[9.20.2018 Update] New weapon family data available: mortars and shotguns. See post #20 for mortar details. See post #21 for shotgun details. [9.15.2018 Update] New weapon family data available: machine guns. See post #17 for details. [9.14.2018 Update] New weapon family data available: cannons. See post #12 for details. [9.12.2018 Update] New weapon family data available: lasers. See post #10 for details. Hey everyone, I was building a new helicopter and I was trying to figure out what missiles to mount on it. I was not content with just messing around, so I started a study to analyze weapon damage precisely. I conducted an experiment where I measured the time it took to bring a "The Big One" block to critical damage (rapid red flashing). I repeated this 5 times for each the 5 different missile types in the game as well as counting the number of projectiles. In all cases, the target was 16 blocks away from the weapon. I will report my findings here. [Edit] On suggestion by the community I will be using Lost Ninja's block HP values to calculate damage and dps. For weapons with 15+ projectiles to destruction, this method is quite accurate. I was not satisfied with the accuracy of weapons with less than 15 projectiles, so I developed an alternate method, I've called the "Big Cannon Method" to estimate more accurately. See Post 11 for details. GSO Missile Launcher Average Time (standard deviation): 11.76 (0.755) Projectiles to destruction: 15 DPS: 593 Damage per missile: 465 Venture Avalanche Average Time (standard deviation): 12.86 (0.692) Projectiles to destruction: 26 DPS: 542 Damage per missile: 268 Venture Cluster Average Time (standard deviation): 34.99 (0.018) Projectiles to destruction: 72 DPS: 200 Damage per missile: 97 Hawkeye Seeker Average Time (standard deviation): 12.48 (0.564) Projectiles to destruction: 17 DPS: 558 Damage per missile: 410 Hawkeye Cruise Missile [Big Cannon Method] Projectile Damage Window: 1162 - 1231 Rate of Fire: 1 shot every 5 seconds DPS: 228

Hmm.., I think that using the biggest block in the game as only 100hp is a bit too small. I'd start off with, lets say a GSO One Block as a base of 10hp. Since the GSO ZK Light Machine gun takes exactly 4 hits(or so, I don't exactly remember), it does x damage, x being no smaller than 2.5, but less than 3 and one third or 3.33 repeating. I could go into this way more, but the point is to be more accurate, start small and work your way up. The easiest way to do this with the data I have, is to see how much HP the Big One block has by attacking using GSO Light Machine Guns to find a more accurate HP. Just a suggestion though.

I'm not interested in block HP in this set, I'm looking for weapon DPS. In order for accuracy to be maximized, the HP of the target needs to be "very large" compared to the damage of a single projectile. I'm familiar with the calc you did, it's how I estimated the maximum possible dps on the cruise missile in the OP. When you are measuring based on 3-4 projectiles, one projectile represents 25% error. This is very very large. When you're measuring with 19-20, one projectile represents 5% error. Thus having as many projectiles as possible shrinks your error, necessitating the largest possible hit-point pool you can use. Having too small of HP is exactly why the accuracy of the cruise missile experiment suffers. That's my philosophy anyway.

For the record, the GeoCorp 'The Big One' Block has 6970 hp and the GSO One Block has 250 hp (values provided by @Lost Ninja's block list - link in his signature.) Sorry if this means you have to redo all the calculations...

If you use the HE SCU or Resource Cannon they both have IIRC about 10k health. As do the really big GC Wheels... full list in the sig though. If you can get a somewhat accurate list of all weapons (or all in HE/GC/etc) I will add them to the list with credit given.

Thanks guys, this is really really useful information. I'll update the OP using Lost Ninja's HP numbers. (I won't have to redo any experiments, just change a value in my spreadsheet!)

