Cruisers - 4 or 6 beams?
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Join Date: Dec 2007
05-14-2012, 04:47 AM
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I saw on a recent episode of STOked one of the developers indicated that the optimal configuration for beam arrays was between 4 and 6. Beyond this the weapon power drain becomes excessive and as such you start actually crippling your DPS.
As such, I'd like to ask the general opinion of people here - is 4 beams better, or 6? Or 5, and if 5, should the 5th be on the fore or aft weapon array?
Thanks for any insight!
I believe if you cannot get reliably more than 100 weapon powers, 6 beams does about the same damage as 8 beams. But if you can get to 125 (with consoles, skil ltraining and innate ship bonuses), 8 beams still give notable more damage than 7 or 8. Nagorak's DPS calculator is pretty good at showing these things:
I don't know what energy levels the devs think people run at, but if you're not maxing weapon power, you're not using your energy effectively. It literally gives you the most bang for your buck.
I would not always go with 8 beams, but try to get in a Dual Beam Bank so my forward DPS is a little higher. If you want to equip a non-beam weapon, front usually makes it easier to actually use - though if you're PvPing, you may find a nasty weapon in the aft section more effective to get a pesky Escort off your tail.