Smokepop belt

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Smokepop belt

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"An automatic defensive smokescreen. It will release a thick cloud of smoke if the wearer is hit by a projectile, providing line-of-sight cover and preventing turrets from locking on. Single-use."


Type
GearArmor
HP
100
Market Value
450 Silver.png
Mass
3 kg
Buy
Steel 25 + Component 1 + Chemfuel 75


A single-use defensive device that releases a cloud of smoke if the wearer is hit by a projectile.

The smoke reduces hit chance by 70% for any projectile that paths through smoke. Shooters will still be affected by smoke even when neither them nor the targets are standing in it. The smoke released also prevents turrets from locking onto targets. It dissipates after 29-31 seconds.

It does not affect melee hit or dodge chances.

Stats

On explosion, the smokepop belt covers an area with smoke. The radius depends on the quality of the belt.

Quality Awful Shoddy Poor Normal Good Superior Excellent Masterwork Legendary
Explosion radius (tiles) 3.0 3.3 3.6 4.0 4.2 4.5 4.7 4.9 5.0

Note that a larger explosion radius is not necessarily better, as smoke affects both sides of the battle.

Usage

It's best used by your workers. The smoke makes it much harder for ranged enemies to hit, allowing your vulnerable colonists to run. One smoke screen can provide cover for multiple colonists.

It works OK with melee colonists, with the smoke giving melee colonists the chance to move in, though you will want to equip the shield belt instead, which isn't one-use and gives more solid protection. You can also use the enemy's own belts to your advantage, as the smoke allows your fighters to close in while being hit much less.

Ranged colonists pair terribly with this as smoke reduces their accuracy as well. It should not be used when other gunners are nearby.