Laser Family Weapon Data GSO Narrow Gauge COIL Average Time (standard deviation): 68.35 (0.208) Projectiles to destruction: 170 DPS: 102 Damage per shot: 41 GSO Wide Gauge STUD Average Time (standard deviation): 39.42 (0.333) Projectiles to destruction: 74 DPS: 177 Damage per shot: 94 Venture Lance Laser Turret Average Time (standard deviation): 66.65 (0.431) Projectiles to destruction: 165 DPS: 105 Damage per shot: 42 Venture NEEDLE Laser Average Time (standard deviation): 37.62 (0.355) Projectiles to destruction: 222 DPS: 185 Damage per shot: 31 Hawkeye Zeus Laser Cannon Average Time (standard deviation): 35 (N/A)* Projectiles to destruction: 35 DPS: 200 Damage per shot: 200 *since the Zeus fires exactly once per second, data calculation is trivial, and statistical methods are not necessary. GeoCorp Straight Plasma Cutter Average Time (standard deviation) about 4.75 (N/A)** Projectiles to destruction: N/A DPS: 1500 Damage per shot: N/A GeoCorp Angled Plasma Cutter Average Time (standard deviation) about 4.75 (N/A)** Projectiles to destruction: N/A DPS: 1500 Damage per shot: N/A GeoCorp Gimble Mounted Plasma Cutter Average Time (standard deviation) about 6.95 (N/A)** Projectiles to destruction: N/A DPS: 1000 Damage per shot: N/A **With the geocorp lasers, my reaction time in stopping the timer is significant enough to throw the measurements. Instead, as carefully as possible I watched the timer for a value rather than stopping it to record. Hopefully this leads to more accurate results, and considering the nice round numbers the math worked out to, I'd say those are probably correct.

I've been working on cannons and weapons with large damage per shot values, and I had to develop an alternate method to validate the numbers. Using this method and @Lost Ninja 's HP numbers, I used specific blocks and projectile count to estimate damage per shot. I refined by using other blocks with specific HP values to narrow the window. In all cases, I validated the experiment control blocks against my own testing to verify HP numbers. (Armor panels and wheels have something funky going on with their HP which make them back choices for experiments.) Once I had a satisfactory damage per shot window, I divided by the weapon's rate of fire to get dps. Reported dps numbers will use the minimum damage in the window specified. The OP has been updated to bring the cruise missile in line with the Big Cannon method. If you're skimming, "Damage per shot" is the same as "projectile damage window".

Cannon data! GSO 3-Pound Cannon Average Time (Standard Deviation): 23.31 (0.23) Projectiles to destruction: 23 DPS: 299 Damage per shot: 303 GSO Megaton Cannon [Big Cannon Method] Projectile Damage Window: 1111 - 1142 Rate of Fire: 1 shot every 2 seconds DPS: 556 GSO Gigaton Cannon [Big Cannon Method] Projectile Damage Window: 2667 - 2799 Rate of Fire: 1 shot every 4 seconds DPS: 667 GSO Big Bertha [Big Cannon Method] Projectile Damage Window: 3200 - 3333 Rate of Fire: 1 shot every 5 seconds DPS: 640 Venture Rapid Cannon [Big Cannon Method] Projectile Damage Window: 571 - 593 Rate of Fire: 1 shot every 0.5 seconds DPS: 1143 Hawkeye Railgun Average Time (Standard Deviation): 37.74 (0.235) Projectiles to Destruction: 22 DPS: 185 Damage per shot: 317 Hawkeye Mk3 Battleship Cannon [Big Cannon Method] Projectile Damage Window: 3200-3333 Rate of Fire: 1 shot every 4 seconds DPS: 800 Hawkeye HG1 Cannon Turret [Big Cannon Method] Projectile Damage Window: 1143-1231 Rate of Fire: 1 shot every 2 seconds DPS: 571

Very cool! These scores are very useful! (Who knew the VEN Rapid Cannon was so powerful?) Of course, the wider community could benefit from learning of your findings, and so I would like to ask your permission for me to add your data to the TerraTech Wiki. If needed, I can give credit to you for your research.

This also proves that Battleship Cannons are better than Big Berthas!! But the rapid cannon is the BEST!

I know, I was so surprised! I actually redid the rapid cannon experiment because I didn't believe it a first. And yes, as far as I can tell, the battleship cannon does the same damage per shot as the Big Bertha, but it fires faster.

