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The Ion Cannon is a very late game level 11 cannon that sends a barrage of shield and hull damaging lasers onto your ship. It has a very long charge rate and consumes an Ion Core for each use. The Ion Cannon's damage depends on how potent the Ion Core is.
The Ion Cannon is a very powerful weapon at level 11. When the enemy's shield is depleted, it does continuous damage to any room for 3-5 seconds. This does alot of room, hull, and crew damage which is devastating for the enemy. The Ion Cannon really struggles against shields, so get some weapons or boarders to take down the shield fast.
If your level 11, chances are all the other level 11 people have the Ion Cannon. The AI for the Ion is simply Cannon which means it's classified the same as a Turret. Make sure you armor and man the Ion Cannon aswell, as it is a big six power target many boarding ships will target. Rushing the Ion Cannon twice will also still give the same amount of damage as a separated charge.
When To Use
There isn't much reason not to use the Ion Cannon at level 11. It does take alot of power but it does a ton of damage that the enemy cannot ignore. Pairing this along with the EMP Cannon can absolutely destroy Hanger and Teleporters. However, if you can't power it, just don't use it.
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