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The Mining Laser is the first weapon you obtain in Pixel Starships and the only one able to produce a resource. It is great for mass farming as it doesn't have ammo nor a long charge time. Its low energy count makes it very efficient, but also a big target making Armor a must.
The Mining Laser does exactly one damage to an unarmored room. This makes it have a hard time chewing through armored or 3+ power rooms. If you find your opponent has a one power room, make sure the lasers fire no higher apart than 0.7 seconds to do guaranteed damage. The Laser also does massive crew damage to your, however make sure your own crew isn't caught in the blast as they can still be hurt by it.
Make sure your Mining Laser has a ton of armor and crew around it, it only has two power which makes it a BIG target. The room to target when editing the Laser's AI can also be a dilemma. The Shield is usually your safest bet, it has only three power but it usually has alot of armor and crew around it. Reactors have too much collective power to ever do real hull damage, so don't set it to target reactors.
When To Use
Generally, it's not very effective when used on defense. This is because your boarders can get killed by the laser while attacking rooms. If you manage to make your AI avoid this, you won't be able to focus fire rooms anymore. However if your attacking and know what you're doing, It's a great support weapon.
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For Anti-Boarders, Missile Launcher would be much better in this situation as they bypass shields and can either EMP or Murder all Teleporters that might over run your ship. The Lasers would have to shoot down a tedious Shield and then have to overpower the many crew in the Teleport. When it comes to the Anti Craft Laser though, the Mining Lasers help immensely in locking down the room.
This is honestly your choice as the Mining Laser and Penetrator don't combo very well. The Mining Laser will probably get blocked by the enemy shield, and since Penetrators bypass shields and don't do any damage, they won't help your lasers.
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