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Lasers are general-purpose energy weapons. Each laser shot temporarily removes a shield layer. Once all shields are down, lasers can hit rooms and deal system, hull, and crew damage.

Like any projectile weapon, lasers can miss. Lasers can only be shot down by Mark II Defense Drones.

Types of laser Edit

All laser shots deplete a single shield layer, but some (Heavy or Hull) can do additional damage when shields are down. Others (chain and charge) have different firing mechanics that can affect their tactical use.

  • Basic Laser: just one shot, for 1 damage.
  • Burst Lasers: multiple-shot lasers, where all shots are fired in quick succession. Each shot does 1 damage.
  • Charge Lasers: like burst lasers, but you can choose to fire a partial charge sooner (for fewer shots), giving some tactical flexibility. Each shot does 1 damage.
  • Chain lasers: each time they fire, the charging time is reduced for the next volley (down to a minimum charge time). Each shot does 1 damage.
  • Heavy Lasers: each shot does 2 damage. They also have a high chance of starting a fire or causing a breach.
  • Hull Lasers: each shot does 2 hull damage when hitting a systemless room. They also have a moderate chance of causing a breach, and travel faster than other lasers.

Heavy Lasers are best used as damage-dealers rather than shield-breakers, due to the additional system damage and the high chance of fires or breaches. Note that the 30% fire chance is rolled first, then (if no fires started) the 30% breach chance. That means Heavy Laser shots have a 51% chance of causing either a fire or a breach.

The Heavy Pierce Laser, unique to the Rock B, ignores one shield layer.

List of lasersEdit

In this case, Obtainable refers to the item being buyable or accessible from an event or through some other means.

Name Cost Power used Charge time Hull damage per shot Shots per volley Obtainable? Fire Breach Stun
Basic Laser
Basic Laser
20 Ftlgame-scrap 1 10 s 1 1 No 10% 0% 0%
Dual Lasers
Burst Laser I
25 Ftlgame-scrap 1 10 s 1 2 No 10% 0% 0%
Burst Laser I
Burst Laser I
50 Ftlgame-scrap 2 11 s 1 2 Yes 10% 0% 0%
Burst Laser II
Burst Laser II
80 Ftlgame-scrap 2 12 s 1 3 Yes 10% 0% 0%
Burst Laser III
Burst Laser III
95 Ftlgame-scrap 4 19 s 1 5 Yes 0% 0% 0%
Heavy Pierce
Heavy Laser I
55 Ftlgame-scrap 1 10 s 2 (1-Shield Piercing) 1 No 30% 30% 0%
Heavy Laser I
Heavy Laser I
50 Ftlgame-scrap 1 9 s 2 1 Yes 30% 30% 20% (AE)
Heavy Laser II
Heavy Laser II
65 Ftlgame-scrap 3 12 s 2 2 Yes 30% 30% 20% (AE)
Hull Smasher I
Hull Laser 1&2
55 Ftlgame-scrap 2 14 s 1 (System)
2 (Empty Hull)
2 Yes 0% 20% 0%
Hull Smasher II
Hull Laser 1&2
75 Ftlgame-scrap 3 15 s 1 (System)
2 (Empty Hull)
3 Yes 10% 30% 0%

Basic LaserEdit

Basic Laser

Basic Laser

"Very weak laser."

  • Costs 20 Ftlgame-scrap (cannot be bought or found)
  • Fires 1 shot with 10s cooldown
  • Damage: 1 per shot
  • Low chance of fire
  • Requires 1 power
  • Note: Four of them come equipped on Red-Tail, and one comes equipped on The Gila Monster.
  • Note: Called "Defense Laser Mark 1" in the description.

Dual LasersEdit

Burst Laser I

Dual Lasers

"Basic weak dual lasers. Often used by transport ships that can't afford better."

  • Costs 25 Ftlgame-scrap (cannot be bought or found)
  • Fires 2 shots with 10s cooldown
  • Damage: 1 per shot
  • Low chance of fire
  • Requires 1 power
  • The most power-efficient laser available to the player (2 shots for 1 power)
  • Comes equipped on The Swallow, Tetragon, Nisos, Man of War, and The Nesasio.
  • Enemies never use this weapon.

Burst Laser Mark IEdit

Burst Laser I

Burst Laser Mark I

"This simple burst laser isn't flashy but it gets the job done."

  • Costs 50 Ftlgame-scrap
  • Fires 2 shots with 11s cooldown
  • Damage: 1 per shot
  • Low chance of fire
  • Requires 2 power

Burst Laser Mark IIEdit

Burst Laser II

Burst Laser Mark II

"Slightly improved version of the burst laser that fires more shots per charge.

  • Costs 80 Ftlgame-scrap
  • Fires 3 shots with 12s cooldown
  • Damage: 1 per shot
  • Low chance of fire
  • Requires 2 power
  • Comes equipped on The Kestrel and The Osprey.
  • Highly power-efficient (3 shots for 2 power), with a fast charge time. Widely regarded as the "best weapon" in the game (apart from "unobtainable" weapons)

Burst Laser Mark IIIEdit

Burst Laser III

Burst Laser Mark III

"Powerful burst laser that fires off an impressive barrage."

  • Costs 95 Ftlgame-scrap
  • Fires 5 shots with 19s cooldown
  • Damage: 1 per shot
  • Requires 4 power
  • Widely regarded as a bad weapon in most circumstances, due to the high power cost and slow charge time. Also cannot start fires.

