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The Winter King Heavy Beam, also known as the HBlue, is a heavy beam cannon used by the GTVA in the FreeSpace 2 mod Blue Planet. The most powerful beam weapon system ever created by the GTVA, the Winter King is the signature weapon of the Erebus-class destroyer and, along with a spinal BBlue, serves as the warship's main forward armament. While slightly inferior to the infamous overloaded Crypt Hammer beams used by the GTVA Colossus in terms of raw damage output, the Winter King more than makes up for this with a shorter recharge time, greater sustained damage and an effective range that exceeds even the dreaded BFRed. However, the Winter King has yet to be fully tested, leaving its reliability in prolonged engagements debatable.


Blue Planet Tech Room Description

Offering massive direct-fire engagement capability, the 'Winter King' heavy beam system is the Alliance's answer to Shivan destroyers. This advanced beam weapon uses metric tons of slurry coolant and consumes the full power output of a dedicated meson reactor. A complicated fire-control subsystem helps the beam burn through particulate interference and vaporized target material. No Alliance weapons system is more powerful. The Winter King has yet to be thoroughly tested in a sustained combat environment.



Range 9 750 m
Recharge Time 30 s
Beam Lifetime 4 s
Type: Direct
Shots 1
Damage per second 11 100
Damage per second (sustained) 1 480
Damage per pulse 44 400


Veteran Comments

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This beam does more sustained damage than a BFGreen and a longer range than the LRBGreen. A single HBlue can destroy an SD Demon in four pulses.

Shares the impressive distinction of being a beam cannon that, even by itself and only featured as a single beam cannon, is a major threat to all ships short of a juggernaut, and has the range, refire rate, and power to be a huge tactical and strategic concern beyond the destroyer it's mounted on. Rumor has it that the HBlue was indeed originally intended to deliver more damage than three BBlues combined.