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Offline Markus Ramikin

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How is the extent of the damage from shooting down a UFO determined? I'm curious if using a weapon that is more powerful per-shot - say, Fusion launchers instead of Plasma - increases the damage, and decreases the odds that you'll find intact Power Sources.

Offline ohartenstein23

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Re: Does it matter for Elerium recovery what I shoot a UFO down with?
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2021, 03:42:21 am »
No. Each power source has a flat 75% chance of exploding on crashes.

Offline 7Saturn

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Re: Does it matter for Elerium recovery what I shoot a UFO down with?
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2021, 01:29:10 pm »
Then I wonder why I really rarely see a downed terror ships with any intact energy sources. The likelihood of that is below 1%, if any of them have independently 75% chance of being destroyed. Or does the 75% go for all present ones? I don't believe so, as energy sources can be partially destroyed (1-2 of 3 left in supply ships is not uncommon). So are there any modifiers on to of the 75%?

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Re: Does it matter for Elerium recovery what I shoot a UFO down with?
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2021, 01:39:44 pm »
Then I wonder why I really rarely see a downed terror ships with any intact energy sources.

Because they are too close to each other and as soon as one explodes, it usually destroys the other 3 as well.

Offline Markus Ramikin

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Re: Does it matter for Elerium recovery what I shoot a UFO down with?
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2021, 03:14:37 pm »
The likelihood of that is below 1%
I wonder how you calculated that? 75%^4 ≈ 32%.

No. Each power source has a flat 75% chance of exploding on crashes.
Thanks.

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Re: Does it matter for Elerium recovery what I shoot a UFO down with?
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2021, 09:18:11 pm »
Sorry, calculated the opposite: All four survive. Anyways, really low. But it happens almost always.

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Re: Does it matter for Elerium recovery what I shoot a UFO down with?
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2021, 12:03:49 am »
Well, with Terror Ships it's like Meridian said, a chain reaction because the Power Sources are so close. If one goes...

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Re: Does it matter for Elerium recovery what I shoot a UFO down with?
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2021, 09:49:45 pm »
Yeah, I got that. ;-)