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Thrusters

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Chassis
Movement Block
Weapons
Special Block
Cosmetic Block


Type
Movement
Purpose
Advanced propulsion

Thrusters are a type of movement cube.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Thrsuters do not provide thrust themselves, but provide an high amount of Speed boost, however, this boost is only acounted for the direction the thrusters are facing.

It can be a design challenge to enclose and shield larger Thrusters from damage, though this design strategy may not be cost effective as Thrusters have high armor values and are difficult to destroy. This high durability is often exploited by covering the exterior of a robot with a protective layer of Thrusters.

Sideways-pointing Thrusters are subject to Front-or-Back Cube Behavior.

Pros and cons[edit | edit source]

Pros

  • Can be used to boost speeds of most other movement forms.
  • Can be used to aid steering of other movement types.

Cons

  • Use a lot of CPU when used in bulk.
  • Must be placed at the right place to avoid flipping.
  • Do not provide movement by themselves.

Performance[edit | edit source]

Poorly placed thrusters will cause spinning rather than propel a robot forward. This is especially true for satellites and drones, which need thrusters as the primary movement method.

Thrusters are also useful for providing airborne steering ability when correctly mounted.

From the Dec 2014 "Tanks Are Rolling Out" patch, diminishing returns apply to Thrusters. Up to 15 Thrusters in each of the six directions will have 100% thrust, with diminishing thrust from the 16th through the 25th, and no boost from the 26th onward.

They are affected by Front-or-Back Cube Behavior.

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Image Name Price Robit.png Health
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CPU Load
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Mass
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Max Speed (MPH) Speed Loss After (kg)
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Lynx 400 650 10 4.2 92 4,004
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Panther 480 2,460 12 5.4 124 4,805
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Leopard 1,400 4,830 14 6.6 164 5,767
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Puma 1,600 8,245 16 7.8 226 6,920
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Cheetah 4,500 11,875 18 9 278 8,303
  • The Carbon 6 variant of the Thruster Cheetah costs 6,300 Robit.png instead of 4,500 Robit.png

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The space behind the Thruster does not have to be empty for it to provide boost.
  • Thruster were originally called Jets
  • Before Aerofoils were implemented, the only way to fly were thrusters and helium blocks, a design that is still viable.
  • Tier 1 Thrusters were removed from the game for a short time, but were reintroduced in Tanks Are Rolling Out update.
  • The general name for Thrusters is referred in code as "KUBE_Jet".