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Sweep Launcher   Sweep Maximizer


The Sweep Maximizer increases the spread of Explosive weapons, annihilating even the largest fleets.
  — In-Game Description 
Sweep Maximizer I II III IV V
Mass (% weapon mass) 5% 10% 15% 20% 25%
Spread +30% +40% +50% +60% +70%
Research
Tech Lab Required V VI VII IX X
Prerequisites --- --- --- --- ---
Time 4h 21m 40s 16h 10m 00s 1d 7h 11m 40s 4d 20h 06m 40s 6d 17h 16m 40s
Mineral Ore 632,522 4,917,238 21,534,240 44,142,070 66,213,119
Antimatter 0 546,360 3,800,160 11,035,518 16,553,281
Build
Time 51m 40s 3h 13m 20s 6h 15m 00s 16h 43m 20s 1d 8h 15m 00s
Mineral Ore 61,928 646,771 2,954,732 6,007,065 9,010,599
Antimatter 0 0 328,303 1,501,766 2,252,650
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General

Sweep Maximizer greatly increases the spread of explosive weapons, they are fired more erratically over a large area but becomes heavily inaccurate. Thus, they are not very common to see in PvB, nor its ship counterpart, Sweep Launcher.

Strategy and Setup

Advantages:

Sweep Maximizers increase the spread of Explosive turrets which usually have pre-built AoE in them. Thus, its increased spread can allow more targets to be hit at once, or alternatively sniping fleets will have to spread out event more to avoid their main DPS getting hit.

Its also rather light, thus it won't add much weight even if you do equip it. Though it is still unadvised, SICO Missile Turrets on your Bridge could sometimes benefit.

Disadvantages:

However, its increased spread makes it easily dodged and easily fail to connect to the enemy. Thus, almost no one ever uses this special in mid or high level PvP. Many players write both versions off as a joke due to the importance of accuracy aswell as range.

As it takes up a special slot, Antimatter Detonators V is a much better alternative so more shots can punish heavily grouped hulls, decimate any squadron, and even sometimes hit all 4 destroyers in snipers at once.

Setup:

Sweep Maximizers are almost never recommended on any turret. Thus, not many strategies are even possible to develop or haven't been found yet due to almost no one using it.

The only sane idea to equip it is on the Bridge, but even then it makes it heavily inaccurate so that is not even recommended on any Rebellion Bridge.

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Trivia

  • It is considered the most useless base special, only on par with Ion Rechargers.
  • It is the only special to give spread to a turret.
  • When it was first made available the only turrets that could equip these were the Fusion Torpedo Turret and Plasma Missile Turret, both which barely ever hit anything.



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