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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 4
02-01-2010, 07:10 AM
cannons have a ton of innate penalties, different to beams but still there.

Yes they can cause heavy sustained damage, however if the enemy uses stuff like evasive maneuvers there's a good chance they'll get out of the arc, meaning no damage.

Only certain amounts can be used, that means were heavily limited, unlike beams that can fit as many as they want for a huge burst damage move at the expense of their overall dps.

They can only be placed on cannons, the most fragile of the federation ships, so yes escorts with cannons can potentially do awesome damage, but against anything maneuverable or anything that can hit hard back that doesn't always happen.