Hi there, I was playing some GSB today, and I noticed that sometimes my ships will be covered in electricity and unable to act for a short period of time. What causes this? Is it some kind of special weapon? If so, what is it called?
It’s caused by ECM weapons (which is an innacurate name, I think it was probably meant to be EMP). These come as either a blue-white beam, or as missiles that annoyingly look just like all other missiles. It disables the target from firing any weapons for a fixed amount of time. It may or may not affect other things like self-repair, cloaking etc, I can’t actually remember. It does NOT prevent your ships from moving.
There are modules that theoretically provide immunity to this effect, but the math involved is not obvious - one such module will often not prevent the EMP from happening. Generally, anti-ECM is a waste of a module slot unless you definitely know that you’re fighting an opponent that heavily relies on ECM weapons.
Thanks, that clears things up. Is EMP blocked by shields?
No. Weapons that cause both damage and EMP will have the damage blocked I believe, but the EMP effect bypasses shields completely