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…The gift of death is most often given by those who have mastered the art of patience… – in-game description


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Introduction

The Arbalest is a long-range (up to 1,100 meters) light energy weapon.

Strategy

This long ranged energy weapon can bypass built-in or mounted Ancile shields.

The Arbalest is basically the light version of the Trebuchet and Ballista, due to damage type, the range (1100 meters), and that it does more damage when fully charged. It requires 13 seconds for a full charge for maximum damage in one shot, but only 1 second if continuously fired for a significantly less damaging shot.

It is also comparable to the Gekko, in terms of damage type and range, but with different firing mechanics. The Arbalest having higher burst DPS when fully charged, but the Gekko having higher sustained DPS.

Good options for mounting this weapon could be to pair it with Trebuchets. A Natasha, with 2 Arbalests, paired with 2 Trebuchets, makes for a solid low budget sniper. A Gl. Patton, with 4 of these could replace the 4 Gekko version for more burst damage. Lastly, a Jesse, with quad Arbalests, could be used instead of the Gl. Patton, as the reload time of the weapon is almost identical to the Quick Draw ability's cooldown.


Mark I Statistics

For equipment purchased before Update 4.0, upgrade times can be found here.

Purchase Information

Purchase
Level
Purchase
Cost
Damage Cycle
Damage
Cycle DPS Rapid Cycle
Damage
Rapid
Cycle DPS
1 1,500 Au 186 1860 310 186

186

Upgrade Information

Level Cost(Ag) Time Damage Cycle
Damage
Cycle DPS Rapid Cycle
Damage
Rapid
Cycle DPS
2 20,000 10 minutes 202 2020 337 202 202
3 40,000 1 hour 225 2250 375 225 225
4 80,000 2 hours 248 2480 413 248 248
5 400,000 8 hours 272 2720 453 272 272
6 800,000 16 hours 48 minutes 303 3030 505 303 303
7 1,600,000 1 day 9 hours 334 3340 557 334 334
8 3,000,000 1 day 18 hours 365 3650 608 365 365
9 6,000,000 2 day 2 hours 24 minutes 403 4030 672 403 403
10 10,000,000 2 days 12 hours 442 4420 737 442 442
11 16,000,000 3 days 12 hours 489 4890 815 489 489
12 26,000,000 4 days 18 hours 540 5400 900 540 540
Cost Time
Totals 63,940,000 17 days 3 hours 22 minutes


  • This table shows the damage of each individual charge.

Mark II Statistics

Purchase Information

Purchase
Level
Purchase
Cost
Damage Cycle
Damage
Cycle DPS Rapid Cycle
Damage
Rapid
Cycle DPS
1 500 Au 223 2230 372 223

223

Note: Level 12 Mark I is required to upgrade (purchase) to Mark II.

Upgrade Information

Level Cost(Ag) Time Damage Cycle
Damage
Cycle DPS Rapid Cycle
Damage
Rapid
Cycle DPS
2 20,000 10 minutes 242 2420 403 242 242
3 40,000 1 hour 270 2700 450 270 270
4 80,000 2 hours 298 2980 497 298 298
5 400,000 8 hours 326 3260 543 326 326
6 800,000 16 hours 48 minutes 363 3630 605 363 363
7 1,600,000 1 day 9 hours 400 4000 667 400 400
8 3,000,000 1 day 18 hours 438 4380 730 438 438
9 6,000,000 2 day 2 hours 24 minutes 484 4840 807 484 484
10 10,000,000 2 days 12 hours 531 5310 885 531 531
11 16,000,000 3 days 12 hours 587 5870 978 587 587
12 26,000,000 4 days 18 hours 648 6480 1080 648 648
Cost Time
Totals 63,940,000 17 days 3 hours 22 minutes


  • This table shows the damage of each individual charge.

Update History

Version Changes
4.5 Economy Changes:
Total Upgrade Cost: 96,120,000 Ag⟶63,940,000 Ag
Total Upgrade Time: 29 days 15 hours 30 minutes⟶17 days 3 hours 22 minutes
Now available for 1,500 gold (can no longer be produced via Workshop 2.0)
4.3 Reload time decreased from 10 sec. → 5 sec
Damage decreased by 22%
4.0 Economy Changes (July 5):
Total Upgrade Cost: 38,364,000 Ag⟶96,120,000 Ag
Total Upgrade Time: 13 days 7 hours 30 minutes⟶29 days 15 hours 30 minutes
Damage increased by 20%
3.6.0 Weapon was added to the game


Poll

What balance change does the Arbalest need after the 4.3 balance update?
 
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The poll was created at 10:26 on November 3, 2018, and so far 33 people voted.


Trivia

  • The Arbalest is a light version of the Trebuchet.
  • An Arbalest is a crossbow with a special mechanism for drawing back and releasing the string.
  • The barrel of the Arbalest glows blue when fully charged, similar to the Trebuchet (which glows yellow/gold) and Ballista (which glows green). However, it is much fainter.