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Thermal Beam   Tachyon Beam Turret


The Thermal Beam is a fearsome ship Energy weapon developed by VEGA to suppress the miner rebellion. Beam weapons are not easily escaped.
  — In-Game Description 

Stats

Thermal Beam I
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II
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III
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SPECIFICATIONS Notepad
DPS 22 En 38 En 68 En
Mass 220 t 396 t 792 t
Range 0-3,000 m
Speed 3,000 m/s
Firing Cycle C: 2.0 / F: 3.0 / R: 0.6 / N: Infinite
Traits Beam
Hull XP 765 XP 1,218 XP 1,653 XP
BLUEPRINT CompleteBlueprint
Farming Tier VEGA Tier I VEGA Tier II VEGA Tier IV
Pieces 4 5 6
Prerequisites Disruptor Ray III Polaron Ray I Polaron Ray III
EQUIP ModuleRefit
Time Time 7m 00s 33m 00s 3h 33m
Helium-3 Helium3 70,034 649,404 4,157,648
Antimatter Antimatter 3,686 72,156 1,385,883


General

The Thermal Beam is the most basic Beam weapon obtainable by players. Beam weapons charge up a hit-scan beam that continuously damages targets, interrupted only when out of range.

It fires a golden beam at its target after charging up for several seconds. The charge up phase emits a loud power up noise, warning enemies of its powerful beam.

Strategy and Setup

Advantages

Thermal Beams are very powerful short-range weapons, they are fairly lightweight allowing ships to pack a punch without sacrificing other aspects. Ion Modulators allow them to tear through shields as if they were made of paper.

Thermal Beams cannot be dodged and are therefore very reliable. Use Focused Optics to extend their range and open fire sooner.

Disadvantages

Thermal Beams, like most beam weapons, are horrible against squadrons due to their charge up time and the fact that they can only hit one target, allowing squadrons to open fire long before you destroy them.

Their charge up time also means that you are forced to keep enemy ships in your firing arc all the time to deal consistent damage. If the enemy strafes beyond your firing arc even for a split second, you will have to go through the charging process all over again. Hence, agile ships like frigates can make the most use out of this weapon.

Thermal Beams also have limited range, allowing your ships to be kited by others.

Trivia

  • The Thermal Beam originally displayed its projectile speed as 299,792,458 m/s (the speed of light), because of the fact that it is a heated energy beam.

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