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The SGreen is a light beam cannon used by the Terrans in FreeSpace 2. Two of these cannons form the main anti-warship beam capabilities of the GTC Aeolus. It is known for its lethargic recharge time of 45 seconds, making it one of the weakest beam weapons in the game.


Weapon Comparison Table, FS1


Weapon Comparison Table, FS2



Range 4 000 m
Recharge Time 45 s
Beam Lifetime 2.5 s
Type: Direct
Shots 1
Damage per second 1 155
Damage per second (sustained) 64
Damage per pulse 2 888


Veteran Comments

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The SGreen is statistically one of the weakest beam cannons in the game, however, because of the unpredictable nature of "slash" type beams such as the TerSlash there are those who believe this is superior. The biggest fault of this beam is the 45 seconds between shots, so if one misses, then the ship that fired it just had a huge problem, as it can't defend itself for another three-quarters of a minute. The SVas and SRed are simply light years ahead of this weapon. This beam has the dubious distinction of having the lowest sustained damage of any anti-warship beam.

The relative inferiority of the smaller Terran beams to their Vasudan equivalents may be explained by them being physically smaller and easier to mount; Terran capital ships consistently mount more anti-warship beam weapons than their Vasudan (or indeed Shivan) equivalents.

While the SGreen's stats pale in comparison to the SVas and SRed, what makes the SGreen a rather decent weapon is that it can easily be equipped on a Fenris or Leviathan cruiser, without cutting corners in other areas. The Aeolus cruiser mounts two of these beams on top of having the best point-defense of any other ship in FS1 or FS2. By contrast, the only ship featuring the SVas is the Hatshepsut destroyer class, as a secondary armament. And while the damage output is small and the cooldown is long, its range is good and the beam itself is very accurate. This means that even cheap, small, old cruiser designs like the Leviathan can still be effective against both fighters and ships in a variety of situations.

The SGreen's accuracy is invaluable against small-profile targets (transports, freighters, and cruisers) especially from a distance, but against larger targets, where accuracy becomes less important, the TerSlash carries the day.