Reactors are a type of ship Module that give a bonus to your total max energy. The maximum number of researched reactors that may be equipped at one time is 3.
The current maximum Energy that can be obtained purely from researchable equipment (ignoring any artifact, Race or Profession bonuses) is from 3 Mk IV Proxy-Universe Reactors, which give 1620 Energy for 150 decks and take a total upkeep of 1,485,000,000 (1.485 billion) credits per day.
A Fusion Reactor gives a +10 bonus to energy. By equipping 3 of these to a ship that normally would have 100 MAX energy and no Relays the ship would have 130 MAX energy.
But that's the poor man's example. If you want a REAL example, based around mid-game stats, let's assume that you have a heavy cruiser that has a base energy of 100, with not one, not even two, but THREE Singularity Cores - Mk. IV. Basic energy levels on this ship would be a staggering 469 Energy! However, this would have a nominal recharge rate at the typical 3 minutes per energy (Assuming you haven't gotten the Omicron Injector yet, which would be unlikely). The time to fully charge the energy reserves from 0 to 469 equates to 23 hours and 27 minutes. That's not a fun wait at all. However, if you throw 4 X-Conduits in there, the energy drops down to 269, but the time of recharge spikes to 2 minutes. At this rate, the time to get to 269 energy from 0 energy would be 8 hours and 58 minutes. Significantly faster than before, no? Plus, it's just enough that, if you go to sleep, you should wake up to a full energy bank. :) And if you sleep longer, uninstall one or two conduits. It may not charge fully, but it'll charge more than without any conduits at all. ;)
|Version||Type||Size||Energy||Energy/Deck||CR Cost||Mineral Cost||Upkeep per Day||Required Research||Image URL|
|Mk I1||Fusion Reactor||10||+10||1.000||3,000 CR||None||150 CR||Cold Fusion||Image|
|Mk II||Fusion Reactor||11||+13||1.182||4,500 CR||90 Dynite||225 CR||Cold Fusion||Image|
|Mk III||Fusion Reactor||12||+16||1.333||6,750 CR||135 Dynite||338 CR||Cold Fusion||Image|
|Mk IV||Fusion Reactor||13||+19||1.462||10,125 CR||202 Dynite||506 CR||Cold Fusion||Image|
|Mk I1||Graviton Core||14||+23||1.643||15,190 CR||30 Chrisium||760 CR||Graviton Induction||Image|
|Mk II||Graviton Core||15||+27||1.800||22,780 CR||46 Chrisium||1,100 CR||Graviton Induction||Image|
|Mk III||Graviton Core||16||+31||1.938||34,170 CR||68 Chrisium||1,700 CR||Graviton Induction||Image|
|Mk VI||Graviton Core||17||+35||2.059||51,260 CR||103 Chrisium||2,600 CR||Graviton Induction||Image|
|Mk I1||Quantum Capacitor||18||+40||2.222||76,890 CR||15 Darrinyte||3,800 CR||Quantum Capacitors||Image|
|Mk II||Quantum Capacitor||19||+45||2.368||115,330 CR||23 Darrinyte||5,800 CR||Quantum Capacitors||Image|
|Mk III||Quantum Capacitor||20||+50||2.500||173,000 CR||35 Darrinyte||8,700 CR||Quantum Capacitors||Image|
|Mk IV||Quantum Capacitor||21||+55||2.619||260,000 CR||10 Hydium||13,000 CR||Quantum Capacitors||Image|
|Mk I1||Antimatter Reactor||22||+62||2.818||390,000 CR||16 Hydium||19,500 CR||Antimatter Containment||Image|
|Mk II||Antimatter Reactor||23||+69||3.000||583,000 CR||23 Hydium||29,200 CR||Antimatter Containment||Image|
|Mk III||Antimatter Reactor||24||+76||3.167||875,000 CR||18 Erixion||43,800 CR||Antimatter Containment||Image|
