I am curious as to why many people like Antiproton weapons so much? I go shopping on the exchange and see pricing and availability, as well as seeing them used frequently in STO's. I wanted to have a ship for each weapon type in the game.
They have no apparent 2.5% chance of anything, and their overall look is far too dark red to be believable. Their damage is no better than any other beam array (or cannon).
They are also the only viable space Borg weapon in my opinion, as they are Mk XII and are effectively [Acc][CrtH][CrtD] monsters that have a 7.5% chance of hitting Borg harder. I love them for my playstyle, love the sound they make when they fire, and with the changes to stf drops, weapons of that caliber are almost impossible to find (or fetch a crazy price only rivaled by something with more Acc mods).
Critical severity has a 20% bonus, and most people only want to be kirks and damage dealers in the game. Extremely overpriced, imo.
Most people just use their brains and don't want to rely on a lottery to get a (for PvE) useless proc once every three fights.
Not to mention the CritD bonus basically makes them scaling. The more crit chance you have, the more you'll get out of that inherent severity bonus. I wouldn't use them on a cruiser or a sci ship, but on a tac escort, they are simply the hardest hitting weapons by a huge margin. Or at least they were when you could still reasonably obtain them. If you still have a STF set from before S7, you are a lucky person. Right now I wouldn't equip a new ship with AP, purely because the only available ones are from the fleet store with crap modifiers or crafted MK XI stuff. But once Cryptic makes them available again, say goodbye to all those plasma builds that are so popular right now.
People actually buy anti proton weapons off exchange? I just built an anti proton beam bank fleet research ship, and bought the fleet anti proton banks and turrets, total cost was 80,000 fleet credits and 40,000 dillithium. They are advanced mx 12 dmgx3 accx1 weapons and are pretty killer in stfs and other random pve content.
Why spend literally millions of ec's on exchange weapons when fleet weapons are very good and require far less grind to acquire?