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Unlock Edit

Technology Point Defense Tracking Interceptor Missiles Point Defense Phasers
Tree Ballistic Weapons Power Technology Energy Weapons

Use Edit

The Point Defense(PD) section is a mission section for Destroyers and Cruisers notable for an extremely large number of small weapon mounts that provide weapons coverage in 360 degrees on both horizontal and vertical planes. Both Destroyer and Cruiser varients can be deployed to great effect against Silicoids, as the large number of point defense weapons prove to be very effective at swatting away swarms of drones. As Silicoids are cleared from the galaxy and the greatest threats prove to be enemy empires, this section takes on a more situational role. A few point defense ships can be attached to a fleet towards the bottom of the reinforcement queue, with access to several kinds of specialized point defense weapons in case the enemy chooses to invest heavily in Torpedoes, Drones, or Missiles in a specific engagement. Generally Destroyers suffice for this role, as Cruisers tend to be overkill both in volume of fire and command points tied up.

An alternative use of PD sections is to fight swarms of destroyers. A player who invests heavily in economic technologies and is pressured before he is ready will still have the economic capacity to produce a large number of destroyers very quickly. Before you have access to beams and phasers, you may need to rely on large numbers of small weapons in order to effectively combat these swarms. The PD section can be very useful for this.

The Races Compared Edit

Human Edit

Hiver Edit

Hivers feature a rotating PD section on Destroyers and Cruisers, gauranteeing that even if an explosion rips the turrets off one side of the ship, the PD section will still be able to cover most angles most of the time.

Liir Edit

The Liir PD sections feature multiple spindles with gun mounts protruding horizontally. This design is much better at picking small targets off nearby ships than it is at defending itself.

Tarka Edit

Morrigi Edit

Zuul Edit

The Zuul would much rather shoot at more interesting things than missiles and drones, and therefore outfit their PD Cruisers with a fair number of medium mounts.

Possible Structural Modifications Edit

Armor Edit

Polysilicate Alloys Magnoceramic Lattices Quark Resonators Adamantite Alloys Stealth Armor
Yes Yes

Coating Edit

Reflective Coating Improved Reflective Coating
Yes

Statistics Edit

Destroyer Edit

Hiver Human Liir Morrigi Tarka Zuul
Health 600 500 500 500 400 400
Mass 2,300 1,800 1,800 1,800 1,500 1,400
Savings cost 10,000 12,000 11,000 11,000 13,000 9,000
Industrial cost 920 1,040 1,040 1,240 980 800
Tactical Speed -5 -5 -5 -5 0 -5
Turn Speed 5 10 10 10 5 20
S Mounts 6 5 6 8 4 6
M Mounts 0 0 0 0 0 0

Cruiser Edit

Hiver Human Liir Morrigi Tarka Zuul
Crew 45 25 10 25 10 18
Health 2,000 2,000 1,800 2,000 2,300 1,900
Mass 5,900 4,800 5,300 4,800 5,500 4,700
Savings Cost 35,000 31,000 25,000 34,100 30,000 30,000
Industrial Cost 2,430 2,250 2,430 2,750 2,475 1,800
Tactical Speed 0 0 0 0 0 5
Turn Speed 0 10 10 10 10 10
S Mounts 18 16 20 10 12 4
M Mounts 0 0 0 0 0 8

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