AI War:Zenith Polarizer
|Has high armor piercing, and does higher damage to ships with more armor.|
|Ship Cap||Ammo Type||Armor Type||Immunities||Damage Bonuses|
|Mark||Damage||Attack Range||Reload||Health||Armor||Speed||Engine Health||Single Ship DPS||Ship Cap DPS||Ship Cap HP||Abilities|
|I||2||3,600||4 sec||780||4||72||100||1 dmg/sec||96 dmg/sec||149,760||Does More Damage To Heavily Armored Targets Armor Piercing 9,999|
|II||4||3,600||4 sec||1,570||9||72||100||1 dmg/sec||192 dmg/sec||301,440||Does More Damage To Heavily Armored Targets Armor Piercing 9,999|
|III||6||3,600||4 sec||2,350||13||72||100||2 dmg/sec||288 dmg/sec||451,200||Does More Damage To Heavily Armored Targets Armor Piercing 9,999|
|IV||8||3,600||4 sec||3,140||18||72||100||2 dmg/sec||384 dmg/sec||602,880||Does More Damage To Heavily Armored Targets Armor Piercing 9,999|
|V||10||3,600||4 sec||3,900||22||72||100||3 dmg/sec||480 dmg/sec||748,800||Does More Damage To Heavily Armored Targets Armor Piercing 9,999|
|Mark||Knowledge||Metal Cost||Crystal Cost||Total Cost||Energy Cost||Build Time||Cap Metal Cost||Cap Crystal Cost||Cap Total Cost||Cap Energy Cost||Cap Build Time|
How to use in your fleet
Polarizers are mostly picked for their unique damage ability, as they paradoxically do more damage to armored ships such as Bombers, Raid Starships and Armored Golems. What this may also mean is that they do more damage against the armored ships of higher marks - most mark upgrades come with linearly higher armor as well, increasing the damage boost.
Having stated that, Polarizers will not perform as well in general combat situations, because plenty of bonus ship-types have no armor. Thankfully, they're only twice as expensive as Fighters, and have similar speed. The exact damage as a function of armor is as follows:
- Polarizer multiplier = sqrt(target_armor*100) * effective_armor_boost [almost always 1]
- Minimum multiplier: 4 (so damage is non-negligible against targets with zero armor)
- Maximum multiplier: 100 (so 100 or higher armor is the same result)
This directly translates to 38K~940K Cap-DPS due to their max armor piercing. The maximum DPS is higher than almost all other fleetships: only Vorticular Cutlasses and near-full Powerslavers can out-DPS them. So, to compare with other ship-types the final DPS of Polarizer-Is are:
- Most Spire bonus fleetships - 38K (they have no armour!)
- Fighter-Is & M. Frig-Is - 163K (17x multiplier)
- Bomber-Is - 326K (35x multiplier)
- Bomber-IVs - 652K (69x multiplier)
It is unknown how this works with Armor damage or Planetary Armor Inhibitors.
How to counter when in the AI fleet
Not the strongest AI-ship of the pack. With no immunities and short range, it is not difficult to eliminate these before they reach your turrets. An early unlock by the AI gives a strong hint to the player: don't put Hardened Force Fields on the front line.