AI War:Zenith Viral Shredder

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Zenith Viral Shredder
Melee ship that generates build points as it attacks, spawning a free copy of itself when enough are accumulated. This replication costs a portion of the replicator's health, and will not happen below a certain percent of health. Also, when there are more shredders of a specific level than the natural ship cap on a single planet, the build points required to replicate will increase exponentially.


Base Stats


Ship Cap Ammo Type Armor Type Immunities Damage Bonuses
192 Fusion Cutter Close-Combat Tractor Beams Reclamation Force Fields Repair

Mark Damage Attack Range Reload Health Armor Speed Engine Health Single Ship DPS Ship Cap DPS Ship Cap HP Abilities
I 12 0 1 sec 780 4 52 Inf 12 dmg/sec 2,304 dmg/sec 149,760 Regen Time 07:30 Target Seek Range 5,000 Armor Piercing 100 Replicates Every 240 Build Points
II 24 0 1 sec 1,570 9 52 Inf 24 dmg/sec 4,608 dmg/sec 301,440 Regen Time 07:30 Target Seek Range 5,000 Armor Piercing 100 Replicates Every 480 Build Points
III 36 0 1 sec 2,350 13 52 Inf 36 dmg/sec 6,912 dmg/sec 451,200 Regen Time 07:30 Target Seek Range 5,000 Armor Piercing 100 Replicates Every 720 Build Points
IV 46 0 1 sec 3,140 18 52 Inf 46 dmg/sec 8,832 dmg/sec 602,880 Regen Time 07:30 Target Seek Range 5,000 Armor Piercing 100 Replicates Every 920 Build Points
V 58 0 1 sec 3,900 22 52 Inf 58 dmg/sec 11,136 dmg/sec 748,800 Regen Time 07:30 Target Seek Range 5,000 Armor Piercing 100 Replicates Every 1,160 Build Points

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
I -- 600 400 1,000 50 00:00:05 57,600 38,400 96,000 4,800 00:08:00
II 2,500 1,200 800 2,000 100 00:00:10 115,200 76,800 192,000 9,600 00:16:00
III 4,000 2,400 1,600 4,000 100 00:00:20 230,400 153,600 384,000 9,600 00:32:00
IV Adv Fac 3,600 2,400 6,000 100 00:00:30 345,600 230,400 576,000 9,600 00:48:00
V Core Fab 4,800 3,200 8,000 100 00:00:40 460,800 307,200 768,000 9,600 01:04:00

How to use in your fleet

It seems paradoxic for a melee unit to be slow, but Zenith Viral Shredder have good reason to be. They are the opposite of Vorticular Cutlasses in that they reproduce on attack - this means that players can support twice or three times the default cap of Shredders without building more than a dozen or so at the start of the game.

When numbers are low, keep Shredders for wave defense. This combines well with any effect that will keep enemy ships from travelling faster than them (Widow Mines, Tractor Beam Turrets, Zenith Paralyzers, Etherjets, etc.), and distracts enemy fire long long for them to increase in numbers. They make for rather impressive damage soakers once there are multiple caps-worth. Although you won't be chasing down anything in a hostile wormhole, sending these guys ahead of ships that you actually have to rebuild will reduce net losses drastically.

How to counter when in the AI fleet

As with all melee-units, Gravitational Turrets. On wave defense it is important to reduce the Shredders to below the critical numbers needed to replenish themselves. Since Shredders are slower than default-speed (Fighters and Bombers), they can be kited even in hostile wormholes. It shouldn't be a problem until one meets 1000 Shredder-IVs, in which case it's probably time to use a warhead or two.

Outstanding Issue: does the AI suffer from similar cap-penalties as human players?




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