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# 1 Photon or Quantum?
06-11-2011, 04:45 AM
I am a LTC 1, and am going to drop some EC at the Exchange getting better gear. I am a tac/Escort, and I'm trying to decide if i should go with quatum or photon torps. which should I pick?
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# 2
06-11-2011, 04:50 AM
At present, in-game:

Photons have the fast cooldown but the lowest dealt DPS. Photons can't be targeted.
Quantums have the second fast cooldown & the second highest dealt DPS potential. Quantums can't be targeted.

Personally, I roll with Quantums on all my ships.
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# 3
06-11-2011, 04:55 AM
It looked like quantums had a lower DPS than photons. Was I just reading it wrong?
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# 4
06-11-2011, 05:19 AM
a photon does less damage per hit, but fires every 6 seconds. a quantum does more damage per hit but fires every 8 seconds. a photon ends up doing more damage over time, but a quantum will spike harder.
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# 5
06-11-2011, 05:26 AM
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Originally Posted by GhanjRho View Post
It looked like quantums had a lower DPS than photons. Was I just reading it wrong?
Sorry, not DPS but DPV.
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# 6
06-11-2011, 05:44 PM
My personal opinion: Depends on your ship, slower turning ships probably should use quantums because they don't get to fire their torpedoes as often and want a high damage punch when they do fire, while faster turning ships should go with photons, because they can take advantage of their faster reload (and DPS) by keeping the target in their firing arc for longer.
Personally i go with quantums in my cruiser.
Does that make sense?
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# 7
06-12-2011, 02:08 AM
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My personal opinion: Depends on your ship, slower turning ships probably should use quantums because they don't get to fire their torpedoes as often and want a high damage punch when they do fire, while faster turning ships should go with photons, because they can take advantage of their faster reload (and DPS) by keeping the target in their firing arc for longer.
Personally i go with quantums in my cruiser.
Does that make sense?
Theoretically, I'd say yes. WIth the caveat that I still think no matter what you fly, Quantum Torpedoes will be better overall.

All the times you manage to fire your Photons and just hit shields they aren't doing much. So it's best to fire them rarely, but well timed, hitting the enemy's hull and inflicting the full damage potential of your torp.

Also, if I remember correctly,if you use a power like High Yield Torpedo, it provides more bang for buck on quantum torpedoes as well. No matter how fast your torps fire, HYT only fires every 60 seconds or so, and the damage boost depends on the weapon's single shot damage, not DPS.
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