"Breakthroughs both in superconductors and advanced alloys allows for the creation of a very large railgun that provides the hitting power and range previously only achievable in heavy beams. This technology can also be used to tune existing ballistic drivers to achieve a 10% increase in damage and a 20% increase in round velocity."
Accelerator Amplification is a dead end branch off of Heavy Drivers, and are absolutely essential to the long term viability of any ballistic weapon. All weapons listed in the Ballistic Weapons category recieve the 10% damage increase and 20% round velocity increase. The damage increase is relatively inconsequential, but the velocity increase is much more important. The Armor Piercing, Heavy Driver, and Sniper Cannon weapons tend to have a long enough range that a target which is changing course as the weapon fires will often evade the projectile. Accelerator Amplification will make the turn required to throw aim like that much more difficult.

Further, this technology improves the terrifying Siege Driver projectile, so that victims will have 20% less time with which to attempt to destroy the planet killing asteroid. As the Siege Driver's ship damage calculation works off of Newtonian physics, with Force = Mass * Acceleration, 20% more acceleration results in a much more damaging projectile for any ship unfortunate enough to be in its path.

Finally, this technology unlocks the Impactor section, sometimes called the Sniper Section. This allows a player to construct specialized Cruiser or Dreadnought Mission Sections which carry multiple 60 meter long RailGuns fully capable of punching through any armor a ship may field up to and including Adamantite Alloys at extreme ranges, often able to fire from one ship spawn location to the other. This devastating weapons system is reason enough to research this node.

Depending on luck, this tech node could cost as much as 120,000 or as little as 30,000 research points to unlock.

Root Technologies
And/Or Technology Research Cost Chance to Unlock Accelerator Amplification
Hiver Human Liir Morrigi Tarka Zuul
And Heavy Drivers 45,000 100 90 75 75 100 80
Antimatter 325,000 0 0 0 0 0 0

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