Weapons (or turrets) are the primary way of inflicting damage upon other ships and stations in Avorion. They come in a variety of types, and where you find those types depends, as many things do, on your distance from the centre of the galaxy. Furthermore, they are classified as "unarmed" (the types that aren't primarily meant for damaging your opponent) and "armed". Turrets can be obtained as loot by destroying other ships, destroying wreckage, buying them from Turret Merchants or Equipment Docks, or producing them at a Turret Factory. Just like blocks, they come in the different materials Avorion has - higher material turrets will be more powerful (and larger) than lower material turrets. Turrets can only be placed on a block of the material they're made of or higher. I.e. an Iron turret can be placed on any block, where a Xanion turret can only be placed on a block of Xanion, Ogonite or Avorion. Furthermore, like System Upgrades they come in several rarities: common, uncommon, rare, exceptional, exotic and legendary. The higher rarity the turret is, the more bonuses it will have and the more powerful it will be. Turrets require gunner crewmembers (for armed turrets), miners (for salvaging and mining turrets) or engineers (for force or repair turrets). The turrets in Avorion follow the Omicron damage system.
Note: your distance from the centre is sqrt(x^2 + y^2), where x and y are the horizontal and vertical coordinate of your sector.
- 1 Turret Scaling
- 2 Armed Turrets
- 3 Unarmed Turrets
- 4 Special Traits
- 5 Fighters
- 6 Torpedoes
Turret Scaling[edit | edit source]
Turrets can occupy multiple slots, becoming stronger if they do. Bigger turrets will turn slower, but deal more damage at longer ranges.
Armed Turrets[edit | edit source]
Chaingun[edit | edit source]
The Chaingun, often also called machinegun, is the first weapon you'll encounter (every player starts with two). It is the most basic kinetic weapon (which are strong against hulls) and deals damage by propelling metal bits at the enemy at high speed. This weapon type usually has low damage, high rate of fire, low-medium range and low-medium accuracy. Some variants can overheat, thus firing in bursts.
This weapon type can be found anywhere in the galaxy.
Bolter[edit | edit source]
Bolters are similar to Chainguns, but have a distinct "big brother"-feel to them, as they fire larger and stronger bullets. Bolters are kinetic weapons of average strengh. They deal medium damage, have medium rate of fire, medium range and medium accuracy. Bolters can overheat.
Bolter turrets are found early in the game, around titanium level.
Railgun[edit | edit source]
Railgun turrets are high-end kinetic weapons. They accelerate powerful projectiles through the power of magnets to high speeds. Railguns deal high damage, fire slowly, but have long range and good accuracy. Their shots have no travel time, which makes long-range combat significantly easier. Additionally, Railguns can pierce blocks, dealing even more damage and possibly destroy blocks buried deep into the targeted ship. Shields and heavy armor blocks will prevent the penetration.
Railguns are found only at later stages of the game, often appearing first around the Barrier.
Tesla[edit | edit source]
Tesla weapons fire beams of electricity at the target, dealing damage per second. They are the lowest tier of disruptor weapons (which deal more damage to shields). Tesla turrets have low range, very good accuracy and consume power while firing. The consumed power per second will slowly rise during continuous use. Stone blocks are invulnerable to tesla beams.
Tesla weapons are first encountered at the start of the naonite region.
Plasma[edit | edit source]
Plasma turrets propell balls of plasma (as the name suggests) at the target, which deal increased damage to shields. They are disruptor weapons of medium strengh. Plasma weapons have medium damage, medium rate of fire, decent range and good accuracy. They consume energy while firing.
Plasma turrets are found later in the game, around trinium level.
Lightning[edit | edit source]
Lightning weapons are high-end disruptor weapons, tearing shields apart at long ranges. They fire accurate beams of arcing electricity with slow rate of fire, but high damage. Lightning beams travel instantly, but deal no damage to stone blocks. Lightning weapons also consume energy while firing.
This weapon type is found late in the game, around the Barrier.
Cannon[edit | edit source]
Cannon turrets are low-end artillery weapons, designed to eradicate targets at very long ranges. They fire high-damage shells at a very slow rate, are very accurate, but suffer from overheating. Cannon shells explode on impact, dealing more damage if several blocks are caught in the blast. Shields mitigate this effect. Cannons create a large amount of recoil, which can be compensated for by flying a vessel with more mass.
Cannon turrets can be found around the mid stages of the game, around trinium level.
