Attacking a player with ships is not always the best possibility. Interplanetary missiles are a powerful weapon against planets with a lot of defensive structure, so called bunker. By all means they are a strategically facility to make small targets more lucrative, for example by eliminating several plasma turrets. They will be shot from the own planet and will destroy a certain number of adverse defensive structures – but they also can be destroyed by deployed anti-ballistic missiles. Defense, which was destroyed by interplanetary missiles, will not be rebuilt, that represents the force of those missiles, besides the penetrating power.
How do I get those missiles ?
To built interplanetary missiles you must have a missile silo level 4 on a planet ( total cost: 300.000 metal, 300.000 crystal and 15.000 deuterium ), after that there you can commission interplanetary missiles, under the menu item defense. A missile costs 12.500 metal, 2.500 crystal and 10.000 deuterium, per level of the missile silo maximal five missiles can be stored at the same time. So, a silo on level five enables the construction of maximal 25 interplanetary missiles. As long as there are missiles in it, it is not possible to be torn down, however the upgrading is possible. To dispose of the missiles again without launching on a target, just click on the loading capacity in the missile silo and tear the missiles down there.
To build anti-ballistic missiles only a missile silo on level 2 is necessary ( total cost: 60.000 metal, 60.000 crystal, 3.000 deuterium ), so the anti-ballistic missiles are easier to reach as the interplanetary missiles. Moreover a defense missile just takes half as much space; hence up to 50 anti-ballistic missiles can be stored in a silo on level 5. A defense missile costs 8.000 metal and 2.000 deuterium. Inasmuch you cannot build a missile silo on a moon, the anti-ballistic missiles of the planet also defend the defensive structure on a possibly existent moon !
To attack an adverse planet or moon with interplanetary missiles, you firstly have to switch to the galaxy view. If the target is within reach, you will be able to attack the planet with interplanetary missiles, by clicking on the accordant symbol in the appropriate line. If the target is a moon, you will have to hold the mouse over the moon and click the accordant link. After that a new menu will be opened, in which you just will have to enter the amount of mobilized missiles and the primary target, before affirming the attack. The primary target indicates the type of defensive structures, which shall be attacked - so you can set your interplanetary missiles selectively at rocket launchers, plasma torrents or each other type of defense, which you want to damage. If the primary target is destroyed or nothing was chosen, the defensive structures will be destroyed in the order, as they are in the defense, started with the rocket launchers. If all defensive structures are eliminated, then also the interplanetary missiles will be destroyed like that. The force of the attack tends to the weapon technology of the attacker and the armour technology of the defender.
|reach ( in systems )||= (level of impulse drive * 5 ) – 1|
Beware: When sent, the interplanetary missiles cannot be called back. So you should not make any mistakes with the entry, and you should be sure that you want to go through with this attack. As most of the players retaliate for interplanetary missiles attacks with counter attacks, you should not battle with too strong players. By the way you do not get a combat report as the attacker, after the impact you have to spy on the target again to see the result. Only the victim gets a short report with the name of the attacker, the amount of deployed missiles and the destroyed defensive units.
Anti-ballistic missiles are always ready; they have not been started on purpose. As soon as an enemy attacks the mentioned planet or moon with interplanetary missiles, every anti-ballistic missile will destroy one of the hostile missiles and will be destroyed itself in doing so. With a sufficient amount of anti-ballistic missiles, the damage on the own defensive structures, in case of an interplanetary missiles attack, can be abated or avoided entirely.
What do I have to bear in mind ?
Only if there is the interplanetary missiles symbol next to the target in the galaxy view, it will be able to be attacked. Besides you should mind that the enemy does not have any or only few anti-ballistic missiles, which can absorb the own interplanetary missiles, because than the attack will crackle inefficiently and the resources would be lost. If you want to attack a bigger bunker, you will have to build interplanetary missiles on several planets and fire them off at the same time, or to band together with several players, because also the defender can copy anti-ballistic missiles and thus slowing the damage down. However interplanetary missiles are importantly faster than battle ships.
|time of flight ( in seconds )||= 30 + ( 30 * distance in systems )|
You can calculate the number of missiles, which you will need to destroy the defense of your enemy, with a Combat simulator.