Heavy Pierce Mark IEdit

Heavy Laser I

Heavy Pierce Mark I

"Heavy lasers can wreak more havoc than their smaller, burst laser counterparts. This modified version pierces 1 shield."

  • Costs 55 Ftlgame-scrap (cannot be bought or found)
  • Fires 1 shot with 10s cooldown
  • Damage: 2 (hull) + 1(shield bypass) per shot
  • Low chance of fire and breach. Advanced Edition: low chance to stun crew
  • Ignores 1 shield level
  • Requires 2 power
  • Only available on Shivan.
  • Enemies never use this weapon.

Heavy Laser Mark IEdit

Heavy Laser I

Heavy Laser Mark I

"Heavy lasers can wreak more havoc than their smaller, burst laser counterparts."

  • Costs 50 Ftlgame-scrap
  • Fires 1 shot with 9s cooldown
  • Damage: 2 per shot
  • Moderate chance of fire and breach. Advanced Edition: low chance to stun crew
  • Requires 1 power
  • Note: Comes equipped on The Vortex.

Heavy Laser Mark IIEdit

Heavy Laser II

Heavy Laser Mark II

"This heavy laser fires two shots in quick succession, each dealing 2 damage"

  • Costs 65 Ftlgame-scrap
  • Fires 2 shots with 13s cooldown
  • Damage: 2 per shot
  • Moderate chance of fire and breach. Advanced Edition: low chance to stun crew
  • Requires 3 power

Hull Smasher LaserEdit

Hull Laser 1&2

Hull Smasher Laser

"A powerful laser designed to maximize hull damage."

  • Costs 55 Ftlgame-scrap
  • Fires 2 shots with 14s cooldown
  • Damage: 1 (system bays) / 2 (systemless) per shot
  • Low chance of fire, moderate chance of breach
  • Requires 2 power
  • Despite the bonus damage to empty rooms, it's usually better to target systems
  • Enemies never use this weapon

Hull Smasher Laser Mark IIEdit

Hull Laser 1&2

Hull Smasher Laser Mark II

"This powerful counterpart to the Hull Smasher Mark I fires more projectiles per shot."

  • Costs 75 Ftlgame-scrap
  • Fires 3 shots with 15s cooldown
  • Damage: 1 (system bays) / 2 (systemless) per shot
  • Low chance of fire, moderate chance of breach
  • Requires 3 power
  • Despite the bonus damage to empty rooms, it's usually better to target systems
  • Enemies never use this weapon

Chain Burst LaserEdit

Chain Laser Weapon 2-1

Chain Laser I

"This dual shot laser decreases in cooldown the more it fires. After 3 volleys it only takes 7 seconds to charge."

  • Costs 65 Ftlgame-scrap
  • Cooldown profile: 16s/13s/10s/7s, -3s per step, 3 steps total
  • Fires 2 shots with 16s..7s cooldown
  • Damage: 1 per shot
  • Low chance of fire
  • Requires 2 power
  • Charge time resets to 16 seconds if the weapon goes offline.
  • Comes equipped on Ariolimax, and Kruos.

Chain VulcanEdit

Chain Vulcan

Chain Vulcan

"This laser weapon takes a long time to warm up. Each time it fires it decreases the cooldown, eventually able to take down any amount of shields."

  • Costs 95 Ftlgame-scrap
  • Cooldown profile: 11.1s/9.1s/7.1s/5.1s/3.1s/1.1s, -2s per step, 5 steps total
  • Fires 1 shot with 11.1s..1.1s cooldown
  • Damage: 1 per shot
  • Low chance of fire
  • Requires 4 power
  • Charge time resets to 11.1 seconds if the weapon goes offline
  • This is the only non-missile weapon capable of single-handedly destroying any enemy ship
  • It takes 35.5 seconds before the Vulcan gets up to full speed, and until then it does very little.
  • This weapon is largely countered by Mark II Defense Drones

Laser Charger (S)Edit

Laser Charger I

Laser Charger (S)

"This laser weapon can charge two times, giving it an additional projectile. This improved version only requires 1 power."

  • Costs 30 Ftlgame-scrap (cannot be bought or found)
  • Fires 1 shot with 5.5s cooldown, up to 2 shots
  • Damage: 1 per shot
  • Low chance of fire
  • Requires 1 power
  • "Autofire" causes continuous fire, disables charging
  • This is the most power-efficient laser weapon in the game (tied with Dual Lasers)
  • Weapon Pre-Igniter will only charge one shot by default, but there is a trick to charge both shots
  • Only available on the Simo-H
  • Enemies never use this weapon

Laser Charger (M)Edit

Laser Charger I

Laser Charger (S)

"This laser weapon can charge two times, giving it an extra projectile."

  • Costs 55 Ftlgame-scrap
  • Fires or charges 1 shot with 6s cooldown, up to 2 shots
  • Damage: 1 per shot
  • Low chance of fire
  • Requires 2 power
  • "Autofire" causes continuous fire, disables charging
  • Weapon Pre-Igniter will only charge one shot by default, but there is a trick to charge both shots

Laser Charger (L)Edit

Charge Laser II Weapon

Laser Charger (L)

"This laser weapon can charge multiple times, giving it additional projectiles."

  • Costs 70 Ftlgame-scrap
  • Fires or charges 1 shot with 5s cooldown, up to 4 shots
  • Damage: 1 per shot
  • Low chance of fire
  • Requires 3 power
  • "Autofire" causes continuous fire, disables charging
  • Weapon Pre-Igniter will only charge one shot by default, but there is a trick to charge all shots
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