Cutting Beam

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Cutting Beam.

A Cutting Beam is the primary weapon of the starships used by the NOT-Squats called the Demiurg. It is basically a giant laser weapon, possibly the largest one of its category, mounted spinally on both the Bastion-class Commerce Vessel and the Stronghold-class Commerce Vessel.


The Cutting Beam is used primarily to drill and blast apart asteroids to get into the juicy beats. It is similar to the Lascutter by function, just on an obviously much larger scale. Despite being a laser weapon, the Cutting Beam is actuall short-ranged, which is weird since one of the advantages of a laser weapon is due to its literal light-speed ranges.

Although it is primarily a civilian tool, the Demiurg are known to use it as a weapon. What can easily drill through asteroids could also do the same with starship hulls in lethal effects.

Because it is powered up via a giant scoop sucking up stardust, it can be argued that the Cutting Beam is a hydrogen-powered laser. This interesting fluff bit is surprisingly utilized in the game as further explained below.

In Battlefleet Gothic: Armada II, the Cutting Beam is a weird weapon, and when we mean weird, we mean fucking Bullshit. One of its 'quirks' is that the weapon could only charge up to its max if it Derps around near an asteroid or a shipwreck, before unloading its juice. Granted, the damage of this weapon is lethal as it deals a shit ton of damage per click. But its shit range and weird charge up, means that this weapon is very situational and should be reserved for the biggest of ships.

Weapons of the Tau Empire
Directed-Energy: Pulse Pistol
Basic Weapons:
Ballistics: Kroot Rifle - Krootbow
Directed-Energy: Pulse Blaster - Pulse Carbine - Pulse Rifle
Special Weapons:
Ballistics: Kroot Bolt Thrower - Kroot Gun - Kroot Hunting Rifle - Rail Rifle
Directed-Energy: Ion Rifle - Neutron Blaster
Ballistics: Airbursting Fragmentation Projector - Flechette Discharger - Heavy Rail Rifle - Missile Pod
Directed-Energy: Burst Cannon - Cyclic Ion Blaster - Cyclic Ion Raker - Fusion Blaster - Fusion Cascade
Fusion Collider - Heavy Burst Cannon - Phased Ion Gun - Plasma Rifle
Incendiary: Tau Flamer
Heavy Battlesuit
Ballistics: Fragmentation Cluster Shell Launcher - High-Yield Missile Pod
Directed-Energy: Heavy Burst Cannon - Ion Accelerator - Ionic Discharge Cannon
Long-Barrelled Burst Cannon - Pulse Submunitions Cannon
Pulse Submunitions Rifle
Incendiary: Phased Plasma Flamer
Ballistics: Railgun - Seeker Missile - Smart Missile System
Directed-Energy: Ion Cannon - Tau Plasma Cannon - Pulse Bomb Generator
Quad Ion Turret - Fusion Cannon
Ballistics: Cluster Rocket System - Destroyer Missile - Heavy Rail Cannon Array
Heavy Railgun - Nexus Meteor Missile System
Directed-Energy: Fusion Eradicator - Pulse Blastcannon - Pulse Driver Cannon
Pulse Ordnance Multi-Driver - Tri-Axis Ion Cannon
Ship Weapons:
Ballistics: Torpedo - Starship Railgun - Heavy Starship Railgun
Gravitic Launcher - Warsphere Missile Pod
Directed-Energy: Cutting Beam - Heavy Ion Cannon
Non-Firearm Weapons:
Melee Weapons: Bonding Knife - Equaliser - Honour Blade - Onager Gauntlet
Grenades & Explosives: EMP Grenade - Photon Grenade