Swarmer

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The Swarmer is an AI Alien ship made by the Kneall.

Description

The Swarmer is the Alien equivalent of a Frigate/Fighter and is well known for annoying Miners and Freighters. It is mostly black with small neon areas and has a bottom-mounted Turret.

Behavior

Swarmers will attempt to stay around 3 to 3.5K studs away from whatever they are attacking and may move below Ships to maintain their turret's line of sight. When attacking a slow or stationary target, they are often seen moving back and forth in mostly straight lines. They have a tendency to go underneath Ships to make it hard for main Turrets to hit.

Swarmers will always answer a call from an Alien Punisher when it is attacking any player or Starbase. Hordes of Swarmers can easily destroy Starbases, even if said Starbase is the maximum level. When the Punisher they are called to is destroyed, Swarmers will either start to scatter, go to another nearby Punisher (if there is one), continue to attack the Punisher's target, or drift slowly away from the location.

Swarmers are more likely to attack Miners and Freighters, so stay alert and look at the Minimap every few minutes when Mining or Trading

Strategy

Due to their small profile and high top speed, Swarmers are best attacked using ships with high-accuracy Turrets. Light and Medium-sized Turrets, aside from Railguns, best fit these guidelines.

Loot

Swarmers drop 10 Alien Parts.

Trivia

  • Has a Laughable Explosion value of 8
  • The Swarmer got a remodel in version .65a6.
  • The Swarmer has a purple trail.
  • If the player that is attacking them Warps away, they will likely not follow and will go away, or if in a fleet, scatter.
  • Swarmers are often seen as nuisances more than threats to many players (although can still be dangerous in fleets or against low-health Miners.
  • Old models can be seen here:
  • Received a Halloween remodel for the 2019 Halloween Event, receiving a brown icon and a recolor to a brown/orange combination, eventually being removed for lag issues.
  • At the same time, the Swarmer Received 25 Uranium as its drop for the 2019 Halloween Event, then being increased to 75 Uranium, becoming very if not extremely profitable.
  • The Swarmer received an update in .66b in which the Tiny Alien Laser received a reload decrease to 0.2 seconds and 2 damage, meaning large amounts of these ships will cause lag in older/slower devices.
  • Based on its loot, a Swarmer would take the following materials to build: 140 Silicate, 113 Carbon, 27 Iridium, 27 Adamantine, 13 Palladium, 20 Titanium, 20 Quantium, and 500 Uranium. It would have a build cost of 23,240 Credits, 20,500 of which is the 500 Uranium.
  • Unlike the Bruiser, Outrider and Punisher, there is no limit to how many can be spawned in a server at any time. However, the alien spawn limit of 20 still applies.