Ion power!

#1 Posted by Jimmi (166 posts) -

Just beat the game for the first time on easy with the Engi (doughnut) ship, and I'm honestly surprised I managed it. It started out being a run just to grab a few achievements, but it turned out to be my first victory!

I did it without cloaking, which is the surprising part. 3 shield bubbles, 3 ion weapons and 2 Mark 1 anti-ship drones. 48% dodge too, but no teleporter either. After about 3-4 volleys of my ion cannons the shields were down and from there I could basically shut down any subsystem I wanted (i.e. weapons and teleporter).

So have faith people! It's not impossible to beat the boss with a variety of builds (on easy at least), which is one of the biggest complaints I've heard about the game so far.

#2 Posted by huser (1042 posts) -

@Jimmi said:

Just beat the game for the first time on easy with the Engi (doughnut) ship, and I'm honestly surprised I managed it. It started out being a run just to grab a few achievements, but it turned out to be my first victory!

I did it without cloaking, which is the surprising part. 3 shield bubbles, 3 ion weapons and 2 Mark 1 anti-ship drones. 48% dodge too, but no teleporter either. After about 3-4 volleys of my ion cannons the shields were down and from there I could basically shut down any subsystem I wanted (i.e. weapons and teleporter).

So have faith people! It's not impossible to beat the boss with a variety of builds (on easy at least), which is one of the biggest complaints I've heard about the game so far.

Did something similar. Used a Defense drone Mk2, the starting ion gun, burst laser Mk2, breach bomb, 3 shields, 45% dodge, no cloak, but with shields. Dropped in Manti/Slug and Rock/Human to kill their 2 most dangerous guns (and crew), while I turned off ALL my weapons, dumping power into shields, engine, and drone until the flagship was toothless. Took power from drone and engine back into weapons and killed shield, locked down cloak, and then killed med bay...then sent in my assault squad(s) to hunt down the rest of the flagship crew.

2nd form, did pretty much the same thing, only this time taking out the missile and drone room early to drop their anti-ship drone and boarding drone (still had to deal with one boarding attempt). Shields, defense drone, and dodging can deal with the burst laser and beams OK while that went on. Took 6 damage up to this point.

3rd form, had to divert all power to weapons, and got rocked early. Once the Zoltan shield was dropped, sent troops over and turtled up. I don't think I did this one optimally but still came out of it with 5 health.

#3 Posted by Iodine (542 posts) -

I really like the Ion cannon. My current run is Engi, and while having it's default one suck up 3 energy, it's really effective.

I usually focus it on shields and then maybe weapons if my drone is derping around

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