I was wondering Beam Overload applies a fixed damage value, or is it multiplied by the number of beams used? Does it even use multiple beams or does it(when using fire all beams), or does it just overload a singular beam only.
If it only overloads a single beam, which beam will it overload when using fire all beams? Is it slot 1, or is it random, or is it just the next beam that fires?
I also guess its safe to assume that my cannons arent doing much more than tickling my target once my weapon's bar drops to zero.
BO only effects one beam and its your next beam fired. Its a huge percentage increase on that one beams damage. for best results use a dual beam with maxed weapons power. t4 with a mk VIII dual beam and 115 power on BO III I've gotten hits upwards of 18k. I've seen reports as high as 25-30k
that's how I recall it as well, but did it actually give both a bonus?
I can confirm it used to effect both in OB, but only if they were fired together. Two sets of 20k+ damage is hard to miss in the combat log. May have been fixed since then; been a long time since I used it on anything but a single dual beam bank on the front of an escort.