yah valiants are pretty terrifying. ... come to think of it what are the stats of the weapons they're firing?
Valiant Thermal Pulse Repeater
so... that's 200 dps over 650 dist right? and they can keep firing them.
This weapon fits between the IR Pulse Laser @ 150 dps over 500 dist, and the Pulse Laser at 300 dps over 600 dist, and it outreaches both of them, plus they have missiles and PD.
and a wing has 3 fighters. You're getting hit by 6 of those things. I was *WONDERING* why I was getting creamed by them.
To compare: the Gladius fighters are good and they only have two IR Pulse Lasers, and there's only two of them to a wing! Though in fairness, the Gladius fighters cost 3 deployment points. Not 9. That said, pretty sure one valiant wing could tear 3 Gladius wings to pieces.
edit: Looking at the valients further, each fighter has a vent speed of 350, and a capacity of 2000.
A wolf is at best capable of 250 vent and 4250 capacity. So those little valiants are about as powerful as a single frigate. Their vent speed is what makes them so lethal. all three of them together kick out 1050 flux vent.
To put that in comparison, the Apogee cruiser has a maximum flux dissipation of 1000.
Trading shot for shot, Valients can out DPS an Apogee. Apogee's have super awesome shields of course, so it doesn't end up being a contest, but yikes!
A better comparison would be the Xyphos:
120 dissipation for 1000 flux, compared to the 350 / 2000 (2.5x better for the Valiant
50 armor 750 hull compared to 175/1450 (2.5x better for the Valiant
120 degree omni-shield, 30 flux per second, 0.6 efficiency compared to 90 omni/80 fps/1.1 efficiency (2x better for the Xyphos
Two Burst PD and one Pulse Laser (333 dps 600 range) compared to the single PD + two light TPC (2x 200dps 650 range) + (weak) missiles (1.5x better for the Valiant
because the missiles are more decoys than anything else)
Cost 2 supplies per fighter, 2 per month and has 16 replacements from 100%CR compared to 3 per fighter, 3 per month and 7 replacements. (1.75 better for the Xyphos
So each Valiant is almost worth around two Xyphos. That is strong indeed, but not that crazy strong, given the price tag. As I said, I intend to reduce their ability to fire under pressure by reducing the shield efficiency (or the flux dissipation) and raising the shield upkeep. Reducing the wing size to two is also a possibility once 0.7.1 drop and I can give them a better transformation logic that could make them more efficient.
Btw fighters can vent but only do so extremely rarely. I saw it twice in years of playing.