GTW Morning Star

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The GTW ML-70 Morning Star is an unusual weapon, described as a long-range tactical weapon. The long-range aspect is undeniable: at 2km, it outranges ever other gun except the Maxim cannon, and even most missiles. Its high projectile speed and blistering rate of fire allow hits even at its maximum range.

The most interesting part of the Morning Star, however, is its kinetic properties. When a target ship is hit by the weapon, it is shaken slightly; with repeated hits, the target can be driven completely off course and will tumble out of control. This can make them easy prey for a follow-up volley of GTM Harpoon or GTM Tornado missiles.

It also has other excellent properties. Given its range and accuracy, as well as its rate of fire, it makes an ideal weapon to intercept bombers and their warheads. The weapon does high shield damage, but minimal hull damage, making it relatively "safe" to fire at inbound torpedoes even if your shots are being backstopped by a friendly target. It also works well as the opening weapon in a dogfight: if you start hitting your target at the weapon's maximum range, their shields should be badly drained by the time you close to range with other guns or missiles and chew up their armor.

Because the Morning Star does extremely minimal hull damage, it is not a good choice if your craft has only one weapon mount. Pilots should also be aware that this gun has fairly high energy requirements. If your ship has more than two firing cannons for one its mounts, the Morning Star should be mounted on the mount that has fewer firing points. Its already substantial advantages are not increased by firing more than two at once. In theory the Morning Star and Maxim gun perfectly complement each other, but in practice the energy demand is simply too high to make this a viable tactic.


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The GTW ML-70 Morning Star

Tech Room Data

The GTW ML-70 Morning Star improves upon the performance of the Flail gun, which was developed during the Great War. The original Flail was too expensive to mass produce, because of its limited usage/effectiveness profile. Recent advances in high-temperature optics enable the main focusing chamber of the Morning Star to produce a much more coherent beam, increasing its range and damage levels. This comes at the expense of somewhat higher energy requirements, however.


Statistics - Morning Star

Range 2000 m
Rate of Fire 6.67 shots per second
Velocity 1000 ms-1
Base Damage 9.1
Armor Damage Poor 3.5
Shield Damage Full 9.1
Subsystem Damage Minimal 1.4

Statistics - Morning Star D

Range 2000 m
Rate of Fire 5.88 shots per second
Velocity 1000 ms-1
Base Damage 7
Armor Damage Average 3.5
Shield Damage Full 7
Subsystem Damage Very Poor 1.4


Veteran Comments

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The Morning Star is a totally tactical weapon unlike the GTW Flail, which had a useful shield-damage value in addition to its knock-around capabilities. Use it to push folks around, but beyond that, forget it exists.

I've never really favored this weapon for my own use; however, I sometimes find that it increases the effectiveness of AI fighter escorts in bombing missions.

These things WILL juggle you, and you won't even be able to control yourself.

The Morning Star's low hull damage surprisingly is a benefit in certain scenarios. When chasing down bombers, you often have to attempt to shoot down bombs with what you're trying to escort as the backstop for the shots. If you attempt this with something like the Maxim (for its long range and high fire rate), what you're trying to defend can sometimes take a serious pounding, especially if it is one of the more fragile ships like Fenris cruisers. With the Morning Star, that isn't so much of an issue, and you still get the excellent fire rate and long range. Outside of this though, there is little reason to use this weapon other than for the novelty of knocking around enemy fighters and bombers.

When mounted on at least a quad bank, the Morning Star alone will be a danger to any strike bomber that enters its barrage, since it will be unable to maintain its trajectory while at the same time having its shields and armour peeled off, layer by layer. However, this is hardly a viable tactic on anything weaker than an assault fighter as the Morning Star drains a lot of energy.

The Morning Star actually is a better overall weapon than the Flail, but seeing as neither do much aside from shoving enemies away and destroying bombs, it really isn't that useful. When going for bomb intercept in a mission, I normally use the Maxim simply for the fact that it can be used for something else (anti-subsystem/cruiser killing), unlike the Morning Star.

Like the Flail, the Morning Star makes ships that are struck by it vulnerable to slower missiles, such as the Hornet. Like the Flail, it is also a fantastic anti-lag weapon and will increase your survivability in multiplayer dogfights.