|Mk IV||Antimatter Reactor||25||+83||3.320||1,310,000 CR||26 Erixion||65,500 CR||Antimatter Containment||Image|
|Mk I1||Singularity Core||26||+93||3.577||1,950,000 CR||39 Erixion||97,500 CR||Singularity Control||Image|
|Mk II||Singularity Core||27||+103||3.815||3,000,000 CR||60 Erixion||150,000 CR||Singularity Control||Image|
|Mk III||Singularity Core||28||+113||4.035||4,400,000 CR||18 Pawlacite||220,000 CR||Singularity Control||Image|
|Mk IV||Singularity Core||29||+123||4.241||6,600,000 CR||26 Pawlacite||330,000 CR||Singularity Control||Image|
|Mk I1||Zero-Point Reactor||30||+136||4.533||9,900,000 CR||40 Pawlacite||495,000 CR||Zero Point Energy||Image|
|Mk II||Zero-Point Reactor||31||+149||4.806||15,000,000 CR||30 Dieterion||750,000 CR||Zero Point Energy||Image|
|Mk III||Zero-Point Reactor||32||+162||5.063||22,500,000 CR||45 Dieterion||1,125,000 CR||Zero Point Energy||Image|
|Mk IV||Zero-Point Reactor||33||+175||5.303||34,000,000 CR||68 Dieterion||1,700,000 CR||Zero Point Energy||Image|
|Mk I1||Dark Energy Core||34||+191||5.618||50,000,000 CR||50 Dysillon||2,500,000 CR||Dark Energy Induction||Image|
|Mk II||Dark Energy Core||35||+207||5.914||76,000,000 CR||76 Dysillon||3,800,000 CR||Dark Energy Induction||Image|
|Mk III||Dark Energy Core||36||+223||6.194||114,000,000 CR||114 Dysillon||5,700,000 CR||Dark Energy Induction||Image|
|Mk IV||Dark Energy Core||37||+239||6.459||170,000,000 CR||34 Kurenite||8,500,000 CR||Dark Energy Induction||Image|
|Mk I1||Intra-D Collider||38||+258||6.789||255,000,000 CR||60 Kurenite||12,800,000 CR||Intra Dimensional Colliding||Image|
|Mk II||Intra-D Collider||39||+277||7.103||383,000,000 CR||90 Kurenite||19,200,000 CR||Intra Dimensional Colliding||Image|
|Mk III||Intra-D Collider||40||+296||7.400||575,000,000 CR||180 Kurenite||28,800,000 CR||Intra Dimensional Colliding||Image|
|Mk IV||Intra-D Collider||41||+315||7.683||862,000,000 CR||360 Kurenite||43,100,000 CR||Intra Dimensional Colliding||Image|
|Mk I1||Supernova Generator||42||+337||8.024||1,300,000,000 CR||500 Kurenite||65,000,000 CR||Supernova Generation||Image|
|Mk II||Supernova Generator||43||+359||8.349||1,900,000,000 CR||700 Kurenite||95,000,000 CR||Supernova Generation||Image|
|Mk III||Supernova Generator||44||+381||8.659||2,900,000,000 CR||1,000 Kurenite||145,000,000 CR||Supernova Generation||Image|
|Mk IV||Supernova Generator||45||+403||8.956||4,300,000,000 CR||1,800 Kurenite||215,000,000 CR||Supernova Generation||Image|
|Mk I1||Proxy-Universe Reactor||47||+442||9.404||5,500,000,000 CR||35 Aidonium||275,000,000 CR||Proxy-Universe Reactions||Image|
|Mk II||Proxy-Universe Reactor||48||+470||9.792||7,000,000,000 CR||55 Aidonium||350,000,000 CR||Proxy-Universe Reactions||Image|
|Mk III||Proxy-Universe Reactor||49||+500||10.204||8,500,000,000 CR||100 Aidonium||415,000,000 CR||Proxy-Universe Reactions||Image|
|Mk IV||Proxy-Universe Reactor||50||+540||10.8||9,900,000,000 CR||150 Aidonium||495,000,000 CR||Proxy-Universe Reactions||Image|
1 Mk I cores do not display any suffix. For example, the Fusion Reactor - Mk I simply displays as Fusion Reactor
Discoverable or Salvageable Reactors
These reactors can be obtained by completing certain objectives, such as defeating certain enemies in combat or as rewards for completing a specific mission. They do not count towards your ship limit of 3 reactors, but have their own limits as stated below.
