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Certainly not. If so, why would anyone use anything besides chronitons?
Chronitons are balanced, as they have a potent special effect as it is: the chance to slow your target. They are not meant for pure damage. If you want shield penetration, go with transphasics. That's their special effect, even if it is only partial.
Besides, Voyager was only 'ripped apart' by chronitons because they did not have the necessary shielding. If chroniton torpedoes are in common usage (as in STO, which is years ahead of Voyager), wouldn't it stand to reason that most ships would already have the necessary temporal shielding upgrades to prevent chroniton torpedoes from bypassing shields?
TL;DR: Chronitons don't need the buff to damage because they are for debuffing, not damage.
Scurry pretty much said it. There was a thread in this area too that basically said the same thing about transphasic torpedoes, and how they, since they were powerful in Voyager, need to be as such in this game.
If you want damage, use quantums. If you want a debuff, use Chronitons.
that aside, they're my personal favorite torpedo/mine type in the game.
Voyager was ripped apart before they devised a countermeasure in the form of their temporal shields. Later in the same 2 parter they were almost immune to chroniton weapons, forcing the Krenn ship to switch to conventional weapons. Likewise, transphasics were only so powerful as long as your shields weren't adapted (which is stated in Endgame the Borg could do, just not before Voyager wrecked the whole hub).
For comparison, if you have no defense, even a photon torpedo is a potential death sentence - just the blowback from a close range explosion could destroy a Galaxy-class ship if its shields were down, and Voyager destroyed a ship that had taken several torpedoes without a problem by beaming one directly inside the ship. However, with proper defenses, even the Defiant takes dozens of hits from them (but a single torpedo lodged inside the hull still becomes a serious issue).
All these weapons are in common use in the Alpha and Beta quadrants. Similar to the Breen energy dissipators (another god-like weapon defeated by technobabble), countermeasures would already be in place on the ships of most or all major powers.
Krenim chroniton torpedoes are likely based on a completely different design than Alpha Quadrant chroniton torpedoes. There's no reason to think they'd both behave in the same way, besides the fact that they share the same name.
Last edited by fulleatherjacket; 11-23-2012 at 01:06 AM.