Hey it’s Christmas Eve, whattayaknow?
That title may have you scratching your head, but I find the tractor beam can be difficult to counter. Sure, there are several abilities that will make you immune to tractor beams but that presumes you have clairvoyance and know in advance the enemy is about to lock you in. Of course you could run multiple instances of polarize hull and such to keep refreshing the immunity, I suppose. But I have better things for my science officers to do.
I find that this Terran event has left me needing to do something however because once locked there is little you can due to break the beam off. I had five different ships all locked on me with tractor beams at the same time the other night during the Terran PVE mission. Seriously, five ships at the same time and they all locked on me each adding an beam a few seconds after the other. Those Terran Empire bastards are flinging tractor beams around like lens flare in a JJ Abrams Star Trek movie.
That’s all fine and well when Admiral Sager is flying his Fleet Avenger. Tractor beam… ha ha ha, that tickles. But General Roddicka in a BOP can get her ass handed to her with multiple tractor beams tugging at the hull. I thought polarize hull was supposed to break the beam once attached, but it seems that is not the case anymore. Attack pattern Omega still breaks the tractor beam but that is an ability I only have with a few ships.
Anyhow, the tractor beam itself doesn’t do much damage, at least not NPC versions. But the effect of slowing the ship to a crawl allows the damage to quickly pile on especially with ships that rely on defense stats to avoid damage. This can spell a quick death to small escorts and raiders.
OK I am whining a bit, but seriously any ability that grants immunity to tractor beams should also break any tractor beams already engaged against you. That’s all I’m saying 😉 Also for you boffins at Cryptic, I know I can’t be alone on this, but seriously, a dialog box breaks cloak, really, are you effing kidding me? I have been on your asses for five years about how stupid that is. Give us all a Christmas present and fix that shit, will ya?
Merry Christmas all 🙂