Name: Advanced Solvent Striker, also known as:
, also known as: Dissolver
Role: Originally, the robot caused more harm than good to the creators. The idea was that the robot could mix different rock dissolving agents in real time to efficiently melt the rock and leave the useful minerals unharmed. The mixture was too hard for the bot to get right every time, so now the only models in use are engineered to work as a defense system. EDIT: The robot can also destroy big rock walls in a short time, but is slow at making tunnels. If you can come up with something fun that can be done with dissolvers, make sure to make a comment in the discussion!
Weapons: 1x acid cannon.
The acid cannon is a short range hose, capable of spraying damage dealing agents in front of it. The acid comes out of the cannon in a smoke like form and linger in the air for a brief moment before dispersing. The clouds not only deal damage: if you get too close to the stream your cargo could be harmed!
Functions: The robot is sturdy and fast, but not too agile. The robot isn't too accurate with it's acid cannon, but it can make a big room appear very small with the acid flying around. Make sure to destroy these robots fast! I've planned for 3 different modes: stand still and guard, destroy a wall of rock, and keep your back (full of acid). In the last mode the robot follows you, shooting acid in an area behind your ship. Because the acid lingers in the air for some time (say, 7 seconds), this can be used in small tunnels while running away from your enemy! Bigger tunnels might not be filled with the stuff, but the chaser will have to maneuver between the clouds! Destroy a rock wall is simple, shoot at any target, and the robot will TRY to clear it the surface around the object with acid. This can be used to rock walls, making the robot peel a nice area of the rock. Other use would be to fill a doorway with acid for a short while.
Example of a dogfight: Now even though this is a prequel, we should really take another step fourward and give the bots some very intelligent moves. Here is an example of a low skill pilot fighting a hard difficulty dissolver bot.
You approach the mining area when you notice, that someone has left a dissolver bot guarding the area. You get closer silently in order to land the first hit. The bot hears you and starts to turn, and you start shooting it with lasers. Suddenly, the robot aims his gun arm behind his back, shooting you. You will make a quick turn behind him in order to dodge, but some damage has already been done. You try to get your aim back, but the robot has started moving around you with a fast speed. You realise you need to stop chasing him with your aim, and retreat into the distance. Meanwhile, the robot has sprayed acid all around your slow moving ship, and you take some damage as you retreat. While you try to run away from the short range of the acid cannon, the robot does something we've never seen before. He rushes towards you, with the speed of a trichording predator, and destroys the last bits of your hull with the acid cannon.
In descent 3 I use a lot of similar tactics while fighting the robots. Now what if you were an expert pilot?
As you see the robots back, you get closer and make the gambit with lasers. The robot hears this, and moves enough to dodge a few beams of laser. Then, you notice the robot can shoot behind his back, and you make a quick dodging maneuver with slide controls, while continuously dealind damage with lasers. The robot realises it's weakness, and again, does something never seen. It starts shooting the area in front of him, and runs through the clouds. You try to follow it with your full speed and afterburners, but you also need to dodge the clouds of acid between you and the bot. In this time, the robot has turned around and started to shoot at your predicted flypath. But, an experienced pilot like you doesn't get afraid. You maneuver between the slow acid stream and the lingering clouds, and do the final shots on the robot. A bright explosion occurs, and all the remaining acid in the robots tanks burn fast into a black smoke. You gather the dropped nanite concentrations and rush to your next fight.
Edited by Whiteshark, 15 June 2015 - 08:30 AM.