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Medium Weapons Platform   Laser Blaster   Railgun   Photon Disruptor

A particle weapon designed to take down shield defenses and temporarily disable enemy systems.

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5

Ship Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Number Available 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1
Icon Abbreviation Size PowerPowerIcon.png Consumption Stat Enhancement AI Category
MediumsWeaponPlatformWeaponIcon.png PD 3x2 0-3 ScienceScienceIcon.png Laser Room
Volley System Damage Shield Damage EMP Length Projectile Speed Projectile Delay
4 0.1 0.5 0.25s 100 Pixels/s 0.25s
Level Reload Time Upgrade Ship Level Required
1 3.5s 400K 4d 8
2 3.375s 700K 5d 9
3 3.25s 1.5M 6d 10
4 3.125s 1.8M 1w 1d 11
5 3s 2.3M 1w 3d 11


The Photon Disruptor is a 3x2 weapon room that can be built on the Medium Weapons Platform. The Photon Disruptor specializes in high Shield damage, making it the ultimate counter to the Shield Generator. The tradeoff for the high Shield damage is abysmal stats elsewhere.


In Combat

The Photon Disruptor can quickly bring down the enemy Shield with its high Shield damage and projectile speed. However, the Photon Disruptor is quite lacking elsewhere. Its 0.25s EMP is too short to make a real impact on a room's reload time, but it can be used to disable Landmines. Outside of that, the Photon Disruptor is simply not worth the three power once the enemy Shield is destroyed.

When To Use

Obviously, the Photon Disruptor should be used if the player struggles against Shields. The Photon Disruptor can also be a great addition to Hangar and gunship loadouts. With the Shield destroyed faster, Rushed Craft and weapon rooms can deal much more damage to systems before the enemy can deal with them.


Since the Photon Disruptor isn't that useful outside of taking down the enemy Shield, AI that depowers the Photon Disruptor once the Shield is no longer an issue can be quite useful. Note that using the "Enemy Ship has Shield" AI can be risky because it can power the Photon Disruptor when the enemy gets their shield back online. This might sound good, but most of the time a weapon room will have destroyed that one bar of Shield before the Photon Disruptor can fire, causing it to depower. The Photon Disruptor will never fire in this situation, so it'll simply waste power.

Enemy Shield Room HP > 0% -> Set Maximum Power OR Enemy Ship has Shield -> Set Maximum Power

None -> Set Zero Power

Crew Interactions

The Photon Disruptor is buffed with the Science ScienceIcon.png stat on crew. The reload reduction formula applied when the Photon Disruptor is buffed can be found here.


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Weapon Rooms

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Ballistic Rooms: BolterMinigunRailgun

Missile/DOA Rooms: Missile LauncherMulti Missile LauncherHangarTeleportSmall Weapons PlatformMedium Weapons Platform

Defensive Rooms

Defends Via Damage: Anti Craft LaserSecurity GateGas TrapZaki Tentacle GardenDisintegrator Gate

Defends Via Support: Shield GeneratorShield BatteryMed BayToiletAndroid StudioVisiri MechbayRadar

Defends Via Dodge: EngineFusion Drive EngineCloak Generator


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