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The Tempest Driver is a powerful Projectile weapon designed for close-range combat. It fires unguided ammunition in an arc, ripping into unsuspecting targets.
  — In-Game Description 
!THIS WEAPON CAN ONLY BE EQUIPPED ON DEMON CORPS HULLS!
Tempest Driver I II III
Mass 366t 525t 713t
DPS 40 56 76
DPV 144 201.6 273.6
Range 1,000-3,000 m
Projectile Speed 2,500 m/s
Piercing 2
Spread 5 deg
Firing Cycle C: 0.0 / F: 0.0 / R: 3.6 / N: 1
Obtaining (Blueprint)
Complete Blueprint
Prev. Available in
Incursion (Store),
Special Event (Store)
Complete Blueprint
Curr. Available in
Sector Strike (Store)
Arms Lab Required VII VIII IX
Build
Time 26m 1h 19m 2h 54m
Helium-3 483,354 1,549,336 3,372,390
Antimatter 53,706 387,334 1,124,130
Tempest123(1)

Tempest Driver I, II, III, Respectively

General

The Tempest driver is an event projectile weapon. It was first available in the event Incursion. Its functionally similar to the Burst ray, except it uses projectiles. It can only be equipped on Demon corps ship.

Tempest drivers fire blue/white projects in an arc fashion, they have a very small minimum range. They are very rare to see in combat due to its exclusiveness as well as low DPS compared to other close range weapons.

Strategy and Setup

Advantages:

The Tempest driver is best suited for the Covenant cruiser or Basilisk cutter for close quarters combat. Its deadly effective in close quarters combat is further enhanced by its ability to pierce a target, hitting two ships per shot, doubling it already extremely high firepower. Being a projectile type weapon, it can puncture through ships more quickly since many ships commonly equip Spectral V shields.

Just like the Burst ray, this weapon has to get close to fire but delivers devastating bursts of damage. Being Projectile, it also is particularly suited against to Skirmish armor, which has built in resistances to energy and explosive weapons.

Because of its short range, equipping Iridium magnets is not necessary, it already has a very high default projectile speed and is impossible to dodge at its range of engagement.

Unlike energy weapons, projectile weapons can be equipped with phased projectiles weapon booster, ensuring that it any engagement, it will heavily damage enemy's ship armor.

Tempest 1-0

Tempest drivers conical firing pattern

Disadvantages:

The Tempest drivers main disadvantage is its very low range like the Burst ray. It is not suitable for ranges beyond close range combat, ensure any ships equipped with Tempest drivers are fast enough to close in on their targets rapidly or you risk being out ranged and outmaneuvered by longer range and more agile ships.

Tempest drivers also have a small minimum range making them slightly unsuitable in point blank combat, however, the minimum range is so small, often, ships cannot take advantage of it and are still fired on by Tempest drivers.

The DPS of Tempest Drivers also pales in comparison to other close range weapons like the Manifold Missile as well as the Burst Ray. They make up for it with their piercing ability though.

Tempest drivers are exclusive to Demon corps hulls.

Trivia

  • The Tempest drivers on the Basilisk Cutters in the events Incursion and Devastation couldn't fire as the Cutter would stop at a point within the NET Torpedo's range but outside the Tempest Driver's range, preventing the Tempest Driver from firing unless ships got really close to the cutter..
  • Tempest drivers appear very similar to Storm drivers.
  • Despite piercing the hull, they do not inflict any more damage through the shields as any other regular weapon.

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