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Some of you guys might know me when I have the lucifer cannon. I've decided to share some of the strategies behind this weapon, so that you can learn how to fight effectively with this slow, but extremely powerful weapon.
Before I go into anything, here's the wiki link (credit to Flakes)
The lucifer cannon is the most expensive weapon at Stage 3, at a whopping 600 credits. That's 30% of the maximum credits you can have, with just the cannon alone. With a battlesuit and a grenade, that's 60%, or 1200 credits. That's quite a fortune, so if you get a lucifer cannon, make sure you don't lose it before you've made up at the very least enough to get that combo again. Getting a lucifer cannon and not knowing how to use it is the fastest way in the game to go broke. It fires a sun-looking projectile at a slow speed, but when fully charged (takes 10 energy out of a maximum 90, or 135 with a battery pack), it does an amazing amount of damage ('It does a maximum of 250 damage, 25 for each 'charge' -BlueEight).
2. Battlesuit vs Light Armor + Helmet + Batt Pack
This argument is important, as choosing the correct combination can mean life or death in certain situations. You don't want to be caught cornered next to a vent against a tyrant in a battlesuit, or be in one's face with light armor. First of all, Light Armor (70), Helmet (90), and Battery Pack (100) cost a total of 260 credits. Battlesuit costs 400. You get the added radar, and an extra 45 energy (it doesn't sound like a lot, but it can be), and it's cheaper. The downside of it is that you have to be more cautious, as every alien "status effect" (poison, for example) can still effect you, and you have less total armor, which is fatal vs a tyrant. I'll assume that you are average at dodging, meaning you will generally last an average amount of time vs an alien, so this is obviously a big deal.
If you also have a light armor combo, you will take more damage from splash, which makes facing enemies on top of you slightly more hurtful to you.
In extreme sudden death, use a battlesuit. RARELY will you see anything but tyrants with maybe a few advanced dragoons, so if you can't live very long, you won't be able to use that extra 45 energy, and since you automatically get 2000 credits, it doesn't matter that you take the more expensive route anymore. Battlesuits in extreme sudden death can give you enough of an edge to take out a tyrant where you couldn't have without it, but rarely the other way around.
3. Lucifer Cannon vs Dretch
It's common nowadays. Good aliens will use dretches to gain evo's without the cost bigger aliens have. Contrary to popular belief, just using a charged shot towards your feet isn't always the best way (although it is certainly extremely effective). If you have the aim of an ace, you can fire a single uncharged shot while charging up for a bigger shot in case your little shot misses. Not only can that kill the dretch in 1 hit, taking only 1 energy, it can also let you turn your attention on something else, like a tyrant charging towards you.
4. Lucifer Cannon vs Basilisk
Basilisks are getting more common in recent months, so I feel this should be included. If you are being attacked by a basilisk, aim at the floor with a charged shot IMMEDIATELY. If that does not kill it, you will at the very least be disconnected from it and can counter-attack if it tries to attack you again. If it runs away, there's not much you can do about it since the lucifer cannon moves so slow.
5. Lucifer Cannon vs Marauder
I consider this one of the hardest combinations, just because of the marauder's insane maneuverability. A good player can estimate where the marauder's going to land and fire at that spot, but if you're reading this, you probably aren't that good. Your best chance will probably be to get as close to it as possible and fire a shot into it's path, then strafing it while the shot does its work. Not much else you can do until you have experience though.
One thing to consider: Mara isn't as hard to kill as you think, you just have to be a professional with luci. Jumping as mara can be it's deadly mistake if you can successfully calculate where it will be and where your luci ball will be at the same time. It's nothing that can be taught, you have to learn this by yourself.
Here's another strategy for you to try.
Yashvir wrote:possible way to kill mara, or how i do it. shoot a slightly charged shot 2 or 3 ammo. it gives the effect of a fully charged shot (visually) any smart marauder will try and dodge. meanwhile you charge another shot and either shoot in it's path in the AIR (because a mara will jump most often) and done. it works just about always.
AND for those games where theres 1 mara left and every1's chasing it. be smart. take a luci waste ur ammo til u have 9 ammo left. hold that shot for however long you want, it wont explode in ur face. and when u can, get a point blank shot off at the mara. or goon or whatever's left. works all the time.
6. Lucifer Cannon vs Dragoon
It's the same with the marauder, but it's a little easier, since dragoons can't often just fly over your head or jump off of walls to avoid your shots. The best thing you can really do is to meet a pounce it makes with a fully - nearly-fully charged shot in the face. Makes them cry hard. If a dragoon's busy sniping, sneak up on it and load a shot into it's face (or it's ass if you're into that sort of thing). If you're not sure, or not that good at hitting goons with the luci, fire at the ground where you estimate it to land. It does less damage than a direct shot, but you have a good chance more that you hit it and still do a respectable amount of damage.
7. Lucifer Cannon vs Tyrants
Just a rule for people who aren't good at dodging tyrants. If you face one, you should have a battlesuit. Only exception (that I can think of) is if you need to use a jetpack or to crouch to get where one can't reach you (most effective in extreme sudden death, where small aliens are a lot less likely to come and bite at your shit-filled underpants). Once you know how to dodge tyrants effectively, you can get away with an la+h+bp combo and a 1-0 with a tyrant. The best strategy is to strafe the tyrant as it's charging/walking/swiping at you and firing a charged shot into it's growling face. If you're not confident, fire at the ground where it'll run over. It doesn't do deadly damage, but it has a lot more to-hit and it still softens them up to other lucifer cannons or chainsuits.
8. Escaping Tactics
If you're running out of vitality (aka health), and you have little ammo left, RUN. Fire a luci shot as you round a corner, or fire into a doorway if you have to go outdoors. The best advice is to KEEP A LOOKOUT FOR ALIENS ON AN INTERCEPT PATH. Those can be deadly if you're in this situation, and if they're smaller than a dragoon, then you should dodge and fire your way back to your base. It's never a good idea to just make a mad dash for your base in a predictable pattern (or in general), so alter your dodging paths so that the alien has to keep guessing at where you're going to dodge to, which will increase your chance of getting home safely. It's a good idea to fire behind you once in a while (or often), so that aliens have to either dodge their way to you, or if they're caught off guard, you might either damage an alien severely or even kill it entirely, giving you an extra kill and credits to throw around.
9. Miscellaneous Strategies
(if you hold down the primary fire button all the time, and when you hear your gun about to overload (makes an annoying beep, you'll notice) press the secondary fire and it will fire a small shot, only using 1 ammo, and your luci will start charging again, if you walk around the map like this you will be ready with a charged shot whenever you encounter something. -Wireddd)
9. Closing Thoughts
The lucifer cannon is a unique weapon. It can single handedly kill any alien in the right hands, and can severely damage an alien base with a few shots. If you learn how to use this awesome weapon, not only will you benefit, but the human race will benefit as well, and give the aliens something to fear.
10. Things to add
~I was orginally making this for different styles, so I'll try to add that in when I can
~Anything that anyone can help with