|Name||Size||Energy Bonus||Second Bonus||Energy Ratio||Obtained From||Upkeep||Scrap Value||Equip Limit||Image|
|Dark Warp Coil||20||30||125 Hull||1.50||NPC: Dark Warp Gate (One Dark Warp Gate is unlocked per Limitless Travel mission completion. Four of these NPC's are available per player)||137,500 CR||? to ? ??||4 (Mission NPC Reward)||Image|
|Drannik Power Core||10||50||None||5.00||NPC: Akkiren, Drannik Hub, Okkilor, Drannik Hub||25,000 CR||? to ? ??||4 Drannik Cores||Image|
|Encephalon Core||12||70||None||5.833||NPC: Xiloy, Drannik Encephalon||125,000 CR||? to ? ??||4 Drannik Cores||Image|
|Genetarr Transmitter||10||20||20 Scan||2.00||Mission: Thoughts Revealed||1,250 CR||? to ? ??||4 (Mission Reward)||Image|
| Genetarr Transmitter - |
Mark II 1
|10||20||55 Scan||2.00||Mission: Thoughts Revealed (Player must be rank 50+ when module is FIRST installed)||12,500 CR||? to ? ??||4 (Mission Reward)||Image|
|Lazuli Tevrazon Core||18||35||40 Attack||1.94||NPC: Lazuli Supercannon||1,250,000 CR||? to ? ??||4 (Mission NPC Reward)||Image|
|Q-Pedd Logic Servo2||10||20||60 Hull||2.0||Mission: Q-Pedd Repair Inspection (Limited Time: Valentine's 2012)||7,500 CR||? to ? ??||2 Q-Pedd Logic Servos (Mission Reward)||Image|
|Q-Pedd Ansible3||15||50||200 Shield, Activated Ability3||3.33||Artifact Market (During fortnight before Valentine's Day): 58 GP||1,000,000 CR||18,000,000 CR||2 Q-Pedd Ansibles||Image|
|Surge Plexus||20||50||NPC Attack +5%||2.5||Battle Market: 32 Silver Badges each.||7,500 CR||? to ? ??||3 Plexuses/Plexii||Image|
|T-Plasma Dynamo||22||70||60 Scan||3.1818||Mission: Silthion Hybrids||2,500,000 CR||? to ? ??||4 Dynamos (Mission Reward)||[Image]|
|Titancore Reactor||20||60||200 Shield||3||NPC: Titancore Power Node (one spawned for each completion of Weakened Reticulation mission)||? CR||? to ? ??||4 (Mission NPC Reward)||[Image]|
|Voliir Modulator 4||10||15||40 Scan||3||NPC: Voliir Enforcer (one spawned for each completion of The Voliir Arrival mission)||2,500||N/A||3 (Mission NPC Reward)||Image|
|Voliir Modulator II 4||10||30||80 Scan||3||NPC: Voliir Enforcer Same as above with at least one F.A.T.H.E.R installed||2,500||N/A||3 (Mission NPC Reward)||Image|
|XRP Battery Pack||15||40||40 Shield||2.66||NPC: XRP-Prototype||25,000 CR||7 to 14 CTP||4 XRP Batteries||Image|
|XRP Warp-Charge Pack||18||70||70 Shield||3.89||NPC: XRP Warp Station||5,500,000 CR||9 to 18 CTP||4 XRP Batteries||Image|
|Zortah's Interface Jack 4||16||30||75 Scan||1.88||Mission: Zortah's Abduction||2,800,000 CR||8 to 16 CTP||3 (Mission Reward)||Image|
|Zortah's Interface Jack v.2 4||16||60||113 Scan||3.75||Mission: Futile Interrogation||2,800,000 CR||? to ? ??||3 (Mission Reward)||Image|
1 If the Genetarr Transmitter is FIRST installed after you reach rank 50, you will instead get the upgraded Mark II version, which grants an additional 35 scanning power. It is therefore strongly recommended that you wait until you are level 50 before you first equip the Genetarr Transmitter.
3 Q-Pedd Ansible - Activated Ability: +5% NPC Attack for 1 hour, Cooldown 20 hours. If you have 2 Ansibles, the ability does not stack but you can activate one during the cooldown period of the other. Also, while the Q-Pedd Ansible is shown in the "Energy" section of the Ship tab, it has the second best Shield/Deckspace ratio of any module in the game (only Aegis Capacitors are better).
4 Both versions of Zortah's Interface Jack, and both versions of the Voliir Modulator, will be displayed in the Devices tab of your ship, not in the Energy tab. They are listed there because they provide more scanning than energy.
Engineers vs. Reactors/Cores
Many players feel that building Reactors is a much more productive way to increase your energy reserves than placing your rank points into Engineers because Reactors can be upgraded and removed at will. Engineer's are permanent investment. Usually, rank points are split between TO (Tactical Officers) and Engineers; putting rank points into decks is highly looked down upon, because the rank points would have a much better use in adding to your crew (such as TO and Engineers). In addition, with a high Artifacts/hour, one can gain all the decks one needs by using ship bots.
To further illustrate this point, 1 Rank Point is equal to 2 Energy points, if placed into an Engineer. At the early levels, this can look very nice (after all, a basic Fusion Reactor has a 1 deck to 1 energy ratio), but at the higher levels, this becomes completely overshadowed by the larger reactors. Using the Singularity Core - Mk. IV example above, 1 Singularity Core - Mk. IV takes up 29 deck slots, but gives 123 energy. This is a ratio of 1 Rank Point to 4.2 energy points. By this logic, while useful at the early levels, an engineer rapidly becomes dated as the tech increases (Generally dated by the Graviton Core Mk. IV, although an argument can still be made for the engineers at this point), making them less useful.
However, higher level players will still have a use for engineers in later stages. Using the example above, 3 Singularity cores give 369 energy, but that is a maximum. While enough deck space needs to be maintained for as high a level of Reactors as a player can research, any additional rank points placed into engineers could be well spent. Indeed at very high levels (300+) players often rely on ship bots from artifact shipments to maintain growth in decks, and all rank points (whether from ranking up or from rescued prisoners) tend to be split between engineers and tactical officers (the exact ratio of that split is a matter for debate, see the forums for further information).
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