Orbital power beam targeter

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Orbital power beam targeter

Orbital power beam targeter

An ancient targeting unit for a network of power-collection satellites. Once aimed at a target, it directs ancient satellites to begin beaming power down in a massive column of electromagnetic energy. This power can safely be collected in a giant absorption dish. Since you have no absorption dish, you'll be aiming it at enemies, at which point the power column will turn the area into a thousand-degree inferno. This will last until the satellites detect the unsafe targeting, shut themselves down, and permanently deactivate the targeter.

Base Stats

Type
Artifact
Tech Level
Spacer
Market Value
1200 Silver
Mass
0.2 kg
HP
100
Flammability
50%

Apparel

Coverage
Waist
Layer
Belt
Technical
thingSetMakerTags
SingleUseWeapon, RewardStandardHighFreq
tradeTags
ExoticMisc


The Orbital power beam targeter is a powerful single-use utility artifact that deals damage in a wide radius for a short duration.

Acquisition

Orbital power beam targeters cannot be crafted. Instead they can only be acquired through trade, as a reward for performing quests, or found in ancient shrines. Note that quest rewards are selected with a weighted random generator, so there is no way to guarantee access to a targeter in a given play-through. Anecdotally, it is often reported that the increased number of reward options added by the DLC dilute the reward pool with more options

Summary

Worn in "Waist" utility slot, orbital power beam targeters can be equipped by pawns. Pawns that are incapable of violence can equip, but not use, the targeter. Once the wearer is drafted, it can be manually activated by the player to target a tile within 45 tiles and within line of sight.

After a 3s warm-up, a massive beam will shoot down from above for 600 ticks (10 secs). Once per activated tick, the beam chooses 4 random tiles in a 15-tile radius of the target, setting them on fire and dealing between 65 and 100 Flame damage to everything on each tiles. The beam can hit targets under roofs, including overhead mountain.

The targeter cannot be recharged or refueled - once its single charge is expended, the item is completely destroyed.

Analysis

Can hit objects though mountain , decent at dealing with late-stage infestations.

Because Mechanoids are immune to fire damage, they cannot be harmed by an orbital power beam.

Version history

  • 0.18.1722 - added.
  • 1.2 - Changed from a ranged weapon to a utility slot item.
  • 1.2.2753 - new artwork for orbital targeters.
  • 1.3.3067 - escaping prisoners are now capable of picking up and using these.