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A pair of injectors implanted through the canine teeth, connected to a venom pump. The user can bite an enemy, extend the injectors, and pump venom into the target.
The Venom Fangs gives a pawn that's been implanted with it an attack with 15 AP and 7.5 DPS, and inflicts Toxic Buildup at roughly 1.5% per damage dealt.
Venom fangs can only be made at Machining table and require Poison Synthesis to be researched in order to be constructed. This research requires the use of the relevant Techprint. Venom fangs require 40 steel and 7 components. They require a crafting skill of 5.
The venom fang is a somewhat weak melee implant that can inflict the toxic buildup debuff when used. It is weaker then a normal quality steel longsword against unarmored enemies, and falls even further away against armored foes due to its worse armor penetration. As a dedicated melee weapon it is outclassed by all other melee implants unlocked by the compact weaponry and poison synthesis techprint, and is massively outclassed by most dedicated melee weapons. It should not be considered as a pawn's primary offensive option.
The primary benefit of fangs over other implanted melee weapons is that it blocks neither artificial arms nor artificial legs from also being used.
Despite the fact that it is outclassed by all similar weapons in terms of melee capabilities, the ability to cause toxic buildup to enemies allows for some very specific but otherwise useful uses. When fighting an enemy raider there is a high, but random, chance they will be die upon being downed regardless of injuries if the reasons for it are going into painshock or having less than 15% movement. However, if they are downed through other means such as extreme toxic buildup it will bypass this dice roll and they will live. This allows you to capture specific enemy raiders alive in a fairly reliable way.
How to capture an enemy alive
This exact method is also applicable to the venom talon
This method requires both the skip and painblock psycasts. Other psycasts, such as invisibilty and neural heat dump, are helpful but not strictly necessary. Make sure your venom fang pawns do not have melee weapons, as otherwise they they will select that more powerful weapon over the fangs.
You will need two groups of pawns, a psycaster and venom fang toothed pawn(s). While you can have your psycaster also be the one to have the venom fangs, this increases the neural heat cost greatly as more skip psycasts will have to be cast. Your psycaster should be well ahead of your colonists, able to cast their skip ability on the incoming raider beyond the range of your colonists guns to ensure they don't get hit due to friendly fire. Your venom fang pawns should be in a sectioned off area either behind a wall or within a bunker with a door held open, though if you have a high number of venom fang pawns such as 4 or 5, you can down raiders quickly and reliably enough such that separating them behind a wall/bunkeris not needed.
Find the raider you wish to capture alive and use the skip psycast to move them through the open doorway and in melee range of your venom fang pawns. You may have to use multiple skip psycasts to move them the appropriate distance, and if they are near the back of the enemy group invisibility may be needed to safely get in range. If your psycaster doesn't have enough neural heat capacity then you may have to disable the heat limiter or have a target to cast the neural heat dump psycast on. You must then cast the painblock psycast as otherwise they may go into pianshock before reaching extreme toxic buildup, which will cause the dice to roll likely killing them. Once this is done run, skip, or jump your psycaster to safety.
Have your venom fang pawns close the door that was held open to ensure the aren't disturbed by other raiders, and the melee the raider you skipped to them. After some attacks the raider should reach extreme toxic buildup and be downed, where you can then move your venom fanged pawns to fight the rest of the raid like normal.
This method of capturing enemies alive is not without its flaws however. Firstly, depending on which psycasts you have available, your psycaster may have to place themselves dangerously close to the enemy in order to be able to reach the desired target with the skip psycast's modest range. This risk can be mitigated by the invisibility psycast allowing you to get closer without risk, or the mass chaos skip psycast to spread enemies out, though this can backfire by sending raiders where you don't want them to go.
(Tested on version 1.2.2753)
Finally, there is a chance you may kill the raider you are trying to capture by having them reach 100% toxic buildup. After 500 tests with venom fangs there is a 9% chance of them dying this way. (Tested on version 1.2.2753)
- Added in initial release of Royalty
- In Version 1.1.?, buffed from 12% AP and 4.10 DPS to 22% AP and 7.5 DPS. Toxic build up was also improved.