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terloki 04-15-2013 02:21 PM

The most worthless ability ever
 
I'm mainly a sci captain, my first toon was a sci, my first end-game ship was the Luna, and I absolutely love playing a sci captain and laughing maniacally as I generally throw a huge wrench into my enemy's plans. So, since I plan on going through the campaign again on a new character from each faction when Legacy of Romulus comes out, I got the Rhode Island in preparation, and then stripped off the console and tried it out to see how it handles.

In short: It sucks. I mean REALLY sucks. I'm the guy who's found every ability console in the game useful to some degree, but this thing? It can't even do its job.
The premise of the Photonic Displacer is sound: Make a holographic copy of your ship to fool enemies so you can get away or heal.

The problem is what they don't tell you: As soon as you activate it all your power levels drop by 20, you can't use any speed buffs, can't heal, and can't even rebalance your shield facings. Oh sure, you get a nice little holo-decoy of your ship running around, but that's it.

I'm really disappointed here, Cryptic. What is the point of this thing? Why is it crippled so badly?

wolfpack12c 04-15-2013 02:30 PM

I find it useful for going into a fight more then I do comming out of one lol

pweistheworst 04-19-2013 08:19 AM

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Originally Posted by wolfpack12c (Post 9234431)
I find it useful for going into a fight more then I do comming out of one lol

Agreed. It gives enemies something else to shoot at while you move in and strike. I also have that Impulse Capacitance Cell / Impulse Burst equipped so by the time enemies start pounding me I'm able to use the burst and run away to heal.

redricky 04-19-2013 10:19 AM

It's also useless in PvP because the targeting info only has a ship name. It just tells your opponent to stop shooting and start looking for the real you.

hasukurobi 04-24-2013 12:22 AM

What is even more fun is that if your enemy has a Point Defense prepare to be shredded alive if you use this near them. You may as well battle cloak in a B'rel when you see 3 Quantum High Yield 3's coming your way LOL. It would be the same thing except the B'rel version would be more exciting.


I agree with the OP... It is utterly worthless but then it is on a Science ship and many Science abilities were nerfed into uselessness as well.

reynoldsxd 04-24-2013 06:44 AM

the value of the console is that upon activation the enemies targeting is FORCE switched to the new holodecoy without him being notified. its a seamless transition and if used with a bit of luck, all the debuffs and snb hit the decoy, not you.


The console DOES NOT ever work when the opponent is closer than aproximately 4 km.

Its a mask sensor effect, not a cloak. People get close, they see you.




Helping things along: put more power to engines to gain distance faster + a 100 power evasive will put a lot of distance between you and the target, and no, evasive does not break the holo decoy, neither does power to engines.

This is a force switch of target and you getting mask energy signature. Its not a cloak. if the op for is close they will see you.




This console will shine on my romulan captains because i can troll your alpha into the decoy and battle cloak right away.

dalnar83 04-24-2013 06:50 AM

I think the OP never seen emission seeking torpedo in action.

cmdrskyfaller 04-24-2013 08:33 AM

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Originally Posted by terloki (Post 9234351)
I'm mainly a sci captain, my first toon was a sci, my first end-game ship was the Luna, and I absolutely love playing a sci captain and laughing maniacally as I generally throw a huge wrench into my enemy's plans. So, since I plan on going through the campaign again on a new character from each faction when Legacy of Romulus comes out, I got the Rhode Island in preparation, and then stripped off the console and tried it out to see how it handles.

In short: It sucks. I mean REALLY sucks. I'm the guy who's found every ability console in the game useful to some degree, but this thing? It can't even do its job.
The premise of the Photonic Displacer is sound: Make a holographic copy of your ship to fool enemies so you can get away or heal.

The problem is what they don't tell you: As soon as you activate it all your power levels drop by 20, you can't use any speed buffs, can't heal, and can't even rebalance your shield facings. Oh sure, you get a nice little holo-decoy of your ship running around, but that's it.

I'm really disappointed here, Cryptic. What is the point of this thing? Why is it crippled so badly?

umm.. you're supposed to activate your heals and buffs and stuff BEFORE you pop the decoy. Its the same thing as a battle cloak but with a lure.

tpalelena 04-24-2013 10:20 AM

The most useless ability will be go down fighting once LoR comes out.

dalnar83 04-24-2013 10:26 AM

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Originally Posted by tpalelena (Post 9429591)
The most useless ability will be go down fighting once LoR comes out.

/facepalm. you are really hopeless with this moaning. Seriously, you missed few threads where you didn't mention it.


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