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Advanced Rear Thrusters that allow a ship to travel faster by increasing exhaust velocity.
  — In-Game Description 
Rear Thrusters I II III IV V
Mass 2% 4% 6% 8% 10%
Ship Speed +20 m/s +40 m/s +60 m/s +80 m/s +100 m/s
Rotation Speed -7% -13% -20% -26% -33%
Research
Tech Lab Required II IV VI VIII X
Time 4d 9h 13d 3h
Helium-3 13,065 195,976 2,936,700 14,110,200 60,053,760
Antimatter 0 0 0 1,567,800 15,013,440
Build
Time 2m 30s 6m 17m 30s 43m 1h 28m
Helium-3 3,270 47,994 224,928 636,591 1,319,992
Antimatter 0 2,526 24,992 112,340 329,998
Repair
Time 0s 0s 0s 0s 0s
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Rear Thrusters I, II, III, IV, and V Respectively

General

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:

Advantages:

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.

Disadvantages:

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.

Setup:

If you do not have Fusion Thrusters III always use Rear thrusters V on your hulls, though sometimes destroyers and frigates will need Rotation Thrusters or Strafe Thrusters.

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.

Gallery

Trivia

  • 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.



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