Rocket Launcher[edit | edit source]
Rocket Launchers are considered high-end artillery weapons. They fire a flurry of very slow, high damage rockets, which can fly out to extreme ranges. Rocket launchers can overheat, and are generally unreliable in long-range combat, as it is quite easy to evade them. However, if the weapon has the "seeker"-trait, the rockets will follow the targeted enemy, which massively improves the performance of the weapon.
Rocket launchers are found late in the game, around the Barrier.
Laser[edit | edit source]
Laser weapons are special weapons. They deal medium damage per second at low-medium range, but they have perfect accuracy. Laser beams consume energy while firing, and are found around naonite levels.
Pulse Cannon[edit | edit source]
Pulse cannons shoot ionized projectiles which have a very high chance of penetrating shields. They typically have a high rate of fire with low damage, similar to chaingun turrets.
The penetration effect can be countered by the shield-strenghener-system.
Point-Defense Chaingun/Laser[edit | edit source]
Point-Defense weapons are designed to deal with fighters and especially torpedoes. They will always have the "independent targeting"-trait, which should be set to "defensive"-mode. They deal very low damage at decent range, but have high turn speed. PDCs/PDLs will always occupy only one turret slot.
PDCs are found very early, PDLs at later stages.
Flak/Anti-Fighter cannon[edit | edit source]
Flak turrets fire exploding bullets at very short ranges, and are designed to deal with fighters. Their damage is low, as is their rate of fire, but they turn quickly and the bullet detonation can catch fighters reliably. Flak turrets will always occupy only one turret slot, and are found at mid stages of the game.
Unarmed Turrets[edit | edit source]
Mining lasers are used for mining asteroids. They have low damage, except against rocks, against which they have a massive damage bonus, and they are the only turrets capable of extracting resources out of ore-rich asteroids. They can only mine up to one above the material they're made of. (i.e. Iron mining laser can mine iron and titanium, a titanium mining laser can mine Naonite, Titanium and Iron, but not Trinium etc.) Mining lasers can be found everywhere. Mining laser efficiency determines how much percent of the material can be harvested.
Salvaging lasers are used for mining wreckage (or hulls). They have fairly low damage, and they are the only turrets capable of extracting resources out of hulls and wreckage. They can only salvage up to one above the material they're made of. (i.e. Iron salvaging laser can salvage iron and titanium, a titanium salvaging laser can salvage Naonite, Titanium and Iron, but not Trinium etc.) Salvaging lasers can be found everywhere.
Force Turret[edit | edit source]
Force turrets do no damage, but either pull opponents closer (bringing them into range) or push them away (pushing you out of their range). Some Force turrets apply the same effect on your ship simultaneously as well! The most effective and powerful force turrets are manufactured. Very high powered ones can use debris and asteroids as projectiles. Force turrets can be found when your distance to the centre is lower than 425
Repair Turret[edit | edit source]
Repair turrets do no damage, but restore hitpoints to either shields or hull (or both!) of friendly ships. They use energy to do this. Repair turrets can be found when your distance to the centre is lower than 325
Special Traits[edit | edit source]
Overheating[edit | edit source]
Some weapons will have the "Overheats" trait, which causes the weapon to build up heat until it eventually cannot fire any more and has to cool down. Weapons that overheat are typically more powerful than regular weapons, but cannot fire constantly. Because of the penalty not being able to fire constantly, the omicron numbers of overheating weapons are only accurate when the weapons are not on cool-down. There is an example down below
|Trait||Omicron||Firing time||Cool-down time||Firing/Cool-down ratio||"True" Omicron|
Burst Firing[edit | edit source]
A variant of Overheating where the weapon will both overheat and cool down extremely rapidly, dealing quick intense bursts of damage.
Uses Energy[edit | edit source]
Any weapons with this trait will draw energy from your ships batteries. The energy cost of firing the same weapon continuously will increase over time. Depending on the power of the weapon, it will usually draw more or less energy, with higher powered weapons needing exponentially much more power to use than more economical weapons. Plasma and Lightning turrets draw power with each shot, while Laser, Tesla, Repair and Force turrets, and sometimes also Mining and Salvaging turrets will draw energy continuously over time.
Independent Targeting[edit | edit source]
Turrets with independent targeting can automatically aim and fire at targets in range, although they sacrifice some power. To set up the turret to do this, detach your mouse and click the turret icon close to the health bar on the HUD, and then select the firing mode.
Seekers[edit | edit source]
A trait unique to Launchers, Seeker missiles will chase after your target when you fire the missile. If you change targets, the missile will still chase whichever target it was chasing before.
