“A Crate full of Decommisioned, Outdated Tasers. Probably useless, but a decent price.”
This suggestion is a mix of two suggestions, a new “Outdated Taser” item and a crate containing them.
The Crate would be found in a hacked (Not Emagged) Cargo Console under Security for $1200, containing 3 “Outdated Tasers” that come in a locked security crate.
Now, the Taser Itself:
The “Outdated Taser” is a new weapon that acts similarly to a real world taser. It must be loaded with a power cell before using, and can only be shot once. When it’s shot, the user would either need to click on the prongs if they landed on the floor to reset it, or take it off like Embedded Objects if they hit a target. It would automatically tase the person on impact, and can be shocked again via clicking on a taser while holding it.
Here’s how it sucks:
First, the single shot thing is a big weakness, however, like actual tasers, they have a failure rate. Maybe around 31%. They also can be stopped by wearing any kind of thick or bulky clothes, such as Leather Jackets and Coats, Firesuits, Hardsuits, and Body Armor. Also of course anybody on Stun-Reducing Narcotics would likely just not be effected. Lastly, people with robotic organs or parts would take burn damage from the taser itself, including any subsequent shocks.
Here’s how it doesn’t:
The projectiles are very fast when fired, making it more difficult to dodge. Being able to shock a target again if the prongs are imbedded could make it easier to keep someone down. It’s price isn’t that bad either, costing $400 per Taser, so it wouldn’t leave Cargo broke. Also, the obvious benefit: almost Instant Ranged Stun.
If a target has the prongs imbedded, but is able to run away, the prongs will be torn out after a certain point, dealing some minor brute damage. Security would be immune to tasers as they are wearing Body Armor, however IPCs would take a fair bit of burn damage (Perhaps half that of a Laser shot spread across the entire body). If the power cell used is depleted, a message will display, likely something like “The taser isn’t charged!”, and can be removed by selecting the taser in hand if it’s ready to fire. The Taser would have a cooldown time between shocks if a target is hit to avoid spamming, and potentially give a criminal a small window to escape.
Why would you buy this?
It could be used to give security a Sidegrade to the Taser, to give standard crewmembers a Self-Defense weapon that wouldn’t let them take down security, and could give aspiring traitors something to stun at longer ranges, although it would be quite obvious if it’s out in the open.
Top Left: Taser without Power Cell.
Top Right: Taser that has been Shot.
Bottom Left: Taser with a Power Cell, Ready to fire.
Bottom Right: Taser Prongs, only visible if they’ve hit the floor and need Resetting.
Reference Image 2:
(Thank you to “TetraZeta” or “retard fortnite moth” for making this!)
Edit: After getting concerns over it being a Hardstun weapon, I gotta clarify: I got no clue how the mechanics on this would work. Maybe it would only work as a hardstun, maybe it wouldn’t. My personal idea is something like Knockdown and Convulsions, however, I am not a coder. I also added a bit on to the misc section.
Edit 2: After looking up status effects, I’ve found a mix that might work. Knockdown + Jitteriness + Dizziness. Knockdown for the Stun part, Jittiness for the look, and Dizziness to make it a bit harder for someone to run off after being hit. Also would probably slow you down a bit.
Edit 3: if you see a bunch of edits, I’m actively working on the Taser Design, so I want to update the picture