Machine Gun Data. Some real surprises in this one, such as the (thus far) highest dps weapon in the game. N/A stats mean the rate of fire was fast enough that it made it a pain (or impossible) to calculate shot count. GSO ZK-47 Average Time (Standard Deviation): 30.87 (0.172) Projectiles to Destruction: ~150 DPS: 228 Damage per shot: 46 Venture Pip Machine Gun Average Time (Standard Deviation): 43.67 (0.292) Projectiles to Destruction: 261 DPS: 160 Damage per shot: 27 Venture Hail Fire Rifle Average Time (Standard Deviation): 21.44 (0.178) Projectiles to Destruction: 84 DPS: 325 Damage per shot: 83 Venture Oozee SMG Average Time (Standard Deviation): 20.02 (1.015) Projectiles to Destruction: N/A DPS: 348 Damage per shot: N/A Venture Crossfire Rifle Average Time (Standard Deviation): 15.82 (0.290) Projectiles to Destruction: 58 DPS: 440 Damage per shot: 120 Hawkeye Burst Gun Average Time (Standard Deviation): See footnote* Projectiles to Destruction: See footnote* DPS: 36 Damage per shot: 52 *The burst gun's dps is so bad that I couldn't use The Big One for the test. Each test took 3+ minutes to complete and the results were inconsistent due to the spread of the gun in my setup. Instead I used a GeoCorp basic block with 1742 HP. Times were 47.85 (0.133). Hawkeye Machine Gun Average Time (Standard Deviation): 13.66 (0.186) Projectiles to Destruction: N/A DPS: 510 Damage per shot: N/A **Yes, 510 dps on a 1x1x1 block! The same size as the burst gun! I checked and rechecked this, this tiny gun is stupidly powerful. And yes, the Hawkeye machine gun is more powerful than the repeater rifle. Hawkeye Repeater Rifle Average Time (Standard Deviation): 14.93 (0.263) Projectiles to Destruction: N/A DPS: 467 Damage per shot: N/A Hawkeye Auto Cannon Average Time (Standard Deviation): 3.76 (0.094) Projectiles to Destruction: N/A DPS: 1854 Damage per shot: N/A The Auto Cannon has about a 0.75 second spool-up time which is not included. This is dps after continuous fire is established. The astonishing 3.76 second number makes the auto cannon squarely the most powerful weapon in TerraTech (at least tested thus far). I even validated the dps number against other blocks just to be sure.

To decide what is best I think you need to factor in the Weapon's: Size/Volume, HP, Turn Rate (if any), Range. And DPS. But still very useful information, which I will add to my sheet as soon as I have chance. Somewhat on hiatus from TT at the moment with some IRL stuff, but I'll give it a poke in the next day or so.

Well... HP isn't really a factor. Anyways: Turn rate and hard damage are definitely the most important, followed by Size/Volume. Considering that most contenders(cannons and missiles) have max or max+/max++ range, it's not too important. Of course, it all depends on what the best weapon should be. Some people would say the middleman, others would want brawling weapons, and most(with the current mindset of TT, which is kinda forced upon all) would say alpha strike or artillery. Spoiler: Middleman A weapon which has good damage, range, fire rate, is probably on a turret, and decently compact. Spoiler: Brawlers Accuracy and range are irrelevant, due to close range. High fire rate and decent compactness, along with good HP and great turning. Spoiler: Alpha Strike High damage. Accuracy and HP are trivial, but size is decent. Range and compactness not strictly necessary. Spoiler: Artillery Size and HP are useless. Damage technically isn't very important, although you could argue otherwise. Range is utterly the focus, but accuracy is important too. Spoiler: Variables Range is affected by the speed of the Tech. Turn Rate/Accuracy is affected by the agility of the Tech. HP is affected by the Tech's shielding, along with the energy storage and regeneration of the Tech. DPS is affected by the Tech's space and the weapon's size/volume. Note that all these effects are affecting how good weapons(and their attributes) are in certain conditions. Opinions may vary. See webstore for details.

Sorry for the delay everyone. I was away on travel. Here is mortar data. GSO 8-Barrel Fixed Mini-Mortar Average Time (Standard Deviation): 30.44 (0.210) Projectiles to Destruction: 76 DPS: 229 Damage per shot: 92 Venture Roundabout Mortar Average Time (Standard Deviation): 36.89 (0.676) Projectiles to Destruction: 58 DPS: 189 Damage per shot: 120 Hawkeye DFA Mortar Average Time (Standard Deviation): 55.28 (0.845) Projectiles to Destruction 53 DPS: 126 Damage per shot: 132 Hawkeye Monster Mortar [Big Cannon Method] Projectile Damage Window: 615-633 Rate of Fire: 1 shot every 5 seconds DPS: 123