeno Thruster. Thus, it isn't always instantly replaced but instead used a little less.
It also is easily obtained as its researchable and you do not have to rely on KIXEYE to put it back on a Planet Strike or trying to farm for weeks trying to get the blueprint, making it very useful.
However, Rear Thrusters decrease Turning speed by -33% making it extremely bad to equip on Battleships, Destroyers, or sometimes Cutters as those hulls usually do not have a very good turn speed allowing your enemy to simply outmaneuver you or simply catch you in the beginning of a fight.
It also adds alot of mass for a thruster and it is easily replaced later on my Fusion Thrusters III which isn't hard to obtain very much if you try hard enough.
On Tier 1-2 hulls try to equip III or IV as they also provide a decent value of speed while still remaining low on added weight requirements for your ship.
- Back when the Rapture Cruiser had the increased speed, with Rear V and an empty Ragnarok Carrier it could catch every fleet in the game if they ran, even cutters.
- Rear Thrusters usually the only rebel thruster used
- Rear Thrusters give bonus forward speed, which is marked as a dark, almost transparent green.