Tetryons or antiprotons for fleetescort/defiant builds
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Join Date: Dec 2007
02-20-2012, 02:05 AM
I will agree that honestly, weapon choice is really up to you what you do with it. But you have to focus on different things depending on what you are wanting to do, PVE or PVP.
Plasma: Not so good in PVP, fairly good in PVE. On the plus, generally VERY cheap weapons because fewer people use em. At the least, the damage from the proc prevents hull regen.
Phaser: Common enough weapons, the proc can (against a human player) have that brief 'panic moment' when something suddenly is shut down. Fairly useful either way.
Disruptor: The hull resistance debuff is pretty effective no matter what you are doing, but most effective in STFs when you have to pull down MILLIONS of hull strength. Mostly because this proc helps the WHOLE team.
Antiproton: Yes, they have a better chance for critical damage and stuff, but that's kinda all. Yes, they are DPS, and while DPS wins things, they don't add any other tactical advantage.
Polaron: The power drain is good, but honestly not useful at all against the computer ships. Much more PVP, but even then, it can be resisted.
Tetryon: Probably the most 'middle line' of all the energy types, because the shield killer part is useful at all times except where the target has no shields to begin with. Obviously the proc in that case isn't needed, but the shield drain when it is needed, again helps the whole team, not just only you.
My own thoughts: I highly recommend Disruptors or Tetryon over anything else, even Antiproton weapons (in space). the proc they have is most generally effective for all people you are with, if doing PVP matches, or STFs. Even one on one PVP, stripping your opponent's shields or weakening their hull is good regardless.
But, to each their own. I'm not a heavy PVPer, so those folks can feel free to correct me of course.