+X% Damage versus shields or hull[edit | edit source]
This bonus is applied separate from the omicron rating score. A weapon with +100% damage to shields will deal twice as much damage to shields, and the advertised number against hull. This is calculated similarly for hull. It should be noted that AOE (Cannons, Rocket Launchers) and penetrating weapons (Rail Guns) gain the greatest benefit to hull damage regardless, as they can gain bonus damage across multiple blocks.
+X% Damage, +X% Fire Rate, +X% Range, +X% Efficiency[edit | edit source]
These are bonuses that are applied directly to the main statistics of a turret before the omicron rating. A turret that deals 100 damage per second and has a 100% bonus fire rate or damage trait is actually a 50 damage per second turret but with a 100% bonus. Similarly, a turret with 8 range and +100% Range is actually a 4 range turret, but with double the range that it should have.
+X% Firing until overheated[edit | edit source]
This value modifies the number of shots a weapon can fire before it overheats. A weapon with +100% firing until overheated would fire twice as many shots as an identical one without the value. Be aware that this does not affect the cooldown rate. A weapon with a +100% firing until overheated will take twice as long to cool down after overheated as an identical weapon without the modifier.
+X% Chance to penetrate shields[edit | edit source]
Exactly what it says on the tin. If a turret has a 50% chance to penetrate shields, every other shot will damage hull instead of hitting the shield. This effect can be countered by the shield-strenghener-system.
+X% Faster Cooling[edit | edit source]
This statistic will increase the rate a weapon can cooldown if it is prone to overheating. For example, a weapon with +100% faster cooling will take 5 seconds to recover from an overheat. An identical weapon without this would take 10 seconds to recover from an overheat. Weapon cooldown rates will behave similarly across the thermal bar. Currently heat capacities and heat dissipation rates are hidden across all weapons. It is advised to test the weapon and make a determination to its effectiveness. Even with bonuses, some weapons still overheat too quickly to be useful.
Fighters[edit | edit source]
Fighters require a hangar module which requires Trinium or higher material to build. They are generally slightly less powerful than an equivalent turret, are more vulnerable, and are expensive and tedious to replace, but make up for this with their strength in numbers. To deploy a fighter, you need to first create a squadron in your ship window, then hire a pilot as well as buy a fighter from an equipment vendor, and then finally give your squadron an order using the buttons on the left side of the HUD. You can have 10 squadrons of 12 fighters, for a total of 120 fighters if your hangar is big enough.
Fighters come in all the same varieties as Turrets. They can be crafted at a Fighter Factory using a turret in the player inventory, consuming the turret and adding a single fighter to the player's hangar. To produce copies of a fighter, an existing fighter can be dragged into the large square "Blueprint Slot" to sacrifice the fighter for an unlimited-use blueprint. Additional fighters can then be created, consuming only the minerals that made up the original source turret. The rate at which new fighters are created is dependent on their production requirement; higher quality fighters requiring significantly more. The ship's production is based on the amount and quality of Assembler blocks present. It is also possible to use player-owned factory stations to mass-manufacture fighters for players, since they have a very large production output.
You can enter and fly around in a launched fighter. To do this, get close with your ship or drone, select the fighter and press T.
Torpedoes[edit | edit source]
Torpedoes are very dangerous weapons, that can quickly change the tide of the battle.
They are fired from torpedo launcher blocks, which hold a number of torpedoes in their magazine, depending on the material they are made of.
Torpedoes are stored in torpedo storage blocks, which, similar to storage for goods, scales with size.
Launcher blocks can be assigned to a number, to be enabled/disabled like turrets. Torpedoes are fired with the left mouse button. After the magazine of the launcher is used up, it has to be manually refilled via the torpedo-tab in the ship menu.
Torpedoes track the targeted enemy, but can be avoided by faster ships. However, nearly missed torpedoes will still detonate and deal half the damage.
Torpedoes have a health pool, and can be hit by weapons. It is advised to only fire torpedoes at ill-equipped enemies, or enemies that focus other combatants.
Torpedoes come in various variants, and can be currently only obtained at equipment docks. They will start to be available at naonite-level.
Torpedo variants include, but are not limited to:
- Nuclear - deals a set amount of damage
- Kinetic - deals very high hull damage, depending on its velocity
- Tandem - deals damage to both shields and hull
- Ion - deals very high shield damage
- Sabot - can pierce shields and deal high hull damage (this can be countered by the shield-strenghener-system)
- EMP - deals almost no shield damage, but will disable the shield for a short amount of time