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|Ramming melee weapon|
The Tesla Blades are fixed, electrified quarter circles with a mounting point in the middle, that used for ramming. Multiple blades used at once can be extremely effective. Tesla blades are the only melee weapons in Robocraft thus far.
Tesla blades, while generally not very popular since Maximum Loadout Update, are the cornerstone for several deviant archetypes (Blade Runner, Tesla darts, Tesla Lawnmower).
Overview[edit | edit source]
The Tesla Blades deal massive damage. Tesla Slicer's do 36,303 damage, Tesla Ripper's do 44,480, and Tesla Nova's do 54,540 damage. In comparison, Rail Penetrator deal 29,970 damage, Rail Decimator deal 36,720 damage, and Rail Erazer deal 45,000 damage. Although these Tesla blades deal enormous amounts of damage, they had to be manually selected and do no stack effectively.
If you are planning on ramming, be sure to avoid Proto-Seekers and Ion Distorters as they can destroy your Teslas before you could cut the distance to them. If you are up against a bot armed with Lasers, shoot off most of the guns at range, then follow up with the teslas for a finisher. Otherwise just charge, because other weapons have a long reload time.
Mounting Blades both vertically and horizontally can massively increases ease of ramming.
As general rule, if your main weapon are Teslas, you should employ a ninja strategy -- always stay as under the radar and sneak around and hit from behind. Abundance of Thrusters, Blink and Ghost modules are very welcome. High speeds are crucial due to an enemy's difficulty in seeing and shooting a fast-moving target. In addition, it is substantially easier to hit targets and run away when in a speedy craft.
Pros and cons[edit | edit source]
- Incredible damage potential.
- Not just effective against small targets - tesla is effective against any size of robot.
- No ability to hit distanced targets.
- Easily shot off.
- Low damage against Caterpillar Tracks, electroplates, and Rotor Blades.
- Ramming can sometimes flips you, although the enemy can also be flipped.
- Relatively slow to heal.
- Can become stuck in objects. (Only at high velocities and into certain objects or surfaces)
- Does not overclock.
- Diminishing Returns.
- Hit detection may be inconsistent.
Countering[edit | edit source]
There are many quick ways to counter ram-bots. Radar is largely countered by jammers so do not rely exclusively on them to keep you aware. Always remain aware of your surroundings either by looking around or by Spotting all visible bots, even while in combat. Check your flanks once in a while and avoid getting "tunnel vision"; focusing on one threat at a time will end up badly, as it is rare for an enemy team to have no strategy.
Most tesla rammers are seen on the ground, though there are rare varieties that fly. So, you guessed it, watch your flanks and the sky.
If a player is equipped with walker legs, they can jump just before the tesla rammer reaches them to avoid being hit. Even simply using hovers can give an edge against most sled tesla bots. Because of their fragility, the player should be able to shoot of most of them before the enemy hits them.
Lasers are one of the best ways to pre-emptively attack tesla bots; their quick turning speed and rapid fire rate usually destroys several blades before they reach you. Aiming for all the blades in an organized fashion is one of the best ways to destroy the threat, as they cannot survive under sustained fire.
Un-intuitively, moving toward a tesla bot above you will often bring you to safety. No one believes that you would jump toward their knife so they most likely prepare for you to move out of the way and may miss their mark as a result.
Plasma launchers are probably the second best, if not for their fatal splash damage that knocks off more blades than lasers per shot. Generally, aim for the center and drill through it in order to disable the tesla bot. Be aware however, that plasma launchers have a cool-down period, leaving you vulnerable if you miss.
Rails are the worst-case scenario against tesla bots. Provided that they have a clear shot and several bullets, they will be able to damage an attacking tesla bot. However, most tesla bots will rely on stealth, and the realization of an attacking lawnmower may be too late for a Railer. The player can make use of walker legs in order to jump above the blades, as well as to counter them in a hopefully quick manner. But do watch out! Some tesla are very maneuverable and may be able to turn around and be ready for another attempt before you even land.
The Ion Distorter is effective at blasting out large sections of blades. Unfortunately this does rely on the tesla bot getting dangerously close, and the distorter's cool down time is fairly slow, which means that missing can lead to the IND being destroyed due to its easy-to-hit nature.
Statistics[edit | edit source]
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Tesla blades were added on 12th September 2014 in the "The Tanks Are Rollin' Out" update.
- The general name for Tesla is refereed in code as KUBE_tesla
- Tesla Blades were overhauled in the Maximum Loadout Update on the 2nd March 2016, before that they were secondary weapon and had a passive attack with limited charges.
- Power consumption was completely removed from Teslas in the Ghosts In The Machine Update on the 14th April 2016.
- Tesla Blades power consumption was then reintroduced during the Epic Loot update on the 28th April 2016, with Tesla Nova requiring the most power and Tesla Slicer requiring no power.
- The name 'Tesla' comes from Nikola Tesla, a Serbian American Scientist best known for his work in Wireless Electricity Distribution and the development of the Alternating Current (AC) electricity supply system.
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