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Guide to Weapons

Below are a number of tables which list the type of weapons you'll find in STO as well as the various damage types. It's important to understand that each of these is unique and provides different benefits depending on how you use them. When it comes to space weapons, a common suggestion is to stick with one damage type. You can get tactical consoles which boosts that specific damage. Mixing damage types will make you much weaker.

IMPORTANT The damage types listed below are the basic ones. Some weapons come with multiple types such as Phased Disruptors which have a Disruptor damage type with the Phaser bonus. Make sure you read the description of the weapons you are using to get a better understanding of it.

ENERGY WEAPONDESCRIPTION
Beam ArrayBeam of energy within a 250' arc.
Dual BeamsBeam of energy within a 90' arc.
TurretRapid beam shots fired in a 360' arc.
CannonsRapid beam shots fired in a 180' arc.
Dual CannonsRapid beam shots fired in a 45' arc.
Dual Heavy CannonsRapid beam shots fired in a 45' arc.
Quad Heavy CannonsRapid beam shots fired in a 45' arc.
PROJECTILE WEAPONDESCRIPTION
TorpedoProjectile that fires in the direction of an enemy.
MineSits in one location but will target/move to a nearby enemy.
ENERGY DAMAGEDESCRIPTION
AntiprotonDoes more critical damage than other types.
DisruptorChance to weaken an enemy ship's resistance to damage.
PhaserChance to disable one enemy subsytem.
PlasmaChance cause plasma damage over a period of time.
PolaronChance drop enemy power levels.
TetryonChance weaken enemy shields.
PROJECTILE DAMAGEDESCRIPTION
ChronitonCan reduce enemy flight speed and turn rate.
PhotonBasic torpedo that causes more damage than others (except Quantum and Tricobolt) and has faster firing rate.
PlasmaCan cause plasma damage over a period of time.
TransphasicCan cause some damage that passes through shields.
TricoboltCan cause large amounts of damage but are slow and destructable.
QuantumStrongest basic torpedo (aside from Tricobolt) and has slower firing rate.
WEAPON TYPEATTACK TYPEDESCRIPTION
Pistols
Stun PistolExposeHolds enemy.
Wide Beam PistolExposeAffects enemies within target area. Knocks enemy back.
Dual PistolsExposeUse two pistols. Affects enemies within target area. Increased critical severity.
Compression PistolExploitChance to knock enemy back.
Rifles
High Density Beam RifleExploitRepel enemy
Pulse RifleExposeAffects enemies within target area. Chance to knock enemy back.
Sniper RifleExploitIncreased damage. Chance to knock enemy back.
Split Beam RifleExploitAttacks multiple enemies
Assault
Blast AssaultExposeAffects enemies within target area. Chance to knock enemy back.
Auto-Targeting AssaultExploitAffects enemies within target area.
Full Auto AssaultExposeAffects enemies within target area.
Arcwave AssaultExposeAffects enemies within target area. Chance to knock enemy back.
DAMAGE TYPEDESCRIPTION
AntiprotonCan cause more critical damage than other types.
DisruptorChance to weaken an enemy's resistance to damage.
PhaserChance to stun your enemy.
PlasmaChance to cause plasma damage over a period of time.
PolaronChance to disable enemy weapon.
TetryonChance to weaken enemy shields.