AI War:Etherjet

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Etherjet
Blazing fast cloaked fighter that can grapple an enemy ship and drag it.


Base Stats


Ship Cap Ammo Type Armor Type Immunities Damage Bonuses
288 Missile Refractive Tractor Beams Paralysis Attacks Mines 4 Light, 4 Heavy, 4 Ultra-Heavy, 4 Polycrystal

Mark Damage Attack Range Reload Health Armor Speed Engine Health Single Ship DPS Ship Cap DPS Ship Cap HP Abilities
I 16 4,250 3 sec 345 0 120 800 5 dmg/sec 1,536 dmg/sec 99,360 Cloaking 1x Tractor Beam (3750 Range)
II 34 4,500 3 sec 690 0 120 800 11 dmg/sec 3,264 dmg/sec 198,720 Cloaking 1x Tractor Beam (4000 Range)
III 50 4,750 3 sec 1,040 0 120 800 17 dmg/sec 4,800 dmg/sec 299,520 Cloaking 1x Tractor Beam (4250 Range)
IV 66 5,000 3 sec 1,380 0 120 800 22 dmg/sec 6,336 dmg/sec 397,440 Cloaking 1x Tractor Beam (4500 Range)
V 84 5,250 3 sec 1,730 0 120 800 28 dmg/sec 8,064 dmg/sec 498,240 Cloaking 1x Tractor Beam (4750 Range)

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 -- 60 120 180 68 00:00:01 8,640 17,280 25,920 9,792 00:02:24
II 2,500 120 240 360 138 00:00:02 17,280 34,560 51,840 19,872 00:04:48
III 4,000 240 480 720 138 00:00:04 34,560 69,120 103,680 19,872 00:09:36
IV Adv Fac 360 740 1,100 138 00:00:07 51,840 106,560 158,400 19,872 00:16:48
V Core Fab 480 980 1,460 138 00:00:09 69,120 141,120 210,240 19,872 00:21:36

How to use in your fleet

Etherjets are some of the fastest Fighter-type ship-s available. Sporting both anti-Fighter and anti-Bomber bonuses, these craft are mostly beneficial to micro-attentive players. Unlocking etherjets give players a new tactical option in the ability to maneuver enemy fleetships. Effective tactics include deliberately dragging stand-off artillery (epitomized by the Zenith Bombard) back to friendly craft, and delaying a portion of invading forces (Bombers, Eye Bots, etc.) bearing down on critical structures by moving them out of range. Etherjets are brittle and will suicidally charge ahead of your main fleet in FRD-mode unless prevented. Keep them out of FRD.

An alternative use of etherjets is siphoning defenders waiting on the hostile side of a wormhole to thin their numbers before a full assault. This works best when the local Tachyon Guardian has been destroyed, and a damage soaker is available to divert enemy fire from the etherjets.

Etherjets are available as mercenaries, if the player needs a last-ditch attempt to keep bombers away from critical structures.

How to counter when in the AI fleet

Etherjets are fairly weak in direct combat. However, it is the AI behaviour that one should be worried about. An etherjet with captured prey will likely retreat into AI territory and release additional threat ships. This becomes particularly hazardous when its destination is a mark IV world, and potentially devastating when it triggers a Raid Engine. If you are unable to kill an etherjet before it escapes with one of your ships, a trick is to scrap (delete) the tractored ship.

All ships ignore range when determining whether they can fire upon a ship that's tractoring them, so even Spire Gravity Rippers can kill etherjets. However, they will cloak while tractoring and will not fire on the ship they're dragging along due to range, are are designed to do that on purpose. If a cloaked etherjet is making off with one of your ships, just scrap it. It's gone.




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