Guide to Defense

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To be good at combat, you must be able to survive an encounter with anything; Nuclear Operatives, Wizards, Assistants and such. While some may say that the best defense is a robust offense (which can be true in some cases), knowing how to protect yourself is a vital skill needed to be robust.


Armor

Armor is a great passive way to keep you from getting hurt too badly in a fight. Some jobs will have difficulty acquiring armor. Some armor, like hardsuits, will slow you, as well.

Armor will reduce all damage of a certain type, on parts of your body that are protected by the armor. You will see "Your armor has protected your X." when your armor blocks damage. "Your armor absorbs the blow!" appears to also indicate full protection. The defense values are indicated by an armor's percent protection from different damage types, for example basic Armor has a melee protection rate of 50, as such it will always block 50% of all melee damage to the chest.

Armor only protects the region that it covers on your body. No armor protects your entire body.

Icon Item How to acquire Protection Defense values % Notes
CaptArmor.png Captain's Armor Captain's Quarters Offers moderate protection from most sources. melee = 65
bullet = 50
laser = 50
energy = 25
bomb = 50
bio = 100
rad = 50
The Captain will usually wear this. It's also space-worthy, but it will slow you down. Wearing this while not the Captain is a good way to get robusted.
RIG.png Engineering Hardsuit Engineering Gives low protection from melee attacks and explosions. melee = 10
bullet = 5
laser = 10
energy = 5
bomb = 10
bio = 100
rad = 75
See here for information on the different styles.
Atmospherics Hardsuit.png Atmo Hardsuit Atmospherics Identical to normal RIG however it is one of the only items that grants complete protection from Fire at the cost of no Radiation protection. melee = 10
bullet = 5
laser = 10
energy = 5
bomb = 10
bio = 100
See here for information on the different styles.
Mining Hardsuit.png Mining Hardsuit Mining Gives quite good protection from melee attacks and explosions. melee = 40
bullet = 5
laser = 10
energy = 5
bomb = 50
bio = 100
rad = 50
See here for information on the different styles.
AdvRIG.png CE Hardsuit Chief Engineer Gives good protection from melee attacks, near complete Radiation protection and complete protection against Fire. melee = 40
bullet = 5
laser = 10
energy = 5
bomb = 50
bio = 100
rad = 90
See here for information on the different styles.
Security Hardsuit.png Security Hardsuit E.V.A. Gives slightly increased protection against all damage sources. melee = 30
bullet = 15
laser = 30
energy = 10
bomb = 10
bio = 100
rad = 50
See here for information on the different styles.
Ablative.png Ablative Armor Vest Armory Gvives excellent protection against Laser and Energy attack's and can even deflect them. melee = 10
bullet = 10
laser = 80
energy = 50
It will sometimes deflect energy projectiles, which includes Taser shots! It's also a traitor objective.
Bulletproofvest.png Bulletproof Vest Armory Makes the wearer very resilient to bullets at the cost of any other damage. melee = 10
bullet = 80
laser = 10
energy = 10
Rarely used, because lasers are the main weapon of choice for those who can get them.
Armor.png Body Armor Captain, HoS, HoP, Security Protects moderately against melee and lasers, which are common things to be harmed by. melee = 50
bullet = 15
laser = 50
energy = 10
bomb = 25
Captain usually will usually wear his space armor instead. Also sometimes found on Ian.
Swatarmor.png Riot Suit Armory This, combined with the riot shield, will make you be the nightmare of fire extinguisher -wielding assistants everywhere. Gives complete protection to the entire body. melee = 80
bullet = 10
laser = 10
energy = 10
It's very resistant to melee attacks, BUT it's less protective against lasers than standard armor. Slows you down slightly
Armoredcoat.png Armored Coat HoS The most protective armor available on the station, and the HoS starts with it. Gives complete protection to most of the body. melee = 65
bullet = 30
laser = 50
energy = 10
bomb = 25
Wear this as your rightful trophy if you manage to outrobust him.

Stuns and Incapacitation

Having the ability to stun at a moment's notice will protect you from getting robusted quite often (as long as you don't get stunned first).

Icon Item How to acquire Counter Notes
StunBaton.gif Stun Baton Security Hulk Not being security, and having this out, is likely to land you in the brig.
Flash.gif Flash Security, Heads, Bridge, Sec Checkpoint, Tech Storage Sunglasses, Welding Helmet Cyborgs are vulnerable to this method of stunning.
Taser.png Taser Security Hulk, Ablative Armor Vest A ranged stun, which sets Sec apart from everyone else. Has five charges.
Energy Gun.gif E-Gun Captain, HoS, HoP, Armory Hulk, Ablative Armor Vest Like a Taser, but with more charges, and the option to kill, if needed. HoS is the only person on station to start with one at round start.
Disarm.png Disarm Intent Have arms Dangerous to do You have a chance to disarm (make someone drop their weapon) or push someone down when attacking with the disarm intent. Someone pushed down will also drop their weapon.
Hspray.png Chloral Hydrate Chemistry Coffee Typically used with a syringe gun, Hypospray, or Smoke Grenade. This puts anyone to sleep for an extended period of time. Large doses can kill someone (30+ units).
Flashbang.gif Flashbang Security Sunglasses + Earmuffs Very good for stunning a whole room. Not wearing ear protection will make you deaf for awhile.
Laser Pointer.png Laser Pointer Lawyer, Librarian, Research Director Has a chance of blinding people and cyborgs, like a Flash; a fully upgraded laser pointer has a 100% chance.
Hud-target.png Knockout Have arms Helmets might protect you When you hit someone in the head/mouth, there's a fairly low chance for them to be knocked out.

Damage Prevention

A few items, when used, can completely block damage.

Icon Item How to acquire Protection Notes
RiotS.png Riot Shield Armory Blocks melee and projectile attacks to the chest. Note that attacks aimed at other parts of the body (commonly the head) may miss, and have a chance of hitting another part instead, usually your chest.
Eshield.png Energy Combat Shield Nuke ops Blocks most melee and ranged projectiles This will also block Tasers, making Nuclear Operatives very hard to kill, unless they're surrounded.
Reactivearmor.png Reactive Teleport Armor Research Director's Office Teleports you randomly if you're hit. It could end badly if you get spaced due to this, but it'll still improve your odds of surviving.
Sword.gif Energy Sword Syndicate Uplinks Blocks most projectiles Needs to be turned on to work. You're still vulnerable to melee attacks with this.