GTW-99 Shield Breaker
|The GTW-99 Shield Breaker
Tech Room Data
Developed as an anti-Shivan weapon, the Shield Breaker inflicts massive damage to enemy defensive systems. This weapon causes no structural damage, but coupling it with an anti-hull cannon is very effective against larger Shivan bombers such as the Seraphim.
The anti-subsystem weapon
|Rate of Fire
||3.33 shots per second
The following table refers to weapons compatibility in singleplayer, and does not reflect the compatibility of dogfight variants in multiplayer. A ✓ mark indicates that a ship can mount the weapon, whereas an ✗ mark indicates that it cannot.
Developer note seems to be remnant from a previous weapon as the S-breaker has no subsystem factor. (Identical to Disruptor comment, actually.)
The Shield Breaker is 'almost' identical to the FreeSpace 2 GTW Circe, close enough that most any comments that apply to one apply to the other. The Shield Breaker is commonly known as the S-Breaker.
The S-Breaker could be considered a poor man's Banshee. On one hand, it doesn't harm hulls at all, and is pretty much useless once the shields are gone. On the other...it has an excellent rate of fire, doesn't consume that much energy, and can be installed on pretty much any fighter. What's more, is that it damages shields even more than the Banshee does. Coupled with a hull damaging weapon such as the Avenger or Prometheus, this weapon can be devastating.
Please also note its extraordinarily long range.
Does surprisingly more damage than its FreeSpace 2 replacement, the Circe, while draining less energy. The S-Breaker also has the exact same rate of fire as the Prometheus and a very close(for a primary) speed for the bolts. I'd argue that taking an S-Breaker and a Prometheus is more effective a means of dealing with Shivan ships than fitting an all-Avenger loadout.