It will strip any active buffs from the targeted ship. This effect applies only once upon "impact". After that players can use every available skill (not on cooldown) again, and can also shoot. The 30 second debuff only affects (decreases -113% for 30 sec iirc) the recharge speed of abilities on cooldown.
OK, so in PvE the best use would be to watch when the enemy fires most of their weapons and then activate it so they all get stuck in the extended cooldown? Even then, does it have a big impact in PvE if it only affects active cooldowns when the beam hits? So a 4s cooldown on their weapons becomes 10ish seconds.
I haven't seen a lot of PvE ships using buffs or other abilities much. Do they use them a lot at higher levels?
So what I'm getting from this is that SNB is more of a PvP power than a PvE power. Is that right?
Yeah, mostly PVP. But there are PVE situations where it comes in handy.
- Mogai escorts. Can be used to strip them of attack pattern alpha
- Tactical cubes. When they prepare to fire torpedo spread. It can stop it from firing.
- Dreadnought in Khitomer Accord Space. Can be used to negate her emergency power to shields 3. Makes the battle a lot faster.
- Cardassian ships that use feedback pulse. Removes that annoying power.
I'm sure there are others that I haven't thought of.
SNB is indeed only a small benefit in regular PvE. Only a few NPC ships will use abilities worth to strip at all. Most noticeable usage in PvE would indeed be the emergency power ability of the Scimitar in KA or the Terran Empire Dreadnought in the Mirror Event.
Originally Posted by flyingwaffle123
So a 4s cooldown on their weapons becomes 10ish seconds.
The firing cycle of weapons is not affected. Only the cooldown on abilities.