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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 6
06-15-2011, 02:26 PM
Also worth noting here. There is the damage VS type that should be mentioned. Also the ranges that damage drops off

As compared to Cannons, beams deal slightly more damage to shields, and less damage to hull.

Also as compared to Cannons, beams lose damage due to distance at a slightly lower rate.

IE if you have a beam and a cannon that do 100 damage, at 9km the beam will do more damage.

I am sure someone has more exact numbers but little things to consider.

The main thing though is the BO abilities that affect them. Cannons have straight damage bonus, while beams have FAW (which is bonus damage and random target) and subsystem targeting, and Overload.

It will depend on your playstyle as to which makes sense for you.