DescriptionThe 'Manipulator' is a Terran exclusive item. It is used for grabbing objects and moving them, as stated by the tool-tip. It's base size is 2 blocks, in comparison to the ordinary one by one block. It also has two angled sides to form a triangle, fitting with most shapes and making it a good building part. It is easiest to use with Keyboard Controls on, and uses the thrust of the ship it's currently attached to. So say you're trying to move an asteroid with 300K mass. And have a ship with 100K thrust (In a dedicated direction.) It'll move extremely sluggish. But if you have 300K+ Mass, It'll move at a fairly even, Smooth speed. It is a good idea to have 2 or maybe 3 manipulators if you're planning on moving large obstacles as it provides more grab strength, Especially if your ship is smaller than the object you're wishing to move.Here are the stats of the Manipulator:
Manipulator - 14PGrabber beam Beam weapon:Tractor Force: 50000/sec Turret Speed: 344 degrees/sec Range: 700 Health: 100 Regrowth: 4.3 secs Energy: 0/sec Mass: 30 =)
It's more of a tool than a weapon, and it is better to use with Non-AI units (as the AI don't really know how to use it efficiently). It can be used as a weapon, (Holding an enemy in place long enough for you to kill it) but it is tedious and requires some skills to pull off, such as utilizing the weapon layout and keyboards controls along with both clicks (One to hold in place the other to fire primaries). It may prove helpful against fast, small enemies as it has no decline of speed (meaning when it hits a small object [Enemy ship in this case] the enemy will stop dead in his tracks and be held in the tractor). Be aware that the enemy can still utilize the turning capabilities of his ship, possibly turning his ship around and firing back at you. A small note is that you can not pull items closer or push them farther away, They stay in place where you grabbed them from the start, utilizing your ship's thrust as their own.